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Summer Holiday Opening Hours

You can see when all our libraries are open and closed over the summer holidays on our Locations & Hours page.

Please check the What’s On page and your local libraries for changes to regular events.


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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 10am and 11am, 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

Pyjamas are welcome at this new weekly storytime for children aged 2-7 and their families.

War Memorial Library Tuesdays, 6pm






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 in intermediate and high school.


Lego Legends

Bricks & Pieces

Get creative and make amazing LEGO® builds at the library! Ages 5+

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 Wednesdays, 3:30pm

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.

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. Does not run during school holidays.

After-school Events for Tamariki and Rangatahi

Wainuiomata Library Weekdays, 4pm
Drawing, sports, zines, and more! There's something on every day after school! 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


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


Petone Library Second Sunday of the month 2:30pm

SportSport
August

ProtestProtest
September

Hello and welcome!Hello and welcome!
July

FamilyFamily
August

BeautyBeauty
September


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

Petone Library Wednesdays, 11am

War Memorial Library Thursdays, 1pm

SAYGo (Steady As You Go)

Steady As You Go is a gentle, peer led exercise programme, proven to increase balance, strength and mobility, prevent falls and provide a valued social connection for older adults.

Includes seated, standing and walking exercises and encourages awareness of posture, movement and walking technique.

Run with Age Concern Wellington.

Koraunui Stokes Valley Hub Tuesdays, 11am-12pm


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.

War Memorial Library First Wednesday of the month, 11:30am
Petone Library Last Monday of the month, 11:30am



Craft & Hobby Groups

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.

Craft Group

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays, 2pm-4pm
Meet us in the Community Space for our weekly social craft group for adults. Feel free to bring your knitting, crocheting and anything else project to work on! All Welcome.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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


Movie Sessions

Matinee Movies at the Hub

Stokes Valley Library Second Thursday of the month, 2:30pm
Put your feet up and enjoy a movie on the big screen. 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.Seats are limited.
Due to the Seismic Assessment work around the War Memorial Library from 14-17 October Silver Screen has been rescheduled to Wednesday 23 October.

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Regular Services

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, 11am-1pm



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 3 December 2019