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Special Notice

Arapaki and He Matapihi Libraries

Visit us at the new Arapaki Library!

Since the Central Library closed in March 2019, we have opened up two new libraries in downtown Wellington - He Matapihi at The National Library, and Arapaki on Manners Street.

Arapaki are ornamental lattice-work, often used between carvings around the walls of meeting houses. The name was gifted to the site by Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika.

Inside Arapaki you find a great collection of children's books, including comics, chapter books, and some cool non-fiction.

He Matapihi means 'a window', and was gifted to this new library space by mana whenua. The library collection has topics such as Māori and Māori local history, NZ fiction, biography, books in Te Reo, art and architecture, natural history, and general history and social comment

At both libraries there are machines you can use to borrow and return your own books (have a go at changing the language into Pirate!), computers and wifi, and helpful librarians there to answer your questions. Come on in and hang out with us!

Look out for news about our third city library, which will open in 2020 and will be our biggest yet!

How to stay up to date: Keep an eye on the latest news and updates on our website, blogs, Facebook, or Twitter.

Special Events

Super Smash Reading Challenge

Super Smash Reading Challenge website

All New Zealand primary and intermediate kids can register (for free!) for the Super Smash Reading Challenge, which runs from now until 19th January 2020.

Pick your local cricket team to 'play' for (choose the Firebirds if you live in Wellington), and watch them move up and down the leaderboard as you read and register the books you read over summer. The more books you read the higher the Wellington Firebirds will go up the leader board.

It's Wellington vs the rest of the country and only you can help them to victory! Oh, and did we mention that you can win prizes too?

Visit the Super Smash website to find out more and register.

Also don't forget our very own Wellington City Libraries Summer Reading Challenge, which starts on 1st December. So much reading! So many prizes!

Regular Happenings

Code Club

Code Club Aotearoa logoFor 9-13 year olds, Registration Required

Code Club is a free coding club for 9-13 year olds run during term time. Children will work their way through a range of fun coding projects supported by coding experts.

Code Club is BYOD - please bring a laptop or netbook with Chrome installed. Each library has a limited supply of netbooks for those who cannot bring their own from time to time. Please note the Newtown Code Club is not BYOD; the library can provide you with a netbook to use.

Places are limited, bookings are essential. Registrations are only for one whole school term at a time. For more information, please contact the club leader at the code club library.

Find your local code club:

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Monday, 5 - 6pm. Register Here

Karori Library: Tuesday, 3.30 - 4.30pm. Register Here

Johnsonville Library: Thursday, 3.30 - 4.30pm. Register Here

Newtown Library: Friday, 4 - 5pm. Register Here

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Saturday, 2 - 3pm. Register Here

Family Movie Nights

Come in your pyjamas, bring a cushion and a blanket, and relax at our fun family movie nights. A different movie selected from our library collections is screened every month, check out the Kids' Blog or contact the library to find out what's playing. Movie nights are free and bookings are not required. Movies chosen have a G rating, and are suitable for families with young children.

Movie Nights

Find your local movie night:

First Friday of each month, 5.30 - 7pm
Johnsonville Library

First Friday of each month, 6-8pm
Newtown Library

Third Thursday of each month, 4-5.30pm and 6-7.30pm
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library

Second Thursday of each month, 5.30-7pm
Karori Library

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Let's Go Lego

Lets so Lego Creativity. Problem solving. Storytelling. Fun!

Put your creative skills to the test to design and build your masterpieces. Each session will have a different theme and building challenges. Recommended for children aged 5+ years. Let's Go Lego runs weekly during term time. All Lego is supplied.

Find your local Let's Go Lego club:

Newtown Library: Third Monday of each month, 3.30-4.30pm

Miramar Library: Fourth Thursday of each month, 3.30-4.30pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Second Thursday of each month, 3:30-4:30pm.

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Second Thursday of each month, 3.30-4.30pm.

Khandallah Library: First Friday of each month, 3.30-4.30pm.

Johnsonville Library: Second Friday of each month, 3.30-4.30pm.

Karori Library: Third Saturday of each month, 2.00-3.00pm.

For further information email WCL enquiries or check out the library event calendar for dates.

Let's Go Lego


CRAFTernoonAfterschool craft session for children

CRAFTerschool at Miramar, Tawa and Johnsonville Libraries is a free art and craft session for school-aged children. Come along and get stuck into activities such as drawing, beading, origami, mask making, and more. Make friends with other crafty kids!

CRAFTerschool is on during term time only, 3.30-4.30pm

Places are limited. Contact each library to enquire whether space is available on the day you want to attend.

Find your local Crafterschool:

Monday at Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library

Wednesday at Johnsonville and Miramar Library

Kids' Online Bookclub

Kids ClubWhat are your favourite books? Read anything great recently? Why not tell the world, and your friends, about it and win prizes?

Head over to our Kids Online Book Club and fill in the review form to tell us about a great (or not so great) book you've read recently and you can win prizes.

You'll receive a prize after your first 2 reviews and then every 5th review after that. So what are you waiting for? To get the prizes you must have your own library card. There are spot prizes for really excellent and thoughtful reviews too!

All reviews will be published on the Kids Blog. You can read the reviews to find out what other kids are reading and even write comments on other's reviews. Don't worry if your review doesn't show up straight away - sometimes it can take a day or two to appear.

Pre-School Storytimes

Pre-school storytimes are interactive sessions with stories, songs and rhymes. They are fun and free at all Wellington City Libraries for children, parents and carers to share.

Recommended for children aged 2 - 4, but younger children are always welcome.

Pre-School StorytimesFind your local Storytime:

Library branch Day/Time
Brooklyn Library Tuesday, 10.30am
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library Wednesday, 10.30am
Island Bay Library Thursday, 10.30am
Johnsonville Library Tuesday, 10.30am
Karori Library Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 10.30am
Khandallah Library Tuesday, 10.30am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library Monday, 10.30am
Miramar Library Thursday, 10.30am
Newtown Library Wednesday, 10.30am
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library Monday & Wednesday, 10.30am
Wadestown Library Monday, 10.30am

One storytime a month at Johnsonville, Miramar and Karori Libraries are Kōhunga Kōrero sessions - a storytime in te reo Māori.
One storytime a month at Karori Library will be a Mandarin Storytime.
All welcome at these sessions. See the Kōhunga Kōrero and Chinese Language Storytime information on this page for schedule details.

Kōhunga Kōrero: Storytimes in te reo Māori

Monthly storytimes in te reo Māori are available at Miramar, Newtown, Johnsonville and Karori libraries. Open to anyone, these free 30min sessions feature stories, rhymes and waita in te reo Māori, and are perfect for 2-6 year olds and their caregivers.

Kohunga KoreroKōhunga Kōrero: Pakiwaitara i roto i te reo Māori

E 30 meneti pakiwaitara, rotarota, waiata hoki i roto i te reo Māori mō ngā kōhungahunga me ō rātou mātua kaitiaki.

Find your local Kōhunga Kōrero session:

1st Tuesday of each month at 10.30am
Omāroro (Newtown) Library
13 Constable Street, Newtown

2nd Monday of each month at 10.30am
Te Māhanga (Karori) Library
247 Karori Road, Karori

3rd Tuesday of each month at 10.30am
Waitohi (Johnsonville) Library
5 Broderick Road, Johnsonville

4th Thursday of each month at 10.30am
Motukairangi (Miramar) Library
68 Miramar Avenue, Miramar

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Baby Rock 'n' Rhyme

Baby Rock & Rhyme

Baby Rock & Rhyme is a way for parents and carers to interact with their babies through rhymes, finger-plays and stories delivered by experienced presenters. It's a great opportunity to have fun, socialise and spend quality 'one-on-one' time with your tot. These free, weekly interactive sessions will be available at the following branches:

Find your local Baby Rock & Rhyme:

Library Date and time
Miramar Library Tuesday, 10.15am
Island Bay Library Tuesday, 9.30am
Johnsonville Library Wednesday & Thursday, 9.30am
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library Tuesday, 10.30am
Karori Library Thursday & Friday, 10.30am
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library Friday, 10.15am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library Friday, 9.30am

Preview some of the songs and rhymes featured in our sessions by listening to the Baby Rock & Rhyme album - recorded and produced by our very own talented librarians!

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