September is Bee Awareness month and this year Apiculture New Zealand are focusing on bee health by educating us on how we can feed the bees and help protect our precious bee population.
Did you know that bees support New Zealand’s agri-industry exports by over $5 billion annually – that is heaps! Plus they help grow one third of all the food we eat as well as helping our gardens flourish and look beautiful.
There is heaps that we can do to help out our little buzzing friends and one of the easiest way is by planting bee friendly plants and flowers. Bees need food so that they can help pollinate the food we eat. Bees will feed on pollen and nectar and this helps them to grow and Bee strong which helps them to fight off disease and parasites.
Bees also need clean water so why not make a shallow container for them to drink from. Just make sure you put pebbles and twigs in the water so the bees have something to rest on while they are drinking.
Another way we can help the bees is to stop spraying our gardens with harmful pesticides which kill the bees.
Palmers Garden Centre who are supporting Bee Awareness Month have information and competitions on their website plus check out their 5 top tips for a bee friendly backyard.
The library also has heaps of books on bees so take a look and… Lets save our bees!
Then tell us all about it in this survey! Tell us what you likes the most, what you didn’t like, which events you went to, and what you would most like to see at future Beyond the Page festivals.
There is a prize pack up for grabs for one lucky survey completer. Check out Beyond the Page on Facebook to see what you could win.
Be quick! You have until Monday 13th August to complete the survey.
Hope you have all been enjoying some of the wonderful sunny summer days and better still reading some of the fabulous books on our Summer Reading Challenge book list! Judging by the fantastic reviews that I have been reading, I know many of you have been wildly reading over the school holidays which makes me very happy! Now I know we all have a favourite books to read but I would really like to see some of the books being reviewed from the list that no one has reviewed yet soooo…. I’m going make a bit of an incentive for you. I have 5 books to give away for the first reviews I receive in on the following books, but you must have at least 3 sentences about the book in the review. They are all great reads and if you are a Harry Potter or a Northern Light fan you’ll especially enjoy these! Continue reading
Kia ora everyone! To Celebrate Māori Language week at Wellington City Libraries we are having a competition to name our Kōhunga Kōrero Puppets!
Tuī and Pūngāwerewere desperately need names and we think that you are the best people to name them. We would love you to come up with some great names. So when you’re in your local library this week getting some books to read, come up to the counter and we’ll write down your suggestions, along with your name and a contact number and put you in the draw to win prizes! The competition close this Rātapu (Sunday) the 17th of Mahuru (September)so be quick and next week we’ll let you know who the lucky winners are. Ka kite anō!
Wow! The finalists have been announced for this years New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and what an amazing line up! It’s so great to be able to celebrate our wonderful home grown talent in Aotearoa so check out some of these books. Oh and don’t forget you can read some of these books as part of the Hell Pizza Challenge and get stamps on your pizza wheels. Yum!
Love Joy Cowley’s books and the snake and lizard series is one of my favourites. Check out their latest hilarious adventures and escapades in “Helper and Helper”.
Tania Roxborogh’s latest book “My New Zealand Story: Bastion Point” is a great way to explore New Zealand history from the perspective of a young girl called Erica Tito, whose parents decide that instead of going on their usual summer holiday they will join the protesters at Bastion Point. A moving and insightful account of real life events through the eyes of a fictitious young girl.
Sent to live with his grandmother in Hastings after his father is jailed, Matt becomes the victim of bad friends and false accusations. Sent off to a military-style school camp in the wilds of lake Waikaremoana, Matt is once again in trouble. Find out more about Matt and the friendships he makes by reading “Sunken Forest” by Des Hunt. This popular author will also be coming to Wellington Central Library on the 11th of July as part of the Beyond the Page festival, more about that on the blog soon!
“The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain” by Julie Lamb tells the story of Summer, who loves to make people laugh, it’s how she fits in. Living with her crazy family she is surprised when Juanita suddenly wants to be her friend… Find out more about Summer and her friends and family when you read this book.
Ever had an imaginary friend? Ben has one called Vincent in “The Impossible Boy”, who has helped Ben survive in the war torn streets which are his home. But can an imaginary friend become real? How powerful is Ben’s imagination. A beautiful and powerful book to immerse yourself in, by Julie Lamb.
So many more books up for awards so expect more blogs soon. Other categories include: non-fiction, illustration, te reo Māori, picture book, and first book award. So keep those peepers peeled for more exciting reads.
Easter is just around the corner………The eggs are being rounded up by the rabbits, ready for distribution to all the children out there.
The Churton Park Community Centre Adult Paper Craft and colouring Group would like to celebrate Easter with a Colouring Competition for all ages.
We would love to see bold use of colour and additional creativity e.g. the addition of texture or recycled items e.g.wool, tin foil, glitter or similar to make your art work stand out from the rest.
There are four age categories so everyone in the family can participate. The age groups are:
- Up to 6 year old
- Ages 7 to 10 years old
- Ages 11 to 14 years
- Ages 15 to 150 years old
You can collect and return your pictures to:
- Johnsonville Library
- Tawa Library
- Churton Park Community Centre
- Churton Park School
- Amesbury School
- Churton Park Kindergarten
or if you prefer you can print them from here:
Download and print out
The competition closes Wednesday 12 April 2017 and judging will be on Tuesday 18th April 2017.
Prizes have been donated by: Wellington City Libraries, Churton Park New World and Keith Spry Pool.
So what are you waiting for – get colouring.
Thank-you for bringing your fantastic Seaweek pictures into the Wellington Libraries and sharing them with us. We were swept away by amazing picture that you all did. Big congratulations to all those who took part and especially to our winners. Here is a wonderful picture from one of our winners, Tilly from Karori.
Our other winners from Karori were Abby (left), pictured with the Finding Dory Playset she won, and Keddie holding her book.
Winners Joshua, Anna and Emma standing in front of some sensational Seaweek art
From Johnsonville our Seaweek winners were Anna, Oscar and Anna and from Ngaio our winners were Gabrianna and Grace. Thanks once again to all those who took part. Hope to see more of your wonderful art work in the libraries really soon!
Kia ora everyone
A big thank-you and congratulations to all those who took part in Summer Reading Challenge this summer!
We really enjoyed reading all your fantastic reviews and hope that you will keep writing and sending more reviews in for our Kids’ Club.
We would also like to congratulate our overall Summer Reading Challenge winners. The prizes this year go to Zahra from Karori, who was very excited by her new book collection and Ben from Miramar who loves books on sharks!
The school challenge this year was taken out by Karori West Normal School who had the most students taking part. They received $500 worth of book tokens for the school and some great books for the School Library. It was pretty close, so don’t forget to get your friends at school to take part next summer.
Sadly summer is now drawing to a close but we still have lots of great books at the library to get stuck into. If you can’t decide what to read look at some of the ideas from the Kids Blog and Kids Reviews pages in the Kids’ Club. If you can’t get down to the library try downloading a book or an audio book online!
Happy reading everyone.
Want to win tickets to Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival?
This amazing show is on at the TSB Arena at the end of July, and we have 5 prize packs consisting of 4 A-Reserve tickets to the opening night show to give away.
To enter the competition print or collect a colouring in competition page from your local library, and hand it back in before Friday 8th July.
To find out more about the competition and show, head over to the information page.
Wellington City Libraries is turning 175 years old! This makes us the oldest library system in New Zealand – wow!
To celebrate our birthday, we’re holding a party at the Wellington Central Library on Saturday 21st November.
For the creative and crafty people out there, we have a couple of competitions that you can enter.
The colouring competition is for 5-8yr olds. New Zealand’s first public library was a small hut on the Wellington waterfront. Colour in the picture of the hut, fill in your details on the back, and drop it in to any Wellington City library to enter.
The design competition is for 9-13yr olds. We want you to draw your idea of the library of the future! What do you think Wellington City Libraries will look like 175 years from now (that’s the year 2190, by the way)? Draw your design on the front, fill in your details on the back, and drop it into to any Wellington City library to enter the competition.
The competitions close on 29th November, and the winners will be announced on 1st December.
(Click the links above to download the competition forms to print at home!)