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What Lies Beneath

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Children's Exhibition and Panel Talk

You're invited!

Pop into the Central Library in October to view the exhibition "What Lies Beneath" which features displays about children's books about war that have been written and illustrated by New Zealanders.

Each display features information about a war book, how the author and illustrator researched and created the story, and has lots of beautiful pictures and snippets of information to get lost in.

As part of the exhibition you can come along to the Central Library one evening to meet the Authors and Illustrators

What Lies Beneath Panel Talk

Tuesday 18th October, 6-8pm, Wellington Central Library

Free event for adults and older children.

Come and hear the exhibition award winning Authors and Illustrators talk about writing and illustrating children's war books. Bring along any books you want signed.

Visit the WCL Facebook page event listing for RSVP details.

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 book awards finalists are being released in June, and the winners announced in August. You can find out more on their Facebook page, or follow the hashtag #NZCYA on social media. The Kids' Blog will be updated with news too.

Regular Happenings

Kōhunga Kōrero: Storytimes in te reo Māori

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

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

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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