Top 10 Children’s DVDs September 2016

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Unpredicatble weather predicted for the school holidays? Set yourself up with some great movies and favourite series incase you get stuck indoors!

The Disney movie Zootopia has placed soooo many different animals together in one city.  Rookie cop, Judy, is the first bunny on the force meeting a huge range of characters that have their own ideas of who Judy is.  The directors of Tangled and Wreck-it Ralph have created a movie that looks at how different people treat each other.  Worth a watch this holidays.

bananas in pajamas1. Octonauts

2. My little pony, friendship is magic

3. Peter Rabbit

4. Zootopia

5. Bananas in pyjamas

6. Fireman Sam

cover image7. Inside out

8. Minions

9. Thomas & friends

10. Strawberry Shortcake

6 New Non Fiction to cook up a storm!

Grab hold of these new non fiction books during the school holidays start so you can cook up a storm, whether it is in your own kitchen or backyard.


image courtesy of syndeticsThe ultimate guide to being a superhero

Want to unleash you inner gourmet superhero? Have no fear, we have just the book for you. The ultimate guide to being a superhero is packed with recipes, manoeuvres, and gadgets for every aspiring superhero. Is sure to delight every superchild, every fan of the classic comic book genre, and every parent looking for great party ideas. Recipes include: Kryptonite Jell-O Secret Identity Sandwiches Sidekick Salad Kapow! Cupcakes Super Power Punch And much more!


image courtesy of syndeticsOutdoor Science Lab for kids

The great outdoors is nature’s own science lab and you can find lots if fun experiments just outside your back door. This book, complete with 52 fun science activities can bring your own personal outdoor science lab to life. Great for families to do together where they can anything and everything about science while enjoying the sights and scenes of the great outdoors. Great for ages 7+.


image courtesy of syndeticsThe Help Yourself Cookbook For Kids

Want to get on the clean eating path? This irresistible cookbook can help empower children to take charge of their own nutrition help you. Also full of  60 appealing  (and healthy) recipes, and cool facts, such as dehydration causes you brain to shrink. Hmmm, makes you want to reach over for that water bottle.



image courtesy of syndeticsSecrets of Animal Camouflage

This is your chance to discover who is hiding in the wild and the secret world of animal camouflage. Shine a light behind the page and see… a world filled with great surprises in the animal kingdom.



image courtesy of syndeticsFashion rebels : style icons who changed the world through fashion

Calling all fashion rebels! We finally have a book that can help you bring out your innovative fashion creativity and where you can break the rules! Buried deep within the pages, is information female designers and icons, such as Coco Chanel, Marie Antoinette and Katharine Hepburn who treated fashion as an act of fearless creativity, set their standards as to what they would wear rather than follow trends ad as a result changed the fashion industry, as well as the world forever!


image courtesy of sydneticsThe young chef : recipes and techniques for kids who love to cook

This book teaches kids to cook and think like a chef, with 100 delicious recipes, essential techniques, insider tips, fun facts, and more. A must have read for the enthusiastic, budding chef!











Rio 2016 Paralympics review

This year at the Paralympic Games the New Zealand team absolutely nailed it! In fact, we came 13th place overall – rather impressive for a country with such a small population!

Our incredible athletes did particularly well in the athletics and swimming events, making up for a whopping 19 out of our total 21 medals. Lets have a look at our medal winners…….

Sophie Pascoe, our very own swimming sensation, made history as the most successful New Zealand Paralympian ever. Sophie won gold medals in the women’s 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley, as well as silver medals in both the women’s 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle.

Nikita Howarth, New Zealand’s youngest ever Paralympian, also won multiple medals in the pool, scoring herself a gold medal in the women’s 200m individual medley and a bronze in the 50m butterfly.

Other successful New Zealand swimmers are Mary Fisher, who came first in the women’s 100m backstroke, Cameron Leslie, who earned gold in the men’s 150m individual medley, and Rebecca Dubber who won a bronze medal in the women’s 100m backstroke.

Now onto the athletic wins. Liam Malone, the dude on blades, came first in the men’s 200m sprint as well as the men’s 400m, and second in the 100m, earning him two golds and a silver medal.

William Stedman won multiple medals in running events too, coming third in both the men’s 400m and the men’s 800m.

Rory McSweeney also won a bronze medal in the men’s javelin throw.

Several of our female paralympians also had success in the athletic category. Anna Grimaldi won gold in the women’s long jump, Holly Robinson scored silver in the women’s javelin throw, and Jessica Hamill came in at third place in the women’s shot put event.

And lets not forget cycling duo Emma Foy and Laura Thompson who won silver in the women’s individual pursuit at the end of week one, and bronze in the women’s road race in week two.

What a fantastic couple of weeks we had at the Paralympic Games 2016 in Rio. The New Zealand team did an amazing job and managed to smash the target of 18 medals, winning 21 overall. Huge congratulations to all the athletes for their hard work and dedication, you have done our country proud!


Movie recomendations and reviews : Walt Disney from E to H

Continuing the list of must-see Walt Disney DVDs, in alphabetical order, this covering movies from E to H. Looking for A-D? Here it is! Check out the list and see what movies tickle your fancy and that you want to watch during the drizzly spring weather and during the next round of school holidays.


image courtesy of amazon.comEnchanted. Prepare to go on a journey where the world of animation and live action collides. Giselle (Amy Adams) finds herself in a bit of pickle when she torn away by the “love of her life”, Prince Edward and banished from the animated “fantasy” land of Andalasia by the evil queen into a “harsh reality” in the form of the gritty streets of the real, modern-day Manhattan that does not abide by the principles of happily ever after.

So now this pampered princess must rely on her wits alone, (no fairy god mother, fairy dust and enchantments to help her out of this one) survive in the real world and figure out how to get back home, but add further complication, Giselle begins to fall in love with the cynical, no-nonsense divorce lawyer who has come to her aid, making her question her choice of who Prince Charming is in her eyes.

What I love about this movie is the transition that Giselle under goes from pampered princess waiting for a knight in shining armour to sweep her off her feet to  a tough, no-nonsense heroine that must save the day, not to mention the world and her true love from the evil clutches of the wicked queen. I think girls will really enjoy this movie.



image courtesy of amazon.comFrozen. I never get sick of this movie, nor do I ever get sick of renditions of “Let It Go“.

Frozen takes you on magical and icy journey where fearless optimist Anna, teaming up with Kristoff, his reindeer Sven  and a hilarious snowman named Olaf must  find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.

I cannot stress enough how fantastic this film is! I absolutely loved it! This is a very entertaining girls movie and a celebration the bond of friendship, sisterhood and  the Scandinavian culture that is sure to thaw a frozen heart. I haven’t enjoyed a Disney film this much since The Lion King.



image courtesy of amazon.comThe Good Dinosaur. If you loved the movie, The Land Before Time, then this is the movie for you.

What if an asteroid never hit earth and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.

While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.



image courtesy of amazon.comThe Hunchback of Notre Dame. Quasimodo, after being trapped and ridiculed by his guardian, the sinister Frollo, for the way he looks, finally ventures from his tower to take part in the joyous festival of fools.

However things go pear shaped when  the crowd cruelly rejects him because of the way he looks. But he finds a likely friend and ally in the equally persecuted, gypsy Esmeralda, who rescues him in knight in shining armour style. Together, as well as joining forces with dashing soldier and three comical gargoyle statues, named Victor, Hugo, and Laverne. They have to do battle with Frollo to save the people and the city of Paris.

This film is a reminder to see people as they are rather than how they appear and that sometimes beauty is held in the eye of the beholder. Another great family movie about the true meaning of friendship and celebrating individuality!

The School Holidays are here!

Looking for something to do for the holidays? Here’s what’s happening in the library.

During the school holidays we will be celebrating World Space Week by creating Space Movies!


Calling all Space, Film and Technology buffs! Bring your own device, or use one of our tablets to showcase Earth from space by creating a stop-motion animated film.


Here’s when the events are on at a library near you:

Week 1:

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 28 Sept, 11am

Miramar Library: Wednesday 28 Sept, 2pm

Khandallah Library: Thursday 29 Sept, 2pm

Johnsonville Library: Friday 30 Sept, 11am


Week 2:

Karori Library: Tuesday 4 Oct, 2pm

Wellington Central Library: Wednesday 5 Oct, 11am

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Thursday 6 Oct, 2pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Friday 7 Oct, 2pm


Some important notes:

  • Please bring your own device if possible. The library will have a limited number of tablets that can be used on the day.
  • If you bring your own device, it needs to be an Android or iOS tablet or smart phone with a camera
  • Before the event, please download a free app called Stop Motion Studio on to your device.
  • The event is free, and no bookings are required. However due to limited resources and library spaces, librarians may limit numbers on the day depending on how many people turn up.
  • Suitable for ages 7+

Top 10 Children’s Non-Fiction September 2016

Harry Potter in the Non-Fiction section? What’s going on?

As the new Harry Potter book came out in the format of a play, or script, it can be found with other theatrical greats in the literature section where the other plays hang out.  The play version of The Witches by Roald Dahl hangs out there along with Shakespeare!


1. Minecraft, by Stephanie Milton

2. LEGO, by Daniel Lipkowitz

3. Minecraft, by Megan Miller

4. Star Wars, by David West Reynolds

5. Minecraft, by Nick Farwell

6. Harry Potter and the cursed child, by Jack Thorne, J. K. Rowling and John Tiffany

7. Star Wars character encyclopedia, by Simon Beecroft

8. Minecraft, by Matthew Needler and Phil Southam

9. Small scenes from a big galaxy, by Vesa Lehtimaki

10. How Maui found his father and the magic jawbone, by Peter Gossage

Top 10 Children’s fiction September 2016

It’s all about adventure this month! From the Classic authors Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl to the yet to be released latest Diary of a Wimpy kid, Double Down,  by Jeff Kinney. These children aren’t one’s to shy away when strange events come knocking at their door.

You don’t have to be kidnapped by giants or attend a magical school, some of these adventures happen in homes just like yours and to children just like you!


1. Diary of a wimpy kid, by Jeff Kinney

2. Tom Gates, by Liz Pichon

3. Storey treehouse series, by Andy Griffiths

4. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

5. Dork Diaries series, by Rachel Renee Russell

6. Dirty Bertie series, by Alan MacDonald

7. The BFG, by Roald Dahl

8. The Secret Seven, by Enid Blyton

9. Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone, by J. K. Rowling

10. The enormous crocodile, by Roald Dahl

Upcoming movie releases for the school holidays

The next round of school holidays are coming up, we thought you’d appreciate watching the latest trailers for movies that are due to be released!

You are in for a treat with this lot!

secret life of pets_The Secret Life of Pets

The secret life of pets takes you into a world of what your pets REALLY get up to when you leave the house. Very hilarious moments in the trailer includes a poodle that is into heavy metal music, a psychotic bunny and a dachshund using a cake mixer as a DIY massager. you’ll laugh yourself silly.



image courtesy of amazon.comPete’s Dragon

The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. A live-action reboot of the beloved 1977 Disney classic with a fantastic cast, shot in New Zealand!

Location spots to keep an out for while watching movie includes:

Redwoods Forest in Rotorua (Where the forest scenes were shot), McLaren Falls Park in Bay of Plenty, Queenstown & Paradise, Tapanui, and Wellington. (Stone Street Studios in Miramar.)


image courtesy of amazon.comStorks

Where do babies come from? Surely this a question you have asked Mum and Dad. One possible place is… Storks deliver them or at least they used to! Which is the case in this lovable, upcoming movie where the storks  deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Trouble brews when the Baby Factory produces an adorable but wholly unauthorized girl.  Now it’s a race against time where a stork, Junior and a human, must make their first unofficial baby drop. Let operation baby drop commence!



Check out this sneak peek as well!

image courtesy of amazon.comTrolls

Two things came to mind when I watched this trailer:

1) This is a movie that makes me want to get up and dance!

2) This movie is probably the most fun, uplifting film since Shrek.

So here’s a question, in what event would a pink Smurfette look-a-like and a grumpy troll, (who would give Shrek a run for his money), joins forces to save the day? Well, this is the case in Trolls. Join Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the optimistic leader and princess of the trolls, and Branch (Justin Timberlake), her polar opposite on a quest to save Troll Town’s population from the Bergens. TROLLS is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. Sorry kids, you’ll have to wait until December to see this movie. But something to look forward to before Christmas. Start saving your pocket money! Also check out Cant’ Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake from the Original Motion Picture “Trolls”. This song DEFINITELY wants to make you get up and dance your socks off, and a song I dance regularly during my evening dance fitness class.

Daylight savings is on the horizon…..

Get ready for longer evenings and family BBQs because daylight savings is just around the corner!

Daylight saving, also called ‘summer time’ in some countries, is when we change the clocks by an hour in order to shorten or lengthen the amount of sunlight in the evenings. With summer approaching, we will be turning clocks forward so that we have an extra hour of light before the sun sets at night. Sometimes we refer to this as “springing forward” because we are currently in the Spring season. In Autumn, we “fall back” and turn the clocks back an hour so that it is dark earlier in the evenings over Winter.

The idea of daylight savings was thought up in 1895 by a New Zealander called George Hudson, although many ancient people were flexible in changing the times of their days to suit the sun and seasons.

Hudson studied entomology (insects) and astronomy (space), and wanted more leisure time in the evenings to collect insects. He presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society after lots of people became interested in his idea, and the Summer-Time Act was passed in 1927 (nearly 100 years ago).

Daylight savings is practiced in lots of countries all around the world. Many people find that longer evenings allow more time for activities like sports and socialising, however it can be troublesome for some professions such as farming in which workers start their days early. Another benefit of daylight savings is that we can save on energy, as we don’t need to turn our lights on as early in the evening.

In New Zealand, daylight savings happens overnight on the last Sunday of September, which will be the 25th this year. How are you going to spend your extra time?

Check out the library catalogue for inspiration on fun outdoor activities and to learn more about seasons!

Avast! It’s talk like a pirate day!

Ahoy me hearties, be ye scalliwags or landlubbers! 19 September be the grand annual Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Pirate ClaireWhy?

Who needs a reason why!

So belay yer carousin’, haul wind an set sail. And ye don’t have to limit yerself to one measley day!

Brush up on yer Pirate-talk using Mango Languages on the Library’s website.


You can also use the Pirate Language option on our new issuing machines in the library, and issue piratical books while yer at it! Picture books, comics, historical loot galore.

Whether yer Captain be Feathersword, Patchy or Jack Sparrow – all together now AAARRRRRRR!!!