Hi kids and families,
We’re sorry to tell you that the Central Library has closed. This is because engineers have told us that, while the building is not damaged, the library might not be very safe if there is a large earthquake.
The librarians are busy coming up with ideas and plans for how we can make the books and events available to you, so stay tuned.
This means that our usual programmes like Storytimes and Baby Rock & Rhyme are cancelled for now.
In the meantime, you can return books and items to any other Wellington City Library, and you can use your library card at any of our libraries to borrow books and other items too. Don’t forget you can download ebooks, and audiobooks, from our website.
Stay up to date with news and announcements by checking the library website, or take a look at our Facebook or Twitter feeds (ask an adult to help if you don’t know how).
Did you know that dragonflies have been around for 300 million years or that our native snail, the Powelliphanta, can live for up to 20 years? What do you know about bugs and other creepy crawlies? Love them or hate them bugs are fascinating! In fact at Wellington Libraries we think Bugs are so awesome we put beehives on the roof of Central Library.
These school holidays we are going to be worming our way into the World of bugs, through games, fun facts, microscopes and crafts. So fly down to your local library and join in with some of the fun, free activities we have on offer, during the April school holidays.
These free events are for children aged 6+
Mervyn Kemp Library – Tawa: Wednesday 19 April at 11am
Karori Library: Wednesday 19 April at 2pm
Ruth Gotlieb Library – Kilbirnie: Thursday 20 April at 10.30am
Cummings Park Library – Ngaio: Friday 21 April at 11am
Miramar Library: Wednesday 26 April at 10.30am
Wellington Central Library: Thursday 27th April at 11am
Johnsonville Library: Thursday 27th April at 11am
Khandallah Library: Thursday 27 April at 6pm
Newtown Library: Friday 28 April at 6pm
Have you ever been to a book launch before? No? Here’s your chance.
Author Jonathan Harrison and Illustrator Jared Carson will be launching their latest book ‘A Cabbage in a Spider Web’ at Wellington Central Library (Children’s Area) on Friday 16th December at 1.30pm.
A Cabbage in a Spider Web is a children’s book aimed at 3 to 6 year olds about a little girl named Annabella and her outings and activities with her friends, her family, her pre-school, and her cat.
Each topic is covered in poem form with fun and colourful illustrations. With about 6 verses to each poem in words easily understood by children, this book is designed to be read to children by Mummy, Daddy or a pre-school teacher. There’s a little bit of naughtiness in some of the poems that will make children laugh… and also the adults.
Written by Otaki locals Jonathan Harrison and illustrated by Jared Carson, A Cabbage in a Spider Web is loosely set in Waikanae with a little research done at Castle Kids Pioneers pre-school for 4 year olds.
Bring yourselves along to the launch of this lovely local book that is sure to delight and entertain. Jonathan and Jared will entertain youby reading aloud and illustrating for 20-30 minutes, followed by discussion and QnA with interested adults. Book signing and cash book sales will be available following the launch.
This is a free event, bookings are not required – just turn up!
Ni Hao! Celebrate Chinese Language week and learn a new word or two (or three!)
Free mandarin Storytimes, for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers, will be held during Chinese Language Week, filled with stories, rhymes and action songs.
Johnsonville Library: Tuesday 13th September, 10.30am
Wellington Central Library: Wednesday 14th September, 11am
Karori Library: Thursday 15th September, 11.30am
Brooklyn Library: Friday 16th September, 11am
These storytimes will be presented by Ni Hao Children’s Community Charitable Trust. No bookings required – just turn up!
To celebrate the New Zealand Post Book Awards festival week, there will be a performance of the book Duck’s Stuck at the Wellington Central Library on Saturday May 16th, 1.30pm. That’s THIS WEEK! It’s totally free and will be a lot of fun, so make sure you come along!
See you there!