How To Festival at Waimakariri libraries

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By SHELLEY TOPP

A How to Festival will be held at Waimakariri district libraries during the school holidays.

The festival will run from this Saturday, September 30 to Saturday, October 14 and includes workshops on how to speak mandarin, how to make a movie, how to make a picture book, and how to turn junk into funk.

There will also be a toddlers drive-in movie option during the festival with toddlers and their parents making a cardboard box car for the children to watch a short movie in.

This will be held at the Kaiapoi Library on Wednesday October 4, starting at 10.30am, with a bring your own snacks option.

The festival workshops include opportunities for adults and children, Waimakariri Libraries learning connections co-ordinator Jason Clements says.

“For people wanting to learn another language, there will be an opportunity to experience Chinese culture in a fun and interactive workshop.

Participants will play the matching game, taste chinese tea, play with chopsticks, experience paper cutting and learn some basic mandarin, he says.

The How to Speak Mandarin workshops will be held on Saturday September 30 at the Kaiapoi Library from 10.30am to 11.30am, Saturday October 7 at the Oxford Library from 10.30am to 11.30am and Saturday October 14 at the Rangiora Library from 10.30am to 11.30am.

The evening How to Make a Picture Book workshops will be held by Helen Taylor, an award-winning Lyttelton children’s book illustrator, author and exhibiting artist with works in private collections in New Zealand and overseas.

“Families will learn about the illustrators role in picture book creation and all the many steps in between and the many hands involved in order for this initial idea to become that book,” Jason says.

The author will also read some of her stories.

The How to Make a Picture Book workshops will be held at the Rangiora Library from 5.30pm to 7pm on Friday, October 6 and the Kaiapoi Library on Thursday, October 12 from 5.30pm to 7pm. This is a free family event but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Jim Cullinane, who has worked in the film and advertising industry and taught in schools in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, will hold two How to Make a Movie workshops, one for all ages, including adults, and the other just for children (ages 7-13).

The workshops will show how iPads have transformed the way movies are made and participants will learn how to make better movies, including planning with storyboards, shot lists and sequencing, along with practice editing on iMovie, cutting and assembling a rough cut, and learning how to share movies on YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo (a video sharing website).

Participants can use their own iPad or borrow one from the library for the workshops which will be held on Thursday October 5 (for all ages) in the Kaiapoi Library, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, and the “just for kids workshop (for ages 7-13), will be held on Tuesday, October 10 from 10.30am to 11.30am at the Rangiora Library. The cost of this workshop is $10 per person, but all others and the toddler drive-in movie event, are free.

The How to Turn Junk into Funk workshops will be run by Eco Educate’s Lesley Ottey who has 29 years experience working in sustainable resource education. Participants will be shown how to repurpose toys into puppets and doorstoppers and create reusable shopping bags.

Parents are encouraged to attend the workshops with their children which run on Monday, October 9 at the Rangiora Library, from 10am to 11.30am, Wednesday, October 11 at the Oxford Library from 10am to 11.30am, and Friday, October 13 in the Kaiapoi Library from 10am to 11.30am. Bookings are essential and can be made at libraries or phone 03 311 8901.