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Making school work an online breeze

All good things must come to an end and school holidays is one of them! Luckily the library likes to make your life as fun as possible! How? Well over the years we have learned that there are certain themes that schools like to concentrate on. So we have gathered lots of information in one place at Homework help.

If you can’t find what you are looking for there then are other places to go such as World Book Kids and also Britannica Junior which are easy to use online encyclopedias with articles, games, science projects and interactive tools to help you get your homework out of the way so you can get outside.

There are also online games and books to help you with your reading and maths if you want to improve these skills. Literacy Planet through numerous games can have you moving up groups in reading and maths at school. While TumbleBooks provide animated books which you can read or have read to you. Hours of free entertainment that help you learn! To use these online resources all you need is your library card and password/PIN.  

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Free online fun at the library these holidays

Now that you are free from school what plans do you have for the summer holidays that stretch before you? (I am so jealous!) I have a few suggestions that you may want to try if you start to get a bit bored. They are free, enjoyable and all for you!

  • BusyThings: Fun games and activities for 3 to 7 year olds that include creating music and art.
  • TumbleBook Library: Animated books which include games, quizzes, videos and puzzles.
  • Literacy Planet: Create characters and earn rewards in return for completing fun tasks.
  • OverDrive: Over 1200 children’s fiction and non fiction e-books and downloadable audiobooks for your enjoyment!

Far be it from us to encourage you to play online more, but there will be wet days when playing outside will not be an option. This is where we can help. All you need to access any of these online resources is an imagination and a  library card number and password / PIN.

Oh and don’t forget to come and visit us  at your local library this summer!

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National Geographic just for you

There are a few things that you can not avoid in life and homework is one of them! Here at Christchurch City Libraries we want to make homework as painless as possible. To help beat the due date blues, we welcome National Geographic Kids online.

National Geographic Kids can be searched by itself or  through the National Geographic Digital Archive. This resource is geared toward 6-14 year olds and it includes:

  • National Geographic Kids magazine 2009-present (3 month embargo);
  • National Geographic Kids books which include award-winning photos and maps;
  • Kid-friendly, downloadable images perfect for assignments.

Have a play and see what you think! You can find this electronic resource 24/7 through the catalogue or at the Source, all you need is your library card number, PIN and a sense of adventure and wonder!
Who doesn’t want to know that two unmanned spacecraft have been travelling through outer space for 33 years?

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Think you can’t get to the library? Oh, yes you can!

At the moment there are only a few libraries that are open. But don’t worry – our website is open all the time.  If you’ve read all of the books that you’ve got, head to the Kids pages  – we have plenty of stories for you to enjoy:

  • Start with Stories by New Zealand authors.  There’s heaps of them, by Fleur Beale, Gavin Bishop, Joy Cowley, Brian Falkner, Margaret Mahy and many other authors.  You can even add a comment and let us know what you thought of each one.
  • TumbleBooks Library is one of our cool, free e-book collections.  It has everything from picture books to classics like Black Beauty and Tom Sawyer.  You can read the stories yourself or read along while the story is read to you.  The picture books are animated –  so it’s like reading and watching a cartoon at the same time.  TumbleBooks also has word games and puzzles linked to the story that you can play.  You need to have your library card number and PIN.
  • We have a great list of stories, books and authors where you will find the websites of your favourite author or series, including Roald Dahl, Goosebumps, Narnia and Harry Potter.
  • Try the Space explorer for a fun trip around the solar system.

See? Even if your local library is shut, there’s plenty to do and read on the library website.

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