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Please note all programmes and events are subject to change, depending on Alert Level, government guidance, and health and safety considerations.

We are working hard to make sure we can host as many events as possible, however please make sure to check here and on social media before visiting your library.

Bright Brains on Wings

War Memorial Library Wednesday 23 September, 6:00pm

Join Dr Elodie Urlacher from the Environmental Protection Authority and discover the impact of bee research on our understanding of brains and neuroscience. Uncover the wider scientific significance of how bees explore their environment to find food, what they learn, and how they communicate.

This event is part of Apiculture New Zealand’s Bee Aware Month 2020, and will be co-hosted with Café Scientifique Lower Hutt.

Dr Urlacher will discuss how bees find food sources using navigation skills, what they learn and remember about these sources (location, smell and sweetness) and how they communicate this information to other bees (notably by using the waggle dance). Learn how we benefit from bees through pollination of our food crops, about recent scientific findings on more complex forms of learning (including language and maths), and why this type of research is important for our wider understanding of neuroscience.

Dr Elodie Urlacher was born in France where she obtained a MSc and a PhD in neuroscience and animal behaviour. She studied how stress affected learning and memory in the honey bee. Dr Urlacher moved to New Zealand in 2011 to continue her research on bees at the University of Otago. She joined the Environmental Protection Authority about four years ago as an advisor on hazardous substances.

Spaces are likely to be limited, so please arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.

How to Slay a Dragon

War Memorial Library Wednesday 23 September, 3:30pm

Calling all brave and cunning 5-10 year-olds! Bring your imagination, a riddle or a joke, and learn to destroy dastardly fire-breathing dragons!

Regular programmes for Children & Teens

Baby Bounce

Baby Bounce & Rhyme

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, 10:00am

Naenae Library Mondays, 10:30am

Petone Library Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10:30am

Stokes Valley Library Tuesdays, 10:15am

Taita Library Wednesdays, 11:00am

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays, 10:30am

War Memorial Library Mondays, 10:00am and 11:00am, Wednesdays 2:15pm

Preschool Storytime

Preschool 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.

Eastbourne Library Wednesdays, 10:00am

Moera Library Wednesdays, 11:00am

Naenae Library Wednesdays, 10:30am

Petone Library Thursdays, 10:30am

Stokes Valley Library Thursdays, 11:00am

Taita Library Tuesdays, 11:00am

Wainuiomata Library Tuesdays, 10:30am

War Memorial Library Fridays, 10:30am - Numbers will be limited to 20 for this session

Kids' Book Group

A book group for kids aged 8-12 years!

We talk about books around a theme, as well as playing games and getting creative.

This is an inclusive, interactive, and informal group for tamariki who love stories!

Petone Library Second Saturday of the month, 2:00pm

Discover: Stories

Discover a love of reading and storytelling! We will enjoy a few stories followed by a creative activity. For children aged 5+ and their parents or caregivers.

Eastbourne Library First Thursday of the month, 3:15pm

Inklings - Reboot

Regular group for ages 9-12, exploring books and beyond!

Eastbourne Library First Monday of the month, 3:30pm

Naenae Library Tuesdays, 3:45pm

Bricks & Pieces

Get creative and make amazing LEGO® builds at the library! Ages 5+

Explore your imagination, inventiveness, and engineering skills! All resources provided.

Eastbourne Library Second Thursday of the month, 3:45pm

Moera Library Tuesday 7 July, 2:00pm

Naenae Library Fridays, 3:45pm and Saturdays, 11:00am

Petone Library Last Sunday of the month, 2:00pm

Stokes Valley Library Wednesdays, 3:30pm

Taita Library Second Thursday of the month, 3:30pm and Last Saturday of the month, 2:00pm

Wainuiomata Library Wednesdays, 3:30pm

War Memorial Library Third Friday of the month, 3:45pm - Numbers will be limited to 20 for this session

[common room] Creative Writing for Youth

Come to these meet-ups for creative youth, get inspired, and write something new!

Occasionally guest writers and publishers will visit to answer your questions on getting published.

War Memorial Library, Top Floor Friday 4:30pm-6:00pm (starts 19 June)

Children performing yoga poses

Kids Yoga in the Library

In collaboration with Hutt City Libraries, Seedling Yoga & Kutumba Yoga, Active in the Hutt coordinate Kids Yoga sessions!

Come and join us for a fun 45min yoga class for ages 5-10.

Spaces for the events are limited. Secure your spot and register now through Eventfinda.

Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and to bring a drink bottle.

Naenae Community LIbrary Wednesday 26 August, 3:45pm – 4:30pm
Taita Community Library Wednesday 30 September, 3:45pm – 4:30pm

Regular Programmes & Events for Adults

Book Talk

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

Naenae Library First Monday of the month

Stokes Valley Library First Wednesday of the month, 1:30pm

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, 11:00am

Moera Library

First Thursday of the month, 10:30am

Naenae Library

Third Monday of the month, 1:00pm

Petone Library

Third Wednesday of the month, 1:30pm

Second Sunday of the month, 2:30pm

Stokes Valley Library

Third Monday of the month, 7:00pm

Wainuiomata Library

Second Thursday of the month, 10:30am

Craft & Hobby Groups

Craft Group

Taita Library Fridays 1:00pm-2:00pm

Craft Group

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays 2:00pm-4:00pm

Nash Knitters

Taita Library Tuesdays 1:00pm-2:00pm

Scrabble Club

Eastbourne Library Fridays 2:00pm-4:30pm

Sunday Knitting Group

Taita Library Sundays 10:00am-12noon

Craft & Chat

Naenae Library Fridays, 2:00pm
Bring your current craft project along and have a good chat with others.

Lower Hutt Colouring-In and Craft Group

Petone Library Sundays, 2:00pm
Come along and colour away with the Lower Hutt Adult Colouring In Group at the Petone Community Library! Materials supplied to get you started. For more information, contact Julie on 566 2006

Senior Morning Tea

Let’s get together and share stories over a cup of tea.

We might also listen to a short story, look at pictures, books or other props, and share memories based on common experiences and topics.

Petone Library Last Monday of the month, 12noon

Ready. Steady. Balance.

Fun exercise class for seniors that includes seated, standing and walking exercises for improving stability, balance, mobility and coordination. Great opportunity to connect with other seniors in the community. All welcome. Does not run during school holidays.

Developed specifically for seniors with Sport Wellington and Active in the Hutt. Free entry.

Naenae Library Tuesdays 1:00pm, resumes 16 June

Petone Library Mondays, 11:00am

SAYGo (Steady As You Go)

Steady As You Go is a gentle, peer led exercise programme, proven to increase balance, strength and mobility, prevent falls and provide a valued social connection for older adults.

Includes seated, standing and walking exercises and encourages awareness of posture, movement and walking technique.

Run with Age Concern Wellington. Entry by Koha.

Taita Library Wednesdays 12noon

Regular Services

Logo of the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations Inc

Justices of the Peace

Members of the Hutt Valley & Districts Justices of the Peace Association run service desks 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

JP Service Desks are being offered at the following libraries:

Eastbourne Library First Saturday of the month, 12noon-1:00pm

Naenae Library Fourth Wednesday of the month, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Petone Library Last Friday of the month, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Taita Library First Monday of the month, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays, 2:00pm-3:00pm

War Memorial Library Wednesdays, 11:30am-12:30pm

During Alert Level 2, the JP Service Desks will not be available at the following libraries:

  • Naenae Library
  • Petone Library
  • War Memorial Library

Curtain Bank Drop-off

The Petone Library is pleased to be the Lower Hutt drop-off point for the Wellington Curtain Bank from March to November.

We will accept good quality, mould-free, pre-loved curtains and fabric rolls (or large offcuts of fabric). We will not accept rods, tracks, hooks, blinds, or netting.

Need curtains? You can apply online at any time or ask at any of our libraries for an order form.

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

Emergency Water Tanks

Emergency Water Tanks can be purchased from Eastbourne, Naenae, and Petone Libraries.

In an emergency you'll need at least 3 litres of water per person per day - make sure you and your whānau are prepared!

The tanks cost $105, hold 200 litres, and are easy to install.

This page was last updated on 23 September 2020