Now in its sensational seventh year, Porirua Library’s A-Long Hot Summer Story Festival provides a huge variety of events, suitable for children aged 3-12, free of charge. There is no need to register this year. Simply pick up a timetable from any branch of Porirua Libraries from December 21, to start collecting event stamps, and take your reading temperature. Collect four event stamps to win a mystery goodie bag or book prize. Be in to win spot prizes at all events. Raise your reading temperature to go in the draw for even more prizes! All events are listed below, and you'll find plenty to do at Cannons Creek, Porirua and Whitby Libraries in-between times too. This page will be kept up-to-date with commentary and photos from the events as they happen. Keep an eye on Bee's Bookish Blog for insider information as A-Long Hot Summer shines on! We look forward to seeing you in the libraries, or at one of the event venues soon!
Sing in the festival with Kath Bee!
Thursday December 21st, 5.30pm, Porirua Library: Opening Night Festival Launch Party with Kath Bee! Come and sing in the festival good times. Catchy, fun & thoughtful songs that will quickly become family favourites! Kath will be selling and signing merchandise at the show - cash sales only.
Monday December 25th and Tuesday December 26th - Libraries closed
Thursday December 28th, 10.30am, Porirua Library: Teddy Bear’s Picnic - Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic –a beary nice story and craft time for kids and their soft pals.
Friday December 29th, 2.00pm, Porirua Library: PlayShop present live improvisation mayhem where the audience become part of the stories.
Monday January 1st and Tuesday January 2nd - Libraries closed
Wednesday January 3rd, 10.30am - 1pm, Porirua Library: Zine-Along. Create a miniature magazine to photocopy and share with your fans.
Thursday January 4th, 9.30am – 12.00pm , Whitby Library: Zine-Along. Create a miniature magazine to photocopy and share with your fans. (Whitby event is a closed door event, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Friday January 5th, 9.30am-12.00pm, Cannons Creek Library: Zine-Along. Create a miniature magazine to photocopy and share with your fans.
Uke-Along with The Ukulele Institute
Monday January 8th, 10.30am, Porirua Library: Sally’s Dress Up Storytime. Put on your favourite dress-ups and join Sally for some story fun!
Monday January 8th, 2.00pm, Cannons Creek Library: Uke-Along. Come and jam with The Ukulele Institute (T.U.I) – with more ukes, puppets and tunes than you can shake a rainmaker at!
Tuesday January 9th, 2.00pm, Porirua Library: Storyteller Nick Duval-Smith performs tales of Roald Dahl.
Wednesday January 10th, 2.00pm, Porirua Library: Uke-Along, Come and jam with The Ukulele Institute (T.U.I) – with more ukes, puppets and tunes than you can shake a rainmaker at!
Wednesday January 10th, 1.30 – 3.00pm, Cannons Creek Library: When Books Get the Chop-Along, Ages 8 and up - Come along for a chance to give old books a new life with a session of groovy crafty goodness.
Thursday January 11th, 2.00pm, Porirua Library: Tim Tipene overcame an abusive childhood, breaking the cycle to become the author of 10 books, including the award-winning Maui - Sun Catcher - Maui te Kaihao i te Ra, Hinemoa te toa, Taming the Taniwha, Haere, and The Wooden Fish, and is the founder of the acclaimed Warrior Kids programme. He is a member of the Sir Peter Blake Dream Team of Leaders. His inspiring presentation is suitable for anyone aged 8+. Tim will be selling and signing books at the show - cash sales only
Friday January 12th, 10.30am, Porirua Library: Storyteller Baz Macdonald performs tales of Andy Griffiths
Friday January 12th, 2.00pm, Whitby Library: Uke-Along, Come and jam with The Ukulele Institute (T.U.I) – with more ukes, puppets and tunes than you can shake a rainmaker at!
Rainbow reading with La Quisha St Redfern
Monday January 15th, 1.30 – 3.00pm, Cannons Creek Library: When Books Get the Chop-Along, Ages 8 and up - Come along for a chance to give old books a new life with a session of groovy crafty goodness.
Tuesday January 16th, 10.30am, Porirua Library: 1.30pm, Cannons Creek Library; 3.30pm,
Whitby Library - Zero Waste presents: Levity Beet on Tour! He's back by popular demand! Fellow festival performer Kath Bee testifies: 'Levity Beet is a talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who relates to the audience in a down to earth manner. Whether it’s a bell on top of his head, a ukulele, bongo drums, or his homemade ‘fizzunkafone’, Levity keeps children wide eyed and engaged with stories and songs.' Levity will be selling and signing merchandise at the show - cash sales only
Wednesday January 17th, 2.00pm, Porirua Library: Rainbow Read-Along - Rainbow reading with science-fiction performance artist LaQuisha St Redfern. LaQuisha identifies as non-binary, neither fully masculine or feminine. With her beehive wig complemented by her beard, LaQuisha blends both manly qualities and her feminine side. She now has 21,000 followers on Twitter, an app of iMessage stickers, and a podcast.
Thursday January 18th, 5.30pm, Porirua Library: Stu Duval - Stu is a master storyteller, author and artist, and rated as one of New Zealand's best live story performers. Stu will be selling and signing books at the show - cash sales only
Promotional photography may be taken at any A-Long Hot Summer Story Festival events, for Porirua Library reporting, display, media and social media purposes. If you do not wish your child to be photographed, please let a staff member know. If you are photographing events, please consider the privacy of other families before posting on social media.
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