Hastings District Libraries offers a range of services for our Ngā Kaumātua, our Older Adults in the community. Expand the headings below to see what our libraries can offer you.
As well as the general adult collections of fiction, non-fiction, best sellers, magazines, DVDs and CDs (CDs are in Hastings only), we have some special collections that may be helpful for older library users or those with visual impairment.
Even though the print is slightly larger (14-18 pt) to accommodate people who have difficulty reading ordinary print, many of our large print books are the same size to hold as regular books (10–12 pt). Browse in your favourite interests such as general fiction, romance, westerns, mystery and non-fiction titles.
Remember that you can also download free books on your digital device. Check out the eLibrary page for more details, or ask one of your librarians for advice. With eBooks it’s easy to change the size of the print, change contrast to a sepia or black background, or use different fonts which may be easier for you to read, such as the dyslexia font. eBooks return automatically, so you never get fined!
Slip CDs into your player and listen to a book either at home or on your car stereo. We have a wide range of mysteries, romance and popular fiction on CD as well as some non-fiction titles – and they’re all free to borrow for 2 weeks.
Playaway audio player books can hang round your neck on their lanyard, or go in your pocket - leaving you free to cook, garden, walk, DIY or feed a baby while listening. You will need to provide earphones and one AAA battery to run the Playaway (approx. 20-30 hours per battery). They are pre-loaded with one book - up to 80 hours of listening time - and some models allow you to speed up or slow down the reader’s voice.
We want you to be able to access all parts of your library with ease, so there are some things that may help you get the most out of your visit.
Our friendly librarians are ready to help across all three libraries - from placing holds to phoning taxis we are here for you.
All three Hastings District libraries also offer:
We can work with an organisation delivering support services to you - to see if they can broaden the range of services offered to include the library - e.g.: organising a book club with you and others; or bringing our Books at Home service to your retirement village. Ask our Older Adults Librarian if you have any queries about what services we may be able to help you with.
Hastings District Libraries have great resources to assist you in your genealogy research. Go to our Genealogy Collection page for a comprehensive list of resources we hold that you can access for free.
Every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5pm, volunteers from the Hawke’s Bay Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists Incorporated will be onsite at the Hastings Library to help with family history queries. This a free service.
Our Books at Home service provides library material on a regular basis for people of all ages, abilities and nationalities who are unable to come to the library. You may have ill health, a disability, or be recovering temporarily from an accident. You could be caring for someone at home, and unable to get to the library – there are many reasons to use our Books at Home service!
Books at Home is available free of charge to residents of Hastings District, dependent on location and availability of a volunteer courier or family member.
To be eligible for the service, you must:
So if you are home-bound or no longer have a drivers license (or are thinking about making that change) give us a call and we can talk about how Books at Home could work to keep you supplied with reading and information.
When you enroll, you will be interviewed in your own home to find out your reading tastes and how often deliveries will be made. We will join you up if you are not already a library member.
Contact Hastings District Libraries on +64 06 871 5000, or send an email to the Older Adults Librarian for more information.
There are a number of community services providing digital skills learning or assistance with digital devices such as smartphones, tablets or laptops.
A community based training network that supports and motivates people aged 50+ to enjoy and use technology in their everyday lives. This includes free drop in help sessions, workshops, 1-1 support and tutoring, presentation sessions, and interest groups (such as iPad group, Android group, Genealogy group.)
$20 pa membership plus minimal session charge on the day (approx. $3).
Contact 8772157 (answer phone, but answered promptly)
Various locations - based at Mary Doyle Complex, 3 Karanema Drive, Havelock North
Coordinated through Positive Aging Hawkes Bay, Digital Seniors sessions are each Tuesday, with a cost of $5 per session
Mornings - A computer literacy programme for seniors, this is a six week course of volunteer tutored 2 hour sessions. Groups are limited to 5 people per session and participants are encouraged to bring their own devices. Course topics include email, Word documents, attachments, Skype and other content tailored to each group.
Afternoons - In the afternoons each Tuesday we have a Drop-in Internet cafe/hub where seniors can get technical assistance and support with their digital devices - iPads, tablets, laptops etc.
Contact 8707025 (Heretaunga Seniors)
1120 Willowpark Road, Mayfair, Hastings
FREE Community Computing Courses
Start at any time during the year
Suitable for people who cannot yet turn on a computer, or who can, but are not yet able to send an email or open a document. You can learn basic keyboarding and mouse skills, basic Microsoft letter formatting and spreadsheet skills.
FREE National Certificate in Computing Level 2
Start in February, May, July and October
Suitable for people with basic computer literacy. No formal academic qualifications are required.
You will learn foundation computing skills such as Computer Hard/software, Google Docs, Google Slides, Internet, Social Media, Paint, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint.
Contact 0800 22 55 348
501 Gloucester Street, Taradale
Provides sessions covering Windows PC information ONLY. Lectures on topics requested by members (such as what to look for when buying a computer; organising links & passwords, scams) with demonstrations on a big screen and lots of question/answer time.
Meets 4th Mondays from 2 – 3 or 4 pm.
$10 to join U3A plus $10 per year to attend computer lectures at the hall.
Contact Tony Briggs 876 9818 or email@example.com
Havelock North Bridge Club, Guthrie Park
FREE Community-based Stepping Up programme
Builds your digital skills and knowledge in small easy steps, in subjects that interest you for your life or work. Each self-paced module takes two hours, in a relaxed and sociable space, with a library tutor there to help. Choose from 38 modules such as Digital Banking, Ancestry, JUMP, Photo Books, Smartphones, eReaders.
Napier Library 834 4180
1 Tennyson Street, Napier
Taradale Library 845 9005
24 White Street, Taradale
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