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Christmas and Summer Events

Christmas Storytimes

Christmas Storytime Full Blog Post

Meri Kirihimete, P┼Źneke!

It's that time of year again! The festive season is right around the corner, which means that our libraries are getting themselves all ready to provide storytimes most merry and mirthful for your jollification. So, why not grab the family, jump in your fuzziest pyjamas (or cheeriest Christmas costume) and head on down to your local library to join in on the fun?

Full details — Christmas storytimes

Summer Reading Challenge is here!

How many can you read?

Are you between 5 and 12 years old? Your mission is to read and review as many titles as you can from our Summer Reading Booklist and win prizes!

Instructions: Find a book you'd like to read from the booklist below, and from 1 December 2020 - 31 January 2021 submit your review on our Kids' Club page to win prizes!

You can win extra prizes by completing the Book Bingo Challenge. You can find the challenges on the back of the booklet. Complete all the challenge before 31st January 2021, hand it in at your local library, and win a cool book prize!

Regular Happenings — Babies and Preschoolers

Baby Rock 'n' Rhyme

Baby Rock & Rhyme

Baby Rock & Rhyme is a way for parents and carers to interact with their babies through rhymes, finger-plays and stories delivered by experienced presenters. It's a great opportunity to have fun, socialise and spend quality 'one-on-one' time with your tot. This programme is suitable for babies aged 0 - 2 years and bookings are not required


Te Awe (Brandon Street, Miramar, Island Bay, Johnsonville, Cummings Park (Ngaio), Karori, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), and Mervyn Kemp (Tawa)


Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Songs online

Preview some of the songs and rhymes featured in our sessions by listening to the Baby Rock & Rhyme album - recorded and produced by our very own talented librarians!

Pre-School Storytimes

Pre-school storytimes are interactive sessions with stories, songs and rhymes. They are fun and free at all Wellington City Libraries for children, parents and carers to share. This programme is suitable for preschoolers age 2- 5 years, accompanied by their caregivers.


Te Awe (Brandon St), Miramar, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), Island Bay, Newtown, Brooklyn, Karori, Cummings Park (Ngaio), Khandallah, Wadestown, Johnsonville, and Mervyn Kemp (Tawa)


Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Kōhunga Kōrero: Storytimes in te reo Māori

Storytimes in te reo Māori are regularly available at a selection of libraries. Open to anyone, these free 30min sessions feature stories, rhymes and waita in te reo Māori, and are suitable for children aged 2-6 years and their caregivers.

Kohunga KoreroKōhunga Kōrero: Pakiwaitara i roto i te reo Māori

E 30 meneti pakiwaitara, rotarota, waiata hoki i roto i te reo Māori mō ngā kōhungahunga me ō rātou mātua kaitiaki.

Where & when?

Newtown, Karori, Johnsonville, and Miramar

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Regular Happenings — School-Age Children

Code Club

Code Club Aotearoa logo

For 9-13 year olds, Registration Required

Code Club is a free coding club for 9-13 year olds run during term time. Children will work their way through a range of fun coding projects supported by coding experts.

Code Club is BYOD - please bring a laptop or netbook with Chrome installed. Each library has a limited supply of netbooks for those who cannot bring their own from time to time. Please note the Newtown Code Club is not BYOD; the library can provide you with a netbook to use.

Places are limited, bookings are essential. Registrations are only for one whole school term at a time. For more information, please contact the club leader at the code club library.

Where & when

Cummings Park (Ngaio), Karori, Johnsonville (Level One) (Level Two), Newtown, and Mervyn Kemp (Tawa)

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates.

Family Movie Nights

Movie Nights

Calling all movie fans!

Come in your pyjamas, bring a cushion and a blanket, and relax at our fun family movie nights. A different movie selected from our library collections is screened every session, check out the Kids' Blog or contact the library to find out what's playing. Movie nights are free and bookings are not required. Movies chosen have a G rating, and are suitable for families with young children.

Where & when

Johnsonville, Newtown, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa), and Karori.

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Let's Go LEGO®

Movie Nights

Creativity. Problem solving. Storytelling. Fun!

Are you a master builder in disguise? Put your creative skills to the test to design and build your masterpieces. Each session will have a different theme and building challenges. All LEGO® is supplied, so there's no need to bring your own. Let's Go LEGO® runs weekly during term time. This programme is for children aged 5+ years. Young children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Where & when

Newtown, Miramar, Cummings Park (Ngaio), Mervyn Kemp (Tawa), Khandallah, Johnsonville, and Karori.

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates


Afterschool craft session for children

CRAFTerschool is a free art and craft session for school-aged children. Come along and get stuck into activities such as drawing, beading, origami, mask making, and more. Make friends with other crafty kids!

This programme runs weekly during term time and is suitable for children aged 5+ years. Young children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Places are limited. Contact each library to enquire whether space is available on the day you want to attend.

Where & when

Miramar, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa), and Johnsonville.

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates

Kids' Online Bookclub

Read, Review, Rate, and Win!

Kids ClubWhat are your favourite books? Read anything great recently? Why not tell the world, and your friends, about it and win prizes?

Head over to our Kids Online Book Club and fill in the review form to tell us about a great (or not so great) book you've read recently and you can win prizes.

All reviews will be published on the Kids Blog. You can read the reviews to find out what other kids are reading and even write comments on other's reviews. Don't worry if your review doesn't show up straight away - sometimes it can take a day or two to appear.

Interested in More?

Kids' Blog

Kids Blog

Check out the Kids Blog regularly for more entertaining events for kids and caregivers!

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