Friends of the Libraries Book Sale!

Announcing the Friends of the Libraries Book Sale! Havelock North Function Centre, Sat 8 November & Sunday 9 November. Grab some book bargains and support your libraries! Read more...

Publishers' Book Expo 2014 - Havelock North Library

It's a booklovers dream! Join us on Wednesday 19 November, 6.45pm at Havelock North Library for a preview of new release titles at the Publishers' Book Expo. Read more...

Richard Flanagan Wins the Man Booker Prize - 2014

Congratulations to Richard Flanagan, winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Read more...

A Trio of Tale Tellers - Hawke's Bay Readers and Writers Festival

Join us on Saturday 8 November, 5pm at East Pier Hotel, for an evening of literary pleasure with award winning American author Cheryl Pearl Sucher in conversation with New Zealand authors Rachael King and Tim Wilson.

Get your tickets at eventfinda or at Hastings District Libraries, Napier Libraries, Beattie and Forbes or Creative Hastings. Read more...

Maths is Fun - Holiday Programme

Maths is Fun sessions have now finished. Thank you to all the wonderful staff and children involved in the programme. To view photos from the events visit our Flickr page and the Maths is Fun blog.

BNZ Literary Award Winners 2014

Hawke’s Bay writer, reader and winemaker Tobias Buck has won the coveted 2014 BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award for Short Fiction. His story Islands in the Stream was referred to as “challenging and striking” by adjudicator Charlotte Grimshaw. Read more...

The Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2014

The Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2014 has been announced. The novels competing for the prestigious Man Booker Prize 2014 are... Read more...

Winners New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014

Congratulations to Jill Trevelyan, Eleanor Catton, Vincent O’Sullivan and Bruce Ansley & Jane Ussher, the winners of the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014!  Read more...


Pizza Wheel Programme

We are running a Pizza Wheel Reading Programme for school aged children.  Simply read eight books from your library and receive a free pizza!  How does it work?  Read more...

Extended Hours for Flaxmere Library

Flaxmere Library will be extending its opening hours from Monday 21 July, opening until 7.00pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Read more...

Volunteering Hawke's Bay

Are you keen to volunteer?  Bronwyn, Volunteering Hawkes Bay’s Community Liaison Coordinator, is in Hastings Library on Tuesdays between 2 and 4pm to chat about volunteering.  On the first Tuesday of the month Bronwyn will be in Flaxmere Library from 11am to 1pm.

Volunteering Hawkes Bay refers individuals to voluntary positions, offering over 140 volunteering opportunities with 75 organisations in HB. An opportunity to make a difference in the community, share and learn new skills, and meet new people.  Read more...

JPs in the Libraries

Do you need help from a Justice of the Peace? Local JPs are available in Hastings and Havelock North Libraries and Hastings Courthouse at the following times:

Hastings Library –  Tuesday afternoons, 2pm-4pm (as part of the Information Marketplace).

Havelock North LibrarySaturday mornings, 10am–12 noon (Community Room)  Read more... 

Course - Basic Computing Skills

Brush up on your computer skills at our free course of four sessions, to be held at Hastings Library.

Missed out on our recent classes? Register your interest in future classes - phone 06 871 5180.

eBook and iPad Classes

Learn how to use our free eBooks and downloadable Audiobooks at Hastings Library.

Introduction to IPad Classes at Hastings Library.

Missed out on our recent classes? Register your interest in future classes - phone 06 871 5180.

Seonaid Lewis - Family History Evening

Seonaid Lewis, family history librarian for Auckland Libraries, gave a very popular talk at Hastings Library on the family history resources held in the Central Auckland Research Centre, as well as learning how you can trace your ancestor through online research via the Digital Library.  Seonaid kindly made her notes available. Read more...   

Mobile Phone Lessons

Not sure how to use your mobile phone? Book in for a FREE mobile phone lesson! 

Ask at the desk about these - we have staff who can show you how to use your mobile.  Read more...  

Introducing our Teens Facebook Page

We're super excited to introduce our Teens Facebook page and share with you all the best books, movies, music, events, competitions and news at to see you there!

Unwanted mobile phone?

Auckland’s Starship children’s hospital is to benefit from the collection of unwanted mobile phones.

Bring your phone into Hastings, Havelock North or Flaxmere Library and look for the collection box.  The phones will be refurbished and then onsold, with a percentage of the proceeds going to Starship Hospital to fund care for sick children.  Read more...

eBooks and Audiobooks are available!

eBooks can now be downloaded free from ePukapuka OverDrive to a computer, iPad, mobile phone or an eReader. Audiobooks are talking books that can be downloaded to a computer, iPod or other compatible device with audio capability. Read more...

NZ Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults - Winners

The winners of the New Zealand Post Books Awards for Children & Young Adults have been announced.

A far from boring picture book by Vasanti Unka "The Boring Book" has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year.  It also won the Picture Book category.

List of winners...

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