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Design your own Wonky Bird

Draw, doodle or describe your very own Wonky Bird. The winning design will be crocheted into reality by the talented Wonky Stitches NZ and be part of the Winter Woolly Bird Count in June!

Runs from 1 April-26 May. Open to all ages.

Pick up an entry form at your local library or download one here.



Keeping Your House Warm, Dry and Energy Efficient

Interested in home insulation, sustainability, and saving money? Get hints and tips on how to keep your house warm, dry, and energy efficient with Gregory Street, Hutt City Council Eco Design Advisor.

Greg will also explain the subsidies for home insulation via the Warmer Kiwi Homes Programmes, the fee discounts for making your home more sustainable, and the new HEAT (Home Energy Audit Toolkit) kit available for Hutt residents to borrow for free.

Tuesday 4 June
1pm, Koraunui Community Hub

Wednesday 5 June
1:30pm, Walter Nash Centre
6pm, War Memorial Library

Thursday 6 June
12pm, Petone Library

Saturday 8 June
10:30am, Wainuiomata Community Hub
1pm, Naenae Library

Find out more about the Eco Design Advisor service at www.huttcity.govt.nz.


NZ Music Month

Celebrate NZ Music Month during May at Hutt City Libraries!

Team Naenae Ukelele Performance

Naenae Library Thursdays in May, 12:30pm

Thumbs Up Musical Performance

War Memorial Library Wednesday 22 May, 10:30am

Muritai School Guitarists Performance

Eastbourne Library Monday 27 May, 3:45pm

Don’t forget we enjoy music and rhymes every week at our Baby Bounce & Rhyme sessions. Bring your pēpi along for some musical fun!


Celebrate Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa!

From 26 May - 1 June celebrate Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa (Samoan Language Week) with us at the library.

Want to learn a few phrases in Samoan? Make sure to visit us on Facebook during the week!

Preschool Storytime

Wainuiomata Library Tuesday 28 May, 10:30am
Taita Library Tuesday 28 May, 11am
War Memorial Library Tuesday 28 May, 2pm
Moera Library Wednesday 29 May, 11am
Eastbourne Library Wednesday 29 May, 2pm
Stokes Valley Library Thursday 30 May, 11am

Movie Screening - Hibiscus & Ruthless

Join us to watch a special screening of Hibiscus & Ruthless. Don’t forget Naenae Library is now open late night on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday until 8pm!

Naenae Library Friday 31 May, 6pm (Movie will start at 6:15pm)


Passions into Print

Hutt Valley authors read and talk about the books that came from their passions: for hunting and the wilderness, rethinking Christianity in a secular world, and tracing a long-lost childhood.

Petone Library Wednesday 29 May, 6pm

For a stimulating evening, come and hear Ian Harris (New World New God), Richard Hall (Dark Forest Deep Sea) and Keith Westwater (No One Home). Mākaro Press publisher Mary McCallum will MC.

Bring questions on how to get your passions into print.


Artificial Intelligence, Trust, and Society

Digital innovation surrounding big data, AI, machine learning, and predictive data modelling is advancing rapidly largely unchecked.

Dr. Steve McKinlay will examine some of the ethical and societal implications and highlight some of the concerns.

War Memorial Library Thursday 30 May, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Find out more on the Facebook event.


Do it Yourself Bike Repair Workshop

Bring in your bike and learn how to do basic repairs yourself! Ages 8+

All tools provided but attendees will need to source their own replacement parts.

Koraunui Community Hub Saturday 25 May, 12pm-1:30pm


Informal Cuppa and a Book

Koraunui Community Hub Sundays 2 & 16 June, 2pm-3pm
Gather in the Hub for a cuppa and meet other readers!






Your Core Is More Than Your Pelvic Floor

War Memorial Library Saturday 1 June, 1pm-2:30pm
Learn how to be positive about your pelvic health at this FREE educational and practical session for women, run by Jennifer Dutton a qualified physiotherapist.

Spaces limited. Email LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz to book in.




Astronomy Night – The Day the Universe Changed

War Memorial Library Friday 7 June, 6pm
Join Antony Gomez, President of the Wellington Astronomical Society, to learn about the day the universe changed!

A hundred years ago, observations made of a Solar Eclipse on the 29 May 1919 changed the way we looked at the Universe. It provided the first observational proof of a new theory of gravity and made Einstein a household name.

This theory, called General Relativity (GR), solved the anomalous precession in the orbit of Mercury, predicted the bending, stretching of light and the slowing down of time around massive objects. It led to the prediction of black holes and we saw the first ever image of a supermassive black hole in April this year. GR predicted the compressing and expanding of space and time in traveling waves which again were detected for the first time in 2015 from a merger of two black holes, which normally we would not be able to see, opening a new era in Astronomy.


Book Launch: Arapū Toi

Koraunui Community Hub Monday 10 June, 6pm
Tirohia atu ki ngā whetū o Matariki, ki te pukapuka hou hoki I te reo Māori. Look to the stars of Matariki, also to a new book in Māori. Join us at the book launch of Arapū Toi, a new children’s book based on the Māori alphabet featuring poems in te reo Māori by writer and storyteller Moira Wairama with art work by Kāpiti artist Austin Whincup.

To celebrate both the new book and Matariki there will be a number of performances for tamariki from local kohanga reo and kura reo rua classes throughout the day, culminating with the official book launch at 6pm. The Children’s Bookshop will be at the launch selling copies of both the new book and a selection of other books written by Moira Wairama.


Happy Birthday Eric Carle!

Naenae Library Saturday 22 June, 11am
Join us for our favourite Eric Carle stories and art, then use your imagination to create a very colourful insect!

Taita Library Tuesday 25 June, 11am
Celebrate Eric Carle in this special storytime.



Migrant Connect: NZ Electoral System

War Memorial Library Friday 14 June, 10:15am
New to New Zealand? Find out about our local elections coming up, how the electoral system works in NZ and how you can participate. Presented by CAB Lower Hutt.





EverGrow Bags and Growing Your Own Fruit Trees

Naenae Library Saturday 29 June, 11am
Have questions about growing your own fruit trees? Want to know more about EverGrow Bags? Neville Chun will provide a brief explanation of how EverGrow Bags work and their benefits. He'll then answer your questions about successfully growing fruit trees in Naenae and Lower Hutt!



Pop-up Maternity Vaccination Clinics

War Memorial Library Thursday 13 June, 1pm-4pm & Thursday 8 August, 1pm-4pm

Hutt Maternity will be providing FREE pop-up Flu and Whooping Cough vaccination clinics for pregnant women at the library. No need to book, just drop in!




Te Iwa o Matariki

Koraunui Community Hub Monday 10 June, 3pm-4pm
Nau mai, haere mai to you and your whānau near and far. Join us to celebrate Matariki at the Hub!

Tuesday 25 June – Pot planting hua whenua
Wednesday 26 June – Harakeke weaving
Thursday 27 June – Poi Making
Friday 28 June - Māori board games
Saturday 29 June – Matariki Scavenger Hunt


World Wide Knit in Public Day

Celebrate with us on Saturday 8 June!
10am-4pm, Various locations around Central Hutt
Don your winter woollies, grab your binoculars, and search for the uniquely created yarn birds in the second annual Winter Woolly Bird Count!

Pick up a map from the War Memorial Library - you might even find a few interesting birds nearby...

For more information visit Wonky Stitches NZ on Facebook.

10am–4pm, War Memorial Library
Knit or crochet blanket squares with us. Everyone welcome, from beginners to expert yarn artists! All squares made will be turned into blankets and donated to Te Omanga Hospice. Koha for Te Omanga Hospice appreciated.

10am-1:30pm, Eastbourne Library
Learn how to knit/crochet your very own dishcloth to take home! Materials available but feel free to bring your own crochet or hook. Craft materials taking over your home? Don’t forget to bring your excess crafting stuff to our Craft Swap on from 10am-1pm too!

10am-3pm, Wainuiomata Community Hub
Pop into the library and knit some woolly creations.

1pm, Naenae Library
Bring your current yarn project and knit or crochet with us in our sunny and warm community space.

2pm, Walter Nash Centre
Enjoy a cuppa and knit-in with us in the Library.



Common Room: Creative Writing

Have you always wanted to be a poet/novelist/screen writer/song writer?

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

War Memorial Library Fridays 4:30pm-6pm (does not run during the school holidays)
Occasionally guest writers and publishers will visit to answer your questions on getting published. Check out our event on Facebook for updates.

[common room] events are for youth ages 13-21.


Stepping Up

Stepping Up Computer Classes

Our FREE computer classes with Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa are back for Lower Hutt residents with basic, or no computer skills.

Classes are available at Naenae, Petone, Stokes Valley, Taita, Wainuiomata, and War Memorial Libraries.

View the Term 2 Timetable and Class Descriptions

Register online at Stepping Up, by phoning 04 570 6633, or visiting your local library.


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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 10am

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 Mondays, 10:30am

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays 10:30am

Bob Scott Retirement Village, Petone Last Wednesday of the month, 10:30am


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 11am

Wainuiomata Library Tuesdays 10:30am

Afternoon sessions are at:

Eastbourne Library Wednesdays 2pm

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


Twilight Tales

War Memorial Library Tuesdays, 6pm
Pyjamas are welcome at this new weekly storytime for children aged 2-7 and their families. Starts from 4 June.





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 Fridays, 3:45pm

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

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

War Memorial Library Third Friday of the month, 3:45pm

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays, 4pm-5pm

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

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


Minecraft

Discover: Minecraft

Get creative and learn the basics of Minecraft in the Library!

Ages 8-13. Spaces are limited.

Taita Library Second Wednesday of the month, 3:30pm Fully Booked
Phone 04 560 1094 or chat to staff at Taita Library to join the waiting list.

Eastbourne Library Last Thursday of the month, 3:45pm Fully Booked
Phone 04 560 1094 or chat to staff at Eastbourne Library to join the waiting list.


Children performing yoga poses

Kids Yoga in the Library

Want your kids to try something new while being active and having lots of fun?

Join Jeanne from Kutumba Yoga and Sara from Seedling Yoga at these yoga taster classes for tamariki aged 5-10.

Spaces for these events are limited. Secure your spot and register now using the links below. Koha on entry greatly appreciated.

Let your children be active in a safe, non-competitive environment that promotes a positive attitude towards healthy lifestyles, and encourages positive body image. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Mats are provided and you are welcome to bring your own mat.

Eastbourne Library Wednesday 29 May, 3:45pm
Wainuiomata Library Thursday 27 June, 3:45pm
Moera Library (held in the Community Hall) Wednesday 31 July, 3:45pm
Stokes Valley Library Thursday 29 August, 3:45pm
Naenae Library Wednesday 25 September, 3:45pm
Petone Library Thursday 31 October, 3:45pm
War Memorial Library Wednesday 27 November, 3:45pm
Taita Library Thursday 5 December, 3:45pm

Kids Yoga in the Library is brought to you by Kutumba Kids Yoga, Seedling Yoga, Hutt City Libraries, and Hutt City Council's Yoga Flavours initiative.


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

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

Naenae Library Saturdays, 11am


Code Club

Code Club Aotearoa

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)

To book in email LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz

For more information about Code Clubs see Code Club Aotearoa.


After School Events

Inklings

Wainuiomata Library Second Tuesday of the month, 4pm
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!

Chill Out with a Movie

Wainuiomata Library Third Tuesday of the month, 3:30pm-5pm
An after-school movie session for all ages. Talk to staff at Wainuiomata Hub to find out which movie we will be showing!

After-school Sessions

Wainuiomata Library Third Tuesday of the month, 3:30pm-5pm
Head to the Library after school Monday-Friday, 4pm-5pm for heaps of fun! For ages 4-18. Sessions change every term, check out Wainuiomata Community Hub on Facebook for more information.

Activity Thursdays

Taita Library Thursdays, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Board games, Xbox, colouring, Lego and more. Something different for tamariki every Thursday. Does not run during school holidays.

Art and Craft Fridays

Taita Library Fridays, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Come chill out and do something creative. A new craft each week. Does not run during school holidays.

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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

September
Suffrage 125

Celebrity Authors
October

Sisters
November

Staff Favourites
December

Sea Week
March


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


Petone Library 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


Writers' Table

War Memorial Library Second Wednesday of the month, 7pm

Writing is a solitary act - let's get together and talk about it. Join our regular monthly meeting of writers to share experiences and information and maybe even write in good company.



Thumbs Up Music Session

Join us for a performance by members from our local Thumbs Up Trust. Everyone welcome!

Music is one of the most popular activities at Thumbs Up and through music members interact socially and build friendships with others.

Thumbs Up Trust enables adults with intellectual disabilities to actively engage in the full life of their community through participation, contribution, and meaningful and respectful relationships with others.

Petone Library Third Wednesday of the month, 10am-11am


Ready. Steady Balance.

Exercise class for seniors. All welcome! Includes exercises for improving stability, balance and coordination.

War Memorial Library Thursdays, 1pm


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 First Wednesday of the month, 11:30am



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
Bring along your own knitting or crochet project to work on or contribute to our peggy square blanket.

Sunday Knitting Group

Taita Library Sundays, 2pm-4pm
Bring your wool and needles and chat while you work on your own project. Tea and coffee provided.

Hand Craft Wednesdays

Taita Library Wednesdays, 5pm-6pm
Join us while you work on your taniko, knitting, crochet or other creative project. All welcome.


Movie Sessions

Matinee Movies at the Hub

Stokes Valley Library Once a 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! For more information see the Koraunui Stokes Valley Hub on Facebook.

Bring Your Baby Movie

Taita Library Once a 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 or see the Walter Nash Centre on Facebook.

Seniors Movie

Taita Library Once a 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. For more information see the Walter Nash Centre on Facebook.

Silver Screen

War Memorial Library Third Wednesday of the month, 10am
Enjoy a cuppa and a classic movie on the big screen. In February we're watching the classic Casablanca!
Seats are limited.

Monthly Movie

Wainuiomata Library Last Saturday of the month, 2pm-5pm
Join us each month for a family friendly movie. Everyone welcome! Talk to staff at Wainuiomata Hub to find out which movie we will be showing!

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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.


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 www.justiceofthepeace.org.nz.


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

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

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


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 www.wclc.org.nz.

Naenae Library Tuesdays, 2pm-3pm

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays, 11am-12pm


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This page was last updated on 27 May 2019