Waipā is at Orange in the COVID-19 Protection Framework. New arrangements now apply, For more click here.

Programmes

Please note that our programmes and events are only held during the orange and green traffic light settings, unless indicated below or virtual.

Programming returns to our libraries in Term 3 2022. Additional virtual sessions will remain for 5 minute Makerspace and Homemade | Let's Cook via our YouTube Channel.

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 for Te Awamutu, just turn up. Cambridge bookings required (click here).

Held in during term time on Tuesdays 10.30-11am TA and Mondays and Tuesdays CB 10.30-11am.


Wriggle & Rhyme in the Park
Sessions were being held for all preschool age children in place of our in-house sessions while they were unable to take place inhouse.

These sessions may again be offered in the warmer months.


Toddler Time
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 for Te Awamutu, just turn up. For Cambridge, bookings required (click here).

Held during term time on Thursdays 10.30-11am if COVID-19 settings allow.

Videos recorded for 2022 are available from the YouTube channel.


Homemade | Let's Cook
Simple recipes aimed at anyone who likes cooking!

Suitable for people of all ages, especially children.

Available via the YouTube channel.


Virtual Storytimes
Virtual storytimes are made possible through LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) in conjunction with the Coalition for Books and New Zealand Authors and publishers when storytimes are unable to be held in libraries.


Makerspace
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) and on Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm (Te Awamutu) if COVID-19 settings allow.

Email Dee Atkinson to enquire and register.

Online 5 Minute Makerspace sessions are available on YouTube (search Makerspace) or for some examples click here.


Mini Makers
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.

These sessions are not currently being held.


Lego Club
Lego Club is a free hour of fun where kids can use their imagination to create, build and play. Look out for challenges and fun themes too!

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.

All enquiries to Mel Sullivan.

We are always looking to make our collection bigger and better, and will happily accept any donations of unwanted Lego that you have!


Let's Draw
Online drawing tutorials with Richard Lemmens, featuring characters from our most popular children's reads.

Now available from our YouTube Channel


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.

July School Holidays: Come on Safari: 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.

Not currently operating.


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
Book Club is held in Cambridge and Te Awamutu as follows if COVID-19 settings allow.

First Reader Book Club Cambridge
Quarterly: For dates please visit the events page.
Contact: Email.

Book Club Te Awamutu
Two monthly: For dates please visit the events page.
Contact: Email.


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.

Contact: Email.

2021 Books Read and Rated


Competitions
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:

Cambridge Library: