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Book Night

Book Night

Book Night aims to connect readers all over the country and highlight the benefits of regular reading.

Join us on Tuesday 23 May for an evening of stories and fun you can even be in to win prizes by registering your participation at!

Naenae Library 6pm
Wear your PJs and bring your dinner along for stories in the library after dark! Tea, coffee and milo will be provided.

Petone Library 5pm-7.30pm
Bring your PJs and picnic dinners. Listen to our bedtime stories or snuggle up and read your own book. Tea, coffee and milo will be provided. Teddy bears and other friends are warmly invited too!

Taita Library 6pm
Put on your PJs and snuggle up for bedtime stories at the library!

Wainuiomata Library 6pm (Open late until 8pm)
Put on your PJs and snuggle up for a special storytime at the library! Get your photo taken in our ‘How do you read photobooth’ - what’s the craziest position you can read in?

War Memorial Library 6pm (Open to 8.30pm)
Put on your PJs and snuggle up for a special storytime at the library!

GNS Talks

Planning for our Future: The Science We Need to Know

GNS Science is presenting a series of talks to inform, educate and raise awareness of key environmental and geological issues facing the Hutt Valley (and beyond) in the next 100 years.

Come along and ask questions to initiate an informed dialogue on the issues that will affect our region by 2100. All talks are FREE

Measuring our CO2 emissions - why should we care?
Dr Jocelyn Turnbull
Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have topped 400ppm and are still rising. New Zealand and the world are still dependent on self-reporting by industry to know our CO2 emissions. Dr Jocelyn Turnbull leads a new program at GNS Science to measure and model CO2 emissions across a range of different scales including individual power plants, urban and national emissions. How does the Hutt Valley stack up in terms of global CO2 pollution?
War Memorial Library Thursday 1 June, 6pm

Going up or going down? - The Hutt Valley in a big earthquake
Mr Russ Van Dissen
Fault rupture, strong ground shaking, liquefaction, sinking, uplift, and landslides are all major issues the Hutt Valley faces in large earthquakes. Recent research has identified and further characterized vulnerable zones around the Hutt Valley. Russ Van Dissen is an earthquake specialist who has extensively studied the Wellington Fault and earthquake hazards in the Wellington regions for the past several decades, he is also leader to the It's Our Fault project.
War Memorial Library Thursday 15 June

Design A Robot

Design a Robot Competition

What does your ideal robot look like? What does it say? What does it do?

Get creative and draw, paint, describe or build your robot and be in to win cool prizes donated by Paper Plus and Friends of Hutt City Libraries.

Open from 1 May to 31 May to all ages. Download the entry form or grab one at your local library.

NZ Music Month

Want to listen to some NZ music during May? Try these!

Music Making Workshops
Are you the next Ed Sheran? Want to be a DJ? Have a go creating music at Naenae Library for NZ Music Month with the team from Naenae Clubhouse!

Naenae Library Tuesday 23 May, 4.30pm-5pm
Try your hand at DJing (Intro to Serato DJ)

Crime writers talk about their work

Murder in the Library

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Hutt City Libraries, invites booklovers to two events at the War Memorial Library featuring talented local crime writers.

War Memorial Library Friday 26 May, 6.30pm
Brannavan Gnanalingam, Trish McCormack, Danyl McLauchlan, and Geoff Palmer will discuss how they create exciting stories, memorable characters, and blending humour with tales of crime and danger.

Want to try a criminally good read by a New Zealand author? Check these out!

Stepping Up

Stepping UP Computer Classes

Computer classes run with the 2020 Trust are back again for term 2.

Classes are for Hutt City residents with basic, or no computer skills and are offered at Naenae, Petone, Stokes Valley, Taita, Wainuiomata, and War Memorial Libraries.

View the Term 2 Class Timetable.

View the Term 2 Class Descriptions.

Registrations for term 2 are now open and are essential. Register online, phone 570 6633 or visit your local library.

Term 2 classes will begin on Monday 1 May.

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Regular Events for Children

Baby Bounce & Rhyme

Baby Bounce

A weekly half-hour programme of songs, rhymes and fingerplays especially for children aged 0-2 years and their parent/caregiver.

Building a foundation for literacy starts as soon as a child is born, and every story, song, rhyme or fingerplay strengthens that foundation. Help your child get a head start by joining other parents and their little ones for companionship, fun and interaction.

Choose the day or library that suits you best:

Eastbourne Library Mondays 10.30am

War Memorial Library Mondays 10.10am and 11.10am, Wednesdays 2.15pm

Stokes Valley Library Tuesdays 10.30am

Stokeswood Rest Home, Stokes Valley Second Tuesday of the month, 1.30pm

Petone Library Tuesdays 10.30am, Fridays 10.30am, Saturdays 10.30am

Taita Library Wednesdays 11am

Naenae Library Tuesdays 10.10am

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays 10.30am, Saturdays 2pm

Preschool Storytime

Pre-School Storytime

A weekly programme for children aged 2-5 years. Join us for a half-hour of stories and songs.

Introducing children to stories from a very young age enriches language development and expands vocabulary, giving them a valuable boost before starting school.

Morning sessions are at:

Naenae Library Wednesdays 10.30am

Moera Library Wednesdays 11am

Petone Library Thursdays 10.30am

Stokes Valley Library Thursdays 10.30am

Taita Library Tuesdays 10am

Wainuiomata Library Tuesdays 10.30am

Afternoon sessions are at:

Eastbourne Library Wednesdays 2pm

War Memorial Library Tuesdays 2pm



An hour long monthly group for 9-12 year olds who love reading.

We talk about books, explore new ideas and most importantly have fun!

Wainuiomata Library Second Tuesday of the month, 4pm

Naenae Library Third Friday of the month, 3.45pm

Lego Legends

Become a Lego Legend!

Make amazing Lego creations at the library and become a Lego Legend!

Limited to ages 5+ due to safety requirements

Naenae Library First Friday of the month, 3.45pm

Taita Library Every Second Saturday of the month, 2pm and Last Friday of the Month, 3.30pm

War Memorial Library Third Friday of the month, 3.45pm

Wainuiomata Library Last Thursday of the month, 4pm-5pm

Petone Library Last Sunday of the month, 2pm-4pm

Discover Group

Hands-on STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing) creative problem solving sessions using Lego for ages 7-12.

Eastbourne Library Second Thursday of the month, 4pm

Code Club Aotearoa

Code Club

Code Club is now fully booked. Please register your interest by contacting

Code Club is a nationwide network of FREE volunteer-led coding clubs for kiwi kids aged 9-12. The aim is for kids to leave Code Club inspired to pursue other digital “making” activities in their spare time, in school, or as a career.

Suitable for kids with limited or no experience coding as kids start out learning basic programming skills using Scratch.

Top Floor, War Memorial Library Wednesdays, 6pm-7pm (during the school term)

For more information about Code Clubs see Code Club Aotearoa.

Homework Zone

Homework Zone

Head to Taita Library to find the right materials and the right information to help you get your homework and assignments in on time!

Taita Library Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3.30pm-4.30pm

XBox Games

Xbox Challenge Series

Let your imagination run wild with Minecraft and other awesome games!

All kids welcome but registration is essential. See staff at Taita Library to register.

Taita Library Sundays, 3.30pm

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Regular Events

Book Talks

Library staff talk about the latest non-fiction available at the library. Everyone welcome!

Naenae Library First Monday of the month, 10.30am

Stokes Valley Library First Wednesday of the month, 1.30pm

Taita Library First Thursday of the month, 10.30am

War Memorial Library Last Thursday of the month, 7pm

Book Groups

Friendly and casual book discussion groups that meets once a month, everyone welcome!

Each month there’s a different theme and you’ll have a chance to share what you’ve been reading.

Bring a book that you have enjoyed or just come along and find some great reads at the library!

Eastbourne Library (Books on Wednesday) First Wednesday of the month, 11am

Moera Library (Moera Book Chat) First Thursday of the month, 10.30am

Naenae Library Third Monday of the month, 1pm

Petone Library
Third Wednesday of the month, 1.30pm

Second Sunday of the month 2.30pm

Stokes Valley Community House Third Monday of the month, 7pm
No Book Group in April due to Easter Monday

Eclectic Reads


Blue Books



Wainuiomata Library
Second Thursday of the month, 10.30am
Second Saturday of the month, 2pm (Repeat session)

Taita Library Third Thursday of the month, 11am

Law for Lunch

Law for Lunch

Bring your lunch and learn more about your legal rights at these popular, free information sessions run by Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley.

Need some legal help? Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley run free clinics at three of our libraries.

Neighbours at War
War Memorial Library Thursday 8 June, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Who pays for the fence? Can I trim that tree? What can I do about the dog next door? Answering all those tricky little questions that arise in our local communities.

Wills I? Wont I?
Stokes Valley Library Thursday 13 July, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Do you need a will and what happens if you die without one. Learn the basics of dealing with the legal systems when loved ones pass on.

Naenae Library Thursday 10 August, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Landlord letting you down? Rent rising? Flatmates flipping out? Come along and get the hottest tips on how to handle all the hiccups tenants experience.

Success with Succession (Maori Land - An Introduction)
War Memorial Library Thursday 14 September, 12.30pm-1.30pm
What is Maori land? What is succession? How can people use the Maori land court? What methods of managing Maori land are available? Come along to an introduction to dealing with Maori land

Work and Income Woes
Taita Library Thursday 12 October, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Learn what you are entitled to and how to go about getting it. Getting scary letters from Work and Income? Want to challenge a decision Work and Income has made? This is the talk for you! Listen to our Community Lawyer talk you through the struggle of dealing with Work and Income.

Employment Rights and Employment Wrongs
Stokes Valley Library Thursday 9 November, 12.30pm-1.30pm
How many breaks should you get? When are you entitled to Annual leave and sick leave? If someone is mean to you at work what can you do? Learn what to do when things go wrong at work.

Older Adults Library Sessions

Library sessions for older adults

Join Age Concern at the library! Each session varies - hear a guest speaker or simply have a chat. Everyone welcome.

Tea and coffee provided, baking is welcome.

Naenae Library 10am-11.30am
23 May, 27 June, 25 July, 29 August, 26 September, 24 October, 28 November

Petone Library 10am-11.30am
29 May, 26 June, 31 July, 28 August, 25 September, 30 October, 27 November

Taita Library 10am-11.30am
11 May, 8 June, 6 July, 3 August, 7 September, 5 October, 2 November

Wainuiomata Library 10am-11.30am
19 May, 23 June, 14 July, 11 August, 8 September, 6 October, 3 November

Learn IT

SeniorNet at the Library

Learn IT at Eastbourne Library
Do you have a laptop, an iPad or a tablet but don’t Know how to use them or simply want to know more about digital devices? Come along and let SeniorNet show you the way at one of their FREE sessions at Eastbourne Library.

Eastbourne Library

  • Thursday 27 April, 10am-12noon
  • Thursday 29 June, 10am-12noon
  • Thursday 31 August, 10am-12noon
  • Thursday 26 October, 10am-12noon

SeniorNet Social Morning at the Library
Join SeniorNet at the library for a fun social morning and learn about a new aspect of technology.

War Memorial Library

  • Friday 26 May, 10am-12noon
  • Friday 28 July, 10am-12noon
  • Friday 29 September, 10am-12noon
  • Friday 24 November, 10am-12noon

To find out more about SeniorNet in Lower Hutt see SeniorNet Hutt City.

Visit the Dowse Art Museum and Petone Settlers Museum

Jump on board the FREE van to The Dowse Art Museum or Petone Settlers Museum!

You’ll have a personal guided tour of the galleries followed by a free cup of tea or coffee.

Talk to any of our staff at Stokes Valley or Taita Library and put your name down for an amazing experience!

Second Monday of the Month
Van leaves Stokes Valley Library at 10.15am and Taita Library (Walter Nash Centre) at 10.30am, returning by 12.30pm.

Craft & Hobby Groups

Craft group at WainuiomataCraft Group
Taita Library Thursdays, 1pm-2pm

Learn tāniko weaving or join us for a cuppa and some good company while you work on your own current craft project.

Craft Group
Wainuiomata Library Thursdays, 2pm-4pm
Enjoy some good company while you work on your latest craft project.

Craft and Chat
War Memorial Library Second Sunday of the month, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Join the Crafty Volunteers for their regular monthly crafting session. Bring your current project and enjoy sharing tips and tricks with other crafters. Beginners are welcome to come along and learn how to crochet or knit. Gold coin donation goes towards running costs, which includes afternoon tea.

Adult Colouring
War Memorial Library Sundays, 2pm-4pm
Come along and colour away with the Lower Hutt Adult Colouring In Group at the War Memorial Library! Materials supplied to get you started. For more information, contact Julie on 566 2006

Wainuiomata LibrarySaturdays, 1pm
Come along and colour in at the library! Bring your own materials.

Taita Library Sundays, 2pm-4pm
Relax and enjoy a chat at our friendly colouring-in group. Bring your own materials or colour some of our pages. Tea and Coffee provided.

Scrabble Club
Eastbourne Library Fridays, 2pm-4.30pm
Come along and play Scrabble with others in the library! All ages and skill levels welcome. Play one hour Scrabble games and learn how to use the ‘Official Scrabble Players Dictionary’.

Sustainable Living

Sustainable Living Series

The Sustainable Living Series is run by Hutt City Council Sustainability Officer, Natalie Hormann.

Fermented & Probiotic Drinks
Naenae Library Wednesday 17 May, 1.30pm
War Memorial Library Saturday 20 May, 2pm-3pm
Not all bacteria is bad for you. Some, such as those in probiotic foods, are great for your health. Come and learn how to make kombucha and kefir, and learn why they are good for you with Sarah Teng, fermentation enthusiast, "Real Food" convert and nutritional scientist in training.

Regular Services Available

Team Naenae at the Library

Team Naenae Trust at the Library

Come and have a chat to Christine from Team Naenae Trust for all things NAENAE related!

Naenae Library Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm and Thursdays, 10am-12noon

Find more about Team Naenae on their Facebook.

Help with Family History

Help with Family History

Members of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists are available to assist you with family history enquiries at Petone Library.

Petone Library First and third Wednesday of the month, 10am–12noon, and first Saturday of the month, 10am-12noon

The Hutt Valley Branch of the NZSG hold regular meetings on topics of interest each month. For more information on their meetings see Hutt Valley Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.

Help with Family History

Family History Drop-in

Need a bit of help researching your family?

Our Family History Specialist are available to assist with family history enquiries and answer questions.

No need to book a spot, just drop-in!

Naenae Library Second Wednesday of the month, anytime between 1pm-2.30pm

Taita Library Fourth Thursday of the month, 11am-12.30pm

Curtain Drop Off

Curtain Bank Drop-off

The War Memorial Library is pleased to be the Lower Hutt drop-off point for the Wellington Curtain Bank.

If you have curtains or fabric to donate, drop them in to the library during opening hours.

For more information about the Wellington Curtain Bank see Sustainability Trust.

Justices of the Peace

Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations Inc

Members of the Hutt Valley & Districts Justices of the Peace Association run clinics at all of our libraries.

Justices of the Peace can assist you with the following:

  • witnessing signatures
  • certifying documents
  • witnessing of Land Transfer and other documents
  • taking of declarations, affidavits or affirmations

For more about on Justices of the Peace see

Eastbourne Library First Saturday of the month, 12noon-1pm

Moera Library Second Thursday of the month, 10.30am-11.30am

Naenae Library Third Tuesday of the month, 10.30am-11.30am

Petone Library Last Friday of the month, 2pm-3pm

Stokes Valley Library Second Thursday of the month, 1pm-2pm

Taita Library First Monday of the month, 1pm-2pm

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays, 4pm-5pm

War Memorial Library Third Tuesday of the month, 7pm-8pm


Plunket Clinic

Plunket is a national not-for-profit organisation, community-owned and governed. They provide a caring, professional whānau service that aims to provide universal access to services for all children and families regardless of ethnicity or location.

Taita Library Wednesdays, 9am-4pm
Contact Plunket on 04 4604660 to make an appointment with the nurse.

Wainuiomata Library Tuesdays, 10am-11.30am

Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice Bureau

Staff from the Lower Hutt Citizens Advice Bureau are available at the Library to answer your questions.

Taita Library Wednesdays, 1pm-3pm

Community Law

Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley Clinics

Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley provides community legal services to meet unmet legal needs.

They provide free clinics to help you with any legal questions.

For more information about Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley see

Taita Library Second Monday of the month, 12noon-1pm

Naenae Library Tuesdays, 2pm-3pm

Wainuiomata Library Wednesdays, 11am-12noon

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This page was last updated on 22 May 2017