At each LEGO Club session, children will be given a challenge to complete – parents are encouraged to join the children in completing the challenge. The challenges are designed to spark children's imagination. Playing with LEGO also improves literacy and aids a child’s mental development. The LEGO club is held weekly at Central Library, during term time only at Hillcrest Library and Glenview Library. Registration is not required. Just turn up and start building!
Learn to Play Chess
Chess has been persuasively linked with improving children's concentration, problem-solving, critical thinking, and even mathematical abilities. It is also said to help with memory storage and how young brains manage information – and should not only be perceived as a game for gifted children. It can also enhance children's ability to interact with other people. These Chess classes for children aged 8-13 will focus on setting up your chess board, how chess pieces move, and general game play.
Does your child need some help with their reading? Are they new to reading in English or Te Reo Maaori? Let’s read to therapy dogs together to build their confidence! This programme was designed specifically for school-aged children/young people who have print disabilities, dyslexia, or other disabilities which impact upon their reading; children who are very frightened of dogs and would like to improve their confidence around dogs through reading. Registration is compulsory for participation in this programme.
Movie Night is a free monthly or bi-monthly film showing at one of our libraries. We select films from the library's DVD collection, or from our free online streaming service Beamafilm, and show them on a big screen. Most often these are cartoon or family friendly movies featuring children's favourite characters such as Shaun the Sheep, Captain Underpants, Ash Ketchum from Pokémon, Sonic the Hedgehog and various other popular characters. You can also borrow the Movie Night DVDs from our DVD collection.
School Holiday Programmes
Each school holidays during the year we have activity-based programmes with different themes open to all school aged kids. Sometimes, a number of prizes can be won at the end of each activity. The kids get to take their crafty creations and drawings home. All our events are usually free, but registration may be required for more popular programmes. We also have programmes where you can simply come along on the day to join in.
Reading Programmes are an important activity for children and teens to help keep up their literacy levels. Our reading programmes are for pleasure - allowing kids to choose what they want to read, with the focus being relaxation and enjoyment. You can sign up your children to our reading programmes for fun activities and competitions, including a grand finale event at the end of the programme.