Great books to get your brains tingling! If you’re building a Minecraft empire or brushing up your acting skills with the Harry Potter script the top issuing non-fiction books have something you’ll love.
Adventures, supernatural foes and heroes of all shapes and sizes fill the pages of the eBooks available through the library’s Overdrive service. Harry Potter dominates eBooks! Other titles creeping up the ranks are also books that are movies. The recent Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has a great cast featuring Chris O’Dowd, as a moody Dad and Peculiars, Eva Green and Judi Dench get some amazing special effects treatments in their bird transformations. So book or movie? How do you rate the film versions of these books? Let us know in the comments?
Each year Forest and Bird gives the nation the chance to vote for their favourite New Zealand Bird. The winning bird becomes the ‘Bird of the Year’
The 5 previous winners have been the Fairy Tern (Tara Iti), Mohua, Karearea, Pukeko, and Karariki. Who will win the 2015 title?
New Zealand’s native birds are unique. Did you know that more than half the birds in New Zealand are not found in any other countries? Unfortunately due to predators and habitat loss, many of our birds are endangered and threatened with extinction.
Have you tried Tumblebooks yet? You can get your hands of a large collection of free interactive ebooks through your library membership. The collection is best for young and learner readers and contains many well-known picture book and junior chapter book titles (even some non-fiction too!). The books are animated with pictures and sounds, and you even have the option of reading the book yourself, or having it read to you. As well as English, there are titles in French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean and German, which is perfect for those that are learning another language.
Prefer comics? Tumblebooks has those too! Geronimo Stilton, Archie, Nancy Drew, Max Finder Mysteries and more.
It gets better – there are interesting National Geographic videos to watch, and puzzles and games you can play. Tumblebooks has everything to keep you entertained for hours!
Are you looking for reliable online info about World War One? We have created a lit of great websites that you can go to for info on the causes of the war, the treaty that ended that war, ANZAC Day and Gallipoli, New Zealand’s involvement, and websites that provide info on casualties and gravesites.
You are also welcome to chat live with an online librarian, who will help you with your research and finding online resources. AnyQuestions is a government-funded homework help service for New Zealand School Students. It’s open 1pm – 6pm Monday to Friday. Go to the site, type in your question, and chat to a librarian who will help you with your question and finding online information sources. It’s fun and free!
So long holidays, hello school. We hope you enjoyed your April School Holidays (despite the weather) and managed to read heaps of awesome books and do cool stuff. Did you get along to any our the Libraries’ awesome holiday activities?
But now that you’re back to school, you’ll need to know about where to go for homework help. Here’s two great starting places:
These two NZ websites are designed to help school students find online information for their school work. AnyQuestions is a live service – which means you chat live with a librarian who will help you find helpful websites with the information you need. AnyQuestions in open Monday – Friday from 1pm to 6pm. All you need to do is visit the website, type in your question, and you’ll be chatting live with a librarian very soon. The librarian will talk to you about your question and the information you need, and then will help you to search for helpful and trustworthy websites.
ManyAnswers is open 24/7 and has lots of great tips about where to find online info for heaps of topics. Use the search box or topic cloud to find advice on how to search for your topic. this is a great place to visit when AnyQuestions is not open for a live chat.
Oddizzi site is a fun, interactive way to learn about countries. It includes weather, climate, rainforests, volcanoes, earthquakes, oceans, food and farming, animals, transport, jobs, schools, festivals, religion, and more.
Need to find out about a country or have a topic about the natural world to research? Start here!
You’ll need a username and a password to enter the site. You can use these ones: