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 Anna: The great piratical rumbustification ; &, The librarian and the robbers

The great piratical rumbustification ; &, The librarian and the robbersThe great piratical rumbustification ; &, The librarian and the robbers, by Margaret Mahy

This book has two stories. One is about a babysitter who is a pirate and the other is about a librarian who is kidnapped. I really liked both stories. they were well written and very crazy. I like crazy. I think all children would find this book fun.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Kimberley: Dewey’s Christmas at the library

Dewey's Christmas at the libraryDewey’s Christmas at the library, by Vicki Myron

I think the cat was a bit scared, because he was holding on his tail. The cat was so cute. He played was a red string until he got tangled. He decorated his Christmas tree, and the library people said it was nice. The next part was a bit sad because he lost his tree. He then had the tree back and he was dancing with one feet.

5 stars

Reviewed by Kimberley from Central City, 5 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lily: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s library

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's libraryEscape from Mr. Lemoncello’s library, by Chris Grabenstein

Kyle Keeley is 12 years old. He always gets beaten by his brothers a lot but when it comes to boardgames, he can win anything if he has tons of luck and his smartness. That was what he needed when he won a contest to be one of the first kids to enter the new library in town made by th most famous librarian in the world!!! He thought it would be so fun to go to a lock-in in the new library, but he and the other kids actually gets locked in the library so they try to escape by finding books that will lead to the clues. This was a fascinating book to read. I recommend it to all ages and that anyone who reads it, won’t be able to put it down!

5 stars

Reviewed by Lily from Central City, 11 years old

A library poem


Author Julia Donaldson has written many awesome books, that you’ll probably know – The Gruffalo, The Smartest Giant in Town and Room on the Broom,  and has now written a really cool poem about libraries and the special places they are:




Everyone is welcome to walk through the door.

It really doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor.

There are books in boxes and books on shelves.

They’re free for you to borrow, so help yourselves.

Come and meet your heroes, old and new,

From William the Conqueror to Winnie the Pooh.

You can look into the Mirror or read The Times,

Or bring along a toddler to chant some rhymes.

The librarian’s a friend who loves to lend,

So see if there’s a book that she can recommend.

Read that book, and if you’re bitten

You can borrow all the other ones the author’s written.

Are you into battles or biography?

Are you keen on gerbils or geography?

Gardening or ghosts? Sharks or science fiction?

There’s something here for everyone, whatever your addiction.

There are students revising, deep in concentration,

And school kids doing projects, finding inspiration.

Over in the corner there’s a table with seating,

So come along and join in the Book Club meeting.

Yes, come to the library! Browse and borrow,

And help make sure it’ll still be here tomorrow.