Up, Up and Away

Fly along to the Children's Library and join us as we learn, make and explore our way to the top.

It's a "Great day for up!"

Where: Ashburton Public Library
When:  Monday 16th, Wednesday 18th, Friday 20th, Monday 23rd & Friday 27th April 2018
(Closed Wednesday 25th April for ANZAC Day)

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: 10 Apr 2018 9:32am