News | 15 July 2022

Wellington City Libraries host free holiday events

Wellington City Libraries are hosting multiple free events for tamariki throughout the school holidays as part of the regional Beyond the Page festival.

Wellington City Libraries School Holiday programme activity Nan on Tuna in front of audience of children

The events, which run up to Friday 22 July, focus on non-traditional literary experiences that leave children fizzing with excitement.

The free festival is a collaboration between Wellington City Libraries, Hutt City Libraries, Upper Hutt Libraries, Kāpiti Coast District Libraries and Masterton District Library. 

Laurinda Thomas, Manager Libraries & Community Spaces says “What we love about hosting the Beyond the Page festival is the opportunity for tamariki and their whānau to experience the other inherent qualities to our libraries. The events highlight the creative, energetic, entrepreneurial, tech-driven and adventurous sides to libraries.”

Stephen Clothier, Children & Youth Services Coordinator at Wellington City Libraries says “These awesome, free events for tamariki and their whānau range from puppetry, poetry, and costume design experiences through to VR experiences, nature walks, sculpting, and stop motion animation workshops!

“There’s something on every day of the holidays, so join us to experience the ‘other’ side of libraries, the side that fizzes and pops!”

You can view the full event calendar and find out more about the festival and the wonderful presenters on the Beyond the Page website, or you can follow the festival on Facebook for regular updates.

All festival events are free and, unless indicated in the schedule of events, do not require registration or tickets. Where required, bookings for events can be made through Eventfinda.

Events that do not require ticketing may restrict numbers on the day for safety, due to venue and crowd size. We recommend arriving 15 minutes before the start of each event. Late arrivals may be admitted on a case-by-case basis. At Orange our libraries require face masks for 12-years and over.