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.
A-Long Hot Summer Story Festival 2015-16 opening night audience
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 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.
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.
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.
My Dog Mouse, by Eva Lindstrom (Gecko Press, 2017)
There are as many ways of loving as there are beings and things to be loved. My Dog Mouse is about the love between an old dog and his walker. The unnamed narrator allows Max to waddle along at a snail’s pace. She uses her ‘nice voice’, not her ‘usual one’, when she endearingly calls him “old man”. She takes the time to count his teeth when he yawns, and mentions this as if it is a particular kind of blessing. And when she drops him home, she wishes he was hers.
It’s the kind of love you might feel for a young child or an aging relative. They force you to slow down – as does the gait of this book - but you value the pace, savouring every moment. Hardly anything can happen, when you’re caught up in a love like this, yet a commentary-worthy routine emerges. It drifts across you, affecting your light source, like ‘a particular cloud’ in a blue sky. You feel alternately hypnotised and warm. And all for the tale of an ordinary walk, through a not particularly inspiring neighbourhood you would, nevertheless, feel happy to walk every day on which Mouse could make it.
Child-like illustrations set the characters small in a world that seems to exist regardless of them – a world where other dogs fight, an ashtray overflows onto a footpath, a supermarket trolley is abandoned outside an apartment block, and other people are faceless and outside the very special frame of reference Lindstrom has drawn. We know this world, and we know love can grow there. Like Mouse on the last page, we wait at the window, and want the story to start again.
If you have any queries or feedback please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (04) 237 1543.
Built By Optimation