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

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.