You’re stuck inside with no school, and the libraries are closed. You can still explore heaps of interesting library resources from the comfort of your warm house. The Kids page is one of the best places to explore on the library homepage because you can find quizzes, games and stories to keep you entertained. Check out these pages:
From October to December 2010 Caledon Public Library in Ontario, Canada, ran a postcard exchange programme with libraries from other countries to celebrate different cultures from around the world.
Where in the world has your postcard ended?
The New Brighton Library joined the programme and we had local children and young adults writing and sending postcards representing Christchurch, New Zealand. We also had the special participation of Nova Montessori and Central New Brighton Schools, the kids did a fantastic job!
Christchurch City Libraries provided blank postcards for the patrons involved to draw and write on. They have mostly written about themselves and their favourite books and hobbies. You can have a peek at some of the ones we have sent here.
The postcards we received are on display at the New Brighton Library from 15 Jan-15 Feb 2011 but feel free to check out the webpage that Caledon Public Library has set up for the kids to find out where in the world their postcards have ended.
- Display at the New Brighton Library
It has been great to participate in such an inspiring Project!
At the library we’re all ready for Christmas – the tree and decorations are up, and the Christmas books are out on the shelf waiting for you to come and pick them up.
We have all sorts of Christmas books, in the library. There are books about Christmas cooking and crafts, and lots of stories about Christmas. Here are just some of the things you could make using books from the library
You could even listen to some nice Christmas music from Merry Christmas Baby or Still the Best Christmas Album in the World while you work.
For more Christmas books to enjoy and some fun Christmas websites check out our Christmas page on the Kids website.
If your not going anywhere these holidays, there are heaps of fun things to do. Even if its wet and boring outside.
Make a movie out of lego and a camera. Set up a scene with characters and take a picture. Move the people a tiny bit and take another picture. Repeat untill you have over 300 pictures. If you play the pictures really fast, it will look like a movie!
Read! There are lots of books to choose from and lots of diffent genres. The library is a good place to find interesting reading material.
Cook up some great food
Draw a picture. Paint, sketch, or pastel, your picture could be based on your favourite book or movie.
There are heaps of other things to do, what else do you think is something fun to do during these holidays?
Here is a list of some of the cool things on this school holidays in Christchurch – there are lots of things on at your libraries, at the Arts Centre, and more.
Have a look at the KidsFest website too. There are more than 200 events!
It’s been a horrible week here in Christchurch and the weekend doesn’t look like it’s going to be much better. You’re probably going to be stuck inside for most of the weekend so here’s some ideas for things you could do to keep you from getting bored:
- Come to the library. We have lots of books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and magazines you can take home and look at while you’re cuddled on the couch with a nice cup of hot chocolate.
- Bake something yummy with your family. You could bake a cake, biscuits, muffins or cupcakes. We have lots of cookbooks in the library if you want some ideas.
- Get crafty. You could do some painting, drawing, colouring, make paper planes, draw some cool cartoons or knit a scarf. There are lots of ideas on our Craft page on the Internet Gateway.
- Play some board games with your family. There are so many different ones to play, from chess to battleships, and Scrabble to Monopoly.
- Write a fantastic story and we could publish it on the blog. You might be the next J K Rowling!
If you have any other brilliant ideas for spending a wet, cold weekend inside, post a comment and let us know. Have a fun-filled weekend!