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Stay connected with Hutt City Libraries' lockdown newsletter

Whether you're at home on your own, finding home-schooling a challenge, or looking for fun activities to do with (or without!) your family, Hutt City Libraries are here to help.

Our twice-weekly newsletter showcases our eResources and shares the very best free content from around the internet.

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Library Update in response to Covid-19

All our libraries closed on Sunday 22 March and will remain closed during the lockdown period.

Please keep all library items at home with you for now. Any overdue charges will be waived, so please do not try and return anything to any of our libraries.

We are also unable to process and supply reserved books for you during the lockdown.

For more information on returns, reserves and other services please view our FAQs.

Have a question for us? Ask a librarian by emailing

Please see full details of our response to Covid-19 here.


Learn, laugh, sing, dance, draw and more with your local library!

Our website has access to heaps of cool stuff to see you through the next few weeks.

Find eBooks, music, films, databases, courses, newspapers, and magazines on our eResources page.

To access Ancetry from home, please click here to login and access our Ancestry link.

It's alll free and available 24/7 to anyone with a library membership!

For help or advice visit our eResources page or email

Kids eResources

Digital Distractions - Online activities and projects for your tamariki

Fed up with the family? Run out of things to watch on Netflix? Try some of these fun activities for kids (and big kids!).

Have a crack at coding

Arts and Crafts

  • Watch Caines Arcade and make your own cardboard arcade game
  • Build a pillow fort and read books in it!
  • Make a zine with this template and these instructions and ideas. You could make a zine about your favourite artist or musician, a thing you are an expert on, something you've done or would like to do in the future
  • Travel to the world's greatest museums with your own personal museum guide

Writing Projects

  • Love writing? Enter the North and South Short Story Competition
  • Write a short play or drama about a family in lockdown during Covid-19. If you feel inspired film it!
  • Create a daily journal to record your feelings and thoughts during this time

Free Music Programs

Searchable Sound Libraries

Thanks to the team at Naenae Clubhouse for pulling this list together.

For other activity ideas please check out Hutt City Libraries and Naenae Clubhouse on Facebook.

This page was last updated on 3 April 2020