Children's Programmes

Our regular children's programmes are scheduled to take place during primary school term time and are listed below. Check the What's On calendar to find out what's happening and when at your local branch.


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