Preschoolers’ events and programmes: Ngā hōtaka kōhungahunga

Wā Pēpi: Babytimes and Wā Kōrero: Storytimes encourage learning through a love of reading with stories, rhymes, music and play. During each session we share a variety of stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities.

Preschool programming finishes on Saturday 7 December 2019. The week from 9 to 14 December will be Christmas themed. 2020 Wā Pēpi and Wā Kōrero will resume from Monday 10 February.

Wā Pēpi: Babytimes

Wā Pēpi: Babytimes programmes are especially suitable for under two year olds. See our list of Wā Pēpi: Babytimes.

Wā Pēpi at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre on Tuesdays 11am are bilingual (English / Mandarin Chinese).

Can’t make it to Wā Pēpi: Babytimes this week? Try Baby Rhymes at home.

Wā Kōrero: Storytimes

Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes for children over two years old. See our list of Wā Kōrero: Storytimes.

There are Super Saturday Storytimes at Upper Riccarton Library and Shirley Library.

Regular Ngā Pakiwaitara: Bilingual Storytimes (in English and te reo Māori) take place at Tūranga.

There are Bilingual English and Mandarin storytimes at Tūranga on the third Saturday of the month.

Preschool Outreach

Can't make it to our preschool sessions? Contact our Preschool Outreach team who may be able to visit your group or preschool.

Learning parties: He Whakangahau Kōrero

Learning parties complement our Ready for Reading packs that are given to all children at four. Whether you are a parent or an early childhood group or centre we can arrange for our Outreach librarian to come and host a learning party. We will present stories and Ready for reading packs to the children and teach you how to play fun games together that encourage early literacy skills - with balloons, stickers and stamps for extra fun. Find out more about Learning parties.

Other music sessions for preschoolers lists play groups utilising music from CINCH.