Real Time, Real Person, Real Help with your Schoolwork

Note: this Kids’ Blog post is targeted at adults! Kids read on with caution.

In these strange new times, teachers, parents and other educators are looking to the Internet for homework help and educational resources to keep their kids’ brains active while schools are closed. Good news! The library can be an invaluable resource for anybody who is trying online education at this time, above and beyond eBooks and online databases. How? Enter AnyQuestions.

Have any questions? Why not try AnyQuestions!

AnyQuestions is a service run by the National Library and staffed by public librarians from around New Zealand, including Wellington City Libraries. On it, children are able to chat in real-time with a real librarian fully trained in web-based research about any question they might have. The librarian working with your child won’t just give them the answer directly — instead, they guide the student through the process of doing online research, checking their understanding every step of the way.

For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the service’s opening hours have been extended — now there are librarians on hand to help every weekday from 10am – 6pm.

If you prefer to work outside those hours, or just want a place to find great resources, try AnyQuestions’ sister site, ManyAnswers. This is a service also provided by the National Library and public librarians, and it’s a fully searchable, always-available database of reliable information and vetted resources for the most commonly-asked questions we receive. You can even search by year level to make sure you’re getting information that’s curated for the right level.

Both services are available year-round, so why not start making use of them today?

Kids’ Club Review by Kohaya: The scroll of Alexandria

The scroll of AlexandriaThe scroll of Alexandria, by Dan Metcalf

I really liked this book. It is about a girl called Lottie Lipton and her friends Reg and her Uncle Bert. The head of the British museum wants to sell all of the books in the library but Lottie and the friends are sure that the books have to stay in the library. Can they find evidence? Or will the books be gone forever? This book is fictional but it also teaches you about codes and history.

4 stars

Reviewed by Kohaya from Brooklyn, 9 years old

6 New Non Fiction: Coding, dance and world wonders.

Hey Kids!

Check out the latest junior non fiction at Wellington City Libraries. This post features new books in the wonderful world of robotics, coding and dance!

Enjoy!

Robots.

Get an up-close look at all kinds of cool robots, from cyborgs and humanoids to robots in movies, with amazing images and mind-blowing facts. Also check out Coding, which ties in with the Robotics theme, and is packed with fascinating facts and amazing pictures from the world of coding.

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Washington, DC. (City Trails)

Lonely Planet Kids has done it again with the latest release from the City Trails series all about Washington DC – Capital city of USA! Read this book and uncover of the best kept secrets, tourist attractions and more exciting information about Washington DC! Coolest attraction in this book is the house that looks like a watermelon.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsNational Theatre : all about theatre.

Read this book and go backstage at the National Theatre and hear from experts on every aspect of stagecraft, from acting and directing to set building, costume design and prop-making. A definitive theatre book for anyone interested in theatre and acting.

 

 

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Top Dance Tips.

Jazz, ballet, tap, and hip hop-there are so many different sides to dance. Learn the ins and outs of dancing all sorts of styles like a pro!

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsBallerina : a stepbystep guide to ballet.

Leap into the world of ballet with this beautiful guide and accompanying DVD!

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsWrite to me : letters from Japanese American children to the librarian they left behind.

A touching story about Japanese American children who corresponded with their beloved librarian while they were imprisoned in World War II internment camps. Prepare to have tissues on hand. A librarian’s choice all the way!

 

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: The great piratical rumbustification ; &, The librarian and the robbers

The great piratical rumbustification ; &, The librarian and the robbersThe great piratical rumbustification ; &, The librarian and the robbers, by Margaret Mahy

This book contains two stories. The Terrapins need a babysitter and call up a babysitting agency. What they get is a one-legged naval officer and a pirate party. In the second story a librarian is kidnapped and the only thing that will save her is raging measles. I loved this book, it was funny and the stories were completely crazy. Young children will also enjoy this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Luke: The great piratical rumbustification ; &, The librarian and the robbers

The great piratical rumbustification ; &, The librarian and the robbersThe great piratical rumbustification ; &, The librarian and the robbers, by Margaret Mahy

Two brilliant stories about a pirate baby sitter and a kidnapped librarian. The stories are both funny and well written and I enjoyed them both. This book is suitable for young children who are learning to read but older children would still find them amusing.

5 stars

Reviewed by Luke from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: The great piratical rumbustification ; &, The librarian and the robbers

The great piratical rumbustification ; &, The librarian and the robbersThe great piratical rumbustification ; &, The librarian and the robbers, by Margaret Mahy

This book has two stories. One is about a babysitter who is a pirate and the other is about a librarian who is kidnapped. I really liked both stories. they were well written and very crazy. I like crazy. I think all children would find this book fun.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Natalia: The Librarian and the Robbers

The Librarian and the Robbers, by Margaret Mahy

I don’t think this could really happen. It had a good plot though, and was very touching. But I do like why the robbers captured the librarian. Librarians should be more valuable.

3 stars

Reviewed by Natalia from Central City and Kelburn Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lily: The great piratical rumbustification ; &, The librarian and the robbers

The great piratical rumbustification ; &, The librarian and the robbersThe great piratical rumbustification ; &, The librarian and the robbers, by Margaret Mahy (1936-2012)

I love how the library and teaches the robbers how to behave properly it’s interesting to see how the rubbers react to what the librarian has told them it’s one of my favourite stories ever. I also love the pictures are amazing that’s my report

5 stars

Reviewed by Lily from Kilbirnie and Hataitai School , 7 years old