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.
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.
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.
Tell Me a Tattoo Story, by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler (Chronicle Books, 2016)
One of the greatest qualities a book can have is the ability to fill one with a desire to become a part of the story, to enter its world, and live with the characters we meet there. One place I’d love to live – and I wouldn’t even mind which character I was doing the living as – is in a funky house that somehow manages to be surrounded by greenery in the middle of one of those American cities where water towers dot the horizon like rocket ships. It is filled with a love that will last as long as tattoos do.
Inside are: a narrating Dad, a questioning son, and a beloved Mom. Although we don’t hear the son’s voice, he drives the narrative, tugging on shirt tails to ask for the titular stories of Dad’s well-inked skin. What he gets, told with a brevity perfect for bedtime, is the tale of his Dad’s life. He has a Hobbit tattoo to remind him of being read to by his Mom. He has sound advice from his Dad on his forearm. He has the memory of meeting the pretty girl who would become the Mom who is listening today.
He took her picture with him on the longest trip he ever took. Seeing him tramping with his platoon reminds us how precious his very existence is. And that forearm is exposed to remind him to ‘be kind’ even under duress.
Of course the little man’s favourite tattoo is the heart on his Dad’s heart, emblazoned with a highly significant date. That’s Dad’s favourite too.
The motifs of the family’s history are played out from the end papers to significant details among illustrations, with a preference for a variety of blues reflective of traditional tattoos. These hipsters behave traditionally too, in ways they seem to have inherited from Dad’s early days.
It’s a lovely book, showing tattoos can be as tender as the memories they preserve; and Dads can too.
If you have any queries or feedback, or would like to make a booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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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