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Skulduggery Pleasant

Over the Summer holidays the Library had a Summer Reading Film Competition. It was aimed at teenagers but one of the entries was a great book trailer for Skulduggery Pleasant.

Skulduggery Pleasant is a very popular series about a girl who discovers her dead Uncle, who she thought was a horror fiction writer, actually was telling true stories about his battle against evil. The eighth book in the series, Last stand of dead men, has just been released, but if you’d like to start from the start, you can check out the full series on our catalogue.

The author of Skulduggery Pleasant, Derek Landry, visited Christchurch in 2012 and we interviewed him on our blog. We’ve got a lot of other great articles and videos about the Skulduggery Pleasant series on our blog too.

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Which book character would you like to take on holiday with you?

The Summertime Reading Club is on now and throughout the Summer holidays you have lots of chances to win on the Christchurch Kids Blog.  Each week we’ll have a competition that you can enter to win book vouchers from PaperPlus, one of our fantastic sponsors.  Did you know that you get a $5 PaperPlus voucher when you’ve completed your reading log?

Our third competition is super easy to enter.  Just leave a comment on this post telling us ‘Which book character would you like to take on your Summer holiday with you?’.  Make sure you put your name and your email address or phone number so that we can contact you if you win.  We’ll draw one lucky kid who will win a $40 PaperPlus voucher.   So get commenting and you’ll be in to win.  Competition closes Thursday 16 January 2014.

See below for terms and conditions

  • To enter this competition you must be between 5 and 12 years old and live in Canterbury. We may ask for proof of your address and your age.
  • If you are a winner, you consent to your name, photograph, entry and/or interview being used for reasonable publicity purposes by Christchurch City Libraries.
  • Staff of Christchurch City Libraries and their immediate families are not able to enter.
  • The competition ends on Thursday 16 January 2014 at 6pm.
  • We will notify the winners by telephone and/or email on Friday 17 January 2014.
  • The Christchurch Kids Blog judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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Join the Great Summer Reading Adventure!

Our annual Summertime Reading programme is about to get underway again for kids between 5 and 12 years old.  Pick up your Summertime Reading Club map from your local library or Paper Plus store from December and be in to win some great prizes!

Read six books of your choice between 20th December 2013 and 24th January 2014, then take your map back into the library to receive your sticker and a $5 Paper Plus voucher. The librarian will also enter you online for the prize draw and the major prize this year is an iPad mini.

For a further challenge, you can complete the Science Alive Reading Adventure by reading four different books and spotting the science feature in each of those books. Take the map back into the library and the librarian will enter you into the draw for some more great prizes.

We’ll also have a weekly Summertime Reading Challenge here on the Kids Blog that you can enter to win PaperPlus vouchers.

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Tell us what you’re reading and WIN

The Summertime Reading Club is on now and throughout the Summer holidays you have lots of chances to win on the Christchurch Kids Blog.  Each week we’ll have a competition that you can enter to win book vouchers from PaperPlus, one of our fantastic sponsors.  Did you know that you get a $5 PaperPlus voucher when you’ve completed your reading log?

Our first competition is super easy to enter.  Just leave a comment on this post telling us about a book that you’re reading for the Summertime Reading Club.  Make sure you put your name and your email address or phone number so that we can contact you if you win.  We’ll draw one lucky kid who will win a $40 PaperPlus voucher.   So get commenting and you’ll be in to win.  Competition closes Thursday 2 January 2014.

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Best Books of 2013!

Every year, all the staff at Christchurch City Libraries work out the best kids books published in 2013. It’s called our “Holiday Reading” list and there are about 200 awesome books in there! You can get a copy for free from our Libraries, or you can check it out online right now.

Some of the coolest ones are:

LEGO man in space by Mara Shaughnessy
A TRUE story about how two boys launched a LEGO man 80,000 feet into space using a weather balloon, a homemade parachute, and a video camera!

The Killer Cat runs away by Anne Fine
Tuffy doesn’t feel wanted at home any more. His owners just don’t appreciate him. So what if he broke the new TV? Got fur on all Dad’s clean clothes? Ate Tinkerbell the kitten’s special kitten-food? All accidents! But they’re making such a fuss! So Tuffy decides to make a break for it.

Demon dentist by David Walliams
Darkness had come to the town. Strange things were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy, but in the morning they would wake up to find… a dead slug; a live spider; hundreds of earwigs creeping and crawling beneath their pillow. Evil was at work. But who or what was behind it…?

Once you’ve found some awesome books to read, you can take part in our Summertime Reading Competition. It starts on Friday 20th December and you can win some great prizes including an iPad mini and Paper Plus vouchers!

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Summertime Reading Club winners

Summertime Reading Club winner Daniel with Mark of Paper PlusYou guys did so well! We are so impressed with your efforts.
Summertime Reading Club is over. Have a look at photos of the prizegiving at Central Library Tuam on Friday 25 January 2013. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who entered for their great work:

Summertime Reading Club

  • 1st prize Daniel Powley
  • 2nd prize Ashleigh-Jo Smith
  • 3rd prize Teighan Connolly

SCAPE colouring competition

SCAPE Colouring Competition - winners on display at Central Library Tuam

1st prize Arna Emslie

SCAPE Colouring Competition - 1st prize

2nd prize Jack Sheedy

SCAPE Colouring Competition - 2nd prize

3rd prize Alisha Warwick

SCAPE Colouring Competition - 3rd prize

Runner up Jessica Olds

SCAPE Colouring Competition - highly commended

Runner up Jason Yun

SCAPE Colouring Competition - highly commended

Runner up Oliver Wheeler

SCAPE Colouring Competition - highly commended

View photos of the SCAPE colouring competition.

Photography competition: Reading a book in your favourite summer place:

1st prize Angus Steve: New Brighton

Summertime Reading Club

2nd place: Hannah Warwick

Hannah

3rd place: Amelia Kirkness

Amelia

Highly commended: Arlia O’Sullivan

Arlia

Highly commended: Katie Morison

Annabel

Highly commended: Emma Rashbrook–Field

Emma

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Summertime Reading Club Challenge – Week 4

This is the fourth, and last, of our weekly Summertime Reading Club challenges.  Each week we’ll set you a challenge and you have to comment on the challenge post to go in the draw for the weekly prize, a $50 PaperPlus voucher and a Hoyts movie pass.  We’ll draw the winner on Thursday and announce the winner on Friday when the next challenge is posted.

Congratulations to last week’s winner – Sarah.

This week’s winner is Hadas.

Week 4 Challenge

Leave a comment telling us about a book that you’ve read in the holidays and why you liked it.

Make sure you leave your name and email address as well so that we can contact you if you win.

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Summertime Reading Club Challenge – Week 3

This is the third of our weekly Summertime Reading Club challenges.  Each week we’ll set you a challenge and you have to comment on the challenge post to go in the draw for the weekly prize, a $50 PaperPlus voucher and a Hoyts movie pass.  We’ll draw the winner on Thursday and announce the winner on Friday when the next challenge is posted.

Congratulations to last week’s winner – Robin.

Week 3 Challenge

Leave a comment telling us:

 

Which book character would you want as your best friend?

Make sure you leave your name and email address as well so that we can contact you if you win.

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Summertime Reading Club Challenge – Week 2

This is the second of our weekly Summertime Reading Club challenges.  Each week we’ll set you a challenge and you have to comment on the challenge post to go in the draw for the weekly prize, a $50 PaperPlus voucher and a Hoyts movie pass.  We’ll draw the winner on Thursday and announce the winner on Friday when the next challenge is posted.

Congratulations to last week’s winner – Ben.

Week 2 Challenge

Leave a comment telling us: 

Which author would you most like to meet? 

If you could ask them one question what would it be?

Make sure you leave your name and email address as well so that we can contact you if you win. 

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Join the Summertime Reading Club

Join the Summertime Reading Club in 2012. This very popular summer activity starts again on 21 December and runs to 18 January 2013. Complete the Summertime Reading Club challenge and you’ll be in to win some awesome prizes including Paper Plus vouchers, an iPod, a digital camera and an iPad!

Simply take a challenge card, complete four of the challenges and then return the card to the library to be in to win.
There are two levels to choose from:

  • Easy (for 5 – 8 year olds)
  • Hard (for 9 – 12 year olds)

Each week on the Christchurch Kids Blog we’ll also have a Sumertime Reading Club Challenge.  You can enter each week for your chance to win Paper Plus vouchers and Hoyts movie vouchers.

Keep your eyes peeled next week for the Summertime Reading Club challenge card that you can download from the Kids page of the library website.

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Summertime Reading Club Challenge – Week 1

This is the first of our weekly Summertime Reading Club challenges.  Each week we’ll set you a challenge and you have to comment on the challenge post to go in the draw for the weekly prize, a $50 PaperPlus voucher and a Hoyts movie pass.  We’ll draw the winner on Thursday and announce the winner on Friday when the next challenge is posted.

Week 1 Challenge

Using either the library catalogue or the Kids Christmas page on the library website, find a Christmas book that we have in the library.  Once you’ve found it, tell us here on the blog by leaving a comment on this post (along with your name and email address).

For a bonus entry – say ‘Merry Christmas’ to us in another language.

This week’s winner is Ben.

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Win a Hugo movie prize pack

If you’ve read Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret you’ll know what an amazing story it is.  It’s a magical story told through a mixture of words and pictures.  The book has been transformed into a wonderful new movie, called Hugo, by a great director called Martin Scorsese.  The trailer is really cool and I can’t wait to see the movie.  You can let us know what you think about the movie in our poll.

This week you can win a Hugo movie prize pack.  We have a copy of The Hugo Movie Companion and a Hoyts movie pass to give away to one lucky person.  All you have to do to get in the draw is tell us: What is your favourite Brian Selznick book (Invention of Hugo Cabret or Wonderstruck) and why?  Leave a comment on this post with your answer, as well as your name and email address (so that we can contact you if you win).

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition.  The winner was:

  • Darren

There were also two runners up who won a Hoyts movie pass:

  • Josiah
  • Noah

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What are you reading for Summertime Reading Club?

It’s great to see so many Christchurch kids entering our Summertime Reading Club.  There are so many great books you can choose to read and all you have to do is read any 6 books to go in the draw to win awesome prizes.  We would love to know what you’ve been reading over the holidays and why you liked (or didn’t like) the books that you read.  You can leave a comment on this post and tell us all about the books you’ve been reading:

  • What’s your favourite book you’ve read in the holidays?
  • Why did you like this book so much (or why didn’t you like it)?
  • Who was your favourite character?
  • What was your favourite part of the book?
  • How many books have you read in the holidays?

If you don’t know what to read next check out our If You Like… book lists and our Holiday Reading Guide.

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Books into movies – what’s your favourite?

There have been heaps of children’s books made into movies.  Some of the movies are really good – the actors playing the characters are exactly as you pictured them and they stick to the story.  Others are really bad and the story has been changed so much that it’s completely different from the book.  Some of my favourite movies based on books are:

What are your favourite books that have been made into movies? Add a comment and you’ll go into the draw to win a Hoyts children’s movie pass.

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Books at the Movies these holidays

Our Summertime Reading Club starts on Friday, giving you the chance to win prizes just for reading books.  You can read all about how to join the Summertime Reading Club here on the blog.

Throughout the Summertime Reading Club we’re going to be highlighting some of the great movies that are coming out these holidays.  You may have noticed that there are lots of movies based on books – Hugo (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, and War Horse (based on the book by Michael Morpurgo).  We’ll be having lots of exciting giveaways where you can win copies of the books and movie passes.

Our first competition, starting Friday, is all about Tintin, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Join the Summertime Reading Club

Join the Summertime Reading Club in 2011. This very popular summer activity runs from 16 December until 20 January 2012.

Simply read six books of your choice — fiction or non-fiction — and get an adult to register your reading online. The first 500 entries get a prize pack. You also go in the draw for more prizes and an iPod Touch©.

How the Summertime Reading Club works

  • LogPrint out the reading log [101KB PDF] or get one from your local library or the Summertimes booklet.
  • Read six books of your choice.
  • Get a parent, caregiver or librarian to register your reading online and be one of the first 500 to pick up your prize pack from your local library. All registrations go in the draw for the premier prizes.
  • Visit the Christchurch kids blog for more reading news and weekly prize draws.
  • Keep an eye on the library website to see if you are one of the lucky prize winners.

For more information check out the Summertime Reading Club page on the library website.

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Books at the Movies – The Adventures of Tintin Competition

There are so many great movies coming out in cinemas in the Christmas holidays, and the one I’m most looking forward to is The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.  The movie is based on three of Herge’s Tintin books – The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure.

Thanks to HarperCollins NZ, Random House NZ and Hardie Grant Egmont we have a MASSIVE Tintin prize pack to give away.  The winner will get a copy of the amazing book, The Art of the Adventures of Tintin, a set of the Tintin movie tie-in books, a Tintin poster and a movie pass to go and see the movie at Hoyts.  One runner-up will win a Tintin poster and a movie pass.

Thanks for entering our Tintin Competition.  Here are our lucky winners:

Main prize winner is – Leo
Runner up – Bryn

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Summertime Reading Club Challenge – Week 1

Each week throughout the Summertime Reading Club we’ll be challenging you to read something different.  Do you always read fantasy books like Harry Potter or horse books like Pony Club Secrets?  Try reading something you wouldn’t normally read and you might discover a new author or a new favourite book.

Week 1 Challenge – Adventure

Try an adventure book – there are heaps to choose from.  It could be a story about survival, time travel, space travel,  a mystery or a detective story.

Check out our Adventure Stories, Kiwi Adventures, Science Fiction, Survival Stories or Special Agents book lists or our Holiday Reading Guide for lots of great adventure stories you could read.

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Summertime Reading Club winning bloggers

Our last 4 prize winners of a $20 Borders voucher are:

– Ravy
– Tierney
– Eibhlin
– Nisa

Thanks to everyone who added their comments and book reviews throughout Summertime Reading Club.

Check out the rest of the blog for more great books to read and enjoy this Summer.


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