Free interactive ebooks for kids

Have you tried Tumblebooks yet? You can get your hands of a large collection of free interactive ebooks through your library membership. The collection is best for young and learner readers and contains many well-known picture book and junior chapter book titles (even some non-fiction too!). The books are animated with pictures and sounds, and you even have the option of reading the book yourself, or having it read to you.  As well as English, there are titles in French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean and German, which is perfect for those that are learning another language.

Prefer comics? Tumblebooks has those too! Geronimo Stilton, Archie, Nancy Drew, Max Finder Mysteries and more.

It gets better – there are interesting National Geographic videos to watch, and puzzles and games you can play. Tumblebooks has everything to keep you entertained for hours!

Maths, reading and spelling games

Have you tried ZooWhiz?

It’s a fun new game on our website that helps you learn maths, reading and spelling, while building your own zoo at the same time! Complete fun activities and earn ‘coins’ that you can spend on your online zoo.

There are a range of different activities to suit different skill and age levels. You can choose a zookeeper avatar, the types of activities you want to do, and start earning coins to build your zoo. Sounds like fun!

All you need is your library card number to get started on ZooWhiz today! What are you waiting for?!

A cool way to learn about other countries…

Have you tried Oddizzi yet?

Oddizzi site is a fun, interactive way to learn about countries. It includes weather, climate, rainforests, volcanoes, earthquakes, oceans, food and farming, animals, transport, jobs, schools, festivals, religion, and more.

Need to find out about a country or have a topic about the natural world to research? Start here!

You’ll need a username and a password to enter the site. You can use these ones:

Username: Wellington

Password: oddizzi

The holidays are here!

Woohoo! School’s out and there’s so many weeks of summer holidays ahead. What should you do to keep the boredom at bay? Go to your local library or visit the library website. Here’s some ideas:

  • Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge – read, review and win! there are also heaps of cool activities for you to do in our libraries, which you can win prizes for too.
  • Download an eBook or eAudiobook from our website
  • Find some books about cooking, or arts and crafts, of computer games, or gardening, or learning a language or musical instrument… and start a new hobby. Our catalogue is a good starting point
  • Check out ZooWhizz – a fun game available through our website where you can earn coins and build a zoo.
  • Take a look at our fun stuff page and have a go at the puzzles and games.
  • Watch one of our online stories on the downloads page
  • Go to a storytime at your local library (Baby Rock & Rhyme and Kohunga Korero are taking a break until the end of January)
  • Keep up to date with events at your library through our Kids Events page or the Wellington City Libraries events calendar
  • Our book bike will be visiting the Wellington waterfront and beaches over summer. Keep an eye out for them and their special storytimes on the beach, and get your hands on a free book.

Stuck on your homework?

Got a tricky assignment? Can’t find the answer? Is it due in tomorrow?

Bilingual_LogoHead along to AnyQuestions.co.nz between 1-6pm Monday to Friday to get live online help with your homework.

AnyQuestions.co.nz is an online chat room run by librarians like myself where you can ask that tricky homework question and learn where to find the answer on the web. It’s fun, safe and really helpful and you can even chat in te Reo.

You could also check out ManyAnswers to see if anyone has asked the same homework question before. ManyAnswers is where we list all the common questions we get at AnyQuestions.co.nz, so the answer to that problem might already be waiting for you!

Don’t forget- we also have a homework help page where you can find links to AnyQuestions.co.nz, Encyclopedia Britannica, and our Kids Catalogue (which has heaps of awesome websites listed).

Good luck!