The School Holidays are here!

Check out these great ideas for FREE things to do at your local Wellington City Library…

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Paint like Michelangelo!

Have a go at painting like a renaissance artist during the holidays. Don’t forget to wear your old clothes. (Free and perfect for 7-12 year olds)

Central Library: Wednesday 9th July, 11am – 12noon

Island Bay Community Centre: Tuesday 15th July, 10.30am – 11.30am

Karori Library: Wednesday 16th July, 11am – 12noon

Miramar Library: Thursday 17th July, 11am – 12noon

Johnsonville Library: Thursday 17th July, 11am – 12noon

 

 

IMG_7347Books Go Arty, with Kyle Mewburn

Check out the amazing sculptures on show at the Central Library during the school holidays. Each sculpture is based on a book by Kyle Mewburn and created by a primary or intermediate school class from a Wellington City School. Take part in the scavenger hunt, and gran an entry form for the Crafty Kyle Competition. More info here. (Exhibition is free and open to view at the Central Library during opening hours).

Central Library: All day, every day

 

 

 

Gamesfest Evenings at Central Library

Every Wednesday evening at the Central Library there will be a variety of games set up at the central Library for everyone and anyone to play. To grab some family and friends and come along for some warm wintery indoor fun. Aim for a Scrabble high score, or show your hand in your favourite card game! (Free, all ages, games available 5.30pm – 7.30pm)

Central Library: Every Wednesday 5.30 – 7.30pm

 

 

Mini Wormfarms at Karori Library

You’re invited to join in this fun session on worms and all the good work they do for us and our planet. Together we’ll take a closeup look at how worms can turn our food scraps into useful compost, and learn how to build our very own mini-worm farm. So come along and get friendly with worms!

Registration required: Please phone Karori Library or inquire at the front desk.

Cost: Free. Koha to the Trust is appreciated.

Karori Library: Thursday 17th July 6.30 – 7.30pm

 

 

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Pakiwaitara, rotarota, waiata hoki i te reo Māori mō ngā kōhungahunga.

Get your superhero hooked on stories! Storytimes in te reo Māori

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Monday 14th July, 10.30am

Johnsonville Library: Tuesday 15th July, 2pm

 

 

 

Preschool Storytime and Baby Rock & Rhyme

These popular programmes for under 5s will continue to run during the school holidays. Check out the event calendar or ask at your local library for dates at times.

 

Check out the Library event calendar, or Kids’ What’s On web page for more information.

 

School Holidays! What’s on today – Thu 1st May

Here’s what’s happening today:

Zumba Kids!

Zumba Kids with Ani Prasad and author Ruth Paul

Give Zumba Kids a go these school holidays! Zumba Kids is the ultimate dance party where we play it loud and ya’ rock it proud with your friends! Learn to walk like a dinosaur, freeze like a penguin and be ridiculous!

Featuring Ruth Paul, author of STOMP who will be reading her book.

FREE event best suited for 7-11 year olds.

Karori Library at 2pm

 

Baby Rock & Rhyme

Johnsonville Library at 9.30am

Karori Library at 10.30am

 

Preschool Storytime

Miramar Library at 10.15am

Island Bay Library at 10.30am

 

School Holidays – Oh yeah!

The holidays are almost here! We’ve planned some awesome activities all about comics! Read on…

 

Be a super comic creator! 

Holy creative comic capers! Fly to your local library and become a comic crusader. Make and play with your own ‘comic dice’ during the April School Holidays. Don’t forget your costume! These free events are perfect for 6-10 year olds, and bookings aren’t required.

Where and when:

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 11am 28th April

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 10.30am 29th April

Karori Library: 11am 29th April

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: 2pm 29th April

Central Library: 11am 30th April

Miramar Library: 2pm 30th April

 

Also join us at the Central Library on May 3rd for ComicFest and celebrate International Free Comic Book Day – a day of workshops, costume competitions, and free comics to give away for all ages.

 

Christmas Storytime at Miramar Library

It is almost time for Christmas, and if you feel as excited as we are, come and visit us at Miramar Library on Monday the 16th of December at 6:30pm,  we are having a special CHRISTMAS STORYTIME!

Mrs Claus will read you fantastic picture books and sing with you beautiful Christmas songs.

Come along dressed up in your favourite Christmas costume or your pyjamas, and get into the spirit of Christmas…

HO HO HO !!!

What’s on today – Thursday 10th October

Welcome to the October school holidays! Can you believe there’s only one more school term left this year?!

The holidays are nearly over! Sob! Maybe you could start planning your Halloween costume and tricks?

 

Here’s what’s happening today:

 

Baby Rock & Rhyme:

Johnsonville Library at 9.30am

Karori Library at 10.30am

 

Storytimes:

Island Bay Library at 10.30am

Miramar Library at 10.15am

Older siblings are welcome during the school holidays.

 

Check out our Kids Events page for more information about what’s happening for children in your library.

What’s on today – Tuesday 8th October

Welcome to the October school holidays! Can you believe there’s only one more school term left this year?!

Something extra cool on today…

 

Here’s whats happening today:

Special Event: Blankets, Boxes and Books

Karori Library at 2pm

Plan, build and play in your own fort with your friends in the library! Bring along old blankets, towels or sheets for the fort and these will be donated to the Wellington SPCA at the end of the school holidays.

 

Baby Rock & Rhyme:

Cummings park (Ngaio) Library at 10.30am

Island Bay Library at 9.30am

Miramar Library at 10.15am

 

Storytimes:

Brooklyn Library at 10.30am

Johnsonville Library at 10.30am

Khandallah Library at 10.30am

Central Library at 10.30am

Karori Library at 10.30am

Older siblings are welcome during the school holidays.

 

Check out our Kids Events page for more information about what’s happening for children in your library.

What’s on today – Thursday 3rd October

Welcome to the October school holidays! Can you believe there’s only one more school term left this year?!

There’s something special going on today…

 

Here’s whats happening today:

Special Event: Blankets, Boxes and Books!

Kilbirnie Library at 10.30am

Plan, build and play in your own fort with your friends in the library!

Bring along old blankets, towels or sheets for the fort and these will be donated to the Wellington SPCA at the end of the school holidays.

Perfect for 6-12 year olds. Free, no bookings required

 

Baby Rock & Rhyme:

Johnsonville Library at 9.30am

Karori Library at 10.30am

 

Storytimes:

Island Bay Library at 10.30am

Miramar Library at 10.15am

Older siblings are welcome during the school holidays.

 

Check out our Kids Events page for more information about what’s happening for children in your library.

Librarian in the spotlight: Ottilie

Find out about your local librarians!

What is your name? Ottilie Gabrielle Smith

Which library(s) do you work at? Kilbirnie, Newtown, Island Bay and Miramar!

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? Reading picture books to kids of all ages (librarians and parents included!).

Favourite book? Oh how can you expect a librarian to answer that? But probably Northern Lights, Cliff McNish’s Doomspell Trilogy, Harry Potter, or for ‘adults’, most things by F Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby) or Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness).

When I read I like to….? Sit snuggled up on the window seat at home with my best friend Vincent, lots of cushions, and soon, a cat.

If you wrote a book, what would it be about? Probably something about what it means to be a human being, or the mischievous mysterious lives of cats.

If I wasn’t a librarian, I would be a …? Famous concert pianist and teacher (one day maybe!).

 Favourite food? Probably olives. Or pasta. Olives in pasta! Or dark dark dark dark dark chocolate.

Favourite place in the world? Anywhere with beautiful views and beautiful people! But somewhere that I have been, a little town called Porrentruy, Switzerland where my Dad grew up, probably takes the cake (they do make amazing cakes there).

My dream library would have…? A cat! No, many cats! House-trained of course, maybe even ones specially trained to fetch/shelve books! A delicious famous restaurant/café right next door, books stacked as high as the eye can see (or higher!), with ladders on wheels to move along the shelves (think of Mr Olivander’s wand shop in Harry Potter), secret passageways to secret areas of the library found only by pulling the right book at the right angle out of the shelf, natural sunlight streaming through skylights above enormous ornate sofas piled with hundreds of cushions, and, of course, all the books in the world!

What’s on today – Tuesday 1st October

Welcome to the October school holidays! Can you believe there’s only one more school term left this year?!

There’s only 30 days to go until Halloween!

 

Here’s whats happening today:

Baby Rock & Rhyme:

Cummings park (Ngaio) Library at 10.30am

Island Bay Library at 9.30am

Miramar Library at 10.15am

 

Storytimes:

Brooklyn Library at 10.30am

Johnsonville Library at 10.30am

Khandallah Library at 10.30am

Central Library at 10.30am

Karori Library at 10.30am

Older siblings are welcome during the school holidays.

 

Check out our Kids Events page for more information about what’s happening for children in your library.