Looking for something to do?

How does earning prizes for writing book reviews sound? You read that correctly! All you have to do is grab a book, read it, go to our Kids’ Club webpage, write a review of the book, and click on submit.

Your review will be published online for the whole world to see. Even better – you will earn a prize after writing your first 2 reviews, and then for every 5th review from then on. Really thoughtful reviews might be picked to win extra cool prizes. We’ll send you an email when you’ve earned a prize and let you know when it’ ready to be picked up from your local library.

If you’re stuck for something cool to read, why not have a look though all the recently written reviews? These are reviews written by kids, for kids, and about kids books. So you can really find out what people your age think about them.

Give Kids’ Club a go – it’s really fun.

Last week of the Summer Reading Challenge

How many have you read?

The Summer Reading Challenge closes on Friday this week – 30th January, so make sure you’ve finished off writing all your book reviews and completing the library challenges.

You’ll need to hand in your Summer Reading Challenge booklet to your local library, before the end of January, so the librarians can count the number of challenge you’ve completed.

The more books you read and review, and the more challenges you complete – the better your chances of winning!


Summer Reading Challenge starts today

Summer Reading Challenge bookletGrab the Challenge booklet from your local library, or download and print yourself, and get started on the Summer Reading Challenge!

You have between now and January 30th to read an review as many books as you can from the challenge booklist and complete fun activities in our libraries. There are lots of cool little prizes to earn along the way, and you can earn entries into the Challenge’s main prize draws.


Everything you need to know about the Challenge can be found at our Summer Reading Challenge page.


What are you waiting for? Get started today – the more you read the more you win.

Crafty Kyle Competition Winners!

The Crafty Kyle Competition is now over. The participants had to come up with a new imaginary story by Kyle Mewburn and design a book cover for it. We got heaps of entries… Well done everyone!

The winners of the Crafty Kyle Competition have now been announced.

Amelia Major won the 5 to 7 years old category. Well done for such a poetic and light-hearted drawing…

Amelia Major

Katie Chu-Fong won the 8 to 10 years old category. Very colourful and dynamic scene that you created for the “Vegetable Choir”.

katie Chu-Fong

The champion of the 11 to 13 years old category is Matthew Yang. The character Andy looks so fun and real in his cardboard boxes castle!

matthew Yang

The winners will be collecting their library prizes this week. Books signed by Kyle Mewburn will be one of the treats in the prize pack! Maybe your drawings will inspire Kyle Mewburn for one of his future books…

The Summer Reading Challenge – WINNERS

The Summer Reading Challenge has finished for 2015 and the winners have been announced.

Congratulations to…

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Isabelle from Cummings Park Library and Elizabeth from Wellington Central Library

These lucky two had their names drawn out as the winners of the challenge. They have received an awesome prize pack full of goodies. Thanks to everyone who challenged themselves over summer. See you next summer!

Missed the Summer Reading Challenge (or just missing all the fun)? You can review books and win prizes all through the year. Find out more.

Craft Kyle Competition – have you entered yet?

Check out some of the cool entries we’ve already received for the Crafty Kyle Competition:

Entry 1 Entry 2 Entry 3 Entry 4 Entry 5Entry 6

The Crafty Kyle Competition is part of the Books Go Arty sculpture exhibition that’s touring Wellington City Libraries. The exhibition is currently at Newtown, Brooklyn, and Cummings Park (Ngaio) Libraries. Pop in to see all the cool sculptures made by Wellington school children based on books written by Kyle Mewburn and pick up a competition entry form while you’re there. The competition ends on November 14th.


WIN Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsWe have THREE copies of the brand-new book Nightmares! by Jason Segel (who you might know from The Muppets movie) to give away to some lucky readers! All you have to do to enter is tell us how you would fight off this nightmare. I’ll start it, you put your imagination to the test and tell me how it’s going to end. Ready? Here we go…

You stand in front of an old, spooky, abandoned house. The door is falling off its hinges but you push it open and step forward. The door slams shut behind you and it is pitch black inside. You feel in your pocket for a flashlight, take it out and turn it on. You walk down the hallway to the door at the end and push the door open. Right in front of you is an enormous three-headed monster with giant, sharp teeth ready to pounce at you! Quick, what do you do next?

Comment on this post with your answer to be in to win! Please also include the name of your local library so that we know where to send your prize if you win!

To help get your thinking caps on, here’s a teaser of what Nightmares! is all about:

“Charlie Laird has several problems.
1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch.
2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself after dark.
3. He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap.
What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world–that’s a line that should never be crossed. And when your worst nightmares start to come true . . . well, that’s something only Charlie can face. And he’s going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird. For good.”

Thank you to Random House for supplying us with these great books!

Fine print: You must be a Wellington City Libraries member aged 5-12 years old to be eligible for a prize. Winners will be drawn at 5pm on September 19th, 2014.

Māwhai Tuhituhi – online Te Reo writing competition for Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

Hei whakanui i Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2014, kei te mahi pakiwaitara tuhituhi ā-ipurangi Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui, ā, ka taea e koe e tō kura rānei ētahi taonga te wini.

Kua oti kē i te kaituhi rongonui haere nei a Paora Tibble te whiti tuatahi te tuhituhi, ā, māu e āpiti atu ō tuhituhi ki te pakiwaitara ia rā, hei te 21-25 o Hūrae.

Ka whiriwhirihia kotahi te whiti ia rā (tae atu ki te 200 kupu), mai i ia reanga, ka mutu hoki ngā pakiwaitara hei te ahiahi o te Paraire te 25 o Hūrae.

Ko ngā Reanga: (Kura) Tau 1-8, me te Tau 9-13

Ko ngā taonga ia rā he pēke whare pukapuka, he kāri koha, he haki pukapuka hoki.

Ko ngā taonga mā ngā toa tuhituhi kotahi iPapa mō ia reanga, ā, he haki e $250 hei hoko pukapuka mō ngā kura o ngā toa tuhituhi.

Ko te kura hoki he tokomaha rawa ana kaituhi ka wini hoki i te haki pukapuka e $250!

Kia whai wāhi koe ki te wini, tūhono mai ā-ipurangi ka tuhituhi mai rā: wcl.govt.nz/mawhaituhi



To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2014, Wellington City Libraries are weaving an online story, with the chance for you and your school to win some cool prizes.

Well-known author, Paora Tibble, has written the first paragraph but we need you to continue the story each day, from 21-25 July.

A paragraph (up to 200 words) will be selected, daily, from each age group, and the stories will finish on Friday afternoon, 25 July.

Age Groups are: (School) Year 1-8, and Year 9-13

Daily prizes include library bags, concession cards and book vouchers.

The prizes for overall winners include an iPad for each age group winner, plus $250 of book vouchers for the winners’ schools.

The school with the most contributors will also win $250 of book vouchers!

For your chance to win, join us online and weave your story: wcl.govt.nz/mawhaituhi

Win a New Zealand Post Book Awards prize pack!

The winners of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards will be announced soon, on June 23rd.

We have 2 book packs to give away thanks to Random House. Each pack contains two of the finalist books –

Felix and the Red Rats by James Norcliffe

“When David’s uncle comes to visit he sets off a bizarre series of events. Things become complicated when the pet rats turn bright red. David senses that somehow the red rats are connected to the story he is reading, and he becomes more convinced when the colour red becomes contagious. The parallel story sees Felix and his friend Bella inadvertently shifted into a strange land where they must solve a riddle. But this puts them into great danger. How will they escape and find their way home?” –Publisher information.





The beginner’s guide to hunting and fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson.

“Includes information on the right equipment for the right species, hunting with dogs, and mountain safety and bushcraft essentials. With diagrams, fun facts, a glossary of hunting terms, helpful tips and even some recipes to try out at home … has an emphasis on safety and provides all budding hunters with the basic skills and knowledge for a lifetime of adventure in the great outdoors”–Back cover.





To go into the draw to win… comment on this post and tell us which is your favourite out of the finalist books that you hope wins. Also include the name of your local Wellington Library.

The prize pack includes one each of the above books for you to keep, and maybe some other cool stuff that we want to throw in.

Fine print: You must be a Wellington City Libraries member, aged 5-12 years old, and you need to include the name of your local library so we know where to send the prize pack if you win.

Write stories — win prizes — it’s Fabo Story!

Love writing? Love winning? Well a group of New Zealand Authors have figured out a way to combine the two, and the result is Fabo Story.


Here’s how it works

Every fortnight there is a new story released on the website – but it’s only the first paragraph! Your job is to finish the story by writing the next paragraph.

At the end of the fortnight 2 winning stories will be picked. One winner from those aged 10 and under, and another for those aged 11-13 years. (The maximum age is 13). Previous winners have received books and chocolate – so you can eat the chocolate while you read the books. Awesome!

There are some really cool authors involved – Fifi Colston, Maureen Crisp, Elena De Roo, Tania Hutley, Johnanna Knox, Kyle Mewburn, Michele Powles, Melinda Szymanik, Kathy White


So get writing and get winning! But most importantly… have fun!