Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Have you looked at our range of Library Magazines lately?

We have lots of really cool stuff in the library this year, from the always-popular National Geographic Kids magazine and Upstart ...  to new titles like Scooby Doo, Marvel Comics, and Looney Tunes!

While magazines can not be issued to take home, they are perfect for relaxing with, or sharing with friends in the Library - either in class time, or at open lunchtimes.

Come and have a look at the selection!!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Term 3 - New Term, New Books!

Welcome to Term 3!  It's amazing how fast the year is going... and this term, we have some great new books to enjoy.  Every year we buy the Guinness Book of World Records, but this year, it came with a video trailer, too!  Click on the picture below to see it...

We've also got some great new series to come this term. 'Rebecca and the Queen of Nations' is the first of a series telling stories from the point of view of children during important times in New Zealand's early history.  They are a little like the 'My Story' series, and are written by a variety of fantastic authors.  

Rebecca and the Queen of Nations

On the New Book stand this week, we also have one of my favourite picture books to be published in New Zealand lately: Queen Alice's Palaces, by Juliette MacIver.  It is clever, and funny, with great illustrations.

Queen Alice's Palaces

Come in and have a look for yourself!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Award winners 2014

Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators of the NZ Post Childrens Book Awards winners 2014!

Here are the winning books:

Picture Book

The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka

Junior Fiction

Dunger by Joy Cowley

Non Fiction

The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson

Children's Choice

The Three Bears…Sort Of by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley 

..and the overall winner for 2014 is...

The Boring Book!

Our library copies are now available to issue - enjoy!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Spot the Dog

Many of you will have memories of the wonderful Spot books, written by Eric Hill.  Some of you might even remember the TV programme about Spot and his adventures!
It was sad to find out this week that Eric Hill has died.  We are lucky to still have his books, and also to be able to see him on video.  Here is Eric reading 'Where's Spot?' : the very first Spot book.

If you would like more information on Eric and how he came to write his Spot books, here is a link to an article and a video interview on the Guardian newspaper website.

Thank you, Mr Hill, for Spot!

Friday, June 6, 2014

It's nearly Matariki

As we get closer to Matariki, it seems like a good opportunity to share a video of an author reading her own book.  This is one that we have in our library, and it is called 'The Seven Stars of Matariki', written (and told) by Toni Rolleston-Cummings.  It is a great book!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Winter Storytelling

It's looking like we could have a miserably cold and wintry week ahead. It's so nice to have the Library Heat Pump up and running.  It is quick and efficient at making our new space toasty and warm!

In this weather, it's nice to sit down and listen to a story.  Here is the Library Lion, from one of my favourite storytelling sites, Storyline Online.  It's a great site to have a look around on a rainy or cold day...

...and here is the link to the site, so you can explore more stories....

Monday, May 12, 2014

NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2014

It's the time of year again where we get the chance to see all the amazing books nominated for the Children's Book Awards!  You may have noticed the books displayed on the shoe cubby shelf just inside the library door... and some of you may even have had a story or two read to you by your teacher.  This week, if you have time in your library session, have a look at them with your teacher - and you might even choose to vote as a class on which ones you like best.  There is also a link below so you can vote online individually, if you prefer.  I know which ones my favourite books are... I wonder how many of you will agree with me... !

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Welcome back to Term 2


It's so exciting to have normal classes in our brand new space!  It's going to be great to have all the books within easy reach again, and to have the library buzzing with students and teachers and not just power tools!

On our New Book stand this week is Eric Vale: Epic Fail.  If you liked Wimpy Kid books, or Timmy Failure, Big Nate or Origami Yoda books, you will love Eric Vale!  Have you ever had a day you just wanted to forget?  Eric definitely has.....

Here is the trailer on YouTube  to have a look at - come and reserve the book from the library this week!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Library is Open - and It's Library Week!!

This term has certainly been long and complicated.... but now we have a new and exciting space, and it looks wonderful!!

Thank you all for your patience while the building work has been going on, and also for adapting to having books come to you, instead of you coming to the library.  We all hope you will love using the new and improved library, and that you all have a wonderful year in in here, reading and learning.

...And WELCOME TO LIBRARY WEEK 2014!  Look out for special stories, competitions, Dress Up Day, and Library Olympics..... let's celebrate our library and have some fun!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 student librarians


Yes, this year has certainly been a little complicated in the library - but we are coming to the end of the refurbishment now, and getting everything ready for the Library Opening on Monday!

Our new student librarians have been announced, and we are delighted to have the following as student librarians in 2014!

Paua: Ryan, Caitlin, Elizabeth, Elena, Nicholas, Brooklyn
Kea: Ratana, Kayla, Nadine, Haylee, Anna, Erin
Ruru: Gracie, Amy, Kaylee, Josh, Will R, Paige

Congratulations, everyone, and let's look forward to a great year ahead!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Our library is mobile....


The building work inside the library is moving along fast... and we are planning what to buy to make the new space fun, exciting, and a great place for you to read and enjoy!
In the meantime, it is great to be able to bring books to you, and really good to hear your feedback on the books in the box for each class.  You are all choosing such interesting things!

Lining the wall between Pukeko Room and the Library

Boxes of books waiting to come to classrooms

Books for Ruru Room
Books for Kiwi Room

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New Year, New Library!

Welcome back to a new school year, everyone!  It's hard to believe how fast Term One is going!  You may have noticed that there are some big changes happening to (and around) the library.  

When all the building work is finished, we will have a much bigger space, with some really great spaces to work and to enjoy our library and its books!

Here are some of the photos to show you what has been happening...


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