Waipā is at Red in the COVID-19 Protection Framework. For what this means for the libraries, click here.
Please note that our programmes and events are only held during the orange and green traffic light settings, unless indicated below or virtual.
Wriggle & Rhyme
Sessions are designed for children from birth to two years old, and guide parents through a range of movement activities that they can also use at home with their children
Active movement provides movement experiences for younger children, to stimulate the development of their brains and bodies, and to build the foundations for pre-literacy and learning.
No need to book, just turn up.
Held in during term time on Tuesdays 10.30-11am if COVID-19 settings allow or held as Wriggle & Rhyme in the Park.
Wriggle & Rhyme in the Park
Sessions are being held for all preschool age children in place of our in-house sessions.
Registration is required:
Book for Cambridge
Book for Te Awamutu
Held in during term time on Tuesdays 10.30-11am.
Check the events page for forthcoming term dates.
Toddler time is a fun-filled programme featuring stories, crafts, music and interactive fun.
Toddler Time is tailored specifically for age 2-5 years and is designed to enhance social, cognitive, motor and musical skills.
No need to book or register, just turn up.
Held during term time on Thursdays 10.30-11am if COVIS-19 setting allow.
Check the events page for forthcoming virtual dates.
Virtual storytimes were held during lockdown 2020 every Saturday night and during Virtual Toddler Time on a Thursday. In accordance with our agreement with the publishers, links to these storytimes are no longer available.
However under a similar arrangement granted at the end of August 2021, Virtual Storytimes are back. These are accessible on Facebook on a Friday and Saturday night.
NZ Book Awards 2021
Virtual storytimes have been made possible in 2021 thanks to LIANZA and the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Waipā Libraries two virtual storytimes are available below:
Hound the Detective (Dee Atkinson): Click here
This is Where I Stand (Christine Lewis): Click here
Come and get creative and hands-on with fun science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) projects!
Participants register for the term. Ages 8 up to 13.
Held during term time on Tuesdays 3.30-4.30pm (Cambridge - currently virtual via YouTube) and on Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm (Te Awamutu) if COVID-19 settings allow.
Email Dee Atkinson to enquire and register.
Come along to a taster session of Makerspace STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) activities and Lego!
Suitable for ages 5 and above.
No need to register. Just turn up!
Held all year round (except December and January) on the third Saturday of the month from 10am-11am in Cambridge Library if COVID-19 settings allow.
Held during term time on Tuesdays 3.30-4.30pm in the Te Awamutu Library Community Room if COVID-19 settings allow.
All children aged 5-12 are welcome to join in. Registration is not required at present, but parents must sign children in and out of each session. Sessions are held in term time.
Children who participate in the Term 4 programme and submit their designs via email will be in the running to win a prize pack.
All enquiries to Mel Sullivan.
Term 4 2021
Lego Club Creator Challenge (19 October 2021): Click here.
Lego Club Creator Challenge (26 October 2021): Click here.
Lego Club Creator Challenge (2 November 2021): Click here.
Lego Club Creator Challenge (9 November 2021): Click here.
Lego Club Creator Challenge (16 November 2021): Click here.
Lego Club Creator Challenge (23 November 2021): Click here.
Lego Club Creator Challenge (30 November 2021): Click here.
Lego Club Creator Challenge (7 December 2021): Click here.
We are always looking to make our collection bigger and better, and will happily accept any donations of unwanted Lego that you have!
Join Community Librarian Richard for an online drawing tutorial, featuring characters from our most popular children's reads.
Currently every second Thursday at 4pm via Facebook and YouTube.
Let's Draw Dog Man: Click here.
Let's Draw the Bark Knight: Click here.
Let's Draw (a Christmas) Captain Underpants: Coming 9 December.
School holiday programme
Activity programmes are scheduled during the July and September/October school holidays.
In the December/January holidays a Summer Reading Programme/Challenge is available.
Programmes may be held virtually with some tutorials available online depending on alert levels.
Summer School Holidays: Ride the Reading Bus: click here.
Family fun night
Every Friday from 6pm in Cambridge Library (Te Awamutu on request) if COVID-19 settings allow. The schedule of movies is available at the start of the month.
Family history for children
Family history is an important part of who we are. The more we learn about our families and whanau, the more we learn about ourselves. It's never too early to learn about your family history, and it is also just as important to record your thoughts today, as in time they will become a record for future generations. Read on ...
Book Club is held in Cambridge and Te Awamutu as follows if COVID-19 settings allow.
Get Lit! Winter Reading Programme
Held in Winter for both adults and teens. Terms and conditions apply. Usually opens in the first week of June and concludes near the end of August. Prizes available.
Competitions are held throughout the year.
These are advertised on our events page.
To link to the competitions page: click here.
For school holiday programme competitions: click here.
Other adult programmes
Other adult programmes and numerous events are held throughout the year.
These are advertised on our events page.
Some craft activities are made available on our YouTube channel.
Social Story Cards
If you have or know a child who is anxious about visiting the library because they don't know what to expect, these cards may be for you and help your child's experience (PDF files are available on request via email). Printed copies are also available for loan in both libraries: click here.
Te Awamutu Library:
Posted on 23 January 2022
New Zealand is moving to the red traffic light setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework from 11.59pm, Sunday 23 January. Our libraries will be open but with restrictions in place.
Numbers inside the libraries will be limited to 30 in both Cambridge and Te Awamutu. Time restrictions may apply to visits if maximum numbers are reached.
There are no changes to our opening hours, which are currently 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 1pm Saturdays.