Mad Science Holiday Activities at Kilbirnie and Miramar Libraries

Posted in School Holidays
by Florence

We had so much fun last week saving NZ endangered animals! DOC has just launched a new App “Habitat, the game” and we’ve done lots of activities to understand better why our NZ animals are so special. Puzzles, mazes, worksheets but also hands on activities: Why do Whales have teeth or baleens? Have a go yourself by trying to collect pepper in water with either a toothbrush or a comb… Why do kiwis have a long curvy bill? We found out by using tweezers to dig for worms (fake ones!) in a bin full of soil! FUN!

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Zumba at Karori Library

Posted in Event, School Holidays
by Theresa

Kids went wild for Zumba at Karori Library during the October school holidays!  We rocked out our best moves and had a tonne of fun at our special Zumba Kids dance session with Ani Prasad.  Here are some photos from the event:

Science fun at Central Library

Posted in School Holidays
by adrienne

We had mad and mysterious science fun at the Central Library this week. Check out the photos!

First we were chased by a bear and became lost! We made a compass from magnets and metal and found our way our safely again. Then we made some potions and foaming dragons. The snot experiment was gross! We finished off our experiments with some crime solving using fingerprint identification and a scavenger hunt to solve the mystery.

There are still more Mad Science Mystery events on during the school holidays. Check out the Kids Events page to find out when and where.


Meet author Derek Landy in person


Are you a fan of the Skulduggery Pleasant series? The author -Derek Landy, will be in Wellington THIS WEEK!


  • Friday 3rd October, 5.30pm
  • Scots College
  • Tickets are $10 each, all profits go to Save The Children.
  • Buy your tickets from the Kilbirnie Children’s Bookshop (email)

Check out the latest book in the series – The dying of the light.

Be a conservation hero!

Posted in Announcements, Event, Things to Do
by Florence

habitat the gameThe Department of Conservation has launched the New Zealand version of a fun app-based game for smart phones called “Habitat the Game”. If you go around Wellington (Zealandia, Wellington Zoo, Island Bay Marine Reserve and many other places…) looking for New Zealand endangered animals you will learn more about them and you might help them survive.

Real life actions combined with fun in-game missions!

As a bonus there is FREE entry for kids and the first 100 adults at Zealandia on Saturday 4th October from 11am to 3pm for the launch of this game. There are prizes to be won too!


Dinosaur Storytime at Johnsonville Library

Posted in Announcements, Event, Things to Do
by debbie

Make sure you head along to Johnsonville Library on Friday 3rd October at 6.30pm for a romping, stomping storytime full of dinosaurs.

Come if you dare!

What’s Where in the World

Do you want to know where the most explosive volcanoes in the world are?

What about the hottest place on the earth?

What about where the world’s billionaires live or where would you go to find the deadliest creatures in the world.

This book is amazing – you could spend hours looking through it. Each page shows a map of the world along with some interesting information. Found out where the tallest buildings are located, where all the roads are and even where all the internet connections travel. Its looks like a spider web.



Here are some of the interested facts I discovered in this book.

  • Between 50 and 70 volcanoes erupt every year, mostly around the edge of the pacific.
  • In 2010 there were 925 million undernourished people in the world.
  • Since 1965, the world population has doubled.
  • A blue whales tongue can weigh as much as an elephant.
  • The first known sewing needle dates back about 25,000 years.




October School Holidays – Free Children’s activities


98730-Libary Mad Science Mysteries 150 x 113The school holidays are next week! Looking for something fun to do? How about…

Free school holiday activities: get mad about science during the October School Holidays!

Grab your test tubes, clipboards and lab coats and get ready for mad science mysteries these school holidays! Hands on science experiments and stories that are perfect for 7-12 year olds. These fun events are free, bookings not required.


When and where:

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Tuesday 30 September 11am – 12pm

Central Library: Wednesday 1 October 11am – 12pm

Karori Library: Thursday 2 October 2pm – 3pm

Miramar Library: Thursday 2 October 2pm – 3pm

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 8 October 11am – 12pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Thursday 9 October 11am – 12pm

Khandallah Library: Friday 10 October 11am – 12pm


Contact your local library for more information.

September Top 10 Children’s Fiction

Posted in Top 10
by Dusty

This month Harry Potter has a double entry – the wizard rides again!

1.   Diary of a wimpy kid series by Jeff Kinney

2.   Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renée Russell

3.   Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

4.   Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald

5.   Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows

6.   Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce

7.   Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J. K. Rowling

8.   Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

9.   Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord

10.  Matilda by Roald Dahl

Top 10 Children’s comics for September

Posted in comics, Top 10
by Dusty

Geronimo Stilton makes a comeback into the running and Pokémon is the standout lead in this month’s comic poll for the favourite read.

1.   Pokémon by Hidenori Kusaka

2.   Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce

3.   Chi’s sweet home by Kanata Konami

4.   Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

5.   The complete Peanuts by Charles M Schulz

6.   Asterix Omnibus by Goscinny and Udzero

7.   Warriors by Dan Jolley

8.  Adventure time by Ryan North

9.  Who stole Mona Lisa? by Geronimo Stilton

10.Tintin and the Picaros by Hergé