Lets have some Easter fun!

The Easter holidays are not far away and the library has some great books for you to enjoy at this special time of the year.

Perhaps you would like to learn all about the reason we celebrate Easter, maybe you would like to make some Easter crafts or even bake some yummy Easter treats.

We even have books that have some Easter origami projects that you can complete. Not forgetting all the great storybooks we have with an Easter theme.

So grab some Easter Eggs and sit down with some of these great reads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get crafty this Christmas with homemade gifts

The giving of gifts at Christmas time is a long held and well-known tradition across the world.

Some people believe that this started as a Christian tradition to reminder us of the gifts given to baby Jesus by the three wise men at his birth. However, other records date back to ancient Roman celebrations when people thought that their generosity would bring good fortune in the year to come.

Either way, exchanging gifts has become an expectation, and Christmas can be an expensive time of year for many families. A great way to save money and make gift giving more personal is to create your own Christmas presents, and with school holidays starting in the next few weeks you might just need some extra activities to keep you busy!

Making your own gifts for Christmas also allows you to get really creative and give something your own signature style, and there are so many different directions you can go in.

Some cool ideas to get you inspired are: sweet treats like fudge or gingerbread cookies, artwork or sculptures, jewellery, candles, cosmetics or even a home-sewn soft toy. Just chuck a colourful ribbon on it and, voila! A thoughtful, inexpensive gift that your friends and family are going to love.

 

We have a great selection of Christmas craft and cooking books for kids, so head over to the catalogue to start searching and reserving your copy today!

                

Valentine’s Day, a celebration of love

Valentine’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Valentine, originated more than 1000 years ago in the Roman Empire, although the exact history is unknown.

It started off as a day to honour Saint Valentinus, a Roman priest who died in the name of his Christian religion.

Valentine’s Day didn’t become a celebration of love until 800 years later in the late 14th century, when an English poet named Geoffrey Chaucer referenced Saint Valentine in a love poem he had written about the engagement of the King and Queen.

Poetry has therefore remained popular on Valentine’s Day, and you might have heard this well-known phrase (or variations of it):

Roses are Red, Violets are blue,

Honey is sweet, and so are you.

 

Nowadays, people from countries all around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving chocolates, roses and handwritten cards to the ones they love, as well as spending time together.

Although it is traditionally a romantic occasion, many people also choose to celebrate special friendships on Valentine’s Day.

Why not create your own cards and gifts to show your loved ones how much you appreciate them?

 

Visit our catalogue to find out more about Valentine’s Day and for great crafted gift ideas. Here are some to get you started:

       

New Non Fiction: Sports, Inspirational Lives and objects… and bringing out your inner artist.

Netball.

A great book to read that tells you everything you want to know about Netball, one of the greatest and most popular sports played in Australia and New Zealand. In reading this book, you will learn everything there is to know about Netball including the history of the sport, the rules, training, clothing and equipment. Great for anyone who is a fan, plays  netball and/or wanting to play.

For more information about Netball, you visit the website, Netball New Zealand.

 

 

The Story of Buildings.

Anyone who is doing a project on the history of buildings and architecture will love this book! This book explains how and why famous buildings in history came to be built. The book also goes into further detail about how did people start making buildings, how did they learn to make them bigger, stronger and more comfortable? And why they decorated them in so many different ways. Great for ages 10 years and over.

 

 

Pastels.

As a child of the 80’s and 90’s, pastels were the norm of bringing out children’s inner artist. Thirty/twenty years later using pastels still hasn’t gone out of fashion. So what are you waiting for? Now is the Time to bring out your own inner artist! Have a big art project coming up? Bored with water colors and acrylic paints, Why not give pastels a go? This book will provide you with step-by-step guides show how to create a variety of projects using pastels.

 

 

Dare the Wind.

Girls, this is one book you need to read on inspirational women. This book tells the true story of one of the first female navigators, Eleanor Prentiss and her ship, the Flying Cloud who, despite battling raging storms, broken masts, and dangerously slow winds managed to complete its maiden voyage  from New York to San Francisco in a period (and world breaking record) of eighty nine days. Also will be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone who is interested in sailing and ships.

 

 

Florence Nightingale.

Children of all ages will enjoy this beautifully illustrated picture book written by celebrated author and artist Demi. This new picture book biography of Florence Nightingale beautifully portrays the story of Florence’s life and explores the long-lasting effects of her career, including her innovative and revolutionary ideas on medicine, emphasising the need of cleanliness in hospitals, nutritional values of hot food and organization of hospitals. Children will not only learn about Florence Nightingale’s inspirational life, but also the history of hospital and nursing practices that are still used today.

 

 

How the Beatles changed the world.

The Beatles are one of the most innovative and revolutionary bands that broke many world records and changed the face of music forever. Fifty years after the British invasion began, Martin Sandler explores The Beatles’ long-lasting impact on the world in this wonderful book. Overall I think you will be overly impressed and astonished by the amount of information held in this book about everything you thought you knew (and didn’t know) about The Beatles and their musical history. A great book for anyone who is a fan of The Beatles’ music and history.

You may also like The Beatles were fab (and they were funny).

FACT: “Hey Jude” was released in August 1968 as the first single from the Beatles’ record label Apple Records. More than seven minutes in length, it was at the time the longest single ever to top the British charts.

 

Top 10 Non Fiction for May

Favoured fashionable facts

1.  Star Wars character encyclopedia by Simon Beecroft

2.  Ripley’s believe it or not! edited by Alexander, Rosie.

3.  Guinness world records 2014 edited by Craig Glenday

4.  The LEGO book by Daniel Lipkowitz

5.  Treasury of Egyptian mythology  by Donna Jo Napoli

6.  Moshi Monsters by Steve Cleverley

7.  The LEGO movie by Hannah Dolan

8.  See inside the First World War by Rob Lloyd Jones

9.  Art detective by Doris Kutschbach

10. Big book of papercraft by Fiona Watt

 

New Non Fiction: New Non Fiction: Just in time for Easter and School Holidays Redux.

Special Effects Make up Artist

Have you ever been scared by a creature you have seen at the movies and wondered how those creatures were created? This book holds all the answers and more! Special Effects Make up Artist holds information on everything you have ever wanted to know about special effects and how something simple as make up can bring monster, zombie and an alien to life on the big screen. Also contains behind the scenes information on how your favorite movies characters from films such as Stars Wars and The Muppets come to life.  Also a great book to use if you are looking for costume ideas for Halloween.

 

Maps.

In need of a great atlas? Check out Maps. This is one of the most fantastic books I have ever come across. What is great about this atlas (and perhaps different from most atlases) is that not only does it contain information about geographical features and political borders, but also places of interest, iconic personalities, native animals and plants, local peoples, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with each region. Great to use for geography homework.

 

 

 

 

Angry Birds Playground Dinosaurs.

“Fly with your favorite Angry Birds characters as they travel back in time on a zany search to find their eggs. Kids will be hooked on this wacky mystery as they analyze and observe the wonderful world of dinosaurs as they are building basic skills through fun and fascinating activities”– Provided by publisher.

Angry Birds are back!… and this time instead of losing their eggs, they have found something amazing. If you enjoyed Angry Birds Playground Animals, then you will love Angry Birds Playground Dinosaurs. This book is a great way to learn about dinosaurs, while at the same time joining the angry birds on a prehistoric adventure. This book has all the excitement and adventure you will ever need to be entertained. Also full of activities and quizzes to test your knowledge.

 

First Big Book of the Ocean.

This book screams ‘curious commotion in the ocean!’ National Geographic Kids First Big Book of the Ocean is an adorable animal reference that holds all the information you could ever want and need on the sea’s high-interest animals, such as dolphins, sharks, sea otters, and penguins, and introduces kids to some of its lesser-known creatures. More than 100 charming animal photos illustrate the profiles, with facts about the creatures’ sizes, diets, homes, and more. This book serves as a great introduction and companion guide for kids who are interested and studying marina wildlife and biology.

 

 

 

Treasury of Egyptian mythology : classic stories of gods, goddesses, monsters & mortals.

If you are bored with Fairy tales, Greek mythology, why not try some Egyptian mythology?  This book presents an illustrated tableau of Egyptian myths, combines narrative accounts of the stories of the Sun God Ra, the Sphinx, and numerous pharaohs and queens along with historical, cultural, and geographic facts. This is a treasure that will be enjoyed by kids of all ages.

Also check out Treasury of Greek mythology : classic stories of gods, goddesses, heroes & monsters.

 

 

 

 

Recycled Crafting for Kids.

Homemade play dough! Homemade watercolor paints! Homemade chalk! Homemade crayons!  I cannot believe my ears! Yes this book tells you how you can make those things in your own home and in your own time by using recycled materials to make toys and games . Other ideas (and some of my personal favorites include ankle bells, marble mazes and magnetic fishing games. You can have fun and do your bit for the environment at the same time. And just in time for the school holidays. Also holds some old favorites from Eco-friendly crafting with kids like creating musical instruments, like a box guitar and invisible ink. This book will make kids want to play with household objects, like a cardboard box rather than the latest (and sometimes expensive) toy.

 

Amazing Masks to Make Yourself.

“Masquerade! Paper faces on parade. Masquerade! Hide your face so the world will never find you.” – The Phantom of the Opera.

Here is another awesome read to keep you amused over the school holidays where all you need is just some simple house hold items. Whether you planning a masquerade party or in need of some good old fashioned handicraft entertainment, this book is jammed pack full of mask ideas such as a tiger face made from a basket, a teapot and even a spooky skeleton that is guaranteed to glow in the dark and scare off every ghoul and goblin alike.

New Non Fiction: Just in time for Easter and School Holidays.

With summer now over, Winter is slowly entering the Capital with the cold and nasty periods of gale winds, rain and the odd storm. Also with the school holidays and Easter around the corner, why not pop down to Wellington City Libraries and check out a new range of  non fiction in the Children’s collection for your enjoyment and pleasure, especially as we now have some new handicraft books to give you ideas on potential gifts you can give to your family and friends over Easter, or the odd birthday party here and there.

Check them out here!

The Book of Complete Nonsense.

Are you in the mood for nonsense poems? I am! All your favorite authors including Julia Donaldson, Spike Milligan, Roald Dahl, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and a whole lot more are featured in this fantastic book of rhymes and riddles that are bound to fry your brain. As an added bonus author,  Michael Rosen provides tips on how you can write your own nonsense poems. Fantastic to use if you have a creative writing homework assignment.

 

 

 

 

Africa : everything you ever wanted to know.

In the mood for another ‘not for parents’ read? Check out this new book on everything you ever wanted to know about Africa. This book opens up a world of amazing facts and stories  (probably facts and stories your parents don’t even know) about the people, places, History and culture of Africa. Another brand new read from the Country Series Book from Lonely Planets that  is not a guidebook and it is definitely not for parents.  Great for ages 8 to 11 years.

Also check out last month’s new ‘not for parents’ release: How to be a dinosaur hunter : your globe-trotting, time-travelling guide.

 

 

Philip Pullman’s Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp.

The author of The Dark Materials Trilogy brings to life one of the greatest and classic Arab-Persian stories, (although the story is set in China) ever told. Be prepared to go on a magic carpet ride when reading this vivid retelling of  Aladdin, a poor tailor’s son who becomes a wealthy prince with the help of a magic lamp he finds in an enchanted cave. This is a story that has everything – comedy, drama, fantasy, magic, fear, excitement and a terrific plot.

 

 

 

Brilliant Badges to make yourself.

With School Holidays and Easter just around the corner, this is the perfect book to keep you entertained and give you gift ideas on what to give your family and friends over Easter and even the odd birthday here and there. There are fantastic ideas on how to make your own badges, including how to creat a dotty dinosaur badge, a paper-mache cat badge, a funky bow tie badge, a lollipop badge, a birthday badge  and a feathery chicken badge (A great badge idea for Easter!) Great for kids aged 8 to 12 years.

 

 

 

Crafty Creatures.

Forget buying soft toys when you can make your own, (or maybe get your mum or your nana to help). This book is a treasure trove of animal toys/projects to sew, knit and cross-stitch. It includes over 30 projects ranging from practical phone pouches and coin purses to delightful felt cats and teeny tiny animals ideal for necklaces and key fobs. My personal craft idea favorites from this book are the sock monkeys, ducklings and bunny girls (another gift idea for Easter), giraffes and my little pony, (No, not the Hasbro toys.) Another handicraft book to keep kids entertained over Easter and school holidays. If I could knit or sew, then I would be devouring this book like there was no tomorrow.

 

Creative Storytimes at Khandallah Library

Khandallah Library has its final session of our Creative Khandallah Kids Storytime on Tuesday the 4th of March at 10.30am.

It has been huge fun for everyone who has come along. The kids have shared their super cool art. The library has never been so colourful. We have a Papier Mâché fish with eyebrows (the eyebrows are my favourite part), colourful drawings, a tiny mouse made out of cardboard, some big beautiful paintings and a butterfly covered in glitter!

It is so cool to have the kids’ space in Khandallah library – a place where we can look at the awesome things the kids of Khandallah can make.

Other then the fun experience of seeing the art that the kids have made, we’ve also had a fun time reading some funny stories! I particularly liked how we all got to say, “Banana” loudly over and over again. Banana is a weird word when you say it a lot. We’ve read some stories about magical things like a girl who wants to play with the moon – which a few kids pointed out just couldn’t happen. I mean the moon is so big! But she makes it happen. We’ve read stories about how all of us can be creative doing pretty much anything! Even painting a great big dot on a piece of paper is making a work of art.

It’s been so nice to see the kids take home their prizes from the library. We like to encourage creativity because, well, books are amazing creative things! So I hope after our final session on Tuesday, the kids who have come to the Creative Khandallah Kids sessions go home and keep making art. Because we’ve learnt that we are all artists and storytellers if we just keep making things.

 

Special storytime at the Island Bay Library

Don’t miss this year’s Island Bay Festival! There’s heaps happening – find out all the details on the festival website. There’s even a special seaside crafty storytime happening at the Island Bay Library.

Listen to the amazing Pauline read a seaside story then make an octopus with Lisa from Island Bay Community Centre. All welcome!

Thursday 20th February, 10.30 – 11.30am at the Island Bay Library.