Children's Birthday Parties at Hastings Library

You can now host your child's birthday party at Hastings Library! We provide the venue, storytime, activities and games for your partygoers.


Holiday Programmes

School Holidays

All three libraries hold programmes of stories, crafts and entertainment during July school holidays.

Please click Read more for dates and times of programmes.

Pizza Wheel Reading Programme

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

  • Borrow some library books and take them home and read them 
  • When you bring them back to the library, tell the staff at the desk about some of the books you have read
  • You can only report on two books at a time
  • For each book you will then receive a stamp on a Pizza Wheel
  • When you have received eight stamps on your Pizza Wheel, you can take it to Hell Pizza and receive a free 333 kid's pizza.

Hell Pizza have kindly become the principal sponsor of the 2014 LIANZA Children's Book Awards.

Junior Members & Kidz Cards

Children under 16 years have a Junior membership.

A junior registration form requires the signature and ID of a parent or guardian, and proof of address.  We also record the school attended.

Children's cards are issued for their personal use.

Junior items on a child's card are eligible for junior overdue charges. Some junior items have rental charges, e.g. Children's DVDs & CDs

A junior item taken out on an adult card is eligible for adult extended loan charges.

Databases for Research and Fun

From homework help, through secondary school and tertiary level, to adult general interest, to health topics, law, funding, scholarships, our databases provide access to a huge range of online resources, on just about every topic

From home you can information and have fun while learning.

Hastings District Libraries subscribe to a wide range of databases, greatly extending our collections.

Most are available to use from home - use your library card number for login ID.

Junior Collections

All three libraries have great collections of children's items, including books, puzzles, CDs, DVDs, cassettes and talking books.

All ages are catered for, from toddlers to teens. 

Parents - you are welcome to ask the Children's Librarians for books that best suits your child's age and stage in reading.

Click Read More to see a list of Junior Collections.

Junior Parent & Child Collections

Each of our libraries has a Junior Parent & Child Collection, located in the Children's Sections.

These collections include books on parenting and books to help explain various situations to children (at various levels).


Gaz Sayz - Books are Cool

Everyone loves a good story!

One of the most important activities parents can share with children is reading...for enjoyment!

Here are Gaz'z tips for storytime...

NZ Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults

2014 Winners

Vasanti Unka "The Boring Book" won the Picture Book category. It can't be that boring as it also won the prestigious New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year! 

Congratulations to the winners, indeed all the finalists.


Porse Storytimes

PORSE Storytimes sessions are now finished for the year at Flaxmere and Hastings Libraries.

Thank you to the wonderful PORSE educators and the children, parents and caregivers involved.

Havelock North Library sessions will continue through Summer.

  • Havelock North Library
  • Tuesday 10.30am

All welcome. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

The library may take photographs or video recordings during events and programmes which may be used in our promotional material.

Scholarships Grants Awards

Looking for funding for tertary eduction?  

Breakout database

Available in the libraries (no charge), use Funding Information Services Breakout database to find details of scholarships, grants and awards. 

There are also guidelines for applying and success stories to inspire you. 

Careers NZ
Mana Rapuara Aotearoa

The Careers NZ website also has information on scholarships, grants and awards, see: 


Join us in the Childrens' Sections for stories and crafts!

Havelock North Library - Wednesday 10.30am (term time only)

Flaxmere Library - Thursday 10.30am (term time only)

Hastings Library - Wednesday 10.30am (term time only) & Sunday 2.00pm.

All welcome.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. 

The library may take photographs or video recordings during events and programmes which may be used in our promotional material.

Summer Reading Programmes - Junior

Junior Summer Reading Programme

The ever popular E.C.READ’N Summer Reading Programmes return to Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere Libraries. Please note all places are now full in Havelock North and Flaxmere Libraries.

The Junior Summer Reading Programme is designed for children aged 4-11 years (up to Year 6)...

Maths is Fun

Maths is Fun is a programme full of games and activities for children from Year 1 -8. Designed to interest, encourage and stimulate children to have fun with basic numeracy skills and accept them as part of their daily lives.

There are take home incentives, activity sheets, certificate of completion, Finale party and FUN!

Dice and card games, dominoes, pentominoes, magic squares, code games and much more! 

"I had been concerned she may find it difficult but exactly the opposite has happened. Her confidence has increased and she is really enjoying maths."

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