Family Build-a-Fort Night Event – Registrations now closed

Date: Friday 8 June
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Registrations required!

Do you like reading stories by torchlight under your blankets? Do you like building blanket forts around the house? Then join us for an evening of stories and fun at the Library!

We will start our evening off with a selection of stories, and once the library closes you will be let loose to rearrange the furniture and build the most amazing blanket fort you can! You’d better be quick though as we will be turning off the lights to make sure your reading by torchlight experience is the best we can offer.

You will need to come prepared for this night of building fun with a torch (or two) and some blankets to make your fort with. We will provide everything else. If you are interested in attending this event, then register now!

Register for the Family Build-a-Fort Night

Sorry, we have reached capacity for this event!

Anzac Reads for Kids & Young Adults

With ANZAC day right around the corner, we have picked out our top suggestions for must-read ANZAC themed books.

Non-Fiction

This book exposes the rich history behind Anzac Day; seeking to answer the many questions children often ask their parents and teachers around the 25th of April every year. It covers all aspects of Anzac Day, from the Gallipoli Campaign and the Great War, right through to the format of the commemorative services held annually throughout the country.

The fascinating true tales of the mascots and working animals that helped Anzac soldiers, sailors, pilots and medics do their jobs in wartime.

Fiction

Billy, a 17-year-old shepherd working on a farm in the Manawatu, lies about his age and enlists in the army. We follow his and his mate Jack’s journey in the Mounted Rifles from their Awapuni training camp, to Egypt before being shipped out – without their horses – to Gallipoli. There they discover that war isn’t the big adventure they thought it would be.  It is the first book in the series that tracks each year in World War 1, each focusing on different aspects of the war. 

It’s 1915 and sixteen-year-old Flora Wentworth’s comfortable life is turned upside down when visiting Cairo with her archaeologist father. She watches with growing alarm as first a trickle and then a flood of wounded soldiers are shipped into the city from Gallipoli. She is soon transporting injured soldiers and helping out exhausted nurses and managing to fall in love along the way.

Evan travels with his father to the Dardenelles to aid the Allied soldiers when they are captured by the Turks. They are launched into an epic journey, living on their wits and the kindness of strangers as they escape. The gripping story of an incredible journey behind enemy lines told in diary form that is an eye-opening adventure story that cleverly explores both sides of the war.

For young Private Peaceful, looking back over his childhood while he is on night watch in the battlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of family life deep in the countryside: his mother, Charlie, Big Joe, and Molly, the love of his life. Too young to be enlisted, Thomas has followed his brother to war and now, every moment he spends thinking about his life, means another moment closer to danger.

Like many of his mates from the bush, Frank Ballantyne is keen to join the grand adventure and do his bit. So Frank ups his age and volunteers with his horse Daisy … and his dad. In the deserts of Egypt and Palestine, to Gallipoli, then the famous charge at Beersheba, through to the end of the war and its unforgettable aftermath, Frank’s story grows out of some key moments in Australia’s history. This is the powerful story of a young man’s journey towards his own kind of bravery.

Picture Books

Maybe, somewhere, on the other side of the world, a child remembered not just the thunder of gunfire but the sound of a soldier softly playing a violin; the story of a rescued violin and an extraordinary musician Otago’s Alexander Aitken.

This picture book takes children through an ANZAC Day dawn service, placing images of the service alongside images of the soldiers at war. A gentle, simple, yet powerful introduction to the bittersweet memorial.

“War is stupid,” mumbled Tyson as he slammed the last photo album shut. He pushed it roughly back into the box and slapped the lid down, hard. There was no way he was going to the Dawn Parade with Mum and Poppa tomorrow. Why celebrate something so terrible? But after listening to the stories about the soldiers in his family Tyson feels differently and goes to the parade.

Love these recommendations? Then be sure to pop into the Library and check one out today! But not on ANZAC day, we will be closed.

Mischief and Mayhem at the Library! Sign up for this year’s Teddy Bears Picnic.

When: Friday 23 February 3:30pm
Where: Learning and Activity Space
Ages: 3-8

We are once again hosting our annual teddy bear’s picnic on Friday 23 February. Aimed at children aged 3-8 years there will be snacks, games and interactive stories. After our picnic it will be time to tuck the teddies up in bed for their big overnight adventure at the library.

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Kids at the 2017 Teddy Bears Picnic
Teddy Bears sittting in the Library Archives
Teddies getting up to mischief at the 2017 Teddy Bears Picnic

All children need to bring along a teddy or toy that they are comfortable leaving at the library overnight.

Teddies will be available, with a book about their adventures, from the children’s library after 10am Saturday 24 February.

Sorry, this event is now full. To be first to hear about our kids events be sure to follow us at facebook.com/invlibrary or sign up for our newsletter at ilibrary.co.nz/newsletter.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Our top Christmas items for Kids.

With Christmas right around the corner, we have created our list of must read (and watch) items from our collection, to get you and your family in the Christmas Spirit.

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In this beautiful edition of the classic festive song, a happy couple make their way to a lavish Christmas party, discovering wonderful gifts as they go. Alison Jay’s signature crackle-glaze technique makes this illustrated version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” luminous and magical: animals dart across the pages, ladies dance, lords leap, and wintery landscapes sparkle against warm, cozy scenes.

Location: Children’s Picture Book

This book offers a moving new perspective on the nativity story-evoking the struggle of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus as refugees travelling in a strange land, seeking the protection and kindness of strangers. 

A poetic and refreshing look at the classic Christmas story that’s never been more relevant, Refuge asks readers to consider the modern day implications of being forced to flee your home country.

Location: Children’s Picture Book

Nikolas has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he’s happy with his  doll, because it came from his parents, who love him. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him. 
 
Along the way, Nikolas discovers a hidden world of enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit is at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things.

Location: Children’s Fiction

Kate and Rachel both dream of being actors. The girls compete to get the lead role in a new holiday pageant. Written by their drama teacher, Mr. Piccolo, the show is called The 12 Screams of Christmas. It’s about a family that spends Christmas Eve in a haunted house.

Mr. Piccolo decides to take the cast to a deserted old house where they can soak up the atmosphere and get better at their parts. Kate and Rachel soon realise the old house is actually haunted.

Location: Children’s Fiction

Retells the story of the Annunciation, the journey to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, and the visit of the shepherds, from the Gospel of Luke, and the Three Wise Men, from the Gospel of Matthew.

Location: Children’s Non-Fiction

With simple step-by-step instructions, helpful cooking tips, color photographs, and charming character art, this book is the perfect way for parents and children to make holiday magic in the kitchen! A rating system lets kids know how difficult the recipes are, and cooking tips are sprinkled throughout. Kids will enjoy making Rolly’s Spotted Cranberry Pancakes, Sugar Rush Popcorn Gumdrop Garland and Anna’s Frozen Ice Candy!

Location: Children’s Non-Fiction

Using readily available, seasonally related materials, this series is packed full of fun crafts for special occasions. The projects are explained in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, and are perfect for teachers looking for original ideas as well as time-poor parents. In 10 Minute Crafts: Christmas, children can learn how to make felt stockings, a Christmas wreath, a Santa tree decoration, homemade Christmas decorations and candy cane Christmas cards, along with lots of other great Christmas crafts for kids.

Location: Children’s Non-Fiction

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Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or some sketches. 

The letters were from Father Christmas. This is the complete series of Father Christmas letters between 1920 and 1943.

Location: Children’s Audiobooks

Peter Rabbit and his cousin Benjamin Bunny have a new friend, William the Turkey. The trio is excited for Christmas until they realise that William is meant to be Mr. McGregor’s Christmas supper! Just in time, Peter and Benjamin hide William, and the three enjoy a lovely Christmas dinner of pickled radishes and barley cake at the Rabbit family burrow.

This story is inspired by a real turkey named William that Emma Thompson met on Beatrix Potter’s farm in the Lake District.

Location: Children’s Audiobooks

A New Zealand adaptation of the traditional Christmas song, featuring such gifts as four huhu grubs, seven eels a swimming, and a pukeko in a ponga tree.
 

Location: Children’s Audiobooks

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 At Christmas, Grouchy Smurf behaves badly to everyone and it takes the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future to teach him to appreciate Christmas.
 

Location: Children’s DVDS

Join the PAW Patrol for 7 snowy saves, including a special double-length Christmas episode! The pups gear up to fix Santa’s sleigh and save Christmas, plus return penguins to their frozen home, help Everest on some snowy rescues, and more! When Santa’s Sleigh crashes and the reindeer run off–Ryder and the Paw Patrol have to help Santa finish delivering presents and save Christmas!
 
Location: Children’s DVDS
Ho Ho Ho! Thomas is full steam ahead as a Really Useful Reindeer, saving the day by guiding Santa’s sleigh straight to the Sodor Christmas celebration! Percy makes everyone’s Christmas wishes come true and Gordon discovers his friends’ special skills are the gifts that keep on giving, all year long! Thomas delivers the true spirit of Christmas as Santa’s Little Engine! Includes 7 episodes.
 
Location: Children’s DVDS
When Sid accidentally destroys Manny’s heirloom Christmas rock and ends up on Santa’s “naughty list,” he leads a hilarious quest to the North Pole to make things right – and ends up making things much worse. Now it’s up to Manny and his prehistoric posse to band together and save Christmas for the entire world!
 
Location: Children’s DVDS
Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of the nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. So disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he raids the village to steal all the Christmas things. The village is sure to have a sad Christmas this year.
 
Location: Children’s DVDS

For more Christmas book ideas be sure to check out our Christmas Book Display in the Children’s Library

Remember our Summer Reading Challenge is now on. If you are aged 0-18 and read 8 books between 1 December and 30 January we will give you a free book. Be sure to pop into our Help Desks to pick your entry up.

A Christmas Storytime with Cris.

A Christmas Story Time with Cris

Looking for a time out? Tired of the Christmas chaos? Need some time to rejuvenate your Christmas spirit? Well, we’ve got just the thing for you and your family. Come out of the shopping haze and bring your listening ears and singing voices to the Library and join us with some fun and festive Christmas stories on the 22nd of December at 11:00 am.

All ages are welcomed and participation will be encouraged. New stories, classic stories, funny stories and even a little sing along too.

Christmas is a magical time of year, and together we will create all the Christmas magic we can muster.

Warm up your voices, put on your Santa hats, reindeer horns, red noses and anything festive as we get ready for the big day together.

Cris is looking forward to seeing all your beautiful faces as our Christmas spirits are raised by lunchtime.