Story Box Library

This new site offers over 250 Australian and New Zealand children's book titles made into videos. These virtual storytimes will support reading to your children, while it's hard for you to obtain books to read to them.
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 back books into your home in this challenging time.

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.​


​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)

​​Wriggle & Read Dig In Session

It was great to see so many children enjoying the Dig In Mahi Maara exhibit as we wriggled and read our way through the garden.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the knitted vegetables and wriggling to some favourite songs.


Kids services and resources ​​

​​The Ashburton Public Library caters to children in a number of ways. From events to book clubs, resources to our reading assistance dog, there is something for everyone!


​Board books​Books in Te Reo Maori
​Picture books and beginner readers​Magazines
​Fiction – from first chapter books to confident readers​Talking books – some with accompanying books
​Non-fiction (factual) books​DVDs, videos and CDs – These are issued for one week and can be renewed for another week


  • Under 5's story time – For children and their caregivers, designed to show just how much fun books can be and to encourage them to enjoy visiting the library.  Every Thursday from 10.30am
  • Class visits – We welcome library visits which may include a tour of the library, story reading, library skills, research skills, new books and authors or the changing of class sets

 Contact the Children's Librarian

Riff Raff the reading assistance dog

Our reading assistance dog, Riff Raff, will be visiting the Ashburton Public Library on Tuesday afternoons during the school term. Riff Raff is a great listener, and sharing a good story with him may just boost your child's reading confidence.

To book a time phone 03 308 7192 or email​

Where: Ashburton Public Library
When:  Every Tuesday during school term
Time:   3.30pm - 4.30pm

 Do you have homework horrors?

Visit the library for the information you need – both books and computer resources.  We won't do your homework for you but we can certainly help!​

Wriggle and Read

​Tuesday mornings during the school term at 10.30am

Wriggle and Read is a Music and movement programme for 0-3 Year olds focussing on Fine and Gross motor, and balance skills. The programme includes a musical element and a focus on the importance of reading to our mokopuna. ​So come along and join the fun!

Story and Rhyme time

Thursday mornings during the school term from 10.30am

This is a great free, interactive time for you and your child, and a great social time to meet other parents. Come and join in the fun!​

Book reviews

The incredible Billy Wild - by Joanna Nadin

Billy's Mum died 6 years ago when he was 4, but he knows that she called him "the incredible Billy Wild".  Since then he doesn't seem to have been very incredible.  Just the middle one of three boys, living with a Dad who is always juggling work, money and childcare.

What Billy really wants is a dog.  His Dad says a definite "no" but surely when a dog just appears in the garden shed he will change his mind? 

Funny, sad, but hopeful - The incredible Billy Wild is well worth a read.

Read more book reviews​​

Page reviewed: 04 Apr 2020 3:08pm