October’s Top 10 Children’s fiction

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by Dusty

Adventure, puzzles and plots in this top ten. Great to see Roald Dahl three times in the leader board! Featuring illustrations by the talented Quentin Blake brings life to these scratchy tales of errant anti-heroes and their feats of daring-do.

1.   Diary of a wimpy kid series by Jeff Kinney
2.   Where’s Wally? series by Martin Handford
3.   Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald
4.   Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
5.   Matilda by Roald Dahl
6.   Big Nate series by Lincoln Pierce
7.   The Twits by Roald Dahl
8.   Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord
9.   Puzzle pirates by Susannah Leigh
10. Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J. K. Rowling


The Summer Reading Challenge is coming…


Summer Reading Challenge!Keep your eyes peeled for updates on the upcoming Summer Reading Challenge.

The Challenge starts on 1st December. There are lots of prizes up for grabs, simply for reading and reviewing books, and doing fun activities at the 12 Wellington City Libraries.

Any 5-12 year old with their own Wellington City Libraries card can participate. It’s free, and you don’t have to register to join in.

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Top 10 Children’s DVDs for October

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by Dusty

These are the most popular in the library collection!  My Little Pony adventures have been top billing for 4 months! *applause* if you were a pony you would be stomping… only Twilight Sparkles would clap. To celebrate, feast like a pony, they only eat sweets, baked goods and flowers (you might want to add an apple or a couple of carrot sticks!).

1.  My little pony, friendship is magic.
2.  Dino Dan.
3.  Legends of Chima.
4.  Strawberry Shortcake.
5.  Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
6.  Dinosaur train.
7.  Shaun the sheep.
8.  The Garfield show.
9.  Adventure time.
10. The Lego movie.

New Non Fiction: Rainbow Looms and New Horrible Histories Editions!

Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

Roll up, roll up, roll up! Ladies and gentleman!  Boys and girls!Horrible Histories have done it again with fantastic new editions of their popular series this time using a unique theme of rats. But as there is method to Terry Deary’s madness and as always, he delivers on the promise of  foul facts, gory details and history with the nasty bits. For your reading pleasure, check out:

image courtesy of syndeticsStormin’ Normans : splats, hats and lots of rats!

This book lets you discover all the foul facts about the “Stormin’ Normans” – all the gore and more! You will find out why Norman knights slept with a dolly?, Which pirate hung up his eye-patch and became a saint? and why Crusader ships were defended with barrels of pee?




Smashing Saxons : splats, hats and lots of rats!image courtesy of syndetics

This book allows you to discover all the foul facts about the Smashing Saxons – all the gore and more! Find out who got cow pats as Christmas presents?, why wearing a pig on your head is lucky? and how to make a dead Saxon happy?

How about this for a new crafting idea: Rainbow Looms!  (also known as rubber band art) Check out these new awesome reads that will help inspire you inner rainbow loom creativity and will provide you with simple and easy guide to creating beautiful and fun loom projects… and maybe with Christmas around the corner potential Christmas presents for friends and family.



Loom Magic!image courtesy of syndetics

You’re a very lucky person if you read this because you get the privilege, as well as pleasure to have access to 25 awesome, never-before-seen designs for amazing rainbow of rubber band loom projects. Projects include cell phone cases, watch band and rainbow rings.





image courtesy of syndeticsLoom Magic Charms.

Once you have mastered your rainbow looming skills, why not challenge yourself to trying out Loom Magic Charms! This book comes complete with 25 cool designs that will definitely rock your rainbow. Examples of projects include a sunflower, dragonfly, superheroes and mittens.

Top 10 children’s comics for October

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by Dusty

These comics have been borrowed from the library many times in 2014 -they’re so popular! Any of your favourites in here?


1.  Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

2.  Pokémon by Hidenori Kusaka

3.  The complete Peanuts by Charles Schulz

4.  Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

5.  Asterix omnibus by Goscinny and Udzero

6.  Chi’s sweet home by Kanata Konami

7.  Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm

8.  Adventure time by Ryan North, Ryan

9.  Who stole the Mona Lisa? by Geronimo Stilton

10. Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse color Sundays by Floyd Gottfredson


Late night storytime at Johnsonville Library

Posted in Announcements, Event, Things to Do
by debbie

PyjamasTo help celebrate conservation week we are keeping it green at our special late night storytime at Johnsonville Library.


So come along on Friday 7th November at 6.30pm for a fun filled storytime all about furry animals, conservation and a helping hand for nature.



New Non Fiction – get crafty!

Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

image courtesy of syndeticsCraft it up : Christmas around the world : 35 fun craft projects inspired by traveling adventures.

It’s less than 85 days until Christmas. Why not get cracking with ideas on sort of Christmas themed projects you can tackle just in time for the holiday season. Stuck on ideas? Then check out Craft it up : Christmas around the world : 35 fun craft projects inspired by traveling adventures and get lots of fantastic ideas on creative projects, Christmas gift ideas and baked goods inspired by many countries around the world.




image courtesy of syndetics10 Minute Halloween Crafts.

Halloween is around the corner. A time of ghouls, ghosts and spooky creatures.  This book is jam packed full of craft ideas to teach children  how to make Halloween decorations such as bat hangings and black cat lanterns and create spookily brilliant zombie finger puppets and witches on broomsticks, plus lots more amazing Halloween ideas. A book that is bound to keep children entertained from now until Halloween.




image courtesy of syndeticsRoald Dahl’s The Witches: Plays for Children.

Anyone who is a fan of Roald Dah and who enjoyed his book, The Witches will absolutely love these seven short plays enclosed in this new book. Enclosed in this book are a collection of seven short plays to read and perform. It includes notes, props and costumes. The plays are easy to perform, ideal for acting at school or at home and guarantees lots of fun.


Late night storytime at Tawa Library

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by debbie


Make sure you come along to the next late night storytime at Tawa Library on Thursday 6th November at 6.30pm


This month it’s all about fairy tales so come along dressed up as your favourite fairy tale character or, if you like, just come in your pyjamas.

New Non Fiction: Animal Antics and Puppets glore!

Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

100 Most Unexplained Things on the Planet.image courtesy of syndetics

Read this book and go on a journey where you get to investigate the world’s most incredible unsolved mysteries , examine the evidence about the world’s creepiest and most spine tingling phenomena and seek out the answers to the unexplained. A great read just in time for Halloween.




image courtesy of syndeticsAnimal Antics.

Animal antics? Oh boy,  this book is full of them. Packed with amazing pictures, Animal antics captures the most funny moment when animals are simply… being themselves. For those of you who have pets, Perhaps this book will give you ideas on writing your own animal antics book.





Terrible Tales of the Middle Ages.image courtesy of syndetics

Prepare to step into a world of heroes, monsters and death-defying deeds that makes every myth and legend you know and have heard look and sound like a Disney movie. This book collects together rip-roaring adventure stories and larger than life myths from the middle ages.




Ashley Bryan’s Puppets.images courtesy of syndetics

This book introduces puppets created out of found objects by describing each with a poem. There is one word to describe this book – COOL! With glue, thread and a sprinkling of African folklore, Ashley Bryan breathes new life into tattered treasures by creating puppets that swell on personality and beauty.  Reading this book also gives you ideas on creating your own puppets with simple objects such as driftwood, glue, debris, etc.

Hallowe’en party at Kilbirnie Library

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by Florence

On the day before Hallowe’en, an enthusiastic group of spooky characters joined witch/librarian Sandra at Kilbirnie Library for interactive stories themed around Hallowe’en. Stories shared included Room on the Broom, What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen and Bedtime for Monsters. Afterwards, the junior ghouls took home more spooky stories to share with their families. It was great to see them relish the stories and join in the fun!

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