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What's on at Johnsonville Library?

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What's on at Johnsonville Library? Lots! All are welcome to weekly storytimes. Plus, on this page you'll find photos of happenings at the library, and information about our Baby Rock & Rhyme sessions and special events.

New Johnsonville Library

Wellington City Council is building a new library. A specially created engagement website has been created for this project and you will find information on the new library here: newjohnsonvillelibrary.co.nz.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Chinese New Year

Wednesday 14 February at 10am

Come along to the library to watch the Chinese Cultural Heritage Team demonstrate their craft. There will be traditional Chinese kite making, embroidery, paper cutting and wooden board Chinese New Year picture making. We are lucky enough to have six demonstrators displaying their craft.

Chinese Storytimes at Johnsonville

Chinese Storytime

Come and join us for a fun and interactive Mandarin Storytime with Chinese stories, songs and rhymes. Children and care-givers who speak Mandarin, or use Mandarin as a second language will love these new sessions. Our Chinese Storytimes are held on the third Friday of the month.

Our next storytime will be on Friday 16th February at 10.30am.

This is a free event aimed for pre-schoolers through to 12 years but all are welcome. Each session will run for 30 minutes.

欢迎加入Johnsonville 图书馆中文故事,儿歌活动,时间是每个月的第三个星期五上午10.30-11 点 地点是约翰逊图书馆 电话04-4776151

Board Game Nights in the Library

Board games night

Come along to our board game nights on the last Friday of each month. Bring along your own board game or try one of ours. We have a range of games for ages 10+ to choose from. Just come along, find a group, choose a game and get playing.

Our next Board Game Night is on 23rd February starting from 5pm.

Movie Nights at the Library

Movie nights

Come along to our free movie night at the library. Our movies are held on the first Friday of each month so bring the family down and enjoy the fun. Feel free to bring your own cushion for a comfy night in. Movies will play in the Children's section of the library.

Our next movie night is on Friday 2nd March at 5.30pm.

Please contact the library each month to find out what movie is showing.

Chinese Tea & Tales

Chinese Tea & Tales

Come along on the first Monday of every month and get to know other Mandarin migrants in the community, share your story, learn to use the great resources in the library, pick up some Everday English plus enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit. If you are learning Mandarin, please come along to this group for a chance to practice your Mandarin too.

Our next session is on Monday 5th March at 10am

您喜欢阅读中国传统文学及故事吗?约翰逊图书馆(Johnsonville Library) “悠雅书舍”欢迎您的加入。 时间是: 每月第一个星期一的早上10:00点到11:00。 地点是: 约翰逊图书馆 (Johnsonville Library)。 电话号码: 04-4776151

Tea & Tales

Tea & Tales

Come along on the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm and enjoy some lively book discussions with like-minded people. Feel free to bring along some stories, poems, excerpts and anecdotes that you can share over a nice cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit. Sessions usually last around 1 hour.

Tea & Tales will be taking a break over the Christmas period but will be back again in the New Year.

Our next session is on Wednesday 7th March at 2pm.

Book Sale!

Check out Johnsonville Library's regular booksales where you can grab yourself a bargain. Buy a withdrawn book for as little as a $1! New sale books added regularly.

Free Wi-fi

WifiJohnsonville Library now has free wi-fi! Just bring in your wireless-compatible device, and you will be able to use the Wellington Wi-fi for free. Wi-fi is available Monday - Saturday during opening hours.


Regular Activities

For more information about any of the events or programmes below, call or email us. We'd love to hear from you!

Baby Rock & Rhyme

When: every Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30 - 10:00 am.

BRR will be taking a break over Christmas and New Year but will be returning next year with our first session on Wednesday 7th February 2018.


Baby Rock & Rhyme is a free, fun programme for babies 0 - 2 year old. You won't have to register, just come and have an enjoyable time with your baby. For more information and for details of sessions at other branches, check out What's On @ the Library for information about Baby Rock and Rhyme.

We're bringing Baby Rock and Rhyme music to your home. You can download the whole CD from iTunes for $18.99 or select your baby's favourites and creat your own playlist for as low as $1.79 each song.

Preschool Storytimes


  • Storytime is every Tuesday morning at Johnsonville Library at 10:30am in the children's area
  • The third session of each month will be in te reo
  • Story-telling and singing runs for about half an hour
  • Pre-school storytimes are fun and free - there's no charge, and you don't have to book
  • Storytime is aimed at pre-school age children (three and four years old) - but younger siblings are always welcome!

Kōhunga Kōrero

When: On the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10.30am.

Kohunga Korero

Whāngaia tō Tama Toa ki te pānui pukapuka

Get your superhero hooked on stories. Monthly storytimes in te reo Māori are available at Johnsonville Library on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Open to anyone, these free 30 min sessions feature stories, rhymes and waiata in te reo Māori, and are perfect for 2-6 year olds and their caregivers.

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What's on here?

There's always something fun and exciting for everyone in Johnsonville Library. Check these out!

Any Questions?

We offer online homework help for New Zealand school students. Visit AnyQuestions for more info.

Book displays

Dont forget to check out our latest display of interesting books as you come into the library. These displays are changed regularly to reflect current events, celebrations or things of interest

Adult Graphic Novels

Our collection of Adult Graphic Novels are getting bigger, thanks to you! Located next to the magazines, these are free to borrow for three weeks.

Photo Gallery

Check out the photos from some of the Holiday programmes and events held at Johnsonville Library

Michaelangelo Holiday programme

Painting Painting Painting Painting

Onslow Fibrecraft Guild

Mad Hatter Holiday Programme