The Great Escape Launch Party! A fun, free events for kids!

The Great Escape is our summer reading challenge, for all ages! This year, we will be hosting a fun, free launch event for kids! From 12:00 – 1:30pm on Saturday 1 December, come along and pick up your Great Escape entry!

We will have face painting, a travel themed photo booth, and lucky dip prizes for kids present on the day! The Santa Parade starts at 2:00pm so come in early and have some fun at the Library before securing a great spot to watch the parade out front.

Key Info

  • Fun and free!
  • Saturday 1 December
  • 12:00 - 1:30pm
  • Before the Santa Parade!

What to expect

Lucky Dips!

Photo Booth!

Face painting!

Family Fun!

Spookytime and Halloween Hijinks: A fun night out for kids!

Prepare for a night of fun this Halloween as we run two amazing events for kids. Costumes are a must and fun is guaranteed!

Spookytime! (ages 0-5)

When: Wednesday 31 October, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Where:
Teens Area

Gather around for a (not-so-scary) Halloween storytime, and craft. Bring your torches and blankets and get your photo taken in front of our Halloween display. No registrations are required, just show up on the night for this Halloween treat!

Halloween Hijinks (ages 6-10)

EVENT FULL

When: Wednesday 31 October, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Where:
Meeting Room

Calling all little monsters! There’s something eerie happening at Invercargill Public Library this Halloween. Join us for spooky stories, ghastly games and a frightful scavenger hunt! We’ll provide the snacks and the scares, don’t forget to dress up and bring your torch!

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.

Photo of Kids and their soft toys
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.

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