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.
Story and craft times for all children and their families at Porirua Libraries in the April School holidays. Plus: My Name is Not Refugee - an evening of spoken word performances exploring the refugee and migrant experience (suitable for young adults and adults). Full programme at What's On.
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 48 hours in advance to give notice of large group bookings, 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. Please note Story World is on a break to make way for our Read Around the World holiday programme. The next regular sessions will be Wednesday, May 2, and Friday, May 4.
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. Baby Band is currently on a break over the school holidays. Please note, Baby Band is on a break to make way for our Read Around the World holiday programme. Sally will return with the ukuleles on Thursday, May 3. In the meantime, keep singing and dancing with your beautiful babies.
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, be involved with Reading Together first meetings or graduations, and inspire your staff.
My Name is Not Refugee, Kate Milner (The Bucket List, 2017)
In a world where the inexplicable fills news feeds, when we find ourselves afraid to look, yet feel honour bound to bear witness, it can be difficult to explain our concerns to the blissfully uninformed. Still, an awareness of the types of roads their neighbours may have walked is essential if we are to instill the necessary radical empathy in our children. My Name is Not Refugee explores the issue soberly, with a reassuring voice addressing the curiosity of both the affected and the observant.
A simple, responsive monologue dictates a mother’s explanation to her son that their town is not safe, that they will have to say goodbye to old friends, pack only what they can carry, and leave. ‘It will be sad but quite exciting too.’ There will be a lot of walking, and sometimes they will have to sleep in strange places. ‘It might get a bit boring.’
Boxed questions are posed to the reader: ‘What would you take?’; ‘How far can you walk?’; ‘Can you speak more than one language?’ Political specificity is eschewed in favour of narrative and setting details many refugees will recognise. The illustrations are spare, allowing plenty of white space for pausing in, with a muted colour palette, and just the right amount of pertinent detail to reinforce the text.
The real beauty of this book in describing forced migration to either the refugee, or the child struggling to understand what they have been through, is that it veils trials in a mother’s love, without diminishing their gravity. And there is a happy ending… a time when ‘refugee will not be your name’. Essential for sharing.
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 be emailed the latest You Really Ought to Read, email the same address with 'YROTR' as the subject line. 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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