Want to learn how to code?

Feb 2016 workshop posterThen come along to these coding workshops in February:

Adults: Monday 22 February, 9.30am-3.30pm, Mezzanine Meeting Room, Central Library

Ages 10-14: Tuesday 23 February, 9.30am-3.30pm, Mezzanine Meeting Room, Central Library

Ages 10-14: Thursday 25 February, 9.30am-3.30pm, Mezzanine Meeting Room, Central Library

Ages 15-18: Friday 26 February, 9.30am-3.30pm, Mezzanine Meeting Room, Central Library

 

Here’s your chance to make the next Flappy Bird by learning game strategy, coding and heaps more at these FREE workshops run by Gamefroot!

Registrations are essential and need to be completed online. Places are limited.

 

Summer Reading Challenge leader board

With less than 10 days of the Summer Reading Challenge to go, you’ll have to hurry-hurry to get as many books read and reviewed before the Challenge ends on January 31st.

Remember – each book you read and review will get you an entry into the main prize draw. So the more reviews, the more entries.

We’ve crunched some numbers and done some maths, and have found out who the top 10 reviewers are so far:

 

  1. Peehoo, Johnsonville School: 55 reviews
  2. Luke, Karori Normal School, 50 reviews
  3. Molly, Karori Normal School, 40 reviews
  4. Danica, Korokoro School, 33 reviews
  5. Alice, St Patrick’s School. 24 reviews
  6. Anna, Karori Normal School, 22 reviews
  7. Hunter, Miramar Christian School, 18 reviews
  8. Brianna, St Francis De Sales School, 17 reviews
  9. Helena, Miramar Christian School, 14 reviews
  10. Maarama, Karori West Normal School, 13 reviews

Awesome reading by these 10!

 

Don’t forget about the library challenges – visit each Wellington City Library and complete the fun Summer Reading challenge Activity to enter the second prize draw. Each activity completed gains you another entry!

 

 

Top 10 Children’s fiction December 2015

Grandpa’s great escape is new to the top ten.  David Walliams, comedian turned writer has another excellent book that will have you almost wetting your pants with laughter.

To round out 2015, here is your Top 10 fiction titles for December. Will Diary of a Wimpy Kid get knocked out of that top spot in 2016…?

 

  1. Diary of a wimpy kid, by Jeff Kinney
  2. Tom Gates series, by Liz Pichon
  3. Dirty Bertie series, by Alan MacDonald
  4. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford
  5. Captain Underpants series, by Dav Pilkey
  6. Big Nate series, by Lincoln Peirce
  7. The 39-storey treehouse, by Andy Griffiths
  8. The 26-storey treehouse, by Andy Griffiths
  9. Grandpa’s great escape by David Walliams
  10. The 52-storey treehouse, by Andy Griffiths

Movie Review: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

image courtesy of amazon.comJust because Christmas is over doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an this all-time Christmas Classic. Join Kevin McCallister once again as he embarks on another ‘Home Alone’ journey where he accidentally boards the wrong plane and ends up in New York City instead of Florida, where the rest of his family has gone.

He has plenty of cash and credit cards to enjoy a nice stay at a posh hotel and turns the Big Apple into his own personal playground. There he meets up with the Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv, who are plotting a huge holiday heist.

It is up to Kevin to save the day die-hard style with a battery of booby traps the bumbling bandits will never forget.

Overall a fantastic movie. Better than the first! 7/10.

 

 

Top 10 Children’s non-fiction December 2015

Minecraft dominates the non-fiction top picks this month!

Want to know what Minecraft authors do in their spare time? Author Megan Miller has some of her builds online. Matthew Needler and Phil Southam founders of  FyreUK has helped bring real life and gaming together by working with the United Nations’ block by block project. Public spaces in places such as Undugu playground in Kibera, Nairobi are added as a template in Minecraft for people to add their ideas as to how the space can be transformed.  These ideas are then used by local people to build in their community.  Cool huh? Built any playground replicas of your own? Let us know in the comments below.

1. Minecraft, by Stephanie Milton

2. The LEGO ideas book, by Daniel Lipkowitz

3. Minecraft, by Nick Farwell

4. Minecraft hacks master builder, by Megan Miller

5. Star Wars character encyclopedia, by Simon Beecroft

6. Star Wars, by David West Reynolds

7. Supershark and other creatures of the deep, by Derek Harvey

8. Minecraft blockopedia, by Alex Wiltshire

9. Minecraft, by Matthew Needler

10. Cat, by Juliet Clutton-Brock

Top 10 Children’s eBooks December 2015

eBooks are great for the holidays. The library is closed for 4 days over Christmas and  4 days over New Years, but your electronic library is always open. Overdrive and Borrow Box now both offer a return before the due date.  So for you voracious readers you can have up to 15 eBooks at one time, finish one, return and download another.

The ‘Recommended for you’ section at the bottom of the lending page will give you great ideas for more holiday reading.

If you’d like some more tips to expand your reading take a look at the Summer Reading Challenge.  Post your reviews and win prizes!

 

1. The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 2, by Rick Riordan

2. Game On! by Lincoln Peirce

3. The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 3, by Rick Riordan

4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling

5. Big Nate Makes a Splash, by Lincoln Peirce

6. The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 4. by Rick Riordan

7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling

8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling

9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling

10. The Sword Thief: The 39 Clues Series, Book 3, by Peter Lerangis

Top 10 Children’s DVDs December 2015

There are some great new movies in December’s popular DVDs. Paper Planes is an Australian production that shows the joys of invention and team work (and how to make a cool paper aeroplane). Minions – the movie – shows the great and terrible journey the Minions had to follow to find their evil master mind Gru. Want to find your own Minion? Take a look at the seek and find book based on the movie

  1. My little pony, friendship is magic series
  2. Minions
  3. Strawberry Shortcake series
  4. Home
  5. Legends of Chima series
  6. Dragons 
  7. Inside out
  8. Cinderella
  9. Paper planes
  10. Scooby-Doo! 13 spooky tales series

Top 10 Children’s Comics December 2015

Peanuts a.k.a. the Charlie Brown comics a.k.a. Snoopy has been a trusty high favourite in the  rankings. You know that Snoopy has his own christmas song? There’s also the movie! You can supplement your Christmas telly with A Charlie Brown Christmas (it even has a dance routine!).  Have some of your own Christmas routines? Let us know in the comments below.

  1. Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce
  2. The complete Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz
  3. Pokémon, by Hidenori Kusaka
  4. Asterix, by Goscinny and Udzero
  5. Adventure time, by Ryan North
  6. Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi
  7. Chi’s sweet home, by Kanata Konami
  8. Garfield, by Mark Evanier
  9. Babymouse, by Jennifer L. Holm
  10. Uncle $crooge and Donald Duck, by Don Rosa

 

 

 

Merry Christmas from the Kids’ Blog!

We hope you have a great Christmas holiday. Us librarians will also be taking a break and having a holiday too.

 

The libraries will be closed over the Christmas and New Year long weekends. You can find the opening hours on our website.

Library storytimes are also on holiday and have now finished for 2015. They start back on the 6th of January onwards.

 

Don’t worry if you haven’t managed to stock up on your holiday reading. Our e-library is open 24/7 throughout the holidays. You can download eBooks, eAudiobooks, comics and magazines to your device.

 

Don’t forget to write Kids’ Club reviews for your reading – there are lots of prizes up for grabs. And if you happen to read a title that’s on our Summer Reading Challenge list then you’ll go into the draw for an amazing prize pack drawn at the end of January.

 

We hope you have a fun and happy festive season. See you in 20161

Top 10 Children’s E-books November 2015

There is some great world building to be found in November’s favourite E-books.  From doyenne J. K. Rowling to the venerable Tolkien and November’s favourite author Cat Winters  These writers have created detailed, believable worlds, that have come to influence the way we think of magic and incorporate it into our own lives.  Do you have a favourite magical writer? Let us know your favourite authors in the comments.

Great variety in November’s top ten; the spooky intrigue of Harry Potter and In the shadow of the Blackbirds is offset set by some great laughs and doodles from Big Nate author Lincoln Pierce and David Walliams bringing his comedy talents to the page.

 

  1. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  4. Big Nate and Friends by Lincoln Peirce
  5. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2: The Revenge of the Ridi by Dav Pilkey
  6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
  8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
  10. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling