Special guests enhance first school holiday programme in new library

Creators of the famous Pipi Mā dolls, Mr Yipadee, and Max the dog are among the special guests appearing in the first school holiday programme at the newly refurbished Rotorua Library building, Te Aka Mauri.

The April school holidays run from Saturday 14 to Sunday 29 April 2018 and Library Youth and Early Learning Lead, Kylie Holmes, is hoping plenty of Rotorua children and their families will take the opportunity to visit Te Aka Mauri and participate in the numerous activities on offer.

“I am very excited about the first school holiday programme to be held in Te Aka Mauri. There will be a lot for families to enjoy, learn and discover during these school holidays as they explore the new building,” said Kylie Holmes.


Opening the programme are the creators of the famous Pipi Mā dolls. Children will get to meet the Pipi Mā characters, explore colours in te reo Māori and hear a story in this interactive session in the Discovery Space.
Max the Border collie and Geoff from SPCA make an appearance on Monday 23 April. This popular duo deliver a fun show with an important message and parents are encouraged to bring along children of all ages to learn about keeping safe around dogs.

Best-selling children's author and musician Mr Yipadee will share his musical show and new book these holidays. Mr Yipadee’s well-known books include Jingle Bells and Nee Naw The Little Fire Engine, and his songs have topped charts in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Other events include Lego challenges, recycled creations and oodles of doodles with a full programme of events available from the library website www.rotorualibrary.govt.nz. Children need to be supervised at all activities and gold coin koha is appreciated to help cover costs. Booking is required for the Lego sessions.
As well as organised activities, the Great Te Aka Mauri Scavenger Hunt runs all holidays and challenges children to follow clues around the library and answer questions about Te Aka Mauri. Children can grab an entry form at the library and be in with a chance to win a reading prize pack.  

Over the course of the holidays, activities will be held in many of the new library spaces and make use of new resources.

Ms. Holmes explains this would not have been possible without the generous funding received from The Wright Foundation, Unison, Tompkins Wake, BayTrust and the Friends of the Rotorua Library.

“It is fantastic that our new facilities enable us to offer a wider range of activities to more children,” says Kylie Holmes

For further information, visit our School Holiday Activities page.

Page reviewed: 13 Apr 2018 10:09am