May Johnsonville BookSeekers

We celebrated New Zealand Sign Language at our BookSeekers meeting this month – so much fun!

We were very lucky to have Erich from the New Zealand Deaf Association come along to teach us some simple sign language that we can use everyday.

Besides learning some basic signs like hello, thank-you, what and where, we also learnt to finger spell our own names. If you would like to learn how to finger spell check out the NZ Deaf Association for some great instructions.

We finished up with a game of hang-man but with a difference. We had to finger spell our letters so there was no talking. I pretty hard task at times but we had a lot of fun trying.

Check out our photos.







Come along to our next meeting: Thursday 14th June at 4pm.

Karori BookSeekers May 2012

Karori BookSeekers
                                      Karori BookSeekers                
BookSeekers news: last month we were sad to say goodbye to Zoe my co-presenter but the first item on the agenda this month was to welcome our new presenter, Vanessa. We also welcomed back one of our number, Heather who has amazing pins sticking out of her left arm. Hope it’s better soon Heather!
This month we had 18 BookSeekers at the meeting.  We had fun creating some very cool new mythical creatures in our first game.  Look out for the Rabeepua, the Zettephant, the Kigleep and the Crocphantos!
 The kids also managed to name most of the mythical creatures in our guessing game, although some didn’t know what a Faun looked like.
It is always sad to see members move on and this month we farewelled one of our oldest members, Rachel, who is now at college. We will miss her witty reviews and enthusiasm.
Reviews of fantasy books were great with some wanting to talk about more than one.  Here are links to some of the awesome books we reviewed this month – check them out!
Next meeting: June 12th at 4pm. See you there!




BookSeekers next week


Grab your latest reads and head on over to your local BookSeekers club. Meetings are on next week so get prepared for fun, reviews, new books and all the rest.



Tuesday 8th May at 4pm: Brooklyn and Karori Libraries

Wednesday 9th May at 4pm: Tawa Library

Thursday 10th May at 4pm: Johnsonville and Kilbirnie Libraries

BookSeekers is a monthly book club for all 9-12 year olds. Free and fun – everyone is welcome.

Karori BookSeekers in April

Karori BookSeekers

In April we reviewed the animal stories we had read and took out fantasy books for next months meeting.  For our game we began some fantasy stories with animals in them.  The first line had been given to us and then it was all our own imagination!  Here are a few of our stories:

  • Wow! A 3 three-toed sloth hanging from the branch of a … fig tree, but it was not an ordinary tree. It was a castle and then the thing vanished. (Theo)


  • I could see the weeping crocodile out of the corner of my eye … It was the ugliest, most beastly thing I had ever seen in my life. I wondered if I could go deep enough to swim under it. Suddenly out of nowhere, another one appeared right in front of me and opened its ghastly mouth to bite me and … SLASH! I moved out of the way just in time but at the same time that also blew my cover. Now the other one had seen me and was after me! (Visaanth)


  • As I poked my head through the earth, all I could see was a large foot above me … that looked almost as big as one of the giant rats in the sewers of Orion. I could hear growling; Animal growling. The black cheetah, for it soon became apparent that that was what it was. It moved and its foot and I discovered it was only my pet black winged cheetah trying to get me out of the hole. I got out and climbed onto him and we flew away towards the black jungle. When we landed we trekked for an hour and then entered the gates of Orion. A giant rat squeaked and tried to bite my leg but I dodged nimbly aside and it crashed into the city wall. Suddenly I was surrounded by a circle of archers. In ten seconds, five volleys had been fired. Suddenly a hole opened in the ground below and I fell down to the depths of the sewer… (Andrew)


  • The creature’s little ferrety nose twitched as it stared at me … I picked up the mouse then suddenly the world grew bigger! The suddenly I was the size of the mouse!  “What! How did that happen?” I asked the mouse. “I want you to follow me” replied the mouse. “What! You spoke!” I screeched. “Just follow me” said the mouse calmly. “Oh” I replied. So off I went after the mouse. It took me to an underground hollow where it opened up into a village of talking mice. “You have arrived” greeted the mice. “Uh I don’t know for what?” I replied uneasily. “From the evil cat” answered the mice. “A cat!  Easy. I’ll do it” I replied confidently and off I went to catch the cat. Up a mountain I climbed to a big castle with a big rusty gate. In I went. I found Claws, but he had magic powers and he knocked me aside. Then just as he was about to kill me, lightening shot out of my hands, right into Claws, destroying him. I had won. I went back to the mouse village and I was greeted by cheers. I was a hero. I had saved the mouse village or had I… (Megan)


  • As if from nowhere, a small creature appeared at the cabin door, holding a … lolly pop. He winked his tiny eyes at me. In an instant we were gone. I slapped myself in the head, wondering if I could have imagined the whole thing. The next day it hit me, it all must be magik. Magik of a sort so rare, that it had never been recorded in this world before. I’m smart. Too smart to know that things like this don’t happen by accident. They happen for a reason. And I will search for the reason as long as it takes, which ever paths it will lead me and whatever dooms shall befall me. I am smart, so I’ll survive! (Amy)


  • The day my doormouse packed his bag and left home … I felt really happy. He left me a note saying “I’m running away” but it was in invisible ink so I couldn’t read it. I couldn’t sleep. All I thought about was Fred. I felt sad for him. I got out of bed and tried to look for him; then mum saw me and pinched me. Then it hit me, it was only a stupid old dream! (Josh)

And here are some of the books we read:

April Johnsonville BookSeekers

WebGraphic novels was our theme for this months BookSeekers.

First we had to figure out ‘What graphic novel is that’. We had a whole lot of different pictures from graphic novels and we had to work out what novel we thought they may have come from. There are so many graphic novels to choose from but we managed to sort them all out in the end.

We also created our own story by just using the pictures. That was a lot of fun and something we will have to do again.

April Tawa BookSeekers

WebWe sorted out the fact from the fiction this month at Tawa BookSeekers when we looked at our genre of Non-fiction.

We welcomed a new BookSeeker, Fraser and we heard lots of great reviews from the books you have been reading this past month.

We had a tour through the dewey system, played a memory game from the horrible history books and we finished up with a bingo game to test our knowledge of the dewey numbers.

Now – what number was dinosaurs again?


School Holiday Activities for 12th April

Looking for free fun during the school holidays? Events in your libraries today:

Baby Rock & Rhyme at 9.30am at Johnsonville Library. 0-2yr olds.

Preschool Storytimes at 10.15am at Miramar Library and at 10.30am at Island Bay and Karori Libraries. 2-5 yr olds.

Will You Sink or Swim? Activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Khandallah (10.30am), Kilbirnie (11am), Johnsonville (11am), Wadestown (2pm) and Newtown (2pm). 5-12 yr olds

BookSeekers Bookclub for 9-12 year olds. On at Johnsonville and Kilbirnie Libraries at 4pm.

School holiday activities for 11th April

Looking for free fun during the school holidays? Events in your libraries today:

Baby Rock & Rhyme at 9.30am at Central, Island Bay and Johnsonville Libraries,  and at 10.15am at Cummings Park Library. 0-2yr olds

Preschool Storytimes at 10.30am at Karori, Kilbirnie and Newtown Libraries. 2-5 yr olds

Will You Sink or Swim? Activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. On at Tawa Library (10.30am), Miramar Library (11am), Karori Library (11.15am), and Brooklyn Library (2pm). 5-12 yr olds

BookSeekers Bookclub for 9-12 year olds. On at Tawa Library at 4pm.

School Holiday Activities 10th April

Looking for free fun during the school holidays? Events in your libraries today:

Baby Rock & Rhyme at 10.15am at Miramar Library 0-2yr olds

Preschool Storytimes at 10.15am at Cummings Park Library, at 10.30am at Central, Brooklyn, Johnsonville, Karori, and Khandallah Libraries. 2-5 yr olds

BookSeekers Bookclub for 9-12 year olds. On at Brooklyn and Karori Libraries at 4pm.

BookSeekers next week


Calling all 9-12 year olds – head along to BookSeekers next week to find out about what’s hot in books, share some of your own favourites, fun and activities and all for free!

Tuesday 10th April 4-5pm: Brooklyn and Karori Libraries

Wednesday 11th April 4-5pm: Tawa Library

Thursday 12th April 4-5pm: Johnsonville and Kilbirnie Libraries


See you there!