Festive Family Storytimes are Around the Corner!

Meri Kirihimete, Pōneke!

 

It’s that time of year again! The festive season is right around the corner, which means that our libraries are getting themselves all ready to provide storytimes most merry and mirthful for your jollification. So, why not grab the family, jump in your fuzziest pyjamas (or cheeriest Christmas costume) and head on down to your local library to join in on the fun?

There will be stories, songs, crafts, and maybe even some special visits from a certain portly gentleman at some locations. You’ll be in for an extra-special treat if you go along to the event at Arapaki Library on Manners Street — you’ll get to hear different festive stories from all over the world, even some in different languages!

All of these events are free, family-friendly, and suitable for children of all ages with their caregivers.

Where and When?

 


Wednesday 9th December

Arapaki (Manners Street) Library, 5.30 – 6.30pm


Thursday 10th December

Island Bay Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Khandallah Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm


Friday 11th December

Newtown Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm


Monday 14th December

Brooklyn Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Miramar Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm


Tuesday 15th December

Te Awe (Brandon Street) Library, 4.00 – 4.45pm


Thursday 17th December

Karori Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Wadestown Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm


Saturday 19th December

Johnsonville Library, 2.00 – 2.45pm


Sunday 20th December

Te Awe Library, 2.00 – 2.45pm


Monday 21st December

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library, 10.30 – 11.15am


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 Ruby: Wonder

WonderWonder, R.J. Palacio

I loved the book. Wonder tells you that it doesn’t matter what’s on the outside, it just matters about what’s on the inside an easier way to say it is don’t judge a book by its cover. I would recommend this book for 10+ because you need to understand the message behind it. Maybe if you are quite a good reader and you are quite smart, you can probably read it.

5 stars

Reviewed by Ruby from Kilbirnie and Seatoun School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Bonnie May: Fing

FingFing, David Walliams ; illustrated by Tony Ross

This book is about a girl who wants mostly everything and mostly gets everything until one day she asks for one more fing! Her dad goes on a journey to try find a fing, read it find out what happens.

4 stars

Reviewed by Bonnie May from Kilbirnie and Seatoun School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lily: Lyla

LylaLyla, Fleur Beale

I like how this book takes an event that has happened and writes a story about it. It was an eye opening for me as when the earthquake happened I was only 4 years old. I think it is a great story as it makes you feel like you are there. I rate it a 10/10 and think it is an awesome story!!

5 stars

Reviewed by Lily from Kilbirnie and Hataitai School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lily: The nature of Ash

The nature of AshThe nature of Ash, Mandy Hager

I really love this book!! I love how the story is written and the language the author has used so that it paints a picture in your mind. I love the characters and how rebellious they are. I loved reading this book and finished it very quickly as I enjoyed it so much. I would recommend this book to everyone I know as It’s a brilliant kids story but adults could enjoy it to!!

5 stars

Reviewed by Lily from Kilbirnie and Hataitai School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lily: The worst book ever

The worst book everThe worst book ever, Elise Gravel

I really love this book!! I love how the story is written and the language the author has used so that it paints a picture in your mind. I love the characters and how rebellious they are. I loved reading this book and finished it very quickly as I enjoyed it so much. I would recommend this book to everyone I know as It’s a brilliant kids story but adults could enjoy it to!!

5 stars

Reviewed by Lily from Kilbirnie and Hataitai School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lily: Fing

FingFing, David Walliams ; illustrated by Tony Ross

I love how this book takes a library and adds exciting and new adventures that wouldn’t normally happen. Like when they have to venture into the Monsterpedia and the jungle! I love how David Walliams makes books so funny and exciting. I would rate this book a 10/10 as its so funny, exciting and has great illustrations.

5 stars

Reviewed by Lily from Kilbirnie and Hataitai School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lily: The stolen stars of Matariki

The stolen stars of MatarikiThe stolen stars of Matariki, written byMiriama Kamo ; illustrated by Zak Waipara

I like this book because of its culture and relevance to New Zealand and how it also includes pictures and Te reo. I love the mysterious feel the book has to it and how its a book where kids have to take action. I would rate it a 10/10 and thinks its a great book to have in schools and homes around NZ

5 stars

Reviewed by Lily from Kilbirnie and Hataitai School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lily: Whetū Toa and the magician

Whetū Toa and the magicianWhetū Toa and the magician, Steph Matuku ; illustrated by Katharine Hall

I absolutely love this story!! I love the fantasy land it transports you to when you read it as I felt like I was really there with Whetū Toa the whole step of the way. I love her personality as it kind of like my own. I love all of the animal characters as it reminds me of another book a read called Animalcom which was also a really cool book. I would rate it a 10/10 as I really like the storyline and characters.

5 stars

Reviewed by Lily from Kilbirnie and Hataitai School , 12 years old