Helensville Library and Service Centre update for August

Meet Bestie

Bestie is our new collection of ten popular must-read books, available from 1 August 2023. They’ll be available in libraries only, on a first come, first served basis. So, you can skip the holds queue and read them right away!

Each of our libraries will have multiple copies of the Bestie books. Spot them on display with a purple and yellow Bestie sticker

Our first edition of Bestie is the We Read Auckland collection. To align with our festival programme, we’re featuring ten incredible books by Auckland authors.

From fiction to non-fiction, crime to coming of age, there’s something to intrigue every reader in these diverse stories of Tâmaki Makaurau.

Find out more on the Auckland Council Libraries website: aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/Pages/bestie.aspx

Soft Toy Sleepover at the Library!

Thank you to those who took part in this year’s Soft Toy Sleepover. I hope your house hasn’t had a glitter attack, like the Library and my place ??.

Thank you to Retts, from Mapu-I-Musika Therapy Fale, who let the toys come and play in her studio space. If you haven’t already, Retts’ music therapy space is magical to visit.

My thanks to our wonderful crew of helpers – in addition to the Library and Service Centre team: Richard, Kate, Sharon, Lisa, Jenny, and the wonderful Jess!

Photos and details are available on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.680957930731617&type=3

Regular events:


Thursdays at 3.30pm.

We have sessions for both adults and children.

These sessions are a chance to learn new skills, teach others, and chat.

The first Thursday of the month is focused on learning basic skills. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to find out what is next.

NEW: From September: Introducing monthly Saturday Crafting Sessions for adults: these sessions will be repeats of the basic skills.  Again, details will be on our Facebook page.

Kids Time:

Wednesdays, 10am to 10.30am

Under 6s and their grown-ups are invited to share songs, rhymes, and stories.

Book Chat

Fourth Thursday of the month at 10am.

A chance to share books you’ve read and enjoyed – or read and hated! – with fellow readers.

This will be on Thursday 17 August at 10am.

Council dates:

Rates for the 2023/2024 year:

Invoices for the first instalment will be sent from 1 August 2023.

Payment for the first instalment is due by 31 August 2023.

You can pay rates online, or come and talk to us.


How to contact us:

If you have the direct dial number for Helensville Service Centre, please be aware that we are not always able to answer the phone. Your best option is to phone the main Council number.

Auckland Council (open 24/7 and toll free): 09 301 0101.

Auckland Libraries: 0800 695 427

If your question is directly related to Helensville Library – you can email us on: helenlib@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

The Library and Service Centre is open our usual hours:

Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 5pm

Saturday: 9.30am to 4pm.

Council services are available during these hours.

If there are any changes to our opening hours and availability, we will update our Facebook page.


Anne Coppell

Senior Librarian / Poukôkiri - Children & Youth

Helensville Library and Service Centre

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