Top 10 Children’s comics for July

Aug
05
Posted in comics, Top 10
by Dusty

Favourite funny characters to wrap up with and enjoy over the wintery months.

1.   Pokemon by Hidenori Kusaka
2.   Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce
3.   The complete Peanuts by Charles M.  Schulz
4.   Asterix omnibus by Goscinny and Udzero
5.   Chi’s sweet home by Kanata Konami
6.   Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
7.   Babymouse series by Jennifer L. Holm
8.   Warriors series by Dan Jolley
9.   Adventure time by Ryan North
10. Red Rackham’s treasure by Herge

Free Children’s Magic Shows!

Aug
04
Posted in Announcements, Event
by adrienne

Poster image for Magic Show SMALLStep right up, and prepared to be amazed by Edward the Magnificent!

Perfect for children of all ages, Edward the Magnificent will be performing 3 magic shows in August:

Karori Library: Thursday 7th August at 6.30pm

Central Library: Saturday 9th August at 10.30am

Kilbirnie Library: Thursday 14th August at 6.30pm

 

Practice your magic words and slight of hand and head along to these free magical shows.

Johnsonville Late Night Storytime

Jul
31
Posted in Event
by debbie

Pyjamas

 

 

Don’t forget to come along to Johnsonville Library this Friday night (1st August) at 6.30pm for our late night storytime.

For the month of August we will be reading stories in the dark – so bring along a torch and we will see you there.

 

New Non Fiction: Back to School numbers.

Jul
30
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

Welcome to Term 3! I hope you all had a fantastic break over the school holidays.  Here are some new junior non fiction to help you catch up on your school work.
image courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsWhy do reptiles have scales? : and other questions about evolution and classification. 
Wildlife wonders? You better believe it. This book covers anything and everything you want/need to know about the classification and evolution of reptiles and how they have adapted to survive the ever changing environment. This is a great book to use for biology projects and homework. Great for Primary and Intermediate level.

You might also want to check out Why do Plants have flowers? and other questions about evolution and classification. Lots of amazing facts about the evolution and classification of plants, like you find out the age of a tree by counting the rings beneath the bark and apparently find out which flower smells of rotting meat – Whoa!. A great resource to sue for horticulture projects and homework.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsIt’s time for Animaths! It’s time to improve your maths sssskills by looking at Shapes with Snakes. Become a “roaring” success with maths by Taking Away with Tigers and some maths ant-ics by looking at Adding with Ants.

These books are great to use to introduce young children to simple key maths concepts with the use of  cut out photos of animals. These books are sure to engage the interest of reluctant mathematicians.

 

 

 

All about the Commonwealthimage courtesy of syndetics

According to WikipediaThe Commonwealth of Nations, commonly known as the Commonwealth (formerly the British Commonwealth),  is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 member states (including New Zealand) that were mostly territories of the former British Empire, with some notable exceptions. The Commonwealth operates by intergovernmental consensus of the member states, organised through the Commonwealth Secretariat, and non-governmental organisations, organised through the Commonwealth Foundation.

Luckily for the library, we now have a junior non fiction book jam packed with information about the Commonwealth. This informative, fact-packed guide also tells you all about the history and the aims of the Commonwealth since its foundation in 1931. Did you know New Zealand is one of the 53 countries led by HM Queen Elizabeth II? A great book to use for Social Studies homework.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsCool Kids Cook.

Ready for another back to school number that will help you ace Home Economics and allow you to unleash your inner Gordon Ramsey-Jaime Oliver- Nigella Lawson-Chelsea Winter? Donna Hay has released a cookbook for kids. Donna Hay for kids?! How cool is that! Check out the awesome cookbook, catered for cool kids that contains over 40 fun and simple recipes for kids to make for family and friends to enjoy. Found a few tasty numbers like spaghetti bolognese, sausage rolls, chicken noodle soup, cup cakes and chocolate moose. Wow,  I wish I had this book when I was doing Home Economics at school.

 

 

 

image courtesy of knight academy blog

Encyclopedia of the human body : begin to discover the human body.

Got a biology project coming up on the human body? This back to school number can help.  The Encyclopedia of the human body will allow you to discover information about how the human body and anatomy works. You will discover and learn everything from how blood flows through the heart, to how food is digested and where your voice comes from… hmmm!  This is the kind of book that makes *physiology look cool and screams AMAZING!

 

*Physiology: The branch of biology that deals with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts.

 

Commonwealth Games

Jul
28
Posted in Event, Facts, Homework Help, internet
by adrienne

Looking for information about the games? Look no further! Here are all the links you need:


The 2014 Commonwealth Games:

Check out the official website for everything you need to know about the games. You can find out about the different sports, the countries competing, the athletes involved, the schedule of events, and the medal counts (including the athletes that have won them). You can even find out about the records set for the different sports played.

 

Past Commonwealth Games:

The Commonwealth Games have been happening every 4 years since 1930. You can find all the dates and locations at the official Commonwealth Games Federation website. Can you see how many times New Zealand has hosted the games? Click on each of the games to find out about the results of the games and the records set. You can also find out about the history of the Commonwealth Games, where it will be held next (Gold Coast 2018),

 

Glasgow and Scotland:

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and is the city hosting the Commonwealth Games. Wikipedia have an article on Glasgow (including one in simple English). The Glasgow official tourism site has lots of cool info about what to see and do in Glasgow. Did you know that there are many tunnels under Glasgow? You can find out more about the city’s history at Historic Glasgow. Make sure you check out some useful facts and figures about Glasgow. too.

For information about Scotland you can visit the Wikipedia page, The Scotland National Tourism page, and find out about the history of the country at Historic Scotland. For straightforward facts and figures, check out the page for the United Kingdom at the CIA World Factbook site.

 

The New Zealand Team:

Find out the latest news about the kiwi team in Glasgow at the kiwi athletes homepage. On this site you’ll find the complete list of athletes, the schedule for when they will be competing,  and the team’s results. You can also find out about some of the athletes in the NZ Glasgow team over at High Performance.

 

The Commonwealth:

The Commonwealth of Nations are a group of countries that were mostly part of the British Empire.  Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the CommonWealth. You can find out about the Commonwealth at Wikipedia (Simple English article available too), find out about what sort of things are achieved through the Commonwealth at the official site, and you can even see how the Queen and Royal Family interact with the Commonwealth nations at the Royal Family’s website.

Te rā whakamutunga o Māwhai Tuhituhi

Jul
25
Posted in Uncategorized
by Suezanne

Kia ora anō tamariki mā

Ki a koutou ngā kaituhituhi kei te mihi, kei te mihi.

Ko tēnei te rā whakamutunga o Māwhai Tuhituhi. Me pēhea te whakakapi i te pakiwaitara nei?

He whakataetae te Māwhai Tuhituhi. Kua oti kē ngā whiti e whā, kei a koe te ariā o te whiti tuarima. Āpiti atu tō tuhituhi ki te pakiwaitara ia rā, mō ngā rā 21-25 o Hūrae.

Mēnā ka hiahia koe ki te uru ki te whakataetae haere ki te whārangi o te māwhai tuhituhi, pāngia te pikitia “māwhai tuhi” ki runga rā, āpiti tō tuhi ki te wahanga tuhi ki raro nei rānei.

Ka whiriwhirihia kotahi te whiti ia rā hei wini i te taonga o te rā, ki te wikitoria i te taonga nunui pea, ā, ki te hono ki te pakiwaitara mo te whiti o te rā.

Karawhiua!!! Tukua mai tāu tuhituhi, māu te whiti tuarima pea?

Ānei te pakiwaitara ……

Kua horoia ngā rīhi, ka paoho mai te pouaka whakaata, “I tēnei wā ka huri ki ngā matapae huarere mō āpōpō, tērā te whakatūpato a Te Ratonga Tirorangi, he āwhā, he hau āwhiwhio …” Kātahi ka weto te pouaka whakaata! Ka weto ngā raiti o te whare! Kua pō uriuri.

Māmā! Māmā! Kua pakaru te pouaka whakaata, kua pakaru ngā rama katoa! Ka aha tātou nāianei? Ka tīmata taku hōtaka ākuanei. Aue!! Hei aha te pouaka whakaata e tama, tiki mai ngā kānara!!

Kei te hēti te pouaka o ngā rawa whai oranga ohotata ne māma? Ka haere au ki waho ki te tiki. Kia tūpato kei whara koe te ki o te māmā. Ka haere te tama ki waho engari kāore te hēti i reira. Ka ohorere te tama ki te tirohanga ki waho, kāore he hēti, kāore he mara, kāore he tiriti, engari he ngahere kei te karapoti kē i te whare nei. Ka hāmama te waha o te tama i te kitenga atu i te ngahere.

Ka oma ki waho tōna tuakana,”Aue” tāna kī, ka putē ngā karu o Kahu. Me haere tāua ki te hōpara i tēnei ngahere hou. Ka whawhai rāua mēnā me haere ki te ngahere. I hinga a Kahu. Hoake tāua, kātahi ka oma rāua ki roto i te ngahere me te pōuriuri ki muri.

…….ka aha ināianei?

New Non Fiction: A cure for the winter blues.

Jul
24
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

Well, boys and girls. We have finally entered into the coldest month of the year and have been and/or about to be hit hard with some miserable weather. Have no fair, the library has got a new range of Junior Non Fiction. Nothing but a little ‘Plants vs Zombies, a tribute to the arts and Angry Birds Star Wars and Lego redux!’ to cure the winter blues.

Image courtesy of Syndetics

Childrens book of cinema :  Explore the magical, behind-the-scenes world of the movies.

“Presents an introduction to the world of cinema. This title tells the story of cinema from silent films of yesteryear to the big blockbusters of today, covering the innovation of “talkies” as well as the revolution of technicolor.” - World Cat.

This book is every film buff’s (myself included) and budding film maker’s dream! It contains a lot of information about the history of film, actors and directors, (both past and present) From monsters (both scary and fun loving) to musicals, (like The Wizard of Oz) and wizards (Yep, even Harry Potter is mentioned) to westerns, this is true to its word taking you on a showstopping journey through the fascinating world of film. A great book to curl up to, with popcorn during winter.

 

 

Image courtesy of Syndetics

Oil Paints.

Here’s a book that  contains step-by-step guides show how to create a variety of projects using oil paints that is bound to unleash your inner artist. You may also like Watercolors and Acrylics,

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Syndetics

The Official Angry Birds Star Wars Joke Book.

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away. The bird rebels and the pork federation joined forces to find the funniest, craziest, zaniest jokes in the Star Ways history. Well did they complete their mission? “Hee Hee! Mwa Ha Ha Ha! Bleep Bleep!” Hmmm, I guess the words speak for themselves. Hands down, this is the funniest joke book voted by bird rebels,  pork federation and of course a local children’s librarian in the history of joke books, Angry Birds and Star Wars.  Most of the jokes in this book are Angry Birds Star Wars related. There are the odd jokes enclosed in this book that might be enjoyed by those with a sick and warped sense of humor. And believe it or not, there is the odd librarian joke, hmmm perhaps you might want to try it out on your local librarian, hee hee. Hope you enjoy this book… as much as I did.

But wait, there’s more!

 

Image courtesy of Syndetics

Super Interactive Annual 2014 Angry Birds Star Wars.

“Birds! Slingshots! Destruction! Feathers! Fun! This best selling Annual has it all. Join your favourite flock of characters on Piggy Island as the world of Angry Birds is brought to life in this fun and truly interactive Annual. Using your smartphone or tablet to zap the unique icons on the page reveals super interactive bonus features including exclusive stories, additional profiles and entertaining activities”–Publisher’s description.

Your one stop Angry Birds Star Wars entertainment is here! In the form of this awesome new addition to Wellington City Libraries. Puzzles, quizzes, drawing, games and… lets not forget Angry Birds Star Wars. Who could ask for more? This book is sure to keep children entertained, especially with all the yucky weather we have had lately.

 

 

Image courtesy of Syndetics

Plants vs Zombies : Books of Things.

Are we one the verge of the zombie apocalypse? Not yet. But it could happen… right? So best to be prepared. That’s where this book comes in. This book had all the entertainment, puzzles, games and quizzes to do to pass the time in the probably unlikely event of having to barricade yourself inside your own home to protect your precious brain parts from being gobbled up during a terrifying invasion of shuffling, plant-hating and frankly inconvienient zombies… and also perhaps another book to keep you entertained in the very likely event of having to barricade yourself indoors to protect your precious body from the terrifying cold and wet weather. Great for kids aged 9-12 years.

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Syndetics

The Lego Book.

You can never go wrong with Lego. For all you die-hard Lego fans, this is the No#1 book to read! Here is your chance to read the complete illustrated history of the LEGO products that discusses the origins of the company, and the evolution of bricks, figures, play themes, and related products; and features a time line that records the introduction of the first plastic bricks to the LEGO products of 2012.  I could spend hours looking at this book. Another awesome read that has the WOW factor and that will bring out every adult’s inner child. A definite 5 star rating!

Also check out LEGO play book : ideas to bring your bricks to life and The LEGO ideas book : unlock your imagination.

Also how about some recipe ideas? Check out this new series on recipes from around the world. The books from the Global Cookery series features recipes from India (Recipes from India), China, (Recipes from China), Italy (Recipes from Italy) and Mexico (Recipes from Mexico) A great way for kids to learn about the eating habits of various cultures and nutritional information. These books also featured recipes on your favourite takeaways like Pizza, Tandoori Chicken and Wanton soup. with these ideas, your parents will be able to save money on the weekly Friday night takeaways.

 

To finish off…

 

Image courtesy of Syndetics

Judith Kerr’s Creatures.

Here is a children’s art book and a biography all rolled into one which celebrates children’s author and illustrator, Judith Kerr’s life and work. As a child, I simply adored Judith Kerr’s picture books like the Mog series and The Tiger who came to tea. But after reading this book, I have fallen in love with Judith Kerr’s picture books all over again. This is another WOW factor book that is well deserving of a 5 star rating!

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT JUDITH KERR:

- She was born in Berlin.

- Her family fled to Switzerland when Hitler seized power.

- She failed a diploma in book illustration.

- Her husband, Tom Kneale was a famous British screenwriter.

- Her daughter, Tacy Kneale made creatures for the Harry Potter films.

 

Te toa o te rā – Rāapa

Jul
24
Posted in Uncategorized
by Suezanne

Tēnei te mihi ki a Anahera, ka pai koe, i whai koe i te kōrero i mua tata atu. Ka taka pai ngā whakaaro i a koutou ngā kaituhi!

Māwhai Tuhituhi – Rāpare

Jul
24
Posted in Uncategorized
by Suezanne

Kia ora anō tamariki mā

Ka haere te paki ki wīwī, ka haere te paki ki wāwā, heoi ko te urupounamu, ka haere te paki ki hea i tēnei rā

He whakataetae te Māwhai Tuhituhi. Kua oti kē ngā whiti e whā, kei a koe te ariā o te whiti tuarima. Āpiti atu tō tuhituhi ki te pakiwaitara ia rā, mō ngā rā 21-25 o Hūrae.

Mēnā ka hiahia koe ki te uru ki te whakataetae haere ki te whārangi o te māwhai tuhituhi, pāngia te pikitia “māwhai tuhi” ki te taha nei , āpiti tō tuhi ki te wahanga tuhi ki raro nei rānei.

Ka whiriwhirihia kotahi te whiti ia rā hei wini i te taonga o te rā, ki te wikitoria i te taonga nunui pea, ā, ki te hono ki te pakiwaitara mo te whiti o te rā.

Karawhiua!!! Tukua mai tāu tuhituhi, māu te whiti tuarima pea?

Ānei te pakiwaitara ……

Kua horoia ngā rīhi, ka paoho mai te pouaka whakaata, “I tēnei wā ka huri ki ngā matapae huarere mō āpōpō, tērā te whakatūpato a Te Ratonga Tirorangi, he āwhā, he hau āwhiwhio …” Kātahi ka weto te pouaka whakaata! Ka weto ngā raiti o te whare! Kua pō uriuri.

Māmā! Māmā! Kua pakaru te pouaka whakaata, kua pakaru ngā rama katoa! Ka aha tātou nāianei? Ka tīmata taku hōtaka ākuanei. Aue!! Hei aha te pouaka whakaata e tama, tiki mai ngā kānara!!

Kei te hēti te pouaka o ngā rawa whai oranga ohotata ne māma? Ka haere au ki waho ki te tiki. Kia tūpato kei whara koe te ki o te māmā. Ka haere te tama ki waho engari kāore te hēti i reira. Ka ohorere te tama ki te tirohanga ki waho, kāore he hēti, kāore he mara, kāore he tiriti, engari he ngahere kei te karapoti kē i te whare nei. Ka hāmama te waha o te tama i te kitenga atu i te ngahere.

Ka oma ki waho tōna tuakana,”Aue” tāna kī, ka putē ngā karu o Kahu. Me haere tāua ki te hōpara i tēnei ngahere hou. Ka whawhai rāua mēnā me haere ki te ngahere. I hinga a Kahu. Hoake tāua, kātahi ka oma rāua ki roto i te ngahere me te pōuriuri ki muri.

…….ka aha ināianei?

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Ka Mau Te Wehi

Jul
23
Posted in Uncategorized
by Suezanne

Tēnei te mihi ki ngā toa o ngā rā e rua .

I te Rāhina ko Huhana te toa, i te Rātū ko Grace te toa.

Nga mihi ki a kōrua!