Help us celebrate Where’s Wally’s 30th birthday at Khandallah Library on Thursday the 28th of September at 6:30pm with an evening of stories and craft, plus an awesome treasure hunt to top things off! Will you be able to find Wally and his friends wandering our shelves, or will they be lost forever in the library? We’ll need your expert eyes for sure!
For more information, contact Stephen at Khandallah Library on 479 7535
The original Where’s Wally book was first published on the 18th of September, 1987, and our red-and-white striped hero has been challenging our eyesight ever since!
At Khandallah Library, we host special events for children and their families on the last Thursday of each month at 6:30pm. Keep an eye on the Kids Blog and the library noticeboard to find out more!
Where’s Wally? © 1987 – 2017 Martin Handford, published by Walker Books Ltd. All rights reserved.
Roald Dahl Day strikes again on September 13th, marking 101 years since his birth! So let’s celebrate!
How to celebrate?
- Read about his remarkable life. Read Boy, that presents humorous anecdotes from the author’s childhood which includes summer vacations in Norway and an English boarding school, and Going Solo, that tells the story of his adventures as an adult, first in Africa, then learning to be a wartime fighter pilot and discover what led him to becoming the world famous author that he is known as today.
- Visit the Roald Dahl website, where you will find information about Roald Dahl as well as activities, games and quizzes.
- Check out the blog post on 11 ways to celebrate Roald Dahl Day. Ideas include spotting a Roald Dahl character in LEGO and uncovering a Roald Dahl emoji.
- Download your Roald Dahl Day 2017 party pack, whether you’re celebrating at the library, at home, in school or out and about.
- Get crafty and whip up a delicious feast inspired from Roald Dahl’s novel. For more ideas, click here.
- From 7th September, Roald’s last story, Billy and the Minpins, will be available in a brand new edition, illustrated for the last time by Quentin Blake.
- Read and relive your favourite Roald Dahl stories. Wellington City Libraries holds a huge array of Roald Dahl books, including The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and movies for your reading pleasure. Also check out this previous blog post for ideas on what are great Roald Dahl movies to watch.
New Roald Dahl books just added to the library collection include: Rhyme Stew, a series of plays adapted from Dahl’s popular stories which include The Twits, The BFG and James and the Giant and much more!
Kia ora koutou – next week is a great reason to come in and explore the library’s te Reo collection. Māori Language Week 11 – 17 September has some fantastic events kicking off with the Wellington parade from the Cenotaph to the Central Library – well the Civic Square, but we are practically the same place.
Celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo at your library by making a zine about your pepeha; who you are and where you come from. You will go home with a te Reo introduction you can use again and again.
Come to one of our free workshops:
Wednesday 13th September, 3:15-4:00pm at Ruth Gotlieb, Kilbirnie Library
Thursday 14th September, 3:30-4:30pm at Island Bay Library
Saturday 16 September 10 – 11am at Wellington Central Library
All materials are provided, just bring your creativity and curiosity. All rangatahi and whanau welcome.
Nau mai, haere mai!
Wow! I can’t believe that the school holidays are almost upon us and this time have we got a treat in store for you at Wellington City Libraries! It’s time to delve into the World of mystery, mayhem and madness with a great detective adventure story, yes you are going to be the detectives! We have clues galore for you to search for and a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes himself. Always wanted to get your detective license? Well, now’s your chance! Solve the mystery that has been baffling the librarians and we will reward you with a special Detective license. Are you up for the challenge? Can you solve the mystery and escape the Library…
So don your Deerstalker, nab your notebook and check for clues at a Wellington City Library near you!
Dates for School Holiday Detective Adventure:
Johnsonville Library: Wednesday 4 October, 2pm
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie Library): Thursday 5 October, 10.30am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Thursday 5 October, 2pm
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Friday 6 October, 11am
Miramar Library: Wednesday 11 October, 10.30am
Central Library: Thursday 12 October, 11am
Karori Library: Thursday 12 October, 2pm
Khandallah Library: Friday 13 October, 11am
These free events are for children aged 6+
Join us for a Games Night at Johnsonville Library this Friday the 25th August at 5pm.
We have a range of board games to choose from including popular classics like Settlers of Catan, Risk or Trivial Pursuit and less common games like Starfluxx, Munchkin or King of Tokyo.
Most games are for ages 8+ though we have a few games for younger children too. You could also bring a game of your own to play with new people.
Games Night starts at 5pm but you are welcome to arrive late, you might just need to wait a little before you can join in the next round.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there.
Yes, you heard right! The Great Teddy Bear Sleepover is coming to Khandallah Library for the first time on Thursday the 31st of August at 6:30pm! Bring your favourite teddy bear or soft toy and join us for a super fun half hour of stories, songs, and activities, then leave your teddies behind to have a big sleepover with all their new friends. Who knows what they’ll get up to in the library after hours… pick them up on Friday to find out!
For more information, contact Stephen at Khandallah Library on 479 7535.
Teddy bears read!
Creativity. Problem solving. Storytelling. Fun!
After a hugely popular debut at Khandallah Library during Beyond the Page, Lego Legends is being introduced as a regular, monthly event at Karori and Cummings Park (Ngāio) Libraries. In Lego Legends, your creative skills will be put to the test as you use the library’s Lego collections to design and build your masterpieces. Each session will have a different theme that will inspire you to hone your skills and become your library’s very own Lego Legend.
Sessions are suitable for ages 5+
Karori Library: First Saturday of each month, beginning Saturday 2nd of September, 2:30-3:30pm.
Cummings Park (Ngāio) Library: Third Monday of each month, beginning Monday 18th of September, 3:30-4:30pm.
For more information, contact Stephen at Karori Library. Ph: 476 8413 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Image “Buried in Lego 2” by Curtis McHale is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.)
Lego Legends debuts at Khandallah Library during the Beyond the Page festival, July 2017
Come along to Tawa Library for a free night at the movies.
Happening on the third Thursday of the month our next movie will be on Thursday 17th August at 6pm
This movie tells the story of a Koala determined to keep his theatre running with the help of a whole crowd of animals looking to be stars. It’s a G rated movie and runs for 108 minutes.
Not sure what film we’re talking about? You can call the library or talk to a librarian to find out what is playing each month.
Bring your own cushion for a comfy night in. Movies will play in the Children’s section of the library.
It’s sometimes really hard to be brave especially when you have nightmares or feel all alone but there are wonderful books that can help you to feel brave. Come along and meet Wolfgang the Wolf and Clarissa the Cat who are best friends from the Feel Brave series of books. These books use rhyme and pictures to help make you to feel a little braver, especially when the wonderful author, Avril McDonald, is here to introduce you to them. There are so many feeling and emotions to deal with sometimes it can be over whelming but Wolfgang can help you as he makes discoveries about bullying and kindness, anxiety and fears, loneliness and friendship.
Join UK based Wellington author Avril McDonald as she tells her Feel Brave children’s stories and demonstrates simple games and activities to help you with big emotions and gain confidence! The Feel Brave books are officially for 4 – 7 year olds but all ages enjoy them, I’m always up for learning how to feel a little braver! So come along to this special free Feel Brave event.
Where: Central Library
When: Saturday 26th August
Time: 10.30 – 11.30am
All systems are go, down at Central Library on Monday the 14th of August as the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults kicks off with a day full of exciting events. These unique awards celebrate the wonderful writers and illustrators from Aotearoa who give us so many great books to read and help to shape our identity as a country. I’m sure many of you have already been reading some of the finalists along with getting clips on your HELL Pizza Wheels!
The day starts with 3 fantabulous Storytime sessions featuring finalists from the Book Awards so come along to hear the stories being read by their very own authors and illustrators.
9.30am: “My Grandpa is a Dinosaur” read by Richard Fairgray and “The Day the Costumes Stuck” read by Toby Morris. Both of these books are very funny and destined to become family favourites. What would you do if your Grandpa’s pants needed tail holes? Imagine if you couldn’t get your party costume off and your parents didn’t even notice!