Beyond the Page: Week One Round-up!

Kia ora folks! It’s been a wonderful Week One of Beyond the Page, our fantastic literary festival for tamariki and their whānau.

Beyond the page is running during the July school holidays, and from the 9th to the 24th of July, our libraries are hosting a huge array of totally free events for kids and families, from sculpture workshops to VR experiences, and everything in between!

Rather than bore you with descriptions of all the fabulous stuff that’s been happening, we thought we’d share with you some of our favourite photos from events around the city. Here goes!

Before the Page: Creative Workshops with VIVITA

Before the official kick-off of the festival, on the opening weekend of the holidays we hosted our friends at VIVITA Aotearoa for two wonderful workshops at Miramar and Te Awe Libraries — Cardboard Costumes and Serious Sculpting:

A young person wearing a blue sweatshirt draws on the pommel of a stylised sword made from cardboard

A young creator inscribes something (magical runes, perhaps?) on the blade of a cardboard sword they have made at Cardboard Costumes at Miramar Library.

Four small sculpted figurines sit on a green cutting mat. From left to right, they appear to be a sentient brick wall, a one-legged, one-eyed monster, a white block-like creature with tentacle-like arms, and a frog-like creature with tentacles coming out of its mouth

Meeting new friends at Serious Sculpting at Te Awe Library!

Beyond the Page: Bricks, Boxes, Stop Motion, and More!

The first ‘official’ days of Beyond the Page saw a whole bunch of awesome events. Some highlights for us were Bricks and Giggles at Brooklyn Library; Zine Machine at Arapaki Library, Box Bonanza at Wadestown and Te Awe Libraries, and Stop Motion Stories at Karori and Kilbirnie Libraries:

Several colourful LEGO constructions sitting on a table. Among them are several blue-and-green landscapes, a house, a fire engine, and a garden.

A selection of wonderful LEGO® creations from Bricks and Giggles at Brooklyn Library

A large group of children gathered around a table. On the table are a range of craft resources, magazines, pens and pencils.

A cluster of keen zine-makers at Arapaki Library

Learning to animate some aquatic friends at Kilbirnie Library

Karori Library becomes a film studio for a day!


Spotlight on: Stories From Our Place

A big highlight for us all was being visited by the wonderful Sophie from Zealandia | Te Māra a Tāne for Stories From Our Place at Cummings Park Library. The torrential rain didn’t stop our intrepid explorers from venturing out into the bush behind the library for an awesome (if slightly damp) experience!

We started in the library…

…met some cuddly new friends…

…ventured out into the wild weather…

…and enjoyed the beautiful sights of Cummings Park in the rain!

We can’t wait to share with you more Beyond the Page goodness once Week Two is done and dusted as well! Find out more at the official Beyond the Page website.

Slimy Science School Holiday Activities at Tawa Library

Approximately 100 adults and children crowded into Tawa Library on Monday 18th of April for the Slimy Science School Holiday Programme.

The kids loved the fake severed arm!

The kids loved the fake severed arm!

Susannah recited a rhyme from The Slimy Book by Babette Cole, and ate some “worms” in front of the children. Sharyn showed the children how to make all different kinds of slime. The enthusiastic audience loved it!

Susannah eating some "worms."

Susannah eating some "worms."

Here are the recipes for slime that Sharyn used. Make sure you get your parents to help you make them.


In a glass or ceramic bowl, add 1/2 cup water and 1 cup white glue.

Stir in 4 drops of food coloring if desired.

In another bowl, dissolve 1/2 teaspoon borax in 1/2 cup water.

Slowly add the dissolved borax mixture to the glue mixture. Stir well.

When not in use, store in a tightly sealed jar.

Susannah and Sharyn making some slime.

Susannah and Sharyn making some slime.

Make your own slime (from Suzy’s World)

What you need:

  • A large bowl
  • ½ cup of soap flakes (like Lux flakes)
  • ½ cup hot water
  • Wooden spoon
  • The help of an adult

What you do:

Put the soap flakes in the bowl and pour the hot water over it. Mix the soap flakes and water with the wooden spoon until the soap flakes have dissolved. Leave it to cool then get stuck in and see how slimy your slime is. It will keep for a couple of days – just keep it in a container with a lid.

Experiment with half a cup of your slime adding more water to it – how does it compare with the original slime? Add more soap flakes to another half cup of slime and stir it until the flakes are dissolved. Do the flakes dissolve as easily as they did in the hot water? What does it do to the slime?

You can also beat your slime with an eggbeater until it’s frothy. How does it compare to the original slime? How long does it stay frothy for? Is it just as slimy?

Cornflour Slime

Put equal amounts of pva and cornflour & water in a sealable bag or bowl, and mix together. (The more cornflour you use the thicker it will become).

Sharyn holding a shrunken "head." Really it's an apple!

Sharyn holding a shrunken "head." Really it's an apple!