Library for kids

For children's events, visit our What's on for kids section. 

Pre-school Storytime

Children are introduced to a wide selection of picture books and stories and complete a craft activity. Storytime will help prepare your child for primary school, developing listening, reading and fine motor skills. For children 3-5 years. Sessions run for 45 minutes and are free.

Toddler Time

Share stories, songs, rhymes and movement with your active toddler. Toddler time is the perfect transition to storytime for your little one. For children 18 months to 3 years. Sessions run for 30 minutes and are free.

Baby Rhyme time

Baby rhyme time introduces your little one to the sounds, rhythm and movement of language. Babies love songs and rhymes and delight in watching and listening to you sing. For babies up to 18 months. Sessions run for 30 minutes and are free.

Sessions are not run on school holidays. 2018 sessions will resume week beginning Monday 29 January.

Parents and carers are welcome to photograph or film their child at children’s events at the conclusion of the session. For privacy reasons, photographs or filming of staff, performers and other children may not take place unless you obtain prior consent. We also ask that you refrain from speaking on mobile phones during performances.

 Branch Pre-school storytime
Weekly - 10.30am
Toddler time
Weekly - 10.15am 
Baby rhyme time
Weekly - 11.15am
 Ascot Vale  Thursday  Monday  Monday
 Avondale Heights  Wednesday  Tuesday  Tuesday
 Flemington  Friday  Thursday  Thursday
 Niddrie  Tuesday  Friday  Friday
 Sam Merrifield  Monday  Wednesday  Wednesday



 Begin with books 

Begin with Books 

To improve reading and literacy skills in young children, we offer a book bag for every baby born in our city. Each Begin with Books bag contains a board book and information about the libraries. The bags are given to new parents by the Maternal and Child Health nurse at the four month visit. 


1000 Books before school 

1000 books before school

Did you know reading just 10 minutes a day can instill a lifelong love of books and learning in young children? 1000 Books Before School is a new reading initiative that supports families to share stories with their children every day and encourage early reading habits. Parents and caregivers can register at their local branch to get started and receive a reading record and a special book bag. Rewards will be given for reaching each milestone. Please visit your local branch to register.

For more information on the benefits of reading to your child from a young age, as well as other parenting information, visit the recommended sites below:
The Abercedarian Approach
Want to support your child on their reading journey, but don’t know where to start? Check out this short parent guide with tips for shared reading: Abercedarian Approach Australia

6+ Club

Afterschool fun including craft, chess, drawing, Lego and heaps more. During school terms only. Collect a timetable from each branch for further details. Free, no bookings required.

Avondale Heights
Wednesday, 4pm-5pm  

Lunar New Year - 21 February
Drawing - 28 February
Dr Seuss Day, 7 March
Chess, 14 March
Lego, 21 March
Drawing, 28 March
Chess, 18 April
ANZAC DAY, 25 April
Drawing, 2 May
Lego, 9 May
Craft, 16 May
Chess, 23 May
Drawing, 30 May

Tuesday, 4pm-5pm 

Lunar New Year - 20 February
Drawing - 27 February
Dr Seuss Day, 6 March
Chess, 13 March
Lego, 20 March
Drawing, 27 March
Chess, 17 April
Drawing, 24 April
iPad animation, 1 May
Lego, 08 May
Chess, 15 May
Dream catchers, 22 May
Drawing, 29 May

Junior Rangers

The Junior Ranger program is a fun way for kids to interact with local flora and fauna in Queens Park. The Junior Ranger kits are available at the Sam Merrifield Library. School classes and large groups must book in advance by calling the library on 8325 1950. Find out more about Junior Rangers.

Premiers' Reading Challenge

The Premiers' Reading Challenge is now open. It’s a great initiative, inspiring children and young people to read more books. Students can log in and register. At its conclusion they will receive a certificate of achievement from the Premier of Victoria.
For further information on how to meet the challenge please visit the Premiers' Reading Challenge website. You can also place requests for titles and see the current reading lists from the library website.

Creepy Crawlies

Do you have any questions about your child’s development? Join the Children’s Services Team from CoHealth to discuss your concerns. Support for families with young children, from birth to 18 months, run by health professionals. For further information or to discuss the cost, call Karin on 9448 6646 or Chris on 9448 6650 at CoHealth. Cost: $10/free for Healthcare card holders. No bookings required.

Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre
First Wednesday of the month, 10am-12pm
7 March, 4 April, 2 May, 6 June, 4 July, 1 August, 5 September, 3 October, 7 November, 5 December

Online resources for kids

For great literacy and learning resources for kids, check out our Kids and Teen page on the library catalogue.

Last updated: Thursday, 22 February 2018, 6:21 AM