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  • Kids

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    We have a range of awesome events and clubs for kids, both during the school term and the holidays! On this page you can learn more about all the different things for kids to do, as well as reading recommendations and homework help!

    We also have an eNewsletter to let you know about upcoming library events and programmes. Click here to sign up now!

    Regular Programming

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    We have a wide range of free programmes for kids that run throughout the year. For a full list of events, be sure to check out our events calendar.

    • Wriggle and Rhyme

      Music and movement sessions aimed to stimulate development of the brain and body for babies 0 – 2 years.

      Monday 10:30am and 1:30pm

    • Preschool Sessions

      Hands on fun for kids. Preschool sessions are fun weekly sessions with a story time followed by a craft.

       

      Wednesday 10:30am

    • Giant Board Games

      A range of giant versions of board games are out in the Activity Space for families to enjoy.

       

      Weekends 10:00am - 3:00pm

    • After School Clubs

      A range of free after school clubs are offered for kids during the school term. Registrations are required.

       

      For more info visit our Kids Clubs page.

    Reading

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    Kids Picks

    Do you have a book that you love? Why not tell us all about it, and we can add your pick to our Kids Pick display!

     

    The Kids Pick display is a section in the children's libraries where we display books that kids just like you have recommended! If you would like to add a Kids Pick, then make sure to fill out the form below.

      

    Click here to submit a Kids Pick

     

    Readalikes

    Stuck for something to read? Try one of our read-a-like or genre lists to find a new favourite book. 

    Geronimo Stilton Readalikes ( 1.1 MB)
    Harry Potter Readalikes ( 2 MB)
    Jacqueline Wilson Readalikes ( 1.1 MB)
    Rainbow Magic Readalikes ( 883 KB)
    Zac Power Readalikes ( 1.2 MB)

    TumbleBook Library

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    The TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking books which help teach young children the joys of reading in a format they’ll love. They are available for free on any computer connected to the internet, at home or in the Library.  You can enlarge the type size or change the background colour to customise the reading for your child. If you would like assistance with using Tumble books please contact us.

     

    Click here to access TumbleBooks

    Homework Help

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    Websites

    These sites are great for doing projects and homework!

     

    Any Questions/Many Answers 
    A great New Zealand site that will connect you to a librarian for online homework help (Monday-Friday 1-6pm). Outside these hours you can check out the information pages on Many Answers to help you with your topic.

     

    How Stuff Works
    Have you ever wondered how the engine in your car works, or what gears do, or what makes the inside of your refrigerator cold? A great place to learn how things work in the world around you. 

     

    Te Ara 
    The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is a comprehensive guide to our peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society. It also includes a section on famous New Zealanders.

     

    San Diego Zoo 
    This site has information on most animals or groups of animals in the world. Most pages have a description of the animal, threats, photos, videos and sound recordings and fun facts. It also has information about NZ and Australian animals.

     

    Kids Health
    Information on a range of health and self-esteem topics.

     

    DOC
    The Department of Conservation website, this has a great range of resources on New Zealand plants and animals.

     

    Sciencekids
    A New Zealand website with a range of science resources.

     

    Databases

    You will need a library card and PIN number to access these databases. Talk to a staff member or give us a ring with your library card handy if you need to set one up.

     

    Encyclopedia Britannica
    Find current events, pictures and links to relevant internet resources. Search different levels of Britannica using Elementary Encyclopedia for younger students, Student Encyclopedia or Concise Encyclopedia for advanced level of research. 

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    Contact

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    Cris Crighton
    Preschool Librarian

    (03) 211 1444
    Megan Findlater
    Primary Librarian

    (03) 211 1444
    Jillian Hunter
    Children's Collections Specialist

    (03) 211 1444
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