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

Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere

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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
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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


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


On September 16 1914 the New Zealand Government announced the formation of a Native (Maori) Contingent to serve with the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces in the First World War.

To commemorate the formation of the Native Contingent and remember the valuable service by Maori in the First World War Hastings War Memorial Library presents  The Spirit of Their Fathers -  a photographic exhibition. Read more...

Register now for our Maths is Fun school holiday programme. Sessions are available for school children in Years 1-8 and are based around different strands of the Maths curriculum.

Maths is Fun will run at Flaxmere (Update: All Flaxmere Library sessions are now full) and Havelock North libraries from 29 September - 3 October and at Hastings War Memorial Library from 6 October - 12 October. Register here...


MasterChef favourite and celebrity chef Cameron Petley will speak and offer tastings at Flaxmere Library on Tuesday 14 October at 6pm (doors open 5:45pm).

Petley won New Zealand’s heart during his appearances on MasterChef New Zealand in 2011 and released his first cookbook, Hunter from the Heartland in 2012. Read more...

The Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2014 has been announced. The novels competing for the prestigious Man Booker Prize 2014 are... Read more...

Congratulations to Jill Trevelyan, Eleanor Catton, Vincent O’Sullivan and Bruce Ansley & Jane Ussher, the winners of the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014!  Read more...

Coming Up

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 10:30am - 11:00am
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:00am
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 10:00am - 10:30pm
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