Roald Dahl Day on 13th September!

image courtesy of syndeticsRoald Dahl Day strikes again on September 13th, marking 101 years since his birth! So let’s celebrate!image courtesy of syndetics

How to celebrate?

  • Read about his remarkable life. Read Boy, that presents  humorous anecdotes from the author’s childhood which includes summer vacations in Norway and an English boarding school, and Going Solo, that tells the story of his adventures as an adult, first in Africa, then learning to be a wartime fighter pilot and discover what led him to becoming the world famous author that he is known as today.
  • Visit the Roald Dahl website, where you will find  information about Roald Dahl as well as activities, games and quizzes.
  • Check out the blog post on 11 ways to celebrate Roald Dahl Day. Ideas include spotting a Roald Dahl character in LEGO and uncovering a Roald Dahl emoji.
  • Download your Roald Dahl Day 2017 party pack, whether you’re celebrating at the library, at home, in school or out and about.
  • Get crafty and whip up a delicious feast inspired from Roald Dahl’s novel. For more ideas, click here.
  • From 7th September, Roald’s last story, Billy and the Minpins, will be available in a brand new edition, illustrated for the last time by Quentin Blake.
  • Read and relive your favourite Roald Dahl stories. Wellington City Libraries holds a huge array of Roald Dahl books, including The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and movies for your reading pleasure. Also check out this previous blog post for ideas on what are great  Roald Dahl movies to watch.image courtesy of syndetics

New Roald Dahl books just added to the library collection include: Rhyme Stew, a series of plays adapted from Dahl’s popular stories which include The Twits, The BFG and James and the Giant and much more!

 

 

 

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Author Visit: Des Hunt at Central Library.

Attention all literary fans! Come on down to the Central Library and learn how to create amazing stories with a master storyteller! Join 2017 Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award winner Des Hunt for a writing workshop like no other. This event is part of Beyond the Page, a literary festival for children and youth on from 8-23 July, for more information, check out the website.

Where: Wellington Central Library, Young Adults area.

When: Tuesday 11th July, 1pm to 2pm.

Age Group: This workshop is aimed at ages 9-12 and spaces are limited. Make sure you register to secure a spot.

About Des Hunt: Des Hunt was a science and technology teacher for many years, interspersed with periods of curriculum development both in New Zealand and overseas. During this time he had several textbooks published to support the New Zealand curriculum. Over the last twenty years he has experimented with other ways of interesting youngsters in science, creating computer games and writing non-fiction and fiction with scientific themes.

After living in Auckland for much of his life he moved with his wife, Lynne, to Matarangi on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula. He retired from the classroom in 2007 to concentrate on writing fiction for children. He continues his aims of fostering young peoples’ natural interest in the science of their surroundings by visiting schools and libraries where he runs workshops and presentations.

Five Des Hunt books have been finalists at the Children’s Book Awards. Cry of the Taniwha was awarded the 2016 Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-loved Book. Then, in 2017, Des was the recipient of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award for lifetime achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand children’s literature and literacy.

Find out more about Des and his books: www.deshunt.com

While You’re at it, check out some of Des Hunt’s books that you can find at your local library.

Enjoy!

image courtesy of syndeticsPhantom of Terawhiti.

“It’s the school holidays and Zac thinks he might go crazy with boredom. He’s living in exile with his disgraced father on the remote Terawhiti Station on Wellington’s wild south-west coast. Zac and his father witness a shipwreck off the coast. Investigating further, he finds a set of unusual paw prints on the beach. Whose yacht it is? And what animal could have made the paw prints? Soon Zac is drawn into a mystery which threatens his life and those around him. He must protect the secret of the Phantom of Terawhiti from those intent on hunting it – and him – down”–Publisher information.

image courtesy of syndeticsFrog Whistle Mine.

Twelve-year-old Tony has travelled all around New Zealand with his nomadic mother, and desperately wants somewhere to belong. When they arrive in Charleston, a gold-mining ghost town, he is almost afraid to hope this might finally be the place. But things aren’t as they seem, and he finds himself caught up in mysterious events.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsWhere cuckoos call.

Twelve-year-old Ben is a keen ornithologist who looks after endangered birds on his family farm in the Coromandel Peninsula. But Ben must grow up fast in the face of threats to his home, his family and his beloved birds.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsWhale Pot Bay.

Jake lives with his father in a remote part of the Wairarapa, where he can surf and watch the whales. But then Jake’s dad begins a relationship with a new partner, who moves in with her daughter Stephanie, and at the same time a local photographer starts stalking their next door neighbour Milton Summer, an international rock celebrity, and Jake’s peaceful life erupts into violence and deceit. An when a whale and her calf get into trouble on the treacherous coast, the history of Whale Pot Bay seems doomed to repeat itself unless Jake, Milton and Stephanie can survive the deadly tide.

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Matt Logan isn’t looking forward to spending the school holidays in Rotorua with his grandmother and her new husband. Matt has taken his metal detector along, and when he and Juzza – the boy next door – unearth a handcuffed skeleton, a dangerous chain of events begins to coil around them.

 

Teddy Bear mischief at Johnsonville Library!

Teddy Bears had more fun than a picnic when they got to have a sleepover at the Johnsonville Library last Friday night.

Parents of the teddy bears enjoyed a fun night of teddy bear adventures and then left their teddies to enjoy a night on their own in the library.

As you can see from the photos our teddy bears got up to lots of mischief and mayhem. Watching TumbleBooks, playing with the lego blocks, reading books, parachute jumping and oh no – playing with the photocopier.

Make sure you keep an eye on your own teddy bear – you never know what they get up to!
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Late night storytime at Tawa Library

TawamusicAt this month’s late night storytime we are helping to save our environment as we celebrate Conservation week.

Come along to hear some fun stories and try your hand at some interesting puzzles at Tawa Library on Thursday 5th November at 6.30pm.

Make it special by coming along dressed in your pyjamas or even better as your favourite animal.

This is a free event for 4 – 10 yr olds.

Star Wars Reads Day – 10th October

Did you know there is special day just for reading Star Wars books!?

Star Wars Reads is a chance for you to bury your nose in books about Jedi’s, Rebels, Sith Lords, good vs evil, the dark side and space battles.

There are some really cool activity sheets you can do, including some from the new movie The Force Awakens.

Have a hunt in your local library for Star Wars books, there are heaps of them!

 

 

Yes, even Storm Troopers read – so you should too! May the Force be with you, young padawans!

 

Free School Holiday Activities at Karori Library

Can you make the tallest tower in the world?  Get creative these school holidays at Karori Library.

We’re having a fun make-a-thon on Tuesday 6th October, 10-11am using lots of different materials from Lego, playing cards to paper.  You’ll get a chance to design and create a tower using unique materials and a whole lot of imagination!  This holiday activity is ideal for 6-12 year olds.  We can’t wait to see you there.

In the meantime, here’s a selection of activity and architecture books for kids that you might like to take a look at to get your creativity flowing!

 

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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.

The Hot Spot Poetry Tour is coming to Wellington

Hot Spot 2Here’s and event you won’t want to miss! This children’s poetry tour is visiting Wellington in October and will feature local authors, children and schools, alongside well-known New Zealand children’s poet Paula Green.

Details:

Saturday 18th October, 10.30am

Kilbirnie Children’s Bookshop

Free!

 

Follow the latest news about the tour at Paula Green’s Poetry Box webpage.

 

Letterbox Cat & Other Poems is Paula Green’s latest book. It’s full of fantastic and funny poems, grab it from your local library today.