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Kids and Teens

Teen Corner

Young Adult Collection

Our young adult collection has a great selection of graphic novels, manga, magazines and DVDs. There are plenty of wonderful books in the fiction and  non fiction areas.  Read a selection of our book reviews here

Study Resources

If you are looking for an answer to a question or need reliable information for a research project try our resources – books, archives and free internet.

  • AnyQuestions helps you find useful, accurate, online information for your homework.
  • Studyit is a Ministry of Education site for NCEA maths, science and English students.  It is safe and free.


If you are looking to start your career, have a look at some of these sites:

Kiwi CareersSeek
Monster's Career CentreTertiary Education Commission
WINZ Job BankJobHero
Royal New Zealand NavyRoyal New Zealand Air Force
Royal New Zealand Army

Book Club

Get ready to Read, Chat, Create, have some fun and meet other like-minded teens.  This Book Club meets on the last Thursday of each month 4-5.30pm.

Make a Badge

Come in and create a badge that is unique to you.  Unsure what to make?  There will be a different theme each week to help you get inspired. Runs every Tuesday 3-5pm.

Dungeons and Dragons

The library is hosting a D & D Club on Wednesdays 4-5.30pm.  For more information or to register your interest, contact the library via email or phone us on 03 308 7192.

FREE VR Sessions

Call in and see us or phone 03 308 7192 to book a time slot.  Available during normal opening hours.


STEM preschool programme

Get ready to CREATE with Duplo, EXPLORE with Robots, DISCOVER with Books and play with friends.

Aimed for those aged 0-5 years.

Runs Friday mornings during term time only.



LOTE4Kids 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. "Download the LOTE4Kids App today!"

LOTE4Kids poster

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

Story Box Library

Story Box Library Logo

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.​