Waiamakariri Libraries created an amazing Māori Language Collection called Ako Collection to help you explore and learn more about Te Reo Māori.
A range of apps that make using the library easier.
Grab your library card, remember your PIN number and jump right in!
Waimakariri Heritage website - a place to conserve and curate community memories and taonga.
To assist teachers, Waimakariri Libraries have a feast of resources available to help teachers feed students who are hungry for knowledge.
Resources, recommendations and everything preschool!
What does the Library have for my pre-schooler?
ReadNZ share many resources for New Zealanders, so we've collated some of the best ones for preschoolers.
The following are some great digital storytime resources
Some more spectacular digital storytimes include those being read from....... space!
Does your child love looking at the stars? Or do they dream of being an astronaut? On this website you will find stories about space, read by astronauts on the International Space Station! While they are in space, they are recording themselves, reading stories to the children on Earth!
Plunket has compiled a series of booklets for different age groups, under 'Fun activities for whānau at home'.
LOTE 4Kids - Storytime in your language
Over 2000+ online picture books for kids in 60+ languages, including Te Reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language. Each picture book is read aloud, and is paired with an English language version.
Also available via the LOTE4Kids app on your Play store or App store.
Story Box Library is a wonderful resource available for access with your library card. Watch and listen to some of your favourite stories being read by Australian and New Zealand storytellers at home, as well as in the library.
Board books - Books with tough cardboard pages and covers, made to be explored safely by babies and young children. We select titles that appeal to children, with bright pictures and a variety of amounts of text.
Picture books - Our picture books are a very special part of the Library collection. Here you’ll find classics and new titles, organised alphabetically by author. Author and illustrator Barbara Cooney says that “a picture book is like a necklace with the illustrations being the jewels and the text is the string that holds them all together”. [Barbara Cooney, National Library]
Children’s Music CDs - These are free to borrow and include popular Children’s musicians and music to sing and dance to.
Black and white books for babies - When a baby is born, their eyesight is still developing and black and white books with simple lines and bold patterns are easier for babies to see. The contrast between the light and dark images stand out and help the baby focus on the image. In the first 3 months, babies can focus on objects that are closer to them, so it’s important that you hold the book so that they can see the images. You can help by talking to your baby about the pictures, because it’s never too early to start reading to your child. Find these books in the catalogue.