Summer programmes

Over Christmas, New Years and January, our regular children’s programmes and events have a different schedule.

You can find out where and when everything is happening at the Event Calendar, or the children’s What’s On webpage.

 

Special Events:

During December we have special Christmas Storytimes for the whole family, and don’t forget the Summer Reading Challenge is on now until the end of January. Also in January you can come along to special storytimes in Te Reo Māori.

Look out for the BookBike at beaches and parks around the city over summer. You can nab yourself a free book! Cool!

 

Regular Programmes

Let’s Go Lego will continue as usual in Johnsonville and Tawa Libraries in January. The Karori, Cummings Park and Khandallah Library sessions will be on holiday until February.

Crafterschool, our popular craft programme, only runs during the school terms so will be on holiday until Term 1 2019.

Movie Nights at Johnsonville, Tawa, and Newtown Libraries will continue as usual! Wahoo!

Preschool Storytimes will take a break from 24 December to 6 January. Wadestown Library’s first storytime for 2019 will be on 14 January.

Baby Rock and Rhyme will take a break from 17 December. Central’s sessions will resume from 7 January onwards. Branch Libraries’ sessions will resume from 4 February.

 

It’s Christmas Storytime Time Again!

Deck the Halls with Books of Jolly! Fa la la la la….

Christmas Storytimes are back!

Dust of your jingle bells, catch a sleigh ride, and follow the reindeer footprints into your local library for fun family storytimes to get your into the festival Christmas spirit.

These storytimes will be filled with stories and songs for the Christmas season, and are suitable for families with children of all ages. Come along in a Christmas costume, or your coziest pyjamas!

All storytimes start at 6pm and run for 45mins.

 

When and Where:

Monday 17th December

Brooklyn, Cummings Park (Ngaio), and Miramar Library,

Tuesday 18th December

Central Library, Children’s section

Thursday 20th December

Wadestown, Karori, Khandallah, Mervyn kemp (Tawa) and Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Libraries, and Island Bay Community Centre

Friday 21st December

Newtown and Johnsonville Libraries

 

These are free events, and bookings aren’t required.

The Big Kids eBook Read

New Zealand has a long history of amazing children’s books, with many wonderful authors to  enjoy. Did you know many are also available to borrow through our eLibrary?

Over 3 – 9 December, we’ve joined with Penguin Random House New Zealand and celebrated Wellington author Kate De Goldi to provide unlimited eBook downloads of From the cutting room of Barney Kettle for The Big Kids eBook Read!

 


It’s easy to take part:

On a smart phone or tablet — download the Libby app to your smart phone or mobile device, add Wellington City Libraries as your library, and log in with your library card number and surname to set up your account. Search for ‘From the cutting room of Barney Kettle’ to borrow your copy and start reading.

Users of computers and eReaders, including the Kobo range of eReaders — you’re not left out! Find out more about borrowing our eBooks on our Getting Started with our eLibrary page.


 

From the cutting room of Barney Kettle won the Esther Glenn Award for Junior Fiction in 2016. Here’s what the judges for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, had to say that year:

“Surprising, gripping, heart-breaking and ultimately incredibly moving, this novel stood out right from the start. This book is packed with warmth, wonderful language, rich and witty observations, compelling characters and layers of message and meaning.”

And here’s an intriguing, mysterious blurb about the book to get your curious and interested:

“Meet filmmaker Barney Kettle, who liked to invent stories but found a real one under his nose.

Barney Kettle knew he would be a very famous film director one day, he just didn’t know when that day would arrive. He was already an actual director – he’d made four fifteen-minute films – but so far only his schoolmates and the residents of the High Street had viewed them. Global fame was a little way off. It would come, though. Barney was certain about that …”

For a taste of this award-winning title’s brilliant start, click on the eBook sample below:

 

Join us as we read this brilliant eBook title together across Wellington in December — at school, at home or in the library, we’ll all be reading together!

Huge thanks to Penguin Random House New Zealand and Kate De Goldi, for your support of The Big Kids eBook Read!

Singing performance and workshop with the Manawa Ora Children Community Choir

How exciting! A children’s choir will be doing a performance and singing workshop in the central Library, and you can come along!

The Manawa Ora Children Community Choir is a group of young singers who comes together each week to learn music from around the world. In this choir, children are accepted, celebrated and empowered, as they learn to sing in parts and in different languages. They then share their love of music with others by singing at rest homes and community events, and for the first time they will be singing in the library!

Come along and join in for a free interactive performance and workshop!  Children, parents, and grandparents are all welcome. Bookings aren’t required.

 

Saturday 23rd June, 2 – 3 PM,

Wellington Central Library, Ground Floor. at the Wellington Central Library.

 

Finalists, finally!

It’s always tough waiting for this one every year. Luckily you can munch on FREE Hell Pizza while you wait.

But.. the wait is over! Today the finalists for the NZ Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards have been announced. These are the best books written or illustrated by New Zealanders in the last year:

 

Picture Book:

Granny McFlitter the Champion Knitter, written by Heather Haylock and illustrated by Lael Chisholm

 

 

 

 

I am Jellyfish, written and illustrated by Ruth Paul

 

 

 

 

 

That’s Not the Monster We Ordered, written by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones, and illustrated by Richard Fairgray

 

 

 

 

The Gift Horse, written by Sophie Siers and illustrated by Katharine White

 

 

 

 

The Longest Breakfast, written by Jenny Bornholdt and illustrated by Sarah Wilkins

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Fiction:

How Not to Stop a Kidnap Plot, written by Suzanne Main

 

 

 

 

 

How to Bee, written by Bren MacDibble

 

 

 

 

 

Lyla: Through My Eyes – Natural Disaster Zones, written by Fleur Beale (Also available as an eBook)

 

 

 

 

Dawn Raid, written by Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith

 

 

 

 

 

The Thunderbolt Pony, written by Stacy Gregg (Also available as a Digital Audiobook)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Non-Fiction:

Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story, written by Gavin Bishop

 

 

 

 

 

Explore! Aotearoa, written by Bronwen Wall and illustrated by Kimberly Andrews

 

 

 

 

New Zealand’s Great White Sharks, written by Alison Balance

 

 

 

 

 

Sky High: Jean Batten’s Incredible Flying Adventures, written by David Hill and illustrated by Phoebe Morris

 

 

 

 

The New Zealand Wars, Written by Philippa Werry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illustration:

Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands, illustrated by Marco Ivančić

 

 

 

 

Bobby, the Littlest War Hero, illustrated by Jenny Cooper

 

 

 

 

 

Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts, illustrated and written by Craig Phillips (also available as a eBook)

 

 

 

 

I am Jellyfish, written and illustrated by Ruth Paul

 

 

 

 

 

 

Te Reo Māori:

Tu Meke Tūī! Written by Malcolm Clarke, translated by Evelyn Tobin and illustrated by Hayley King (Also available in English)

 

 

 

 

Hineahuone, written and illustrated by Xoë Hall and translated by Sian Montgomery-Neutze

Te Tamaiti me te Aihe, written and illustrated by Robyn Kahukiwa and translated by Kiwa Hammond

 

 

Check out the YA (and other) categories.

 

The winners will be announced on August 8th. Stay tuned…

International Simultaneous Storytime 2018

For the first time ever New Zealand is joining with Australia for an international storytime. Hickory Dickory Dash by Tony Wilson will be read simultaneously -at the same time- across both countries.

You can join us and take part at Wellington Central, Johnsonville, or Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Libraries at 12.30pm on Wednesday 18th May.

At Wellington Central and Johnsonville Library events there will be a live video feed to libraries in Canberra in Australia -Cool! You will have the chance to wave and giggle with children in Canberra and ask them lots of questions. At 1pm Hickory Dickory Dash will be read aloud by a special guest reader, with the children in Canberra listening too.

Don’t miss out on this exciting historic event. All are welcome, bookings aren’t required.

Mahi Moa ScavengAR Hunt!

The school holidays are underway and we are having such fun at Wellington City Libraries thinking up wonderful things for you to do. So we got together with ScimatAR who have a created an awesome Augmented Reality ScavengAR Hunt for you to do! Ever wanted to see a Moa walk through a library? Now you can! Come and meet Mahi the Moa and roam our non-fiction section solving puzzles and seeing things that others can’t. All you need is an android device (phone or tablet), whoops haven’t got one? Well come along and we will find you one to do the ScavengAR Hunt with.

Augmented reality layers a computer generated reality on top of the real world – in this case, a range of interactive activities that will come to life around you. Keen for an interactive and unique experience? Come on down to your local branch library to give the ScavengAR Hunt a go. Not in Wellington but up on the Kāpiti Coast? Guess what, Kāpiti libraries have the ScavengAR Hunt as well!

Where: Wellington City and Kāpiti Libraries

When: 9th to 14th October

When: All day just turn up

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Competition

Kia ora everyone! To Celebrate Māori Language week at Wellington City Libraries we are having a competition to name our Kōhunga Kōrero Puppets!

Tuī and Pūngāwerewere desperately need names and we think that you are the best people to name them. We would love you to come up with some great names. So when you’re in your local library this week getting some books to read, come up to the counter and we’ll write down your suggestions, along with your name and a contact number and put you in the draw to win prizes! The competition close this Rātapu (Sunday) the 17th of  Mahuru (September)so be quick and next week we’ll let you know who the lucky winners are. Ka kite anō!

Rise of the Robots: Doing it Gangham Style!

Wellington City Libraries are embracing the following trends: technology, coding and robots. To support the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) learning platform, we now have two new team members to assist library staff in this process in the form of Nao Robot twins: Blue and Red.

Blue and Red are fully automated Nao, (pronounced ‘now’) humanoid Robots. They are 58cm tall, autonomous, and fully programmable. They walk, talk, listen to you, and even recognise your face. Blue and Red can even whip out a few dance moves to Thriller by Michael Jackson, Gangnam style by PSY and more! Like most humans, if the robots fall down they manage to get themselves back up again, along with a few grunts and groans, and touch wood without any broken limbs or bones.

The robots made their official debut at Wellington Central Library on Monday 10th of July, at the ‘Meet the Robots’ event, part of the Beyond the Page literary festival for children during the school holidays. Apart from a few technical difficulties and performance anxiety issues, for both the librarians’ and robots the event proved to be a success. Blue and Red were the main attractions and stole the show. Parents and kids were whipping out their cell phones to photograph and film the robots paparazzi style! Everyone was mightily impressed with what the robots could do. They loved the performances and there were a lot of ‘ooohs’, ‘aaahs’ and giggling, and a huge round of applause at the end! Overall Blue and Red are a welcome addition to the library, as well as an ideal learning platform for teaching STEAM subjects. With the robots on our team, Wellington City Libraries can continue to work alongside organisations, such as schools, businesses and Information Technology Institutes.  Together we’ll ensure the STEAM platform is promoted and taught to the wider community – Gangnam style!

Roald Dahl Day on 13th September!

image courtesy of syndeticsRoald Dahl Day strikes again on September 13th, marking 101 years since his birth! So let’s celebrate!image courtesy of syndetics

How to celebrate?

  • 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.
  • Visit the Roald Dahl website, where you will find  information about Roald Dahl as well as activities, games and quizzes.
  • Check out the blog post on 11 ways to celebrate Roald Dahl Day. Ideas include spotting a Roald Dahl character in LEGO and uncovering a Roald Dahl emoji.
  • Download your Roald Dahl Day 2017 party pack, whether you’re celebrating at the library, at home, in school or out and about.
  • Get crafty and whip up a delicious feast inspired from Roald Dahl’s novel. For more ideas, click here.
  • From 7th September, Roald’s last story, Billy and the Minpins, will be available in a brand new edition, illustrated for the last time by Quentin Blake.
  • 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.image courtesy of syndetics

New Roald Dahl books just added to the library collection include: Rhyme Stew, a series of plays adapted from Dahl’s popular stories which include The Twits, The BFG and James and the Giant and much more!

 

 

 

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