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Holiday Events for Tamariki

We have a great range of FREE events on in December and January for tamariki!

Lego, robotics, stop motion animation, Guess Who, and more!

See Holiday Events for Tamariki for the full list of events.

Bubble Flash Mob Postponed

Anzac Lawn (War Memorial Library) Tuesday 15 January, 10:30am

With the weather looking less than ideal we are postponing our Bubble Flash Mob until Friday 18 January, 10:30am. See you on Friday when the sun is (hopefully) shining again!

We'll provide the 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!

Postponement/rain day is Friday 18 January. We'll update here and on Facebook if we need to postpone.

Discover: Ozobots

Join us for a creative hands-on introduction to Ozobots! Learn how Ozobots can be controlled, and work together on a huge Ozobot track!

Ages 8-12. Spaces are limited. Email to register.

Stokes Valley Library Thursday 10 January, 2pm Fully Booked
Naenae Library Wednesday 16 January, 1pm Fully Booked
Wainuiomata Library Friday 18 January, 11am
Taita Library Tuesday 22 January 11am
War Memorial Library Friday 25 January, 2pm Fully Booked
Petone Library Saturday 26 January, 11am

For more events on over summer for kids visit Holiday Events for Tamariki.


Our littlest tamariki can try very basic coding with our Bee-Bots at this special storytime! Ages 3-7. Spaces are limited. Email to register.

War Memorial Library Tuesday 8 January, 2pm Fully Booked
Taita Library Wednesday 16 January, 2pm
Petone Library Thursday 17 January, 10:30am Fully Booked
Stokes Valley Library Wednesday 23 January, 2pm

For more events on over summer for kids visit Holiday Events for Tamariki.

Discover: Stop Motion Animation

Tamariki can learn how to make a simple stop-motion animation and create their own short movie. For ages 5+. Spaces are limited. Email to register.

Petone Library Saturday 12 January, 1pm Fully Booked
Stokes Valley Library Thursday 24 January, 2pm Fully Booked

For more events on over summer for kids visit Holiday Events for Tamariki.

Boomerang Bags

Ditch those plastic bags and give Boomerang Bags Lower Hutt a hand at their sew-ins! No skills necessary!

War Memorial Library Saturday 8 December, 11am
Taita Library Saturday 19 January, 1pm–3pm

Common Room: Intro to Warhammer

War Memorial Library Fridays 11, 18 & 25 January, 2pm-4pm

Learn how to play Warhammer, create models, and meet fellow gamers!

Just for ages 13-20 and totally FREE! Email to book in.

Going Up or Going Down? The Hutt Valley in a Big Earthquake

War Memorial Library Thursday 17 January, 6pm

Fault rupture, strong ground shaking, liquefaction, sinking, uplift, and landslides are all major issues the Hutt Valley faces in large earthquakes. Recent research has identified and further characterised vulnerable zones around the Hutt Valley.

Russ Van Dissen is and earthquake specialist who has extensively studied the Wellington Fault and earthquake hazards in the Wellington region for the past several decades, he is also a leader to the It's Our Fault project.

Celebrate A. A. Milne's Birthday!

We're celebrating the birthday of Winnie the Pooh's creator on Friday 18 January with Teddy Bear Picnics and even a special sleepover for your (second) favourite ted!

Teddy Bear Sleepover

War Memorial Library Friday 18 January
Drop off your second-favourite ted for an overnight adventure in the library. For brave teds only! Spaces limited. Register in-library or phone 04 570 3747 by 17 January.

Teddy Bears Picnic

Naenae Library Friday 18 January, 11am
Bring along your favourite ted and some snacks.

Taita Library Friday 18 January, 11am
We'll provide the stories, you bring the animals (and snacks!).

A Forest of Stories

Petone Library Friday 18 January, 2pm
Celebrate with a forest of stories and crafty activities including tales from the 100 acre wood.

Towards Zero Waste

Petone Library Thursday 24 January, 12pm

Thinking about ditching plastic and less waste to landfill? Librarian Sarah Jordan has been working on reducing her own waste since discovering that teabags contain plastic. The last rubbish bag she put out took 5 months to fill!

Hear how she's making a difference and get tips on what you can do to create less waste - all the little things really do add up!

Explore Baring Head

Baring Head Saturday 26 January, 1pm-4pm

Join the Friends of Baring Head and Hutt City Libraries for an afternoon of marine fun!

There will be storytelling, crafts, and beach-combing. A ranger from Greater Wellington Regional Council will be joining us too!

Great for all ages. Families welcome. Walking involved. No dogs allowed. For more information on how to get there contact

Please bring water and snacks. There are toilets on-site at the lighthouse.

A cancellation decision due to bad weather will be made at 10am on Saturday 26 January if necessary and posted on the Facebook Event.

Electric Vehicle Showcase

War Memorial Library Sunday 27 January, 2pm

Amp yourseld for a 30-minute talk about electric vehicles followed by question time; then an opportunity to try out an electric vehicle. Watt and event!

Sigurd Magnusson is an electric vehicle consultant working on large electric charging station roll outs in the Wellington region and across New Zealand. Jörn Scherzer is Manager is the Sustainability and Resilience Manager at Hutt City Council and worked within the Government's Electric Vehicle Programme when it launched two years ago. Both Sigurd and Jörn have personally owned fully electric cars for several years and so can give both a professional and personal perspective about what it's like to own an electric car.

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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.

Our Baby Bounce & Rhyme sessions take a quick break over summer. Sessions finish up on 22 December and start back from 14 January 2019.

Choose the day or library that suits you best:

Eastbourne Library Mondays 10:30am
Starting at the new time of 10am from 4 February.

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
Moving to Mondays, 10:30am from 4 February.

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.

Our Preschool Storytime sessions take a quick break over summer. Sessions finish up on 22 December and start back from 14 January 2019.

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
Starting at the new time of 11am from 5 February.

Wainuiomata Library Tuesdays 10:30am

Afternoon sessions are at:

Eastbourne Library Wednesdays 2pm

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

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

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 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
Moving to Last Tuesday of the Month from 26 February.

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

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

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
No session in January 2019.

Stokes Valley Library Last Sunday of the month, 3pm-6pm
No session in December.

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 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)

Code Club starts back from February 2019. To book in email

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
No session in February 2019.

Moera Library (Moera Book Chat) First Thursday of the month, 10:30am

Naenae Library Third Monday of the month, 1pm
No session in January 2019.




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Celebrity Authors

Petone Library Third Wednesday of the month, 1:30pm
No session in January 2019.

Petone Library Second Sunday of the month 2:30pm
No session in January 2019.

Stokes Valley Library Third Monday of the month, 7pm

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

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
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 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.

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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 LibraryTuesdays, 1pm-3pm and Thursdays, 10am-12pm

Sessions start back from February 2019.

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.

No sessions December 2018 and January 2019.

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

No sessions December 2018 and January 2019.

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.

We are currently not accepting donations at the library.

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

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

Taita Library Tuesdays, 11am-12pm
Last session 18 December. Starts back 15 January 2019.

Naenae Library Tuesdays, 2pm-3pm
Last session 18 December. Starts back 15 January 2019.

Wainuiomata Library Wednesdays, 11am-12pm
Last session 19 December. Starts back 16 January 2019.

Koraunui Stokes Valley Hub First and Third Thursday of the month, 2pm-3pm
Last session 20 December. Starts back 17 January 2019.

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This page was last updated on 10 January 2019