New Non Fiction: Sing yourself Disney

Frozen : music from the motion picture soundtrack.image courtersy of syndetics

“Let it go, let it go.” Now you can sing along and compose your favourite songs from the Disney movie, Frozen with this easy piano music score. Great and ideal for anyone learning to play the piano and a fan of Frozen.

 

 

 

 

Songs from Frozen, Tangled and Enchanted.image courtesy of syndetics

Now is the time to stop sitting around thinking ‘when will my life begin?’. ‘For the first time in forever’, a book was created that contained piano music and lyrics from Walt Disney’s  Frozen, Tangled and Enchanted. This simple and easy piano book will enable you to bring out your inner musician and help you create your own ‘happy working song’ to all your favourite songs.

 

 

 

 

The Disney Collection.image courtesy of syndetics

For all your Disney and music fanatics, check out this amazing collection of over 60 great music scores and songs from all your favourite Disney movies.

A Very Merry Khandallah Christmas

Little Khandallah Library had a super cute Christmas storytime! The children had heaps of fun singing carols, doing a Christmas quiz and listening to the presenter, Raissa, read cool festive books from our collection.

 

 

 

 

 

Raissa read ‘I’m Not Santa’  by Jonathan Allen. I know those Baby Owl books are very funny. Here’s the blurb:

“Baby Owl is just out in the snowy woods, playing with his sled… so why does Baby Hare insist on mistaking him for Santa? Is Santa the only one allowed to wear a red hat? And doesn’t Baby Hare know the difference between a sled and a sleigh?

It’ll take no less than a surprise visit from the jolly old man himself to settle this case of mistaken identity!” Goodreads.

 

 

Raissa read a swashbuckling version of A Night Before Christmas. It’s predictably named ‘A Priate’s Night Before Christmas’ I personally think it’s so cool to see a girl pirate bringing Christmas cheer to her fierce crew.

Here’s a description of what’s in store: “Young mateys will find plenty of holiday joy in this humorous, colorful, and thoroughly piratical version of the beloved Clement C. Moore classic. On this ship of mischievous brigands—who have visions of treasure chests, not sugarplums, dancing in their heads—you wouldn’t expect a visit from nice St. Nick. Instead, here comes Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm, cracking his whip and driving eight giant seahorses: Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger, and Jolly.” Goodreads.

 

 

Raissa also read ‘Dinosaur Vs. Santa’ . This is from a hilarious series of books where Dinosaur verses many different things including bedtime and school. Dinosaur always wins because, well, he can roar and others things can’t.

Here’s the blurb from this cool read: “Dinosaur is getting ready for Santa! He tackles many challenges–decorating, making presents for Mom and Dad, trying not to be naughty–and defeats each one with his trademark ROAR! But on Christmas Eve, when he hears some rustling downstairs, he can’t resist a peek. Will our feisty red friend meet his match in the man in the red suit? Complete with sparkly silver foil on the front cover and a removable letter to Santa for little ones to personalize, this funny and sweet book is a must-have for the holiday season.” Goodreads.

 

The 13 people who came along to the storytime had a lovely time. Do keep your eyes peeled for future evening events at Khandallah Library!

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Christmas Storytime at Johnsonville Library

We had a wonderful time at our jam packed Christmas storytime at Johnsonville Library last week.

Along with Christmas stories, songs, mystery Christmas presents and giant Christmas crackers we had a visit from a very important guest. Santa had made a very special winter wonderland where all the children were able to visit and chat with him. He even had some special treats.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone, we hope you have a wonderful time welcoming in 2015!

We librarians get a break too, so all libraries will be closed on New Years day and the 2nd of January. All you eager readers will be happy to know that we’ll be open again on the 3rd of January

For those that can’t wait, you can download eBooks and eAudiobooks from our eLibrary.

The holidays are here!

Woohoo! School’s out and there’s so many weeks of summer holidays ahead. What should you do to keep the boredom at bay? Go to your local library or visit the library website. Here’s some ideas:

  • Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge – read, review and win! there are also heaps of cool activities for you to do in our libraries, which you can win prizes for too.
  • Download an eBook or eAudiobook from our website
  • Find some books about cooking, or arts and crafts, of computer games, or gardening, or learning a language or musical instrument… and start a new hobby. Our catalogue is a good starting point
  • Check out ZooWhizz – a fun game available through our website where you can earn coins and build a zoo.
  • Take a look at our fun stuff page and have a go at the puzzles and games.
  • Watch one of our online stories on the downloads page
  • Go to a storytime at your local library (Baby Rock & Rhyme and Kohunga Korero are taking a break until the end of January)
  • Keep up to date with events at your library through our Kids Events page or the Wellington City Libraries events calendar
  • Our book bike will be visiting the Wellington waterfront and beaches over summer. Keep an eye out for them and their special storytimes on the beach, and get your hands on a free book.

Children’s Christmas DVD’s and CD’s to enjoy.

A Family Christmas: This is a Putumayo compact disc filled with different Christmas songs like Santa Claus is coming to town, Holly Jolly Christmas and Is that you Santa Claus. There are many favourite songs to dance and sing along to, plus new songs to learn.

Christmas for Kids: This CD has some old favourites for children of all ages. Like Jingle Bells, Away in a Manger and I saw Mummy kissing Santa Claus. There are also Australian classics like Six White Boomers, Christmas where the gum trees grow and Christmas on the station.

Q. How many Christmas presents can Santa fit in his empty sack?

A. One present. After that its not empty anymore.

 

Christmas is here again. This DVD is about the evil Krad who steals Santa’s presents and slowly crushes the Christmas spirit. The children of the world forget about Christmas. An orphan and his friends travel to the South Pole for an adventure to try and stop Krad once and for all destroying Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 The Muppet Christmas Carol: This DVD is a special version of the Christmas Carol starring the lovable Muppets. It has Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit and Miss Piggy as his wife. There is also Gonzo as the lovable Charles Dickens narrating the story. Many other favourites include Fozzi Bear and the two hecklers as the Marley brothers. Ebenezer Scrooge is played by a human actor, Michael Caine. There are some lovely tunes and it is a wonderful version for the whole family to watch – but beware there are a few scary bits.

Q. What goes oh, oh, oh?

A. Santa walking backwards.

Countdown to Christmas: This DVD is from our favourite Disney characters with 7 different Christmas themed stories. Join Micky Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and all the friends.

Dorothy the Dinosaur rocking Christmas: Join Dorothy and all her Wiggles friends on this DVD. You will have a rocking good time with all this Christmas music. Sing along and dance to it.

Arthur Christmas: At the north Pole at Christmas time. Santa’s youngest son is set to use his father’s high-technology operation for an urgent mission…

 

 

 

Festive Ideas for Holiday Fun

We’re well into December now – that means the school holidays are about to begin and Christmas is on its way (wahoo!!)  You’ll want to be prepared for the awesome amount of free time you’ll soon have! Make sure you pop down to your local library and get your mits stuck into some of our super Christmassy non-fiction books.

We’ve got books packed full of boredom busters – perfect for those days when you just don’t know what to do!  We have everything you need to prepare for the festive season including cool crafts, kids cook books, gift making suggestions, and loads of fun holiday ideas!

We all know home made gifts are extra special and now’s a great time to start thinking about pressie projects that you can create yourself.  You could even have a crafternoon (invite your friends around for a fun afternoon of craft making).  Check out some of these book suggestions or browse the craft or cooking sections in the library.  Get cracking! :)

Christmas non-fiction for children

It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit. Check out some of the huge collection of non-fiction books that Wellington City Libraries has to offer!

Craft it up Christmas!

image courtesy of syndetics10 minute Christmas crafts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsChristmas things to stitch and sew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking up a Christmas Storm!

image courtesy of syndeticsChristmas cooking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsChristmas cookies! : a holiday cookbook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsChristmas fairy cooking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Carols.

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Usborne book of Christmas carols.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsMy very first Christmas carols.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun facts and Information about Christmas.

image courtesy of syndeticsHorrible Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsChristmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Usborne Christmas treasury.

Winners of the Crafty Kyle Competition!

A huge ovation for the winners of the Crafty Kyle Competition!

Amelia Major, Katie Chu-Fong, Matthew Yang went to Karori, Central and Johnsonville libraries to collect their prizes. They received a library bag full of books (some were even signed by Kyle Mewburn!), library concession cards and other fun goodies…

We received over 100 entries and they were all fantastic!

Thanks to all the children who contributed to the competition, Kyle Mewburn will find some inspirational ideas from your drawings!


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Matthew collecting his prize from Johnsonville library
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Katie collecting her prize from Miramar library