While the library was closed over Level 4 Lockdown, the Porirua Libraries Children's Team compiled a weekly digital digest filled with great ways to borrow books, listen to stories, and do activities online for free!
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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 of audio books – from picture books to chapter books on CD. The audio collection also includes a wide range of albums of kids music and creative visualisation CDs.
Children (under 16) can have their own library cards.
Children can borrow as many items as they wish (and can manage). The guarantor needs to come to the library with ID and proof of address to sign the child up, but doesn't need to be a member themselves. The card will be sent out in the post.
Our younger tamariki will enjoy gorgeous picture books and the thrill of conquering chapter books, while our teens explore the more challenging Young Adult collection. Our branch librarians select books from the children's collection to meet the needs and interests of their community, and love nothing better than a chat with our young friends. We don't stamp the books anymore, but our youngest customers keep the tradition alive by getting stamped themselves.
Our children's collection ranges from board books for babies, through to 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 other popular series, such as Liz Pichon's Tom Gates, Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the James Patterson Middle School books.
Kids can separate the real deal from the "alternative facts" with our extensive non-fiction collection, and librarians, who are trained in the fine art of extracting the facts and inspiration kids need from it.
There is a selection of children's DVDs available in the general collection, a bargain at $2 each, for seven days.
Our puzzles and games collection has something for everyone from babies to grannies: safe first puzzles, tray puzzles of your favourite characters from Toy Story and Frozen and more, charades, card games, mini Wasgijs, brain teasers, and much more. Games and puzzles help foster mathematical skills, perseverance, decision making, and cooperation – plus, it feels great to play!
Let us be your guide into Story World, where we read the best books aloud, and extend engagement with a simple craft activity for pre-schoolersCity Centre Library, 10.45am, Wednesdays and Fridays, during primary school term time
Come along for a tuneful, sociable time with your babies, get with the band! Lift your voice and boogie with your babies.City Centre Library, 10.30am, Thursdays during school term time
Calling preschoolers to Whitby Library for your weekly fix of stories, songs and rhymes. With a different theme every week and a playground next door.Whitby Library, 10.30am –11am, Friday's during the school term.