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.

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.

What's on for kids

Story world for preschoolers

Story World

Stories, singing and craft twice a week at the big library. We explore the best children's books, and then do our own interpretive crafty activity.

City Centre Library, children's area, Wednesdays & Fridays 10.45am during term time.
Baby band

Baby Band

A warm, friendly, tuneful social opportunity for babies and caregivers alike. Come and make a joyful sound at City Centre Library.

City Centre Library, children's area, Thursdays at 10.30am during school term time
Toddler time at Whitby

Toddler Time

Calling all preschoolers to the Whitby Library for your weekly fix of stories, songs and rhymes. We have a different theme every week and a playground next door.

Whitby Library, 10.30–11 am every Friday, except during the summer holidays.

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 application form
    Parents, when you come to the library, please bring a driver licence, passport or other ID, and something that shows where you live (like a bank statement, power bill or letter from a government department (or you can show it on a phone).

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. 

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.

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 Bob the Builder, 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!