Merry Christmas everyone!
We hope you have had a great year, and are looking forward to the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Us librarians like to take a bit of a holiday over this time too, which means the libraries and open and closed at different times than usual.
You can check out our library opening hours on our website.
Our storytimes session take a break too. You can find out the dates for your local library at the Children’s What’s On web page.
But never fear! even though the libraries may be closed, there is still lots to do…
Have you ever been to a book launch before? No? Here’s your chance.
Author Jonathan Harrison and Illustrator Jared Carson will be launching their latest book ‘A Cabbage in a Spider Web’ at Wellington Central Library (Children’s Area) on Friday 16th December at 1.30pm.
A Cabbage in a Spider Web is a children’s book aimed at 3 to 6 year olds about a little girl named Annabella and her outings and activities with her friends, her family, her pre-school, and her cat.
Each topic is covered in poem form with fun and colourful illustrations. With about 6 verses to each poem in words easily understood by children, this book is designed to be read to children by Mummy, Daddy or a pre-school teacher. There’s a little bit of naughtiness in some of the poems that will make children laugh… and also the adults.
Written by Otaki locals Jonathan Harrison and illustrated by Jared Carson, A Cabbage in a Spider Web is loosely set in Waikanae with a little research done at Castle Kids Pioneers pre-school for 4 year olds.
Bring yourselves along to the launch of this lovely local book that is sure to delight and entertain. Jonathan and Jared will entertain youby reading aloud and illustrating for 20-30 minutes, followed by discussion and QnA with interested adults. Book signing and cash book sales will be available following the launch.
This is a free event, bookings are not required – just turn up!
Read, review and WIN! How many can you read ..?
The popular annual Summer Reading Challenge starts in 1st December 2016 and runs through to 31st January 2017.
Head over to the Challenge page to find out more and join in the fun.
The animation and special effects are fantastic! The beast is monstrous on the outside, but perhaps a gentle soul inside and the Beauty in the story, well I think she has the potential to steal the show.
Based on the much loved classic fairy-tale, a monstrous prince is transformed into a beast. In order to break the horrible enchantment, the beast must fall in love with a beautiful young woman named Belle, played by none other than Emma Watson (Hermione from the Harry Potter movie), but to complicate things further he must earn her love in return.
Now is the time to pen in the date, 17th March 2017, to be a guest for one of the most highly anticipated Walt Disney movie releases of all time!
Come one, come all! Jump on your sleigh and slide down to your local library to get into the festive spirit at one of our special family Christmas Storytimes.
These free events are lots of fun with games and activities, carols and festive stories. We would love to see you in your best Christmas costume, or cozy pyjamas.
Island Bay Library: 8 Dec, 6.30pm
Karori Library: 8 Dec, 6.30pm
Brooklyn Library: 12 Dec, 6.30pm
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 12 Dec, 6.30pm
Wellington Central Library: 14 Dec, 6.30pm
Wadestown Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm
Johnsonville Library: 16 Dec, 6.30pm
Newtown Library: 16 Dec, 6.30pm
Miramar Library: 19 Dec, 6.30pm
Khandallah Library: 22 Dec, 6.30pm
Deck the halls! We look forward to seeing you there. (No need to book; just turn up)
You’ll be excited to hear that the annual children’s Summer Reading Challenge is on again this year! It starts on 1st December 2016, and finishes on 31st January 2017 – that’s 2 months of reading, reviewing and winning prizes.
The Challenge is open to all 5-12 year olds with their own library card. It’s free to do, and you don’t have to register.
Keep your eyes peeled for more announcements about the Challenge. We’ll be posting information here and on our Kids’ home page.
You’ll be able to pick up a Summer Reading Challenge booklet from our libraries from later November onwards, or print from our website. Inside the booklet is the Challenge booklist.
Your mission over December and January is to read and review as many titles from the booklist as you can. Each review will earn you rewards, and will also gain you an entry into the main prize draw (Which is drawn in the first week of February).
More details soon! Watch this space…
November is ‘Love your Leftovers‘ month, a special event created by the folks at Love Food Hate Waste to encourage kiwi families to eat their leftover food. Every year in New Zealand a whopping $870 million worth of uneaten food goes to waste when people throw it away. That’s enough to buy over 60 private islands in the Carribean! Meanwhile, we also have many families who struggle to buy groceries each week.
There are a few things that YOU can do to help, and one of the big ones is making sure that good, edible food is not going into the rubbish bin. It might not be very exciting to eat the same food two days in a row, but there are lots of easy ways to jazz up your leftovers to create a tasty new meal, and it might even save you some money.
Couldn’t finish those vegetables? Try reusing them in an omelette or putting them on top of a pizza. Cooked too much meat to feed the crew? Try creating a new flavour of pie. You can even chuck those potato peels in the oven for a delicious crispy snack. For more inspiration, check out these leftover recipes. And don’t forget, freezing food is a great way to store it for later!
Wellington City Libraries are supporting this wonderful event by creating book displays that encourage using leftovers. Keep an eye out for one in your local library, or head over to the catalogue to start searching (and reserving for free!).
It’s down a matter of days before the latest movie, Trolls from DreamWorks Animation is released. Any believe it or not, there are special screenings of the movie coming up in Wellington on Sunday 13th of November at local theatres. Might pay to check what time they are on and where. But nonetheless, the DreamWorks theme continues with this post that pays tribute to the Madagascar franchise! Check out all the movies!
The movie that started the franchise and the “I like to move it, move it” catch phrase! Spoiled by their upbringing with no idea what wild life is really like, Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, and Gloria the hippopotamus from New York Central Zoo find themselves on route to Madagascar.
Follow Central Park Zoo animals, including, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, along with the delusional King Julien, psychotic penguins, the monkeys, and the lemur leaders as they unexpectedly are now stranded in the middle of Africa in Survivor/Castaway style, while having to deal with the locals – some good, some not so good, and human castaways adapting into Survivor mode . While Alex, (Reuniting with Mum and Dad), Marty, (putting his potential to full use) Melman, (finding multiple kindred spirits) and Gloria (finding a potential life mate) are rather happy with their new environment, they quickly realize that it’s not all that it seems. Meanwhile, the penguins attempt to repair the plane that they accidentally destroyed and find themselves having to deal with a few problems all the way, mainly union strikes with the monkeys. Overall a pretty funny movie from start to finish!
Check out the trailer here. Barrel of laughs all the way!
“Goodbye cruel world, I’m off to join the circus.” Such as the case with Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria and the whole crew, as they run off to join the circus to escape Captain Dubois of Animal Control also known as “the fickle woman who turned their whole world upside down.” A barrel of laughs all the way!
The delightful and quirky penguins finally get their own staring role in the delightful spinoff: The penguins of Madagascar. The penguins embark on their own covert missions in the heart of Antarctic and watch as the wacky Penguins discover it takes a lot more than cute and cuddly to pull off their coolest caper yet!
Pop into the Central Library in October to view the exhibition “What Lies Beneath” which features displays about children’s books about war that have been written and illustrated by New Zealanders.
Many of your favourites are there – ‘ANZAC Heroes’ by Maria Gill (voted best children’s book of 2016), the classic ‘The Bantam and the Soldier’ by Jennifer Beck, the beautifully illustrated ‘Gladys goes to war’ by Glyn Harper, and many more.
Each display features information about a war book, how the author and illustrator researched and created the story, and has lots of beautiful pictures and snippets of information to get lost in.
The complete list of books featured:
- Gladys Goes to War by Glyn Harper, illustrated by Jenny Cooper
- ANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic
- 1915: Wounds of War by Diana Menefy
- Enemy Camp by David Hill
- The Red Poppy by David Hill, illustrated by Fifi Colston
- The Bantam and the Soldier by Jennifer Beck, illustrated by Robyn Belton
- Armistice Day: The New Zealand story by Philippa Werry
- The ANZAC Puppy by Peter Millett, illustrated by Trish Bowles
- Evie’s War by Anna Mackenzie
- A winter’s day in 1939 by Melinda Szymanik
As part of the exhibition you can come along to the Central Library one evening to meet the Authors and Illustrators:
What Lies Beneath Panel Talk
Tuesday 18th October, 6-8pm, Wellington Central Library
Free event for adults and older children.
Come and hear the exhibition award winning Authors and Illustrators talk about writing and illustrating children’s war books. Bring along any books you want signed.
Click on the picture for RSVP information.