Children's Library

Children's library

With books, puzzles, DVDs and digital resources as well as activities and services, the children’s library is here for children of all ages.


Toddler Time: Thursdays from 10.45-11.15 Stories and music for preschoolers and parents/caregivers.
Wriggle & Rhyme: Fridays during term times at 10.30am: held in The Oamaru Opera House. Active movement for early learning. Sessions for 0-2 year olds with a parent or caregiver. It runs Fridays during term times from 10:30-11:00am at The Oamaru Opera House. Dates for 2020: Term 4: October 16 - December 4

DIRECT HOMEWORK HELP Any Questions is a free online reference service for New Zealand school students. Librarians from all over New Zealand are available each week day between 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm to help you search online. Many Answers lets you search for answers to popular homework questions asked at

WEBSITES TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR HOMEWORK Te Ara: The encyclopedia of New Zealand is wonderful resource, with features about: the bush, Maori New Zealanders, N.Z. in brief, earth sea and sky, New Zealand peoples, settled landscape and places. This is good place to look if you are interested in the different groups of immigrants who came to N.Z, or anything about NZ and NZers. New Zealand History On-line is a very comprehensive site for NZ history, it includes information on Culture and Society, Politics and Government, and War and Society. And a time line section, which gives an historic event for every day of the year.

FAMILIES The Oamaru Library Children’s area is a family-friendly space designed with a focus on growing a love of reading. It is also a space that encourages collaboration, creativity and learning.

INFORMATION FOR SCHOOLS OR EARLY LEARNING CENTRE VISITS Educational programmes led by Youth Librarian, Fiona Kerr are available by prior arrangement. The only time that the area is unavailable for bookings is Thursday mornings. Sessions can be tailored to suit the ages and interests of the group. Possible activities include scavenger hunts, searching the library catalogue, ebook app demonstration etc. The main focus of visits is time to explore the library and choose books to read. Please book with Fiona Kerr: Youth Librarian ( or phone (03) 433-0850.

HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES Keep an eye out for school holiday activities: details published on our website and Facebook page.

Find out about programmes at the Gallery, Museum and Archive here.