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Make the most of summer with Auckland Libraries

Published: 21 November 2017

Kick back and relax this summer with Auckland Libraries. We’re offering a great range of fun and free summer services and activities so you can make the most of the holiday break.

Hit the beach with your favourite eBook, keep the kids entertained on the Kia Māia te Whai Dare to Explore reading adventure, expand your reading repertoire with Great Summer Read or make the most of your staycation with a range of activities on offer for all ages at your local library.

If you’re stuck for ideas for school holiday activities, check out the Kia Māia te Whai Dare to Explore - Auckland Libraries’ free, fun-filled six week adventure reading programme for 5-13 year olds. This leading children’s reading adventure is designed to improve your child’s literacy and learning and encourages both the use of te reo Māori and caring for the environment. Sign up from 20 November and encourage your children’s friends to join the adventure, using either the bilingual or te reo Māori activity booklet.

Take the stress out of holiday packing with free eBooks and eMagazines from Auckland Libraries’ vast digital collection to keep your virtual beach bag full of summer reading. Digital books and magazines are perfect to download onto your favourite device before you hit the sand, and our eAudiobooks will keep the family entertained on the road trip. Book your Christmas beach reads early to make sure you get your favourite new release and you can top up your reading supply anywhere you have an internet connection.

Heat up your reading by taking part in our Great Summer Read’s 15 fun challenges and be in to win passes to some of Auckland’s hottest attractions, shows, books and more. Every reading challenge you complete gets you an entry; the more you read the more chances you have to win.

If your holiday takes you out of town, loan times have also been extended over summer for worry-free holiday reading. And if you’re staying in our beautiful city over summer, just swing by your local library for a whole range of fun and free activities for all ages.

“There are a wide range of free services on offer at Auckland Libraries to help you to make the most of the holiday season, whether you’re heading away or staying in Auckland,” says Councillor Alf Filipaina, Deputy Chair of the Environment and Community Committee.

“I really encourage Aucklanders to enroll their children in the Kia Māia te Whai Dare to Explore children’s reading programme. It’s great family fun and helps to keep our youngsters reading and learning over their long school holidays. Sign up the kids and download an eBook – then sit back and enjoy your summer.”

Auckland Libraries helps you to take the stress out of summer so you can relax and enjoy the sunshine. Head to to find out more.