Free school holiday activities -don’t miss these!

Library commemorating ANZAC smallMark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli beach landings by ANZAC forces in 1915 at your local libraries and community centres during the April school holidays.

You can discover our ANZAC heritage through enjoyable activities that let you experience life as a solider, or what it was like on the homefront during war time. Explore fascinating stories of WW1.

Contact the libraries and community centres below to find out specific activity details. You can find our children’s event listings here.

 

Ruth Gotlieb Library – Kilbirnie: Wednesday 8th April at 2pm

Cummings Park Library – Ngaio: Monday 13th April, at 11am

Johnsonville Library: Monday 13th April at 2pm

Karori Library: Tuesday 14th April at 11am

Wellington Central Library: Wednesday 15th April at 11am

Mervyn Kemp Library and Tawa Community Centre: Thursday 16th April at 11am

Island Bay Community Centre: Friday 17th April at 1pm

 

All activities are free, and bookings are not required. These events are ideal for 7-12 year olds and last for approximately 1hr.

 

8 New Non Fiction for children: Facts and Myths

Childrens book of mythical beasts & magical monsters.

This is a very captivating introduction to the wonderful and infamous world of beats and magical monsters that dwell in mythology. This is your chance to read and discover the fantastical tales and amazing worlds that these beasts and monsters inhabit, from Grendel’s attack on Beowulf to Aztec legends and the fall of Atlantis. With epic tales of brave heroes and evil deeds the Children’s Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Monsters unravels the mythical world.

 

 

Children’s Book of Philosophy.

Dive into the minds of the world’s most famous philosophers and discover the answers to the world’s big questions – the perfect introduction to philosophy for younger readers. From Socrates and Aristotle to Kant and Confucius, meet the thinkers and theories which shaped our world. Find answers to life’s big questions such as ‘Who am I?’ or ‘Should I ever tell a lie?’ and what philosophy is. How do you know whether you’re awake or dreaming? Is the world real? Why do we need rules?

 

 

National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Why?

Why am I special? Why do I have dreams and nightmares? Why does my skin wrinkle in the tub?

Find out all the answers and more by reading this amazing book of Why?

 

 

Creaturepedia.

Welcome to this collection of best-loved animals from all over the world, chosen for their special talents and characteristics, with fun illustrations. Meet ‘the architects’, the ‘noisy neighbours’, the ‘homebodies’, the ‘forever faithfuls’, the ‘champions of forgetfulness’ and more in this alphabetically ordered encyclopedia. With fascinating facts, curious creatures and characterful cartoons, this book will keep young explorers busy for hours.

Ten of the best myths

Read the fantastic books: Giant Stories, Mythical hero stories, Animal Stories and Gods and Goddesses that each hold ten wonderful retellings of ancient world myths and legends, such as the battle between David and Goliath, Theseus battling the minotaur, the epic race between the tortoise and the hare, Pandora and the forbidden box and believe or not, famous Marvel hero, Thor in a dress! These stories are bound to  fascinate and educate young readers. Great for ages 9+.

Six cricket websites that step up to the crease

Here at WCL we don’t LIKE cricket, WE LOVE IT! And with all the exciting action happening in the ICC Cricket World Cup (especially here in Wellington) what’s not to love?

Here are SIX resources to help you get padded up for this awesome event.

1. Black Caps classroom resources

Cricket smart is a fun interactive website which takes a uniquely Kiwi look at Cricket. Everything from the rules of the game, to a look at the game all over the world!

 

2. ESPN CricInfo

Cricinfo is a one stop cricket shop. Stats, scores analysis, Cricinfo has it all.

 

3. ICC Cricket World Cup Fixtures

Want to know when the Black Caps are next on the pitch. Check out this full list of games so you never have to miss a single delivery.

 

4. Wellington City Libraries Easyfind Catalogue

The first game of international cricket was in 1844 (that’s over ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY years ago!!) so there’s always more to learn about this awesome game. Check out our online library catalogue for cricket fiction or non-fiction or just bowl on into your local library and ask one of our library staff, we’re always keen to help you OUT!

 

5. Wellington City Summer of Cricket

Wellington has gone cricket crazy, with events running the whole length of the world cup. Even if you’re not a cricket fan (I hear some people aren’t) there’s heaps of awesome opportunities to get out and enjoy the Summer!

 

6. Stick Sports

After all that reading I bet you’re just itching to get out to the crease. Stick Cricket is a fun way to play the game without the risk of sunburn. See how many runs you can get in an over! (I hit a 36 once, ONCE)

4 Fun new Fiction books for children

Image courtesy of SyndeticsSave Rafe -Middle School;6,  by James Patterson

“Middle schooler Rafe Khachadorian faces his greatest challenge yet as he struggles to complete a week-long wilderness survival course to prove to his school administrators that he can succeed”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

 

 

The Complete Adventures of Johnny Mutton Image courtesy of Syndeticsby James Proimos

The many adventures of Johnny Mutton — Johnny Mutton, he’s so him! — Mutton soup — Extras, extras, read all about it!  Presents a collection of humorous stories about Johnny Mutton, the young sheep raised as a regular boy.

 

 

 

Archie Greene and the Magician’s SecretImage courtesy of Syndetics by D. D Everest

Archie Greene has lived with his grandmother since he was a baby, but when a mysterious package arrives on his twelfth birthday with instructions to take it to a strange bookshop in Oxford, he finds himself involved with a secret society of people who protect the world’s magical books, and discovers that he has family he never knew about.

 

 

 

Emily’s Tiara Trouble Image courtesy of Syndetics- The Anti-Princess Club;1

Talented ten-year-olds Emily, Bella, Chloe and Grace are sick of teachers assuming they are helpless princesses. When maths whiz Emily Martin’s mother enters her in the local beauty pageant, it’s the last straw – the four friends form the Anti-Princess Club, with the motto We Don’t Need Rescuing. Can they use their awesome skills to show the world that girls want to be valued for more than what they see in the mirror?

7 New Non Fiction for children: House of Horrible and… play Disney infinity without limits!

Horrible Science: Frightful Flight.

In this brand new version of Frightful Flight, discover (and laugh yourself silly) over all the dreadful (and horrible) details that your teacher won’t tell you and information about some seriously silly flying stunts, find out which scientist was blown up in a balloon, and learn how to build a world-beating plane. With fantastic fact files, quirky quizzes and crazy cartoons, this text is a real high-flier! Great resource to use for science homework.

 

 

 

Horrible Science: Body Owner’s Handbook.

This book is a must read book for all you Horrible Science fans out there! You will enjoy discovering how their auto-repair function works and where their top-of-the-range sensory equipment is in the guide that nobody can do without. With a new cover look and extra horrible bits at the back of the book, this title is sure to reach a new generation of readers.

 

 
A Little ABC Book.

Forget C is for Cookie, start thinking A is for Alpaca. This gorgeous book is filled with poems and pictures for ‘little people’, picked by ‘little people’ Over 26 weeks, littlies in the community voted on a little animal for all 26 letters of the alphabet. A great resource to introduce littlies to animals and the alphabet. Defiantly a Librarian’s choice read!

 

 

 

Horrible Science: Killer Energy.

Prepare to be shocked, amazed and horrified! In ‘Killer Energy’ readers discover why space loos spray out frozen pee and ‘Shocking Electricity’ exposes how Hammerhead sharks use electricity to track its victims. These two titles contain fantastic fact files and quirky quizzes, teacher tests and crazy cartoons. Great resource to find facts on electricity.

 

 

 

Disney Infinity: Play without Limits.

A race car match between Lightning McQueen and Davy Jones?! Pirates of the Caribbean vs. Zurgbots?!,  and Wreck-it-Ralph a closet chess player?! Yep believe it or not, all this is happening in the wonderful (alternate) world of. Disney Infinity: Play without Limits. This book is amazing, not mention features all your favourite Infinity characters from Disney Infinity, a unique video game with infinite possibilities for imaginative gameplay in Toy Box mode and amazing locations in Play Set mode. Join Woody, Captain Jack Sparrow, Lightning McQueen, Hiro and Baymax, Maleficent and more Disney characters as they interact in the wonderful world of Infinity… and beyond!

Hands down, a fantastic read!

 

 

 

Horrible Science: Microscopic Monsters.

This text features science with the squishy bits left in! What makes your guts a brilliant home for bacteria? Which creature lays its eggs between your toes? Why is your toothbrush covered in germs? Get the answers in this book!

 

 

 

Murderous Maths: The Brain Bending Basics.

Ready for Maths like you have never seen it before? Read this book and discover how dominoes can be deadly, who would win an impossible race and how numbers can have superpowers and much more.

Download and keep Horrible Histories magazine for free

We know you all love Horrible histories, and now you can download the magazine for free through our website. Best bit – you get to keep them!

Zinio is where you can download heaps of magazines -it’s a bit like eBooks, but with magazines. There are heaps of cool international and New Zealand ones to chose from – sport, cooking, movies, music, petsscience and technology, and more. Take a look!

Here’s where you’ll find the Horrible Histories magazine.

5 children’s books that help you become a kind person

Hey cool cats – I found out that people who read Harry Potter often are really good and lovely people. True story – according to one scientific study. (Here’s some science about how Harry Potter helps battle prejudice. It’s a little bit tricky to read so maybe you could show your parents and have a chat about it with them?)

So I thought since all you Harry Potter fans are so kind and nice to people who are different to you then you may want to read some of these books about unusual heroes.

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko. Ever heard that, “Girls can’t defeat a dragon, only boys can!” Well this book has a very cool princess – in a paper bag no less – who manages to defeat a dragon.

 

 

 

Malala : the girl who stood up for education and changed the world by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick. Sometimes girls are told they aren’t clever enough to do well in school. Well Malala fights for the right for girls to get educated in her country – she believes girls are incredibly clever and deserve to have bright futures by going to school and learning everything they can. Malala is a very wise and courageous person!

 

 

Wonder by R.J Palacio. “You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside. But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.” Goodreads. This is a great book about how it’s important to make friends with people who look different to you. They may get bullied just for how they look and they’ll need a good friend to stand by them when things get tough.

My princess boy : a mom’s story about a young boy who loves to dress up by Cheryl Kilodavis ; illustrated by Suzanne DeSimone. Sometimes people say boys can’t wear pink because it’s a girl colour. But that’s just not the case. This is a fun book about a boy who knows he can wear whatever makes him happy and there’s nothing wrong with that. “My Princess Boy is a nonfiction picture book about acceptance. With words and illustrations even the youngest of children can understand, My Princess Boy tells the tale of 4-year-old boy who happily expresses his authentic self by happily dressing up in dresses, and enjoying traditional girl things such as jewelry and anything pink or sparkly.” Goodreads.

Sadako and the thousand paper cranes by Eleanor Coerr. “Hiroshima-born Sadako is lively and athletic–the star of her school’s running team. And then the dizzy spells start. Soon gravely ill with leukemia, the “atom bomb disease,” Sadako faces her future with spirit and bravery. Recalling a Japanese legend, Sadako sets to work folding paper cranes. For the legend holds that if a sick person folds one thousand cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again. Based on a true story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes celebrates the extraordinary courage that made one young woman a heroine in Japan.” This is an amazing story about the determination of a young Japanese girl dealing with the after-effects of a terrible event in Hiroshima history.

I hope you enjoy these good books!

Steaming into Storytime at Johnsonville

Make sure you come along to our Friday night storytime at Johnsonville Library where this month’s theme is all about trains.

The storytime train will be pulling out of the station on Friday 6th March at 6.30pm, so don’t be late!

Come along dressed as a train driver as we are going to have a steaming, clickety clack time!

This is a free event for children 4 years and above