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Welcome to Summer Sparks!
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Hastings District Libraries Summer Sparks Challenge is for children aged 5-12. 

The programme runs annually from early December to late January.

What is Summer Sparks?

A fun set of challenges and activities providing an innovative and dynamic way of encouraging children’s learning and discovery over the summer holidays.

SAYL linkThe programme incorporates a variety of literacy forms and methods, including, but not limited to, traditional reading based elements.

Register for Summer Sparks, then start completing challenges and be in to win! Use the button below to register for events and check some of our cool activities. Give them a go! Karawhiua!

Children aged 5-12 years complete challenges and then tell us, show us and amaze us with whatever wonderful form that has taken. The activities are broad and easily scaled up or down depending on the age and ability of the child. There is no right or wrong way to complete the activities, it’s all about imagination.

This year the programme is designed to be done in person as well as virtually, so if you are going away we have your summer sorted!

How Summer Sparks works

  1. Register Rēhita mai

    To get started with Summer Sparks, register here or use the button above.
  2. Tūhurahia, ākona, hangaia, kia ngahau! Discover, learn, create and have fun!

    Work on the different challenges over the summer - you can do them in any order. More of a reader? The Reader challenge is repeatable! 
  3. Report in Pūrongo mai

    Once you complete a challenge, either report in virtually or come see us at the library to tell us all about what you have been up to.  
  4. Me whai wāhi mai kia toa ai! Be in to win awesome prizes!

    Be in to win with weekly prize draws held between 4th December 2023 – 28th January 2024. You will automatically be entered into the draw for each week that you complete a report-in. You will also go into the draw for the grand prizes at the end – you get to choose which draw you want to enter! The more report-ins you do, the more chances you have to win. Kei te nui o ō pūrongo mai te nui o ō tūponotanga.

Be in to win weekly prizes, and one of these grand prizes – you get to choose! Me whai wāhi mai kia toa ai! - Māu tonu e kōwhiri!

Bookworm prize 

A $100 Wardini Books voucher to buy books to your heart’s content.

Artist prize pack

A huge assortment of crafty supplies – everything you need to release your inner artist! 

Pokémon prize pack

Love Pokémon? You’ll love this prize pack of Pokémon goodies.

Squishmallows prize pack

Start off, or supplement, your collection with an amazing assortment of Squishmallows. 

Outdoor games pack

Have fun with a bunch of games that you can play in the great outdoors.


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Monday 10.00am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 7.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Thursday 9.00am - 7.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Havelock North

Monday 10.00am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Thursday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Friday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday 10.00am - 1.00pm


Monday 10.00am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Thursday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Friday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm

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