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Wednesday 7 April 2021

What's happening in April at the Library?

The Children's team are all prepared for another awesome School Holiday Programme with events and activities running every weekday during the school holidays

We look forward to seeing you all to either pick up some books and DVDs, borrow some Toy Library toys and attend some holiday programme events. Just in case you are heading off on holiday or can't make it into the library, we have a limited number of Busy Bags to give away - just ask our friendly staff about these. 

We are closed on Sunday 25 and Monday 26 for ANZAC Day.

The Great Te Aka Mauri Autumn Reading Challenge

The Great Te Aka Mauri Autumn Reading Challenge runs from 10 April to 9 May 2021 - plenty of time to build up some reading time. Pick up your entry form at the library and mark off your progress as you go - it's a win/win situation. You get to enjoy some new adventures, improve your reading skills AND go in the draw for some cool prizes.

Have a look through our School Holiday Programme booklet to find the entry form or come in and see us at the library.

Here are some highlights of the holiday programme:

Lego Mindstorms

Learn to build and program a Lego robot. 9+

Monday 19 April
10am - 2pm

$25 Booking required. Book here
Limited to 20 children  

Scratch Art

Scratch out patterns to reveal a rainbow masterpiece. 5+

Monday 19 April
10.30am -11.30am

Discovery Space
Koha appreciated.
No booking required

Making Movie

Get in the director’s chair and make your own movie using stop motion animation. 8+

Tuesday 20 April
10am -12pm

$5 bookings required. Book here
Limited to 16 children

Paint a Pot

Create a beautiful plant pot and plant seeds from our Seed Library. 5+

Thursday 22 April
10.30am -12pm

$5, booking required. Book here
Limited to 30 children.

Girls Can Code

Girls learn to code using Scratch and create a computer game. 7+

Wednesday 21 April
1pm -3pm

$5, booking required. Book here
Limited to 10 children.
We also have:
  • He Pī Ka Roha
  • He Pī Ka Rere
  • Spinning Tops
  • Let’s Get Coding
  • Busy Bag Drop In
  • Girls Can Code
  • Busy Board Games
  • Yarn Animals
  • Lego Creators
  • Catapult!
  • Robocup Jnr.
  • Autumn Bunting
  • and lots more.
View the full programme here

We have some gorgeous picture books about feelings in the Nurturing Children Collection, on the Ground floor. Perfect for reading together. 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans will be excited to see these Te Reo translations.


AnyQuestions is a website that offers online help to assist New Zealand students with their inquiries. Between 1pm and 6pm weekdays you can log on and chat with a real librarian about your inquiry. It is funded by the Ministry of Education, managed by the National Library of New Zealand, and staffed by librarians from right around New Zealand, including Rotorua. 


Read and listen to Māori stories on the Lingogo app with your library membership.

Great for beginner and intermediate learners of te reo Māori, tap the sentences in these dual-language stories for the written English translation or listen to the sentences in te reo Māori by clicking the headphones icon.​

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.


I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
Louisa May Alcott
Little Women

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