Riff Raff's Summer Reading Challenge

Riff Raff the Library reading dog loves to hear that kids are reading lots of books! So come and join in the summer reading challenge!​

The Challenge: Read 20 Books

With each book you issue you will receive a library dollar. Once you have collected 20 library dollars you can exchange them for a prize!​ (Limit two prizes per child.) Those who complete the challenge will also go into a lucky draw, held during our prize draw event, to win one of five $50 vouchers thanks to Whitcoulls Ashburton. Check out the details.

​Where: Ashburton Public Library 
Begins:  15 December 2018
Last Library Dollars issued: 18 January 2019
Prizes to be claimed by21 January 2019
Prize draw event: 23 January 2019, 10:30am​

Codes and coding​

Come along to the Ashburton Public Library these October school holidays and have fun with codes and coding.

Get creative with Pixel Art, become a chess master and learn to decipher secret codes with the Mr Is School of Spies.

Click here​ for programme detail.​​

​Where: Ashburton Public Library
When:  Monday 1st, Wednesday 3rd, Friday 5th, Monday 8th, Wednesday 10th & Friday 12th October 2018
Time:   10.30am-11.30am​

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!​

Story and Rhyme time

Thursday mornings in 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!

Note: Story and rhyme time runs during school term only.​

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: 03 Dec 2018 3:50pm