Archive for May, 2010

It’s wet and cold and I’m bored!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Play some board games with your family.  There are so many different ones to play, from chess to battleships, and Scrabble to Monopoly.
  5. 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!

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2010 NZ Post Book Award winners

Here’s a list of the 2010 NZ Post Book Award winners.  Did you pick the winners?  Click on the title or author of the book to see if we have a copy in your library .

Picture Book  and Book of the Year – Old Huhu by Kyle Mewburn & Rachel Driscoll

Nonfiction – E3 Call Home by Janet Hunt

Junior Fiction – The Loblolly Boy by James Norcliffe

Young Adult – Blood of the Lamb: The Crossing by Mandy Hager

Children’s Choice Award – The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith and Katz Cowley

Children’s Choice Nonfiction – Dear Alison by Simon Pollard (editor)

Children’s Choice Junior Fiction – Friends: Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop

Children’s Choice Young Adult – Brainjack by Brian Falkner

Honour Award – The Word Witch by Margaret Mahy and David Elliot, edited by Tessa Duder

Best First Book Award – The Bone Tiki by David Hair

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Writing Tip of the Week – Patrick Ness

This week’s writing tip comes from Patrick Ness, author of the amazing Chaos Walking Trilogy.  If you’re a really good reader and you like fast-paced, thrilling, futuristic books, check out the first book in the trilogy, The Knife of Never Letting Go.

“If you have a good idea, wait – ideas always attract other ideas.  No matter what age you are, you are never too young to have ideas.”

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Funky Word Friday – nemesis

nemesis (noun)

Pronunciation: nem-uh-sis

What does it mean?:

1 a : one that punishes or avenges

b : a formidable and usually victorious rival or opponent

2 a : an act or instance of just punishment

b : a source of harm or ruin

How do you use it?: Spiderman’s nemesis, The Green Goblin, came flying through the air straight at him.

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Science Project Time!

CoverIf your teacher has just sprung the whole Science Project thing on you, and you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to build a fully functioning computer out of kitchen waste and a couple of old coat hangers, don’t panic!  We are here to help.

There’s a whole range of good books on the subject at Christchurch City Libraries. If you’re looking for inspiration check out titles such as 46 Science Fair Projects for the Evil Genius or Prize Winning Science Fair Projects for Curious Kids – guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing.

If you’re a born science fiend, you may already have your own area of expertise. Check out books on specialty areas such as:

These books are chocka with great ideas and practical instruction.

The CCL website has some good advice and helpful links on a wide range of science topics. For background reading check out the Internet Gateway.

On the web it’s worth checking out the National Library of New Zealand. This site has a webpage of links that may inspire you.  Super Science Fair Projects.com even gives you tips on organising your time and some insight into how judges think.

So, no need to despair. Get reading and get inventing. You may just be the next great scientific genius of the century.

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What is your favourite movie of all time?

Pop cornThis horribly wet and cold weather that we’re having across New Zealand at the moment gives you the perfect excuse (when you’re not at school) to chill out and watch some of your favourite movies.  I have so many movies that I love that it’s hard to pick my favourite ones.  I love the classic kids movies like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Labyrinth and Mary Poppins, but I also like science fiction movies like Star Wars and Back to the Future. 

My favourite movie of all time though is Princess Bride.  It has everything that a great movie should do, sword fights, goodies, baddies, action, adventure and it’s hilarious.  It’s one of those movies I can watch again and again and never get sick of.

Check out our cool Read the Book, See the Film page on our Kids site for books that have been made into movies.

What’s your favourite movie of all time? Why do you love it?  Is it the story or the characters?  Post a comment and let us know.

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Puffin Short Story Awards – win win win!

You’ve got till 11 June 2010 and prizes include an iPod Touch for the Junior and Intermediate categories.

The Theme is … “My Puffin” and you can let your imagination run wild!

Visit the Puffin Short Story Awards and enter now.

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