Have you voted for the ‘Bird of the Year’ yet?

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’

Bird of the YearThe 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.

At the Bird of the Year website you can find out about a wide variety of our birds, and vote for your favourite.

Will the 2015 bird be the Hihi? Kākā? Bar-Tailed Godwit? Kererū? Kōkako?

Voting closes on October 25th.

New eBooks for children

Winter weather has you stuck inside? Can’t get to the library? Here’s the newest eBook fiction added to our collection:

1. 11 Birthdays: Willow Falls Series, Book 1 by Wendy Mass (also an eAudiobook)

2. 13 Gifts: Willow Falls Series, Book 3 by Wendy Mass (also an eAudiobook)

3. Beauty and the Beast: Twice Upon a Time Series, Book 3 by Wendy Mass

4.  Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos

5. Finally: Willow Falls Series, Book 2 by Wendy Mass (also an eAudiobook)

6. Graceful: Willow Falls Series, Book 5 by Wendy Mass

7. Nanny Piggins and the Accidental Blast-Off 4 by R. A. Spratt

8. Nanny Piggins and the Pursuit of Justice 6 by R. A. Spratt

9. Nanny Piggins and the Rival Ringmaster 5 by R. A. Spratt

10. Nanny Piggins and the Runaway Lion 3 by R. A. Spratt

11. Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan 2  by R. A. Spratt

12. Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures: Pip Bartlett Series, Book 1 by Maggie Stiefvater (also an eAudiobook)

13. Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt (eBook with Narration)

14. Rapunzel, the One With All the Hair: Twice Upon a Time Series, Book 1 by Wendy Mass

15. Sisters: Smile Series, Book 2 by Raina Telgemeier (Comic)

16. Sleeping Beauty, the One Who Took the Really Long Nap: Twice Upon a Time Series, Book 2 by Wendy Mass

17. The Last Present: Willow Falls Series, Book 4 by Wendy Mass (also an eAudiobook)

18. The Whispering Trees: The Thickety Series, Book 2 by J. A. White (also an eAudiobook)

19. You Can’t Sit With Us: Mean Girl Makeover Trilogy, Book 2 by Nancy N. Rue

Free interactive ebooks for kids

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!

Explore ANZAC day and WW1 with these great websites

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.

 

Websites about the causes of World War One

 

 

Websites about the Treaty of Versailles

 

 

Websites about ANZAC Day

 

 

Websites about New Zealand’s involvement

 

 

Websites with ANZAC Poetry

 

 

Websites with casualties, wounded, and graves information

 

 

Websites with primary sources

 

 

General World War One sites

 

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!

 

Back to school – here’s a website to bookmark

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:

anyquestionslogo_smallAnyQuestions.co.nz and ManyAnswers.co.nz

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.

Download and keep Horrible Histories magazine for free

We know you all love Horrible histories, and now you can download the magazine for free through our website. Best bit – you get to keep them!

Zinio is where you can download heaps of magazines -it’s a bit like eBooks, but with magazines. There are heaps of cool international and New Zealand ones to chose from – sport, cooking, movies, music, petsscience and technology, and more. Take a look!

Here’s where you’ll find the Horrible Histories magazine.

A cool way to learn about other countries…

Have you tried Oddizzi yet?

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:

Username: Wellington

Password: oddizzi

Back to school!

The school holidays are over and it’s time to go back to school! We hope you had a great two week break.

Your teacher is bound to start giving you projects and homework to do – and we’re here to help!

Have you heard about AnyQuestions.co.nz? It’s a live online homework help service where you can chat live to a New Zealand Librarian who will help you find the information you need online. It’s a free service and open Monday to Friday 1pm – 6pm. the service is available in English and te Reo.

If you need help outside those times you can go to ManyAnswers.co.nz. This is the sister website for AnyQuestions.co.nz and has information about where to find information online for thousands of homework topics.

Of course you can always visit your local Wellington City Library after school and ask the librarians for help finding information -they’re always happy to help!

Give it a go!

September Top 10 non Fiction

Minecraft has entered the ranks for Children’s imagination building. Lego and Star Wars have got competition!

1.  The LEGO ideas book by Daniel Lipkowitz

2.  Star Wars character encyclopedia by Simon Beecroft

3.  Star Wars by David West Reynolds

4.  Lego Star Wars by Simon Beecroft

5.  LEGO super heroes by Daniel Lipkowitz

6.  LEGO play book by Daniel Lipkowitz

7.  Ripley’s believe it or not! Edited by Rosie Alexander

8.  Minecraft by Nick Farwell

9.  Angry Birds Star Wars by Steve Bynghall

10. Moshi Monsters by Steve Cleverley