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News and updates from Kāpiti Coast District Libraries.

Kāpiti tamariki set to go ‘Beyond the Page’ these school holidays

Flooring Facelift for Ōtaki and Paraparaumu Libraries



Beyond the Page, a literary festival for tamariki and their whānau, is back bigger than ever
this year as events expand to 25 libraries across the Wellington region.

Kapiti Island overlaid with colorful blocks and Beyond the Page logo.

The Kāpiti Coast District Libraries, Hutt City Libraries, Upper Hutt Library and Wellington City Libraries will work together to run an exciting line-up of events to entertain, excite, and inspire the region’s tamariki and get them exploring the world of story and their cities.

Kāpiti Coast District Libraries and Arts Manager Kat Cuttriss is excited about what’s on offer this year. 

“Over 4,000 people attended events as part of the Beyond the Page festival last year” she says.

“This year, tamariki can go on an amazing literary and creative journey during the school holidays, at hundreds of events around the Wellington region, including the Kāpiti District.

“Sir Jon Trimmer will be back with Tales from the Ballet, the Kāpiti Coast Electric Tramway will be collaborating with librarians for stories on the move, award-winning kiwi authors and creators (such as Sasha Cotter and Josh Morgan) will share their enthusiasm and knowledge with the next generation of storytellers, the BARK NZ brigade will bring their furry friends along, robots will be unleashed, and so much more - there’s something on offer for everyone.”

“We’ve really enjoyed working in partnership with local public libraries across the Wellington region to develop and deliver an amazing programme of events. We can’t wait to see our community coming out in force to have fun at the festival,” says Ms Cuttriss.

Beyond the Page runs 7-22 July. All events are free but some require booking. Visit the programme website for more information and like the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries Facebook page for the latest news and updates.


Carpet replacements are scheduled to happen in Ōtaki and Paraparaumu libraries from mid-May to the end of June this year.

“All of the worn out carpet in the public spaces will be replaced with a hard-wearing, cost effective carpet tile product,” Libraries Manager Kat Cuttriss says.

A large part of the work will be done after hours but will also be happening during opening hours over a period of about three weeks at each library.

Ms Cuttriss assures library customers that health and safety measures will be in place throughout the work, including managing any noise, dust and odour issues.

“It won’t be a normal library environment, but these issues will be fairly low level to most people and shouldn’t prevent people from using the library as they normally would,” she says.

Shelves will be cordoned off and jacked up as the carpet layers move through the collections, so there will temporarily be no access to items in certain sections of the collection from time to time. Customers can ask library staff to retrieve and request such items on their behalf, so they are available for pick-up once that section of the collection is accessible again.

 “While this is all part of required regular maintenance it’s exciting that we’ll be able to brighten up the libraries spaces with a fresh design,” Ms Cuttriss says.

“We’ve taken advantage of the opportunity to introduce the same dark blue and green ‘mountains to sea’ theme that was used in the original flooring in the Ōtaki Library.”

The work will start on 14 May at Paraparaumu and 28 May at Ōtaki. Signage in the libraries will advise when work will be happening in each area of the library collections.

Paraparaumu and Ōtaki Libraries