Find out about Ramadan with these 5 children’s books

It’s Ramadan!

Have you heard of Ramadan? Ramadan is a special time for more than one billion (!) Muslim people all over the world, including those who live in New Zealand.

During Ramadan they remember the prophet Muhammed who received the first verses of the holy book the Qur’an. It lasts for 4 weeks and it is a time when people fast, they do not drink or eat from sunrise until sunset!  They break the fast with a special meal called the Iftar, then they go out and visit family and friends.

Why? Not eating anything gives Muslims time to focus on other things, such as family, kindness and helping others. But most importantly it makes them feel closer to God and their beliefs.

At the end of Ramadan the fast will be broken. This is a special celebration called Eid. Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity”.

We have many books about Muslims and their religion Islam. Some are fact books and some are picture and storybooks. Grab some of these and find out about this important celebrations that many people around the world are currently taking part in. Here are some you may like to read:


Nabeel’s new pants : an Eid tale Retold by Fawzia Gilani-Williams

While buying gifts for his family to wear to the mosque on Eid a shoemaker is persuaded to get new pants for himself, but the only pair available is too long and no one seems to have time to shorten them.



Islamic Culture by Charlotte Guillain

An introduction to some of the world’s most fascinating and ancient cultures. Discover different approaches to visual arts and performance and find out about important beliefs, traditions, and customs. Also covers the role of family and community and how cultures are changing and developing in the 21st century.



The garden of my Imaan by Farhana Zia

The arrival of new student Marwa, a fellow sixth-grader who is a strict Muslim, helps Aliya come to terms with her own lukewarm practice of the faith and her embarrassment over others’ reactions to their beliefs.




Golden domes and silver lanterns: a Muslim book of colours by by Hena Khan (eBook)

In simple rhyming text a young Muslim girl and her family guide the reader through the traditions and colours of Islam.



1001 inventions & awesome facts from Muslim civilization

This book traces centuries of invention and technological innovation in the Muslim world, revealing how Muslim intellectuals built elephant water clocks, drew detailed world maps, and built colossal architectural structures.

Halloween stories and crafts at the Library

They’re creepy and they’re kooky,  mysterious and spooky; they’re all together ooky…  Karori and Khandallah Library customers?!!  The branches were taken over by an assortment of witches, ghosts and monsters this Halloween.  After their trick or treating, our fiendish friends gathered in the library for some scary stories and creepy crafts.  We hope they didn’t cast any horrible spells on us while they were here!!


Happy Halloween!

Ooooohhhhh! It’s the spookiest day of the year today – It’s Halloween!

I wanted to find out a little bit about the history of Halloween, so I quickly visited Wikipedia and found out…

  • It’s also known as All Hallows’ Eve
  • The word ‘Halloween’ is a christian work and dates back to 1745 and means ‘hallowed evening’ or ‘holy evening’
  • Typical activities to celebrate Halloween are tick-or-treating, going to costume parties, decorating your house and carving pumpkins, lighting bonfires, going to haunted attractions, playing pranks, watching scary movies and telling ghost stories.
  • Lots more info about the history of Halloween around the world and how it’s celebrated today (go to the wikipedia article for more, there’s also a short article in simple english)

Check out the Halloween entry on our KidsCat for more info too – lost of weblinks and library books you can check out. Did you know that there’s a haunted house in Miramar that you can visit? Check out this article on the Dominion Post Website about it.

To celebrate Halloween, we have two evening dress-up storytimes (great for 5-10 year olds) happening at Karori and Khandallah Libraries tonight, starting at 6.30pm. Come along in your scariest costume and make us scream!


Here are some cool books and DVDs about Halloween stuff that you can take home:

How to create spectacular Halloween costumes by Louann Brown and Jason Nemeth






How to make frightening Halloween decorations by Catherine Ipcizade






Frightfully fun Halloween handbook by Carole Nicksin






The Halloween handbook : 447 costumes by Bridie Clark and Ashley Dodd






The best Halloween ever by Barbara Robinson






It’s Halloween, you ‘fraidy mouse! by Geronimo Stilton






Trixie the Halloween fairy by Daisy Meadows






Spooky and Scary DVDs:
Tom and Jerry: Tricks & treats
Shrek’s thrilling tales
Monster High: Ghouls rule
Trick or treat tales
Eloise’s rawther unusual Halloween
The dog who saved Halloween


Get ready for some creepy Halloween Fiction!

Is your Halloween costume ready yet? Have you prepared revolting and scary decorations for your house? Do you have the recipes prepared for a horrendous and disgusting diner with your eerie friends? Did you read the latest Fiction about Monsters, ghosts and ghouls that we have at the Library?

I can’t do anything about the outfit, the decoration and the food but… I can help you with the books!!! So choose one of these stories if you already feel the tension of Halloween growing inside you!

The heart of glass, by Vivian French

Prince Marcus’s adventure is going horribly wrong : gracie Gillypot has disappeared, the dwarves have struck a dangerous bargain with the King of the Trolls and Princess Marigold is in peril- if only she’d stop complaining long enough to realize it. Throw in a scheming goblin, meddling bats and a mysterious heart of glass and you have all the ingredients for another wickedly funny story from the Five Kingdoms.

9 and +


Rise of the Zombie rabbit, by Sam Hay

Joe is just an ordinary boy until he makes a wish on a spooky Egyptian amulet… Now he is the protector of Undead Pets… and there’s a rampaging rabbit hopping about!

Fluffy the rabbit was snapped up by a hungry fox. Can Joe help her owner stay out of trouble, so Fluffy will hop off to the big rabbit hutch in the sky?

7 and +


Monster and chips, by David O’Connell

Have you ever eaten a plateful of parp tarts, got stuck into a stinky coughy pudding or filled your belly with chewy worm spaghetti?


Well you’ve probably never been to a monster-diner. So come on in… We have the best chips ANYWHERE. Just be careful that the customers don’t think YOU’RE the menu!

7 and +


Home sweet horror, by James Preller

Welcome. Have a seat. Let us tell you a story. But be warned. Home sweet Horror isn’t just any tale. This is a SCARY TALE.

Meet Liam Finn, who’s just moved into a new home with his father and sister. But this old house that seems empty, isn’t. Bloody Mary is here- she’s been called back from the dead and she’s just DYING to talk.


8 and + (but only for very brave children!)


Gustav Gloom and the nightmare vault, by Adam-Troy Castro

Gustav Gloom’s neighbors think he is the unhappiest little boy in the world. But what they don’t know is that the strange, dark house Gustav lives in is filled with more wonders and mysteries than could ever be explained. But explain is exactly what Gustav needs to do when Fernie What moves in across the street. And that’s when the adventure really begins…

9 and +


Mother’s Day

Hey kids – have you been practicing making breakfast in bed?

Mother’s Day is this Sunday – May 12th, and I’m pretty sure Mum would love to be surprised with a yummy breakfast to start the day -this is a tradition for Mother’s Day in New Zealand along with giving cards and gifts.

Modern-day Mother’s day started in 1908 in West Virginia (USA) by a woman called Anna Jarvis. Previous attempts at getting a formal Mother’s Day celebration recognised in the 1800s had failed, but Anna was successful in having it recognised as an official holiday in the USA in 1914.

As this American holiday was adopted by other countries and cultures around the world, the date was changed to fit other celebrations that honor motherhood. That’s why different countries celebrate Mother’s Day on different dates. The second Sunday in May is when New Zealand celebrates Mother’s day, along with 81 other countries. Other popular days that countries celebrate Mother’s Day are March 8th, March 21st and the last Sunday in May.

Wikipedia has a great article about Mother’s day. Check it out for more info.

We also have some great books about Mother’s Day:

Want to make mum a present? Try these crafty books for some ideas:

Don’t forget the breakfast in bed! Here are some favourite cooking books for you to get some inspiration and recipes from:

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from Wellington City Libraries!  We hope you enjoyed the long weekend with your friends and family – and didn’t get a sore tummy from all those yummy Easter eggs and hot cross buns!!

We are open usual hours today after our Easter break.  We have a neat range of Easter activity and craft books so hop on in!


(We have lots of other Easter craft books and websites to check out in our Kids Catalogue too)

Hinamatsuri: Japanese Doll Festival or Girls’ Day.

hinamatsuri dolls festival

The Japanese Doll Festival (Hinamatsuri), or Girls’ Day, is held on March 3rd in  Japan. This festival is a time to pray for the health and well being of young girls. Most homes with daughters will set up a display of hina dolls. The main dolls used are Odairi-sama (a prince) and Ohina-sama. (a princess)  Around the display dedications of peach blossoms, rice cakes and white sake are made.

A picture book about Hinamatsuri – Girls Day.


Junior Fiction about dolls.





Chinese New Year Celebration 2013

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy New Year!

Chinese New Year celebration runs from Sunday February 10 – Sunday February 24 this year. Now not only people in China can have colourful and dynamic performances and activities to mark this special occasion, people in New Zealand can also participate and enjoy them.


In Wellington, there will be exiting celebrations for the Year of of the Snake held on the weekend of Saturday 23 and Sunday 24.


Here are some details:

There is a New Clothes for New Year Fashion Show on Saturday 23 February at the TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf from 7pm-8.30pm.

On Sunday 24 February, Chinese New Year Festival Day, you can come and taste the delicious food at the Asian Market at the TSB Arena as well as enjoying the crafts and performances from10.30am-4.30pm.

– Cultural Entertainment will be held at Frank Kitts Park from 3pm-4.30pm.A colourful Street Parade will start at Courtenay Place at 2pm.

There will be performances from Shenzen Song and Dance Ensemble from 7pm-8.20pm (tickets from Ticketek)

The festival will finish with a Firework Display.

You can visit the Wotzon and Chinese New Year websites for more details.

Have fun!


Valentines Day

Roses are red, violets are blue; You love your library, we love you too! <3

February 14th is Valentines Day, a special day of the year observed around the world to celebrate love; it’s a great opportunity to remind loved ones, friends and family how much they mean to you.  Many people choose to do this by giving greeting cards or gifts.

Encyclopedia Britannica (which you can access through Wellington City Libraries MyGateway Databases) tells us that “according to an old European legend, 14 February is the day when birds pair off each year to start their new families”, awww!  And that “Valentine’s Day got its name from the Roman Catholic church, which honours two saints named Valentine on 14 February.”

For those of you who want to have a go at making your own original Valentines gifts, the library has a great range of books.  How cool would a handmade Yoda origami pressie be?!!  Here’s a few books you might like – happy crafting everyone!