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Thursday 27 May 2021

What's happening in the Library?

Cold winds are making their appearance these days. But the sun does come out now and then, along with a crispness in the air. The children’s team is busy with the usual offerings: preschool programmes, and LEGO and coding clubs.

Samoan Language week will be happening soon, and a long weekend is on the horizon, bringing a welcome break.

Check out the amazing opportunity our friends at Lingogo have for our rangatahi, just in time for Matariki. 
In this Issue 

New Picture Books
New Children's Fiction
New Children's Maori Collection
New Children's Non-fiction
New Teen's Fiction
New eBooks
Samoa Language Week
Matariki Story Competition

New Picture Books

New Children's Fiction

What Zola did on Friday
Melina Marchetta

Zola loves living on Boomerang Street with her mum and her nonna. Every day of the week is an adventure. A series which celebrates community, friendship and kindness.

Children's Fiction, MAR
Kate Foster

Everything is changing for 11-year-old Alex and, as an autistic person, change can be terrifying. With the first day of high school only a couple of months away, Alex is sure that having a friend by his side will help. So, he’s devised a plan.

Children's Fiction, FOS

New Children's Maori Collection

Hare Pota me te whatu manapou
J.K. Rowling
Leon Blake, translator

Ko tētahi o ngā tino kōrero mā ngā tamariki ā mohoa nei, ko tā J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, kua whakawhitia ki te reo Māori.

Children's Māori Collection, ROW
I te tīmatanga, In the beginning
Peter Gossage

The creation myth of Māori legend, simply told in Peter Gossage’s vibrant style. Bold design and brief text recount the struggle of the children of Ranginui and Papatūānuku as they try to part their parents and bring light to the world.

New Children's Non-fiction

My name is Henry Fanshaw
Gillian Whalley-Torckler

No ordinary teddy bear, Henry Fanshaw travelled the world with The Royal New Zealand Air Force's No.75 squadron - one of New Zealand's most famous airforce squadron's - which served around the world, in places like Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia. Join Henry as he remembers the brave airmen who risked their lives for their country.
Book of the brain and how it works
Betina Ip

Conceived, written and designed by a neuroscientist who is also an artist, a visually astonishing story takes children on a journey into and through the brain. Illustrated metaphors explain the different jobs that our brains do, and how they use brain cells to accomplish them, from the senses to sleep, memories to making decisions.

New Teen's Fiction

The calling
Fleur Beale

A novel about finding your calling, the extraordinary nun Mother Mary Joseph Aubert, and the realities of religious bigotry in late-nineteenth century New Zealand. It was the dream of Molly's dying mother that she would become a nun. It isn't, however, the dream of her Methodist father, who wants her to marry. But what is her true calling and how can she follow it? 
The king's nightingale 
Sherryl Jordan

An epic fantasy set in a land of sultans and kings, sumptuous palaces... and slave markets. When Elowen and her brother are seized by pirates and sold, separately, in the slave market of a distant land, Elowen's enduring resolve is to escape, rescue her brother and return home.

New eBooks

If you don't get the chance to visit the library, take advantage of our eLibrary where you can find a great read to enjoy from the comfort of your armchair.
All activities for Under 5s run every week during school term, and take place in the Children's Area, on the Ground Floor. No bookings are required, but a gold coin koha is appreciated.

He Pī Ka Roha​

He Pī Ka Roha helps children eighteen months to three years old to spread their wings.The programme is designed with toddlers in mind and provides opportunities for active movement and participation. The sessions are a mixture of song, finger play and stories. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays

He Aka Pikirangi​

Mā He Aka Pikirangi e ekea ai e ngā tamariki nohinohi ngā taumata teitei.  Ko ēnei akoranga whakawhanake, pārekareka hoki kai roto i te reo Māori anake, mai i ngā pūrākau, ngā waiata, ngā taonga pūoro, ngā nekenekehanga me ngā mahi toi. Waihangatia ai mā ngā tamariki nohinohi, ko tā He Aka Pikirangi he tautoko, he whakatairanga hoki i te whakamahinga o te reo Māori, he hononga ki te ao Māori, ā, he whanake hoki i ētahi atu pūkenga huhua.​ ​​Nau mai – kōrero Māori, pānui, kanikani, waihanga!

10:30 i te ata, Ia Mane/Rāhina i ngā wāhanga o te kura

He Pī Ka Rere - Adventurers 

Under Fives can take flight with He Pī Ka Rere - Adventurers. Our fun, developmental sessions focus on story time, songs, instruments, movement and craft. ​​Tailored specifically for toddlers and pre-schoolers He Pī Ka Rere - Adventurers​ supports and fosters children's literacy, social, cognitive, motor and musical skills whilst bonding with their caregivers through shared experiences.​​Come along - read, dance, rock and create!

Tuesdays and Thursdays

He Pīpī Paopao - First Steps​

Under Twos can take their first steps to opening up a world of literacy and wellbeing with He Pīpī Paopao - First Steps. Our interactive sessions focus on active movement, touch and massage between baby and parent while nurturing development of language, social, cognitive and motor skills. He Pīpī Paopao - First Steps is a fun programme for under twos and their caregivers. Join us for songs, rhymes and finger play songs with your little one. Come along - dance and play.

10.30am & 10.45am

He Pī Ka Rere - On the Road ​

One of our Youth & Early Learning Specialists will come to your centre and deliver a one hour programme of singing, dancing, a story, instrument play and a simple craft.

This programme is offered during school terms on a date that suits your centre.

Booking:  Please contact T.A. at 07 351 7074

Cost:  There is no charge but a koha is appreciated.

LEGO Club ​

Lego Club is free and open to all children aged 5-11. LEGO Club allows children to collaboratively play with others while using our new LEGO set. Each club begins with a story then children can build whatever they please. All materials are provided. Each child can attend up to 5 times each term.

​Parents and guardians of children aged 8 and under are asked to stay in the Makerspace during club time. Parents and guardians of children aged 9 and over are asked to stay in the library.

Younger & older siblings aged between 3 and 13 years are welcome. Children aged 36 months and under require one on one supervision with the LEGO.  

We are very grateful to the Friends of the Rotorua Library for funding the purchase of our super-sized Lego set and for the support of our Makerspace Programmes Partner Unison.

There is no charge but a koha is appreciated.


Te Aka Mauri CODE CLUBS 

Classes have only 10 students and will be grouped based on age. When you sign up, you are committing to coming each week. The cost of classes is a gold coin donation each week.  

ou will be notified by email which class you/your child will be attending.  Our classes will start with teaching programming in Scratch.  These classes are appropriate for youth from 7 years -  17 years.

Please like the Education at Rotorua Museum Facebook page, and the Rotorua Library Facebook page and be sure that the email you give, is one you check regularly as this will be our main way of contacting you. Register here

​Learn to create your own games and websites using a range of applications. For age 7 – 18 with the ability to read independently. 
Thursdays, ​3.30pm - 4.30pm & 4.30pm - 5.30pm

​Hang out with the girls and learn to create your own games and websites using a range of applications.  for age 7 – 18 with the ability to read independently.
Thursdays, ​4pm - 5pm​

​Get together with like-minded students as we learn engineering skills and participate in a range of competitions. We learn and use robotics, programming, computational thinking and engineering skills to participate in Aquabots, Evolocity, Robocup Jnr and VEX Robotics. No experience necessary. For year 7 - year 13 students in Rotorua. 
Wednesdays, 3.30pm - 5.30pm

Samoa Language Week 2021 Sunday 30 May - Saturday 5 June


Activities and events will be held through Aotearoa to embrace and celebrate Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa.

This year’s theme for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoa Language Week 2021 is Poupou le lotoifale. Ola manuia le anofale which means strengthen the posts of your house, for all to thrive.

When you’re building a foundation for a fale (house) it can’t have a weak foundation or posts. This is the same for the foundations of our families, schools and churches that play an important role in strengthening Gagana Samoa (the Samoan Language). Language is important for the foundations of our overall wellbeing.

Some activities and events will also be available online on the official Gagana Samoa i Aotearoa Facebook page.

The library will have a Samoan writers literature display, and special showings of 17min short film of Samona language  'LILIU' by Jeremiah Tauamiti, and a Samoan wordplay animation series by Elisabeth Kamarun called  'Aso Sa-moana'

Our friends at Lingogo are running a Matariki Short Story Competition for rangatahi 13-18 years. First prize gets a $500 prezzy card and published on the Lingogo app! 
Start writing now for your chance to win - we've got some great desk room and loads of inspirational books to help. Get all the details here

You can read and listen to Māori stories on the Lingogo app with your library membership.

Download the app to enjoy great stories and immerse yourself in te reo Mā​ori. Choose ‘Rotorua Library’ and enter your library barcode number to log in and access the Lingogo collection.


There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t started wondering about yet.

Old Green Grasshopper
James and the Giant Peach

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