Whānau / Parents and Families

We are committed to providing a broad range of resources, services and activities to children and their families in a safe and welcoming environment.

Check out the Kids and Teens pages for news, reviews and links.

Along with our regular activities, we run boredom busting programmes during the school holidays, and reading challenges throughout the year (including the summer break).

Check out our What's On calendar for details, or contact your local branch for more info.

Regular Activities for kids and families


Many of our libraries host free weekly Storytime sessions for preschoolers to entertain, and encourage a lifelong love of reading. Many locations also include craft time to keep little hands busy.

Storytime at Queenstown Library

Wriggle & Rhyme

Wriggle & Rhyme is a free, music-based active movement programme for children aged 0-2. This programme is delivered in many of our libraries in partnership with Sport Otago. Wriggle & Rhyme is a great chance to experience music and movement with your baby while meeting other parents.

Reading to Dogs  

Reading to Dogs aims to help children improve their literacy, self-confidence and self-esteem within a non-judgmental, relaxed and enjoyable environment. The programme also teaches kids about dog safety. This is a free programme delivered at several of our branches by Outreach Therapy Pets, supported by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and St John New Zealand. Bookings preferred.

Otto Young (12) of Wanaka, reads to Sharna, helped by Outreach Therapy Pets programme leader Janine Taylor (left) and his mother Louise Young. PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON (Source: The News, March 16 2018)

Lego Club 

Lego Club sessions run for children aged 5-12 at many of our branches. This fun club is all about sharing your creativity and letting your imagination go wild.

Cromwell Lego Club

Kids Art Club

The Kids Art Club runs at Wānaka Library on Thursdays during term time from 3.30-4.30pm.  These free classes nurture creative, free-range drawing and are ideal for children aged between 8 and 11. Book ahead for the whole term.

For more info contact wanaka.library@qldc.govt.nz or (03) 443 0410

Check Mates

Check Mates is a kids' chess club at Queenstown Library on Thursdays during term time from 3.30-4.30pm. Play for fun or compete with other kids who love the game. 

For more info contact queenstown.library@qldc.govt.nz or (03) 441 0600