Mad Science at Karori Library

The October school holiday programme was all about science experiments. It was inspired by the hit TV show and comic book series Adventure Time. Staff dressed up as Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time – a princess who frequently saves the day with her knowledge of chemicals and engineering. There was goo, fizzing bowls, simple structures that blew our minds, volcanos and a lolly scramble. It was bonkers and completely awesome!

The kids helped us make a lava lamp and a mixture that was liquid but became solid when you squeezed it. We also managed to balance 25 books on a cylinder made out of a mere sheet of A4 paper. And then we figured out how to make a ‘Zombie Cure Solution’ by combining Monster Blood (red cabbage and vinegar blended), a Cinnamon Bun’s sneeze (flour and cinnamon), ground royal jewels (glitter and baking powder) and some Princess slime (dishwashing liquid). We knew we’d managed to make the solution when it fizzed and changed colour. We talked through the science behind every experiment and we all learnt a lot (librarians included!). The kids had lots of cool books to take home from our science collection and a bunch of lollies.

Paint Like Michelangelo at Karori Library

Karori Library had a fantastic School Holiday activity this July School Holidays! The kids learnt how Michelangelo painted during the Renaissance Era – on his back. He did this when he painted his amazing ceiling pieces. So the kids had a go themselves. They painted the interiors of teepees – the ceilings of tables and the walls and roves of the canvases. The kids got straight into it and painted scenes from some of their favourite stories including Harry Potter! Come check out the art in Karori Library! We have some talented kids in our community!


Mini Worm Farms at Karori Library


Sustainability Trust presents: Mini Worm Farms at Karori Library

Thursday, 17th July, 6.30-7.30pm

You’re invited to join in this fun session on worms and all the good work they do for us and our planet.  Together, we’ll take a closeup look at how worms can turn our food scraps into useful compost, and learn how to build our very own mini-worm farm.  So come along and get friendly with worms!


Registration required:  Please phone Karori Library (476 8413) or inquire at the front desk.

Cost:  Free.  Koha to the Trust is appreciated.

Matariki, Myths and Space Storytimes at Cummings Park Library


Whakanuia Matariki, Whakanuia te Tau Hou Māori – Celebrate Matariki – Celebrate the Māori New Year!

Matariki starts this year on 28 June, but we are kicking off early with a special preschool storytime series all about Matariki, myths and outer space.

The series will run for four weeks at Cummings Park Library, Ngaio and starts on Wednesday the 11th of June at 10.30am.

Preschoolers are encouraged to bring along something creative they’ve made to do with Matariki, myths and outer space. It could be a star, a rocket ship, a woven kete, a taniwha, a Matariki kite or anything related to Ao Māori (Māori world) made with or without the help of parents and caregivers. All children who bring along art will receive a prize!

We would love to create a starry night sky out of the preschoolers’ art in the children’s area.

Matariki Storytime at Karori Library

MatarikiWhakanuia Matariki, Whakanuia te Tau Hou Māori.

Ka timata a Matariki a tēnei tau a te Rātu 28 o Pipiri, heoi ka whakatō mātou i te kakano a te 10.30 i te ata, kei te wharepukapuka o Karori.

Nau mai haere mai ki a koutou katoa. Ka pāhekohekotia mātou mō ngā pakiwaitara, mō ngā waiata, ki te whakanui tēnei wā whakahirahira.

Celebrate Matariki – Celebrate the Māori New Year

Matariki starts this year on 28 June, but we are kicking off early with a special storytime on Tuesday 10 June at 10.30 at Karori Library

Come along to share stories and songs related to Matariki, and to learn about this very special festival.

Ideal for older preschoolers, but everyone is welcome.


Comic Crusaders at Cummings Park and Karori Libraries

Kids at Cummings Park (Ngaio) and Karori Libraries have had an awesome time this week becoming comic crusaders!  Everyone had lots of fun becoming comic creators, making their own ‘comic dice’ and designing cool comic stories at our super comic holiday activity sessions.  Thanks everyone for coming along to celebrate the awesomeness of comics!  We hope to see you again at ComicFest this Saturday, May 3rd at the Central Library for more fantastic comic fun!!