Free Movie Night at Johnsonville Library!

Come along to our free movie night on Friday 2nd March 5.30pm.

This month’s movie is about Riley a happy 11 year old girl whose world is turned upside down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions, led by Joy, are put to the test as they help her cope with this difficult time in her life.

This film is rated G.

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.

Rainbow Storytimes!

Come and listen to some wonderful Rainbow Stories at Wellington Central Library presented by Wellington’s favourite Drag Queen, the fabulous LaQuisha St Refern and friends. Celebrate our Rainbow Families with this special fun storytime  event for children, their families and anyone who likes stories!

What: Rainbow Storytimes

Where: Wellington Central Library

When: Saturday 3rd March, 2 – 2.30pm

Late Night Storytime with your councillors at Tawa Library!


We have a very special storytime at Tawa Library on Thursday 1st March at 6pm.

Come along to hear our local councillors – Cr Sparrow, Cr Day and Cr Gilberd who will be presenting some of their favourite stories as part of our Stories @ Six late night storytime series.

You can find out about more library events on our Kids’ What’s On page, or the library Event Calendar.

New Kids Fiction books for you to kick back and relax with (once you’ve finished your homework!)

School is back! so here’s 10 wonderful new kids fiction books for you to chose from, to help you get back into the swing of things! Grab them today from your local Library! 🙂

Image courtesy of SyndeticsBronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan

When Sunflower, a young city girl, moves to the countryside, she grows to love the reed marsh lands – the endlessly flowing river, the friendly buffalo with their strong backs and shiny round heads, the sky that stretches on and on in its vastness. However, the days are long, and the little girl is lonely. Then she meets Bronze, who, unable to speak, is ostracised by the other village boys. Soon the pair are inseparable, and when Bronze’s family agree to take Sunflower in, it seems that fate has brought him the sister he has always longed for. But life in Damaidi is hard, and Bronze’s family can barely afford to feed themselves. Will the city girl be able to stay in this place where she has finally found happiness?


Image courtesy of SyndeticsMatt Millz by Harry Hill

Meet Matt Millz – Britain’s Youngest (and funniest!) Comedian! Matt may be small but he is truly mighty on the comedy circuit. Well, he is in his head anyway. When the school holds a talent show, Matt has the opportunity to demonstrate that he’s got the magical chutzpah quip to take him all the way to the Apollo. With the help of his diminutive manager, Kitty Hope, and his hapless form teacher, as well as the school brute, his heartthrob and Rob his best friend, Matt learns what it takes to be really funny . . . A hilarious new book from National TreasureT and real-life (very) funny man Harry Hill.


Image courtesy of SyndeticsMez’s Magic by Eliot Schrefer

Caldera has forever been divided into those animals who walk by night and those who walk by day. Nightwalker panthers, like young Mez and her beloved sister, have always feared daywalkers as creatures of myth and legend. Until the eclipse. Now Mez has discovered that she can cross the Veil and enter the daylight world. Her magical power has unknown depths, but she must rush to discover it after a mysterious stranger arrives at her family’s den, bearing warnings of a reawakened evil. Saving Caldera means Mez must leave her sister behind and unite an unlikely group of animal friends to unravel an ancient mystery and protect their rainforest home.


Image courtesy of SyndeticsArmstrong & Charlie By Steven B. Frank

“During the pilot year of a Los Angeles school system integration program, two sixth grade boys, one black, one white, become best friends as they learn to cope with everything from first crushes and playground politics to the loss of loved ones and racial prejudice in the 1970s”– Provided by publisher



Image courtesy of SyndeticsWinterhouse by Ben Guterson

Elizabeth, eleven, spends Christmas break at Winterhouse hotel under strange circumstances, where she discovers that she has magic, and her love of puzzles helps her solve a mystery.




Image courtesy of SyndeticsBah Humbug! by Michael Rosen

This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic. In a school theatrical production of ‘A Christmas Carol’, the boy who plays Scrooge is extra nervous because his very busy father is in the audience. However, it’s likely his father won’t stay for the duration, due to business. As always. Will the classic story’s message of Christmas cheer and family love reach his father’s distracted heart?


IImage courtesy of Syndeticsvy by Katherine Coville

A young girl helps her grandmother care for magical creatures.





Image courtesy of SyndeticsGoodly and Grave in a deadly case of murder by Justine Windsor

The second page-turning adventure in this sharp-witted, magical mystery series. When reports come in that valuable magical objects are being stolen, Goodly and Grave are on the case, but just when they think they know whodunit their prime suspect turns up – murdered! Will Lucy be able to track the real villain without putting herself in deadly danger…? An page-turning mystery with a magical twist.


Image courtesy of SyndeticsGrover’s New Friends by Claire Garth

Grover McBane is a lucky dog. He has a new family, and he’s making friends at the park. But Grover’s owner, Annie, needs his help. A puppy called Peanunt has arrived at the animal shelter and is scared and confused. Thank goodness Grover and his new friends from the dog park are there to help! What will happen to Peanut? Where will he go?

Games Night at Johnsonville Library!

Join us for a Games Night at Johnsonville Library this Friday 23rd February at 5pm.

We have a range of board games to choose from including popular classics like Settler 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.





Great Non Fiction: Little People, Big Dreams.

Hey Kids! Check out the biographic series called Little People, Big Dreams. This features inspiring and courageous women who defied the odds and became the most influential figures in history that inspired change.



image courtesy of syndeticsMaya Angelou.

Maya Angelou spent much of her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas. After a traumatic event at age eight, she stopped speaking for five years. However, Maya rediscovered her voice through wonderful books, and went on to become one of the world’s most beloved writers and speakers. This inspiring story of her life features a facts and photos section at the back.”–Page 4 of cover.

A great biography to read that focuses on social injustice, racism, women’s rights and a courageous woman that defied all the odds and changed the course of history forever.


iamge courtesy of syndeticsCoco Chanel.

Read the inspiring story of famous French fashion designer Gabrielle Chanel, known as Coco Chanel, who led an extraordinary life, had many careers as a as a cabaret singer, seamstress, hat maker, fashion designer, businesswoman and iconic figure in the fashion industry, who became famous for  her timeless designs, trademark suits and little black dresses. A great biography and also provides further information about the history of women’s fashion.


images courtesy of syndeticsAudrey Hepburn.

Presents information about famous actress and iconic figure,  Audrey Hepburn, from her youth in Nazi-occupied Europe, training as a ballerina and a dancer, through her rise to stardom in some of the era’s most popular films, such as Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady, and to her dedication to UNICEF.




image courtesy of syndeticsAgatha Christie.

In the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. The book follows Agatha Christie, who taught herself to read at the age of five, on her journey to becoming the most famous crime writer of all time. This inspiring and informative little biography comes with extra facts about Agatha’s life at the back.



Flicks @ Six at Tawa Library.

Come along to our free movie night on Thursday 15 February at 6pm.

This month the Easter Bunny’s teenage son dreams of being a famous rock and roll drummer, so he runs away from home to the glitz and glam of Hollywood where he’s taken in by Fred, a slacker under pressure to get his life together. Together, the two dodge evil Easter Chickens, undergo Easter Bunny training, and help each other learn about family and responsibility.

This film is rated G

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

Chinese New Year & Special Storytimes at the Library

Come down to Wellington Central Library and Civic Square to celebrate the Chinese New Year: The Year of the Dog, with special storytime events for pre-schoolers and their families presented by the Ni Hao Children’s Community.

We have 2 Storytimes for you at Wellington Central Library on Saturday the 17th of February which will be in Chinese, but guess what? It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Chinese you are going to have lots of fun listening to another language and doing activities all about the year of the Dog. Bring along a toy dog, dress in your New Year clothes (or Dog costume), or just come as you are, to share familiar stories and songs like ‘Spot the Dog’ or ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’…but in Chinese! Don’t forget while you are down at Central Library to check out all the fun activities that are going to be happening outside in Civic Square.

What: Chinese Storytimes

When: Saturday 17th of February

Time: 9.30-10am & 3-3.30pm

Where: Wellington Central Library

Summer Reading Challenge!

Summer Reading Challenge has sadly come to a finish and I would like to say a BIG THANK-YOU and congratulations to everyone who took part. It’s been so much fun reading all the fantastic reviews that you have sent in and hopefully you will keep sending them in as part of Kid’s Club Reviews. With over 60 books on the list I was amazed and impressed with how many some of you read and with what you were saying in the reviews! So keep up the great reading and don’t forget if you are stuck for ideas of what to read next pop down to your local library and ask the friendly librarians we love to help you choose books, or keep eye on our Blog post where we write up about fabulous new books coming into the libraries. There is still plenty of summer left for lying around with a great read!

Watch this space for the competition winners and the school who read the most books – to be announced soon…