Summer Holiday Programmes in New Zealand 2018 - 2019

Aotearoa Library Adventures – Summer 18/19


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Haere mai, أهلاً و سهلاً, Bula, Afio mai, 歡迎光臨, Velkommen, Selamat datang, Fáilte, ようこそ, Soo dhowow, Talitali fiefia

Welcome Adventurers!

YOU were a part of something AMAZING at your local library.

All across this beautiful land of ours, kids joined in the summer holiday programmes at their local library. And it sounds like you all had a fabulous time, according to the reports we received from your librarians. Check out some of the fabulous things you guys had to say:

“I like The Big Read because I like learning new things and reading.” (age 6)

"We're doing our 20 minutes of reading while we're at the library!" Joshua and Jordan, age 9 years.

“The LEGO minifigures are so cool!” (prize for reading 10 books)

“You guys are awesome and cool. I have enjoyed all the cool and amazing books in the library. Thankyou.”- Grace (6yrs)

"We liked having our own library bags and choosing any book we wanted from the library."

"I was excited to report in and for the finale.”

"I want to do it again next year!"

We also had loads of great photos sent in, showing you all having fun crafting, relaxing with books, checking in with your library, and generally soaking up your summer holiday. If you haven’t yet, check them out at the bottom of the page.

Together, you kids read nearly 25,000 books and had over 37,000 adventures, at the 166 libraries who sent in their numbers - and that’s not even all the public libraries in New Zealand! You. Are. Amazing. And very clever. 

It’s been such a pleasure to follow you all on your summer holiday programme adventures. Give yourselves a mighty pat on the back, and we’ll see you again next summer! Ka kite!


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The Boring Bits for the Grown Ups

Public libraries are here to help, with carefully crafted and well-planned literacy programmes. Holiday reading programmes vary from region to region, but the aim is the same - keep children engaged throughout the summer, in an informal adventure-filled way. This may be focussed on the pleasure of reading, or learning-based activities - a challenge that picks up on individual interests and helps your child achieve something tangible by the close of the holidays.

Public Libraries of New Zealand is the Association of Public Library Managers in Aotearoa New Zealand. We advocate for the increasingly important role public libraries play in our communities. We are supporting the summer holiday programmes run by the libraries, through this webpage and other social media channels.






For an interactive map featuring all New Zealand public libraries.