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.
Kia ora everyone! To Celebrate Māori Language week at Wellington City Libraries we are having a competition to name our Kōhunga Kōrero Puppets!
Tuī and Pūngāwerewere desperately need names and we think that you are the best people to name them. We would love you to come up with some great names. So when you’re in your local library this week getting some books to read, come up to the counter and we’ll write down your suggestions, along with your name and a contact number and put you in the draw to win prizes! The competition close this Rātapu (Sunday) the 17th of Mahuru (September)so be quick and next week we’ll let you know who the lucky winners are. Ka kite anō!
Wellington City Libraries are embracing the following trends: technology, coding and robots. To support the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) learning platform, we now have two new team members to assist library staff in this process in the form of Nao Robot twins: Blue and Red.
Blue and Red are fully automated Nao, (pronounced ‘now’) humanoid Robots. They are 58cm tall, autonomous, and fully programmable. They walk, talk, listen to you, and even recognise your face. Blue and Red can even whip out a few dance moves to Thriller by Michael Jackson, Gangnam style by PSY and more! Like most humans, if the robots fall down they manage to get themselves back up again, along with a few grunts and groans, and touch wood without any broken limbs or bones.
The robots made their official debut at Wellington Central Library on Monday 10th of July, at the ‘Meet the Robots’ event, part of the Beyond the Page literary festival for children during the school holidays. Apart from a few technical difficulties and performance anxiety issues, for both the librarians’ and robots the event proved to be a success. Blue and Red were the main attractions and stole the show. Parents and kids were whipping out their cell phones to photograph and film the robots paparazzi style! Everyone was mightily impressed with what the robots could do. They loved the performances and there were a lot of ‘ooohs’, ‘aaahs’ and giggling, and a huge round of applause at the end! Overall Blue and Red are a welcome addition to the library, as well as an ideal learning platform for teaching STEAM subjects. With the robots on our team, Wellington City Libraries can continue to work alongside organisations, such as schools, businesses and Information Technology Institutes. Together we’ll ensure the STEAM platform is promoted and taught to the wider community – Gangnam style!
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+
Can’t get enough of the movie, Moana! Well, brace yourselves a special edition of Moana, (Moana Reo Maori) returns to movie theatres… again, completely redubbed in Te Reo!
To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo – Maori Language Week (11th to 17th of September) there will be free screenings of the film, Moana in Te Reo Maori at cinemas in Wellington during the weekend of the 16th and 17th of September.
Check out screening times at:
Reading Cinemas Courtenay.
The Roxy Cinemas.
A great event to bring the whole family to enjoy a Disney Classic and learn, or brush up on your Te Reo Māori.
Make sure you come along to a delicious and scrumptious Storytime at Tawa Library this Thursday 7th September at 6pm.
This month our theme is all about food, so make sure you have something to eat before you come along otherwise you might get very hungry.
Suitable for ages 4 – 10 years these sessions run for 30 minutes.
See you there!
Come along to Johnsonville Library for a free night at the movies.
Happening on the first Friday of the month our next movie will be on Friday 1st September at 5.30pm.
This month’s movie is about a baby secret agent who turns up unannounced at a young boys house and sucks him into a hidden war for attention between babies and puppies. It is rated PG and runs for 97 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
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.