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NaNoWriMo – November 2019

National Novel Writing Month, is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. It began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel.

Join us all month at Hutt City Libraries for free workshops, talks, and writing meet-ups to get your creative juices flowing – with no pressure to write 50,000 words!

James T. Guthrie

Event Highlight:
Write with an Author: James T. Guthrie

Thursday 14 November, 6:30pm-8pm
War Memorial Library

Get inspired and write with author James T. Guthrie. Ask James about his journey to publication, or get feedback on your work-in-progress. All ages welcome.

Find out more and let us know you’re coming!

For more events visit NaNoWriMo, view our NaNoWriMo booklet online, or pick up a copy at your local library.

Mayor Campbell Barry

Catch up with Campbell

Do you have an issue you’d like new Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry to know about? Want to meet Campbell and just say hello?

Call into Petone Library on Friday 15 November between 12-1pm for the city’s first Catch up with Campbell event, the start of a schedule of regular community feedback events the mayor plans to hold at various venues across the City.

Campbell is looking forward to meeting people face-to-face and directly hearing their concerns.

“I see these events as a chance for people to drop by, talk to me informally about what’s happening in our community, and to raise any issues or concerns they may have,” he says.

Find future sessions and venues on and

In the meantime see you at Petone Library, on Friday between noon and 1pm!

Friday 15 November, 12pm-1pm
Petone Library

Story Box Library

New eResource: Story Box Library

We’ve recently added Story Box Library to our collection of eResources available to access free with your library card!

Story Box Library is the best place to watch celebrated stories read aloud by our favourite storytellers from Australia and New Zealand. It’s a fantastic literary resource for preschool through to upper primary-aged children, featuring a range of actors, sportspeople, authors, illustrators and more sharing their unique voices in an ever-growing library. It's storytime, anytime!

View our eResources to find more great digital resources you can access for free, or visit to Story Box Library and start a storytime at home.

Update to PressReader

Stuff Ltd have withdrawn remote access to their newspapers and magazines through PressReader. You will no longer be able to access Stuff content through the website from home or elsewhere outside Hutt City libraries. For a full list of affected titles please visit eResources.

However, the good news is you’ll still be able to access these titles through the PressReader website when using a Library computer or WiFi.

If you have any questions please kōrero with staff at your local library or email us at

This page was last updated on 12 November 2019