Programme Spotlight: Baby Rock and Rhyme!

Disclaimer: This Kids’ Blog post is aimed mainly at the parents of young children. Kids read on at your peril!

Kia ora! Those of you who read this blog regularly may be familiar with a number of the regular events and programmes we run for children and families in our libraries across the city. One of our most perennially popular programmes is Baby Rock and Rhyme. This super fun programme runs at eight of our libraries weekly, and is designed to help you as a parent foster your baby’s literacy journey while building a stronger bond with them through reading, singing, movement and play. It’s also an awesome way to meet other new parents and make new friends who are also on the at times rocky road of the journey of parenthood. Read on to find out some of the ways you can make the most out of Baby Rock and Rhyme with your little one.

A librarian leads a Baby Rock and Rhyme session in a brightly-decorated library. A large crowd of parents and babies are in attendance, some sitting on the ground, others on the terraces.

Baby Rock and Rhyme at Karori Library with superstar librarian Claire

  1. Attend whenever and wherever you can. At this age, your little one really benefits from repetitive learning processes and, as much as possible, a steady routine. Baby Rock and Rhyme is totally free to attend, and there is a session on somewhere in the city every weekday — we warmly invite you to come along whenever (and wherever) you can. Here is the complete list of locations and times around the city:
  2. Listen to music with your baby at home as well. If you’re coming to Baby Rock and Rhyme, you’re already doing an amazing job! Ka rawe! But it’s only half the equation. Did you know you can actually download the official Wellington City Libraries Baby Rock and Rhyme album from Bandcamp? You can also find the CD in our library collection along with a huge selection of music CDs full of songs for babies and young children. Why not put on the album, give your little one a shaker or rattle to hold, and have a good ol’ boogie together? It’ll feel great, and it’s also a fabulous way to reinforce the literacy steps that begin with you, your baby, and your librarian at Baby Rock and Rhyme.
  3. Be really present during the session. Remember that Baby Rock and Rhyme isn’t really about the librarian performing for your child. What they’re really doing up there is modelling ways for you to interact with your baby to foster their physical and intellectual development and kick-start their learning journey. So, when you arrive, make sure you park the buggy, put your phone away, and prepare for some real quality time with your little one. Sit with your child in your lap and really be present with them — talk to them, encourage them, and guide them throughout the session. If they start acting up or grizzling, it’s fine! We understand! If you’re there with them, you can comfort them or remove them from the room for a minute or two to calm down. If you tune out, your child is missing out on half the benefit of being there.
  4. Read, read, read! After your Baby Rock and Rhyme session, why not ask your librarian for help choosing books for your little one? All of our libraries have large collections of board books perfectly suited to the rough treatment they sometimes receive — we really don’t mind if these get damaged as they’re there to be used, so please don’t worry about that! Our librarians are always happy to help you pick out the perfect set of books for you to enjoy at home. We understand sometimes the huge range of books can be a bit intimidating, and it can be hard to know if you’re making the right choice for your child. Just remember that at this age, there’s really no way you can go wrong with books for your young learner — as long as you are reading together, you are doing everything right.
  5. Ask for help if you need it. Parenting can sometimes be a lonely and confusing path to travel — but it is also one of life’s most rewarding experiences. With Baby Rock and Rhyme, as with any of our library programmes for young people, our librarians understand this, and want to help you as much as they can. Don’t be afraid to ask us for help — before, during, or after the session, whether you need help finding books for your little one, accessing parenting resources through the library, or getting in touch with Plunket or other local support groups. You are also more than welcome to email the Children’s Librarian if you need help or advice regarding books or literacy for your child. You don’t need to feel like you are distracting us from other work when you reach out for assistance — helping you is our work, and we are always more than happy to do what we can.

Visiting Your Library with Children at Level 2

The day has finally come! Five of our libraries (Johnsonville, Cummings Park (Ngaio), Karori, Newtown, and Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie)) are back open to the public, with two more (Arapaki Manners and Wadestown) opening on Monday. Check here for all the details! Although we’re back, things might look a little bit different. Here’s what you can expect to see when you visit one of our libraries during Level 2:

  • A security guard or librarian checking people off as they enter. Because we have to be careful about how many people can be in the library at once, we have to tick you off and take your details as you come in. Sometimes this will mean you’ll need to wait a little while to get in — don’t worry, everything we’re doing is to try to keep you and your family safe.
  • People keeping far apart. When you’re in the library, you’ll see people trying to keep 2m apart as they make their way through the building picking up books. Please remember to keep inside your bubble at all times, and be patient if you need to wait for someone to leave a shelf before you can leap in and grab the book you want!
  • Lots of hand sanitiser! We’re providing a whole bunch of hand sanitiser so everyone can keep clean and safe. Remember, washing your hands often is the best way to kill germs, so make sure you remember to sanitise your hands after touching your face, and before you enter or leave the library.
  • No comfy chairs to sit and read in. We want you to keep your visit as short as possible — pop in, grab your books, and head back home so the next person can enter the library. We know it’s very tempting to find somewhere cosy at the library to curl up and read a book, but to help keep everyone safe and happy, please save the reading for when you get home.
  • No storytimes or other library activities. During Level 2 of the lockdown, we won’t be able to run any of our regular programmes and activities, like Preschool Storytime, Baby Rock and Rhyme, Let’s Go LEGO, Code Club, or CRAFTerschool in person at the library. We’re still running a bunch of these activities online, so be sure to check out our Facebook page and Family Lockdown Challenge blog posts to join in!
  • No big family groups visiting together. Generally, we want to keep groups of people entering the library as small as possible. If you can, look at the library catalogue online, decide what you want, reserve it if you’d like, and send one person from your bubble to the library to collect it. That might not always be possible, which is fine, but just remember to stick inside your bubble if you are visiting the library in a group.

Our librarians are very excited to see you back again — here’s a photo of the staff at Johnsonville Library at Waitohi giving you a wave and a smile! Make sure to give the librarians a big smile and wave back when you see them as well — it will make them very happy!

Come and visit us! We’re happy to be back online.

 

Calling All Audio Books and E books Fanatics

Did you know that you can download audio books and e books on the library website? You just need an internet connected computer or Ipod or MP3 plus your library card and you can download away! You can access it anytime of the day and its FREE! Best of all its just a few easy clicks away.

 

  • Click on  “Elibrary” on the top bar of our website.
  • Click on Downloadable Audiobooks & Ebooks
  • Click on Overdrive Audio and E books on the page
  • You would have to download the free software to be able to get the Audiobooks or Ebooks. Maybe you can ask Mum or Dad or  your very nice older brother or sister for help.
  • Browse through the Children Audiobook or Ebook by clicking on the orange menu bar on the left
  • Click on  the item you want and
  • Click on “Add to Cart” to download the item OR “Reserve” if its on loan to someone
  • Click on “Proceed to Checkout”
  • Time to put in your library card number
  • Lastly download the audio or e book!

Its as easy as that! Come on give it a try. Have fun and happy downloading!

 

Here are some cool books you can download to get you started:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Artemis Fowl

The Medusa Plot (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs Vespers Series Bk 1)

The Ruins of Gorlan (Rangers Apprentice Series Bk 1)

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series Bk 1)

 

 

Like listening to audiobooks?

You can use your Wellington City Library card to download audiobooks for free. You can play them on your MP3 player or iPod®, some you can even burn to CD to listen to later.

All you have to do is go to our digital audiobooks page , download the Overdrive software, and that’s it. You can start searching the children’s fiction collection for the books you want to listen to these school holidays.

How cool is that!

Karori Holiday Activities

We had some creative holiday activities with a fun Storython. Children spun a special story wheel and wrote and illustrated their own fantastic short stories. Everyone did a great job and had a lovely time.

 

 

holiday activities

Here are two of the stories written:

Story 1:

Sharks belong in the ocean – not in the middle of the desert. It’s during the time of the dinosaurs and all the sharks in the desert were sleeping and a big Tyrannosaurus Rex was going to eat them but the sharks had magic powers and flew away from the dinosaurs and escaped to NZ. Where they lived in the ocean in NZ and ate a snorkeler!

Story 2:

If this was just an ordinary old lady – why did she have a broomstick – she had a broomstick because she was a witch who flew around everywhere – casting her spells, her very bad spells which turned children into toads when they were sleeping. She turned the adults into sausages and the toads began to eat the sausages. A hunter came from the bear’s house to kill the witch. Then everyone turned back to normal adults and children.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Tawa

The White Rabbit, Alice and The Mad Hatter

The White Rabbit, Alice and The Mad Hatter

 

Many children gathered for Tawa’s Mad Hatter Tea Party holiday programme. They had great fun watching Alice have tea with The Mad Hatter and The White Rabbit, before they went on a treasure hunt for objects from Alice in Wonderland that were hidden around Tawa Library.

Alice and The Mad Hatter pose for photos after the tea party.

Alice and The Mad Hatter pose for photos after the tea party.