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

Commonwealth Games

Looking for information about the games? Look no further! Here are all the links you need:


The 2014 Commonwealth Games:

Check out the official website for everything you need to know about the games. You can find out about the different sports, the countries competing, the athletes involved, the schedule of events, and the medal counts (including the athletes that have won them). You can even find out about the records set for the different sports played.

 

Past Commonwealth Games:

The Commonwealth Games have been happening every 4 years since 1930. You can find all the dates and locations at the official Commonwealth Games Federation website. Can you see how many times New Zealand has hosted the games? Click on each of the games to find out about the results of the games and the records set. You can also find out about the history of the Commonwealth Games, where it will be held next (Gold Coast 2018),

 

Glasgow and Scotland:

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and is the city hosting the Commonwealth Games. Wikipedia have an article on Glasgow (including one in simple English). The Glasgow official tourism site has lots of cool info about what to see and do in Glasgow. Did you know that there are many tunnels under Glasgow? You can find out more about the city’s history at Historic Glasgow. Make sure you check out some useful facts and figures about Glasgow. too.

For information about Scotland you can visit the Wikipedia page, The Scotland National Tourism page, and find out about the history of the country at Historic Scotland. For straightforward facts and figures, check out the page for the United Kingdom at the CIA World Factbook site.

 

The New Zealand Team:

Find out the latest news about the kiwi team in Glasgow at the kiwi athletes homepage. On this site you’ll find the complete list of athletes, the schedule for when they will be competing,  and the team’s results. You can also find out about some of the athletes in the NZ Glasgow team over at High Performance.

 

The Commonwealth:

The Commonwealth of Nations are a group of countries that were mostly part of the British Empire.  Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the CommonWealth. You can find out about the Commonwealth at Wikipedia (Simple English article available too), find out about what sort of things are achieved through the Commonwealth at the official site, and you can even see how the Queen and Royal Family interact with the Commonwealth nations at the Royal Family’s website.

Māwhai Tuhituhi – online Te Reo writing competition for Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

Hei whakanui i Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2014, kei te mahi pakiwaitara tuhituhi ā-ipurangi Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui, ā, ka taea e koe e tō kura rānei ētahi taonga te wini.

Kua oti kē i te kaituhi rongonui haere nei a Paora Tibble te whiti tuatahi te tuhituhi, ā, māu e āpiti atu ō tuhituhi ki te pakiwaitara ia rā, hei te 21-25 o Hūrae.

Ka whiriwhirihia kotahi te whiti ia rā (tae atu ki te 200 kupu), mai i ia reanga, ka mutu hoki ngā pakiwaitara hei te ahiahi o te Paraire te 25 o Hūrae.

Ko ngā Reanga: (Kura) Tau 1-8, me te Tau 9-13

Ko ngā taonga ia rā he pēke whare pukapuka, he kāri koha, he haki pukapuka hoki.

Ko ngā taonga mā ngā toa tuhituhi kotahi iPapa mō ia reanga, ā, he haki e $250 hei hoko pukapuka mō ngā kura o ngā toa tuhituhi.

Ko te kura hoki he tokomaha rawa ana kaituhi ka wini hoki i te haki pukapuka e $250!

Kia whai wāhi koe ki te wini, tūhono mai ā-ipurangi ka tuhituhi mai rā: wcl.govt.nz/mawhaituhi

 

 

To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2014, Wellington City Libraries are weaving an online story, with the chance for you and your school to win some cool prizes.

Well-known author, Paora Tibble, has written the first paragraph but we need you to continue the story each day, from 21-25 July.

A paragraph (up to 200 words) will be selected, daily, from each age group, and the stories will finish on Friday afternoon, 25 July.

Age Groups are: (School) Year 1-8, and Year 9-13

Daily prizes include library bags, concession cards and book vouchers.

The prizes for overall winners include an iPad for each age group winner, plus $250 of book vouchers for the winners’ schools.

The school with the most contributors will also win $250 of book vouchers!

For your chance to win, join us online and weave your story: wcl.govt.nz/mawhaituhi

Watch the International Space Station live

Above us the International Space Station (ISS), with 6 crew on board, obits the earth every 90 minutes. Recently they fitted a camera to the space station so you can watch live what’s going on. It’s really addictive to watch… we warned you!

When the crew are on duty the camera shows what’s going on inside the space station and you can listen to the audio of conversations between the crew and mission control. When the crew are off duty, the camera is pointing towards earth showing the view the crew have from their windows. Often the ISS goes into a black spot where there’s no transmission and it’s out of contact with Earth. So, if the screen shows nothing, just wait a bit and the video feed will return when the ISS is out of the black spot.

Because the ISS orbits Earth once every 90 minutes the crew experience a sunrise and sunset every 45 minutes – they have 45 minutes of night time and 45minutes of daytime. So if the screen looks dark it may be because it’s night time on the ISS. Look closely and you may see the lights of cities on Earth below.

Have fun watching! Here’s the link to the feed

 

The Hobbit – Production videos

The second Hobbit move – The Desolation of Smaug, is due to be released in New Zealand on December 12th.

Peter Jackson, the director, has been posting production diary videos online since he started filming The Hobbit to give us a behind the scenes look at how the movie was made. He’s continued this tradiation with some new video diaries for The Desolation of Smaug. The videos are interesting, fascinating and funny.

Over the next month, leading up the movie’s release, we’ll be posting some of the videos here.

Here’s video #1

While you’re waiting for the movie release you could watch the first Hobbit movie, or read the book.

Friday Fun

Because it’s Friday and the weekend starts at 3pm today, I thought we could check out some fun websites with free online games.

Here are my favs:

Sprout:  Games (scroll down the page for games based on well-known TV shows), videos, colour ins, crafts and recipes – there’s so much to do here.

Nickelodeon: Over 1000 games to play, what more could you want (apart from time to play them all)?

PBS Kids: loads of games based on well known TV shows and book characters. I especially love the Curious George and Cat in the Hat ones.

Mattel: Yes this is the company that makes barbies, but the also have Hot Wheels, Monster Trucks, Bionic Battle and Battle Force 5 (and lots of Barbie games). You can chose between different types of games – arcade, racing, make over, action, sports etc.

BBC: Another TV station web site with heaps of cool games. I really like the look of ‘Wizards vs Aliens’.

Cartoon Network: The home of Ben 10 games, also heaps of cool action adventure, sports and puzzle games.

 

 

Check out our Fun Stuff webpage for more links to awesome sites.

 

AnyQuestions – live online homework help

Need help with those pesky school work questions? AnyQuestions is here to help!

It’s a website designed to help NZ school students learn how to find information online. You get to chat live with a friendly librarian who will help you find the answer or information you need and will teach you some cool online searching tips and tricks along the way. It’s free, fun, friendly and helpful.

AnyQuestions is open Monday to Friday 1pm – 6pm. If you need help outside those times you can visit their sister website – ManyAnswers, which has info and good website links about many of the most popular subjects and topics you get in school.