Books Go Arty exhibition: Duck’s stuck!

Duck waddled. Duck quacked. Duck ate grass. Duck napped. All is well in the farmyard…until…. ”Help! I’m stuck!” quacks Duck!  None of the farmyard animals can free Duck. None that is, except for crafty Rat. But does Rat have an alterior motive….?

You can find a fabulous feathery parade of bright yellow ducks right now at Central Library and at Island Bay Community Center. And if you look very closely, you might just find a certain crafty Rat. These bright and dynamic sculptures have been created by the brilliant children at Tawa school and Clifton Tce Model School.

It is part of Wellington City Libraries Books Go Arty With Kyle Mewburn Exhibition. The exhibition is on at Island Bay, Karori and Central Libraries until the 14th of November. Don’t forget to check it out!


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Craft Kyle Competition – have you entered yet?

Check out some of the cool entries we’ve already received for the Crafty Kyle Competition:

Entry 1 Entry 2 Entry 3 Entry 4 Entry 5Entry 6

The Crafty Kyle Competition is part of the Books Go Arty sculpture exhibition that’s touring Wellington City Libraries. The exhibition is currently at Newtown, Brooklyn, and Cummings Park (Ngaio) Libraries. Pop in to see all the cool sculptures made by Wellington school children based on books written by Kyle Mewburn and pick up a competition entry form while you’re there. The competition ends on November 14th.


Old Hu-Hu by Churton Park school

Everyone is sad when Old Hu-Hu dies, but little Hu-Hu-Tu is the saddest of all. Sad and confused. Where has Old Hu-Hu gone? Why isn’t he here? Hu-Hu-Tu asks his friends, but their answers are strange and confusing.  Hu-Hu-Tu is alone and inconsolable. But as the sun dawns on a new day, Hu-Hu-Tu reaches an understanding about Old Hu-Hu’s death. Hu-Hu-Tu realises he must live life to the fullest, just as Old-Hu-Hu would have wanted him to do.

Right now you can find Hu-Hu-Tu  all set for  a new adventure at Johnsonville Library. He has been crafted by students at Churton Park school. Check out Hu-Hu’s enormous eyes and long antennae , he looks just as though he has stepped out of the book – but in giant size!

by Fiona Markwell

Image courtesy of SyndeticsOld Hu-Hu

Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck!

KISS KISS! on the right cheek, KISS KISS! on the left cheek…. YUCK! YUCK! cries Andy who just can’t escape Auntie Elsie’s sloppy kisses fast enough. Andy hides from Aunty Elsie in the most ingenious places, but Aunty Elsie always finds him, and delivers another two fat, sloppy smooches every time.

But one day, Auntie Elsie doesn’t visit. Andy realizes that perhaps the sloppy smackers weren’t quite so bad after all…

Come and see Newtown School’s brilliant 3D sculpture of Andy and Auntie Elsie at Miramar Library, where it will be on display until August 21st. They are part of Wellington City Libraries “Books Go Arty With Kyle Mewburn” children’s sculpture exhibition. The amazing Newtown School sculptors have smothered Andy and Auntie Elsie in bright red sloppy kisses. They have used papier mache, cardboard tubes, bamboo garden sticks and many more to show the warm and special relationship between the two.

by Fiona Markwell

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Kyle Mewburn at Central Library

Check out the photos of last week amazing event “Books Go Arty” at Central Library. Kyle Mewburn came all the way from Central Otago last Tuesday and Wednesday to meet the classes who had created sculptures based on his books. Classes from Karori Normal, Clifton Terrace, Newtown and Mount Cook had the chance to meet Kyle Mewburn, ask him lots of questions and play a Scavenger Hunt game. The sculptures based on Blue Gnu, Dinosaur rescue, Duck is stuck, Chick is sick, A crack in the sky, Melu, Kiss Kiss Yuck Yuck were honored by their creators…

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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



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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.


Books Go Arty Sculpture Exhibition

Laughing kids having fun with paintsVisit Wellington City Libraries between 5th July and 14th November and check out the Books Go Arty exhibition.

This exhibition celebrates books by Kyle Mewburn. 16 Primary school classes from around Wellington have picked one of Kyle’s books as inspiration for a sculpture.

The 16 sculptures will all go on display at Wellington Central Library until the end of July, and then will tour around the 11 community libraries.




Here’s where you can find the sculptures:

  • Central Library: 5 July – 14 November
  • Miramar Library: 1 August – 22 August
  • Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie): 22 August – 12 September
  • Newtown Library: 12 September – 24 October
  • Brooklyn Library: 3 October – 24 October
  • Island Bay Library and Community Centre: 24 October – 14 November
  • Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 1 August – 22 August
  • Johnsonville Library: 22 August – 3 October
  • Khandallah Library: 12 September – 3 October
  • Wadestown Library: 12 September – 3 October
  • Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 3 October – 24 October
  • Karori Library: 24 October – 14 November

While you are checking out the exhibition you can pick up an entry form for the Crafty Kyle Competition, and have a go at the scavenger hunt.

Here’s a sneak peek at the sculptures… Can you guess which Kyle Mewburn book they are inspired by?

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