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Summer Reading Challenge

SRC Booklet Cover

How many can you read?

Challenge yourself this summer! Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge and win prizes.

The Challenge runs from 1st December 2016 to 31st January 2017. It's free, and open to all 5-12yr olds with a Wellington City Libraries' card. Registrations are not required.

Find out more.

The 12 Storytimes of Christmas

Christmas Storytimes 2016

Festive storytimes for families

Ho! Ho! Ho! Come one, come all...

Jump on your sleigh and slide down to your local library in December to get into the festive spirit at our special family Christmas Storytimes

These free events are full of fun and games, carols and festive stories. We would love to see you in your best Christmas costume or cosy pyjamas.

Island Bay Library: Thursday 8th December, 6.30pm

Karori Library: Thursday 8th December, 6.30pm

Brooklyn Library: Monday 12th December, 6.30pm

Cummings park (Ngaio) Library: Monday 12th December, 6.30pm

Wellington Central Library: Wednesday 14th December, 6.30pm

Wadestown Library: Thursday 15th December, 6.30pm

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Thursday 15th December, 6.30pm

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library:Thursday 15th December, 6.30pm

Johnsonville Library: Friday 16th December, 6.30pm

Newtown Library: Friday 16th December, 6.30pm

Miramar Library: Monday 19th December, 6.30pm

Khandallah Library: Thursday 22nd December, 6.30pm

No bookings required - just turn up! Storytimes will run for approximately 30mins

Hell Pizza Reading Challenge

To celebrate the 2016 Children and Young Adult Book Awards, Hell Pizza are offering to give you a free pizza for every 7 books you borrow and read from your library.

Pick up a Pizza Wheel next time you visit, and make sure you get it clicked and signed for every book (or other reading material) you borrow. Completed wheels can be taken to any Hell Pizza store and exchanged for a 333 pizza from the 'Hellthy' menu range.

There's no limit to how many Pizza Wheels you can complete; we will keep handing them out until we run out. Pizza Wheels can be used at school libraries too.

The pizza wheels expire on 4th December 2016, so make sure you complete and redeem them before then.

The book awards winners were announced in August. The winning books are fantastic and cover a wide range of topics and ages. If you're looking for something to read, these winning books are well worth tracking down in the library.

Regular Happenings

Kōhunga Kōrero: Storytimes in te reo Māori

Over December and January some of our regular Children's programmes take a little bit of a break. The last Kōhunga Kōrero session for 2016 will be at Waitohi (Johnsonville) Library on Tuesday 20th December 2016. Regular Kōhunga Kōrero sessions will resume in the first week of February 2017.

Monthly storytimes in te reo Māori are available at Miramar, Newtown, Johnsonville and Cummings Park (Ngāio) 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
Korimako ki Ngāio (Cummings Park) Library
1a Ottawa Road, Ngaio

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

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

Over December and January some of our regular Children's programmes take a little bit of a break. Central Library's last Storytime for 2016 will be on Tuesday 20th December, and will resume in 2017 on Friday 6th January onwards. For Library Branches, the last Storytimes for 2016 will be on Wednesday 21st December, and will resume in 2017 from Monday 9th January onwards. Wadestown Library's Storytimes will resume on Monday 30th January.

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

Note: The 3rd storytime at Johnsonville Library each month is a Kōhunga Kōrero session - a storytime in te reo Māori. All are welcome.

Baby Rock 'n' Rhyme

Baby Rock & Rhyme

Over December and January some of our regular Children's programmes take a little bit of a break. The last session for 2016 for Central Library will be Thursday 22nd December, and will resume in 2017 on Wednesday 11th January onwards. For Library Branches, the last sessions for 2016 will be Friday 16th December, and will resume in 2017 on Monday 30th January onwards.

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

Interested in More?

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Check out the Kids Blog regularly for more entertaining events for kids and caregivers!

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