School Holidays – Oh yeah!

Posted in Announcements, School Holidays
by adrienne

The holidays are almost here! We’ve planned some awesome activities all about comics! Read on…


Be a super comic creator! 

Holy creative comic capers! Fly to your local library and become a comic crusader. Make and play with your own ‘comic dice’ during the April School Holidays. Don’t forget your costume! These free events are perfect for 6-10 year olds, and bookings aren’t required.

Where and when:

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 11am 28th April

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 10.30am 29th April

Karori Library: 11am 29th April

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: 2pm 29th April

Central Library: 11am 30th April

Miramar Library: 2pm 30th April


Also join us at the Central Library on May 3rd for ComicFest and celebrate International Free Comic Book Day – a day of workshops, costume competitions, and free comics to give away for all ages.


SPCA Storytimes in the North

Posted in Event, Things to Do
by debbie

Make sure you come along to the SPCA storytimes at

Tawa Library on Monday 14th April @10.30


Johnsonville Library on Tuesday 15th April @ 10.30am

Along with our usual storytime we are going to be visited by some cute and cuddly furry animals.

We will lean how to care for and look after our pets and we will also hear all about what the SPCA does.

See you there!

Fun to watch storytime videos

Posted in Books
by adrienne

We’ve been filming some great stories at Kilbirnie Library’s storytime.

The books have been published by Gecko Press and are I am so strong and A Mammoth in the fridge.

Check out this new Fiction!

Posted in Books, New Fiction
by pauline

Pinkbeard’s Revenge;The Adventures of Joe Schmo #4   By Greg Trine

Fourth-grade superhero Jo Schmo and her sidekick Raymond face Dr. Dastardly and Numbskull, who break out of jail and join forces with Pinkbeard’s band of time-traveling pirates in an evil revenge plot.



Image courtesy of SyndeticsUndead Pets: Gasp of the Ghoulish Guinea Pig by Sam Hay

Joe is just an ordinary boy until he makes a wish on a spooky Egyptian amulet… Now he’s the Protector of Undead Pets and there’s a ghoulish guinea pig scrabbling about!





Image courtesy of SyndeticsMy New Zealand Story: Canterbury Quake by Desna Wallace

“Maddy is a typical 11-year-old girl living in Christchurch – her diary starts in early August with her desperation for a mobile phone, and talking about her best friend Laura, Glee and singing in the school choir, homework, teachers, her siblings … And then the first earthquake hits on 4 September and her world changes”–Publisher information.




Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Spotted Dog Last Seen by Jessica Scott Kerrin

When a new book arrives at the library with a secret code written inside, Derek, with the help of his friends, follows the clues from one novel to the next and makes a discovery that may help him get past a terrible loss.




Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Impossible Boy by Mark Griffiths

‘The X-Files meets Dr Who in this hilarious series from Mark Griffiths.
Somewhere in the small, dull town of Blue Hills, the impossible is happening. Inanimate objects are coming to life. Time travellers from the future are mingling unnoticed with the shoppers in the high street. School children are developing uncanny powers. Strange creatures are lurking within the grounds of a forgotten stately home. And with each of these mysteries comes a terrible threat that just might endanger the entire world…’

SPCA Visit to Karori Library

Posted in Event, Things to Do
by Theresa

Some friends from the SPCA brought some special guests along to Karori Library preschool storytime this morning.  Children, parents/caregivers and staff were excited to meet Zeus the puppy, and bunnies Peaches and Jessica.  They loved their pats!  We also learnt all about animal care and enjoyed some neat animal stories and songs.  There are still more SPCA storytime sessions to be held and our furry friends would love to see you there!


  • Monday 14h April, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library at 10.30am
  • Tuesday 15th April, Johnsonville Library at 10.30am
  • Wednesday 16th April,CummingsPark(Ngaio) Library at 10.30am


Pyjama Storytimes!

Posted in Announcements, Event
by Jessica

Evening storytimes will be happening again at Cummings Park library (Ngaio) and Karori library! Here’s your chance to wear your snuggly pyjamas to the library!

Details are…

When: The second week of the every month, Monday at Cummings Park Library (Ngaio) and Thursday at Karori Library.

Time: 6.30-7pm

Who: All 5-10 year olds and their families are welcome

What: Come along and listen to some stories!


See you there!

The Whitebait Wriggle

Posted in Books, New Non-Fiction
by debbie

Do you like poetry?

Do you like whitebait?

Combine these two together and you get The Whitebait Wriggle.

Reading this book I found out all about the life cycle of the whitebait. I learnt that what we describe as whitebait is actually the juvenile form of five species of New Zealand freshwater fish and they all lead an amazing and sometimes dangerous life.

What is really fun about this book is that it is written in verse.


Down at the beach

in the blue-green sea.

Where the waves swish the sand

and the birds fly free.

Swam five baby fish

and they all looked the same.

Tiny and wriggly,

whitebait was their name.

You can check out lots of great poetry books in the library and then maybe you can have a go at creating some of your own.

Falling leaves

Posted in Books, Reviews & Recommendations
by debbie

Autumn is here. The days are shortening and the mornings are getting a little chilly. The sun is lower in the sky and it sets earlier each day. The air temperature drops and we usually have more rain. The signs of autumn are a signal to plants and animals that they have to get ready for winter.

Have you ever wondered why deciduous trees drop their leaves in autumn? It is because there is less sunlight to make food and the colder temperatures mean that the trees cannot get enough water from the frozen ground. But before they drop their leaves they remove all the valuable substances – like chlorophyll, that give the leaves the green colour.  This makes the leaves turn orange, yellow and red making the season of autumn look so pretty.




Why not take a look at some of our autumn fiction. Here is a selection of books with autumn in the title that you might like to try.

Things that float and things that don’t!


Why does an apple float in a tub of water, but a ball of aluminum foil sinks to the bottom? And why when you take that same ball of aluminum and flattened it out and shape it into a boat it will float?

How can a whole crowd of people be in a boat and it floats when a small pebble dropped into the water will sink?

How can this be?

In ‘Things that float and Things that don’t’ you can have heaps of fun guessing which things float and which things don’t. You can learn all about the density of water and how if affects the things that float (or not) on it. There is even a difference between the water in the sea and the water in a lake.

So have fun experimenting on what can float and what won’t.

Daylight Saving

Posted in Books, Facts
by debbie

It’s nearly time to turn the clocks back as daylight saving comes to an end this weekend.

I am always a little sad when daylight saving finishes as it means that winter is on the way and the long hot (or warm) summer is over.

You might like to check out some history on daylight saving in New Zealand. I discovered that in 1909 a Parliamentarian Hon Sir Thomas Sidey argued for putting clocks forward by one hour during summer so that there would be an additional hour of daylight in the evenings. In that year he introduced a Member’s Bill to put this idea into effect. The Bill was rejected, but Sidey was persistent, reintroducing it every year for the next 20 years.

That is very persistent, and you can read all about it here.

So enjoy the last days of summer and remember the one good thing is that we do get another hour to sleep in!