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Hands-on Art Making Classes

Artist Sian Torrington will be working with us to share exciting new ways of creating art. We’ll make art about where we come from, the places we feel at home, and our connection in those places together. For ages 13-18. New Clubhouse members welcome!

Sian makes art, poetry, writing, and performance. She also works as a curator, writer, and community arts worker. Her work investigates the creative process, through drawing installation and sculpture, through rich multimedia projects that tell community stories. Her work is colourful and expressive and fun!

Naenae Clubhouse Every Thursday until 4 April, 5pm-7pm


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
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.


Market Gardening in Lower Hutt

War Memorial Library Tuesday 26 March, 6:30pm

Lower Hutt was once a major source of fruit and vegetables for Wellington. Many gardens were in Naenae and Taita but in the 1940s they were taken for state housing.

Join our Local History Specialist Clark Stiles for a talk looking at how these changes affected the area.


School Holiday Events – April 2019

Be curious these school holidays with FREE events for ages 5+ at Hutt City Libraries.

Trick your mind, stretch your body, explore electricity, get arty, and so much more!

For a list of all our events visit School Holiday Events or pick up a brochure at your local library.


Mystery in the Library

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with Hutt City Libraries, invites booklovers to an event featuring three local storytellers.

2019 Ngaio Marsh Awards entrants Helen Vivienne Fletcher, Penelope Haines, and Peter King will discuss how they create memorable characters, craft page-turning plotlines, and infuse their exciting storytelling with real-life issues. Ngaio Marsh Awards judge Stephanie Soper will prosecute the offenders.

War Memorial Library Friday 12 April, 6:15pm (panel discussion starts at 6:30pm)

For more information see our event on Facebook.


Common Room: Warhammer

Learn how to play Warhammer, create models, and meet fellow gamers! Take home the model you make for free!

War Memorial Library Tuesday 16 April, 2pm-4pm & Wednesday 17 April, 2pm-4pm

Spaces are limited. Book in by emailing LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz

[common room] events are for youth ages 13-21 and are totally FREE!


Astronomy Night: The growing problem of light pollution, and how we're addressing it

Light pollution is a worldwide problem, with the latest research showing impacts on human health & wildlife as well as masking our views of the universe we are part of.

We're in a period of rapid escalation of this issue, as we're changing the colour of light we're using as well as increasing the intensity of light pollution created.

In this talk Lee Mauger of the Martinborough Dark Sky Society will touch on the latest research on the impacts of light pollution and also talk about how the Wairarapa is looking to mitigate these problems through the creation of an International Dark Sky Reserve.

War Memorial Library Friday 5 April, 6:30pm


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.

Registrations open Tuesday 29 January and term 1 classes start Monday 11 February.

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 10am

Wainuiomata Library Tuesdays 10:30am

Afternoon sessions are at:

Eastbourne Library Wednesdays 2pm

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


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 Last Tuesday of the month, 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 Taita 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.

Petone Library Wednesday 27 March, 3:45pm
Taita Library Wednesday 24 April, 3:45pm
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

Drop In and Draw

Wainuiomata Library Mondays, 4pm-5pm
Do you like to draw? Drop in anytime throughout the hour and draw to your heart’s content in our new drawing club! Ages 6+.

Active Hour

Wainuiomata Library Mondays and Wednesdays, 4pm-5pm
Come along to learn and play a different game every week using the Action Replay sports kits! For youth (ages 10-18).

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!

Zines for Teens

Wainuiomata Library Wednesdays, 4pm-5pm
Express yourself through artwork, stories and collage and contribute to a monthly magazine for teens by teens! Ages 13-18. Meet in the Library.

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.

Paper Craft for Kids

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays, 4pm-5pm
A fun free session in the Library for kids who like to craft. Ages 6-12. Free, all materials provided.

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.

Young at Art

Wainuiomata Library Friday, 4pm-5pm
Are you a painter or an aspiring artist? Get artistic every Friday after school! All materials provided, but if you would like to paint a canvas or a specific item, please bring your own! Ages 8+.

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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

AugustUplifting
August

September
Suffrage 125

Celebrity Authors
October

Sisters
November

Staff Favourites
December


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 and would-be 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


Active Excercise for All

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.

War Memorial Library First Wednesday of the month, 10am



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.


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


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.
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 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.

Taita Library Tuesdays, 11am-12pm

Naenae Library Tuesdays, 2pm-3pm

Wainuiomata Library Wednesdays, 11am-12pm

Koraunui Stokes Valley Hub First and Third Thursday of the month, 2pm-3pm


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This page was last updated on 18 March 2019