Upcoming Adults' events at all Libraries
Exhibition: Transport in Hamilton
Until Friday 31 May
New Zealand Sign Language
Friday 23 February
Chess for beginners
Saturday 24 February
Regular Adults' Events
Are you interested in learning the basics of drawing, from proportions to composition? Do you love to gain new skills and have fun?
Join our Art Club and create your own piece of art! Absolute beginners welcome!
There are a variety of groups which meet regularly at our libraries to discuss what they are reading. See our Literature Events page for more information on each of these groups.
Do you want to command your own army to victory, become a Grandmaster, or just have some fun? Well Tyro Chess is the place for you to do it!
The Cosplay Collaborative is a place where cosplayers of all levels can meet and learn more about cosplay or work on a project. This fortnightly workshop is a place where we will share our skills, such as sewing, 3D printing, foam work, and more. From concept to completion, you are welcome to work on a cosplay at any stage.
Practice your English in this fun social group! Grab a coffee from a nearby café, meet new friends and build your confidence.
A night for board game fans to come together and play!
Many board games are available but feel free to bring one if you’d like. Adults and teens welcome.
Seminars on a range of genealogical topics are held regularly on Level 3 of Central Library. Previous topics have included: Shipping Records, Military Records, Irish Family Research, and Genealogy for Beginners.
Volunteers from the Hamilton Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists are available to assist with family history research queries.
Heritage Talks are held bi-monthly on Level 3 of Central Library. Previous topics have included: identifying locations in historic photographs, histories of selected Hamilton streets, researching the history of a house, transit camps in Hamilton, the New Zealand Remembrance Army, and the Maunder family photographs (a collection of glass plate negatives in our Historic Photographs collection).
Duties, which all JPs can perform, include witnessing signatures on documents, certifying copies of documents and completing declarations (including statutory declarations), affidavits or affirmations.
You will be surprised how easy it is to kick start your Mandarin or Cantonese learning journey!
Bring your questions so we can explore your curiosity and potential together through this free entry-level class.
Come and learn New Zealand’s official language for the Deaf Community with free weekly sign language classes at Central Library.
Come along and spend an hour each week learning about the language and culture of Russia. This is a beginner level class, run in collaboration with the New Zealand Russian Community Trust.
Te Reo Tupu offers you a FREE opportunity to grasp the basic skills of te reo Maaori to understand and speak confidently at ANY given space.
Over eight weeks you will be given teachings, resources and opportunities to use and improve your reo, while also getting an insight into the Maaori worldview.
Join us for an evening of creativity and camaraderie at Make and Mend, hosted by Waikato TimeBank. Gather your handcrafts, knitting needles, sewing kits, or projects that need attention. Whether you’re an experienced crafter or a novice exploring your creative side, come join us on the last Thursday of each month and enjoy making and mending with like-minded individuals.
Suitable for adults, teens, and older children.
Free origami workshop with a different theme each month! All welcome, no registration required.
Suitable for all ages.
Practice your speaking and communication skills in a fun, welcoming and friendly environment. Suitable for both fluent and new English speakers - all levels of ability are welcome.
Got a new smartphone? Need some help to use it? One of our free classes might be just what you’re looking for. Attend any or all!
Occasional Adults' Events
Aside from regular programming, we often run various one-off workshops and courses in our makerspace. Past and planned programmes include Candle Camp, 3D Printing Basics, Podcast Recording, TronBots, Coding Classes, Watercolour Painting, and more! View our Event Calendar to see what's coming up.
If you're proud of a creative hobby or skillset you have, and want to share your passion with others through Auaha Makerspace, please get in touch with us!
Genealogy Workshops are held regularly on Level 3 of Central Library. The workshops offer instruction in varying aspects of family history research and the resources we have to offer.
Harry Potter in the Library
In 2021, due to demand for an event similar to our annual children's Harry Potter celebration, we invited grown-up Harry Potter fans to compete in teams for the "Try-Wizard Cup"!