New Non Fiction: Back to School, Part 2.

101 Hidden Animals.image courtesy of syndetics

Read this book and discover the amazing ways 101 animals hide in plain sight and defends themselves from predators. Overall this book is a very enjoyable read. There are some fantastic images and amazing facts about how animals hide themselves. For example, bullfrogs rest in shallow water to look just like rocks and zebras’ stripes confuse predators.

 

Ballet Spectacular.image courtesy of http://www.roh.org.uk/

Ballet, spectacular? You bet! Hands down, this is one of the most amazing, beautiful and captivating books I have ever come across in the junior non fiction collection! Grab this book today and get a full and unique insight into the magical world of ballet seen through the eyes of The Royal Ballet!

 

 

Discovering Dinosaurs.image courtesy of syndetics

Check this ultimate, most up to date guide to the age of dinosaurs and discover over 165 fascinating prehistoric creatures from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, including every major dino discovery made to date.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsHow to be a space explorer.

Ever wanted to go into space? This book gives you the lowdown on everything young explorers needs to know to travel in space, covering what life in zero gravity is like, how to find your way around the solar system, and the all-important question of how to pee in a spacesuit! (Hee, hee, still tickled pink over that one!) Overall a fantastic read, complete with unique illustrations take kids to the heart of the action and amazing photos show what the universe is really like. Not to mention, incredible stories of real-life space exploration for kids aged 8 and up, by author and astrobiologist Professor Mark Brake.

 

How to handle low self-esteem.image courtesy of syndetics

If you feel under pressure or having trouble dealing with what ever life is throwing at you, then this book can help. How to Handle Low Self Esteem is an essential guide that can help you understand how and why you might hold a low opinion of yourself and  what you can do to improve things for yourself. The book highlights areas that may trigger these feelings, such as bullying or peer-pressure. Perhaps you are under pressure because of your sexual orientation, your race or religion or because you simply don’t fit the mould. This book will help you confront your issues and offers solid advice based on the experiences of real people. A great book to read to calm those ‘

 

How to handle bullying and gangs.image courtesy of syndetics

No one should ever have to cope with bullying. Inside this book you will find: Practical advice for dealing with bullies, suggestions as to where you can find support, advice on how to feel positive about yourself.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsHow Maui found his father and the magic jawbone.

An oldie but a goodie. Check out this this new addition Peter Gossage’s classic tale about how Maui found his father and the magic jawbone. Perfect timing with Waitangi day around the corner.

 

January’s Top 10 Children’s fiction

Some of these great books were in the Summer Reading Challenge.  Are any of them your favourites? Let us know what you think of the books you read on the reviews page and help someone find a new favourite.

1.   Diary of a wimpy kid series, by Jeff Kinney

2.   Where’s Wally?, by Martin Handford

3.   Dirty Bertie, series, by Alan MacDonald

4.   Dork diaries, by Rachel Renée Russel

5.   Ruby Redfort, series, by Lauren Child

6.   Big Nate series, by Lincoln Pierce

7.  Conspiracy 365 series, by Gabrielle Lord

8.   The 52-storey treehouse, by Andy Griffiths

9.  Awful Auntie, by David Walliams

10.Matilda, by Roald Dahl

Back to school!

So long holidays, hello school. We hope you had a great summer holiday and managed to read heaps of awesome books.

But now that you’re back to school, you’ll need to know about where to go for homework help. Here’s some great starting places:

AnyQuestions.co.nz and ManyAnswers.co.nz

These two NZ websites are designed to help school students find online information for their school work. AnyQuestions is a live service – which means you chat live with a librarian who will help you find helpful websites with the information you need. AnyQuestions in open Monday – Friday from 1pm to 6pm.

ManyAnswers is open 24/7 and has lots of great tips about where to find online info for heaps of topics.

 

Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

In Māori, Te Ara means ‘the pathway’. The Te Ara Encyclopedia will take you on a journey of discovery! Constantly being updated, this site will eventually be a comprehensive guide to New Zealand – its peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.  The site also includes New Zealand’s last official encyclopedia from 1966. It is published here in full, with all the original drawings, maps and photographs — and there are some very neat illustrations!

 

The following info sources can be found on the Library’s My Gateway page.

ZooWhizz

ZooWhiz is a great site for learning maths, spelling and reading, with a neat twist — when you complete an activity, you earn “coins” to spend for your online zoo! Activities are aimed at the full range of levels — from ages 5 to 15. Choose a zookeeper avatar, and then a type of activity, and get started earning “coins” to build your zoo!

Encyclopedia Britannica

This online encyclopedia has more than 73,000 encyclopaedia articles, both short and book-length — and is a great place to start looking for information for all kinds of projects. It also includes a world atlas, thousands of images and videos, an online dictionary and thesaurus and links to helpful websites.

LanguageNut

LanguageNut is a fun way to learn different languages for kids and adults. There are songs, stories and games for each language so you’ll be adding to your vocabulary without really realising it! The non-English languages you can learn include te reo Māori, Indonesian, Mandarin (Pinyin and Hanzi), Italian, Arabic script and many others. There is also an option to learn English if you speak another language.

Oddizzi

Oddizzi site is a fun, interactive way to learn about countries. It includes weather, climate, rainforests, volcanoes, earthquakes, oceans, food and farming, animals, transport, jobs, schools, festivals, religion, and more. Need to find out about a country or have a topic about the natural world to research?

 

 

 

 

New Books From the Fiction Trolley!

Stone GoblinsImage courtesy of Syndetics By David Melling

“Saggypant and Seepage are Stone Goblins – but they’re not much good at collecting stones! So imagine how they cope with a dragon’s tail”–Back cover

 

 

 

 

Rain ReignImage courtesy of Syndetics by Ann .M. Martin

Struggling with Asperger’s, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet.

 

 

 

 

My Palomino Pony Wins Through Image courtesy of Syndeticsby Olivia Tuffin

Can Georgia come to terms with Secret, the new foal, moving away from the stables?

 

 

 

 

Sleuth on SkatesImage courtesy of Syndetics by Clementine Beauvais

Precocious eleven-year-old self-made-supersleuth Sophie “Sesame” Seade investigates the disappearance of Jenna Jenkins, a student at Cambridge University, where Sophie’s father is chaplain and her mother is Head of Christ’s College.

 

 

 

The Ice Dragon Image courtesy of Syndeticsby George R. R. Martin

Leaving in its wake desolate cold and frozen land, the legendary ice dragon has never been tamed until it meets Adara, a winter child who looks to the creature to help save her world from destruction.

 

 

 

 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: the Magical CarImage courtesy of Syndetics by Ian Fleming

Two children persuade their inventor father to purchase and restore an old car which turns out to have magical powers.

 

 

Back to school with New Non Fiction.

image courtesy of syndeticsRipley’s Believe it or not: Special Edition 2015.

Yep, Believe it or not, The fascinating files of Robert Ripley are back and jam packed with more creepy facts and crazy feats than ever before, which proves there’s nothing stranger than the truth. Don’t believe me? Read the book and read all about how a pygmy goat likes to take pony rides, a parrot who refuses to take off his jumper and a 14 year old girl who has run marathons on seven continents.

 

Inventions in 30 seconds.image courtesy of syndetics

Ever wanted to know things in just 30 seconds. Brace yourself… because there is a book that tells you everything and anything you need to know about inventions in just 30 seconds. Read Inventions in 30 seconds and discover fast-track facts and information about 30 inventions it’s hard to imagine living without. Best back to school read you must get your hands on!

Epic Rubber Band Crafts.image courtesy of syndetics

Who would have thought a simple item like a rubber band could be such an innovative craft idea when creating headbands, bracelets and so much more. Read this book and check out 15 amazing projects for sensational rubber band accessories which will allow you to take your rubber band skills to the next level with more bands, more techniques, more looms and more awesome! A fantastic book to keep you entertained during the summer holidays.

Moses : the true story of an elephant baby.image courtesy of syndetics

If you have a weakness for baby animals, then this is one book (and Librarian’s Choice!) you must read. Read and learn all about elephants, how to protect them and read all about (and meet) Moses, an orphaned elephant baby from Malawi, Africa, who is curious, loving, and full of mischief! Overall a beautiful, heart warming story that can be enjoyed by everyone!

Celebrate Waitangi Day with these free events in your libraries

Apirana Taylor: Saturday 3st January, 11am – 12pm, Wellington Central Library.

Bring the kids along to a special story session with renowned author, actor and storyteller, Apirana Taylor. Known for his charismatic and engaging style, Apirana will tell traditional tales accented by taonga pūoru and whai (string games).

 

Kōhunga Kōrero: Tuesday 3rd February, 10.30am, Newtown Library

Join us at Newtown Library for a Waitangi day themed session of our regular storytimes in te Reo Maori. 30mins of stories, rhymes, waiata and fun! Suitable for 3-6 year olds and their whanau.

 

Kōhunga Kōrero: Saturday 7th February, 10.30am, Wellington Central Library

Join us in the Children’s section for a special te Reo Storytime with a Waitangi Day theme. 30mins of stories, rhymes, waiata and fun! Suitable for 3-7 year olds and their whanau.

 

 

These events are free and open to everyone. Bookings not required. More Information.

Top 10 Children’s DVDs in January

Lego has a great DVD presence at the library. The Lego movie was ranked 18 so didn’t make the cut to the top 10 this month, but if you need more Legends of Chima check out these bloopers reels!

1.   My little pony, friendship is magic.
2.   Legends of Chima.
3.   Dino Dan.
4.   Strawberry Shortcake.
5.   Lego friends.
6.   Rio.
7.   The house of magic
8.   Maleficent
9.   Frozen
10. Despicable me.

Have a go at Te Reo

Kōhunga Kōrero - monthly storytimes in te reo Māori are starting next week! Head along to the library for 30mins of stories, waiata, rhymes and fun, and it’s all in te reo.

It’s all free, lots of fun, and perfect for 2-6 year olds and their whanau.

The first session is at Miramar Library, 2pm, on Tuesday 27th January.

You can find the schedule at our children’s event’s page, also check out the library’s event calendar for specific dates.

 

Find your local Kōhunga Kōrero session:

1st Tuesday of each month at 10.30am
Omāroro (Newtown) Library
13 Constable Street, Newtown

2nd Monday of each month at 10.30am
Korimako ki Ngāio (Cummings Park) Library
1a Ottawa Road, Ngaio

3rd Tuesday of each month at 2pm
Waitohi (Johnsonville) Library
5 Broderick Road, Johnsonville

4th Tuesday of each month at 2pm
Motukairangi (Miramar) Library
68 Miramar Avenue, Miramar

 

 

Last week of the Summer Reading Challenge

How many have you read?

The Summer Reading Challenge closes on Friday this week – 30th January, so make sure you’ve finished off writing all your book reviews and completing the library challenges.

You’ll need to hand in your Summer Reading Challenge booklet to your local library, before the end of January, so the librarians can count the number of challenge you’ve completed.

The more books you read and review, and the more challenges you complete – the better your chances of winning!

GOOD LUCK!

Top 10 comics for January 2015

Brand new year for the library! But the old favorites are still going strong in the junior comics section.  Are any of these your favorites?

1.   Pokémon, by Hidenori Kusaka

2.   The complete Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz

3.   Garfield, by Mark Evanier

4.   Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce

5.   Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

6.   Chi’s sweet home, by Kanata Konami

7.    Asterix omnibus, by Goscinny and Udzero

8.   Adventure time, by Ryan North

9.   Warriors, by Dan Jolley

10. Babymouse, by Jennifer L. Holm