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Science the eye can’t see

Seeing is believing, or so they say. GNS Science presents a new seminar series on unseen science that is helping shape the future direction of science in New Zealand. From nanotech to indoor air quality, join us on an adventure to find out about the science we can't see!

Indoor air quality: What tiny particles are in the air we breathe in? with Bill Trompetter
War Memorial Library Thursday 22 November, 6pm-7pm

For upcoming talks visit Science the eye can’t see.

Big Book Sale

Grab a bargain at our 2-day book sale! Bring your reusable bag and stock up on books before the summer holidays.

War Memorial Library
Friday 23 November, 10am-8:30pm
Saturday 24 November, 10am-5pm

Work Connect Information Sessions

The Work Connect programme gives you useful tools and advice to help find work if you are a skilled migrant, partner of a skilled migrant, or an international student graduate (Level 7 and above).

Work Connect supports you with personalised coaching and mentoring to help you find a job that suits your skills, experience, and qualifications.

CV Writing Tips
Get ideas and tips on writing your CV and learn about the Work Connect programme and whether you are eligible. Register online.
Petone Library Monday 5 November, 10:30am-12pm

Preparing for an Interview
Get ideas and tips on helpful interviw techniques, practice common interview techniques, and learn about the Work Connect programme and whether you are eligible. Register online.
War Memorial Library Tuesday 13 November, 6pm-7:30pm

Author Event for Tamariki & Whānau: Kate de Goldi and Susan Paris

Hear editors Kate de Goldi and Susan Paris talk about Annual and Annual 2, two vibrant, best-selling miscellanies full of stories, comics, poems, how-tos, songs, cooking, art, games, essays, and unclassifiables from some of New Zealand's best writers and illustrators.

Taita Library Tuesday 20 November, 6pm
Petone Library Wednesday 28 November, 6pm

Through the Eyes of Soldiers: NZ Mounted Rifles in the Battle of Ayun Kara

Join Jeffrey Russell as we follow four soldiers during the battle of Ayun Kara using letters, diaries, and official histories.

Taita Library Tuesday 27 November, 1pm
Naenae Library Wednesday 28 November, 10:15am

Mason's Gardens

In the late 1800s Mason's Gardens were a popular leisure destination. Once known as "the finest garden in New Zealand" Mason's Gardens boasted 1,400 listed species. Learn about the life of Thomas Mason and the 12½-acre sanctuary he created in the heart of the Hutt Valley with our Heritage Specialist Clark Stiles.

War Memorial Library Tuesday 27 November, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Pop-up Tabletop Games

Bring your friends and whānau along to try our awesome selection of tabletop games at this pop-up session or bring your own!

War Memorial Library Thursday 29 November, 4pm

Intro to Model-making

Learn how to assemble and paint a Warhammer model! By the end you will have a completed model to keep and use in tabletop and role-playing games!

War Memorial Library Fridays 7 & 14 December, 4pm-6pm

Just for ages 13-20 and totally FREE!

Stepping Up

Stepping Up Computer Classes Term 4

Computer classes run with the 2020 Trust for Hutt City residents with basic, or no computer skills, are back in term 4.

Classes start from Monday 15 October at Stokes Valley and Wainuiomata Libraries.

You can register online, by phoning 04 570 6633, or visiting your local library.

View the Term 4 Class Timetable and Descriptions.

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Regular Events 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 10:30am

War Memorial Library Mondays 10:10am and 11:10am, Wednesdays 2.15pm

Stokes Valley Library Tuesdays 10:15am

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

Bob Scott Retirement Village, Petone Fourth Wednesday of the month, 10:30am (go to reception when you arrive)

Pre-School 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.

Morning sessions are at:

Naenae Library Wednesdays 10:30am

Moera Library Wednesdays 11am

Petone Library Thursdays 10:30am

Stokes Valley Library Thursdays 11am

Taita Library Tuesdays 10am

Wainuiomata Library Tuesdays 10:30am

Afternoon sessions are at:

Eastbourne Library Wednesdays 2pm

War Memorial Library Tuesdays 2pm & Fridays 10:30am NEW!

Pasifika Playgroup

Join our fun weekly session of songs, rhymes, and playtime, all conducted in different Pasifika languages and cultures. Everyone welcome.

Wainuiomata Library Wednesdays, 10:30am-1pm



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

Lego Legends!

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

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

Taita Library 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

Stokes Valley Library Fridays, 3:30pm-4:30pm


Discover: Minecraft

Get creative and learn the basics of Minecraft at the library. For ages 8-13.

Discover: Minecraft is now fully booked. Find out more or join the waiting list by emailing or phone Eastbourne Library or Naenae Library.

Eastbourne Library Last Thursday of the month, 3:45pm
Naenae Library Third Wednesday of the month, 3:45pm

Tabletop Games

Tabletop Games

Have a go with our awesome selection of tabletop games, or bring your own. Ages 10+.

Challenge your friends and whānau with Treasure Chest, King of New York, Aton, 7 Wonders, SmashUp, Hexal, and more.

Eastbourne Library First Thursday of the month, 3:45pm-5pm

Naenae Library Last Friday of the month, 3pm-5pm

Stokes Valley Library Last Sunday of the month, 3pm-6pm

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

Study Session

Got a sticky homework question? We have the resources to get you sorted! A safe space for students to talk about their day and finish their school projects.

Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub Wednesdays 3:30pm-4:30pm

Active Hour

Come along to learn and play a different game every week using the Action Replay sports kits!

For youth (ages 10-18).

Wainuiomata Library Mondays and Wednesdays, 4pm-5pm

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

Code Club

Code Club Aotearoa

Code Club is now FULLY BOOKED.

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.

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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




Suffrage 125

Celebrity Authors

Petone Library
Third Wednesday of the month, 1:30pm

Second Sunday of the month 2:30pm

Stokes Valley Library Third Monday of the month, 7pm

Wainuiomata Library
Second Thursday of the month, 10:30am

Chat and Chill

A friendly group who offers the opportunity to meet and mingle with people in the age range 50+

Wainuiomata Library Mondays 1pm-3pm

Anxiety and Depression Coffee Group

A support group for people journeying with anxiety and depression. Refreshments are provided.

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays 10:30am-11:30am

Learn IT

SeniorNet at the Library

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

War Memorial Library
Friday 27 April, 10am - Jaye Howey on seeing Northern Peru and Brasilia through a Friendship Force visit.
Friday 29 June, 10am
Friday 31 August, 10am - Join Trevor Rowntree for a look at the origins and development of chocolate, plus a brief history of the confectionery company, Rowntree's of York, and it's founding entrepreneur.
Friday 26 October, 10am

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

Wesley Positive Ageing Network

Meet others and enjoy fellowship and morning tea. Groups meet monthly and you're welcome to attend as many as you want.

Free transport is available for those that require it. Please contact Tracey Scott - phone 027 432 2393 or email

Stokes Valley Libary First Monday of the month, 10am-11:30am
War Memorial Library First Wednesday of the month, 10am-11:30am
Naenae Library Fourth Wednesday of the month, 10am-11:30am
Petone Library Last Monday of the month, 11:30am-1pm

Craft & Hobby Groups

Craft Group
Taita Library Fridays, 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 and Chat
War Memorial Library Sundays, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Join the Crafty Volunteers for their regular weekly 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.

Lower Hutt Colouring-In and Craft Group
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

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’.

Craft and Chat with Coffee
Naenae Library Fridays, 2pm
Bring your current craft project along and have a good chat with others over coffee!

Koraunui Crafters
Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub Fridays, 12:30pm-2:30pm
A weekly social craft group for adults. Feel free to bring a project to work on from knitting to scrap-booking to whittling and everything else in between! All Welcome.

Nash Knitters
Taita Library Tuesdays, 1pm-2:30pm
Community knitting at the Walter Nash Centre. Join us in making an assortment of garments for St Matthews Food Bank and Op Shop. Wool and needle donations are much appreciated.

Matinee Movies at the Hub

Stokes Valley Library Second Thursday of the month, 1pm
Put your feet up and enjoy a movie on the big screen with other folk in the 50+ age range. Ask in the hub or check our Facebook for movie details. Tea and coffee provided, feel free to bring your own snacks!

Bring Your Baby Movie

Taita Library Fourth Tuesday of the month, 10am
An opportunity for parents to bring their pēpi along for a special relaxed movie session. The room will be dimly lit and we'll provide hot water for bottles. For enquiries please contact Taita Library on 04 560 1094.

Seniors Movie

Taita Library Second Thursday of the month, 10:30am
Enjoy a cuppa while you watch a movie from our collection. Contact the library on 560 1094 to find out what’s showing and register. Room opens at 10am, come along for a chat before the movie starts at 10:30am.

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Regular Services

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-12pm

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–12pm, and the first Sunday of the month, 1pm-3pm

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.

Te Omanga Hospice

Te Omanga Hospice at the Library

Concerns about living with a life-limiting illness? Experiencing loss? Feel free to drop in and talk with a staff member from Te Omanga Hospice.

Petone Library Tuesdays 12:30pm-1:30pm

Did you know the Te Omanga Hospice Collection is available to browse or borrow at Petone Library while their new hospice is built? You can view their collection online.
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 Third Wednesday of the month, anytime between 1pm-2:30pm

Eastbourne Library Third Thursday of the month, 1pm-2:30pm

Emergency Water Tanks

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.

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 from March to November.

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

Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations Inc

Justices of the Peace

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, 12pm-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, 2pm-3pm

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.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice Bureau

Staff from our local Citizens Advice Bureaus (Lower Hutt and Petone) available at the Library to answer your questions.

Taita Library First and Third Thursday of the month, 10:30am-12:30pm

Stokes Valley Library Second and Fourth Tuesday of the month, 10:30am-12:30pm

Wainuiomata Community Hub Fridays, 10am-12:30pm

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 Tuesdays, 11am-12pm

Naenae Library Tuesdays, 2pm-3pm

Wainuiomata Library Wednesdays, 11am-12pm

Koraunui Stokes Valley Hub First and Third Thursday of the month, 2pm-3pm

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This page was last updated on 5 November 2018