March is here and Autumn has begun. In New Zealand Autumn starts on the 1st March through until 31st May. You might start to notice the change of seasons as the weather begins to cool after our hot Summer, and the days gradually become shorter. The Maori term for Autumn is Ngahuru which refers to the 10th month of the Maori calendar and is traditionally the time for crop-lifting and the kūmara harvest in March. While New Zealand’s native flora is evergreen, the leaves on our deciduous trees (ones that shed their leaves each year) turn bright yellows, oranges and reds for Autumn.
Want to learn more? Check out our homework help page for useful databases and resources to help with topics like this. AnyQuestions and Encyclopedia Britannica will be particularly helpful. (Encyclopedia Britannica is available at MyGateway).
Here’s some seasonal books to enjoy. Happy Autumn!
Who loves going to the park? I do! And I bet you do too! We are very lucky to have an abundance of wonderful parks, gardens, walkways, tracks, reserves and sports fields to enjoy in Wellington. There are parks for every occasion you can think of. Where is your favourite park, and what do you enjoy doing there?
Wellington City Council’s Parks Week 10 – 18 March is an annual celebration of our parks and there’s lots going for the whole family to enjoy including Bike Krew Rodeo and the great annual Mt Victoria Treasure Hunt! These events are both free and family-friendly so make sure to bring mum and dad, and your friends along too!
Parks are so important for our communities, they provide us with lovely green outdoor areas to play in, and they help keep us and our environment healthy. Show your appreciation for our cities’ great parks by heading along to a Parks Week event or by simply enjoying your favourite local park.
2016’s Parks Week video is a cool clip worth a look too! And here are some outdoor activity books:
Can you make the tallest tower in the world? Get creative these school holidays at Karori Library.
We’re having a fun make-a-thon on Tuesday 6th October, 10-11am using lots of different materials from Lego, playing cards to paper. You’ll get a chance to design and create a tower using unique materials and a whole lot of imagination! This holiday activity is ideal for 6-12 year olds. We can’t wait to see you there.
In the meantime, here’s a selection of activity and architecture books for kids that you might like to take a look at to get your creativity flowing!
Spring is finally upon us! It’s time to enjoy the longer, warmer days and get stuck into some fun outdoor activities.
For budding junior gardeners we have a fantastic bunch of books to help you grow your own plants, fruit and vegies. How cool would it be to start a vegie patch in your backyard?!
Spring is the perfect time to go exploring outdoors. Browse from our selection of recreation books, grab your friends and go on your own nature adventures.
Creative kids will love our arts and crafts books, jam-packed full of fun, seasonal activities.
As well as a wealth of non-fiction, there are also Spring fiction and picture book titles that you might like to try. Why not make the most of a sunny weekend and read a book (or two, or three…) up a tree!
Sea Week is an annual celebration of New Zealand’s seas and marine life hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education. This year Sea Week takes place from 28th February – 8th March with the theme Look beneath the Surface – Papatai ō roto – Papatai ō raro. Our seas are full of amazing wonders and Sea Week hopes to encourage kiwis to learn more about them, the creatures that dwell there, the different habitats and the issues that face marine life. There are heaps of fun, educational events happening around Wellington during Sea Week including coastal clean-ups, guided walks, sandcastle competitions, and open days at some of Wellington’s fantastic coastal labs and treatment facilities. It’s a great opportunity to get your friends and family involved! Check out the Sea Week website for full details of events in your region.
The library has some helpful books about our sea life and rocky shore habitats that you might like to use to identify cool things at the beach. Have fun!
The Khandallah Halloween Storytime was lots of spooky fun. On Thursday, 30th October, before trick-or-treating we celebrated All Hallows’ Eve with a special Storytime at Khandallah Library. Witch-Librarian Raissa read spooky stories which among other things taught us how our animal friends celebrate Halloween and what werewolves do when it’s not Halloween. Silly Monster songs to familiar tunes got us wiggling and roaring like goblins! We also got crafty! The Devilish Librarian Grace taught us how to make skulls out of The Witch’s Handbook. After a fun evening we took home lovely decorations for our rooms.
We had our final session of the Mad Science Mysteries school holiday activties at Khandallah Library on Friday 10th October. It was amazing! The kids absolutely mastered making our zombie cure solution and creating mini volcanos. They had a blast playing with our pink goo which was a corn flour and water mixture that is a liquid but becomes solid when you pinch it in your fingers. In the engineering corner we had children and parents working hard to win a huge handful of lollies by balancing the largest number of books on an A4 paper cylinder. Three girls managed to balance 39 books! We are so grateful to all the librarians that helped make this holiday activity happen and all the parents and kids who came along ready to learn and play.
Everyone had a blast at the Cummings Park Library Mad Science school holiday programme. The two Princess Bubblegums (aka Alisha and Max) added a new experiment into the mix and we made a blue and red volcano. The Cummings Park kids also managed to balance 41 books on our paper cylinder! Next up for Mad Science is Khandallah Library – we’ll see if we can make it to 50 books there!