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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.

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

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

 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.

Come along to the Chatter’s annual Christmas Party!

Photo from last year's christmas party

When: 11 December at 10:00am
Where: The Library Meeting Room.

Come to the annual Chatter Christmas party and share in some fun, food and excitement that the wonderful people who attend from all over the world provide.  Christmas Carols will be sung in the Library Foyer at 10:30 beside the Christmas tree.  All are welcome but you must bring a plate to share with the group.  Merry Christmas and see you there.

Spine-chilling reads. Our Librarians share the books that scared them senseless.

Halloween may be over, but for some of us, the spooky desires live on.

We asked our staff members what books have scared them the most. We used their answers to compile this list of books guaranteed to give you a scare.

The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand is horror book set in a dystopian future. This post-apocalyptic world has been destroyed by a genetically engineered flu virus has killed most of the worlds population. The story focuses on those remaining in this plague stricken world.

Place a hold on The Stand

Who did it scare?

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Cris Crighton
Preschool Librarian

Christine by Stephen King

A young high school student named Arnie purchases a new car. A 1958 Plymouth Fury which he names Christine. One day, a bully defaces the car and strange things begin to happen. The car begins killing people and Arnie has to figure out how to make it all stop.

Place a hold on Christine

Who did it scare?

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Michelle Argyle
Serials Librarian

The Shining - Stephen King

Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in,the hotel begins to feel more sinister... 

This book is on order. Email us if you would like to put a copy on hold when it arrives.

Who did it scare?

Angela Bain
H&C Team Leader
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Marianne Foster
Library Manager

October Skies by Alex Scarrow

Deep in the mountain forests of Wyoming, Julian Cooke stumbles across the rotting remains of a wooden wagon. It's clear that something horrific happened here all those years ago, but Cooke can only find a few tantalising clues. 

Place a hold on October Skies

Who did this scare?

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Michelle Cunningham
Teen Librarian

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

A man investigates the seemingly unrelated bizarre, tragic, and horrific occurrences of his childhood in an attempt to finally understand them. Beginning with only fragments of his earliest years, you'll follow the narrator as he discovers that these strange and horrible events are actually part of a single terrifying story that has shaped the entirety of his life.

Place a hold on Penpal

Who did it scare?

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Bonnie Mager
D&C Manager

For more scary books, be sure to check out our Horror section in the library, or on our online catalogue.

Do you love these lists? You can email us at any time to request the theme for our next one!

Librarians summon Captain Planet to become Plastic Free

Do you love the environment, and books? Then you will love our new initiative to go plastic-free.

In line with moves being made by major supermarkets, our Library is keen to promote more eco-friendly borrowing practices. Starting 1 November, plastic bags will no longer be provided. To help smooth the transition we will be selling our Library bags for half price during the month of November.

We want to do our part to help promote environmentally friendly practices. We provide great book bags and hope that the half-price sale will encourage more people to use them.

Over 40,000 plastic check-out bags are dumped in landfills every hour in New Zealand.

So be sure to bring your own bags starting 1 November, or for one month only purchase a Library Book Bag for $1.

For enquiries about this decision, please contact events@ilibrary.co.nz