We’re celebrating National Poetry Day on Friday 26 August with poetry events throughout the day including ‘Poetry on the Move’ with Apirana Taylor and Moira Wairama, and a poetry evening with Geraldine Brophy.
From 22-26 August our Preschool Storytime sessions will also include poems as a fun and engaging way of introducing very young children to poetry and you can share your favourite poetic word or phrase to Poet-trees on display at all libraries.
Do you have stories to share about Stokes Valley? We would like to hear them!
Tricia, our Family History Specialist, is available to record your stories, as part of our Stokes Valley Hub cultural and heritage project.
For dates and time see our Events Calendar. Have a chat to staff at Stokes Valley Library if you’re keen to take part or phone 562 9050.
Discover more about your ancestors during Family History Month with our Family History Specialist, Tricia Meehan. We’re running workshops throughout the month to help you get started using our online resources to research your family.
Spend the day researching your family with others in the library during Family History Month!
This year family history month is about ‘Sharing our Stories’ so bring your kids/parents/grandparents/caregivers and take part in our family history activities! Create family trees, share your stories and photos, learn how to search our family history eResources and more! Research help will be available throughout the day.
Petone Library Sunday 28 August, 10am-5pm
The War Memorial Library was built in 1956. Join us on Wednesday 31 August to celebrate its 60th anniversary with 50s themed fun.
Write a message in our memory book or tell us your predictions of what the library will look like in another 60 years. Make sure you check out our library staff who will be wearing their best 50s outfits!
Tea and Tales
Seniors are invited to enjoy morning tea and an hour of friendship at our 50s themed Tea and Tales.
War Memorial Library Wednesday 31 August, 10.30am
Sacrifice and Aspiration: The War Memorial Library
This illustrated talk and guided tour with Jeff Kirkus will let you discover features of the original library design and learn about the outstanding murals by Leonard Mitchell.
War Memorial Library Wednesday 31 August, 6.30pm
In September, Hutt City Libraries is hosting Dinosaur Footprints - A Story of Discovery, a nationally-touring exhibition of 70 million-year-old dinosaur footprints discovered in coastal sandstone rocks in northwest Nelson. They are the first dinosaur footprints ever found in New Zealand, and the first evidence of dinosaurs found in the South Island.
The exhibit is brought to you by GNS Science and principal sponsor New Zealand Oil and Gas.
War Memorial Library 5-30 September FREE
We’re also running lots of dinosaur related events during September, including talks, workshops, a competition and more! Check out What’s On for more information.
Join us to celebrate Heritage Month 2016 with a series of talks during September.
All talks are free, for more information see our Events Calendar.
An Unexpected Journey
Petone Library Thursday 1 September, 11am
Julia Stuart will reveal how she went about writing Half a World Away: Eastbourne in Wartime 1899-1928, due to be published in November.
Discover the Lower Hutt Cemeteries Database
Petone Library Saturday 17 September, 1pm
Chris Gousmett, Hutt City Council’s Corporate Information Manager, will talk about the fantastic cemeteries database resource.
Researching Property Records
Petone Library Saturday 17 September, 1pm
Join Archivist, Jennie Henton, for an introduction and explanation on the types of records held at Hutt City Council Archives (including property records) and how you can access them.
Glimpses of Lost Graves in the Hutt
Petone Library Monday 26 September, 11am
Hear about the television series Lost Graves, a collaboration between local historian and author, Warwick Johnston, and film-maker, Marguerite Renaud.
Fun Palaces celebrates arts and science as a catalyst for community engagement and full participation from everyone.
Six of our libraries are becoming Fun Palaces on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October. To find out what they’re getting up to see What’s On.
For more information on what Fun Palaces is see Fun Palaces.
Hutt City Libraries and the 2020 Communications Trust offer FREE Stepping UP computer classes for Hutt City residents with basic, or no computer skills. Class are available at five libraries – Naenae, Petone, Taita, Wainuiomata, and War Memorial.
Registrations for Term 3 are now open and classes start on Monday 25 July.
Register for a class online at 2020 Trust Upcoming Classes, by phoning 570 6633 or in person at your local library.
Learn about chicken keeping, urban farming, reducing food waste and more with Hutt City Council Sustainability Officer, Natalie Hormann.
See What’s On for upcoming sessions.