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October School Holidays – Week One

It’s the October School Holidays! No doubt your tamariki are super excited, but if you’re wondering how to keep them entertained, the Library is here to help you! We’ve got activities happening in our Community Libraries and at the Central Library on the Square. From author visits, the Brazilian Kids Film Festival, grab-and-go bags, and a NEW reading challenge, we’ve got loads to pack the first week of your school holidays.

All through the holidays

Look Up! Explore Our Universe! Reading Challenge

From 1 to 31 October, blast into a new reading challenge to celebrate International Space Week 2022. With NASA at My Library, explore and read about the universe at your own pace, and earn online badges along the way.

Find out more and sign up here.

Saturday 1 October

Brazilian Kid’s Movie Festival: O Menino no Espelho/ The Boy in the Mirror

Central Library; Ground Floor, 3:30-5:30pm

Fernando is a kid who lives all his fantasies in an intense way and with lots of imagination. Together with his friend Mariana and his dog Capeto, he commands a secret society and solves great mysteries like a ‘haunted house’.

Find out more about the Brazilian Kid’s Movie Festival.

Monday 3 October

Grab and Go Activity Pack: Give Me Some Space

Central Library; Main Desk, first floor.

Blast off the school holidays by celebrating International Space Week. Create your own planet and rock your own rocket!

Aimed at ages 5+

*Grab and Go packs are available in limited numbers

Tuesday 4 October

Pop-up Play with Sport Manawatū

Te Pātikitiki Library; 157 Highbury Ave, 2-3:30pm

Let’s have some fun in our local parks with the crew from Sport Manawatū.

Don’t forget to slip, slop and wrap!

Canine Friends Pet Therapy Visit

Central Library; Children’s Zone, 2-3pm

Come read to our dog pals from Canine Friends Pet Therapy. They’re excellent listeners!

Wednesday 5 October

Brazilian Kid’s Movie Festival: O Cavaleiro Didi e a Princesa Lili/ The Knight Didi and Princess Lili

Central Library; Mezzanine, 10:30am – 12:00noon

Didi plays King Lindolfo’s groom and valet, a faithful servant to the royal family. After the King’s death, his evil brother Jafar tries to seize the throne.

Find out more about the Brazilian Kid’s Movie Festival.

Te Pātikitiki Rocks!

Te Pātikitiki Library, 57 Highbury Ave. 11am – 12:30pm.

Rock painting for all. We have all the stuff, so come along and paint up some rocks with us.

Please bring stones to paint if you have them.

Free event.

Thursday 6 October

‘Monarchs of Aotearoa’ with author Erin Willson @ Central

Central Library; Children’s Zone, 10–11am

Join visiting author Erin Willson and celebrate the magical Monarch butterfly and the unique story of their journey to Aotearoa. With a very special story time, you’ll also learn how you can care for Monarch butterflies in your garden and take home your own swan plant seedling.

‘Monarchs of Aotearoa’ with author Erin Willson @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Te Pātikitiki Library, 57 Highbury Ave, 2 – 3pm

Join visiting author Erin Willson and celebrate the magical Monarch butterfly and the unique story of their journey to Aotearoa. With a very special story time, you’ll also learn how you can care for Monarch butterflies in your garden and take home your own swan plant seedling.

Friday 7 October

Freaky Friday – Give Me Some Space! Story Time

Central Library; Children’s Zone, 10am – 11am

Board the spaceship and travel to new spaces and places with stories from Planet Library.

*Bring your Hell Reading Pizza Wheels along to do a book chat after or grab a wheel to start.

Aimed at ages 5+

Saturday 8 October

Brazilian Kid’s Movie Festival: Taina 2, A Aventura Continua/ Taina 2: A New Amazon Adventure

Central Library; Ground Floor, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

The young warrior Indian Taina must battle against biopirates. She is joined by a new boy from the big city and an Indian girl who wants to follow her steps as a protector of the jungle.

Find out more about the Brazilian Kid’s Movie Festival.

We hope you have a blast in the first week of the school holidays, and we’re looking forward to seeing you here soon!

Check out the winners!

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults champion and honour New Zealand’s literature for tamariki and rangatahi. The winners were announced on Wednesday August 10, and now’s your chance to check them out.

The awards are a celebration of New Zealand’s children’s authors and illustrators, and the contribution they make to building our national identity and heritage. So without further ado, here’s the winners of 2022! We’re including a link to the book in our collection, so you can see if it’s available. If it’s not, place a reservation

Margaret Mahy Book of the Year, Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction and Russell Clark Award For Illustration

Atua: Māori Gods and Heroes, written and illustrated by Gavin Bishop

 “Before the beginning there was nothing. No sound, no air, no colour: nothing. TE KORE, NOTHING. No one knows how long this nothing lasted because there was no time. However, in this great nothing there was a sense of waiting. Something was about to happen.

Find it in the library.

Picture Book Category Winner

Lion guards the cake, written and illustrated by Ruth Paul

“Lion is full of pride when it comes to guarding his home and when the birthday cake has been made for the next day’s celebrations, he goes where he is needed most … to guard the cake. But in the morning, the household awakes to a chaotic scene. What happened when Lion was guarding the cake?”

Find it in the Library.

Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction

The Memory Thief, written by Leonie Agnew

Seth has been trapped behind the iron bars of the public gardens for as long as he can remember. By day he’s frozen as a statue of a shepherd boy, but as soon as the sun sets he roams the park, ravenously hungry. He is a troll, and the food he seeks is human memories. Then he meets Stella.

Find it in the library.

Young Adult Fiction Award

Learning to Love Blue, written by Saradha Koirala

With Vox Pop and high school behind her, 18-year-old Paige arrives in Melbourne with her suitcase and bass guitar; a copy of Bob Dylan’s Chronicles and Joni Mitchell’s Blue – a gift from her estranged mother that she’s still learning to love. Following in the footsteps of her musical heroes, all of whom left home to make it in 1960s New York, Paige knows Melbourne’s the new rock and roll capital of the world: if she can’t make it here, she can’t make it anywhere.

Find it in the Library.

Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award for Te Reo Māori

I Waho, i te Moana, written by Yvonne Morrison, illustrated by Jenny Cooper and translated by Pānia Papa

Out in the moana, underneath the sparkling sun, lived a mother sea lion and her little pup one. A playful retelling of the much-loved traditional story, Over in the Meadow.

Find it in the library.

NZSA Best First Book Award

Spark Hunter, written by Sonya Wilson

Over a million hectares of wild bush-clad land and one young hunter… Nissa Marshall knows that something is hiding deep in the forests of Fiordland National Park – she’s seen their lights in the trees. But what are they, and why does no one else seem to notice them?

Find it in the library.

Congratulations to the winners! You can see the full shortlist at the New Zealand Book Awards Trust website – it’s a great starting point for some of the newest and best stories for tamariki (children) and rangatahi (youth).

School Holidays at the Library – Week Two

It’s the second week of the holidays – here’s some great things you can do to keep little minds busy at the Library!

Tuesday 19 July, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Have a go – with Robots @ Central

Drop by the Central Library and get hands on with a range of different robots to construct, programme and interact with. 

Find out more about Robots @ CENTRAL.

Tuesday, 19 July 2022, 10:00am – 11:30am

POP UP Play Session with Sport Manawatū @ Awapuni Park

Join us at the Awapuni Park (on Newbury Street) with the crew from Sport Manawatū. 

Find out more about POP UP Play Session with Sport Manawatū @ Awapuni Park

Tuesday, 19 July 2022, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Badjelly the Witch @ Roslyn Library

Join Dinglemouse for a ‘Bad Jelly The Witch’ experience.

Find out more about Badjelly the Witch @ Roslyn Library

Tuesday, 19 July 2022, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Robotic workshop @ Awapuni Library

Drop by the Awapuni Library and get hands on with a range of different robots to construct, programme and interact with. 

Find out more about Robotic workshop @ Awapuni Library

Tuesday, 19 July 2022, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Canine Friends Pet Therapy Come for a Visit @ Central

Come and say hello to our dog pals from Canine Friends Pet Therapy.

Find out more about Canine Friends Pet Therapy Come for a Visit @ CENTRAL

Tuesday, 19 July 2022, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Make a wild bird feeder @ Te Pātikitiki Library

We’re making bird feeders out of cardboard rolls, coated with Kremelta, and rolled in Wild bird seeds.

Find out more about Making a wild bird feeder @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Wednesday, 20 July 2022, while stocks last

Matariki Grab and Go Activity Pack

A Matariki Matariki Grab and Go Activity Pack on the stars Ururangi and Hiwa-i-te-rangi.

Find out more about our Matariki activity packs

Wednesday, 20 July 2022, 10:00am – 11:30am

POP UP Play Session with Sport Manawatū @ Skoglund Park

Join us at Skoglund park with the crew from Sport Manawatū. Fun and games for the whole whānau to enjoy!

Find out more about POP UP Play Session with Sport Manawatū @ Skoglund Park

Wednesday, 20 July 2022, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Poetry Workshop @ Roslyn

Come along and discover different forms of acrostic poems, and write your own.

Find out more about our Poetry Workshop @ Roslyn

Wednesday, 20 July 2022, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

LEGO Club @ Te Pātikitiki

Come along and build with LEGO! All ages welcome.

Find out more about LEGO Club @ Te Pātikitiki

Thursday 21 July 2022, 10:00am – 11:00am

Art Time for Whanau @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Come in for a relaxing morning of colouring/doodling. No artistic talent needed.

Find out more about Art Time for Whanau @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Thursday, 21 July 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm

POP UP Play Session with Sport Manawatū @ PN Skatepark

Join us at the PN Skatepark with the crew from Sport Manawatū. Fun and games for the whole whānau to enjoy!

Find out more about POP UP Play Session with Sport Manawatū @ PN Skatepark

Thursday, 21 July 2022, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Perfect Picture Books with Alan Dingley @ Te Pātikitiki Library

There are so many AMAZING picture books out there, but which ones can help kids navigate this crazy world? Bookhunter Alan Dingley helps out.

Find out more about Perfect Picture Books with Alan Dingley @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Thursday, 21 July 2022, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

A Very Silly Session with Dingleberry the Clown @ Awapuni

A jam packed hour of fun! Come along and have a laugh.

Find out more about A Very Silly Session with Dingleberry the Clown

Friday, 22 July 2022, while stocks last

Matariki Grab and Go Activity Pack

A Matariki Matariki Grab and Go Activity Pack on the stars Matariki and Pōhutukawa.

Find out more about our Matariki activity packs

Friday, 22 July 2022, 10:30am – 11:30am

Canine Friends Pet Therapy @ Roslyn Library

Come and say hello to our dog pals from Canine Friends Pet Therapy

Find out more about Canine Friends Pet Therapy @ Roslyn Library

Friday, 22 July 2022, 11:00am – 12:30pm

POP UP Play Session with Sport Manawatū @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Join us at the Te Pātikitiki Library with the crew from Sport Manawatū. Fun and games for the whole whānau to enjoy!

Find out more about POP UP Play Session with Sport Manawatū @ Te Pātikitiki Library

The end of the School Holidays doesn’t mean an end to the fun – the Palmy Kids Read NZ’s Best Reading Challenge runs until 10 August, so keep on reading!

8 July – 10 August

Palmy Kids Read NZ’s Best Reading Challenge

Help Celebrate the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, as a lead up to the winners announcement on August 10, 2022. Read from the shortlist of finalist books or choose some of your favourite reads.

Find out more about the Palmy Kids Read NZ’s Best Reading Challenge.

School Holidays at the Library – Week One

The July School Holidays are here, and we’ve got loads on to keep tamariki busy. Here’s what we’ve got for Week One (13 – 15 July).

Wednesday, 13 July 2022, while stocks last

Matariki Grab and Go Activity Pack

A grab and go pack on the stars Tupuārangi & Tupuānuku.

Find out more about our Matariki Grab & Go packs

Wednesday, 13 July 2022, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Dingleberry the Clown @ Roslyn Library

Come listen to Dingleberry read some of his favourites, your favourites, and help him tell them!

Find out more about Dingleberry the Clown @ Roslyn Library

Wednesday, 13 July 2022, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Cook Island Dance Class @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Come along to learn how to dance Cook Island style!

Find out more about Cook Island Dance Class @ Te Patikitiki Library

Wednesday 13 July, 3:30 – 4:30pm

LEGO Club @ Te Pātikitiki

Come along and build with LEGO! All ages welcome.

Find out more about LEGO Club @ Te Pātikitiki

Thursday 14 July 2022, 10:00am – 11:00am

Art Time for Whanau @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Come in for a relaxing morning of colouring/doodling. No artistic talent needed!

Find out more about Art Time for Whanau @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Thursday 14 July 2022, 10:30am – 11:30am

Perfect Picture Book Party @ Central Library

Dress up is welcome!

Find out more about Perfect Picture Book Party @ CENTRAL

Thursday, 14 July 2022, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Robotic workshop @ Te Pātikitiki Library

An introductory session aimed at Primary school aged children and families. Parents are welcome to join in!

Find out more about Robotic workshop @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Friday, 15 July 2022, while stocks last

Matariki Grab and Go Activity Pack

A grab and go pack on the stars Waitā, Waitī and Waipuna-ā-rangi.

Find out more about our Matariki Grab & Go packs

Friday, 15 July 2022, 10:00am – 11:30am

Pet Toy Craft @ Awapuni Library

Make a paw-fect toy for your furry friend!

Find out more about Pet Toy Craft @ Awapuni Library

Friday, 15 July 2022, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Canine Friends Pet Therapy @ Awapuni Library

Come and say hello to our dog pals from Canine Friends Pet Therapy!

Find out more about Canine Friends Pet Therapy @ Awapuni Library

As well as daily activities, we’ve got a new reading challenge to take on:

Palmy Kids Read NZ’s Best Reading Challenge

8 July – 10 August

Help Celebrate the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, as a lead up to the winners announcement on August 10, 2022. Read from the shortlist of finalist books or choose some of your favourite reads.

Find out more about the Palmy Kids Read NZ’s Best Reading Challenge.

Summer Reading registrations open today *** NOW CLOSED ***

What is it?

The Summer Reading Programme is our popular summer challenge, which promotes the enjoyment of reading for children aged 4 – 10 years. Readers of all abilities can participate.

This year, our programme is online due to Covid-19. Readers will still be supported by library staff over summer with the app Beanstack. Readers log their reading on the app to complete ‘activity badges’ which help to earn incentives.

We provide assistance to parents and families in what services the library has to offer as well.

So READLOGDOEARN and if you earn 4 (or 5) incentive activity badges you’ll have successfully completed the programme and can take home a finale grab-and-go pack to celebrate!

iRead – Intermediate Reading Programme

This programme is for children aged 11 – 13 years and requires them to write and submit short online book reviews.

For every three reviews completed, readers can select one new book as a reward. It is possible to earn up to five new books during the programme. Some of these book rewards are the latest titles.

There are also some additional online activity badges that can be earned too.

Te Reo Māori Programme

We are pleased to offer a Te Reo Māori programme, which we run through local schools in Term 4.

Please contact Christina Winitana by email for more information.

Multilingual Options

The Summer Reading Programme supports speakers of other languages by offering our ‘Global Legends’ online activity badges. Translated hardcopy materials are required to complete these reading activities.

These activities have been created and supported by multicultural groups within our community and facilitate connections for children who are speakers or readers in another language.

How do I participate?

There are more than 600 places available, however our reading programmes are very popular so we might have more people who wish to register than we have space for.

To secure your place, register on our website from 9am Monday 22 November. Registrations remain open while places are available.

*** Registrations are now closed ***

When does it run from?

The Summer Reading and iRead Programmes 2021/22 both start on Monday 6 December, and finish on Thursday 27 January.

Where?

The Summer Reading Programme is available online and through all Palmerston North City Library sites: Central, Ashhurst, Awapuni, Roslyn and Te Pātikitiki for incentive collections.

iRead is also run online, and through the Library at Central, Ashhurst, Awapuni, and Roslyn for incentive collections.

Want to know more?

Contact Rhonda Chenery, Children’s Programme Coordinator

Email: rhonda.chenery@pncc.govt.nz

Phone: 351 4100, ext: 7057