Extended Hours for Flaxmere Library

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

Maths is Fun - Holiday Programme

Online registrations are now closed for Maths is Fun. Please contact Havelock North, Flaxmere or Hastings Library for more information about classes and registration. Read more...

Cameron Petley Author Talk

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...

WW100 - The Spirit of Their Fathers - Exhibition

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...

Mental Health Awareness Week October 6-12

Hastings Community Mental Health Team are running two Mindfulness groups at Hastings Library during Mental Health Awareness Week October 6-12. Read more...

BNZ Literary Award Winners 2014

Hawke’s Bay writer, reader and winemaker Tobias Buck has won the coveted 2014 BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award for Short Fiction. His story Islands in the Stream was referred to as “challenging and striking” by adjudicator Charlotte Grimshaw. Read more...

The Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2014

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

Winners New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014

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...

Pizza Wheel Programme

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...

Volunteering Hawke's Bay

Are you keen to volunteer?  Bronwyn, Volunteering Hawkes Bay’s Community Liaison Coordinator, is in Hastings Library on Tuesdays between 2 and 4pm to chat about volunteering.  On the first Tuesday of the month Bronwyn will be in Flaxmere Library from 11am to 1pm.

Volunteering Hawkes Bay refers individuals to voluntary positions, offering over 140 volunteering opportunities with 75 organisations in HB. An opportunity to make a difference in the community, share and learn new skills, and meet new people.  Read more...

JPs in the Libraries

Do you need help from a Justice of the Peace? Local JPs are available in Hastings and Havelock North Libraries and Hastings Courthouse at the following times:

Hastings Library –  Tuesday afternoons, 2pm-4pm (as part of the Information Marketplace).

Havelock North LibrarySaturday mornings, 10am–12 noon (Community Room)  Read more... 

Course - Basic Computing Skills

Brush up on your computer skills at our free course of four sessions, to be held at Hastings Library.

Missed out on our recent classes? Register your interest in future classes - phone 06 871 5180.

eBook and iPad Classes

Learn how to use our free eBooks and downloadable Audiobooks at Hastings Library.

Introduction to IPad Classes at Hastings Library.

Missed out on our recent classes? Register your interest in future classes - phone 06 871 5180.

Seonaid Lewis - Family History Evening

Seonaid Lewis, family history librarian for Auckland Libraries, gave a very popular talk at Hastings Library on the family history resources held in the Central Auckland Research Centre, as well as learning how you can trace your ancestor through online research via the Digital Library.  Seonaid kindly made her notes available. Read more...   

Mobile Phone Lessons

Not sure how to use your mobile phone? Book in for a FREE mobile phone lesson! 

Ask at the desk about these - we have staff who can show you how to use your mobile.  Read more...  

Introducing our Teens Facebook Page

We're super excited to introduce our Teens Facebook page and share with you all the best books, movies, music, events, competitions and news at to see you there!

Unwanted mobile phone?

Auckland’s Starship children’s hospital is to benefit from the collection of unwanted mobile phones.

Bring your phone into Hastings, Havelock North or Flaxmere Library and look for the collection box.  The phones will be refurbished and then onsold, with a percentage of the proceeds going to Starship Hospital to fund care for sick children.  Read more...

eBooks and Audiobooks are available!

eBooks can now be downloaded free from ePukapuka OverDrive to a computer, iPad, mobile phone or an eReader. Audiobooks are talking books that can be downloaded to a computer, iPod or other compatible device with audio capability. Read more...

NZ Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults - Winners

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...

The Man Booker Prize Longlist 2014

The longlist has been announced for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. New Zealand author Eleanor Catton won the prestigious writing award last year for her novel The Luminaries.

Among the selected authors this year are former Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobsen and two previously shortlisted authors Ali Smith and David Mitchell. Read more...

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