What’s on Today? Thursday 2nd May.

It’s almost the end of the school holidays, hasn’t it gone quickly? We’ve got some great events happening today for end-of-the-holidays fun. Come along and check it out.

Special Event: Celebrate the ANZACS

Central Library, 11am: What do ANZAC biscuits have to do with ANZAC day? What’s it like being a soldier away from home, missing your family, friends (and favourite food)? Explore the great ANZAC biscuit and its place in history through fun stories and activities.

Free event, bookings not required. Suitable for ages 5+

 

Special Event: SPCA Storytime

Island Bay Library, 10.30am: meet some furry creatures at Island Bay’s storytime this morning. The SPCA will be visiting to introduce you to their animals and tell you all about how to care for them and protect them. Come along for stories, songs, and cute animals.

Baby Rock & Rhyme: Perfect for parents and bubs aged 0-2yrs old.

Karori Library, 9.30am

Johnsonville Library, 10.30am

 

Storytimes: fun stories and songs for toddlers, preschoolers and their families. Older siblings are welcome.

Island Bay, 10.30am

Miramar Library, 10.15am

 

Find out what’s on at the Kids’ Events page.

 

 

Libraries are closed, so… Download a book instead!

ANZAC Day is a special day for us to remember and say thank you to many New Zealand soldiers, sailors and airmen and women who have served New Zealand so that we can be a safe country. Many of these people died while fighting, not only to keep New Zealand safe, but to keep other countries safe too.

 

You may wish to go to an ANZAC day service. These will be happening across Wellington city from dawn into the afternoon. Go to the Returned and Services Association website (RSA) to find a service near you.

 

You won’t be able to visit the libraries to hang out or borrow books, because we will be closed on ANZAC day. But don’t panic! We have books on out website that you can download for free. You can borrow an e-book or an audio book and download them straight onto your computer, laptop, MP3 player, e-reader and more. Go to our Downloads page to find out more.

 

 

 

ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day is a very special day where New Zealanders and Australians remember the men and women that served and lost their lives in war.

ANZAC is an acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps

The original ANZAC Day observances were mostly for serviceman and their families. It was started as a result of the terrible loss of life suffered at Gallipoli during World War 1. Today ANZAC Day has grown into a day were we honour all servicemen and women who fight in war all around the world.

A lot of people think the date of April 25th was chosen because it was the day that the ANZACS suffered the greatest loss of life at Gallipoli but it is actually the day when the New Zealand and Australian soldiers first landed at Gallipoli in 1915.

They fought and died there until they were finally evacuated in December of that same year

There are many things we do to commemorate this special day.

There is the Dawn Parade which is one of our most popular traditions. It begins with a parade of returned servicemen and women who march to their local war memorial where they are met by family and the community.

There is an ANZAC Day Service were the community come to lay wreaths in remembrance of the fallen soldiers.

And don’t forget to have your Anzac biscuit. Did you know that Anzac biscuits don’t have eggs? This is because eggs were in short supply during war times.

We always wear a Poppy on ANZAC Day. The red poppy goes way back in history – as far as the

Napoleonic Wars of the 19th Century. This is because these flowers were the first to bloom over the graves of soldiers in France and Belgium and have become a symbol of remembrance.

There are some great websites you can visit to find out more about ANZAC Day and you might like to check out all the books we have in the library. As well as the factual books you will also find great fiction books like ‘Lest we forget‘ and ‘Anzac Day Parade’. You will even find books on animals that served during war time.

 

 

They shall not grow old, as we that are left to grow old; Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Holiday activities! Here are the details.

Looking for fun? Look no further – we have some awesome school holiday activities planned for you. Best of all – they are free!

Here’s what’s happening:

Monday 22nd April, 11 am, Central Library: Wellington author and illustrator duo, Lucas and Jutta Chisholm will show off their latest creation and teach you how to draw and create your own character from the book. Prepare for hands-on fun with books, drawing and plasticine!

Monday 22nd April, 10.30 am, Johnsonville Library: Join us for an interactive story-time where we read and act out ‘Down the Back of the Chair’ by Margaret Mahy. Take part in other ‘Kiwiana’ activities during this fun-filled hour.

Tuesday 23rd April, 10.30 am, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie Library): Slip on your jandals and join us for holiday fun at Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library to celebrate Kiwiana! We will be reading stories by New Zealand authors, playing New Zealand bingo, and holding a rock-stacking competition called Tu Kohatu. Sweet as!

Wednesday 24th April, 11 am, Miramar Library: Meet a tuatara! Sue Keall from Victoria University of Wellington is visiting with a living fossil – an amazing part of our country’s natural history. Learn how to protect them. Bookings essential – phone 388 8005

Friday 26th April, 11 am, Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Meet a tuatara! Sue Keall from Victoria University of Wellington is visiting with a living fossil – an amazing part of our country’s natural history. Learn how to protect them. Bookings essential – phone 479 2344

Monday 29th April, 11 am, Karori Library: Special Kiwiana story time. Come along for fun stories with a New Zealand twist.

Tuesday 30th April, 10.30 am, Newtown Library: Slip on your jandals and join us for holiday fun at Newtown Library to celebrate Kiwiana. We will be reading stories by New Zealand authors, playing New Zealand bingo, and holding a rock-stacking competition called Tu Kohatu. Sweet as!

Wednesday 1st May, 11 am, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Meet a tuatara! Sue Keall from Victoria University of Wellington is visiting with a living fossil – an amazing part of our country’s natural history. Learn how to protect them. Bookings essential – phone 232 1690

Thursday 2nd May, 11 am, Central Library: What do ANZAC biscuits have to do with ANZAC day? What’s it like being a soldier away from home, missing your family, friends and favourite food? Explore the great ANZAC biscuit and it’s place in history.

 

All our events are listed on the Children’s Events page. All events are free and, unless stated above, no bookings are required.  All events are suitable fro 5-12 year olds.

Anzac Day – 25 April

On 25 April 1915 during the First World War, ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) forces landed in Gallipoli. On this date we continue to remember the efforts of Anzacs who fought in both world wars. This year’s New Zealand Book Awards nominee Nice Day for a War: Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in World War l by Matt Elliott and illustrated by Chris Slane gives us an insight into the life of a soldier, from their uniform to their standard issue riffles.

 The New Zealand Defence Force is running a poster competition for year 7 and 8 students. This year they would like students to focus on what happens on Anzac Day in their local community. All entries must be in by ANZAC day. To find out more information about the competition check out the NZDF website.

Libraries will be closed on ANZAC Day, but you could go along to an ANZAC Day service near you instead.

Poppy Power – ANZAC day

ANZAC Day service at the National War Memorial Wellington.This Friday (April 20) is the 90th annual Poppy Day Appeal, and the following Wednesday (April 25) is ANZAC Day. The donations raised from Poppy Day help people and their families who have returned from war. It helps with things like medical bills.

ANZAC Day is a public holiday. It’s a time to remember all New Zealanders who have been killed in war. Some people sleep in on ANZAC Day, and some people get up when it’s still dark to attend a Dawn Service. Wherever you are in New Zealand there will be a dawn service somewhere near you.

A.J. Toledo has written a really interesting book called Wearing the Poppy. She tells the story of ANZAC day through the experiences of 6 members of her family who fought at Gallipoli in WWI. She explains why the red poppy is a symbol of remembrance throughout the world.