Friday, 7 July 2017

Reading in the holidays.

Over the next two weeks it is important that you keep reading and learning. Remember that through reading a book you can visit amazing places (real and imagined), learn about amazing people and all of the things that make our world a wonderful place to live in.

Fill up your HOLIDAY READING LOG and I challenge you to even rule up lines on the back and fill those up to.

Visit your public library or enjoy reading your Duffy books.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Congratulations TEAM New Zealand!!!!

It's been a long time coming but it's finally happened. The Americas Cup is now New Zealand's Cup.

We have a few books about Sailing in our WONDERFUL library. Helen created this GREAT display and included the very iconic RED SOCKS. 

Thursday, 22 June 2017


This month is Matariki. 

Matariki celebrates the Maori New Year. It is a special time to celebrate with your whanau and friends.

We can celebrate Matariki in many ways:
  • it is time for sharing family stories.
  • for learning about the land and how to look after it.
  • it is time for hearing stories of the old days, for learning about how people used the stars in the past.
  • It is time to plant trees and winter crops.
  • It is time to fish and gather kaimoana.
  • It is time for making things, to learn to weave and carve.
  • It is time for making and flying kites.

Matariki book:

Here is a great video book on Matatiki.  Click on the play button and listen to the story

This video was taken from you tube, by the Selwyn libraries.
The book is written and illustrated by Nikki Slade-Robinson 

Here is another great story about Matariki.

This video was taken from you tube, by the Selwyn libraries. Written by Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington, illustrated by Christine Ross

Friday, 9 June 2017

GREEN WEEK- Kaitiakitanga

This term our focus for Green Week was understanding the Maori world view of Kaitiakitanga. Kaitiakitanga means guardianship or protection, and  Kaitiaki  (people who care for our world) are considered to be guardians of our whenua (land).

During the week, there has been a display acknowledging our passion for Green Week.

These books are always in the library. You can read them anytime of the year, not just during Green Week!!!.

Remember at Owairaka, we are all KAITIAKI!!!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Samoan Language Week- Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa

                      Sāmoan Language Week runs from Sunday May 28 until Saturday 3 June 2017.

This years theme is; "Ma'au i lou ofaga. Maua'a lou fa'asinomaga"
                  "Keep your identity alive to thrive"
Check out the wonderful books in our library that will help you to learn more about the Samoan culture.

Fa'afetai lava to Helen for putting the books on display for us.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

New books

We have some great new picture books in the library. 
This is a great picture book called:

"The Everywhere Bear" 

Written by Julia Donaldson

Here is a video clip about 'The Everywhere Bear"

We also have a new series called:
"Spirit Animals"

 There's a website ( where young readers can choose their own spirit animal and character identity and enter codes from the books they read to unlock prizes and whatnot. Each book has a different seasoned children's author, and books are released every few months, starting in September 2013. 

The Spirit Animal series is set up for animal-loving readers just digging into fantasy books..