Family Lockdown Challenge: Support New Zealand Music Month 2020.

New Zealand Music Month is back again and is in its 20th year marks 20 years of celebrating and supporting the New Zealand Music industry. The theme for 2020’s NZ Music Month is: Support local. Stream local. Follow local. Buy local.

This year New Zealand Music month will be celebrated differently. Under Level 3 restrictions, there will be no live events in our favorite music venues, including the library. But have no fear, you can still celebrate NZ Music month and support the NZ music industry in the comfort of your own home… and bubbles.

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What is New Zealand Music Month?

May is New Zealand Music Month, which celebrates music from New Zealand, and the people who make it.

How can I celebrate this year under Level 3 nationwide lockdown? 

The NZ Music Month schedule is packed with virtual events, awards, radio specials, online seminars and promotions. Check out the events page for more information.

You can also support your librarians, many of whom also moonlight as musicians and performers. Go onto the Wellington City Libraries and Johnsonville Library Facebook pages for regular live-streaming of preschool storytime, Baby Rock and Rhyme and of course Quarantunes for nightly live performances.

You can download and print your own NZ Music month poster, which you can put on your bedroom wall or window.

Where can I find information about New Zealand Music, artists and bands?

ManyAnswers has a page dedicated to websites, resources and ways to search for information about New Zealand musicians and bands. The National Library also has a page dedicated to New Zealand Music, where you can explore the culture, history and uses of music in New Zealand along with famous singers (traditional and contemporary), music awards, bands and the styles of music unique to New Zealand.

For more information, on events and ideas on how to celebrate, visit the following websites:

NZ Music Month official website.

New Zealand Curriculum Online – New Zealand Music Month.

NZ History – New Zealand Music Month.

Enjoy!… and Happy New Zealand Music Month 2020!

Toot! Toot! Join us for a special Storytime

Toot the Smallest Whale banner

Joy Ramirez, author of the new book ‘Toot the World’s Tiniest Whale‘ will be reading aloud her book at Central Library’s Preschool Storytime, with extra fun activities and colouring sheets for the children to enjoy.

Toot – The World’s Tiniest Whale is the debut children’s picture book from up-and-coming Auckland author Joy Ramirez. The story is packed with unique and loveable characters like: Toot – a whale the size of your thumb, Henry the Fifth – the royal goldfish, Lord Squigglebottom, and Princess Bambella. Check out the website for more info.


Wellington Central Library, Children’s Section

Friday, 2nd October, 10.30am


This free programme is perfect for 2 – 5 year olds and their caregivers. Bookings not required.

Matariki, Myths and Space Storytimes at Cummings Park Library


Whakanuia Matariki, Whakanuia te Tau Hou Māori – Celebrate Matariki – Celebrate the Māori New Year!

Matariki starts this year on 28 June, but we are kicking off early with a special preschool storytime series all about Matariki, myths and outer space.

The series will run for four weeks at Cummings Park Library, Ngaio and starts on Wednesday the 11th of June at 10.30am.

Preschoolers are encouraged to bring along something creative they’ve made to do with Matariki, myths and outer space. It could be a star, a rocket ship, a woven kete, a taniwha, a Matariki kite or anything related to Ao Māori (Māori world) made with or without the help of parents and caregivers. All children who bring along art will receive a prize!

We would love to create a starry night sky out of the preschoolers’ art in the children’s area.

Matariki Storytime at Karori Library

MatarikiWhakanuia Matariki, Whakanuia te Tau Hou Māori.

Ka timata a Matariki a tēnei tau a te Rātu 28 o Pipiri, heoi ka whakatō mātou i te kakano a te 10.30 i te ata, kei te wharepukapuka o Karori.

Nau mai haere mai ki a koutou katoa. Ka pāhekohekotia mātou mō ngā pakiwaitara, mō ngā waiata, ki te whakanui tēnei wā whakahirahira.

Celebrate Matariki – Celebrate the Māori New Year

Matariki starts this year on 28 June, but we are kicking off early with a special storytime on Tuesday 10 June at 10.30 at Karori Library

Come along to share stories and songs related to Matariki, and to learn about this very special festival.

Ideal for older preschoolers, but everyone is welcome.


Christmas Baby Rock & Rhyme and Preschool Storytimes

Over the Christmas and New Year holiday period and throughout January there will be some temporary changes to the Preschool Storytime and Baby Rock & Rhyme schedule.


Preschool Storytime

Branch Libraries: There will be no Preschool Storytimes in branch libraries during the week of Christmas 24-28 December. Regular Preschool Storytime session will start again from Monday 31st December onwards.

Central Library: will continue running Preschool Storytimes through Christmas with a session on Friday 28th December at 10.30 as usual.


Baby Rock & Rhyme

Branch Libraries: there will be no Baby Rock & Rhyme sessions in branch libraries from Monday 24th December to Friday 25th January. Baby Rock & Rhyme will start for 2013  from Monday 28th January.

Central Library: will not run Baby Rock & Rhyme over the weeks 24th December to 4th January, but will continue as usual with their weekly Wednesday 9.30am session from 9th January onwards.


Check out the Wellington Libraries events calendar for daily session dates and times over Christmas, New Year and January.


Celebrate Christmas with us at special evening storytimes for 3-8 year olds at participating Wellington City Libraries. Check out where and when here


Changes to Storytime and Baby Rock & Rhyme

There have been a few changes to the days and times for Preschool Storytime and Baby Rock & Rhyme.


Here is the new schedule for Preschool Storytime:

Brooklyn Library: Tuesday 10.30am

Central Library: Tuesday and Friday 10.30am

Cummings Park Library (Ngaio): Wednesday 10.30am

Island Bay Library: Thursday 10.30am

Johnsonville Library: Tuesday 10.30am

Karori Library: Monday, tuesday and Wednesday 10.30am

Khandallah Library:  Tuesday 10.30am

Mervyn Kemp Library (Tawa): Monday 10.30am

Miramar Library: Thursday 10.15am

Newtown Library: Wednesday 10.30am

Ruth Gotlieb Library (Kilbirnie): Monday and Wednesday 10.30am


Here is the new schedule for Baby Rock & Rhyme:

Central Library: Wednesday 9.30am

Cummings Park Library (Ngaio): Tuesday 10.30am

Island Bay Library: Wednesday 9.30am

Johnsonville library: Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am

Karori Library: Thursday and Fiday 10.30am

Mervyn Kemp Library (Tawa): Friday 9.30am

Miramar Library: Tuesday 10.15am

Ruth Gotlieb Library (Kilbirnie): Friday 10.15 am


These sessions are free and no bookings are required. Preschool Storytime is designed with 3-5 year olds in mind, and Baby Rock & Rhyme is perfect for developing early literacy skills for 0-2 year olds. Go to the Kids What’s On page to find out when events are on in your local library.

Special Author visit at Storytime

Author and Illustrator Amy Burrell will be visiting the Preschool Storytime at Wellington Central Library at 10.30am on Friday 17th August. She will be reading aloud her new book Catch That Fly, doing some drawing with you and even has an activity for you to take home.

Amy has generously set up a web page so you can pre-purchase her book (free shipping), which you can collect at this special storytime.

Come along, snuggle up in the cushions, listen to some exciting stories and have heaps of fun. Don’t miss out!