Māngere Bridge Library – Children’s services blog


Hey kids!

Welcome to the Māngere Bridge Library blog! Here you’ll find out about Kids Club events, books, games and homework. We’ll also keep you up to date with the Block Party events. Check out the pages, feel free to comment. Stay tuned!

Unfortunately we are no longer running Rhymetime sessions at the library due to low attendance numbers.

Rhymetime is coming – first session on 22 April at 2pm.


Thank you to everyone who came along and made our Family Christmas Party so much fun on Friday 19 December.  I have uploaded all the photos into the Flickr account (see the sidebar), in an album called Family Christmas Party 2014.  These are a few of my favourites:

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COMIC BOOK MONTH is coming!!  September sees heaps of comic book fun at the library – there will be real life superheroes, princes and princesses and lots more….check out all the fun on the website at


We’re having a teddy bear sleepover – don’t forget to register your second favourite teddy (or soft toy) to spend a night in the library!

Teddy Bear Sleepover

Our annual Christmas Party for the whole family is coming up fast – look forward to seeing you all there for some fun.

Xmas Party

Do you have any comments about our library, the blog or is there anything else you would like us to know?  Please feel free to leave me your comments at any time.  This helps us provide the service you want!

Lovely talk at the library on Monday 17 June by Marnie Anstis, author of Taketakerau; the millennium tree.  This is the write up from Mangere College:


This year our fun event for the NZ Post Book Awards Festival is a High Tea; inspired  by the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards Festival picture book finalist ‘A Great Cake’ by Tina Matthews

Please click on the link to view the poster for all the details.  Please note places are limited so booking is essential.

NZ Post tea party   The Great Fantastical Tea Party

The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards finalists were announced this morning.  You can now vote for your favourite for the Children’s Choice Award. 


So far I have read three picture books and now 3 of the non-fiction finalists:

Taketakerau; the Millennium Tree by Marnie Anstis.  Marnie will be visiting Mangere Bridge Library during the NZ Post Festival Week celebrations in June. 

This beautifully crafted book tells New Zealand’s story from over 2000 years. It cleverly aligns our growth as a country within the context of the world’s history. It is a multi layered resource that can be used with children and adults. Patricia Howitt’s stunning illustrations work in harmony with the text to tell our unique story.

At the beach; explore and discover the New Zealand seashore by Ned Barraud and Gillian Candler:  a delightful introduction to the natural history of the New Zealand seashore.

The stage is set with beautiful, factually correct illustrations (including detailed cross-sections) of three familiar habitats—the sandy beach, rockpools and mudflats. Many of the plants and animals that play a part in these rich ecosystems are shown in situ, and readers are directed from there to pages dedicated to detailed coverage of  crabs, sea stars, kina and sea anemones, shellfish, seaweeds, sponges and sandhoppers, fish, jellyfish and shrimps and birds.

100 amazing tales from Aotearoa.   Go behind the scenes at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and discover more than 100 treasured items from the Museum’s collection.  100 Amazing Tales From Aotearoa gives readers a special look at some of the surprising, wonderful, and significant items that Te Papa stores in trust for the nation.

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Melu by Kyle Mewburn: “Melu has always been different.  While the other mules stubbornly clip-clop around the sun-baked hills, Melu dreams of swimming in the glittering green sea below.  But it will take more than stubbornness for Melu to reach the glittering green sea.”

Mister Whistler by Margaret Mahy and Gavin Bishop: “Absentminded Mister Whistler always has a song in his head and a dance in his feet. In a rush to catch the train, he is so distracted he loses his ticket. Is it in the bottom pockets of his big coat or the top pockets of his jacket? Perhaps he slipped it into his waistcoat. Where is Mister Whistler’s ticket?”

Mr Bear Branches and the cloud conundrum by Terri Rose Baynton: “Lintfrey Longfellow would love nothing more than to sit among the clouds… but, sadly, clouds just aren’t made for sitting on. Can Mr Bear Branches find a solution to Lintfrey’s cloud conundrum?”

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The Mangere Bridge Plunket Fair is on Saturday 13 April from 9-12 at the Scout Hall in Taylor Road.  FAMILY FUN FOR ALL!
Treasure hunt, magic show, bouncy castle, cake stall and loads of other entertainment
PLUS: Children’s toys, clothing and book sale

Check out the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mangereplunket

Check this out:



Dance classes in Mangere Bridge information:

Dance classes

One of our Storytime parents has asked me to send this out:

Fiona Brading (a local Mangere Bridge Mum), and her business partner Tracey Smith,  will be holding two career focussed workshops at The Parenting Place on 5th & 12th September, 7.30pm.  The workshops are designed for parents returning to work and also those wanting a change in their career but are not sure where to start.  People are able to purchase tickets to just one or both sessions.  The first workshop will cover knowing your interests, your skills, and the job search process including CV’s and job applications. The second workshop will focus on identifying core competencies, transferable skills, and interview preparation.  Workshops are $15 each.  For bookings please phone The Parenting Place on (09) 524 0025 or go to the website www.theparentingplace.com  Feel free to contact Fiona on 021 2368 381 or fiona@peoplearchitects.co.nz to find out more.

Found this today in case anyone is interested

Wierd and wonderful creatures

For NZ Music Month throughout May we played NZ music DVDs in the library.  Vara enjoyed watching from a very cosy place!

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Libraries have some cool events happening for the NZ Post Book Awards – check out the web site, or the library, for full details.

The Puffin Short Story Awards is running again in 2012 – check out the web site:


Something I found and wanted to share….

What librarians & Google are for…

Librarians are there:

To help, aid, assist. To teach, collate, enthuse. To catalogue, index, arrange, organise. To find, discover, promote, display. To interest, intrigue, amuse and amaze. To instill wonder. To help children, adults, old people, the underprivileged, the rich, the poor, those with voices and those without. To protect resources, to archive them, to store them, to save them for the future. To provide differing viewpoints, to engender thought, conversation, research, fun. To provide the best answer possible, to match the answer to the enquirer, to provide just enough information without overwhelming the user, but enough to always help. To better a local community, a company, a school, a college, an organisation, a country, the world.

Google is there:

To make money.

I have finished uploading the photos from Friday into Flickr – and here’s a few:


We have our Family Christmas Party this Friday 9 Decemebr from 4-6pm.

Dare to Explore is the theme for the Summer Reading Adventure – details will be on the website from Thursday 1 December.  Check out the School Holiday pages for the information!

I found this wonderful article in Good Reading Magazine which talked about the blog http://bigbookcase.wordpress.com/ dealing with helping children to read/with their reading – very interesting

Mangere Bridge Library is supporting Movember (in conjunction with Auckland Libraries).  This is our photo:

Mangere Bridge Library team

Happening in the community in September….

September is COMIC BOOK MONTH in Auckland Libraries – for all our patrons aged 0-99…….

The Storylines Festival is nearly here!  Might see you there?

There is to be a community cleanup of the Village and surrounding areas on Saturday 23 July from 1-5.  Carol-Anne has all the details – and afternoon tea will be provided.

The library invited students from Mangere Bridge School and Waterlea School to hear Janene Cooper talk about her book “A dog like that”.  It was very interesting learning about her dog – the one the story is about! Author of "A dog like that"

                                           Visiting Mangere Bridge Library

Reading her book                              Visit to Mangere Bridge Library

The library staff are fundraising with a Pink Ribbon Breakfast.  If you would like to  sponsor us please follow the link below.

Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Check out the Puffin Short Stories Awards – write a story and enter!   You can download an entry form from:


Puffin Short Story Awards Poster – click on this link to see what you could win!

 Lights, Camera, Action – a couple of extra photos from the finale on 27 January 2011.

We had a Christmas party on 17 December 2010 with lots of fun, games and activities.  The photos are all in Flickr – check out the link in the side bar.

Our annual Youth Art Exhibition is about to start.  Bring you art work to the library before 5pm on Monday 1 November for display and go in the draw to win some fantastic art supplies.

 Maximum size is A3 and your art must be flat – not 3D.  

Contact us

5-7 Church Road
Māngere Bridge
Ph: 09 636 6797
Fax: 09 622 2986

Email: mangerebridge.library@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz


Note: Closed Friday 2, Sunday 4 and Monday 5 April; open regular hours Saturday 3 April

Monday: 9am-5pm
Tuesday: 9am-5pm
Wednesday: 9am-5pm
Thursday: 9am-8pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm
Sunday: 9am-1pm

What’s on


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