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.
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.
Room on Our Rock, by Kate and Jol Temple, illustrated by Terri Rose Baynton (Scholastic, 2018)
‘There are two sides to every story,’ reads the subtitle of Room on Our Rock. It's a tale of two seals with nowhere to go, and more seals, holding fast to safe home. When things are looking as dire as they can get for a displaced parent and pup, with surely a sad ending in store, the reader is encouraged to read the book from back to front. This delivers an entirely different message.
Ingenious, yet simple, text composition and placement are in perfect symphony with the cold-coloured watercolour washes that speak of rugged homelands and the invisible borderlines between safety and danger.
Use the text as a seed for conversations about sharing and generosity in general, or mine the deeper implicit theme of welcoming refugees into our country and neighbourhoods. The book doubles as a fundraiser for the Australian Refugee Action Support Program.
It’s never too soon to lay the foundations of empathy, and this book is pitched perfectly to do so from the youngest age.
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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