This page describes Porirua Library's Children's Library, which has a wide range of items that can be borrowed, and runs year-round programming for children of all ages.
It’s shaping up to be a scorcher this year, and A-Long Hot Summer Story Festival has a sizzler of a programme for book lovers and crafty kids. The festival will launch in hilarious style on 20 December at 5.30pm at the City Centre Library with Chris Lam Sam’s riotous Musical Mayhem Show. It runs at the City Centre, Cannons Creek, Whitby and Pukerua Bay libraries from until 17 January, with more than 20 events on offer. Cool craft activities, interactive improv theatre, pantomime, master storyteller sessions, magic, music and karaoke are just some of the programme’s highlights.
There will be spot prizes at all events, a Find the Boatshed Challenge to tour you around all our branch libraries (and win more prizes), plus, if you collect four event stamps on your programme you'll win a mystery goodie bag. Programmes will be released from the night of the Launch Party, when the good times will officially begin to roll. Be there!
In the Children's Library, you will find more than 7,000 different books for children and their parents, ranging from board books for babies, through picture books (from wordless to sophisticated), emergent readers, look-and-finds (like Where's Wally?), comics, rite-of-passage series like Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Percy Jackson, and hot trend series' such as Liz Pichon's Tom Gates, Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the James Patterson Middle School books. There is an extensive non-fiction collection, and librarians who are trained in the fine art of extracting the facts and inspiration kids need from it. We also run holiday programmes - including the fabulous annual A-Long Hot Summer Story Festival - designed to bring the magic of story alive, and make you and your kids a part of it. Come and join the party!
What's better than having a book read to you or reading one to someone else? Having a bestselling author or award winning actor read it to you on one of our audio books. We have a huge collection, from picture books to chapter books on CD. The audio collection also includes a wide range of albums of kid's music and creative visualisation CDs.
Our puzzles and games collections has something for everyone from babies to grannies: safe first puzzles, tray puzzles of your favourite characters from Toy Story and Bob the Builder, Charades, card games, mini WasGijs, brain teasers, and much more. Games and puzzles help foster mathematical skills, perseverance, decision making, and co-operation; plus, it feels great to play!
There are four branches supported by the main library. They are: Whitby, Cannons Creek, Titahi Bay and Pukerua Bay. Each has its own unique local flavour. Visit one to browse some different books, or reserve an item from somewhere else and have it sent to the library closest to you. Visit our Locations page to view maps and opening hours.
All Children’s Library services are free. Charges are only incurred by damaged or lost cards or items, and overdue fines. There is a selection of children's DVDs available in the general collection, and these can be rented at $2 each, for seven days.
Classes from schools and pre-schools within Porirua City are always welcome at the library. We believe school and public libraries are connected links in the information chain. Please email or phone at least a week in advance to book, so we can cater to your learning objectives, and help your students maximise the potential of your visit.
Story World runs every Wednesday and Friday during school term time at 10.45AM. Enjoy a preschool story, singing and craft time for children to enjoy with their parents and caregivers. Let Bee and Sally be your tour guides in Story World, exploring the best children's books the library has to offer, and laying the foundations for a lifelong love of stories. No charge. The final Story Worlds for the year happen on 12 and 14 December, to make way for A-Long Hot Summer Story Festival 8. There will be plenty of fun for 3-12s, so don't leave town!
Songs, rhymes, and music-making for our youngest customers. A warm, friendly, tuneful social opportunity for babies and caregivers alike. Come ready to lift your voice and make a joyful noise! BYO instruments, or borrow something from us. Get with the band! Thursdays at 10.30AM during school term time. No charge. The final Baby Band of the year happens on 13 December, to make way for A-Long Hot Summer Story Festival 8. Baby Band has grown enormously over the past year, and we thank you all for your support of it. We will be changing things up in 2019 to keep it sustainable, and are currently seeking feedback on your experiences. Email email@example.com to let us know how it's worked for you, and we'll keep you updated going forward.
We consider the Children's Library to be a library without walls, and as such, outreach is one of our specialties. Staff from the Children’s Library are available to visit your school to talk about books and the Library, read to your students, help mark literary celebrations, and inspire your staff.
If you have any queries or feedback, or would like to make a booking, please email Bee.Trudgeon@poriruacity.govt.nz or phone (04) 237 1543. To join our Super Mailing List, and be kept up to date with all our events, email the same address with 'SML' as the subject line.
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