Wanaka Library Activities
Right in heart of town, the Wānaka Library knows what their beloved community wants- and they provide! Young people can make themselves at home in the large children’s area while comfortable couches cater for new mamas and their needs. The Wānaka Library is valued by both locals and visitors alike!
Wriggle and Rhyme
Wriggle & Rhyme is a music-based active movement programme for children aged 0-2. Offered in partnership with Sport Otago, Wriggle & Rhyme is designed to promote brain development through active movement and music.
It also has the unintended benefit of parents socialising afterwards!
Our storytime sessions are designed for pre-schoolers aged 2-5. We entertain both children and parents with fun voices and favourite picture books.
Storytime encourages a lifelong love of reading, helps develop listening skills and is a great place for parents to meet.
The Wanaka branch includes an age appropriate craft to keep little hands busy.
A very popular after school activity targeting our primary school aged patrons. While we mostly let children lead with LEGO™ Club, the librarian will sometimes offer challenges and showcase LEGO™ books for inspiration.
LEGO ™ Club is a great activity where children engage with each other, learn to manage resources and personalities in a fun social setting.
Reading to Dogs
Reading out loud can be intimidating and scary to a new reader. Reading to Dogs aims to help children improve their oral literacy skills, self-confidence and self-esteem by reading to a gentle, non-judgemental, therapy dog. Comforted by the relaxed and enjoyable environment, we find some children come to enjoy the canine cuddles. However, for those struggling readers, reading to a judgment- free animal is safe and free from criticism.
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.
Monday - Reading to Dogs - 3.30-5.00
Tuesday - Wriggle & Rhyme - 10.30-11.00
Tuesday - Lego Club - 3.30-4.30
Wednesday - Storytime - 10.00-11.00
Wednesday - Reading to Dogs - 3.30-5.00
Thursday - Lego Club - 3.30-4.30
Friday - Reading to Dogs - 3.30-5.00
School Holiday Programmes
Get crafty and join us at the library this July school holidays.
We are celebrating the celestial wonders, Matariki, the first person in space, Mother Earth and Father Sky, being inclusive and more!
Contact your local branch for more info!
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-5.30pm
WiFi, wheelchair access, computer and internet, printing and copying.
Hire services for books, games and movies.