Bedtime Storytimes to Send You Off to Dreamland!

Because lots of children are back at school, kindy or daycare now that we’ve entered Level 2, we thought we’d change up some of our virtual events to suit people’s new schedules! So, our beloved Virtual Storytimes will now just be happening three times a week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.30am, and Saturdays at 2.00pm), rather than six — but we’re also adding some special evening Bedtime Storytimes to help send you off gently to dreamland!

Every evening at 7.30pm, we’ll be sharing a few chapters from some of our favourite chapter books for you to listen to and enjoy as you snuggle in with your teddies. Our first Bedtime Storytime is happening over on the Wellington City Libraries Facebook page tonight, and will feature The Great Piratical Rumbustification by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Join us nightly at 7.30pm for our special Bedtime Storytimes!

Feel free to tune in at 7.30pm each night, or you can catch the videos after they premiere in our special Bedtime Storytime playlist on Facebook.

Kids’ Club Review by Jasmine: The haunting

The hauntingThe haunting, Margaret Mahy

This book sounds scary at first, but it isn’t actually. I rate it 5 stars because it’s got really funny characters from scared Barney to his sister the chatterbox Tabitha. Magicians and families what could happen next? But then when Barney gets followed by what seems to be a ghost It’s Troy the oldest who finds out what’s actually happening.

5 stars

Reviewed by Jasmine from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tiana: The haunting

The hauntingThe haunting, Margaret Mahy

It was a bit spooky and I think the cover draws you in a lot. Barry must’ve been scared since he started getting messages from his probably dead uncle. This is a book I would read over again and not get sick of it. I recommend this for 9 or over.

5 stars

Reviewed by Tiana from Karori and St Teresa’s School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Robin: The haunting

The hauntingThe haunting, Margaret Mahy

This book is about a boy called Barney and he starts getting haunted. He and his sister try to find out who is haunting him, and they find out about a lost great uncle and a strange and mysterious family past. Is the haunting something to do with Barney being magic? Or something else?

4 stars

Reviewed by Robin from Island Bay and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Robin: The changeover

The changeoverThe changeover, Margaret Mahy ; with an introduction by Elizabeth Knox

This book is by a Kiwi writer called Margaret Mahy. It is about a girl and she gets a warning, then one day when she is walking her brother home from school he gets a stamp on his hand from a stranger. It turns out that the stranger was an evil more sterling who ate children’s souls. Her brother got sickicked and she has to get help d from a school friend to save her brothers life. 5 stars

5 stars

Reviewed by Robin from Island Bay and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Carson: A summery Saturday morning

A summery Saturday morningA summery Saturday morning, by Margaret Mahy

This book talks about dogs chasing geese. There was a fat goose and six babies. The dogs chased the geese and the geese chased the dogs back. If you don’t want the geese to follow you, you should not disturb them. Like when someone’s doing silent reading, you should not scream at him. You just have to leave them in peace.

4 stars

Reviewed by Carson from Tawa and , 5 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tulip: The Margaret Mahy treasury : eleven favourite stories from the marvellous Margaret Mahy

The Margaret Mahy treasury : eleven favourite stories from the marvellous Margaret MahyThe Margaret Mahy treasury : eleven favourite stories from the marvellous Margaret Mahy, by Margaret Mahy (1936-2012)

I liked it. The story has information about Margaret Mahy and her first story that she wrote. I liked the treasury because it has lots of story’s in it and the illustrations are beautiful. the stories have details witch gives us an opportunity to learn the juicy words.

4 stars

Reviewed by Tulip from Island Bay, 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Thomas: Tale of a tail

Tale of a tailTale of a tail, by Margaret Mahy

I think Tale of a Tail by Margaret Mahy is a magical story. The main characters are Najki the dog, Tom, Sarah and Mr Mirabilis. They live in Prodigy Street and sometimes there are surprises when people are around the dog! I liked it that Tom got to take Najki for a walk everyday.

5 stars

Reviewed by Thomas from Tawa, 8 years old

Free Dance show

Put this one in your diaries. To celebrate the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards, there will be a special free dance show for children at the Wellington Central Library.

Performers from the Java Dance Company will put Margaret Mahy’s picture book ‘Mr Whistler‘ on show with amazing and mesmerising dance moves and music.

This free event is suitable for 6-12 year olds and their families. No bookings are required however space is limited at the venue, so make sure you turn up early to get a spot.


– Wellington Central Library mezzanine meeting room (go up the stairs to clarks cafe then turn left at the top. Follow the walkway around to the room)

– Saturday 22nd June, 1.30pm 


Thanks to The Kilbirnie Children’s Bookshop and Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ) for their support for this event.

What’s on today? Monday 22nd April

The school holidays are here! These are the FREE and fun things you can do at libraries today:

Special Event: Author and Illustrator visit!

Lucas and Jutta Chisholm, Author and Illustrator of the awesome book ‘Meet Mr. Mr Sunny’, are visiting to run fun activities with you. Listen to this cool book being read aloud, find out all about how to write books and even draw and make your own book character. Cool!

Wellington Central Library, 11am. No bookings required, suitable for 5-12 year olds. Free.


Special Event: Kiwana!

Read and act out one of Margaret Mahy’s most popular books – Down the Back of the Chair and more fun-filled Kiwiana activities. The lovely librarians have some fun tricks up their sleeves for this one.

Johnsonville Library, 10.30am. No bookings required, suitable for 5-12 year olds. Free.





Don’t forget our fun and popular storytimes during the school holidays.

Karori Library at 10.30am

Tawa Library at 10.30am

Kilbirnie Library at 10.30am