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Special Events

The Summer Reading Adventure is back!

Summer Reading Adventure

The Summer Reading Adventure for Kids runs from 1 December 2023 – 31 January 2024 for kids aged 5-13. Read books; write, draw or film reviews; and complete quests to earn all kinds of awesome goodies — and you’ll still be home in time for tea!

School Holidays

When it's School Holidays time, visit our Event Calendar below for School Holiday Events.

School Holiday Events

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 Library (Brandon Street), Miramar Library, Island Bay Community Centre, Johnsonville Library, Cummings Park Library (Ngaio), Karori Library, Ruth Gotlieb Library (Kilbirnie), Newtown Library, and Tawa Library.


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

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

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 Wellington City Libraries Beanstack! You can read the reviews to find out what other kids are reading. 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!