Wellington City Libraries

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Special Events

October School Holiday Fun

Have we got a treat in store for you these school holidays! It's time to delve into the world of mystery, mayhem and madness with a great detective adventure story - and yes you are going to be the detectives! We have clues galore for you to search for and a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes himself. Always wanted to get your detective license? Well, now's your chance! Solve the mystery that has been baffling the librarians and we will reward you with a special Detective License. Are you up for the challenge? Can you solve the mystery and escape the library...

Don your deerstalker, nab your notebook and check for clues at a library near you!

Library branch Day/Time
Johnsonville LibraryWednesday 4th October at 2pm
Ruth Gotlieb Library - KilbirnieThursday 5th October at 10.30am
Mervyn Kemp Library - TawaThursday 5th October at 2pm
Cummings Park Library - NgaioFriday 6th October at 11am
Miramar LibraryWednesday 11th October at 10.30am
Wellington Central LibraryThursday 12th October at 11am
Karori LibraryThursday 12th October at 2pm
Khandallah LibraryFriday 13th October at 11am

Regular Happenings

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 Tuesday of each month at 2pm
Motukairangi (Miramar) Library
68 Miramar Avenue, Miramar

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

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 StorytimesWhere and When:

Library branch Day/Time
Brooklyn Library Tuesday, 10.30am
Wellington Central Library Tuesday & Friday,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, 10.15am
Newtown Library Wednesday, 10.30am
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library Monday & Wednesday, 10.30am
Wadestown Library Monday, 10.30am

Notes:
The 3rd Tuesday of each month storytime at Johnsonville Library is a Kōhunga Kōrero session - a storytime in te reo Māori.
The 2nd Monday of each month storytime at Karori Library is a Kōhunga Kōrero session - a storytime in te reo Maori.
All welcome at both sessions.

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:

Library Date and time
Miramar Library Tuesday, 10.15am
Island Bay Library Tuesday, 9.30am
Wellington Central Library Wednesday 9.30am, & Thursday 2pm
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!

This album is available for purchase on Bandcamp and iTunes

Lego Legends

Lego Legends

Lego Legends: Creativity. Problem solving. Storytelling. Fun! After a hugely popular debut at Khandallah Library during Beyond the Page, Lego Legends is being introduced as a regular, monthly event at Karori and Cummings Park (Ngaio) Libraries. In Lego Legends, your creative skills will be put to the test as you use the library's Lego collections to design and build your masterpieces. Each session will have a different theme that will inspire you to hone your skills and become your library's very own Lego Legend. Sessions are suitable for ages 5+.

Karori Library: First Saturday of each month, beginning Saturday 2nd of September, 2:30-3:30pm.

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Third Monday of each month, beginning Monday 18th of September, 3:30-4:30pm.

For further information please contact Stephen at Karori Library. Ph 476 8413 or email WCL enquiries.

(Image Buried in Lego by Curtis McHale is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0).

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