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Welcome to the Hastings District Libraries in sunny Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.

Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere

Winter Warmers reading programme
Image: holiday programme clowns
Teens Book Club Hastings
Drama workshop at Hastings Library
Teen Book Club Havelock North
Stories and music time with Kerry Poppins and Burt the Chimney Sweep at the  Fla
Young Readers' Book Club Flaxmere
Relaxing at Flaxmere Library
Junior Book Worms Havelock North
Image: Hastings Library
Image: Hastings Library & Civic Square gardens
Photo: Hastings Library - part of the mezzanine floor
Photo: Havelock North Library desk area
Photo: A quiet read at Flaxmere Library

Your information and entertainment hub for books, eBooks, DVDs, talking books, CDs, magazines, newspapers, online databases and more.

Photocopying, Internet, email, word processing, printing and fax service - available in all three libraries.

Flaxmere Library will be extending its opening hours from Monday 21 July, opening until 7.00pm on Monday and Wednesday eveningsRead more...

The Finalists of the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014 have been announced.

The People’s Choice award is an opportunity to vote for your favourite New Zealand book of the year. Eligible books must be written by New Zealand authors and published in New Zealand within the period of 1 June 2013-31 May 2014. Readers can vote online or in Library. Voting closes on Friday, 15 August. Read more

To celebrate National Poetry Day Hastings Library will have an exhibition of Haiku poetry in handmade books from two local poets. The exhibition will run from Monday 18 August until Friday 22 August.

Come along and read these creative works of art and talk to the creators about this interesting form of Japanese poetry. Read more

We are running a Pizza Wheel Reading Programme for school aged children.  Simply read eight books from your library and receive a free pizza!  How does it work?  Read more...

The winners of the New Zealand Post Books Awards for Children & Young Adults have been announced.

A far from boring picture book by Vasanti Unka "The Boring Book" has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year.  It also won the Picture Book category.

List of winners...

Online registrations for this year’s Winter Warmers reading programme open on Monday 16 June at 10am. 

Winter Warmers is an annual reading programme, held for six weeks during winter. This programme begins two weeks before the July school holidays and continues until two weeks after holidays.

Update: registrations now closed.

Coming Up

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 10:00am
Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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