Can you find yourself in these ComicFest photos?

ComicFest was held at Wellington Central Library over April 29th – May 2nd – it was an awesome celebration of everything to do with comics, including Free Comic Book Day where we gave away hundreds of free comic books. Did you get one?

We hoped you managed to come along to ComicFest. Don’t worry if you missed out – you can check out the photos below, and make sure you come along next year!

(You can find more photos on the Wellington City Libraries Flickr photo stream)

If you love comics – check out our booklist of amazing comics.

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Our top 20 children’s CDs

May is new Zealand Music Month, so we though we’d share with you the top 20 most popular CDs from the children’s collection. Here they are:

  1. Frozen Soundtrack
  2. Songs for Bubbas (NZ!)
  3. Surfer Jeff
  4. Baby rock & rhyme (NZ!)
  5. Children’s favourites
  6. Nursery rhymes & children’s songs
  7. World’s best kids songs
  8. 100 sing-along-songs for kids
  9. 75 children’s favourites
  10. Dora rocks!
  11. The LEGO movie
  12. The lion king
  13. Doc McStuffins
  14. Hot potatoes!
  15. Disney’s greatest
  16. Love to sing (NZ!)
  17. Rock & roll preschool
  18. Apples & bananas
  19. Celtic dreamland
  20. Movie magic

 

 

6 new New Zealand and fairy tale non fiction just in time for winter.

Operation Nest Egg Chick.

“Deep down in a dark burrow, a father kiwi snorts and snuffles in his sleep. Underneath him , a large creamy egg lies snug and safe from pilfering predators.” Read more in Operation Nest Egg Chick, a creative non-fiction story about a BNZ Operation Nest Egg chick. Each page features beautiful illustrations, photographs and text boxes about how kiwis are being saved. A must have read!

 

Snow White : 4 beloved tales.

Retells the classic German version of Snow White, together with three similar tales–Marigo of the Forty Dragons from Albania, The unnatural mother and the girl with a star on her forehead from Mozambique, and The magic needle from Turkey

 

 

Rapunzel : 3 beloved tales.

Retells the classic German tale of Rapunzel in the tower, along with the similar tales of Clotilde from the Philippines, and Petrosinella from Italy.

 

 

 

Little Red Riding Hood Stories Around the World: 3 Beloved Tales.

Retells the classic German version of the fairy tale of a girl and a wolf, along with similar tales from Italy and Taiwan.

 

 

 

Alices food A-Z : edible adventures.

Written by Alice Zaslavsky – one-time Masterchef contestant and the host of TV quiz show Kitchen Whizz, this book contains information about all the things you ever wanted to know about food… and some things you probably didn’t. Packed to the brim with funny food facts, clever cooking tips and kidfriendly recipes, this is a book for the fact-hungry, food-obsessed or those who like to mess about in the kitchen. A great book to have on hand, especially with winter around the corner.

 

 

New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame : 25 Kiwi champions.

This book features information about 25 famous New Zealand sportspeople across a wide range of different sporting disciplines. Includes a caricature, an action photograph, a profile of the person, timeline, inspirational quote, description of the sport, training regime and trophy board. One book you must read!

Get your hands on these 6 new kids fiction books

Image courtesy of SyndeticsA Funny thing Happened on the Way to School by Benjamin Chaud

A humorous story about imaginative excuses for being late to school. Sophisticated picture book.

 

 

 

 

Murder Most Unladylike Image courtesy of Syndeticsby Robin Stevens

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up a secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls to solve the murder of their Science Mistress, Miss Bell.

 

 

 

 

 

Jim’s LettersImage courtesy of Syndetics by Glyn Harper

A moving story of two brothers separated by the First World War, based on the thousands of letters sent by and to Anzac soldiers fighting at Gallipoli.

 

 

 

 

White Horse of Zennor and other storiesImage courtesy of Syndetics by Michael Morpurgo

“At the furthest edge of Britain where the sea gently washes over the land and myths brush against reality, lies Zennor. Set in a churchtown where men become beasts and ghosts roam freely, are haunting and unforgettable tales where magic lies around every corner.” -back cover.

 

 

 

 

The Leaky Battery Sets Sail Image courtesy of Syndetics Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates ; 1  by Gareth. P. Jones

Causing chaos wherever they sail, the robotic Steampunk Pirates are roaming the high seas, hunting for gold! But the evil Iron Duke has other ideas…He’s determined to capture the pirates in return for a handsome reward from the King.

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Bad Book by Andy Griffiths

‘WARNING! This book contains nothing but bad stories,

bad drawings,

bad poems,

bad cartoons,

and bad riddles about bad characters doing bad things. It is a BAD book’- (inside cover).

 

 

ANZAC Holiday activities at Johnsonville Library

During the school holiday activities Johnsonville Library commemorated 100 years since the Gallipoli landings by listening to stories and music plus having the opportunity to make our own poppies.

Both wool and felt poppies were created. Children had fun learning the art of felt making using natural fibre and then making the poppies from it. To make the wool poppies we used a little cardboard circular loom and wove the wool through to create our poppies.

A big thank you to the ladies from the Onslow Fibrecraft Guild who helped us with our creations.

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Johnsonville Storytime

Web1Make sure you come along to our monthly Friday night storytime at Johnsonville Library where this month its going to be all about music.

This musical extravaganza will be on Friday 1st May starting at 6.30pm and will include lots of stories and of course music.

So come along for some melodious, musical madness!

This is a free event for children 4 years and above

 

New booklist for comic lovers

Comics BooklistWant to get into comics but not sure where to start? We have a new booklist to help you out. You’ll soon be able to pick one up in our libraries, but while you’re waiting you can find it over at our Kids’ Booklist webpage (along with heaps of other booklists).

The comics booklist has heaps of titles of really great comics for you to read. Find one that you like the look of and visit the catalogue or local library to find out where you can get it from.

You won’t want to miss ComicFest

Last year it was amazing, and this year’s ComicFest is going to be even better! 4 days of comic mayhem – you won’t want to miss this.

You can find the entire programme here. But here’s a breakdown of the stuff happening for children and teens:

 

Wednesday 29th of April

6 – 8.00 | Free mystery Comic film!
Come along to our mystery comic-themed film at the Central library. We guarantee comic satisfaction and prizes at this once only ComicFest screening. Seating is limited to 50 only, so contact us at the Central library to book seats or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz! (For Teens +)

 

Friday 1st of May

5 – 6.30 | Digital comics workshop with Tim Gibson
Tim Gibson is known as a digital pioneer in NZ comic’s circles with his successful ‘Moths City’ title performing well on international website Comixology. Join Tim for an hour and a half of insight into the planning, creation and distribution of a comic using current digital tools and insider tricks of the trade. For all ages and bring your tablet and stylus if you can!

(Sponsored by NZ Comic Con)

 

Saturday 2nd of May

Free comic book day -all day
Grab your free comics from our stands, buy from the great folk at Graphic comic store and chat comics with our librarians. Dress as your favourite comic character and win prizes! Have a go at creating and drawing a Manga character and enter the Make a Manga competition (Sponsored by GRAPHIC comics)

10 – 11.30 | Comics 101 workshop with Sarah Laing
Sarah Laing (Let Me be Frank, cartoonist and novelist) has unique insight into what is required to make successful prose, comics and cartoons. Bring pen and papers along as Sarah imparts tips on the important relation between pictures and words, the value of honest drawing, emotion and story-telling. All ages. (Sponsored by NZ book council)

11.30 – 12.00 | Cosplay competition
Winners will be announced for the best ComicFest costume! Prizes for all categories, including children, teens, and adults. (Sponsored by Unity books)

12 – 1.00 | ‘Tintin – the journey from comic to film’
Let Tintin and Weta Workshop lead conceptual designer, Chris Guise take you through the process of transforming a much-loved comic into the successful film version of, ‘The adventures of Tintin – the secret of the Unicorn.’ Chris will guide you through this multi-media journey with slides and videos and don’t forget to have your questions ready for Q&A.

2.00 – 2.15 | Comicfest announces winners for the Manga drawing competition
Don’t forget your free comics posters courtesy of GRAPHIC comic store!

 

All events are free and bookings are not required. Seating at space at events is available on a first come – first served basis.

Don’t worry – our online library is still open today

Today’s public holiday means that our libraries are closed and there are no children’s programmes running. However you can still access our virtual library – thousands of books, magazines, audiobooks, newspapers, and games and puzzles are all waiting to be discovered.

Check out Overdrive and Bolinda for eBooks and Audiobooks that you can download to your device.

TumbleBooks also has many great picture books with activities that you can read.

Odizzi, ZooWhiz, and LanguageNut are all fun learning games that you can access through our website for free.

Zinio has free downloadable magazines that you can keep – sports, music, crafts, movies, pets and animals, and more. Can you find the horrible histories magazine? Search for newspapers from all around the world using Press Display. It’s fun to see the news reported in a different language and from a different country’s perspective.