Marking Anzac Day while staying safe at home

Anzac Day is usually a solemn time when we come together to remember the sacrifices made in the past. Here are four ways you and your family can mark Anzac Day this year while staying safe in your bubble.

Complete our Since Writing You Last quiz

Keep the kids busy with our Anzac themed quiz. Explore Since Writing You Last to find the answers to these wartime-related questions.

  1. What are the names of the four soldiers whose letters are on the Since Writing You Last website?
  2. What date did New Zealand find out that war had been declared?
  3. How many troop ships left Wellington on 3rd December 1914?
  4. How old was Len Shepard when he enlisted in the army?
  5. What was served to one of the soldiers for Christmas dinner?
  6. What date was conscription announced?
  7. Whereabouts in Southland were the McIntyre brothers born?
  8. What was Len Shepard’s job before joining the NZ Expeditionary Force?
  9. How old was John Hall when he left school?
  10. Which two soldiers came home to Southland after the end of WWI?

Make your own poppy ✂️

The red poppy has become a symbol of war remembrance the world over. People in many countries wear the poppy to remember those who died in war or who still serve in the armed forces. Make your own poppy to wear or display this ANZAC day to remember our fallen soldiers. The RSA website has some great ideas to help you out.

Bake Anzac biscuits 🍪

Although it’s a myth that ANZAC biscuits were sent and eaten by troops in Gallipoli, rolled oats biscuits were in fact sold and consumed at fetes, galas, parades and other public events at home, to raise funds for the war effort.This connection to the troops serving overseas led to them being referred to as “soldier’s biscuits”.

The basic ingredients for a rolled oat biscuit were rolled oats, sugar, flour, butter with golden syrup, not eggs, used as a binding agent. This made them not only nutritious and full of energy but also long lasting.

After WWI, the most popular rolled oat biscuit had the name and association of ANZAC applied to it and thus the legend of the ANZAC biscuit began. Try making some of your own.

Hold a home service 🎖️

With the cancellation of ANZAC day services due to COVID-19, think about ways in which you could have your own service at home. You can join other New Zealanders at 6:00am on Saturday 25 April. Visit the RSA website for all the details.

Non-stop storytime! Keep your children engrossed while learning to read with TumbleBooks

Library members can now browse, watch, and read TumbleBooks, which offers a huge range of animated talking books for kids of all reading levels. TumbleBooks also provides other databases aimed at different audiences – check them out below!

What are TumbleBooks?

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. 

Browse these further collections offered by TumbleBooks:

Please note: Access is granted until 31/8/2020 – will review closer to that time to see if we want to keep this going.

Catch your breath and have a cuppa with other parents at DUPLO Picnic

Catch your breath and have a yarn with other parents at DUPLO Picnic! Your toddler will love playing with our DUPLO LEGO with the other kids while you kick back and enjoy a well-deserved break.

Following on from Active Rhyming each Tuesday at 11:00am, feel free to bring your lunch and we’ll put the jug on!

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Active Rhyming 🧸

Tuesdays 10:30 – 11:00am
Continue your toddler’s journey at the Library with Active Rhyming. Be part of the fun while your child develops new skills through rhymes, play, and movement! Building upon Wriggle & Rhyme, support your toddler as they interact with the world. Recommended for ages 2 – 6.

Storytime 🖼️

Wednesdays 10:30 – 11:00am
Make your child’s visit to the Library extra-special at our weekly Storytime. Kids will be delighted by a magical tale read by one of our storytellers. Recommended for ages 3 – 6.

🏍️ Get your kids off the couch with the Baby Burt Munro Challenge! 🏆

Calling all bikers and decorators!

To celebrate the annual Burt Munro Challenge returning for 2020 we will be holding a bike decorating competition here at the Library! Decorate your bike using whatever materials you have available and meet up at the Library for the big show!

🔨 When?

You have until Wednesday 5 February to decorate your bike so it truly represents your personality. You can use cardboard, paper, fabric, wood – whatever to make your ride stand out amongst the crowd.

Work on your bike at home and then bring it in on the big day! The show will begin after 4:00pm, with each bike being judged by a collection of trained bike enthusiasts.

✂️ Who?

There will be two age groups with separate prize pools; kids aged 5 – 8 and 9 – 12 years.

🖍️ How?

Make sure to register your bike using the form below by Tuesday 4 February.

🧶 🖍️ 💡 🔨 ✂️ 🧷

More about the Burt Munro Challenge