Santa Parade


Christmas is coming… and so is Santa! In fact he’ll be taking part in the annual Santa Parade through the city centre.

The parade is happening on December 14th, starting at 2pm. Make sure you get to Lambton Quay early to get a good spot!

After the parade there is a big Christmas party for kids in Frank Kitts Park (hey- that’s really close to the Central Library!), where there will be carol singing, entertainment, and stalls for buying those last minute Christmas presents.


The Central Library is open 1pm – 4pm on Sunday afternoons. Make sure you pop in and grab some holiday reading and DVDs. You can even take part in the Summer Reading Challenge!

Top 10 November Children’s DVD’s

Posted in dvd, Top 10
by Dusty

A brand new Legends of Chima LEGO DVD (number 7) is about to hit the shelves, so book yourself a copy for the holidays!  The Top 10 is peppered with series, but there are a few great standalone movies holding popular position!

1.    My little pony, friendship is magic series

2 .  Legends of Chima series

3.    Dino Dan series

4.    Wings

5.    Strawberry Shortcake series

6.    Mickey Mouse Clubhouse series

7.    Dinosaur train

8.    Maleficent

9.    Toy story of terror!

10.  Lego friends series


Get crafty this Christmas

Posted in Things to Do
by adrienne

Can you believe that Christmas is so close?! Neither can we!! It always seems like we get to this time of the year and suddenly have eight hundred and sixty three different things that we need to get done before the 25th of December: decorating, buying presents, doing baking… the list goes on!

So, we thought – why not compile some of our favourite Christmas craft activities that are not only extremely fun – but are also practical in some way! Here are some festive craft ideas for decorating, creating presents, and just having a fun time making stuff.

Why not make your own wrapping paper using some paints and a potato (or two)?

How about tackling the almighty ginger-bread house? This easy design uses Graham Crackers, which are American, but you can use any large square/rectangle biscuits or crackers.

Or you could make a sequined wreath to hang on your tree.

Speaking of decorations, why not try making some peg angels?

And you could make some Christmas Cookies as a gift for family members.

What about bundling the family up and making stockings out of socks? Just make sure they’re clean first!

We hope this has given you some ideas to help you have a crafty Christmas season – we’d love to hear about the crafts you’ve got planned for the next few weeks!

And did you catch our post about all the Christmas craft books we’ve got?


Don’t Forget… We have special Christmas storytimes happening in all our libraries between 8th – 19th December. Check out out kids events page for details.

November’s Top 10 Children’s fiction

Posted in Top 10
by Dusty

This month’s favourite library lends include author Jeff Kinney.  As popular online as in print, “To date, the online version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has more than 80 million visits, and is typically read by more than 70,000 kids a day.”

1.   Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney.
2.   Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford
3.   Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
4.   Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald
5.   Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J. K. Rowling
6.   Awful Auntie by David Walliams
7.   Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
8.   Matilda by Roald Dahl
9.   Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord
10. Puzzle pirates by Leigh, Susannah.

Late night storytime at Johnsonville Library

Posted in Announcements, Event, Things to Do
by debbie



We are launching ourselves off into outer space at our next late night storytime at Johnsonville Library.

So prepare your rocket and blast off for stories on alien planets, sings songs on shooting stars and hang out on comets for some spacey fun.

See you there on:

Friday 5th December at 6.30pm.

The 12 storytimes of Christmas

Posted in Announcements, Event, Things to Do
by adrienne

Christmas storytimesHo! Ho! Ho! Celebrate the start of the festive season with us at our 12 Storytimes of Christmas.

Get into the Christmas spirit with free evening family storytimes at all Wellington City Libraries. Head along in your favourite Christmas costume or pyjamas and have fun with stories, carols and activities for the holiday season.


When and Where:

Brooklyn Library: Monday 8th Dec, 6.30pm

Miramar Library: Monday 8th Dec, 6.30pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Monday 8th Dec, 6.30pm

Central Library: Wednesday 10th Dec, 6.30pm

Wadestown Library: Thursday 11th Dec, 6.30pm

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Thursday 11th Dec, 6.30pm

Island Bay Library: Thursday 11th Dec, 10.30am

Karori Library: Thursday 11th Dec, 6.30pm

Newtown Library: Friday 12th Dec, 6.30pm

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Thursday 18th Dec, 6.30pm

Khandallah Library: Thursday 18th Dec, 6.30pm

Johnsonville Library: Friday 19th Dec, 6.30pm


Late night storytime at Tawa Library

Posted in Event
by debbie

Tawa Storytime web


Make sure you come along to our late night storytime at Tawa library on:

Thursday 4th December at 6.30pm.

We are going to be entertained by a Tawa family who will share their fantastic musical gifts by delighting us with a musical accompaniment to our wonderful storytime.

Don’t miss out. It will be awesome!

Summer Reading Challenge starts today


Summer Reading Challenge bookletGrab the Challenge booklet from your local library, or download and print yourself, and get started on the Summer Reading Challenge!

You have between now and January 30th to read an review as many books as you can from the challenge booklist and complete fun activities in our libraries. There are lots of cool little prizes to earn along the way, and you can earn entries into the Challenge’s main prize draws.


Everything you need to know about the Challenge can be found at our Summer Reading Challenge page.


What are you waiting for? Get started today – the more you read the more you win.

Latest New Kids Fiction

Posted in New Fiction
by pauline

Image courtesy of SyndeticsNest by Esther Ehrlich

On Cape Cod in 1972, eleven-year-old Naomi, known as Chirp for her love of birds, gets help from neighbor Joey as she struggles to cope with her mother’s multiple sclerosis and its effect on her father and sister.





Image courtesy of SyndeticsA Wonderlandiful Life by Shannon Hale.

“When a mysterious being from Wonderland begins to infect Ever After High with a strange magic, everything goes topsy-turvy. Lizzie Hearts, Wonderland’s future queen; Cedar Wood, daughter of Pinocchio; and Madeline Hatter, heir to the Mad Hatter’s Haberdashery & Tea Shoppe, seem to be the only ones who haven’t completely lost their heads. It’s up to them to save their best friends forever after from a curse that threatens to give their school–and their lives–a very unhappy ending”– Provided by publisher.



image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Girl who Walked on Air by Emma Carroll

Louie, was abandoned at Chipchase’s Travelling Circus as a baby and dreams of becoming a ‘Showstopper’. She secretly practises the tightrope and dreams of being the Girl Who Walked on Air. Mr Chipchase reluctantly lets Louie perform. She is a sensation, and gets an offer from the sinister, opposition, Mr Wellbeloved to perform… over Niagara Falls. But nothing is quite as it seems and soon Louie’s bravery is tested not just on the highwire but in confronting her past and the shady characters in the world of the circus.




Image courtesy of SyndeticsAngels in training  by Karen Mccombie

Riley’s life has changed a lot since she discovered the Angelos sister’s secret. You see her new neighbours are a little bit …magical. They know things that no-one else does and that’s why she thinks they can help her find out about mum. But just as she’s about to get some answers, mysterious events start happening at school. As things get stranger and stranger, Riley begins to suspect that they’re the only ones who can work out what or who is behind them.




The Winter WolfImage courtesy of Syndetics by Holly Webb

Amelia is exploring the huge, old house, where her family are spending Christmas when she finds a diary hidden in the attic. It was written by a boy struggling to look after an abandoned wolf pup. Before she knows it, Amelia is transported into the wintry world of the diary…


Crafty Kyle Competition Winners!

Posted in Announcements, competition!
by Florence

The Crafty Kyle Competition is now over. The participants had to come up with a new imaginary story by Kyle Mewburn and design a book cover for it. We got heaps of entries… Well done everyone!

The winners of the Crafty Kyle Competition have now been announced.

Amelia Major won the 5 to 7 years old category. Well done for such a poetic and light-hearted drawing…

Amelia Major

Katie Chu-Fong won the 8 to 10 years old category. Very colourful and dynamic scene that you created for the “Vegetable Choir”.

katie Chu-Fong

The champion of the 11 to 13 years old category is Matthew Yang. The character Andy looks so fun and real in his cardboard boxes castle!

matthew Yang

The winners will be collecting their library prizes this week. Books signed by Kyle Mewburn will be one of the treats in the prize pack! Maybe your drawings will inspire Kyle Mewburn for one of his future books…