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.


Kids’ Club Review by Kieran: Lost in the nether

Lost in the netherLost in the nether, Cube Kid ; illustrated by Vladimir

This book is about a kitten from minecraft. He disobeyed his mum and went in to the Nether.When Wolves were chasing him, he jumped through something purple. Soon he found out that it was a nether portal. he met a ghast named Clyde. They became friends and they helped each other out( like friends should do). When the” endermage” saw the kitten with Batwing( a wither skeleton) and the kitten’s name is Eeebs. There is also an enderman that got kicked out of the End. Eeeb’s friends came too. They have all got the Nether Mark, The Nether had chosen them to fight Herobrine and the bad enderman. The “endermage” enhanced them all. Eeebs has to go back to the over wold where he came from because he has to go back to warn the villagers in Villagetown. Because the prophecy is real and that means Herobrine is going to attack.

I like it because its a book for minecraft. I recommend this book to people who like minecraft.
5 Stars.

5 stars

Reviewed by Kieran from Karori and , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Isla: Dragon’s Green book 1

Dragon’s Green / Thomas, Scarlett

When Effie’s grandfather died, Effie and her friends have to get her grandfather’s magical books back. They have to fight with magic, go in to books to get to the other world, and escape detention.
This book is one of my favourite books so far, though it did get boring in some parts. I recommend this book to people who like adventure or magic or both. My favourite part is either when Effie had to chase Leonard Levar or when Effie had a magic test and got a necklace with a sword charm on it. Effie’s real name is Euphemia Truelove,. There is no part that I don’t like, even though some parts are boring ( like I said before).
I give this book 5 stars.

5 stars

Reviewed by Isla from Karori and , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Victor: Max & the Midknights

Max & the MidknightsMax & the Midknights, Lincoln Peirce

It is the adventure of MAX and the MIDKNIGHTS. Max and his uncle go to BYJOVIA, but it is not the same as before, so they set off with the midknights to find the once-thought- dead king and bring him back.

5 stars

Reviewed by Victor from Karori and Karori West Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: The curse of the Werepenguin

The curse of the WerepenguinThe curse of the Werepenguin, Allan Woodrow ; illustrated by Scott Brown

Bolt is an orphan who wants to find his family. A 12-year-old baron wants Bolt to come an while Bolt thinks his is on his way to find his family, The baron is not who Bolt thinks he is and he bites Bolt. Bolt becomes a half boy, half penguin and there is worse to come…..I enjoyed this book as it was funny, easy to read, and enjoyable.

4 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 10 years old