For teachers

He aha te kai ō te rangatira? He Kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero.
What is the food of the leader? It is knowledge. It is communication.

Librarians from the Waimakariri Libraries team can visit your school or preschool by arrangement, or bring your students into the library. Depending on the age level, we could run a storytime session, or booktalk to extend and inspire your students’ knowledge of books and reading. The library also has a range of high-quality, online resources available for students of all ages which we are happy to demonstrate.

To assist teachers, Waimakariri Libraries have a feast of resources available to help teachers feed students who are hungry for knowledge. We have prepared some lesson plans, how-to guides and activity sheets for you to download and use with your class.

Waimakariri Libraries' Learning Menu

  • Storytime with StoryBox Library (StoryBox Library instructions)
    StoryBox connects children with literature through the complementary medium of film providing a vibrant, interactive experience via a diverse range of storytellers.
    Each story has an Activity Time lesson, perfect for primary school aged children.  Students can access stories and activities based on filterable topics, such as ANZAC, award winners, community, environment, siblings.
  • eAudiobooks and eBooks from BorrowBox (BorrowBox Primary - Borrowbox Secondary) Perhaps the fastest growing and most popular e-resource is BorrowBox, your library in one app, where you can access e-books, and e-audio books free from your library using the BorrowBox app.
  • eComics from RBdigital (RBDigital instructions)
    We have a sweet selection of eComics, sprinkled with all your favourites from Marvel, Disney, Dark Horse and more. Waimakariri Libraries have hundreds of eComics available through RBDigital, with a great range that you can access for free, and borrow for 30 days at a time through the RBDigital app.
    An added feature is the filter option, where you can search by rating: G, PG, PG-13, or rated R. The rating search tool is particularly useful for teachers wanting to restrict the content to age appropriate levels.

If you would like a demonstration for your teachers, and students on how to use these resources, our team of librarians are available to cook up a visit to the library, or a visit to your school.

Please contact us with your details, and we will be in touch to confirm your reservation.

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.

With your food basket, and my food basket, the people will thrive.

Your class may also be interested in the live homework help service AnyQuestions

These services are free. Please contact us to find a time that suits all of us and to discuss the type of session you would like.