Wellington City Libraries

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Special Events

April School Holidays

Make, Create and Innovate!

You get to be the engineer, architect, or scientist at your local library during the school holidays. Have a go at the latest programmable toys, gadgets and robots, and get creative with Lego and coding games. Open to all ability levels.

Find your local school holiday event:

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Tuesday 17th April, 10.30am

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 18th April, 10.30am

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Thursday 19th April, 10.30am

Karori Library: Friday 20th April, 2.30pm

Johnsonville Library: Monday 23rd April. 2.30pm

Newtown Library: Tuesday 24th April, 10.30am

Khandallah Library: Thursday 26th April, 10.30am

Wellington Central Library: Friday 27th April, 10.30am

These free events are for children aged 6+ and run for 1 hour. No need to book, just turn up!

School Holiday Movies

A different movie to watch everyday!

Pop into Central Library every afternoon at 2pm to watch a free children's movie. All movies are popular well-known cinema releases from Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks (and more!) and are rated G. Ask the staff at the Central Library what the daily movie is, or just enjoy the surprise.

Movies will be played in the Children's area of the library. Bookings aren't required. Duration varies, most movies are around 1.5 hours long.

Central Library children's section - every day, 18th - 29th April, 2pm (apart from Anzac Day, 25 April)

Hell Pizza Reading Challenge

To celebrate the 2018 Children and Young Adult Book Awards, Hell Pizza are offering 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 stamped 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 3rd December 2018, so make sure you complete and redeem them before then. Children is school years 1 - 8 can participate in the Hell Pizza Reading Challenge.

Regular Happenings

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+.

Karori Library: First Saturday of each month, 2:30-3:30pm.

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

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

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: First Thursday 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

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

Interested in More?

Kids Blog

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

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