Wellington libraries are inviting tamariki and their whanau to see them as more than just places to get books, and explore their entrepreneurial, tech-driven and adventurous side during 16 days of events starting this weekend.
Queen Olivia St Redfern at Rainbow Storytime during Beyond the Page in 2017.
The second year of Beyond the Page starts this Saturday 7 July and runs to Sunday 22 July, involving four public library organisations in the Wellington region (Hutt City Libraries, Upper Hutt City Libraries, Wellington City Libraries and Kāpiti Coast District Libraries).
In 2017, New Zealand’s biggest literary festival for children and their families presented over 100 events at 23 libraries and galleries across the Wellington region, involving nearly 7000 participants.
This year there are around 130 events, including creative writing and zines workshops, comics with fiction writer and graphic artist Sarah Laing, tales from the Royal NZ Ballet with Sir Jon Trimmer, and the Rainbow Storytime sessions celebrating gender diversity – including one with Queen Olivia St Redfern on the historic Wellington Cable Car for a very special return trip filled with children’s stories.
Authors involved this year include picture book creators Sacha Cotter, Josh Morgan and Paul Beavis, multi-award winning writer of fiction for young adults Mandy Hager, ten-year-old Ben Spies (Weirdo, and The Magic Pencil). Other creative talents include percussionist and music tutor/facilitator Andreas Lepper, Anna Bailey from String Bean Puppets. award-winning actress Geraldine Broph, and Pamela Hancock (“everyone’s aunty”) from Bulls.
Running throughout the event is The Beyond Amazing Race II, a scavenger hunt that takes participants across the Wellington region. Download the print booklet here, or pick one up from a library from Saturday 7 July.