New Non Fiction: Folk Tales, Great Warriors and Monkeys making chocolate.

The Barefoot Book of Jewish tales.

This is a fantastic addition to the library’s collection. This collection includes eight delightful tales from the Jewish tradition. Each story has been chosen for its appeal to families and each has a simple yet powerful, message.  Written by Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, herself a mother of three, this is a fantastic set of stories to share and to treasure. Includes two story CDs narrated by Debra Messing. Great for ages 7 years and over.





The Life Cycle of a cat.

This is a great picture book for young children that gives a fascinating introduction to how tiny new born kittens (there’s even a pictures of new born kittens) turn into fully grown cats. You will also discover how they use play to learn and how the mother cat teaches them to hunt.






Project History.


Ever wanted to learn more about Greek and Roman history? Interested in crafts and activities related to these subjects? Check out The Greeks andThe Romans. These books allows you to discover the world of Greek and Roman history through an exciting combination of information and step by step activities. Fun activities in the book about The Greeks include making a Greek Theater Mask, an abacus and a model of the Parthenon, while activities featured in The Romans include making a laurel wreath, a model chariot and collages of gods and goddesses. Great source of entertainment over the school holidays or on a wet day.





No Monkeys, No Chocolate.

Sounds like the sort of book to make your mouth water? When you think of chocolate, you might think of a chocolate bar, a birthday cake, or a glass of chocolate milk. But where does chocolate come from? This book tells about the cocoa bean, which grows in the tropical rain forests and how the animals and other living things play an important part, even the monkeys. This book will change the way you think about chocolate… forever.

DID YOU KNOW: About thirty to forty cocoa beans (inside a cocoa pod) is just enough to make one chocolate bar.



Breaking the spell : Stories of magic and mystery from Scotland.

Ready for excitement and adventure? Ready to meet witches, kelpies, fairies, selkies, brave warriors and courageous girls?

Forget the traditional  fairy tales and Greek mythology! Celtic Folk Tales are in!

This book is a wonderful treasure that holds a collection of ten magical and funny stories from Scotland, complete with fantastic illustrations that tells stories about an underwater monster that can turn itself into a white horse, a girl whose mother is half seal, half human and a boy who is turned into a fairy but saved by a brave heroine that will leave you spellbound!

Also check out An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales and Spellbound: Tales of Enchantment from Ancient Ireland if you are in the mood for some more Celtic Folk Tales.


Greatest Warriors.

Ready to meet and find out all about the most impressive fighters in history? Check out these books in the Greatest Warriors series: Roman Soldiers, Knights and Vikings and find out all there is to know about the armour, weapons and fighting styles contained in these three amazing books. The illustrations/photographs are amazing and really portray  dramatic recreations of historical events.

Indian Storytime at Kilbirnie Library

On Wednesday 28th August at 10.30am we will be holding a very special preschool Storytime at Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library. Come along and listen to Indian stories. There will also be music, songs and dancing to celebrate India month. You can have your hands painted with Henna if you wish!
See you there…



Get Stuck into Some Fab New Fiction!

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Leisl Shurtliff

Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin’s childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller’s daughter-turned-queen




Hold Fast by Ble Balliett

On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early’s father disappeared, and now she, her mother and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless–and it is up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father.



Finding Fortune by Pippa Goodhart

Ida’s mother has died, and now Grandmama has plans for Ida that don’t include her beloved Fa. But Ida is not going to let Fa travel to the Klondike in search of gold on his own. She must find a way to go with him, whatever it takes…The long, tough journey will push the two of them to the limit, but it also helps them to decide what kind of life they really want back home.



Super Sister and the Birthday Party by Gwyneth Rees

“Emma and Saffie are off to Granny’s house for the summer to practise their superpowers. Soon the gnomes are doing the gardening, the dolls are coming to life and the washing-up is doing itself! It’s Grandpa’s birthday soon, and Saffie decides to use her powers to throw him the best party ever – whether he likes it or not. What could possibly go wrong?”–Back cover.



The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint

Twelve-year-old Lillian, an orphan who loves roaming the woods looking for fairies when her chores are done, is bitten by a deadly snake and saved through the magical forest creatures in this expansion on the author’s and illustrator’s previous work, A circle of cats.

World Refugee Day

June 20th is World Refugee Day.

Refugees are people who have been forced to flee their home country because of war, conflict or violence.  Many have been treated unjustly because of their race, religion or beliefs.  Most refugees cannot return to their country because it is unsafe, so they find freedom and a new home in another country – like New Zealand.  World Refugee Day is a special day set aside every year to commemorate the courage and resilience of the millions of refugees throughout the world.

For more info and events, visit the World Refugee Day website; and check out some of the great books about refugees that we have in our collection:


Librarian in the spotlight: Frith

Find out about your local librarians!

1. What is your name? Frith

2. Which library(s) do you work at? Karori and Cummings Park (Ngaio) libraries

3. What’s the best thing about being a librarian? The box of stamps I have under the counter. There are so many!

4. Favourite book? This is the first book in my favourite series – The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (we have this book at Karori library, by the way). Gen the thief is caught in jail when he is offered a job by the King’s Magus… but there’s a catch. There are four books so far, but I can’t tell you anything more about them, because there are so many plot twists it would ruin things for you. You’ll have to read them to find out.

5. When I read I like to…? I like to read on the roof! I live on the second floor above a café, and I can climb out the front windows onto the café roof to sit with a book in the sun.

6. If you wrote a book, what would it be about? I can’t tell you. I write so slowly, someone else might get my idea and finish writing the book before I did.

7. If I wasn’t a librarian, I would be a …? I would be a Sign Language Interpreter, someone who translates English into sign language (and the other way round) for Deaf people.

8. Favourite food? Fish, bacon and banana pie. It sounds disgusting, but tastes delicious (the secret is butter, lots of butter).

9. Favourite place in the world? The Rose-Red City of Petra. It’s in the country of Jordan in the Middle East and is built of caves in the rock of the mountain. It’s thousands of years old and still standing.

10. My dream library would have…? My dream library would have pets. Not just a library cat, but pet mice, rabbits, or even a puppy that visits. The borrowers could name them, help feed them at storytimes, and kids learning to read could read to the animals and pat them. Imagine snuggling up in an armchair to read with the library rabbit!



Kids’ Club Review by Lias: The most scenic drives in America

The most scenic drives in America, by Barbara Booth (Adult Non-Fiction)

I thought this book was amazing. This book, like most of the other books I’ve reviewed, is non-fiction, the type of book that I like. I like how everyone can do anything in it. Its sections are The Western region (including Alaska and Hawaii), The Rocky Mt. region, The central region, & The eastern region.

5 stars

Reviewed by Lias from Newtown, 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Max: Deadly diaries

Deadly diariesDeadly diaries, by Stephen Backshall

SO COOL!!! I loved this book. I read it every day. The individual diaries were very interesting. I was always waiting to see what the next animal would be. I also liked the different countries in their own section. 5 stars rating!:)

5 stars

Reviewed by Max from Cummings Park, 8 years old