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Christmas in the Hutt

Christmas at Hutt City Libraries

Bring your whānau and enjoy some festive fun at our libraries during December.

Family Festive Fun
Bring the family for a special evening of festive stories, songs and fun.
War Memorial Library Wednesday 20 December, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Community Christmas Celebration
Join the library team for carol singing and stories to celebrate the festive season!
Eastbourne Library Thursday 21 December, 4:30pm

Christmas Card Making
Have you forgotten to get a Christmas card...? Come along and make your very own special Christmas card to give to others. For ages 3-18.
Wainuiomata Library Friday 22 December, 3pm-4pm

Robert Stokes

Who is Robert Stokes?

Robert Stokes explored and helped map the Hutt and Wairarapa, and is the name-sake of Stokes Valley although he never set foot in the suburb. Join Heritage Specialist. Clark Stiles, for a fascinating look at his life.

Stokes Valley Library Wednesday 17 January, 11am

Stop Motion Workshop

Stop Motion Animation Workshops

Kids can learn how to make a simple stop-motion animation and create their own short movie.

For ages 5+. Participants will be working in pairs or small groups.

Spaces for these workshops are limited. Register by emailing

Stokes Valley Library Friday 12 January, 2pm-3:30pm (Lego stop motion)

Summer Events for Kids

Our summer events for kids are FREE and for ages 5-12 unless otherwise specified.

Summer Stories
Join us under our beach umbrella from 9-27 January for 15 minutes of storytelling in the library!
War Memorial Library Tuesday-Saturday, 11:30am

Join us for summery stories then head across the road for some fun at the beach!
Eastbourne Library Tuesday 23 January, 2pm, Thursday 25 January, 2pm and Friday 26 January, 2pm

Summer Reading
Join us outside the library for an hour of summer reading fun. Read, play and have fun in the sun. We’ll play games, read books, sing songs, and much more! For ages 3-7.
Wainuiomata Library Fridays in January, 3pm-4pm

Twig Teepees
Listen to stories and build your own little twig teepee
War Memorial Library Monday 8 January, 2pm

Kite Making Workshops
We're making kites for International Kite Day at Wainuiomata Library! Come along and learn how to make a simple kite. For ages 5-12.
Wainuiomata Library
Wednesday 10 January, 4pm-5pm
Thursday 11 January, 1pm-2pm
Friday 12 January, 10:30am-11:30am

Let's Go Fly A Kite!
Bring your kite along to the Queen Street Reserve and let's go fly our kites together!
Queen Street Reserve, Wainuiomata
Saturday 13 January, 3pm-4pm
Sunday 14 January, 3pm-4pm

Big Read Colouring Catch-Up
Are you taking part in the Big Read? Come along to colour in and talk about the books you have read so far! Wainuiomata Library Wednesday 17 January, 2pm-4pm

Beach Day
Enjoy beach day fun at the library and create your own beach creature.
Petone Library Friday 19 January, 2pm-4pm

Back to School…Covered!
Want to start the school year with the most stylish books in town? Come to the hub and start collaging some one-of-a-kind artworks to decorate your books. From computers to crayons we'll make sure you have what you need to be covered. BYO school books.
Stokes Valley Library Tuesday 23 January, 2pm

Wacky Animals
Join us for stories and see what sort of wacky animal you can create for yourself.
Eastbourne Library Wednesday 24 January, 11am

Bird Feeders and Watering Cans
Fly down to the library to make your own brilliant bird feeders and wonderful watering cans.
War Memorial Library Thursday 25 January, 2pm


Bubble Flash Mob

Join us for our second annual Bubble Flash Mob.

We’ll provide some bubbles all we need is you! If you have your own special bubble mix or maker, bring them along.

Feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn after the fun and remember to slip, slop, slap, and wrap before coming!

Meet on the Anzac Lawn in front of the War Memorial Library Tuesday 16 January, 11am-11:20am

Please note we will be taking photos during the Bubble Flash Mob.

This event is proudly sponsored by Friends of Hutt City Libraries.

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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
(No session in January 2018)

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

Baby Bounce & Rhyme takes a short break over Christmas and New Year. The last session for 2017 is on Saturday 23 December. Baby Bounce & Rhyme will start back in 2018 from Monday 15 January.

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 11am

Taita Library Tuesdays 10am

Wainuiomata Library Tuesdays 10.30am

Afternoon sessions are at:

Eastbourne Library Wednesdays 2pm

War Memorial Library Tuesdays 2pm

Preschool Storytime takes a short break over Christmas and New Year. The last session for 2017 is on Thursday 21 December. Preschool Storytime will start back in 2018 from Monday 15 January.



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
(No session in January 2018)

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
(No session in January 2018)

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
(No session in December 2017)

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
(No session in January 2017)

Code Club Aotearoa

Code Club

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.

After-school Events

Our After-school Events take a break over the summer holidays. They’ll start back in February 2018.

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

Board Games and Card Games

Outwit, outplay, and outscore your friends! Challenge them to chess, checkers, scrabble, spit, speed and many, many more board or card games! For youth (ages 10-18)

Wainuiomata Library Mondays 4pm-5pm

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 Wednesdays 4pm-5pm

Tech Thursday

Have you ever wanted to learn how to code? Or have you ever wondered how a website works? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this is the session for you! Each week will focus on something technology related: anything from how to create your own website, to how a computer works! For youth (ages 10-18).

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays 4pm-5pm

Zine Group

Have you ever wanted to be a journalist or be involved in newspapers? Then get involved and contribute a story, poem, picture or photograph for the new Wainuiomata Community Hub Zine! For youth (ages 10-18).

Wainuiomata Library First Friday of the Month 4pm-5pm

Weekend Makerspace

Let your imagination run wild! Come along to the makerspace to create, invent, design, tinker, explore, discover, build, craft, draw and more! For children and teens (all ages welcome, but young children must be supervised by an adult).

Wainuiomata Library Saturdays 1pm-4pm and Sundays 2pm-4pm

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
(No session in December 2017)

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
(No session in January 2018)

Moera Library (Moera Book Chat) First Thursday of the month, 10.30am
(No session in January 2018)

Naenae Library Third Monday of the month, 1pm
(No session in December 2017)

Petone Library
Third Wednesday of the month, 1.30pm
(December session will be on Wednesday 13 December. No session in January 2018.)

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
(No session in January 2018)

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.

Law for Lunch has now wrapped up for 2017. Sessions will start back from February 2018.

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

Older Adults Library Sessions

Library sessions for older adults (Age Concern)

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.

Our sessions with Age Concern at Naenae, Petone, Taita, Wainuiomata and War Memorial libraries have wrapped up for 2017. Sessions will start back from February 2018.

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 24 November, 10am-12noon
SeniorNet Social Morning has now wrapped up for 2017. Sessions will start back from February 2018)

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 Wainuiomata

Craft 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
A group of locals who enjoy crafts, knitting and chatting. Anyone who crafts (or who is wanting to learn a craft) is welcome to come along and join in

Craft and Chat
War Memorial Library Sundays, 1:30pm-3:30pm (Starting January 2018)
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.

Knitting Circle
Wainuiomata Library First Sunday of month, 2pm-4pm
Are you into knitting or crocheting? If you are, you should come along to join the knitting circle! All ages welcome.

Traditional Crafts
Wainuiomata Library Third Sunday of the Month, 2pm-4pm
These workshops will look at a range of different traditional crafts, including different types of harakeke weaving and poi making. All ages welcome.

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

Colouring-In (Adults)
Wainuiomata Library Sundays, 1pm
Add some colour to your Sundays with the Adult Colouring In Group. Everyone is welcome to drop in, so bring your colouring in books and pencils.

Colouring-In (Adults)
Taita Library Sundays, 2pm-4pm
Join us for children's colouring in on Sundays!

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’.

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
Help with Family History takes a break over summer with no sessions during December 2017 and January 2018. Sessions will start back from February 2018.

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 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, 1pm-2:30pm

Curtain Drop Off

Curtain Bank Drop-off

We're taking a break from accepting curtains until March 2018. For other locations you can drop of curtains to see Sustainability Trust.

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.

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
(No session in January 2018)

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.

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 Tuesdays, 1pm-2pm
(Last session for 2017 on Tuesday 19 December. Starts back from Tuesday 16 January 2018.)

Naenae Library Tuesdays, 2pm-3pm
(Last session for 2017 on Tuesday 19 December. Starts back from Tuesday 16 January 2018.)

Wainuiomata Library Wednesdays, 11am-12noon
(Last session for 2017 on Wednesday 20 December. Starts back from Wednesday 17 January 2018.)

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This page was last updated on 27 November 2017