Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Who ever said that September was a boring month.

Not where Roald Dahl is concerned!

September is Roald Dahl’s birth month, and each year around the world, libraries, schools and the like celebrate this day, also known as Roald Dahl Day.

However this year, on the 13th of September, a big event, not to mention the biggest party in history, is about to take place. Roald Dahl will be 100 years old, that is if he was still alive, and there are celebrations around the world for Roald Dahl 100, focusing on Roald Dahl’s stories, characters and delivering a year packed with surprises and treats for everyone.

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Want to take part in the celebrations? How’s how?

Visit the Roald Dahl website, where you will find  information about Roald Dahl as well as activities, games and quizzes.

Dress up as your favourite Roald Dahl book character for Dahlicious Dress Up Day.

Download your Roald Dahl Day 2016 party pack, whether you’re celebrating at home, in school or out and about.

Get crafty and whip up a delicious feast inspired from Roald Dahl’s novel. Fore more ideas, click here.

Read and relive your favourite Roald Dahl stories. Wellington City Libraries holds a huge array of Roald Dahl books, including The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and movies for your reading pleasure. Also check out this previous blog post for ideas on what are great  Roald Dahl movies to watch.

This year marks the 50th anniversary since The Magic Finger was published – another milestone moment in the history of Roald Dahl, not to mention the some new Roald Dahl junior non fiction added to the collection: Roald Dahl Whizzpopping joke book and Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary.

 

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Well you’re at it, why not read about his remarkable life. Read Boy, that presents  humorous anecdotes from the author’s childhood which includes summer vacations in Norway and an English boarding school, and Going Solo, that tells the story of his adventures as an adult, first in Africa, then learning to be a wartime fighter pilot and discover what led him to becoming the world famous author that he is known as today.

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It’s nearly NZ Chinese Language Week!

There are currently nearly 90,00 Chinese born people living in New Zealand, with many more Chinese New Zealanders born here every year. New Zealand also has a strong trade relationship with China. For these reasons, we were the first western country to introduce a Chinese Language Week, which was launched in 2014.

 

 

New Zealand Chinese Language Week is celebrated in the second week of September each year to match up with the Chinese Moon Festival. This year it starts on Monday 12 September and runs through to Sunday 18th. New Zealand Chinese Language Week aims to increase Kiwi’s knowledge and understanding of Chinese language, and it is also a great opportunity to learn more about Chinese culture.

 

To celebrate the occasion, special events will be held around the country (click here to check out what will be happening in Wellington), and we are all encouraged to learn some new words in Mandarin, the official language of China. We have some great books on our library catalogue to help you get started with this, otherwise check out the New Zealand Chinese Language Week website to learn Mandarin online.

 

Pop along to one of our Mandarin Storytimes during Chinese language Week. They are free and fun and perfect for little ones aged 3-5 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games: History

The 2016 Olympics finished less than a month ago, but already we are on to the next biggest worldwide sporting event: the Paralympic Games.

Like the Olympics, the Paralympics give athletes with disabilities from all around the world the opportunity to compete for international success.

The disabilities of competitors in the Paralympic Games are wide ranging and are divided into categories and classifications. Some examples include people in wheelchairs, people with missing limbs, blind people, and people with an intellectual disability like down syndrome or autism, just to name a few.

Before the first official Paralympic Games was held in Italy in 1960, athletes with disabilities participated in the Olympics. However, smaller competitions like the International Wheelchair Games held in 1948 and 1952 were so popular that an organised event especially for athletes with disabilities was needed.

At first, only wheelchair-bound people could compete, but this changed in 1976 when athletes with lots of different disabilities were included in the Paralympics.

Nowadays, the Summer and Winter Paralympics happen on the same year and in the same country as the Olympic Games, usually very shortly after.

This year the Paralympics, which started yesterday, is held in Rio, Brazil. Head over to the Rio Paralympic Games website to check out the sports and to keep track of the medal board.

The New Zealand Paralympic team has 31 athletes in the team this year, who will be competing against over 4,000 others from nearly 180 countries around the globe. TVNZ will also be showing the Paralympics on TV for the first time in 10 years, so keep an eye out for our Kiwis in black and wish them well!

 

School Holidays coming soon…

You’ll be pleased to know that Term 3 is almost finished, which means that your two weeks of freedom (otherwise known as The School Holidays) are nearly here.

We have some great events happening across our libraries that are free to go to, and will be lots of fun too!

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

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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+

Mandarin Storytimes for Chinese Language Week

Ni Hao! Celebrate Chinese Language week and learn a new word or two (or three!)

logoColoredRectangle_StoriesRhymes onWhiteFree mandarin Storytimes, for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers, will be held during Chinese Language Week, filled with stories, rhymes and action songs.

Johnsonville Library: Tuesday 13th September, 10.30am

Wellington Central Library: Wednesday 14th September, 11am

Karori Library: Thursday 15th September, 11.30am

Brooklyn Library: Friday 16th September, 11am

 

These storytimes will be presented by Ni Hao Children’s Community Charitable Trust. No bookings required – just turn up!

 

5 Shiny, sparkly, new-to-your-library Kids Fiction!

Looking for some good reads for when the weather turns bad? Here’s some great new fiction for you to try. Grab it from your local library before someone else does.

 

Warning CryImage courtesy of Syndetics by Kris Humphrey

When a raven drops a white feather at the doorstep on the day of your birth, it is a symbol of your destiny. You are a Whisperer – a guardian of the wild. The kingdom of Meridina is under threat. When Nara and her leopard companion, Flame, receive the call to attend a Whisperers’ council of war, they begin the long journey north. But signs of the shape-shifting Narlaw are everywhere. Can Nara and Flame make it to the palace or will the demons reach them first? The future of the natural world is resting on their shoulders.

 

Star Wars; Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far AwayImage courtesy of Syndetics by Landry Walker

A collection of six tales tells the other stories of some of the aliens that are seen in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

 

 

From the Cutting Room of Barney KettleImage courtesy of Syndetics by Kate De Goldi

An unnamed man in a hospital bed tells the story of thirteen-year-old film director Barney Kettle and his sister Ren, who are on a mission to film the story of their local street.

 

 

Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates; The Leaky Battery Sets SailImage courtesy of Syndetics by Gareth P. Jones

Causing chaos wherever they sail, the robotic Steampunk Pirates are roaming the high seas, hunting for gold! But the evil Iron Duke has other ideas…He’s determined to capture the pirates in return for a handsome reward from the King.

 

 

Bloodlust and BlundersImage courtesy of Syndetics by Poppy Inkwell

Alana Oakley suspects her new neighbours are vampires. All the signs are there: they are deathly pale, too good at everything, and laugh derisively at vampire-lore with a knowing mwah-ha-ha. Khalilah, Maddie and Sofia hope Alana is right – everything they’ve read about vampires sounds so very cool and the new neighbours are so very hot… Despite her friends’ warped sensibilities, Alana is determined to reveal the neighbours’ bloody secret. If only her mum would stay out of trouble, Alana would have this mystery in the bag, but Emma is tangled up with Katriona and Ling Ling’s mission to Never Grow Old, avoid Chinatown’s resident loan shark- Fok Wee Mung, and meet Kylie Minogue.

6 New children’s non fiction to read just time for spring

Spring is around the corner… almost. So why not spring on down to your local library and check out some new non fiction in our Junior Collection that can help you with your science homework, help you unleash your inner clothes designer and learn some weird, wonderful and sometimes gross facts from the latest Ripley’s Believe it or not series.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsI Can Make My Own Accessories

Eat you heart out, Christian Louboutin, Karen Walker and Dolce & Gabbana, You don’t have to shop for the latest fashion trends and break your budget to dress in style. This new book, I Can Make My Own Accessories is jam packed full of ideas for making your own fashion accessories! You will be able to make and customize unique, stylish jewelry, hair accessories, bags, belts, and much more. A great book to have on hand for the budding fashion designer.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsAll new Ripley’s Believe it or not : unlock the weird

Believe it or not, it’s back! Ripley’s has a 100% new book out on the weird, wonderful and wacky world records around the world. Come on down to the library and grab this book, where you can read all about how a monk walks on water, a woman that only eats sand and a baby cow born with five mouths. You have to read it to believe it!

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsUsborne Big Picture Atlas

With 15 big and beautifully illustrated maps for you to pore over, use this picture atlas to explore our fascinating world. Find landmarks, discover where different animals and people live around the world, and lots more.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsCollins Science Fascinating Facts

This book tells you all you need to know to become the next great scientist! From atoms to lightning, from android robots of the future right back to the start of life on Earth, you’ll learn all about the secrets of science. A brightly illustrated and engaging book, Science offers hours of reading pleasure and is also a great support for schoolwork and projects.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsElectricity

“A hands-on first science series that uses fun and practical activities to explore electricity, light and dark, materials and pushes and pulls.We use electricity all the time so it’s important children know how it works and where it comes from. Discover what an electric circuit is and why static electricity makes your hair stand on end. Using simple explanations and engaging photos, this book encourages children to think about how their senses work, while taking their first steps into scientific discovery.” –Publisher’s website.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsDid dinosaurs lay eggs and other questions and answers about prehistoric reptiles

Read this and find out all the answers to every question you have ever had about dinosaurs. Also goes into full detail of  different types of dinosaurs and reconstructs their habits and behaviour.

 

Minecraft fiction for Children

Love Minecraft? We know that heaps of you are block-mad. Did you know that there is a new series of Minecraft chapter books called The Elementia Chronicles? Perfect for ages 8+; there are four books in the series:

 

Elementia Chronicles Book 1: Quest for justice by Sean Fay Wolfe

New players join the game Minecraft every day. But dark forces are at work on the Elementia server, and when Stan, Kat, and Charlie arrive on the scene, they quickly find themselves in peril.

The King has passed a law banishing all lower-level players from the server by the next Proclamation Day. Anyone who tries to help the noobs will be silenced.

With the natural forces of the game closing in and the King’s deadline approaching, Stan, Kat, and Charlie must work together to unravel the mysteries of Elementia and lead the battle for justice.

 

Elementia Chronicles Book 2: The new order by Sean Fay Wolfe

President Stan has led his people through an epic battle and brought peace to the Republic of Elementia. But dissent is rippling through the countryside.

King Kev’s loyal followers are still at large, and a new organization, the Noctem Alliance, is poised to strike terror throughout the land.

With new threats on the horizon and citizens of the Republic dividing between two loyalties, Stan must decide the best way forward for his people and stop the Noctem Alliance before it destroys them all.

 

Elementia Chronicles Book 3, Part 1: The dusk of hope by Sean Fay Wolfe

President Stan and his council are joined by a mysterious adversary in their efforts to reunite and gain freedom for the server-based Republic of Elementia.

 

 

Elementia Chronicles Book 3, Part 2: Herobine’s message by Sean fay Wolfe

The final chapter of the Elementia Chronicles Series.

President Stan and his council are joined by a mysterious adversary in their efforts to reunite and gain freedom for the server-based Republic of Elementia.

 

 

About the Author: Sean Fay Wolfe was 16 years old when he finished Quest for Justice, the first book of The Elementia Chronicles trilogy; and 17 when he finished the second book. He is an avid Minecraft player and loves creating action adventure tales in its endlessly creative virtual world. Sean lives with his mother, father, grandmother, two brothers, three cats, and a little white dog named Lucky.

 

Don’t forget Father’s Day!

Father’s Day, a special day for celebrating our Dad’s, is coming up on September 4. In New Zealand, we observe Father’s Day on the first Sunday of September each year, although many other countries celebrate the occasion in either March or June.

Father’s Day allows us to recognise the important role father’s play and appreciate everything they do for us. A father doesn’t have to be biological either, it might be your step-dad, foster dad, uncle or friend that you want to celebrate.

 

Father’s Day dates back all the way to the middle ages (that’s over 600 years ago!), when people of the Catholic faith honoured fatherhood with a celebration on March 19th, the feast day of Saint Joseph. Father’s Day didn’t arrive in New Zealand until the early 20th century (about 100 years ago), when we adopted the tradition from the United States of America.

 

 

There are lots of ways families celebrate Father’s Day around the country, but giving gifts, enjoying a special meal together and letting dad put his feet up are a few popular traditions.

Have a think about the things your dad likes and get creative to make it a truly special day just for him. Does your dad enjoy the outdoors? You could take him fishing or go for a bush walk. Does your dad have a sweet tooth? Why not treat him to some homemade goodies. Is your dad a handyman? Create something crafty to show your love. Otherwise you might just like to spend time together!

 

Check out the library catalogue for loads of craft, cooking and activity ideas, or head over to the Kiwi Families website for more inspiration.

Top 10 Children’s DVDs for August 2016

dvd coverChildren’s animation has some really creative people doing fun stuff in this month’s Top 10.

The Octonauts are a great cross-over from screen to page with their puzzle books and picture books.  Beatrix Potter’s characters also have a to offer, stretching vocabulary in her classic Children’s tales.

Do you have a favourite book to screen character?  Let us know in the comments.

1. dvd coverOctonauts

2. My little pony, friendship is magic

3. Peter Rabbit

4. Fireman Sam

5. Bananas in pyjamas

dvd cover6. Strawberry Shortcake

7. Inside out

8. Minions

9. Legends of Chima

10. Hotel Transylvania