Wellington City Libraries

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Special Events

October School Holidays

Dance your socks off! Build a Lego tower! Watch or make a movie!

There's a massive line up of events on during the October School Holidays. Read about the events below and click through to the WCL Event Calendar to find out dates and times and more information.

All events are free. Parents/caregivers are expected to accompany and supervise children at all activities. Contact the host library for more information about each event.

Royal New Zealand Ballet Dance Workshops

Inspired by The Nutcracker these 45 minute sessions give participants a chance to dance! RNZB dance workshops for children aged 5-8 years. Places are limited, register early for these popular workshops at the RNZB website.

Diorama Workshop and Competition

Be in to win a family pass to the RNZB The Nutcracker Season! Work together with your friends and family on the fun and creative challenge. Recreate your favourite scene from The Nutcracker in a shoebox diorama. Bring your own shoebox and use our craft supplies. These workshops are open to families with children of all ages.

Family Movies

Bring a blanket and pillow, and relax at our fun family movies. A different G or PG rated movie from the library collection will be showing each time, and are suitable for the whole family. Numbers are limited, bookings required. Reserve your seats by contacting the event library. Suitable for children aged 4+ years accompanied by their caregivers.

Let's Go Lego

At Let's Go Lego, your creative skills will be put to the test as you use our Lego collections to design and build your masterpieces. Each session will have a different theme that will inspire you to hone your skills and become your very own Lego Legend. Bookings not required. Suitable for children aged 5+ years accompanied by their caregivers.

Storytelling and Puppet Making

Come and listen to the story of The Nutcracker and be transported into the enchanting world of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Mouse King. Followed by a fantastical puppet making workshop where you will create your own magical puppets to tell a story! Suitable for children aged 4+ years accompanied by their caregivers.

Gamesfest

Get your game face on! Bring your own, or use the board games supplied, and challenge yourself and your friends to victory. Aim for a Scrabble high score, show your hand or perhaps perfect your poker face in your favourite card game! Suitable for children aged 6+ years accompanied by their caregivers.

Stories at Six

Come along for a fun family story evening run by the community for the community. Bring the family and enter into a magical time of stories and fantasy. Stories @ Six is ideal for families with children aged 4+ years.

Bey Blade Tournament

Let the battle of the Bey Blades begin! Bring your own Bey Blades or use the library ones, and challenge your friends to a battle. Who will emerge victorious? Suitable for children aged 6+ years accompanied by their caregivers.

Lego Stop-Motion Movie Workshop

Work as a team and learn how to create a stop motion film using the "Stop Motion Studio" app and LEGO. BYOD tablet, or borrow one of the library ones (limited supply available). Numbers are limited, bookings required. Reserve your place by contacting Tawa Library. Suitable for children aged 7+ years accompanied by their caregivers.

Visit the WCL Event Calendar to find out dates and times and more information.

Diorama Competition

Be in to win a family pass to the magical Royal New Zealand Ballet production of The Nutcracker

Make your own diorama at home or pop along to one of the Diorama Workshops at any Wellington City library. The workshops are free and open to the whole family. Registrations are required for some workshops. Check out the event calendar for workshop details. Please bring your own shoebox.

This competition is open to all ages. To enter, drop your diorama and entry form into any Wellington City library before the end of the October school holidays. Pick up an entry form from any library, at the Diorama workshops, or download here.

Entries are open Sat 29 Sept to Sun 14 Oct. The winner will be notified in the first week of Term 3.

A few rules:

Entries must be received before 5pm on Sunday 14th October 2018. All entries must be handed to a library staff member and have a completed entry form securely attached with all details completed. One entry only per family please. Diorama's will not be returned, unless the box is ticked on the entry form. Prizes will be re-drawn if winners cannot be reached after reasonable attempts to make contact have been made. Judges decisions are final.

Regular Happenings

Code Club

Code Club Aotearoa logoFor 9-13 year olds, Registration Required

Code Club is a free coding club for 9-13 year olds. Children will work their way through a range of fun coding projects supported by coding experts.

Code Club is BYOD - please bring a laptop or netbook with Chrome installed. Each library has a limited supply of netbooks for those who cannot bring their own from time to time.

Places are limited, bookings are essential. Secure your place for each school term at the Code Club Aotearoa website using the links below.

Term 4 2018 registrations:

Karori Library: Tuesdays 3.30pm - 4.30pm. Register

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Saturdays 2pm - 3pm. Register

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Mondays 5pm - 6pm. Register

Contact the staff at Cummings Park, Karori or Mervyn Kemp Libraries for more information.

Family Movie Nights

Come in your pyjamas, bring a cushion and a blanket, and relax at our fun family movie nights. A different movie selected from our library collections is screened every month, check out the Kids' Blog or contact the library to find out what's playing. Movie nights are free and bookings are not required. Movies chosen have a G rating, and are suitable for families with young children.

Movie Nights

Find your local movie night:

First Friday of each month, 5.30 - 7pm
Johnsonville Library

First Friday of each month, 6-8pm
Newtown Library

Third Thursday of each month, 6-8pm
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Let's Go Lego

Lets so Lego Creativity. Problem solving. Storytelling. Fun!

After a hugely popular debut at Khandallah Library during Beyond the Page, Let's Go Lego is being introduced as a regular, monthly event at Karori, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) and Cummings Park (Ngaio) libraries.

At Let's Go Lego, your creative skills will be put to the test as you use the library's Lego collections to design and build your masterpieces. Each session will have a different theme that will inspire you to hone your skills and become your library's very own Lego Legend.

Sessions are suitable for ages 5+.

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: First Thursday of each month, 3:30-4:30pm.

Khandallah Library: First Friday of each month, 3.30-4.30pm.

Karori Library: First Saturday of each month, 2.00-3.00pm.

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Second Thursday of each month, 3.30-4.30pm.

Johnsonville Library: Second Friday of each month, 3.30-4.30pm.

For further information email WCL enquiries or check out the library event calendar for dates.

Let's Go Lego

CRAFTerschool

CRAFTernoonAfterschool craft session for children

CRAFTerschool at Miramar, Tawa and Johnsonville Libraries is a free art and craft session for school-aged children. Come along and get stuck into activities such as drawing, beading, origami, mask making, and more. Make friends with other crafty kids!

CRAFTerschool is on during term time only, 3.30-4.30pm

Places are limited. Contact each library to enquire whether space is available on the day you want to attend.

Monday at Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library

Wednesday at Johnsonville and Miramar Library

Kids' Online Bookclub

Kids ClubWhat are your favourite books? Read anything great recently? Why not tell the world, and your friends, about it and win prizes?

Head over to our Kids Online Book Club and fill in the review form to tell us about a great (or not so great) book you've read recently and you can win prizes.

You'll receive a prize after your first 2 reviews and then every 5th review after that. So what are you waiting for? To get the prizes you must have your own library card. There are spot prizes for really excellent and thoughtful reviews too!

All reviews will be published on the Kids Blog. You can read the reviews to find out what other kids are reading and even write comments on other's reviews. Don't worry if your review doesn't show up straight away - sometimes it can take a day or two to appear.

Pre-School Storytimes

Pre-school storytimes are interactive sessions with stories, songs and rhymes. They are fun and free at all Wellington City Libraries for children, parents and carers to share.

Recommended for children aged 2 - 4, but younger children are always welcome.

Pre-School StorytimesWhere and When:

Library branch Day/Time
Brooklyn Library Tuesday, 10.30am
Wellington Central Library Tuesday & Friday,10.30am
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library Wednesday, 10.30am
Island Bay Library Thursday, 10.30am
Johnsonville Library Tuesday, 10.30am
Karori Library Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 10.30am
Khandallah Library Tuesday, 10.30am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library Monday, 10.30am
Miramar Library Thursday, 10.15am
Newtown Library Wednesday, 10.30am
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library Monday & Wednesday, 10.30am
Wadestown Library Monday, 10.30am

Notes:
One storytime a month at Johnsonville and Karori Libraries are Kōhunga Kōrero sessions - a storytime in te reo Māori.
One storytime a month at Central and Karori Libraries will be a Mandarin Storytime.
All welcome at these sessions. See the Kōhunga Kōrero and Chinese Language Storytime information on this page for schedule details.

Kōhunga Kōrero: Storytimes in te reo Māori

Monthly storytimes in te reo Māori are available at Miramar, Newtown, Johnsonville and Karori libraries. Open to anyone, these free 30min sessions feature stories, rhymes and waita in te reo Māori, and are perfect for 2-6 year olds and their caregivers.

Kohunga KoreroKōhunga Kōrero: Pakiwaitara i roto i te reo Māori

E 30 meneti pakiwaitara, rotarota, waiata hoki i roto i te reo Māori mō ngā kōhungahunga me ō rātou mātua kaitiaki.

Find your local Kōhunga Kōrero session:

1st Tuesday of each month at 10.30am
Omāroro (Newtown) Library
13 Constable Street, Newtown

2nd Monday of each month at 10.30am
Te Māhanga (Karori) Library
247 Karori Road, Karori

3rd Tuesday of each month at 10.30am
Waitohi (Johnsonville) Library
5 Broderick Road, Johnsonville

4th Tuesday of each month at 2pm
Motukairangi (Miramar) Library
68 Miramar Avenue, Miramar

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Chinese Storytimes

Monthly Mandarin storytimes for children and their caregivers full of fun stories, songs, rhymes and interaction. Suitable for native speakers or learners, these free storytimes run for 30mins and are suitable for preschool and young primary school aged children.

The Karori Chinese Storytime is presented in partnership with Cicada Creative Space.

Please Note: The Central Library and Karori Library Chinese Storytimes will replace the English language storytime on that day.

Chinese Storytimes

Find your local Chinese Storytime:

First Thursday of each month at 10.30am
Children's Section, Wellington Central Library

Third Tuesday of each month at 10.30am
Karori Library

Third Friday of each month at 10.30am
Johnsonville Library

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Baby Rock 'n' Rhyme

Baby Rock & Rhyme

Baby Rock & Rhyme is a way for parents and carers to interact with their babies through rhymes, finger-plays and stories delivered by experienced presenters. It's a great opportunity to have fun, socialise and spend quality 'one-on-one' time with your tot. These free, weekly interactive sessions will be available at the following branches:

Library Date and time
Miramar Library Tuesday, 10.15am
Island Bay Library Tuesday, 9.30am
Wellington Central Library Wednesday 9.30am, & Thursday 2pm
Johnsonville Library Wednesday & Thursday, 9.30am
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library Tuesday, 10.30am
Karori Library Thursday & Friday, 10.30am
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library Friday, 10.15am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library Friday, 9.30am

Preview some of the songs and rhymes featured in our sessions by listening to the Baby Rock & Rhyme album - recorded and produced by our very own talented librarians!

This album is available for purchase on Bandcamp and iTunes

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