What's on at the library?
Summer Reading Challenge
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.
The 12 Storytimes of Christmas
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.
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.
Kōhunga 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
What 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.
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.
Where and When:
|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
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!
Interested in More?
Check out the Kids Blog regularly for more entertaining events for kids and caregivers!