Wellington City Libraries

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Special Notice

New Johnsonville Library at the Waitohi Hub

Visit us at the new Johnsonville Library!

We are excited to announce the new Johnsonville Library will be open at the Waitohi Hub from 14 December 2019.

Inside the new library you'll find an exciting collection of books, comics, DVDs (much more than at the last library), plus a MakerSpace called The HIVE. At The HIVE you'll be able to try heaps of cool new things - robotics, crafts, coding, 3D printing, music and video recording... and more!

There will also be machines you can use to borrow and return your own books (have a go at changing the language into Pirate!), computers and wifi, and helpful librarians there to answer your questions. Did we mention there's a cafe and swimming pool too? Come on in and hang out with us!

Find out about the Summer Holiday special events, and the regular programmes and events on at Johnsonville Library (or check out the libraries' event calendar to see everything available)

Special Events

Summer Reading Challenge

How many can you read?

Are you between 5 and 12 years old? Your mission is to read and review as many titles as you can from our Summer Reading Booklist and win prizes!

Instructions: Find a book you'd like to read from the booklist below, and from 1 December 2018 - 31 January 2019 submit your review on our Kids' Club page to win prizes!

You can win extra prizes by completing the Book Bingo Challenge. You can find the challenges on the back of the booklet. Complete all the challenge before 31st January 2020, hand it in at your local library, and win a cool book prize!

Christmas Storytimes

Ho! Ho! Ho! Deck the halls with books of jolly...!

These festive storytimes are a family favourite every year, and we are excited to announce the 2019 line up.

Suitable for families with children of all ages, come along in your favourite Christmas costume or pajamas, and listen to stories and songs about the Christmas Season. No need to book, just turn up!

Thursday 12th December

Karori Library, 6 - 7pm

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library, 6.30 - 7.30pm

Friday 13th December

He Matapihi (Molesworth St) Library, 10 - 10.45am, Bilingual Storytime

Saturday 14th December

Arapaki (Manners St) Library, 10.30 - 11.15am

Monday 16th December

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library, 6 - 7pm

Miramar Library, 6 - 6.45pm

Brooklyn Library, 6.30 - 7.15pm

Thursday 19th December

Island Bay Community Centre, 4.30 - 5.30pm, Christmas Crafts

Island Bay Library, 6 - 6.45pm

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library, 6 - 6.45pm

Khandallah Library, 6 - 7pm

Wadestown Library, 6.30 - 7.15pm

Friday 20th December

Newtown Library, 6 - 6.45pm Multicultural Storytime

Saturday 21st December

Johnsonville Library at Waitohi Hub, 2 - 3pm

All children should be accompanied by their parents or caregivers. See you there!

Regular Happenings

Babies and Preschoolers

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. This programme is suitable for babies aged 0 - 2 years and bookings are not required

Johnsonville Library offers a weekly session in te reo Māori

Baby Rock & Rhyme is on at the following libraries:

Miramar, Island Bay, Johnsonville, Cummings Park (Ngaio), Karori, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), and Mervyn Kemp (Tawa)

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

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!

Pre-School Storytimes

Baby Rock & Rhyme

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. This programme is suitable for preschoolers age 2- 5 years, accompanied by their caregivers.

Preschool Storytimes are on at the following libraries:

Miramar, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), Island Bay, Newtown, Brooklyn, Karori, Cummings Park (Ngaio), Khandallah, Wadestown, Johnsonville, and Mervyn Kemp (Tawa)

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Kōhunga Kōrero: Storytimes in te reo Māori

Storytimes in te reo Māori are regularly available at a selection of libraries. Open to anyone, these free 30min sessions feature stories, rhymes and waita in te reo Māori, and are suitable for children aged 2-6 years 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.

Kōhunga Kōrero storytimes are on at the following libraries:

Newtown, Karori, Johnsonville, and Miramar

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Our Lanaguages Storytimes

A selection of libraries hold storytimes in lanaguages from our communities. Come along to hear stories, songs, and performances in other languages, and from different cultural perspectives.

Our Languages Storytimes are on at the following libraries:

Johnsonville and Karori

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Tinker Time

Baby Rock & Rhyme

Come to The HIVE at Johnsonville Library after preschool storytime (10.30am in the children's area) for these hands-on sessions for little makers. From simple crafts and messy play to fun robots and more, there will be something different to delight your little ones at each session.

Recommended for ages 2 - 5 with their caregivers. Older siblings are welcome to join in as well.

Tinker Time is on at the following library:

The HIVE at Johnsonville

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

School-Age Children

Code Club

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

Code Club is a free coding club for 9-13 year olds run during term time. 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. Please note the Newtown Code Club is not BYOD; the library can provide you with a netbook to use.

Places are limited, bookings are essential. Registrations are only for one whole school term at a time. For more information, please contact the club leader at the code club library.

Code Club is on at the following libraries:

Cummings Park (Ngaio), Karori, Johnsonville, Newtown, and Mervyn Kemp (Tawa)

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Family Movie Nights

Calling all movie fans!

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 session, 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

Movie Nights are on at the following libraries:

Johnsonville, Newtown, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa), and Karori

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Let's Go Lego

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

Are you a master builder in disguise? Put your creative skills to the test to design and build your masterpieces. Each session will have a different theme and building challenges. All Lego is supplied, so there's no need to bring your own. Let's Go Lego runs weekly during term time. This programme is for children aged 5+ years. Young children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Let's Go Lego is on at the following libraries:

Newtown, Miramar, Cummings Park (Ngaio), Mervyn Kemp (Tawa), Khandallah, Johnsonville, and Karori

Johnsonville Library holds Lego Time, a free-building time for families, every Saturday 11am - 12pm

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Family Maker Saturday

Baby Rock & Rhyme

Come along to The HIVE at Johnsonville Library and work on your own ideas and projects using our wide range of creative technologies and tools, including 3D printers, the audio studio, sewing machines and much more. These sessions are self-guided, but staff will be on hand to assist if needed.

Suitable for ages 14 - 140; children with supervising adults are welcome.

Family Maker Saturday is on at the following library:

The HIVE at Johnsonville

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

CRAFTerschool

CRAFTernoonAfterschool craft session for children

CRAFTerschool 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!

This programme runs weekly during term time and is suitable for children aged 5+ years. Young children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

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

CRAFTerschool is on at the following libraries:

Miramar, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa), and Johnsonville

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Kids' Online Bookclub

Read, Review, Rate, and Win!

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.

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.

Interested in More?

Kids' Blog

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