Build-A-Toddler Time from the comfort of your own home! Take our Hello song, add your choice of music plus stories, and finish with our goodbye song.
Did your children participate in our joint reading challenge with Hauraki Libraries last term? We have a new set of children's challenges for term 2.
We've got lots of tools to help you find the homework answers you need.
Use your library card number to log in and access our kids resources such as Story Box and TumbleBooks.
Radio NZ have made available their storytimes via their website or using podcast apps.
Dyson engineers have designed these challenges specifically for children. Ideal for home or in the classroom, they encourage inquisitive young minds to get excited about engineering.
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.
Dav Pilkey has created some new activities, exciting videos and so much more.
Need a bedtime story? TVNZ has put together a range of famous NZ'ers reading bedtime stories including our PM!
National Geographic have made their digital Kids Magazine FREE for the next three month.
The Bird Identification online course will help you identify the 10 New Zealand forest birds most commonly recorded during five minute bird counts.
Learn how to do Origami with the best of them.
Including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We're casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!
The Hour of Code is a global movement introducing youth to computer science, inspiring kids to learn more, breaking stereotypes, and leaving them feeling empowered.
Zumba® for ages 3 and up with an emphasis on using Māori language, playing fun games and introducing them to new cultural experiences.
Live Zoo Cams
For every day of this lock-down, New Zealand Geographic will send a story or a video that can be shared among your family. There is an article/video plus talking points and an activity.
Introducing Sign Ninja, an engaging online game, a way to have fun learning New Zealand Sign Language.
A new online reading challenge from Read NZ Te Pou Muramura. We want to help Kiwi kids explore new and familiar stories during this stay-home time.
Each week day will feature one Te Reo Singalong book, with a video introducing the book, a video of her doing the book with the song, and a video with an activity. The previous books will remain there for viewing.
Combine colouring in with Augmented Reality and you get moving pictures. Fun and easy! Please note that not all content is free but there is a lot of content that you can use free of charge.
Provides access to high quality electronic online databases such as Ancestry, Haynes, Press Reader and much more.
Take 360 degree tours around places all over the world.
Free online courses in subjects like technology, reading, maths and more!
You guessed it - New Zealand writers read from their books - covers all genres and age groups.
Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with more than 2500 museums and galleries worldwide to offer virtual tours Museums include some of New Zealand's own such as Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland War Memorial Museum and Te Papa.
The Local Government Geospatial Alliance (LGGA) has a large collection of historical images available which you can access on this website.
Take a moment or two to relax with Te Papa's online jigsaw puzzles using taonga from their collections.
Take a look around and discover the Secret Annex where Anne Frank hid for more than 2 years during WWII and where she wrote her diary.
A free 5 day photography course for 7-17 year olds using cell phones or cameras. Spending a mere 30 minutes a day will give you a photographic portfolio at the end of the course.
We've got lots of tools to help you find the homework answers you need
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, empowering approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel in just one month.
This year's She Can Code Event will be fun, creative and can be completed from home. Aimed at youth from 9 years up.
People are tuning in from all over the world to get a free P.E. lesson.
Other libraries have also been hard at work gathering interesting resources. We have shared some of our favourites with you below.
- LIANZA: Library from Home
- Tauranga Library: Bubble Life & Bubble Life Jnr.
- Otago University Library: Special Collections Exhibitions
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