Matariki, Matariki, Matariki – te tau hou o te iwi Māori e!

Tēnā koutou kātoa! Join us in celebrating Matariki at Wellington City Libraries this winter! Matariki means “tiny eyes,” or “eyes of god,” and is celebrated in June and early July when a group of stars called the Pleiades rises above the horizon. Many Māori tribes have used the rising of Matariki to mark the beginning of the new year. It’s a time of celebration and reflection, of whānau and of kōrerorero — and a time to cook and eat delicious kai! Whether you want to celebrate with others or just learn more about this wonderful festival, your library has you covered with books, resources and events for the whole family.

Many of our usual preschool storytime and Kōhunga Kōrero sessions this month will be Matariki-themed, but we’re also running special Matariki events with stories, songs and crafts for tamariki and their families at some libraries — ask your local librarian if you’d like to find out more:

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Monday 18th June, 6:30pm
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Wednesday 20th June, 4:00pm
Island Bay Community Centre: Thursday 21st June, 10:30am
Karori Library: Thursday 21st June, 6:30pm
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Thursday 28th June, 3:30pm
Khandallah Library: Thursday 28th June, 6:30pm
Johnsonville Library: Friday 29th June, 3:30pm
 
Also, check out some of our favourite Matariki books and resources below. As always, you can check our catalogue for more!

Matariki / Holt, Sharon
“The newest book in the popular award winning Te Reo Singalong series follows a family through their Matariki celebrations over the course of a day. The family wakes at dawn to see the Matariki star cluster and the book takes the family as visitors arrive for a traditional Matariki feast. As the evening draws in, the children create their own stars using sparklers. Each Te Reo Singalong book includes a song CD, English translation, guitar chords and extension ideas. This book also includes information about Matariki.” (Catalogue)
 

Ngā whetū Matariki whānakotia / Kamo, Miriama
“Behind dusty orange hills, where the sky stretches down to the sea, theres a magical, wild, windy place called Te Mata Hapuku. Sam and Te Rerehua love to visit their Grandma and Poua at Te Mata Hapuku (aka Birdlings Flat). They like to collect agate from the stories, with a backdrop of whipping wind, flashing torchlight, and the splash of Pouas gaff in the water. But one night, Grandma notices something mysterious. Someone has stolen some stars from the sky.” (Catalogue)
 

Tawhirimātea : a song for Matariki / Pitman-Hayes, June “Singer/songwriter June Pitman-Hayes wrote this waiata for the children at the Montessori School where she was teaching music. With its delightful, lyrical melody, it warmly weaves together aspects of Māori mythology with the seasons, as a family welcomes Matariki.
A te reo Māori version by Ngaere Roberts is also included in the book and on the CD.” (Scholastic)
 

The little kiwi’s Matariki / Slade-Robinson, Nikki “The little kiwi is fast asleep in her burrow. A beam of moonlight shines right down into her burrow. She wakes, and realises it is time […] This gentle tale about celebrating Matariki, the Maori New Year, finishes with an explanation of Matariki – its origins, traditions and how it is celebrated today. The constellation is also shown, with the Maori names for each star. The text contains some simple words in Te Reo Maori alongside the English equivalent.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Let’s Go LEGO Schedule Update

This is just a very quick update to let you know that from the 2nd of June, Let’s Go LEGO at Karori Library will be held half an hour earlier from 2:00-3:00pm. Previously it was held from 2:30-3:30pm. We hope that this change means that you’ll all have more time to chat and browse the library for books to take home following each session!

 

Here’s the updated Let’s Go LEGO schedule:

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: First Thursday of the month, 3:30-4:30pm

Khandallah Library: First Friday of the month, 3:30-4:30pm

Karori Library: First Saturday of the month, 2:00-3:00pm

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Second Thursday of the month, 3:30-4:30pm

Johnsonville Library: Second Friday of the month, 3:30-4:30pm

For more info about the Let’s Go LEGO programme, check out the What’s On page here, email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz, or ask your local librarian

A Lego creation by the very talented Elijah at Karori Library!

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Let’s Go Lego is coming to Khandallah!

More exciting news in the world of Let’s Go Lego — the programme is finally coming back to Khandallah Library! The first session will be on Friday the 4th of May at 3:30pm, and sessions will continue on the first Friday of every month thereafter. No need to book, and it’s totally free — just turn up on the day and have fun!

Since our last official update, the programme has also expanded to include Johnsonville Library. The full Let’s Go Lego timetable (for the moment!) is laid out below:

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library — first Thursday of the month, 3:30-4:30pm
Khandallah Library — first Friday of the month, 3:30-4:30pm
Karori Library — first Saturday of the month, 2:30-3:30pm
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library — second Thursday of the month, 3:30-4:30pm
Johnsonville Library — second Friday of the month, 3:30-4:30pm

Let’s build – Let’s explore – Let’s create!

Lego Legends at Khandallah Library

Let’s Go Lego is returning to Khandallah Library after a long absence — we can’t wait to see you there!

For more information, contact Stephen at Karori Library, 476 8413, or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Kids’ Club Review by Jacob: Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets

Harry Potter and the chamber of secretsHarry Potter and the chamber of secrets, by J. K Rowling

This book was very exciting. My favourite part was when Harry faced the giant serpent and the serpent lunged at him with his fangs and Harry cut his fang off with his sword and killed the serpent. I also liked the magic diary where Harry could write things and the answer would magically appear. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy books.

5 stars

Reviewed by Jacob from Cummings Park and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Jacob: The jungle challenge

The jungle challengeThe jungle challenge, by Bear Grylls

I thought this book was great. This book was about Omar who really wanted to win the running race but then a compass gets him lost in the jungle. In the jungle he is with Bear Grylls who helps him to survive. My favourite part was when Omar went and got across the river with his stick and then when they were nearly across the river Bear said quick get up that tree because there was a caiman chasing them.

4 stars

Reviewed by Jacob from Cummings Park and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Miki: How to train your dragon

How to train your dragonHow to train your dragon, by Cressida Cowell

It’s pretty good. It involves a little bit of violence but I don’t think it would be too scary for little children. It shows an important bond between owner and pet. It’s quite funny actually.

4 stars

Reviewed by Miki from Cummings Park and Crofton Downs Primary School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Miki: The first case

The first caseThe first case, by Ulf Nilsson (1948-)

It shows that sometimes if you suspect someone or something too much you can often get things wrong. And even if you’re the same species it doesn’t mean that you won’t steal from each other.

3 stars

Reviewed by Miki from Cummings Park and Crofton Downs Primary School , 8 years old