Special Event! New Zealand Festival Children’s Story Reading.

ACB Poster medium Mar 16To 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!

On this week – Late night storytimes at Johnsonville and Tawa Libraries

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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.

 

Tawa:

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.

 

Johnsonville:

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.

Merry Christmas from the Kids’ Blog!

We hope you have a great Christmas holiday. Us librarians will also be taking a break and having a holiday too.

 

The libraries will be closed over the Christmas and New Year long weekends. You can find the opening hours on our website.

Library storytimes are also on holiday and have now finished for 2015. They start back on the 6th of January onwards.

 

Don’t worry if you haven’t managed to stock up on your holiday reading. Our e-library is open 24/7 throughout the holidays. You can download eBooks, eAudiobooks, comics and magazines to your device.

 

Don’t forget to write Kids’ Club reviews for your reading – there are lots of prizes up for grabs. And if you happen to read a title that’s on our Summer Reading Challenge list then you’ll go into the draw for an amazing prize pack drawn at the end of January.

 

We hope you have a fun and happy festive season. See you in 20161

NiHao! Chinese language storytimes for Children

Storiesand Rhymes small white logoCome along to free weekly Chinese Storytimes at the Wellington Central Library.

Featuring stories, songs, rhymes and fun, these Mandarin session are perfect for children and their families who want to learn Mandarin as a second or foreign language. Fluent mandarin speakers will enjoy these storytimes too.

Stories & Rhymes! sessions are led by teachers from the Ni Hao Children’s Community Charitable Trust

 

Wellington Central Library, every Thursday, 10am to 10.30am

Free, bookings are not required.

Johnsonville Storytime

Web1Make sure you come along to our monthly Friday night storytime at Johnsonville Library where this month its going to be all about music.

This musical extravaganza will be on Friday 1st May starting at 6.30pm and will include lots of stories and of course music.

So come along for some melodious, musical madness!

This is a free event for children 4 years and above

 

A Very Merry Khandallah Christmas

Little Khandallah Library had a super cute Christmas storytime! The children had heaps of fun singing carols, doing a Christmas quiz and listening to the presenter, Raissa, read cool festive books from our collection.

 

 

 

 

 

Raissa read ‘I’m Not Santa’  by Jonathan Allen. I know those Baby Owl books are very funny. Here’s the blurb:

“Baby Owl is just out in the snowy woods, playing with his sled… so why does Baby Hare insist on mistaking him for Santa? Is Santa the only one allowed to wear a red hat? And doesn’t Baby Hare know the difference between a sled and a sleigh?

It’ll take no less than a surprise visit from the jolly old man himself to settle this case of mistaken identity!” Goodreads.

 

 

Raissa read a swashbuckling version of A Night Before Christmas. It’s predictably named ‘A Priate’s Night Before Christmas’ I personally think it’s so cool to see a girl pirate bringing Christmas cheer to her fierce crew.

Here’s a description of what’s in store: “Young mateys will find plenty of holiday joy in this humorous, colorful, and thoroughly piratical version of the beloved Clement C. Moore classic. On this ship of mischievous brigands—who have visions of treasure chests, not sugarplums, dancing in their heads—you wouldn’t expect a visit from nice St. Nick. Instead, here comes Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm, cracking his whip and driving eight giant seahorses: Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger, and Jolly.” Goodreads.

 

 

Raissa also read ‘Dinosaur Vs. Santa’ . This is from a hilarious series of books where Dinosaur verses many different things including bedtime and school. Dinosaur always wins because, well, he can roar and others things can’t.

Here’s the blurb from this cool read: “Dinosaur is getting ready for Santa! He tackles many challenges–decorating, making presents for Mom and Dad, trying not to be naughty–and defeats each one with his trademark ROAR! But on Christmas Eve, when he hears some rustling downstairs, he can’t resist a peek. Will our feisty red friend meet his match in the man in the red suit? Complete with sparkly silver foil on the front cover and a removable letter to Santa for little ones to personalize, this funny and sweet book is a must-have for the holiday season.” Goodreads.

 

The 13 people who came along to the storytime had a lovely time. Do keep your eyes peeled for future evening events at Khandallah Library!

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Christmas Storytime at Johnsonville Library

We had a wonderful time at our jam packed Christmas storytime at Johnsonville Library last week.

Along with Christmas stories, songs, mystery Christmas presents and giant Christmas crackers we had a visit from a very important guest. Santa had made a very special winter wonderland where all the children were able to visit and chat with him. He even had some special treats.

Check out our pictures.

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The 12 storytimes of Christmas

Christmas storytimesHo! Ho! Ho! Celebrate the start of the festive season with us at our 12 Storytimes of Christmas.

Get into the Christmas spirit with free evening family storytimes at all Wellington City Libraries. Head along in your favourite Christmas costume or pyjamas and have fun with stories, carols and activities for the holiday season.

 

When and Where:

Brooklyn Library: Monday 8th Dec, 6.30pm

Miramar Library: Monday 8th Dec, 6.30pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Monday 8th Dec, 6.30pm

Central Library: Wednesday 10th Dec, 6.30pm

Wadestown Library: Thursday 11th Dec, 6.30pm

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Thursday 11th Dec, 6.30pm

Island Bay Library: Thursday 11th Dec, 10.30am

Karori Library: Thursday 11th Dec, 6.30pm

Newtown Library: Friday 12th Dec, 6.30pm

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Thursday 18th Dec, 6.30pm

Khandallah Library: Thursday 18th Dec, 6.30pm

Johnsonville Library: Friday 19th Dec, 6.30pm

 

Johnsonville Late Night Storytime

Here are the latest pics from our late night storytime at Johnsonville Library.

Everyone came dressed in their pyjamas and enjoyed lots of pyjama stories, songs and even a balloon fight.

The storytimes are held on the first Friday of the month so make sure you came along to our next one on:

Friday 1st August at 6.30pm.

We will be having stories in the dark!
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