This book gives a nice open window the career of Katherine, how the space race went and some other things. In short definition, I love it.
Reviewed by Jethro from Tawa, 9 years old
This book gives a nice open window the career of Katherine, how the space race went and some other things. In short definition, I love it.
Reviewed by Jethro from Tawa, 9 years old
This book is about someone called Grace Hopper. She loves computer code.
I like Grace Hopper because she made computer code. My favorite part of a book is where she found a bug (a real one) in a computer system and from then on everyone calls computer problems bugs. I recommend this book to people aged from 6-10. I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5
Reviewed by Aadarsh from Johnsonville and Churton Park School , 8 years old
Secret coders  : robots & repeats, Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes
I didn’t understand anything.
because I had not read the first, second and third book I understood nothing about previous events. also a lot of it was coding
and not being able to understand codes very well I found it confusing.
Reviewed by lucia from Khandallah and Other , 11 years old
Here’s 5 great new kids fiction books from your Library to help get you through these chilly winter days!!!
Bad Mermaids by Sibeal Pounder
Mermaids Beattie, Mimi and Zelda are enjoying a summer on land with legs when they receive a strange CRABAGRAM ordering them to return home at once. Some seriously BAD MERMAIDS are on the loose and the girls are the only ones who can stop them. If they’re going to save the day, they’ll need answers. And a clam car. Definitely piranha-print nail polish. Possibly not the talking seahorse. CAN THEY DO IT? Filled with magical mysteries, fabulous fashion, and a serious piranha problem, Bad Mermaids brings a whole new twist to the underwater world of mermaids. Ages 9+
Below Zero by Dan Smith
When Zak’s plane crash-lands on Outpost Zero, a small Antarctic research base in one of the most isolated places on Earth, he discovers a cold, dark nightmare. The power’s out and the people who live there have disappeared. Worse, as he searches for answers, bizarre visions suggest a link to something else – deep beneath the ice – which only he can understand.
Battlefront by Michael Adams
One hero lost in a raging tsunami. One sign pointing to a deadly battle. One day left until the end of… everything. (taken from back book cover)
Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr
“Astrid Glimmerdal loves to spend her days racing down the mountainside on her sledge and skis – the faster the better! She just wishes there were other children to share in her adventures. Instead, she has to put up with a grumpy 74 year old for a best friend (although secretly, she knows she wouldn’t have it any other way). Astrid’s world is about to be turned upside down, however, first by the arrival of a strange family, and then a mystery woman. Her best friend, Gunnvald, has been keeping a secret from her – one that will test their friendship to its limits. Everything is changing in Astrid’s world and she’s not happy about it. Luckily, she has a plan…A feisty and irrepressible heroine, Astrid is sure to charm readers in this modern classic in the making.” –Publisher description.
Get Ready to Run; Chase #1 by Linwood Barclay
Chipper is a very special dog. As part of a top-secret, multi-million dollar experiment to create the ultimate canine spy technology, Chipper’s whole life has been spent within the walls of a secret organization known only as The Institute. Chipper is supposed to be more machine than mutt, but something’s wrong and The Institute knows it. He’s about to be terminated. Across the state, twelve-year-old orphan Jeff Conway is working all hours at his aunt Flo’s lakeside cabin business. He misses his parents, his old life, and the dog he had to leave behind. When Chipper escapes and Jeff finds himself part of the chase, The Institute’s most ruthless agent is hot on their tail, and he wants Chipper dead … at any cost.
We are into week two of the school holidays and the library has more new non fiction in the collection. Check out the new books featured in this post about learning how to code (for girls), New Zealand and Japanese poetry and wonders that will blow your mind!
In early-1900s Japan, Misuzu Kaneko grew from a precocious bookworm to an instantly-beloved children’s poet, but her life ended prematurely and her work was largely forgotten. Decades later, her poems were rediscovered just in time to touch a new generation devastated by the tsunami of 2011. This volume includes a biography of Kaneko followed by a selection of her poems in both English and the original Japanese.
Learn how to design, animate and create incredible computer graphics using free software. With easy-to-follow, illustrated step-by-step instructions, create all types of projects, from Pop Art posters and photo cubes to game animations and a 3D city. Inspiration is offered from key artists, from the graffiti art of Banksy to the geometric art of Piet Mondrian. Each of the five chapters focuses on a key area of computer graphics, explaining the concepts and how to use the software, then offering projects that progress in difficulty from simple to “wow”. Instructions are always easy to understand, with possible areas of confusion picked out.
“History, pop culture, nature, sports, geography, random oddities :With more than 300 pages, this quirky collection of lists includes just about everything you didn’t know you wanted to know. Get ready to learn about the fattest herbivores, canyons much deeper than the Grand Canyon, the hugest creepy crawlers (eek!), a record-breaking hot air balloon ride, and which animals you never want to race … because you will lose”–Amazon.ca.
By popular demand, the Annual is back! Jam packed full of an intrepid mix of fiction, comics, poems, essays, art and high jinks for 9 to 13 year olds! All-new content from New Zealand’s best writers and illustrators, commissioned and edited by Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris.
Return to Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz
In the wickedly funny sequel to Groosham Grange by bestselling author Anthony Horowitz, someone is trying to destroy David Eliot’s school. A year ago, he’d have been happy to see the end of Groosham Grange and its ghoulish teachers. Now, he’s on course to win the Unholy Grail, a cup of magical power presented to the star pupil. But a series of suspicious mishaps sees the gap between David and new boy Vincent King narrow alarmingly. Someone, it seems, is trying to stop David winning – and, worse, threatening Groosham Grange itself!
The Misadventures of Max Crumbly, Locker Hero by Rachel Renee Russell
Max Crumbly is about to face the scariest place he’s ever been – South Ridge Middle school! Max has been home-schooled by his grandmother until now, and he’s begged his parents to finally let him start attending middle school. He’s starting to question that choice, though, with the Thomas Silver Problem. As in, the fact that Tommy keeps stuffing Max in his locker. If only Max could be like the hero in all the comics he likes to read – or the ones he draws – and magically escape the locker and defeat Tommy. Unfortunately, Max’s uncanny, almost superhuman ability to smell pizza from miles away won’t exactly save any lives or foil bad guys. But that doesn’t mean Max won’t do his best to be the hero his school needs!
Girl vs. boy band. The Right Track by Harmony Jones
When three noisy, mischievous rising stars of a British boy band come to Los Angeles to make their first album, they stay in the home of a record producer and her seventh-grade daughter, a talented but painfully shy singer-songwriter, urged by her best friend to step into the spotlight.
The Harp and the Ravenvine by Ted Sanders
Horace F. Andrews and his friend Chloe are Keepers of magical objects of extraordinary power. But as the presence of a new Keeper is made known, they are drawn into a struggle to find out who she is and where her loyalties lie. As Horace and Chloe adjust to their newfound talents – Horace can see the future and Chloe can walk through walls – a girl called April is drawn toward the Keeper stronghold, the Warren. She comes with a Tan’ji of her own, though it is damaged and there is no telling what will happen if it cannot be made whole again. Accompanied by a mysterious woman with a power of her own and the young boy leading them in the right direction, April is being pursued by a pack of sinister hunters.
Counterstrike by Peter Jay Black
The Urban Outlaws face their biggest challenge yet. They have to break into the Facility and find the ultimate weapon – Medusa – before Hector does. But there are five levels of security to crack and a mystery room that has Jack sweating whenever he thinks about it. But the clock is ticking. Hector is determined to have the weapon and release doomsday, and it is down to the Urban Outlaws to stop him. Can Jack come up with a plan in time?
Looking for some great reads for the end of these long summer days. Look no further! Here’s are some books that are so new that you might be the very first to read them – wouldn’t that be cool!
A classic and an absolute favourite from childhood, Hairy Tales and Nursery Crimes + Arabian Frights and other Gories is a hilarious and sometimes twisted parodies of well-known fairy tales and nursery rhymes. A book where you will be guaranteed to laugh yourself silly.
Meet Ruby–a small girl with a huge imagination. In Ruby’s world, anything is possible if you set your mind to it. As Ruby embarks on her adventure, kids will be introduced through storytelling to the basic concepts of coding. With activities included in every chapter, future kid coders will be thrilled to put their own imaginations to work.
A story for children about loss, grief and hope.
Join the fun and festivities of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and learn about a different cultural tradition, and brush up on your Spanish vocabulary, as the town honors their dearly departed in a traditional, time-honored style.
A fantastic, innovative book that allows you to design your very own nation, completely from scratch. Believe it or not, this is a book where you get to choose where it is, who can live there and what the rules are, establish your borders, design your flag and take charge. You can be king, queen, big chief, emperor or president. Because right here, right now, you rule!
This book is in a word… AWESOME! Not to mention the only craft book you will ever need! You will get ideas on how to make natural beauty products, (I’m still tickled pink that this book can tell you how to make hair gel!), how to give your room a makeover? and giving your wardrobe a fashion revamp. Plus, for the eco-conscious girl there is lots of information on ethical fashion and cosmetics, sustainable shopping and fair trade. Overall you will have a lot of fun with this book!
It’s the school holidays and it’s raining! Get your hands on these new books to keep the boredom blues away. There’s plenty here – superheroes, computer coding, star wars, cool things to do, and a bit of history.
With the movie coming out, why not brush up your knowledge on the Avengers by reading this revised edition of the authorised, fully illustrated guide to the characters of Earth’s mightiest Super Hero team. Jam packed full of information about over 60 new heroes and villains in the Marvel universe. Overall, I think it’s a great read and will be enjoyed by all Marvel fans.
For all you Doctor Who fans, check out this awesome new book bursting with action-packed images and little-known facts about Doctor Who. Holds information about the latest facts and details, including the Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and Doctor Who season 8 storylines. Also covering every single details about previous Doctors and each of his companions plus unforgettable villains, you’ll have all the tricks and secrets of Doctor Who at your fingertips. So what are you waiting for? Step into the Tardis, battle Cybermen and Daleks, and discover all the Doctor’s secrets in this visually stunning guide to the Doctor Who universe.
Check it out, Dummies and Kids rolled into one. Coding For Kids For Dummies is easy-to-grasp introduction to coding concepts for kids, which is broken down into a series of small projects, each designed to teach elementary-to-middle-school-aged students a core concept to build a game, application, or other tool which makes coding for kids look as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Prepare to banish the boredom busters away these school holidays. Check out this amazing book filled with over 50 fun and easy activities that you will love to do all year round, like building a homemade bird feeder, a gym bag sock buddy, potato stamps and so much more. Every activity has easy instructions and uses simple materials found around the home or classroom, so you can get started straight away!
For all you WWE Superstars fans, here is the chance to see them like you’ve never seen them before. This book holds information about all the biggest Superstars to ever grace the WWE ring. The Ultimate Superstars Guide is filled with more than 200 illustrations of your favourite WWE Superstars including Hulk Hogan, Triple H and more. You can learn everything you need to know about these amazing athletes with facts, stats, and more.
Move over , Lego Movie. Check out this book that retells the complete Star Wars saga…in Lego bricks! Yep, you read right!
This fun Lego Star Wars book retells the six Star Wars films in 100 iconic scenes using LEGO Star Wars sets and minifigures. You Star Wars (and Lego) fans will have the chance to relive the amazing Star Wars adventure in miniature form with this humorous retelling of the LEGO Star Wars complete saga. As an added bonus, you will also learn fascinating LEGO Star Wars facts and behind-the-scenes information about the Star Wars films and rediscover your favourite LEGO Star Wars minifigures, such as the LEGO Darth Vader and LEGO Luke Skywalker, and LEGO Star Wars sets as part of the epic Star Wars story. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and the Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group.
Overall a fantastic read! You can’t go wrong with Lego and Star Wars.
Get your hands on this beautiful picture book and read all about the place where thousands of men from sixteen nations fought, suffered, endured or died during the eight months of occupation in 1915. For each of them, their families and their nurses, Gallipoli meant something different. Their voices emerge from the landscape and across the decades with stories of courage, valour, despair and loss. A must have read just in time for ANZAC day!
The April School Holidays are all about ANZAC Commemorations with free activities at local libraries and community centres where you can explore and discover fascinating stories of Gallipoli and WW1. Head along to an event near you for stories, poppy-making, face painting, and more activities that explore life as a soldier or on the home front. Each activity is different, so give the library a call to find out what’s happening.
When and where:
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Wednesday 8th April, 2pm
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Monday 13th April, 11am
Johnsonville Library: Monday 13th April, 2pm
Karori Library: Tuesday 14th April, 11am
Wellington Central Library: Wednesday 15th April, 11am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library and Community Centre: Thursday 16th April, 11am
Island Bay Community Centre: Friday 17th April 1pm
These activities are free and bookings aren’t required. The activities are most suitable for 7-12 year olds. You can find our children’s events listed on our website.
Interested in computers? We are running two free coding classes for 12-18yr olds at the Wellington central Library on April 12th and 13th. These classes are perfect for beginners. You’ll create a live website using HTML and CSS coding languages. Places are limited so bookings are essential. Find out more here.
During the holidays we also have Storytimes in English and Te Reo Maori, and the popular Baby Rock & Rhyme sessions for babies. Find out when and where on our kids events page.
Stuck inside in the wet weather and can’t get to the library? We have something for you too! Check out these fun learning games – you could build a zoo through ZooWhiz, or impress your friends with cool facts through Odizzi. Have a go at learning a language through LanguageNut, or read a book and do the fun activities using TumbleBooks.
Love the Horrible Histories series? Who doesn’t?! Did you know that you can download and keep the Horrible Histories Magazine (for free!) from our website? Check it out at our Zinio collection of emagazines. You can find all sorts or magazines here – sports, music, movies, crafts… have fun exploring and downloading!
Yu can also watch video clips of some cool stories at the Wellington City Libraries online stories page. Matariki is coming up – have a go at watching The Seven Stars of Matariki. It’s really good!
Looking for some cool websites? We have some great suggestions on our Fun Stuff page. Go here to find cool links to online games, crafts, printables, author websites, online stories, quizzes and puzzles and more! You’ll never be bored again.
Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand by Leonie Agnew
“Conrad Cooper needs a favour. He’s just found out about Tāne, the god of the forest, and he’s decided that Tāne is the perfect guy to solve Conrad’s family problems. After all, the more high-profile gods probably have huge waiting lists, right? In return, Conrad will do anything, no matter how much trouble it causes. But will a Māori god listen to the prayers of a ten-year-old Pākehā boy? And does Tāne really exist? Set in 1978 against the Bastion Point occupation”–Back cover.
You Choose….Mayhem at Magic School by George Ivanoff
You are an ordinary kid – or so you think. Strange things start to happen. You make a rabbit appear from underneath your Teacher’s hat. Then you dream about a mystical diamond and a mysterious old woman with long white hair. It turns out you have magical powers… Do you try to keep your talents hidden, or do you go off to magic school? You choose…
George and the Unbreakable Code by Lucy and Stephen Hawking
George and his best friend Annie haven’t had any space adventures for a while and they’re missing the excitement. But not for long . . .
Seriously strange things start happening. Banks are handing out free money; supermarkets can’t charge for their produce so people are getting free food; and aircraft are refusing to fly. It looks like the world’s biggest and best computers have all been hacked.
George and Annie will travel further into space than ever before in order to find out who is behind it. – (www.Goodreads.Com)
There Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart
Thirteen-year-old Tyson sneaks off with his roughneck, but ill, grandpa to go on his first elk hunt, amid reports of a stalking man-eating grizzly.
Chicken Mission: Danger in the Deep Dark Woods by Jennifer Gray
Professor Rooster needs a new elite chicken squad. But the three feather-brained young chickens he is sent are hopeless. The youngest, Agent Cluckbucket, is the worst of the lot! Unfortunately, it’s too late to recruit any-birdy else, and danger lurks in the deep dark woods. Will Agent Cluckbucket and the squad be able to work to defeat the greatest enemies of birdkind?