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!