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LEGO® Competition (1 July - 16 August)

Build a scene inspired by your favourite book and submit a photo to LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz.

Prizes include LEGO® sets thanks to Well-LUG and amazing LEGO® books thanks to the Friends of Hutt City Libraries! Top winners will also have the opportunity to display their build at the Wellington LEGO® show in September!

Your scene needs to fit within 28cm x 20cm but can be as tall as you want. Open to all ages.

Don’t have LEGO® at home? We run lots of LEGO® sessions at our libraries - come along and get building!


Author Event: Anne Manchester

Eastbourne Library Wednesday 10 July, 10:30am
Unfortunately we’ve had to cancel this event as Anne has lost her voice! We’ll try to reschedule it for another date.

Meet local author Anne Manchester and hear some delightful tales of Andrew the pampered Pekinese as he journeys from Palm Springs in the U.S.A. to New Zealand, with mishaps and adventures along the way. Followed by a craft designed by illustrator Fifi Colston!



[common room] Warhammer

War Memorial Library Fridays 12 & 19 July, 2pm-4pm

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

[Common Room] events are just for ages 11-21 and totally FREE!



Movie Screening: The Dish

Taita Library Saturday 20 July, 6pm

It’s the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. The now iconic images of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were beamed around the world by Parkes Observatory in Australia. Watch a fictionalised account of the Observatory’s role in relaying man’s first steps on the moon to live television. Run in conjunction with the Wellington Astronomical Society.



Books & Brews

Sprig & Fern Wednesday 24 July, 6pm

Grab a drink and chat with others about your recent reads! Nothing is off the table. Talk about the books you loved… and the ones you hated. It’s YOUR book group (but we’ll bring along some cool titles to share). Our Content Specialist will be there (she buys all the books!) if you want to pepper her with questions.



British Newspaper Archive Workshop

Petone Library Thursday 25 July, 11:30am-1pm

Learn how the British Newspaper Archive can help your research with our Family History Specialist, Tricia Meehan.

Email LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz to book a spot.



WWI Peace Celebrations in the Hutt Valley

Petone Library Sunday 28 July, 1pm

World War One officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919. Communities throughout New Zealand celebrated this event in various ways.

Find out how the people of Lower Hutt marked the occasion with our Local History Specialist, Clark Stiles.


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!




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

War Memorial Library Fridays 10:30am

Afternoon sessions are at:

Eastbourne Library Wednesdays 2pm


Twilight Tales

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






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 Once a 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.

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

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)

Book in on the Code Club Aotearoa website. Please note there is currently a waitlist to join the club.

For more information about Code Clubs see Code Club Aotearoa.


After School Events

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.

After-school Events

Naenae Library Weekdays, 3:30pm
Head to the Library after school for papercraft, games, art, and more! For ages 5-18.

After-school Events for Tamariki and Rangatahi

Wainuiomata Library Weekdays, 4pm
Table tennis, board games, Xbox, zines, Lego, and more! There's something on every day after school!

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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


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. Does not run during school holidays.

Naenae Library Tuesdays, 1pm

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, 10am-12pm
Bring your wool and needles and chat while you work on your own project. Tea and coffee provided.


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.

Sunday Family Movie

Wainuiomata Library Sunday 2pm-4:30pm
Join us for a free weekly family movie! To find out what movie we will be showing, please contact staff at Wainuiomata Community Hub on 04 564 5822.

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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 First Tuesday of the month, 7pm

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 is 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.

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.




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 Tuesday 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

Eastbourne Library Third Tuesday of the month, 10:30am-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 8 July 2019