Happy 90th Birthday, Nancy Drew!

Happy 90th Birthday Nancy Drew!

This teen sleuth has been solving mysteries in and around her fictional home town of River Heights since April 1930! 

Starting with The Secret of the Old Clock, The Hidden Staircase, and The Bungalow Mystery which were all released on April 28, 1930, there have been over 500 (what!?) books written by a variety of authors under the pen name of Carolyn Keene. 

Since the original 56 tales, there have been multiple rewritings and spin offs including the most recent series of ‘Nancy Drew Diaries’ which can be found as eBooks and eAudio on OverDrive/Libby (and on library shelves when we reopen) These stories are reimagined in the 21st century and have been updated to consider technology and other modernities that didn’t exist when the original series was written. After all, many of Nancy’s original exploits could easily have been solved simply by owning a cellphone!

Nancy has been a strong female role-model on screen as well, with a film series starting in the 1930s, a TV series (with the Hardy Boys) in the 1970s, a film in 2007, and a new series whose first season aired just last year!

There are also cool Nancy Drew computer games by HER interactive – which are full of tricky logic puzzles and mini games. I’m halfways through “The Tomb of the Lost Queen” set in Egypt, where Nancy is working as an intern on an archaeological dig, and I’ll admit it’s a struggle to pull myself away. I’ll also admit I’ve had to Google walkthrough instructions at least twice when I’ve gotten stuck! Sadly, the games aren’t free, but a bunch of them are discounted during lockdown, so if you’re looking for something that will balance homeschool learning, and educational screen time – they’re challenging and fun for adults and kids! 

If you haven’t read and Nancy yet – give her a go, if you like mysteries and strong female characters – she’s still an awesome read – even after 90 years. Here are some of our favourite Nancy Drew titles available now on OverDrive:

Overdrive cover The Secret of the Old Clock, Carolyn Keene (ebook)

A special treat for Nancy Drew fans! Out just in time for Nancy’s 80th anniversary, we’re releasing a limited number of copies of The Secret of the Old Clock, the first book in the series. It’s the exciting mystery that readers have fallen in love with for 80 years, with a terrific new look and bonus material! Collectors won’t want to miss this.

(Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Baby-Sitter Burglaries, Carolyn Keene (ebook)

Nancy tries to prove that a babysitter is being framed when three houses in River Heights are robbed–and the only connection the police can find is that the babysitter was employed at each.

(Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Puppy Problem, Carolyn Keene (Audiobook)

The Nancy Drew Notebooks enchant listeners with the antics of 8-year-old supersleuth Nancy Drew and her friends George and Bess. Nancy has a new puppy that needs lots of training, patience, and love. But when the chocolate-chip muffins go missing, Nancy’s new puppy is blamed. The girls know that the puppy is innocent and they are determined to find the real thief.

(Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Famous Mistakes, Carolyn Keene (ebook)
Nancy and her friends are out to find a comedian’s saboteur in this seventeenth book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Complex social media charts, undercover outfits, and intense button study send Nancy, Bess, George, and Ned on a wild ride through River Heights to uncover the truth about missing comedian Brady Owens. But nothing is what it seems in this game of comedic timing. Can Nancy find the culprit before it’s too late?

(adapted from Overdrive description)

OverDrive Kids’ Reads – check them out!

Hi everyone! Even though our libraries are closed at the moment, we still have thousands and thousands of books and audiobooks for you to read and listen to online through our Kids’ Reading Room on OverDrive! Awesome new titles are being added all the time, and we even have a special Book Club collection with unlimited loans, so they’re always available, no matter how many other kids have borrowed them! All you need is a Wellington City Libraries membership — click here if you don’t have a library card and would like to join online.

Here are some of my favourites from the Kids’ Reading Room:

Flunked / Calonita, Jen
Age range 10 to 14 
This is the first book set at the Fairy Tale Reform School, where all the teachers are former villains from classic fairy tales, like Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother, and The Big Bad Wolf. It’s kind of like Harry Potter, but with less of the learning-how-to-use-magic-responsibly, and more of the learning-how-not-to-be-evil. Super funny, absolutely wicked, and with a cast of quirky characters you won’t soon forget, this is not a series you want to miss!

Women who dared : 52 stories of fearless daredevils, adventurers, & rebels / Skeers, Linda
Age range 8 to 14
There’s some awesome nonfiction (books about true stuff!) to be found on OverDrive if you know where to look, and this is one of them! Take a deep dive through history and learn about some of the amazing women who have made the world turn, but that you might not have heard of. Learn about the first woman to go into space (Valentina Tereshkova), the first woman to become a professional stuntperson (Helen Gibson), and many, many more. Go to the OverDrive Kids nonfiction browser here to find more books like this!

P is for pterodactyl : the worst alphabet book ever ; all the letters that misbehave and make words nearly impossible to pronounce / Haldar, Raj
Age range 6 to 12
This isn’t your average alphabet book, that’s for sure. In this book, we explore the wonderful world of the silent letters — the “k” in “knight,” or the “g” in “gnat” — that make spelling so, erm, fun. Pair it up with some beautiful illustrations and great wordplay, and you have the perfect concoction to soothe any word nerd as we all spend some more time indoors.

The witches / Dahl, Roald
Age range 8+
OverDrive is full to the brim with classics as well as brand new books, and this is definitely one of the classics! This audiobook version of Roald Dahl’s hilarious tale of magic, defiance, and a top-secret plot to unravel the plans of the Grand High Witch is sure to frighten and delight. Follow this link to find nearly 2,000 more children’s audiobooks to read and enjoy.

While we’re all staying inside, Wellington City Libraries has you covered for online entertainment with books, audiobooks, activities, games, learning resources, streaming video and movies, and more. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates on our awesome range of eResources, and visit MyGateway to explore them for yourself!

New eBooks for children

Winter weather has you stuck inside? Can’t get to the library? Here’s the newest eBook fiction added to our collection:

1. 11 Birthdays: Willow Falls Series, Book 1 by Wendy Mass (also an eAudiobook)

2. 13 Gifts: Willow Falls Series, Book 3 by Wendy Mass (also an eAudiobook)

3. Beauty and the Beast: Twice Upon a Time Series, Book 3 by Wendy Mass

4.  Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos

5. Finally: Willow Falls Series, Book 2 by Wendy Mass (also an eAudiobook)

6. Graceful: Willow Falls Series, Book 5 by Wendy Mass

7. Nanny Piggins and the Accidental Blast-Off 4 by R. A. Spratt

8. Nanny Piggins and the Pursuit of Justice 6 by R. A. Spratt

9. Nanny Piggins and the Rival Ringmaster 5 by R. A. Spratt

10. Nanny Piggins and the Runaway Lion 3 by R. A. Spratt

11. Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan 2  by R. A. Spratt

12. Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures: Pip Bartlett Series, Book 1 by Maggie Stiefvater (also an eAudiobook)

13. Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt (eBook with Narration)

14. Rapunzel, the One With All the Hair: Twice Upon a Time Series, Book 1 by Wendy Mass

15. Sisters: Smile Series, Book 2 by Raina Telgemeier (Comic)

16. Sleeping Beauty, the One Who Took the Really Long Nap: Twice Upon a Time Series, Book 2 by Wendy Mass

17. The Last Present: Willow Falls Series, Book 4 by Wendy Mass (also an eAudiobook)

18. The Whispering Trees: The Thickety Series, Book 2 by J. A. White (also an eAudiobook)

19. You Can’t Sit With Us: Mean Girl Makeover Trilogy, Book 2 by Nancy N. Rue

Be in the know – here’s what’s happening during the school holidays

Library commemorating ANZAC smallThe April School Holidays are all about ANZAC Commemorations with free activities at local libraries and community centres where you can explore and discover fascinating stories of Gallipoli and WW1. Head along to an event near you for stories, poppy-making, face painting, and more activities that explore life as a soldier or on the home front. Each activity is different, so give the library a call to find out what’s happening.

When and where:

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Wednesday 8th April, 2pm
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Monday 13th April, 11am
Johnsonville Library: Monday 13th April, 2pm
Karori Library: Tuesday 14th April, 11am
Wellington Central Library: Wednesday 15th April, 11am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library and Community Centre: Thursday 16th April, 11am
Island Bay Community Centre: Friday 17th April 1pm

These activities are free and bookings aren’t required. The activities are most suitable for 7-12 year olds. You can find our children’s events listed on our website.

 


 

Title imageInterested in computers? We are running two free coding classes for 12-18yr olds at the Wellington central Library on April 12th and 13th. These classes are perfect for beginners. You’ll create a live website using HTML and CSS coding languages. Places are limited so bookings are essential. Find out more here.

 


 

During the holidays we also have Storytimes in English and Te Reo Maori, and the popular Baby Rock & Rhyme sessions for babies. Find out when and where on our kids events page.

 


 

Stuck inside in the wet weather and can’t get to the library? We have something for you too! Check out these fun learning games – you could build a zoo through ZooWhiz,  or impress your friends with cool facts through Odizzi. Have a go at learning a language through LanguageNut, or read a book and do the fun activities using TumbleBooks.

There are HEAPS of eBooks and eAudiobooks that you can download and share with friends. Try searching for your favourite titles in Overdrive or Bolinda.

Love the Horrible Histories series? Who doesn’t?! Did you know that you can download and keep the Horrible Histories Magazine (for free!) from our website? Check it out at our Zinio collection of emagazines. You can find all sorts or magazines here – sports, music, movies, crafts… have fun exploring and downloading!

Yu can also watch video clips of some cool stories at the Wellington City Libraries online stories page. Matariki is coming up – have a go at watching The Seven Stars of Matariki. It’s really good!

 


 

Looking for some cool websites? We have some great suggestions on our Fun Stuff page. Go here to find cool links to online games, crafts, printables, author websites, online stories, quizzes and puzzles and more! You’ll never be bored again.

 

 

 

Kids’ Club Review by Tulip: Pigsty

PigstyPigsty, by Mark Teague

It is an audio book.This story is about a boy that’s room is a pigsty. His mum doesn’t help him clean because it is his responsibility.

3 stars

Reviewed by Tulip from Newtown, 8 years old

Top 10 eBooks and e-audiobooks for September

Looking for a school holiday eBook or audiobook to download? Why not try one of these – the most popular for September 2013:

1. The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman (Audiobook)

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (eBook and Audiobook)

3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone  by J.K. Rowling (eBook and Audiobook)

4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (eBook and Audiobook)

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (eBook and Audiobook)

6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (eBook and Audiobook)

7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (eBook and Audiobook)

8. Inside the Earth by Joanna Cole (Audiobook)

9. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pinchon (Audiobook)

10. David Walliams 4 Book Collection  by David Walliams (eBook)

 

 

Christmas CDs and DVDs

Yay, the school holidays are just about here.  So what will you be doing?  The library has heaps of Christmas CDs and DVDs for kids to help brighten your festivities!

Going to a Christmas party?  Don’t forget to take some of our festive music CDs for everyone to dance and sing-along to like Glee: the Christmas AlbumGlee: the Christmas Album Volume 2 or Putumayo Christmas Around the World:

Christmas Around the World

Having a sleepover?  The library has plenty of Christmassy DVDs for you and your friends to choose from including Arthur ChristmasCountdown to Christmas, and The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Is your family planning a road trip?  Why not borrow some audio books for the journey – they’re perfect for long car rides!

The Battle for Christmas

Classics of Childhood

The Christmas Story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a look at our What’s New page to see more new CDs, DVDs, and books galore!  And what ever you and your family are doing these holidays make sure to have fun and be merry!

 

 

Cracking Christmas Fiction!!!

Father Christmas Goes on Holiday by Raymond Briggs.

Check out this fantastically funny  book!!!Father Christmas has had enough of wintery Christmas weather so he is off to find the ideal holiday spot. Father Christmas visits France, Scotland, and Las Vegas while on his annual vacation.

 

 

 

 

 

 Merry Christmas, Geronimo! by Geronimo Stilton.

Geronimo is at it again!After tripping over his tail and winding up in the hospital, then having his mouse house catch on fire, Geronimo is sure he’s destined to have the worst Christmas ever. Will he be able to save Christmas and learn what the celebration is really about? Check this book out and discover  what happens next !!!

 

 

 

 

 

  Astrosaurs Academy: Christmas Crisis! by Steve Cole.

From Christmas cheer to Christmas fear! The cadets are set a Christmas challenge- to make the brightest, biggest festive decorations the Academy’s ever seen. But when Damona takes a giant tree from the Land of Secrets. it’s the beginning of an icy disaster, one that could doom her friends, the Academy and Christmas itself across the galaxy!

 

 

 

 

 

  Spy Dog: Secret Santa by Andrew Cope .

A spy for life not just for Christmas !! Check out this super cool book as Lara the spy dog and her pups Spud and Star are hot on the heels of an evil computer hacker. Stanley Strange plans to hijack Christmas. Can the super spies catch Stanley before he goes crackers and makes an explosive getaway ?

 

 

 

 

 

Tumtum and Nutmeg’s Christmas Adventure! by Emily Bern.

Tumtum and Nutmeg are very busy! They have crackers to stuff, hams to glaze and ants to sugar ! But when the mice discover that Arthur and Lucy may not be getting any presents, they set off on an adventure to the Toy Kingdom to see if the terrifying Baron Toymouse can help. If they can not get any help will the children go without Christmas presents ? Read and find out!

 

 

 

 

Astrosaurs: The Claws of Christmas by Steve Cole. Read by Toby Longworth.

This awesome audio book is alot of fun! Meet Captain Teggs Stegosaur and the crew of the amazing spaceship DSS Sauropod as the astrosaurs fight evil across the galaxy. Teggs and the crew visit the dinosaur Santa himself – Papa Claws. Strange dangers lurk in Papa’s gift factory, and an old enemy is loose. Kick your feet up and listen to this exciting story on Christmas Day!

 

 

 

 

  A Christmas Collection of Classics of Childhood: Volume 3

This audio book will paint a smile on your Chrismassy face! This is a collection of stories centered around Christmas. It includes great stories like ” The Little Match Girl”; “Waldo, Tell Me about Christmas” and my favourite ” Santasaurus” and many many more. Perfect with a cup of chocolaty goodness!!

 

 

 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

No Christmas is the same without this very cool and scary book. Ebenezer Scrooge is a very mean old man who hates everyone, especially children and his story opens on a Christmas Eve as cold as his heart. That night, he is visited by three ghostly Christmas spirits- Christmases Past, Present and Yet To Come. Each takes him on a heart-stopping journey where he meets people he loved, people he fears and people he will meet soon. The pictures are extremely cool so be brave and grab the book form your local library!

 

Like listening to audiobooks?

You can use your Wellington City Library card to download audiobooks for free. You can play them on your MP3 player or iPod®, some you can even burn to CD to listen to later.

All you have to do is go to our digital audiobooks page , download the Overdrive software, and that’s it. You can start searching the children’s fiction collection for the books you want to listen to these school holidays.

How cool is that!