SPCA Visit to Karori Library

Posted in Event, Things to Do
by Theresa

Some friends from the SPCA brought some special guests along to Karori Library preschool storytime this morning.  Children, parents/caregivers and staff were excited to meet Zeus the puppy, and bunnies Peaches and Jessica.  They loved their pats!  We also learnt all about animal care and enjoyed some neat animal stories and songs.  There are still more SPCA storytime sessions to be held and our furry friends would love to see you there!


  • Monday 14h April, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library at 10.30am
  • Tuesday 15th April, Johnsonville Library at 10.30am
  • Wednesday 16th April,CummingsPark(Ngaio) Library at 10.30am


Pyjama Storytimes!

Posted in Announcements, Event
by Jessica

Evening storytimes will be happening again at Cummings Park library (Ngaio) and Karori library! Here’s your chance to wear your snuggly pyjamas to the library!

Details are…

When: The second week of the every month, Monday at Cummings Park Library (Ngaio) and Thursday at Karori Library.

Time: 6.30-7pm

Who: All 5-10 year olds and their families are welcome

What: Come along and listen to some stories!


See you there!

The Whitebait Wriggle

Posted in Books, New Non-Fiction
by debbie

Do you like poetry?

Do you like whitebait?

Combine these two together and you get The Whitebait Wriggle.

Reading this book I found out all about the life cycle of the whitebait. I learnt that what we describe as whitebait is actually the juvenile form of five species of New Zealand freshwater fish and they all lead an amazing and sometimes dangerous life.

What is really fun about this book is that it is written in verse.


Down at the beach

in the blue-green sea.

Where the waves swish the sand

and the birds fly free.

Swam five baby fish

and they all looked the same.

Tiny and wriggly,

whitebait was their name.

You can check out lots of great poetry books in the library and then maybe you can have a go at creating some of your own.

Falling leaves

Posted in Books, Reviews & Recommendations
by debbie

Autumn is here. The days are shortening and the mornings are getting a little chilly. The sun is lower in the sky and it sets earlier each day. The air temperature drops and we usually have more rain. The signs of autumn are a signal to plants and animals that they have to get ready for winter.

Have you ever wondered why deciduous trees drop their leaves in autumn? It is because there is less sunlight to make food and the colder temperatures mean that the trees cannot get enough water from the frozen ground. But before they drop their leaves they remove all the valuable substances – like chlorophyll, that give the leaves the green colour.  This makes the leaves turn orange, yellow and red making the season of autumn look so pretty.




Why not take a look at some of our autumn fiction. Here is a selection of books with autumn in the title that you might like to try.

Things that float and things that don’t!


Why does an apple float in a tub of water, but a ball of aluminum foil sinks to the bottom? And why when you take that same ball of aluminum and flattened it out and shape it into a boat it will float?

How can a whole crowd of people be in a boat and it floats when a small pebble dropped into the water will sink?

How can this be?

In ‘Things that float and Things that don’t’ you can have heaps of fun guessing which things float and which things don’t. You can learn all about the density of water and how if affects the things that float (or not) on it. There is even a difference between the water in the sea and the water in a lake.

So have fun experimenting on what can float and what won’t.

Daylight Saving

Posted in Books, Facts
by debbie

It’s nearly time to turn the clocks back as daylight saving comes to an end this weekend.

I am always a little sad when daylight saving finishes as it means that winter is on the way and the long hot (or warm) summer is over.

You might like to check out some history on daylight saving in New Zealand. I discovered that in 1909 a Parliamentarian Hon Sir Thomas Sidey argued for putting clocks forward by one hour during summer so that there would be an additional hour of daylight in the evenings. In that year he introduced a Member’s Bill to put this idea into effect. The Bill was rejected, but Sidey was persistent, reintroducing it every year for the next 20 years.

That is very persistent, and you can read all about it here.

So enjoy the last days of summer and remember the one good thing is that we do get another hour to sleep in!

Top 10 Children’s DVDs for February

Posted in Top 10
by Dusty

These are your favourite DVD choices in February, grab one today!!

1.   Dino Dan

2.   My little pony, friendship is magic

3.   Strawberry Shortcake

4.   Dinosaur train

5.   Ninjago, masters of Spinjitzu

6.   Planes

7.   The Smurfs

8.   The Croods

9.   Shaun the sheep

10. Monsters University


Special visitors to Storytimes

Posted in Announcements, Event
by adrienne

Love animals? Us too! We love animals so much that we have invited the SPCA to visit our Preschool Storytimes over the next 3 weeks.

They are going to bring along some cute animals, and talk about how to look after them properly and be nice to them. We’ll also have some animal stories, songs and rhymes -it’s going to be great!


Here are the storytimes they’re visiting:

  • Wednesday 2nd April, Newtown Library at 10.30am
  • Thursday 3rd April, Miramar Library at 10.15am
  • Monday 7th April, Karori Library at 10.30am
  • Monday 14h April, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library at 10.30am
  • Tuesday 15th April, Johnsonville Library at 10.30am
  • Wednesday 16th April, Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library at 10.30am

As usual, our storytimes are free, fun and perfect for 3-4 year olds and their caregivers (older and younger children are always welcome!).

Top 10 Children’s comics in February

Posted in Top 10
by Dusty

Most borrowed comics from the children’s collection in February:

1. Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce

2. Amulet series by Kazu  Kibuishi

3. Chi’s sweet home series by Kanata Konami

4. Pokémon series by Hidenori Kusaka

5.  The complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

6. Asterix omnibus written by Rene Goscinny ; illustrated by Albert Uderzo

7.  Red Rackham’s treasure by Hergé

8. Warriors series by Dan Jolley

9. Garfield by Mark Evanier

10. Tintin and the Picaros by Hergé

Wellington festival of Education -great weekend family fun!

Posted in Announcements, Event, Things to Do
by adrienne

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? The Wellington Festival of Education is on at TSB Arena, Frank Kitts Park and Shed 6 on Saturday 29th March.

This freefamily day is packed full of fun activities, technology to try out, stalls and performances,

Wellington City Libraries will be there performing our very own library Baby Rock & Rhyme and Storytime sessions on the feature stage in the TSB arena! You can hang out in the storytelling zone and hear well-known New Zealanders read aloud their favourite stories, or learn a new move at the dance workshop. There’s so much to do!

Check out the programme of events for details.