New Non Fiction: Junior Non Fiction to get you started on your journey to Beyond the Page.

Hey Kids! Hope you enjoyed some of the fabulous events at the Beyond the Page Festival. Check out some junior non fiction books to help you follow up some of the events that took place at this memorable festival. Hopefully your creativity, literary and digital knowledge has been inspired. This post kicks off with books on coding – to collaborate with the Meet The Robots and Lego Challenge.

Enjoy!

image courtesy of syndeticsCoding Games in SCRATCH.

Coding computer programs is one of the most valuable skills for anyone to have. Written for children with little to no coding experience, Coding Games with Scratch guides children through building platform games, puzzles, racers, and 3-D action games. Schools have incorporated computer coding into their curriculum, beginning as early as kindergarten to ensure students understand the languages and uses of computer coding. The step-by-step guides are simple and easy to follow with Minecraft-style pixel art. Children will learn essential coding skills while having fun and creating games to play with their friends. The many different styles and types of games are covered, such as classic and arcade games. When people learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas. Coding Games with Scratch empowers children to be creative and to have fun while teaching them practical real-life skills. Great for ages 9 to 12 years old.

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image courtesy of syndeticsComputer coding games for kids.

Your kids will be building computer games and learning code in no-time with ‘Computer coding games for kids’. Kids can enter the world of programming in this illustrated guide packed with step-by-step explanations showing kids how to build all types of games, from puzzles and racers to 3D action games. The perfect way to introduce a reluctant child to coding, ‘Computer coding games for kids’ shows kids how to have fun with Scratch by creating games. Simple instructions and graphics breakdown coding with Scratch so kids learn all the code they need to build, play and share their favourite games with friends.

image courtesy of syndeticsHelp your kids with computer coding : a unique step-by-step visual guide, from binary code to building games.

This unique guide is full of fun exercises and helpful tips that will help children learn all aspects of coding. Step-by-step explanations make the complex art of programming clear, teaching the basics of JavaScript, Python, and C++. Eventually building to more advanced projects, Help Your Kids with Computer Coding will have children and parents alike creating their own games, apps, 3-D models, animations, and websites in no time. 

image courtesy of syndetics365 Things to do with Lego Bricks.

“365 Things to Do with LEGO® Bricks inspires you to look at your LEGO bricks in new and exciting ways. This interactive book features imaginative play and building ideas, from LEGO projects that take just a few minutes and require a handful of bricks to inspirational build ideas and activities to keep you occupied for hours. Visual tips and advice from LEGO fan builders will encourage you to get creative and have fun while learning new building skills such as building your own LEGO pet, challenging your friends to make the tallest LEGO tower against the clock, and creating a LEGO treasure hunt. 365 Things to Do with LEGO Bricks is full of games and activities that will keep you busy every day of the year, “–Amazon.com.

image courtesy of sydneticsThe Lego Ideas Book: Unlock your imagination.

Features all-new LEGO® building projects, tips to supplement and enhance your LEGO creations, inspirational builds, and expert advice from LEGO Master Builders.

Author Visit: Des Hunt at Central Library.

Attention all literary fans! Come on down to the Central Library and learn how to create amazing stories with a master storyteller! Join 2017 Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award winner Des Hunt for a writing workshop like no other. This event is part of Beyond the Page, a literary festival for children and youth on from 8-23 July, for more information, check out the website.

Where: Wellington Central Library, Young Adults area.

When: Tuesday 11th July, 1pm to 2pm.

Age Group: This workshop is aimed at ages 9-12 and spaces are limited. Make sure you register to secure a spot.

About Des Hunt: Des Hunt was a science and technology teacher for many years, interspersed with periods of curriculum development both in New Zealand and overseas. During this time he had several textbooks published to support the New Zealand curriculum. Over the last twenty years he has experimented with other ways of interesting youngsters in science, creating computer games and writing non-fiction and fiction with scientific themes.

After living in Auckland for much of his life he moved with his wife, Lynne, to Matarangi on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula. He retired from the classroom in 2007 to concentrate on writing fiction for children. He continues his aims of fostering young peoples’ natural interest in the science of their surroundings by visiting schools and libraries where he runs workshops and presentations.

Five Des Hunt books have been finalists at the Children’s Book Awards. Cry of the Taniwha was awarded the 2016 Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-loved Book. Then, in 2017, Des was the recipient of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award for lifetime achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand children’s literature and literacy.

Find out more about Des and his books: www.deshunt.com

While You’re at it, check out some of Des Hunt’s books that you can find at your local library.

Enjoy!

image courtesy of syndeticsPhantom of Terawhiti.

“It’s the school holidays and Zac thinks he might go crazy with boredom. He’s living in exile with his disgraced father on the remote Terawhiti Station on Wellington’s wild south-west coast. Zac and his father witness a shipwreck off the coast. Investigating further, he finds a set of unusual paw prints on the beach. Whose yacht it is? And what animal could have made the paw prints? Soon Zac is drawn into a mystery which threatens his life and those around him. He must protect the secret of the Phantom of Terawhiti from those intent on hunting it – and him – down”–Publisher information.

image courtesy of syndeticsFrog Whistle Mine.

Twelve-year-old Tony has travelled all around New Zealand with his nomadic mother, and desperately wants somewhere to belong. When they arrive in Charleston, a gold-mining ghost town, he is almost afraid to hope this might finally be the place. But things aren’t as they seem, and he finds himself caught up in mysterious events.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsWhere cuckoos call.

Twelve-year-old Ben is a keen ornithologist who looks after endangered birds on his family farm in the Coromandel Peninsula. But Ben must grow up fast in the face of threats to his home, his family and his beloved birds.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsWhale Pot Bay.

Jake lives with his father in a remote part of the Wairarapa, where he can surf and watch the whales. But then Jake’s dad begins a relationship with a new partner, who moves in with her daughter Stephanie, and at the same time a local photographer starts stalking their next door neighbour Milton Summer, an international rock celebrity, and Jake’s peaceful life erupts into violence and deceit. An when a whale and her calf get into trouble on the treacherous coast, the history of Whale Pot Bay seems doomed to repeat itself unless Jake, Milton and Stephanie can survive the deadly tide.

image couresty of syndeticsCry of the taniwha.

Matt Logan isn’t looking forward to spending the school holidays in Rotorua with his grandmother and her new husband. Matt has taken his metal detector along, and when he and Juzza – the boy next door – unearth a handcuffed skeleton, a dangerous chain of events begins to coil around them.

 

Beauty and the Beast – US Official Final Trailer.

The final trailer for the 2017 live action movie, Beauty and the Beast has been released and this trailer definitely illustrates the potential for this film to be one of the greatest and highly anticipated films for 2017. The characters and CGI effects are fantastic! Emma Watson owns the role of Belle and as for the beast, well he is monstrous on the outside, but a real softie underneath, not to mention has a very dry sense of humour.  So save the date, March 17, where you will get to rediscover one of the classic fairy tales as old as time in your local cinema. Enjoy!

The 12 Storytimes of Christmas

J002027-Library-StorytimesChirstmas-850x638px-01Come one, come all! Jump on your sleigh and slide down to your local library to get into the festive spirit at one of our special family Christmas Storytimes.

These free events are lots of fun with games and activities, carols and festive stories. We would love to see you in your best Christmas costume, or cozy pyjamas.

 

Island Bay Library: 8 Dec, 6.30pm

Karori Library: 8 Dec, 6.30pm

Brooklyn Library: 12 Dec, 6.30pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 12 Dec, 6.30pm

Wellington Central Library: 14 Dec, 6.30pm

Wadestown Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm

Johnsonville Library: 16 Dec, 6.30pm

Newtown Library: 16 Dec, 6.30pm

Miramar Library: 19 Dec, 6.30pm

Khandallah Library: 22 Dec, 6.30pm

 

Deck the halls! We look forward to seeing you there. (No need to book; just turn up)

The Summer Reading Challenge is coming…

You’ll be excited to hear that the annual children’s Summer Reading Challenge is on again this year! It starts on 1st December 2016, and finishes on 31st January 2017 – that’s 2 months of reading, reviewing and winning prizes.

The Challenge is open to all 5-12 year olds with  their own library card. It’s free to do, and you don’t have to register.

Keep your eyes peeled for more announcements about the Challenge. We’ll be posting information here and on our Kids’ home page.

You’ll be able to pick up a Summer Reading Challenge booklet from our libraries from later November onwards, or print from our website. Inside the booklet is the Challenge booklist.

Your mission over December and January is to read and review as many titles from the booklist as you can. Each review will earn you rewards, and will also gain you an entry into the main prize draw (Which is drawn in the first week of February).

 

More details soon! Watch this space…

What Lies Beneath Exhibition

You’re invited!

Pop into the Central Library in October to view the exhibition “What Lies Beneath” which features displays about children’s books about war that have been written and illustrated by New Zealanders.

Many of your favourites are there – ‘ANZAC Heroes’ by Maria Gill (voted best children’s book of 2016), the classic ‘The Bantam and the Soldier’  by Jennifer Beck, the beautifully illustrated ‘Gladys goes to war’  by Glyn Harper, and many more.

Each display features information about a war book, how the author and illustrator researched and created the story, and has lots of beautiful pictures and snippets of information to get lost in.

The complete list of books featured:

  • Gladys Goes to War by Glyn Harper, illustrated by Jenny Cooper
  • ANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic
  • 1915: Wounds of War by Diana Menefy
  • Enemy Camp by David Hill
  • The Red Poppy by David Hill, illustrated by Fifi Colston
  • The Bantam and the Soldier by Jennifer Beck, illustrated by Robyn Belton
  • Armistice Day: The New Zealand story by Philippa Werry
  • The ANZAC Puppy by Peter Millett, illustrated by Trish Bowles
  • Evie’s War by Anna Mackenzie
  • A winter’s day in 1939 by Melinda Szymanik

 

As part of the exhibition you can come along to the Central Library one evening to meet the Authors and Illustrators:

 

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What Lies Beneath Panel Talk

Tuesday 18th October, 6-8pm, Wellington Central Library

Free event for adults and older children.

Come and hear the exhibition award winning Authors and Illustrators talk about writing and illustrating children’s war books. Bring along any books you want signed.

Click on the picture for RSVP information.

Upcoming movie releases for the school holidays

The next round of school holidays are coming up, we thought you’d appreciate watching the latest trailers for movies that are due to be released!

You are in for a treat with this lot!

secret life of pets_The Secret Life of Pets

The secret life of pets takes you into a world of what your pets REALLY get up to when you leave the house. Very hilarious moments in the trailer includes a poodle that is into heavy metal music, a psychotic bunny and a dachshund using a cake mixer as a DIY massager. you’ll laugh yourself silly.

 

 

image courtesy of amazon.comPete’s Dragon

The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. A live-action reboot of the beloved 1977 Disney classic with a fantastic cast, shot in New Zealand!

Location spots to keep an out for while watching movie includes:

Redwoods Forest in Rotorua (Where the forest scenes were shot), McLaren Falls Park in Bay of Plenty, Queenstown & Paradise, Tapanui, and Wellington. (Stone Street Studios in Miramar.)

 

image courtesy of amazon.comStorks

Where do babies come from? Surely this a question you have asked Mum and Dad. One possible place is… Storks deliver them or at least they used to! Which is the case in this lovable, upcoming movie where the storks  deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Trouble brews when the Baby Factory produces an adorable but wholly unauthorized girl.  Now it’s a race against time where a stork, Junior and a human, must make their first unofficial baby drop. Let operation baby drop commence!

 

 

Check out this sneak peek as well!

image courtesy of amazon.comTrolls

Two things came to mind when I watched this trailer:

1) This is a movie that makes me want to get up and dance!

2) This movie is probably the most fun, uplifting film since Shrek.

So here’s a question, in what event would a pink Smurfette look-a-like and a grumpy troll, (who would give Shrek a run for his money), joins forces to save the day? Well, this is the case in Trolls. Join Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the optimistic leader and princess of the trolls, and Branch (Justin Timberlake), her polar opposite on a quest to save Troll Town’s population from the Bergens. TROLLS is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. Sorry kids, you’ll have to wait until December to see this movie. But something to look forward to before Christmas. Start saving your pocket money! Also check out Cant’ Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake from the Original Motion Picture “Trolls”. This song DEFINITELY wants to make you get up and dance your socks off, and a song I dance regularly during my evening dance fitness class.

Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Who ever said that September was a boring month.

Not where Roald Dahl is concerned!

September is Roald Dahl’s birth month, and each year around the world, libraries, schools and the like celebrate this day, also known as Roald Dahl Day.

However this year, on the 13th of September, a big event, not to mention the biggest party in history, is about to take place. Roald Dahl will be 100 years old, that is if he was still alive, and there are celebrations around the world for Roald Dahl 100, focusing on Roald Dahl’s stories, characters and delivering a year packed with surprises and treats for everyone.

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Want to take part in the celebrations? How’s how?

Visit the Roald Dahl website, where you will find  information about Roald Dahl as well as activities, games and quizzes.

Dress up as your favourite Roald Dahl book character for Dahlicious Dress Up Day.

Download your Roald Dahl Day 2016 party pack, whether you’re celebrating at home, in school or out and about.

Get crafty and whip up a delicious feast inspired from Roald Dahl’s novel. Fore more ideas, click here.

Read and relive your favourite Roald Dahl stories. Wellington City Libraries holds a huge array of Roald Dahl books, including The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and movies for your reading pleasure. Also check out this previous blog post for ideas on what are great  Roald Dahl movies to watch.

This year marks the 50th anniversary since The Magic Finger was published – another milestone moment in the history of Roald Dahl, not to mention the some new Roald Dahl junior non fiction added to the collection: Roald Dahl Whizzpopping joke book and Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary.

 

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Well you’re at it, why not read about his remarkable life. Read Boy, that presents  humorous anecdotes from the author’s childhood which includes summer vacations in Norway and an English boarding school, and Going Solo, that tells the story of his adventures as an adult, first in Africa, then learning to be a wartime fighter pilot and discover what led him to becoming the world famous author that he is known as today.

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Competition time!

DOI2016-character-logo_colWant to win tickets to Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival?

This amazing show is on at the TSB Arena at the end of July, and we have 5 prize packs consisting of 4 A-Reserve tickets to the opening night show to give away.

To enter the competition print or collect a colouring in competition page from your local library, and hand it back in before Friday 8th July.

To find out more about the competition and show, head over to the information page.

Reserve the new Harry Potter book

Yes, you read the title right – there is a new Harry Potter book being released soon.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set 19 years after the last book in the series, and is about Harry and his Son Albus Severus as dark forces from the past and present intertwine.

This book is not actually written by J. K. Rowling, but is instead based on a popular stage show written by Jack Thorne. The stage show script has been turned into a novel with J. K. Rowling’s blessing.

The book is due to be released on July 31st. Until then you can reserve your copy through our library catalogue. We will also have a eBook version of the novel.

You can find out more about the novel’s plot at Pottermore.

Exciting!