Pop into the Central Library in October to view the exhibition “What Lies Beneath” which features displays about children’s books about war that have been written and illustrated by New Zealanders.
Many of your favourites are there – ‘ANZAC Heroes’ by Maria Gill (voted best children’s book of 2016), the classic ‘The Bantam and the Soldier’ by Jennifer Beck, the beautifully illustrated ‘Gladys goes to war’ by Glyn Harper, and many more.
Each display features information about a war book, how the author and illustrator researched and created the story, and has lots of beautiful pictures and snippets of information to get lost in.
The complete list of books featured:
- Gladys Goes to War by Glyn Harper, illustrated by Jenny Cooper
- ANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic
- 1915: Wounds of War by Diana Menefy
- Enemy Camp by David Hill
- The Red Poppy by David Hill, illustrated by Fifi Colston
- The Bantam and the Soldier by Jennifer Beck, illustrated by Robyn Belton
- Armistice Day: The New Zealand story by Philippa Werry
- The ANZAC Puppy by Peter Millett, illustrated by Trish Bowles
- Evie’s War by Anna Mackenzie
- A winter’s day in 1939 by Melinda Szymanik
As part of the exhibition you can come along to the Central Library one evening to meet the Authors and Illustrators:
What Lies Beneath Panel Talk
Tuesday 18th October, 6-8pm, Wellington Central Library
Free event for adults and older children.
Come and hear the exhibition award winning Authors and Illustrators talk about writing and illustrating children’s war books. Bring along any books you want signed.
Click on the picture for RSVP information.
To celebrate the New Zealand festival, and the stage production of Kate De Goldi’s “The ACB with Honora Lee”, Wellington Central Library will be hosting a special one-off children’s story reading event.
Join us for a morning of Kate De Goldi’s stories at Wellington City Library. Jane Waddell, director of “The ACB With Honora Lee” reads ‘Uncle Jack’ and there will be live excerpts from the NZ Festival production.
This event is free, bookings are not required, and is suitable for children aged 8+
Don’t miss out!
We want to get in the festive season with you at our 12 Storytimes of Christmas.
Catch a sleigh ride into your local library between December 7th and 18th for a special festive family storytime. Come in your pyjamas or favourite Christmas costume for songs, stories and fun for the festive season.
Cummings Park Library: 7-Dec, 6pm
Island Bay Library: 10-Dec, 10.30am
Khandallah Library: 10-Dec, 6pm
Wadestown Library: 10-Dec, 6pm
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie): 10-Dec, 6pm
Newtown Library: 11-Dec, 6pm
Miramar Library: 14-Dec, 6pm
Brooklyn Library: 14-Dec, 6pm
Central Library: 16-Dec, 6pm
Karori Library: 17-Dec, 6pm
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 17-Dec, 6pm
Johnsonville Library: 18-Dec, 6pm
These storytimes are free, and perfect for the whole family. No bookings required.
Attention all Jedis, Bounty Hunters and Rebels!Come on down to the Central Library for Star Wars themed fun these school holidays!
Where: Wellington Central Library, Children’s Section.
When: Wednesday 7th October, 10.30am.
These fun activities await you…
To join in the fun, make sure you come dressed as your favourite Star Wars character.
Also check out the trailer of Star Wars : the Force Awakens.
See you there and… May the force be with you.
Start planning now because the next school holidays are not very far away at all!
During the October Holidays Wellington Libraries will be running lots of free, fun activities around science, technology and engineering.
Have a go at some new apps and tech, build something amazing, create a video clip… and more! It’s all free, and perfect for 6-12 year olds.
Here’s the when and where:
Island Bay Community Centre: Wednesday 30 September, 1pm
Johnsonville Library: Wednesday 30 September, 2pm
Ruth Gotlieb Library (Kilbirnie): Thursday 1 October, 2pm
Newlands Community Centre: Tuesday 6 October, 2pm
Karori Library: Tuesday 6 October, 10am
Central Library: Wednesday 7 October, 11am
Mervyn Kemp Library (Tawa): Thursday 8 October, 11am
Newtown Library: Thursday 8 October, 2pm
Come along to free weekly Chinese Storytimes at the Wellington Central Library.
Featuring stories, songs, rhymes and fun, these Mandarin session are perfect for children and their families who want to learn Mandarin as a second or foreign language. Fluent mandarin speakers will enjoy these storytimes too.
Stories & Rhymes! sessions are led by teachers from the Ni Hao Children’s Community Charitable Trust
Wellington Central Library, every Thursday, 10am to 10.30am
Free, bookings are not required.
The Royal New Zealand Ballet is coming back in August for more Ballet Storytimes in the library. They were so popular during the school holidays, you won’t want to miss them this time!
Legendary dancer and performer Sir Jon Trimmer introduces A Midsummer Night’s Dream – one of Shakespeare’s best-loved stories that has inspired generations of choreographers and dancers around the world – ahead of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s brand new production, opening in Wellington on 20 August.
Perfect for primary school aged children, this is a chance to learn about ballet steps and positions – and to try them out– explore the art of mime and gesture, and hear one of the wonderful stories of the world’s greatest ballets, from an icon of New Zealand dance who has performed them all.
Saturday 1st August: Wellington Central Library at 11am
Saturday 8th August: Karori Library at 11am
Saturday 15th August: Johnsonville Library at 11am
Saturday 22nd August: Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library at 11am
Mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli beach landings by ANZAC forces in 1915 at your local libraries and community centres during the April school holidays.
You can discover our ANZAC heritage through enjoyable activities that let you experience life as a solider, or what it was like on the homefront during war time. Explore fascinating stories of WW1.
Contact the libraries and community centres below to find out specific activity details. You can find our children’s event listings here.
Ruth Gotlieb Library – Kilbirnie: Wednesday 8th April at 2pm
Cummings Park Library – Ngaio: Monday 13th April, at 11am
Johnsonville Library: Monday 13th April at 2pm
Karori Library: Tuesday 14th April at 11am
Wellington Central Library: Wednesday 15th April at 11am
Mervyn Kemp Library and Tawa Community Centre: Thursday 16th April at 11am
Island Bay Community Centre: Friday 17th April at 1pm
All activities are free, and bookings are not required. These events are ideal for 7-12 year olds and last for approximately 1hr.
Apirana Taylor: Saturday 3st January, 11am – 12pm, Wellington Central Library.
Bring the kids along to a special story session with renowned author, actor and storyteller, Apirana Taylor. Known for his charismatic and engaging style, Apirana will tell traditional tales accented by taonga pūoru and whai (string games).
Kōhunga Kōrero: Tuesday 3rd February, 10.30am, Newtown Library
Join us at Newtown Library for a Waitangi day themed session of our regular storytimes in te Reo Maori. 30mins of stories, rhymes, waiata and fun! Suitable for 3-6 year olds and their whanau.
Kōhunga Kōrero: Saturday 7th February, 10.30am, Wellington Central Library
Join us in the Children’s section for a special te Reo Storytime with a Waitangi Day theme. 30mins of stories, rhymes, waiata and fun! Suitable for 3-7 year olds and their whanau.
These events are free and open to everyone. Bookings not required. More Information.
Ho! Ho! Ho! Celebrate the start of the festive season with us at our 12 Storytimes of Christmas.
Get into the Christmas spirit with free evening family storytimes at all Wellington City Libraries. Head along in your favourite Christmas costume or pyjamas and have fun with stories, carols and activities for the holiday season.
When and Where:
Brooklyn Library: Monday 8th Dec, 6.30pm
Miramar Library: Monday 8th Dec, 6.30pm
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Monday 8th Dec, 6.30pm
Central Library: Wednesday 10th Dec, 6.30pm
Wadestown Library: Thursday 11th Dec, 6.30pm
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Thursday 11th Dec, 6.30pm
Island Bay Library: Thursday 11th Dec, 10.30am
Karori Library: Thursday 11th Dec, 6.30pm
Newtown Library: Friday 12th Dec, 6.30pm
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Thursday 18th Dec, 6.30pm
Khandallah Library: Thursday 18th Dec, 6.30pm
Johnsonville Library: Friday 19th Dec, 6.30pm