Code Clubs at Wellington City Libraries

Coding is everywhere, even behind the scenes of this very blog! Here’s a snippet of HTML from one of our most popular Kids’ Blog posts from last year — can you work out which one?

Did you know that you can learn how to code at your local library? That’s right! In collaboration with our friends at Code Club Aotearoa, we have been running Code Clubs across Wellington City Libraries since early 2018 — and this year, there is a new library joining the Code Club family — our He Matapihi branch, on the ground floor of the National Library in Thorndon!

Here is the full list of Code Clubs across Wellington City Libraries — click the relevant link to register (please note some of our Clubs are full already! You can still click the link to be waitlisted for the next intake of students):

  • He Matapihi Library Code Club — Wednesdays at 3.45pm (register here)
  • Johnsonville Library Code Club Level 1 — Thursdays at 3.30pm (this club is FULL; click here to join the waitlist)
  • Johnsonville Library Code Club Level 2 — Wednesdays at 5.00pm (this club is FULL; click here to join the waitlist)
  • Karori Library Code Club — Tuesdays at 3.30pm (register here)
  • Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library Code Club — Saturdays at 2.00pm (this club is FULL; click here to join the waitlist)
  • Newtown Library Code Club — Mondays at 4.00pm (register here)

At Code Club, you will complete progressive coding challenges under the guidance of librarians and other coding experts! Most of our Code Clubs start off by covering projects in Scratch 3.0 (and it’s useful if you already have an account, but we can help you make one if you don’t!), with some groups moving on to cover other coding practices like Python and HTML/CSS (using popular multi-purpose coding platform trinket.io). Contact your local club if you want to find out more about what they offer, or you can check out some of the projects yourself here!

To finish up, below is an example of one of the simple games you could find yourself making after just a couple of weeks of attending Code Club. It really is fun! How many ghosts can you capture, ghostbuster?

Kōhunga Kōrero: Whāngaia tō Tama Toa ki te Pānui Pukapuka!

Kia ora e te whānau! Great news — Kōhunga Kōrero, our special storytimes in te reo Māori, are back for 2021! This year, in addition to Johnsonville, Karori, Miramar, and Newtown Libraries, we have Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library joining in on the fun.

Kōhunga Kōrero: whāngaia tō Tama Toa ki te pānui pukapuka! Pakiwaitara i roto i te reo Māori. E 30 meneti pakiwaitara, rotarota, waiata hoki i roto i te reo Māori nō ngā kōhungahunga me ō rātou mātua kaitiaki.

Kōhunga Kōrero: get your superhero hooked on books! Featuring stories, rhymes, and songs in te reo Māori, these 30-minute sessions are open to anyone, and are recommended for children (aged 2-6 years) with their caregivers.

Here’s the full Kōhunga Kōrero schedule for the year ahead — we’d love to have you along!

Kids’ Club Review by Sadil: Wildlife of Aotearoa

Wildlife of Aotearoa / Bishop, Gavin

This is a book of the wildlife of New Zealand. There are about seabirds, whales and other creatures. New Zealand is the seabird capital of the world. This book has interesting things about animals. I recommend this book because we can learn the animals of Aotearoa.

5 stars

Reviewed by Sadil from Newtown and Kelburn Normal School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Sadil: Mophead : how your difference makes a difference

Mophead : how your difference makes a difference / Marsh, Selina Tusitala

This is a story of a girl with lots of hair. At school, the other children called her Mophead. She did everything to fit in with the other children but nothing worked. I like this book because it is funny. I recommend this book because we can learn about the author. She is Selina Marsh who grew up to become New Zealand’s poet laureate.

4 stars

Reviewed by Sadil from Newtown and Kelburn Normal School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Sadil: Matilda

Matilda / Dahl, Roald

This story is about a girl called Matilda. Matilda was a very clever girl who was very good at mathematics. In the age of three, she could read newspapers and magazines. this book is happy too. I recommend this book because it has a good story.

5 stars

Reviewed by Sadil from Newtown and Kelburn Normal School , 7 years old