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.
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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?), 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's also 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 of special events 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 five branches supported by the main library. They are: Whitby, Cannons Creek, Titahi Bay, Pukerua Bay, and Plimmerton. 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. Porirua Library is a proud supporter of the Ministry of Education's Reading Together programme, and is a great venue for final/graduation meetings - we'll even provide goodie bags.
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. Story World takes a break in April to make way for the Read Around the World school holiday programme. The first Story World sessions for the new term will happen on May 3 and 5.
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 takes a break in April to make way for the Read Around the World school holiday programme, and will be back on May 4, 2017. 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, and inspire your staff.
When I Coloured in the World, by Ahmadreza Ahmadi, illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi (Tiny Owl Publishing, 2015)
‘My mum gave me a box of crayons for colouring, and an eraser to rub things out with. So guess what I did?’…
An artist puts a world with too many sad words (old age, hunger, drought) in it to rights using imagination and crayons. The prayerful, rhythmic text is written by one of Iran’s most outstanding poets and children’s authors, Ahmadreza Ahmadi, Hans Christian Andersen Award nominee in 2010.
Stunning illustrations by Iranian artist Ehsan Abdollahi transcend time and place, putting me in mind of the iconic New Zealand-made Ready to Read series from the mid-1960s that included The Sweet Porridge and The Hungry Lambs titles. Kaleidoscopic backgrounds are peopled with pseudo-naive figures beating boredom with play, noise with song, despair with hope, and illness with health.
‘I rubbed out that word “war”. I got my sky blue crayon and I wrote “peace” with it / Light blue / Peace / All over the world news came from radios saying that all the wars had stopped. ‘
If only this book could serve as a vaccine for our times in the places it is desperately needed. Let it into your heart, and change the colour of your world.
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