Libraries serve up summer fun

by Andy Bryenton

Selwyn District libraries have been busy serving up fun all summer long, with programmes designed to engage young people with the joy of reading. After all, there’s nothing much nicer than relaxing in the shade in the heat of a summer’s day with a good book. Now kids have the chance to create their very own books, ebooks and ‘zines with the series of ‘Think, Create, Write’ events.

From the pop-culture niche publications called ‘zines — mini magazines which first came out of the underground music scene — through to picture and story books, there’s options aplenty for school-aged children attending to make their mark. If you’ve ever wanted to see your work published, here’s the chance! With successful events already held at Lincoln and Rolleston libraries, there are two workshops left — Darfield library on Monday, 22 January from 10.00am to 11.00am, and Leeston library on Tuesday, 23 January from 2.00pm to 3.00pm. Find out how to turn a cool idea into a digital or hard copy book, with words, illustrations and all the finishing touches!

Also appearing in local libraries and community spaces this summer is a return to the old school — a step away from controllers and consoles, and back to old fashioned board games and tests of skill.

From normal sized to giant sized, all the game pieces are supplied, so the call is out to bring the whole family and get involved. Beating someone online in a first person battle is nothing compared to watching Dad’s Jenga tower wobble and fall in real life! Games challenge days are ongoing, with four more to come in Dunsandel, Rolleston, West Melton and Leeston.

For more information visit and search for ‘Summer in Selwyn’ events — or pop in to your local library for some relaxing summer page turners, no matter your age!