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Queens Birthday

We’ll Be Closed - Queen’s Birthday

All Hutt City Libraries will be closed on Monday 1 June for Queen’s Birthday

Don’t forget our website, and catalogue are open 24/7 so you’ll still be able to search the catalogue, reserve items, and take out eBooks and eMagazines while we’re closed!

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Read eMagazines with Zinio!

With your Hutt City Libraries card you can now access over 70 eMagazines using Zinio!

Read and download digital magazines on your computer, Android tablet or iPad. You can even read the eMagazines offline!

Go to Zinio for Libraries and create an account to start reading.

Need help getting started? Check out our Know How to use Zinio or email if you need a hand.

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 on the Bay’ is the story of that house which for many is now long forgotten, if known at all.

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

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

Mums Night Out

Family Fun Event – Mum’s Night Out

Bring Mum, Aunty or Grandma to the library for a fun, creative night out, with activities, stories and hot chocolate!

Numbers are limited, please RSVP at Stokes Valley Library when you’re next in or phone 562 9050.

Stokes Valley Library | Friday 22 May, 7pm (for 8-14 year olds)

Explore Digital New Zealand

Discover Digital New Zealand!

Interested in doing online research but don’t know where to start? DigitalNZ provides access to the online collections of nearly 200 New Zealand organisations in one easy search engine! Join staff from DigitalNZ and learn how to use to find digital photographs, maps, artworks, newspapers, and more!

DigitalNZ is great for family history research, creative projects, and anyone with an interest in New Zealand history.

These sessions are hands-on, so we recommend you bring a tablet or a laptop.

Petone Library | Saturday 23 May, 1pm

Stepping Up

Stepping UP at Hutt City Libraries Term 2

Hutt City Libraries and the 2020 Communications Trust are again offering free Stepping UP computer classes in term 2!

Classes are designed for Hutt City residents with basic, or no computer skills and are offered at five libraries – War Memorial Library, Wainuiomata Library, Naenae Library, Taita Library, and Stokes Valley Library.

Bookings for term 2 classes open are now open. Classes start on Monday 20 April. Bookings are essential. You can register online or by calling 570 6633.

You can find a full timetable for all the classes here and descriptions of all the classes here.

We also sell Kobo eReaders and Tablets, click here for more information. Already have an eReader? Don’t forget we hold weekly Introduction to eBooks sessions at six of our libraries. Book in for a class here.

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Are you 15-18 years old? Come and try robotics, CAD, coding and more at <tek ctrl/> with tutors from Victoria University.

Teen Floor, War Memorial Library | Every Thursday, 3.30-5pm

sustainable gardens

Sustainable Gardening Series

Join Natalie Hormann, Hutt City Council Sustainability Officer, at this series of Sustainable Gardening talks.

Your Winter & Garden
Would you like to grow healthy food in your own garden? Learn about companion planting, what you can plant in your winter garden, how to control pests and weeds organically, how to improve the soil and what to plant each season.
Wainuiomata Library - Saturday 6 June, 10.30am

Composting and Worm Farming
Do you want a beautiful, lush garden? Learn how to build and maintain your own compost bin, how to make quality fertilizer to feed your garden, how to make your own compost additives and about worm farming and other composting options
Petone Library - Saturday 6 June, 1pm

Click here to find out more about the Sustainable Gardening Series.

Interested in business-related presentations, workshops and more?

Hutt City Libraries and are running the Lunch & Learn series which offers business workshops once a month. In order to forward plan, we would like to consult with people who are interested in further business-related training.
We would like to hear from you. Click here to complete a survey.

Hot Scienece Cool Tales

Hot Science – Cool Tales

Fossils are time capsules that can transport us into the distant past, telling us about enormous predators, catastrophic events, planet-sized methane burps, climate change, extinction, and evolution

Meet James Crampton, one of the authors of The Kiwi Fossil Hunter's Handbook. Learn about where you can find fossils, and hear adventures from his fossil explorations!

This event has now been rescheduled
War Memorial Library | Thursday 11 June, 6.30pm

This is the second talk in the Hot Science – Cool Tales series held in conjunction with GNS Science. See What’s On for more information about future talks.

Electricity & Gas Comission complaints

Get Free Advice on Your Power and Gas Bills!

The Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner Scheme (EGCC) is a free and independent service for resolving complaints about electricity and gas companies.

They visited our libraries last year and are back again to help customers understand their power bills and assist with complaints!

Moera Library | Tuesday 9 June, 10am-12noon

Naenae Library | Saturday 13 June, 1pm-3pm

War Memorial Library | Thursday 18 June, 5pm-7pm

Stokes Valley Library | Saturday 20 June 11am-1pm

These clinics are free and you don’t need to book in.

Lamplighter Author Event

Author Talk: Kerry Donovan Brown

The Friends of Hutt City Libraries present author Kerry Donovan Brown.

Lamplighter is both fairy tale and modern fable, set in contemporary New Zealand and a magical otherworld and is Kerry Donovan Brown’s debut novel.

Petone Library | Thursday 11 June, 7pm (entry by koha, tea and coffee provided)

This event is preceded by a short Annual General Meeting for Friends of Hutt City Libraries, all are welcome to attend.

Lunch and Learn

Lunch & Learn – Business Training at War Memorial Library

Bring your lunch and take part in these free workshops to take your business to the next level!

Friday 12 June | Guerrilla Marketing

Friday 10 July | Agile Innovation

Click here to find out more about the workshops.

Places limited, click here to register for a workshop. All Lunch & Learn workshops are from 12.30pm to 1.30pm at the War Memorial Library.

Karline from Research Services is running her Business Research Clinics monthly after the Lunch & Learn workshops, from 1.30-2.30pm at the War Memorial Library.

STEMM Festival

Hutt City Libraries’ Events for the Hutt STEMM Festival, 2-7 June 2015

Hutt City Libraries will be celebrating the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Manufacturing (STEMM) sectors by running events during the Hutt STEMM Festival. These include:

Science Starters for children ages 3-12

Experiment, explore and engage with hands-on science sessions with Hutt Science! Spaces are limited so come early!

see Whats On for dates and locations.

Life on Mars

Have you ever considered living on Mars?

Haritina Mogosanu, one of NZ’s leading planetarium presenters and an astronomical educator, has led three expeditions to the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, including the first “KiwiMars” Analogue Expedition, where for two weeks, they lived like Martians.

Come and learn about Hari’s experience and find out if living on Mars is an achievable goal.

Families and children welcome.

Stokes Valley Library Friday 5 June | 7pm

War Memorial Library Saturday 6 June | 2.30pm

Keep Warm this winter

Keep Warm & Save Money

Would you like to reduce your power bill? Learn how to make your home drier, warmer and healthier!

Hutt City Council Eco Designer, Martin Barry, is visiting our libraries in June and July. He’ll explain energy use, solutions to reducing your power bill, energy saving appliances, and what subsidies are available to upgrade your home insulation and heating systems.

For dates and times see What’s On.

Business Compass

Is your business a world leader?

To run a strong business, you need to be able to read the signs. Do you know how well your business is doing? Where are your areas of strength or improvement?

The internationally-proven Business Compass can help provide these answers. Developed for small to medium sized businesses, Business Compass is an online tool that assesses your business in seven important areas of business performance.

Business Compass is $35, ask at any Hutt City Library to get started. For more information about Business Compass see the

See what else Hutt City Libraries can offer your business on our Business Research Services page.

This page was last updated on 14 May 2015