Young People

From tots to teens, we're here to support everyone at all stages of learning and reading. Help tamariki get started on a life-long love of words and stories, facts and fiction, books, movies, puzzles and music.

From tots to teens, we're here to support everyone at all stages of learning and reading. Help tamariki get started on a life-long love of words and stories, facts and fiction, books, movies, puzzles and music.

story world

Story World at your place

Haere mai! Join Children's Chat on Facebook, where Bee reads a fabulous collection of stories with beautiful illustrations. Bee loves seeing the kids she is reading to, and hearing all their messages, so keep those coming #storyworldatyourplace 


Children's Library

Children's Digital Outreach Digest

While the library was closed over Level 4 Lockdown, the Porirua Libraries Children's Team compiled a weekly digital digest filled with great ways to borrow books, listen to stories, and do activities online for free! 

Kids audio 📚🎧

What's better than having a book read to you or reading one to someone else? Having a bestselling author or award-winning actor read it to you on one of our audio books! We have a huge collection of audio books – from picture books to chapter books on CD. The audio collection also includes a wide range of albums of kids music and creative visualisation CDs.

👉 Check out the resources page here for online books, courses, training, tutorials


Getting a library card for your child

Children (under 16) can have their own library cards.

Junior membership

Children can borrow as many items as they wish (and can manage). The guarantor needs to come to the library with ID and proof of address to sign the child up, but doesn't need to be a member themselves. The card will be sent out in the post.

👉 Online Registration Form


Children and young people 

Our younger tamariki will enjoy gorgeous picture books and the thrill of conquering chapter books, while our teens explore the more challenging Young Adult collection. Our branch librarians select books from the children's collection to meet the needs and interests of their community, and love nothing better than a chat with our young friends. We don't stamp the books anymore, but our youngest customers keep the tradition alive by getting stamped themselves.

Fiction 📚

Our children's collection ranges from board books for babies, through to picture books (from wordless to sophisticated), emergent readers, look-and-finds (like Where's Wally?), comics, rite-of-passage series like Harry PotterThe Chronicles of Narnia, and Percy Jackson, and other popular series, such as Liz Pichon's Tom Gates, Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the James Patterson Middle School books. 

Facts 📖

Kids can separate the real deal from the "alternative facts" with our extensive non-fiction collection, and librarians, who are trained in the fine art of extracting the facts and inspiration kids need from it. 

Movies 🎥

There is a selection of children's DVDs available in the general collection, a bargain at $2 each, for seven days. 

Puzzles & play 🧩

Our puzzles and games collection has something for everyone from babies to grannies: safe first puzzles, tray puzzles of your favourite characters from Toy Story and Frozen and more, charades, card games, mini Wasgijs, brain teasers, and much more. Games and puzzles help foster mathematical skills, perseverance, decision making, and cooperation – plus, it feels great to play!

Things to do

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Dear Library July School Holiday Programme

Stories on-line - through the Porirua Libraries Facebook page Children's Chat group - with engagement opportunities in the library and beyond. Answer the daily questions, and complete the letter-writing challenges, to win prizes galore! Pick up an entry form from any Porirua Libraries branch, and join the fun.

July 8-17, 2020 - in the Porirua Libraries Facebook Children's Chat Group, and in-library
Story world for preschoolers

Story World

Let us be your guide into Story World, where we read the best books aloud, and extend engagement with a simple craft activity for pre-schoolers

At City Centre Library Wednesdays and Fridays at 10.45AM, during primary school term time, from June 17, 2020. Due to limited space, please contact bee.trudgeon@poriruacity.govt.nz if you intend to bring a group, as we may be able to accommodate you at another time.
Baby band

Baby Band

For a tuneful, sociable time with your babies, get with the band! Lift your voice and boogie with your babies.

Thursdays at 10.30AM, during primary school term time, from June 18, 2020. Due to limited space, please contact bee.trudgeon@poriruacity.govt.nz if you intend to bring a group, as we may be able to accommodate you at another time.