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LOTE Online for Kids

LOTE online allows children to enjoy the wonder of books in World Languages from the comfort of your own home.  Each book is provided with an English translation to help develop multilingual reading and listening skills.  Click here to find out what else LOTE offers

Homework Hub

Run by teachers with help from library staff, this is a stress free way to take the pressure out of doing homework in a comfortable, relaxed setting.

Pi Box Arrives in the Library

"Pi Box?" I hear you say. Yes the Children's Library has acquired an arcade system that Jonathan calls the Pi Box. The arcade system is a home built system using a Raspberry Pi Zero to power the games that have been created by the children in the Microbytes Coding Club and loaded on. The Pi Box is available to play in the Children's library. Come along and test your skills against the masterminds of the coding club's creations.

To play these games on our website follow this link: Coding Club Games

Pi Box arrives in time for Christmas

Microbytes Coding Club

Microbytes coding club from 3:30pm Mondays and Tuesdays during school term time

Ever wanted to design your own games or programme a robot? Do you have an interest in coding?
Come along to Microbytes and tinker with the BBC Micro:bit and Kitronik Arcade, learn to make games, design tools and see your coding come to life!

Where: Ashburton Public Library
When: Mondays or Tuesdays during school term time
Time:  3:30pm - 4:15pm
Age: 10-14 years
Bookings essential

Click here to play the Microbytes coding club games

Story & Rhyme Time

Story and Rhyme Time 10:30am Thursdays

Story & Rhyme Time is suitable for 3-5 year olds and includes fun stories and interactive rhymes and fingerplays. It's a great chance to interact with others while engaging with and enjoying the wonders of language.

Come and meet others and enjoy some stories with your preschooler!

Where: Ashburton Public Library
When: Every Thursday during school term time
Time: 10:30am

​​Wriggle & Read

Wriggle and Read movement to music programme.

Wriggle and Read is a music and movement programme for children aged 0-3.  It includes a musical element and focuses on fine gross motor and balance skills.

Come along and join in the fun!

Where: Ashburton Public Library
When: Every Tuesday during school term time
Time: 10.30am

Reading to Riff Raff

It’s great to see kids at the library enjoying reading to Riff Raff, the Library reading dog.  If you would like to come along to read to Riff Raff, he is here every Tuesday afternoon from 3:30pm during school term.

Where: Ashburton Public Library​
When: Every Tuesday during school term
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm (If you like, you can book a time)

Story Box Library

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This  site offers over 340 Australian and New Zealand children's book titles made into videos. These virtual storytimes will support reading to your children. Each story comes with an activity suggestion relating to the story's themes.

Support learning and literacy for your family. Try Story Box and bring books into your home.

You can find Story Box at
Click on Login at the top right of the screen. Choose library barcode login. In the Library dropdown box select Ashburton Public Library and then enter your library card number.​