Over Christmas, New Years and January, our regular children’s programmes and events have a different schedule.
You can find out where and when everything is happening at the Event Calendar, or the children’s What’s On webpage.
During December we have special Christmas Storytimes for the whole family, and don’t forget the Summer Reading Challenge is on now until the end of January. Also in January you can come along to special storytimes in Te Reo Māori.
Look out for the BookBike at beaches and parks around the city over summer. You can nab yourself a free book! Cool!
Let’s Go Lego will continue as usual in Johnsonville and Tawa Libraries in January. The Karori, Cummings Park and Khandallah Library sessions will be on holiday until February.
Crafterschool, our popular craft programme, only runs during the school terms so will be on holiday until Term 1 2019.
Movie Nights at Johnsonville, Tawa, and Newtown Libraries will continue as usual! Wahoo!
Preschool Storytimes will take a break from 24 December to 6 January. Wadestown Library’s first storytime for 2019 will be on 14 January.
Baby Rock and Rhyme will take a break from 17 December. Central’s sessions will resume from 7 January onwards. Branch Libraries’ sessions will resume from 4 February.
Deck the Halls with Books of Jolly! Fa la la la la….
Christmas Storytimes are back!
Dust of your jingle bells, catch a sleigh ride, and follow the reindeer footprints into your local library for fun family storytimes to get your into the festival Christmas spirit.
These storytimes will be filled with stories and songs for the Christmas season, and are suitable for families with children of all ages. Come along in a Christmas costume, or your coziest pyjamas!
All storytimes start at 6pm and run for 45mins.
When and Where:
Monday 17th December
Brooklyn, Cummings Park (Ngaio), and Miramar Library,
Tuesday 18th December
Central Library, Children’s section
Thursday 20th December
Wadestown, Karori, Khandallah, Mervyn kemp (Tawa) and Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Libraries, and Island Bay Community Centre
Friday 21st December
Newtown and Johnsonville Libraries
These are free events, and bookings aren’t required.
Come and join us for a fun and interactive Mandarin Storytime with Chinese stories, songs and rhymes.
Children and care-givers who speak Mandarin, or use Mandarin as a second language will love these new sessions.
Our next Chinese Storytime will be held at Johnsonville Library on:
Friday 20 April at 10.30am and will continue on the third Friday of the month thereafter.
This is a free event aimed for pre-schoolers through to 10 years but all are welcome
Session will run for 30 minutes.
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Wow I can’t believe it is that time of year already! Yes Christmas is just around the corner and it’s the time when we love to have special Christmas Storytime events at your Libraries, for all the family to enjoy. So pop on your pyjamas or favourite Christmas costume and head down to your local library for stories and songs to celebrate this festive season. Oh and while you’re there don’t forget to pick up your “Wild About Reading: Summer Reading Challenge” booklet!
What: The 12 Storytimes of Christmas
Island Bay Library: 7th December, 10.30am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 7th December, 6.30pm
Brooklyn Library: 11th December, 6.30pm
Karori Library: 14th December, 6.30pm
Wadestown Library: 14th December, 6.30pm
Johnsonville Library: 15th December, 6.30pm
Newtown Library: 15th December, 6.30pm
Central Library: 16th December, 2pm
Miramar Library: 18th December, 6.30pm
CPK Ngaio Library: 18th December, 6.30pm
Ruth Gotlieb Kilbirnie Library: 21st December, 6.30pm
Khandallah Library: 21st December, 6.30pm
Come and hear Rainbow Stories at Wellington Central Library. These are Wellington Pride Festival events, presented by two of Wellington’s favourite Drag Queens; Stephi Onasis and Laquisha St Redfern
These are fun family events for children, their families and anyone who likes stories.
When: Saturday 4th & 11th of March 2017
Where: Children’s section, Wellington Central Library, 65 Victoria Street
Time: 10.30am – 11am
Celebrate diversity with some of the books we have in our children’s collection.
You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I’m telling you why:
Christmas storytime is coming to town!!!
Hitch up your reindeer and come on down to Johnsonville Library on Friday 16th December at 6.30pm for our extra special late night Christmas Storytime.
Whether you have been naughty or nice come along and enjoy some Christmas stories, festive songs and some fun Christmas games
Come dressed up in your favourite Christmas costume, or maybe you have some special Christmas pyjama’s that you like to wear.
Either way you will have some merry, merry fun at this free family event.
Ni Hao! Celebrate Chinese Language week and learn a new word or two (or three!)
Free mandarin Storytimes, for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers, will be held during Chinese Language Week, filled with stories, rhymes and action songs.
Johnsonville Library: Tuesday 13th September, 10.30am
Wellington Central Library: Wednesday 14th September, 11am
Karori Library: Thursday 15th September, 11.30am
Brooklyn Library: Friday 16th September, 11am
These storytimes will be presented by Ni Hao Children’s Community Charitable Trust. No bookings required – just turn up!
To celebrate the New Zealand festival, and the stage production of Kate De Goldi’s “The ACB with Honora Lee”, Wellington Central Library will be hosting a special one-off children’s story reading event.
Join us for a morning of Kate De Goldi’s stories at Wellington City Library. Jane Waddell, director of “The ACB With Honora Lee” reads ‘Uncle Jack’ and there will be live excerpts from the NZ Festival production.
This event is free, bookings are not required, and is suitable for children aged 8+
Don’t miss out!
After a bit of family fun on these long summer evenings? Come along to the first of our monthly late night Storytimes for the year at Johnsonville and Tawa Libraries.
This month our theme is Chinese New Year. Come along for some fun New Year stories and activities.
Thursday 4th February at 6.30pm.
Why not wear your pyjamas or an animal costume?
This is a free event for 4 – 10 year olds.
Enjoy a 30 minute session of silly stories and games. Come in your pyjamas or wear something silly.
Friday 5th February at 6.30pm
This is a free event for 4 – 10 year olds.
Tawa and Johnsonville Libraries hold free storytimes on their late nights in the first week of each month. Check out the library Event Calendar for future dates and times.