Plenty to do at libraries over school holidays

by Anonymous Author

Parents looking for something to do for their children over the school holidays need look no further than their local library.

While some regular programmes like Book Clubs, Paws for Reading, Storytime and Rhymetime will all take a break over the school holidays there’s still plenty to do.


Explore: Write (School for Young Writers)

Make the winter holiday memorable with tutors from the School for Young Writers and expedition leader James Norcliffe, award-winning writer for young readers and one of our finest poets.

• Darfield Library, Monday 10 July 10am–12pm (Year 5–7), 1–3pm (Year 8–10)

• Rolleston Community Centre Lounge, Monday 17 July 10am–12pm (Year 5–7), 1–3pm (Year 8–10)

Email to book. Cost $20 per person.

Explore: K’NEX (with Science Alive)

Become an engineer for the day with 90 minutes of K’NEX fun. Explore the scientific effects of forces, compression, tension and torsion by building a bridge that can carry loads between two remote islands.

• Suitable for ages: 8–16 years, Rolleston Library, Tuesday 11 July 10–11.30am

• Darfield Library, Tuesday 11 July 1.30–3pm

• Leeston Library, Wednesday 12 July 10–11.30am

• Lincoln Library, Wednesday 12 July 1.30–3pm

Bookings essential, see Cost $7 per person.

Explore: LEGO

Create your exploration vehicle — explore outer space, the ocean, the bottom of your garden. What sort of vehicle do you need for your exploration? Stretch your imagination, create your vehicle and share (if you want to) with the group at the end.

Suitable for ages 5–10 years. Children aged seven years and under must be actively supervised by an adult.

• Burnham Community Hub, Thursday 13 July, 10.30–11.30am 

• Southbridge Community Hall, Thursday 20 July, 2–3pm

Bookings essential, see 

Explore: Craft

Explore with collage — create an artwork that tells a story. Look at some beautiful picture books where the illustrator has used collage to tell the story. See textures and colours in a whole different way.

Suitable for ages: 5–14 years. Children aged seven years and under must be actively supervised by an adult. 

• Lincoln Library, Friday 14 July 2–3pm

• Leeston Library, Tuesday 18 July 10.30–11.30am

• Rolleston Community Centre Lounge, Wednesday 19 July 10.30–11.30am

• Darfield Library, Friday 21 July 10.30–11.30am

Bookings essential, see

Libraries will also have a variety of displays over the holidays with a Static iPad installation showcasing at Lincoln and Darfield Libraries, and Youth Skills Day and Nelson Mandela Day displays at Lincoln. Leeston Library will have a Static iPad installation showcasing Mango languages, and the Treasures of the Pacific Canterbury Museum display. Lincoln will have a dog books display.

For details on KidsFest, Book Clubs, Storytime, Rhymetime, Paws for Reading and the eCollections sessions please go to