Festive Family Storytimes are Around the Corner!

Meri Kirihimete, Pōneke!


It’s that time of year again! The festive season is right around the corner, which means that our libraries are getting themselves all ready to provide storytimes most merry and mirthful for your jollification. So, why not grab the family, jump in your fuzziest pyjamas (or cheeriest Christmas costume) and head on down to your local library to join in on the fun?

There will be stories, songs, crafts, and maybe even some special visits from a certain portly gentleman at some locations. You’ll be in for an extra-special treat if you go along to the event at Arapaki Library on Manners Street — you’ll get to hear different festive stories from all over the world, even some in different languages!

All of these events are free, family-friendly, and suitable for children of all ages with their caregivers.

Where and When?


Wednesday 9th December

Arapaki (Manners Street) Library, 5.30 – 6.30pm

Thursday 10th December

Island Bay Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Khandallah Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Friday 11th December

Newtown Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Monday 14th December

Brooklyn Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Miramar Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Tuesday 15th December

Te Awe (Brandon Street) Library, 4.00 – 4.45pm

Thursday 17th December

Karori Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Wadestown Library, 6.00 – 6.45pm

Saturday 19th December

Johnsonville Library, 2.00 – 2.45pm

Sunday 20th December

Te Awe Library, 2.00 – 2.45pm

Monday 21st December

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library, 10.30 – 11.15am

Kids’ Club Review by Julius: 300 minutes of danger

300 minutes of danger300 minutes of danger, Jack Heath

Even though this book is fiction, it still had events that can happen in real life. probably my most favorite story in the book is boarding school. Boarding school is about a kid named George who was on a plane in the mountains with a Finnish man who was pale as a vampire. soon or later, something hit the engine and the Finnish pilot thought it was a bird or something else. Oxygen masks fell down but Georges seat there was none. the pilot tried to steer the plane to the nearest landing strip but the rudder had broke so if they tried to steer again, they would crash into the mountains. the pilot was figuring out what to do but then he said we have to evacuate which meant we had to jump of from the plane so he got the parachutes ready. George felt really dizzy. the pilot pushed the door and it fell out really fast. Georges ears were popping. He said I don’t know how to use a parachute. The pilot said easy just pull the ripcord after ten seconds. George hesitated maybe there’s another way but there wasn’t. George hurled himself and jumped trying to keep his balance fighting the air. George slammed into the snow woohoo! He shouted. This book was nice recommended for 7+

4 stars

Reviewed by Julius from Tawa and , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by julius: Wrecking ball

Wrecking ballWrecking ball, by Jeff Kinney

This book was actually not bad for four stars. This book was about as some of you may know Greg Heffley who’s great aunt died which made mum so serious about going to the funeral. They didn’t realize that they went to the wrong funeral until the end and great aunts funeral had already been finished. Greg’s family had received the money from great aunt and where thinking of moving. it turns out everything goes wrong. I liked this book its fine for 6+ I recommend you get this book when it’s available.

4 stars

Reviewed by julius from Tawa and , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Mikio: The meltdown

The meltdownThe meltdown, by Jeff Kinney

Started off with a great start but then it just happens to become a to funny story again, but most of it is just talking about anything really! I really enjoyed the first chapter in this book, but it’s just more better than good it’s amazing really I mean it.really I wish Rodrick was very annoyed that he wasn’t chosen for the responsibility for his younger brother.

5 stars

Reviewed by Mikio from Tawa and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Kenta: A wrinkle in time

A wrinkle in timeA wrinkle in time, Madeleine L’Engle ; illustrated by Keith Scaife

A very good book teaching that love is a precious thing. Despite the title it is more about space travel. Very detailed. I recommend this book to 7+

5 stars

Reviewed by Kenta from Tawa and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Mikio: Ninja clones!

Ninja clones!Ninja clones!, Anh Do ; illustrated by Anton Emdin [and Jeremy Ley]

Has a lot of humour in it although it is very serious. Mostly mystery, but it can also lighten your mood. It helps you to learn one lesson and that is do not use someone else to do things for you! WARNING DO NOT TRY TO BE NINJA KID.
You have been warned!!!

5 stars

Reviewed by Mikio from Tawa and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Kenta: Catching fire

Catching fireCatching fire, Suzanne Collins

Chapter one of this book is not as good as ‘The Hunger Games‘ #1, but as a whole it’s still a very good book explaining how action leads to consequence.

4 stars

Reviewed by Kenta from Tawa and , 10 years old