Upcoming Recreational Events at all Libraries


Ask Me Anything: 3D Printing

Wednesday 10 August

1:00pm - 1:30pm
1:00pm - 1:30pm

Blokes Book Club

Wednesday 10 August

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Destination: Germany

Wednesday 10 August

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Storytime session

Storytime Puaawai

Wednesday 10 August

10:30am - 11:15am
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Small cartoon people singing

Come and join a relaxed choir session once a week.

Suitable for adults.

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Stacked books

There are a variety of groups which meet regularly at our libraries to discuss what they are reading. See our Literature Events page for more information on each of these groups.

Games Night

Experienced board game volunteers will be available to help explain new games, or bring your own to share and teach. In partnership with Game Centre.

Suitable for adults and older teens.

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Come build with us! At our weekly LEGO Club sessions children will be given a challenge to complete – imagination and open-ended play improves literacy and language skills and aids a child’s development.

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Origami shapes

Free origami workshop with a different theme each month! All welcome, no registration required.

Suitable for all ages.

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Social chess club

Meet new people and enjoy a game or two of chess! All ages and levels of play are welcome.

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Practice your speaking and communication skills in a fun, welcoming and friendly environment. Suitable for both fluent and new English speakers - all levels of ability are welcome.

Suitable for adults.

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Get your team of 4-6 friends together and join Raise Up Hamilton in this monthly quiz for teens. It's free, and there are prizes to be won! Light snack food and refreshments will be provided.

See times and locations, and register your team.

Seasonal Recreational Events

School Holiday Programmes


Each school holidays during the year we have activity-based programmes with different themes open to all school aged kids. Sometimes, a number of prizes can be won at the end of each activity. The kids get to take their crafty creations and drawings home. All our events are usually free, but registration may be required for more popular programmes. We also have programmes where you can simply come along on the day to join in.

Learn more about our school holiday programmes.

Occasional Recreational Events

Chess Competitions

Chess Competition


A chess competition is especially exciting for children who have taken part in the Learn to Play Chess programme. Put your skills to the test in a round robin chess competition.

To find out when the next chess competition is, check our Event Calendar or follow our Facebook Page.

Family Movie Nights

Movie Nights


Sometimes we like to invite whaanau to join us for a free movie screening and popcorn at one of our libraries!

Look out for dates for the next Family Movie Night on our Event Calendar, Facebook page, or sign up to our newsletter, ePaanui, for updates.

Harry Potter in the Library

Harry Potter in the Library


Each year we invite Harry Potter fans aged 8-13 along to the library for a fun-filled day of wizarding events. Test your knowledge and earn points for your house! In 2021, due to demand, we invited grown-up Harry Potter fans to compete in teams for the "Try-Wizard Cup"!

Look out for dates for the next Harry Potter Celebration on our Event Calendar, Facebook page, or sign up to our newsletter, ePaanui, for updates.