Mahi Moa ScavengAR Hunt!

The school holidays are underway and we are having such fun at Wellington City Libraries thinking up wonderful things for you to do. So we got together with ScimatAR who have a created an awesome Augmented Reality ScavengAR Hunt for you to do! Ever wanted to see a Moa walk through a library? Now you can! Come and meet Mahi the Moa and roam our non-fiction section solving puzzles and seeing things that others can’t. All you need is an android device (phone or tablet), whoops haven’t got one? Well come along and we will find you one to do the ScavengAR Hunt with.

Augmented reality layers a computer generated reality on top of the real world – in this case, a range of interactive activities that will come to life around you. Keen for an interactive and unique experience? Come on down to your local branch library to give the ScavengAR Hunt a go. Not in Wellington but up on the Kāpiti Coast? Guess what, Kāpiti libraries have the ScavengAR Hunt as well!

Where: Wellington City and Kāpiti Libraries

When: 9th to 14th October

When: All day just turn up

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Competition

Kia ora everyone! To Celebrate Māori Language week at Wellington City Libraries we are having a competition to name our Kōhunga Kōrero Puppets!

Tuī and Pūngāwerewere desperately need names and we think that you are the best people to name them. We would love you to come up with some great names. So when you’re in your local library this week getting some books to read, come up to the counter and we’ll write down your suggestions, along with your name and a contact number and put you in the draw to win prizes! The competition close this Rātapu (Sunday) the 17th of  Mahuru (September)so be quick and next week we’ll let you know who the lucky winners are. Ka kite anō!

Mystery, Mayhem and Madness: A detective Adventure!

Wow! I can’t believe that the school holidays are almost upon us and this time have we got a treat in store for you at Wellington City Libraries! It’s time to delve into the World of mystery, mayhem and madness with a great detective adventure story, yes you are going to be the detectives! We have clues galore for you to search for and a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes himself. Always wanted to get your detective license? Well, now’s your chance! Solve the mystery that has been baffling the librarians and we will reward you with a special Detective license. Are you up for the challenge? Can you solve the mystery and escape the Library…

So don your Deerstalker, nab your notebook and check for clues at a Wellington City Library near you!

Dates for School Holiday Detective Adventure:

Johnsonville Library: Wednesday 4 October, 2pm

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie Library): Thursday 5 October, 10.30am

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Thursday 5 October, 2pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Friday 6 October, 11am

Miramar Library: Wednesday 11 October, 10.30am

Central Library: Thursday 12 October, 11am

Karori Library: Thursday 12 October, 2pm

Khandallah Library: Friday 13 October, 11am

These free events are for children aged 6+

 

The Great Teddy Bear Sleepover comes to Khandallah Library!

Yes, you heard right! The Great Teddy Bear Sleepover is coming to Khandallah Library for the first time on Thursday the 31st of August at 6:30pm! Bring your favourite teddy bear or soft toy and join us for a super fun half hour of stories, songs, and activities, then leave your teddies behind to have a big sleepover with all their new friends. Who knows what they’ll get up to in the library after hours… pick them up on Friday to find out!

For more information, contact Stephen at Khandallah Library on 479 7535.

Teddy bears read!

Teddy bears read!

Lego Legends is coming to Wellington City Libraries!


Creativity. Problem solving. Storytelling. Fun!

After a hugely popular debut at Khandallah Library during Beyond the Page, Lego Legends is being introduced as a regular, monthly event at Karori and Cummings Park (Ngāio) Libraries. In Lego Legends, your creative skills will be put to the test as you use the library’s Lego collections to design and build your masterpieces. Each session will have a different theme that will inspire you to hone your skills and become your library’s very own Lego Legend.

Sessions are suitable for ages 5+

Karori Library: First Saturday of each month, beginning Saturday 2nd of September, 2:30-3:30pm.
Cummings Park (Ngāio) Library: Third Monday of each month, beginning Monday 18th of September, 3:30-4:30pm.

For more information, contact Stephen at Karori Library. Ph: 476 8413 E: enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

(Image “Buried in Lego 2” by Curtis McHale is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.)

Lego Legends at Khandallah Library

Lego Legends debuts at Khandallah Library during the Beyond the Page festival, July 2017

Feel Brave Event!

It’s sometimes really hard to be brave especially when you have nightmares or feel all alone but there are wonderful books that can help you to feel brave. Come along and meet Wolfgang the Wolf and Clarissa the Cat who are best friends from the Feel Brave series of books. These books use rhyme and pictures to help make you to feel a little braver, especially when the wonderful author, Avril McDonald, is here to introduce you to them. There are so many feeling and emotions to deal with sometimes it can be over whelming but Wolfgang can help you as he makes discoveries about bullying and kindness, anxiety and fears, loneliness and friendship.

Join UK based Wellington author Avril McDonald as she tells her Feel Brave children’s stories and demonstrates simple games and activities to help you with big emotions and gain confidence! The Feel Brave books are officially for 4 – 7 year olds but all ages enjoy them, I’m always up for learning how to feel a little braver! So come along to this special free Feel Brave event.

Where: Central Library

When: Saturday 26th August

Time: 10.30 – 11.30am

Beyond The Page! Amazing school holiday events for all!

School holidays are nearly upon us and this is a great time to get down to your local library and find out about an amazing Children and Youth Festival called Beyond The Page, which is taking place at libraries in Wellington, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt from the 8th to 23rd July. Over two weeks we have 28 events happening, in Wellington City Libraries that’s going to make these school holidays the best ever. Come along and immerse yourself in the world of story! Write your own stories and poems, make a zine (your own small magazine) we will even put it on the Library shelf for other people to read, listen to stories from the Royal New Zealand Ballet, build box forts – the list just goes on and on and on…..

Help us celebrate the opening of the festival with Poetry and Pancakes Saturday 8th July at 11am. Write a poem and yes you get a pancake for your efforts! Discover all the different sorts of poems there are – acrostic, haiku, magnetic blackout anything goes. Listen to poet Michael Howard reading some of his poetry and have a go at reading your own.

In the first week of the festival we have the wonderful Sir John Trimmer bringing us Tales from the Royal New Zealand Ballet. He will be telling stories from some of the best loved ballets using voice, music and mime. This is definitely one not to be missed!

 

Johnsonville Library: 2.30pm Monday 10th July

Karori Library: 10.30am Saturday 15th July

Central Library: 2.30pm Saturday 15th of July

Meet the Robots! Red – the fully automated humanoid Robot has landed and is awaiting your commands. You can talk to Red and ask the Robot to do things. It will even dance Thriller and Gangnam style. Want to know how an mBot can follow the lines? You will just have to come along and find out!

 

 

Central Library: 2pm Monday 10th July

Miramar Library: 2pm Tuesday 11th July

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 2pm Wednesday 12th July

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 2pm Thursday 13th July

This is just the beginning with so many more events to tell you about, so keep an eye on the Kids Blog for updates. Better still when you’re at your local library picking up some books, grab a calendar of all the events on offer. There’s also a great website www.beyondthepage.nz which has all the events plus a unique version of Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy to watch.

The best bit? It’s all FREE! We have fantastic prizes to be won over the festival with our competitions, take part in our Wellington-wide scavenger hunt, doodle, write or draw in our Traveling Journals and share your thoughts and pictures with the Wellington region! Are you curious enough to go Beyond The Page…

 

Come and Celebrate Matariki!

As the nights draw in and the days get shorter it’s time to snuggle up and share stories with friends and family. Step back in time and discover the myths and legends of long ago that helped shape Aotearoa. Listen to the legends of Matariki and how those stars came into being so that next time you look up at the night sky it will have a whole new meaning for you.

This is the time to celebrate the Māori New Year and we would love you to join us for a special Matariki story time. Come and write a wish on a star and hang it up for the New Year – wishes for your family, peace in the World or your best friend. What’s your wish going to be?

Star Wishes from the 19th – 30th of June at Wellington City Libraries

 

Matariki Story Times:

Tawa: 1st June 6pm

Brooklyn: 19th June at 6pm

Central: 21st June 6pm

Kilbirnie: 22nd June 6pm

Johnsonville 23rd June 6pm

Khandallah: 29th June 6pm

Keep looking at the blog for more about Matariki!

ComicFest is here!

Who likes comics? I do and I know where I’m going to be on Saturday the 6th of May from 9.30am to 5pm, at Wellington Central Library for ComicFest!

We have all sorts of fun activities on offer. Learn how to create your own comic book character, dress up as your favourite comic book character and enter the Cosplay competition, hear about how the new “Thunderbirds Are Go” movie was re-imagined for todays audience and lots of other exciting stuff.

Best of all there are free comics being given away and lots of exciting prizes to be won!

Don’t forget to check out all the wonderful comics and graphic novels that we have at the libraries. One of my favourites has to be Tintin by Herge. This comic hero has his faithful dog Snowy by his side and is aided in his adventures by a cast of colourful characters (see if you can spot Snowy at ComicFest.)

 

 

Syndetics book coverAsterix by Goscinny and Underzo of course is an all time classic and the names of the characters still make me laugh! Set in a little village in Gaul the comics tell the story of Asterix and his best friend Obelix and their numerous adventures through the ancient World. This comic series is one of the most popular all over the World.

 

 

 

Image from SyndeticsBut comics can also have little or few words and really focus on the story through the pictures. Polo: The Runaway Book by Regis Faller, tells an exciting story through colourful pictures taking you on an adventure over the sea and flying through the sky as the characters make friends with each other while searching for the stolen book.

 

 

Image from SyndeticsLittle Robot by Ben Hatke uses very few words to tell the story of a friendship between a lonely child and a small lost and confused robot. They both show initiative and courage to overcome another evil robot and save the day.

So why not try reading some of our fabulous comics here or better still try writing and illustrating your own!

April School Holiday Fun!

Did you know that dragonflies have been around for 300 million years or that our native snail, the Powelliphanta, can live for up to 20 years? What do you know about bugs and other creepy crawlies? Love them or hate them bugs are fascinating! In fact at Wellington Libraries we think Bugs are so awesome we put beehives on the roof of Central Library.

These school holidays we are going to be worming our way into the World of bugs, through games, fun facts, microscopes and crafts. So fly down to your local library and join in with some of the fun, free activities we have on offer, during the April school holidays.

These free events are for children aged 6+

Mervyn Kemp  Library – Tawa: Wednesday 19 April at 11am

Karori Library: Wednesday 19 April at 2pm

Ruth Gotlieb Library – Kilbirnie: Thursday 20 April at 10.30am

Cummings Park Library – Ngaio: Friday 21 April at 11am

Miramar Library: Wednesday 26 April at 10.30am

Wellington Central Library: Thursday 27th April at 11am

Johnsonville Library: Thursday 27th April at 11am

Khandallah Library: Thursday 27 April at 6pm

Newtown Library: Friday 28 April at 6pm