Beyond the Page 2022

Published on 04 July 2022


Upper Hutt City Library is excited to once again be taking part in Beyond the Page, a multi-disciplinary literary festival for tamariki and their whānau, back this July!

Now in its sixth year, this free festival is a collaboration between Hutt City Libraries, Kāpiti Coast District Libraries, Masterton District Library, Upper Hutt Libraries, and Wellington City Libraries. The festival has a focus on non-traditional literary experiences that’ll leave your tamariki fizzing with excitement.


We have a wide range of events at our two libraries and can’t wait to see you there!


Box Bonanza

Work together to build a mighty _________? That’s right! You fill in the blanks and choose your own adventure then it’s construction time! Box Bonanza is suitable for tamariki aged 5+ with a caregiver.

Saturday 16 July | 1.30pm-2.30pm | Pinehaven Library

Wednesday 20 July | 2pm-3pm | Central Library

Bricks and Giggles

Is it a place? A structure? A fantastic creature? Or something else! Tell us a story by creating something incredible out of Lego. Suitable for tamariki aged 5-12 with a caregiver.

Wednesday 13 July | 10am-11am | Pinehaven Library

Sunday 17 July | 11am-12pm | Central Library

Little Dog Barking

From the team at Little Dog Barking, this performance and interactive workshop is a wonderful exploration of how you make puppets, how you use puppets, and how you make up stories. This half-day workshop is full of imagination and creativity, suitable for children aged 6 -12 years of age. Please register as places are limited.

Thursday 21 July | 2.30pm-5.30pm | Central Library

Nan and Tuna (CANCELLED)

String Bean Puppets and Anna Bailey present Nan and Tuna. Nan and Tuna have been friends for 80 years and now it is time for one last adventure together.  But before they leave they will need to find someone to care for the river.

Poetry Writing Workshop

Join poet and performer Sara Hirsch for a fun and interactive session exploring metaphors and metre, imagery and imagination around the theme of home. Go on, unleash your inner poet! This workshop is suitable for ages 8-12. Please register as spaces are limited.

Wednesday 13 July | 3pm-5pm | Central Library

Stop Motion Stories

Pick a background. Make a character. Tell us a story!  In this workshop you’ll learn how to make a short action sequence using stop motion animation! This workshop is suitable for ages 8+ with their caregivers. Please register as places are limited.

Thursday 14 July | 2.30pm-3.30pm | Central Library


Toro Pikopiko Tales

Join the Toro Pikopiko Tales Roadshow to explore an interactive gallery of puppets, where you can become the puppeteer! Using beautiful hand-made puppets, this fun-filled workshop will bring stories and waiata to life right before your eyes – and under your hands. Suitable for tamariki of all ages with their caregivers. Please register as spaces are limited.

Monday 18 July | 10am-11am | Central Library

Zine Machine

What’s your story? Whether it’s a comic, a collection of drawings, or a piece of original writing, you can create and publish it in zine format. Come join us at the library and create your own zine in this hour-long workshop. Suitable for children aged 8+ with a caregiver.

Monday 11 July | 10am-11am | Central Library

Friday 22 July | 10am-11am | Pinehaven Library


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