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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking

Titanic at the docks of Southampton April 1912If you had been alive in 1912, and scored yourself a ticket on the RMS Titanic, you would have been jumping up and down with excitement. It was the biggest most fancy passenger steamship ever built at the time. It was like a really posh floating palace. Some of the richest and most famous people in the world bought tickets on that first and only voyage.

You would also have felt very safe, because the Titanic was built with 16 double strength watertight compartments, so she could survive a head-on crash that would only flood the first four compartments. Or if another ship rammed her in the middle only two compartments would flood.

And then the unimaginable happened. On her first voyage, less than three hours after hitting an iceberg on April 14, 1912 she sank. Over 1,500 people lost their lives.

Find out more about the Titanic by taking part in fun stories and activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, at your local library during the April holidays.

The Library has lots of books and resources in the collection too. Search for Titanic in the easyfind catalogue You can also find loads of Titanic websites here.

Tawa October Holiday Activity

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Tawa’s October Holiday Programme went very well, with over 50 adults and children attending. They came to experience the Pastimes of Past Times. Special guests Rachel and Joe, from The Museum of City and Sea, brought exhibits from days gone by to show the children. There were games, toys, clothing, photographs, and even a taxidermied goose!

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To relive a little of what children in past times did, the children firstly practised handwriting on slates, before each took a turn at churning butter! Some also tried making beads out of paper, playing games from yesteryear, and looking at 3D images in a viewfinder.

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The holiday programme concluded with the children having a taste of the butter they had made, before posing for some photographs dressed as children from times gone by.

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World Wide Weird school holiday activities at Tawa Library

About 30 children and adults braved Wellington’s coldest day of the year, to come along to the World Wide Weird School Holiday Programme at Tawa Library, on Monday 25th July.

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Shelley and Brigid shared some disgusting and weird facts from The Guinness World Records, before taking the children through some weird challenges: balancing on one leg for as long as you could; doing as many star jumps as possible in 60 seconds; balloon lacrosse and balloon racing relays, as well as trying to cross your eyes and wriggle your ears.

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Their final challenge was the Weird Wardrobe Challenge. The children had to form teams and make one costume out of pieces of newspaper using only sellotape! Some teams came up with great costumes.Tawa Library’s next holiday programme will be in October, and should be just as much fun!

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The Holidays have started!

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Wellington City Libraries are running free school holiday activities at libraries around town to celebrate New Zealand Book Month.

 

Design a book cover, learn how to illustrate like a pro, make dog collars for Hairy Maclary, have fun with food and more!

 

No bookings required – Check our website for which library, what theme and time.

School Holidays… What are you going to do?

Wellington City Libraries are running free school holiday activities at libraries around town to celebrate New Zealand Book Month.

 

Design a book cover, learn how to illustrate like a pro, make dog collars for Hairy Maclary, have fun with food and more!

 

No bookings required at these fun family events. Go to the website for session times and locations or call 499 4444.

Last Chance School Holidays…!

Wellington City Libraries’ School Holiday Programme is drawing to a close. So tomorrow is your last chance to get in on the recycling fun! Children from all over the city have been popping into their local libraries to get their hands mucky in worm farms, find out how recycling trucks work, learn what can and cannot be recycled and to make some cool art out of recycled rubbish.

 

Coming up tomorrow:

11am-1pm Create a wicked sculpture out of recycled rubbish at Johnsonville Library, 11am-midday learn about worm farms and what happens to your recycling with some cool craft activities at Island Bay Library, 2pm-3pm more craft activities and the chance to crawl around inside a recycling truck at Miramar Library.

 

They’re all fun and free! See you there!