cartoon kids lying down in a circle. In the middle of the circle it's writen 'Summer Dreaming - Moemoeaa raumati'.

Come on over to the libraries and have some summer dreaming and reading fun!

Children and families will enjoy 'Summer Dreaming - Moemoeaa Raumati' while exercising their brains over the summer with positive activities that can be done in-library, at home, or online.

Read or complete activities to earn entries into our prize draws. Plus earn bonus entries by finding the six summer reading mascots (pictured below) hidden around our website! If you find one, click it to fill in the bonus entry form.

Our summer reading programme runs from Monday 20 December 2021 to Friday 28 January 2022.

Register for Summer Reading Programme

Register here and pick up your Summer reading programme booklet at your local library!

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Design a library card

Bring out your artistic side and design a library card for Hamilton City Libraries. One lucky winner will have their design on a limited edition library card that will be available to all our customers.

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Activity Packs

This year we’re doing things a bit differently. Due to changing Covid settings we can’t host you in the libraries, so special activity packs will be available from all our libraries during the programme. 

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Summer Kids' Book Chat

If you can't get to the library this summer, kids who are registered for the Summer Reading Programme can still talk to our librarians via Zoom each week!

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Download Centre

Run out of room in your reading log? Don't worry, you can download extra reading log or reading record sheets here. Spare printed copies will also be available from your local library.

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Terms and Conditions

Please see the terms and condition for participating in the Summer Reading Programme. 

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Summer dreaming at Hamilton City Libraries

Adventures in Time - Chartwell Library

Start your adventure in time from Chartwell Library. See a list of books compiled by librarians and try your hands on a jigsaw puzzle. 

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Library detective agency - Hillcrest Library

Do you enjoy old-fashioned mystery and detective stories? Have a snoop around here for books and a mysterious library!

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Ngaa taonga a Taane Mahuta - Dinsdale Library

This summer, dream of a walk which leads you to the cooling shade of the majestic Kauri trees with Dinsdale Library.  

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Out of this world - St Andrews Library

Discover some of the best out of this world adventures for summer school holidays with St Andrews Library. 

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Prehistoric Paradise - Central Library

If you love dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures, checkout the list of books compiled by librarians at Central Library. Try your hands on the jigsaw puzzle to reveal a prehistoric creature!

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Under the sea - Glenview Library

Get swept away with tales of adventure about sea creatures in our book list. Figure out what the Hamilton kids are up to during this school holiday by completing the jigsaw puzzle.

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Useful links

Reading Recommendations

If you are not sure about what to read or listen to next, we've got some great recommendations!

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BorrowBox for kids

BorrowBox is an easy to use platform with downloadable MP3 fiction and nonfiction eResources for children. There is a wide selection of titles including lots of Australian and New Zealand titles. 

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Reading Together

Reading can be a family time activity which builds literacy skills for all members of the family. 

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