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Get ready – KidsFest is coming!

The school holidays are only a week and a half away and I’m sure you’re all looking forward to having some time to relax and have some fun.  One of the best things about the Winter school holidays is KidsFest because there’s so much going on and so many cool things you can do, from playing different sports and experimenting with science to watching a play or learning how to cook.

This year’s theme is Community, so get out and have fun in your community at some of the cool events that are planned.  Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • The Breeze Light and Flight Lantern Parade – Make your own lantern, bring a torch or something that lights up and come along to join the parade with the Kids Samba Band, Coolstuff, the KidsFest car and much more.
  • The Press Dogs Day Out – Bring along your pet pooch or pedigree and join in the fun with competitions, pimp my pooch, demonstrations, doggy stalls, food, rides, live music and a grand canine parade!
  • Dust off your singing voice, fine tune your fancy footwork or show us your special talent in the Singapore Airline’s StarFest, a talent quest with three heats and a grand final.

KidsFest is on in Christchurch from 16-30 July.  Have a look at the KidsFest website to find out what’s on our pick up a brochure from your library.

Are you going to any KidsFest events?  We’d like to know what you’re looking forward to.

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Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori — Māori Language Week

Tēnā koutou tamariki ma.  This week we are celebrating Maori Language Week with te mahi kai (the language of food).  Each day we’ll post the names of 5 different foods in te reo Maori, from chocolate to kiwifruit and spaghetti to ice cream.  If you know any other kai (food) related words feel free to add them to our posts.

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Books that I can’t wait for!

Cover imageThere are two books coming out in September that I can’t wait to read: the latest Skulduggery Pleasant book, Mortal Coil, and Cornelia Funke’s new book, Reckless.

The Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy is my favourite series.  The books are scary, gripping and hilarious.   Skulduggery Pleasant is one of the coolest characters around and his sidekick, Valkyrie is a girl you don’t want to mess with.  Mortal Coil is the fifth book in the series and here’s what we can expect:

“Skulduggery Pleasant is back, and reunited with his original head. But all is not well in the magical world — for one thing, foreign powers are conspiring to take over the Irish Sanctuary, and for another thing, Valkyrie has discovered she might be the sorceress set to destroy the world. The problem is, she doesn’t feel she can tell Skulduggery what she’s learned! and that’s how all the trouble starts.”

Cornelia Funke is the author of my favourite children’s book, Inkheart, so I can’t wait to see what magical world she will unleash in her new book, Reckless.

“For the first time in his life, Jacob Reckless is afraid. For years he’s stolen across to another world. A dark enchanted place he’s loved for its treasure, secrets and dangers. Until now. Will, his younger brother, has followed him with terrible consequences: the boy will turn to beast; the girl he loves will break her heart and chaos will rule forever, unless Jacob can spin a fairytale to save them.”

You can reserve both of these books at the library now.  What books are you looking forward to reading?

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The fabulous FaBo story

“Nine mad writers; one crazy story; no idea what happens next; hold onto your mouse… it’s going to be a wild ride!”

The FaBo (short for Face Book) story is an online interactive novel that’s added to each week by some great New Zealand authors and illustrators, including Kyle Mewburn, Fifi Colston and Brian Falkner.  The story is called The Visitors and so far the first 5 chapters have been written.  Each Monday an exciting new chapter is added by a mystery author and if you think you can guess which author wrote it, you can enter the ‘Mystery Author’ competition and win a mystery prize.  The best part is that you can have a go and write your own chapter to follow on from the previous one.  The FaBo team chooses a winning chapter and posts it the following week along with the next chapter written by the mystery author.

If you want to read the story so far and maybe even enter your own chapter, go to the FaBo Story blog.

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Leonie Thorpe’s visit to Central Library

Leonie Thorpe at Central Library

Leonie Thorpe talking about her books

Ever wanted to know how much an author gets paid for each book they sell?  Well Christchurch author Leonie Thorpe can tell you, and I’m sure you’ll be very disappointed.  However, as Leonie explained, being a writer is not all about the money, it’s about getting your book published and seeing it on the shelf.

Before becoming an author, Leonie worked in a hospital testing all sorts of things, including your number ones and number twos (YUCK!).  She explained that there are lots of different ways that you could get your writing published, such as entering it into writing competitions and getting it in the School Journal.

Leonie Thorpe has had three books published, called Archie’s Adventures, Archie Saves the Day, and The Sheep on the Fourth Floor, which we have in the library for you to borrow.  Look out for our interview with Leonie on the blog soon.

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Funky Word Friday – smother

smother (verb)

Pronunciation: smuth-er

What does it mean?:

  1. to be overcome through lack of air
  2. to overcome by depriving of air or exposing to smoke or fumes
  3. to prevent the development or actions of; to cover up; to cover thickly

How do you use it?:  I got myself a huge bowl of ice cream and smothered it with chocolate sauce and sprinkles.

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Writing Tip of the Week – Eoin Colfer

This week’s writing tip comes from Eoin Colfer, the creator of Artemis Fowl, Holly Short, Foaly and LEPrecon.

“Practise – write every day even if it’s only for ten minutes. Remember, nothing is wasted. Eventually your style will emerge. Persevere!”

Check out Eoin Colfer’s cool website where you can find out more about the characters, watch videos and play games.  Get your hands on a copy of Eoin Colfer’s latest book, Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex, from your library now.

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