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Board Games Day

International Board Games Day

Bring your friends and whanau along to try our awesome selection of table top games, or bring your own.

Have a go at Treasure Chest, King of New York, 7 Wonders, Aton, SmashUp, Hexal, and more! You can even try out our very own Kuputupu created by the team at the Walter Nash Centre.

Naenae Library Saturday 18 November, 11am-4pm


John Summers Author Talk

John Summers – The Mermaid Boy

Join us to hear Wairarapa author John Summers read selections from his 2015 book The Mermaid Boy.

Stokes Valley Library Sunday 19 November, 4pm




booksale

Big Book Sale

Grab a bargain at our big 3-day book sale! Books, DVDs and magazines priced from 50c to $3.

War Memorial Library 23-25 November, during opening hours




Hutt Valley Market Gardens

Market Gardening in Lower Hutt

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.

Naenae Library Wednesday 15 November, 1pm-2pm


Thumbs Up Music Sessions

Thumbs Up Music Session

Join us on the first Wednesday of the month for a playful session celebrating music and song with Thumbs Up and Claire Hewitt. From our heartbeat to yours be immersed in music for an hour.

Thumbs Up Trust supports the needs, aspirations and on-going development of young people with intellectual and physical disabilities enabling them to actively participate in their community and develop a wide range of new skills and create friendships.

Petone Library First Wednesday of the month, 10am-11am
Wednesday 6 December, 10am-11am


Stepping Up

Stepping UP Computer Classes – Term 4 Registrations Now Open

Our popular computer classes run with the 2020 Trust are back again for term 4 with limited classes available at Petone, Stokes Valley and Wainuiomata Libraries. Classes are for Hutt City residents with basic, or no computer skills.

You can register online, by phoning 04 570 6633 or visiting your local library. Classes start on Monday 16 October.

View the Term 4 Timetable.

If you have school-aged children and need cheap internet access at home, we’re also running the Spark Jump project out of Naenae Library! Please phone 04 567 2859 to enquire.


Through the Eyes of Soilders presentation

Through the Eyes of Soldiers: 4th October 1917 – Prelude to Massacre

Follow 6 soldiers in the NZ Division during the Battle of Gravenstafel through diaries, letters and official military histories to see the story through their eyes. Presented by Jeffrey Russell.

Naenae Library Thursday 23 November 12:30pm-1:30pm

Then from 2pm-5pm discover more about your NZ WWI serviceperson at our Military Records Workshop. No booking required. You’re welcome to bring along any items that may help with research.


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Regular Events for Children

Baby Bounce & Rhyme

Baby Bounce

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 10.30am

War Memorial Library Mondays 10.10am and 11.10am, Wednesdays 2.15pm

Stokes Valley Library Tuesdays 10.30am

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

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays 10.30am


Preschool Storytime

Pre-School 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


Inklings

Inklings

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

Naenae Library Third Friday of the month, 3.45pm




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 First Friday 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

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


Discover Group

Hands-on STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing) creative problem solving sessions using Lego for ages 7-12.

Eastbourne Library Second Thursday of the month, 4pm



Code Club Aotearoa

Code Club

Code Club is now FULLY BOOKED. Please register your interest by contacting Jill.Marriott@huttcity.govt.nz.

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)

For more information about Code Clubs see Code Club Aotearoa.


After-school Events

Homework Zone

Head to Taita Library to find the right materials and the right information to help you get your homework and assignments in on time!

Taita Library Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3.30pm-4.30pm

Board Games and Card Games

Outwit, outplay, and outscore your friends! Challenge them to chess, checkers, scrabble, spit, speed and many, many more board or card games! For youth (ages 10-18)

Wainuiomata Library Mondays 4pm-5pm

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 Wednesdays 4pm-5pm

Tech Thursday

Have you ever wanted to learn how to code? Or have you ever wondered how a website works? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this is the session for you! Each week will focus on something technology related: anything from how to create your own website, to how a computer works! For youth (ages 10-18).

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays 4pm-5pm

Zine Group

Have you ever wanted to be a journalist or be involved in newspapers? Then get involved and contribute a story, poem, picture or photograph for the new Wainuiomata Community Hub Zine! For youth (ages 10-18).

Wainuiomata Library First Friday of the Month 4pm-5pm


Weekend Makerspace

Let your imagination run wild! Come along to the makerspace to create, invent, design, tinker, explore, discover, build, craft, draw and more! For children and teens (all ages welcome, but young children must be supervised by an adult).

Wainuiomata Library Saturdays 1pm-4pm and Sundays 2pm-4pm


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


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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


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

Taita Library Third Thursday of the month, 11am


Law for Lunch

Law for Lunch

Bring your lunch and learn more about your legal rights at these popular, free information sessions run by Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley.

Need some legal help? Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley run free clinics at three of our libraries.

Employment Rights and Employment Wrongs
Stokes Valley Library Thursday 9 November, 12.30pm-1.30pm
How many breaks should you get? When are you entitled to Annual leave and sick leave? If someone is mean to you at work what can you do? Learn what to do when things go wrong at work.


Chat and Chill

A friendly group who offers the opportunity to meet and mingle with people in the age range 50+

Wainuiomata Library Mondays 1pm-3pm


Anxiety and Depression Coffee Group

A support group for people journeying with anxiety and depression. Refreshments are provided.

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays 10:30am-11:30am


Older Adults Library Sessions

Library sessions for older adults (Age Concern)

Join Age Concern at the library! Each session varies - hear a guest speaker or simply have a chat. Everyone welcome.

Tea and coffee provided, baking is welcome.

Naenae Library 10am-11.30am
25 July, 29 August, 26 September, 24 October, 28 November

Petone Library 10am-11.30am
31 July, 28 August, 25 September, 30 October, 27 November

Taita Library 10am-11.30am
13 July, 10 August, 14 September, 12 October, 9 November

Wainuiomata Library 10am-11.30am
14 July, 11 August, 8 September, 6 October, 3 November

War Memorial Library
25 October, 29 November


Learn IT

SeniorNet at the Library

Learn IT at Eastbourne Library
Do you have a laptop, an iPad or a tablet but don’t Know how to use them or simply want to know more about digital devices? Come along and let SeniorNet show you the way at one of their FREE sessions at Eastbourne Library.

Eastbourne Library

  • Thursday 26 October, 10am-12noon

SeniorNet Social Morning at the Library
Join SeniorNet at the library for a fun social morning and learn about a new aspect of technology.

War Memorial Library

  • Friday 29 September, 10am-12noon
  • Friday 24 November, 10am-12noon

To find out more about SeniorNet in Lower Hutt see SeniorNet Hutt City.


Visit the Dowse Art Museum and Petone Settlers Museum

Jump on board the FREE van to The Dowse Art Museum or Petone Settlers Museum!

You’ll have a personal guided tour of the galleries followed by a free cup of tea or coffee.

Talk to any of our staff at Stokes Valley or Taita Library and put your name down for an amazing experience!

Second Monday of the Month
Van leaves Stokes Valley Library at 10.15am and Taita Library (Walter Nash Centre) at 10.30am, returning by 12.30pm.


Craft & Hobby Groups

Craft group at Wainuiomata

Craft Group
Taita Library Thursdays, 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 Group
Wainuiomata Library Thursdays, 2pm-4pm
A group of locals who enjoy crafts, knitting and chatting. Anyone who crafts (or who is wanting to learn a craft) is welcome to come along and join in

Craft and Chat
War Memorial Library Second and fourth Sunday of the month, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Join the Crafty Volunteers for their regular monthly 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.

Knitting Circle
Wainuiomata Library First Sunday of month, 2pm-4pm
Are you into knitting or crocheting? If you are, you should come along to join the knitting circle! All ages welcome.

Traditional Crafts
Wainuiomata Library Third Sunday of the Month, 2pm-4pm
These workshops will look at a range of different traditional crafts, including different types of harakeke weaving and poi making. All ages welcome.

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

Colouring-In (Adults)
Wainuiomata Library Sundays, 1pm
Add some colour to your Sundays with the Adult Colouring In Group. Everyone is welcome to drop in, so bring your colouring in books and pencils.

Colouring-In (Adults)
Taita Library Sundays, 2pm-4pm
Join us for children's colouring in on Sundays!

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’.

Regular Services Available

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-12noon

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–12noon, and first Saturday of the month, 10am-12noon

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, 1pm-2:30pm


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.

If you have curtains or fabric to donate, drop them in to the library during opening hours.

For more information about the Wellington Curtain Bank see Sustainability Trust.



Justices of the Peace

Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations Inc

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.jpfed.org.nz.


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

Moera Library Second Thursday of the month, 10.30am-11.30am

Naenae Library Third Tuesday of the month, 10.30am-11.30am

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


Plunket

Plunket Clinic

Plunket is a national not-for-profit organisation, community-owned and governed. They provide a caring, professional whānau service that aims to provide universal access to services for all children and families regardless of ethnicity or location.

Taita Library Wednesdays, 9am-4pm
Contact Plunket on 04 4604660 to make an appointment with the nurse.

Wainuiomata Library Tuesdays, 10am-11.30am



Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice Bureau

Staff from the Lower Hutt Citizens Advice Bureau are available at the Library to answer your questions.

Taita Library Wednesdays, 1pm-3pm



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, 1pm-2pm

Naenae Library Tuesdays, 2pm-3pm

Wainuiomata Library Wednesdays, 11am-12noon





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This page was last updated on 13 November 2017