It’s our birthday, but you could get the presents!

Wellington City Libraries is turning 175 years old! This makes us the oldest library system in New Zealand – wow!

To celebrate our birthday, we’re holding a party at the Wellington Central Library on Saturday 21st November.

For the creative and crafty people out there, we have a couple of competitions that you can enter.

The colouring competition is for 5-8yr olds. New Zealand’s first public library was a small hut on the Wellington waterfront. Colour in the picture of the hut, fill in your details on the back, and drop it in to any Wellington City library to enter.

The design competition is for 9-13yr olds. We want you to draw your idea of the library of the future! What do you think Wellington City Libraries will look like 175 years from now (that’s the year 2190, by the way)? Draw your design on the front, fill in your details on the back, and drop it into to any Wellington City library to enter the competition.

The competitions close on 29th November, and the winners will be announced on 1st December.

(Click the links above to download the competition forms to print at home!)

Good luck!


Happy Birthday Harold!

Many decades ago an Author wrote a book that has become a much loved classic, and this year his book turns 60 years old! That’s old enough to be your grandparent.

Harold and the Purple Crayon is a picture book about a small boy who goes on an evening adventure, drawing everything he needs with a purple crayon as he goes. Many people were inspired by this simple story, and it quickly become a much loved book found in many homes and libraries across the world.

Get to know Harold; grab a copy from your local library and have a read.

Happy Birthday Harold!

Kids’ Club Review by Tulip: The Birthday Mix-up

The Birthday Mix-up, by Sally Rippin

The book was interesting and i recommend that you read it. It is Billie’s birthday party and she asks the 9 girls [there are actually 10 but she decides to not invite Lola] but jack says “what about me” and Billie says “i cant have a party without jack!” But she does something wrong with the invitation. Will the party go on?

5 stars

Reviewed by Tulip from Newtown, 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lara: 11 birthdays

11 birthdays, by Wendy mass

This is a Awsome book about a boy and a girl that were born on the same day, then they become best friends. Until their tenth birthday and are in a fight for a Year and on their Eleventh birthday they find out that they are the only Ones expeiriencing their birthday day over and over again

5 stars

Reviewed by Lara from Karori, 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tiffany: 11 birthdays

11 birthdays11 birthdays, by Wendy Mass (1967-)

This was a brilliant book! You just can’t put it down! When Amanda and Leo turn 11, their birthday repeats itself over and over again. They don’t know what to do. And this mysterious woman with a duck-shaped birth mark on her cheek keeps on reappearing in places. My favourite part would probably be the end when they become friends again. The recommended age group could be for anyone. Kids to Adults. I learnt that friendship can be very important, especially when a little unintended magic is involved.

5 stars

Reviewed by Tiffany from Kilbirnie, 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tulip: Cudweed’s birthday

Cudweed's birthdayCudweed’s birthday, by Marcus Sedgwick

This book was great and also fun to read this story is about cudweed’s birthday It has even got coloured pictures in is about him thinking that something bad will happen but it turns out to be it is great read it I will say.

4 stars

Reviewed by Tulip from Newtown, 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by seren: Candyfloss

CandyflossCandyfloss, by Jacqueline Wilson

LOVED IT! I loved this book so much that I actually bought it after reading it. This is what happened in the book: There was a girl called flora barnes (aka flossie or floss) who lives with her mum and step dad. Flossie’s real dad lived in a grubby old cafe with no company apart from the occasional visit from floss.In the start of the book it is her birthday. She gets jeans,a top, pens, a suitcase and a kangaroo toy. Later that day she finds out that those presents were specifically chosen for a six month long holiday in australia. She goes to school that day and meets up with her BFF rhiannon who gives her a quarts bracelet for a birthday present. Her teacher also gives her a iced bun with a cherry on top. After school she goes to TGI friday and her brother tiger blows out her candles. Then she realises that her step dad won’t be coming with and she will have to send him postcard because he refuses to buy a phone or computer. Will she go to australia or will she stay behind with her dad??? Issue the book to find out!!!

3 stars

Reviewed by seren from Tawa, 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Minmini: Beezus and Ramona

Beezus and RamonaBeezus and Ramona, by Beverly Cleary

Beezus thinks Ramona us the most annoying sister in the world. Fancy spoiling her dusters birthday cake ! Do you know what she did to my cake ? She put her rubber doll Bendix in my very own birthday cake! Isn’t that unbelievable! But that isn’t it . She got a library book out on my card and OMG she wrote in it and that is the truth. The real truth! Read the book to find out all the unstoppable stuff she does!

4 stars

Reviewed by Minmini from Miramar, 8 years old