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Teen Read

Read and win with the Teen Read

Are you aged 13-18 years old? Challenge yourself to read more widely over summer and be in to win awesome prizes!

It’s free and you can join at your local library from Friday 4 December. Click here for more information about Teen Read.

Teen Read Scavenger Hunts

Grab some friends, eat pizza, and help us launch the Teen Read!

The Scavenger Hunts are totally free and you can register a team or just yourself. Click here to register for the a Teen Read Scavenger Hunt!

War Memorial Library | Friday 4 December, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Naenae Library | Wednesday 9 December, 4.30pm-6.30pm
Wainuiomata Library | Thursday 10 December, 4.30pm-6.30pm

Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is coming!

Interested in coding? Join people from all over the world and take part in an Hour of Code!

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of people from ages 4-104 in 180+ countries. We’re running Hour of Code sessions from 7-13 December; for all session times and to find out more see What’s On. No coding experience needed - just come along and have fun!

Registration is essential as spaces are limited; go to to register.

The Big Read

The Big Read is back!

Last year our summer reading challenge for ages 5 - 13 reached 567 children who read 6228 books during the summer break!

Research shows children can maintain and even increase their reading levels if they keep reading over the summer break. The Big Read is a great way for your child to read books, complete fun activities and be in to win prizes.

It is free and any child aged 5 -13 years can join at their local library between 14 December and 10 January. The challenge finishes 27 January.

Click here for more information about The Big Read.

We also run summer reading challenges for the smaller members of your family. Click here for more information about Caterpillar Capers (for ages 0-2) and Storybook Summer (for ages 2-4).

Free events for kids this summer - Grab a bookmark from your local library or see our what’s on page for summer events.


SeniorNet Social Morning

Hear about an aspect of technology at this social morning at the library with other seniors. Everyone welcome.

War Memorial Library | Friday 27 November, 10am-12noon (Koha for tea and coffee)

Eastbourne Community Christmas

Community Christmas Celebration at Eastbourne Library

Join the library team with special guests Dotty Buchanan and students, for carol singing and stories to celebrate the festive season!

Eastbourne Library | Friday 4 December, 4.30pm

War Memorial Family Festive Fun

Family Festive Fun at War Memorial Library

Bring the family for a special evening of festive stories, songs and fun at the library!

War Memorial Library | Friday 18 December, 6.30pm

Holiday Hours

Hutt City Libraries - Holiday Hours

Some of our libraries will be closed during the holidays. Click here to see our opening hours over Christmas and New Year.

Taumaru COnvalescent Home

A Short History of the Taumaru Military Convalescent Home 1916-1919

With funding from the Lottery Grants Board, Hutt City Libraries has published a fascinating history of the Taumaru Military Convalescent Home in Eastbourne.

In 1916 well known lawyer and politician Francis Henry Dillon Bell offered his house at Lowry Bay to the New Zealand government as a convalescent home for wounded soldiers. Around 500 soldiers passed through its doors before it closed in 1919. ‘That Dear Little Home in the Bay’ is the story of that house which for many is now long forgotten, if known at all.

Read ‘That Dear Little Home in the Bay’ in your browser.

Download ‘That Dear Little Home in the Bay’ as a PDF.

This page was last updated on 24 November 2015