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.

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.

Saturday Storytime (18 months - 5 years)

We love sharing books, songs and rhymes with our youngest members. Now there are even more opportunities to attend Storytime at our libraries. Join us for these free, fun-filled Saturday sessions.
Sessions run during school term.

Branch Pre-school storytime
Weekly - 10.30am
Toddler time
Weekly - 10.15am 
Baby rhyme time
Weekly - 11.15am
Saturday Storytime
Weekly - 10:30am
 Ascot Vale  Thursday  Monday  Monday  Saturday
 Avondale Heights  Wednesday  Tuesday  Tuesday  Saturday
 Flemington  Friday  Thursday  Thursday  Saturday
 Niddrie  Tuesday  Friday  Friday  Saturday
 Sam Merrifield  Monday  Wednesday  Wednesday  Saturday


Continuing story

The continuing story: a fun reading program for primary schoolers

Each week kids will enjoy great books being expressively read, promoting discussion, improving vocabulary, modelling fluid reading and leading to a greater love of books.

Sam Merrifield
Wednesdays, 4pm-4.30pm
During school term only

Premiers reading challenge

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.

 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

6+ Club

Afterschool fun including craft, chess, drawing, Lego and heaps more. During school terms only. Free, no bookings required.

Avondale Heights
Wednesday, 4pm-5pm  

Drawing, 29 May
Chess, 5 June
Lego, 12 June
STEM/Craft, 19 June
Drawing, 26 June
Chess, 17 July
Lego, 24 July
Craft, 31 July
Drawing, 7 August
STEM, 14 August
Drawing, 21 August
Chess, 28 August

Tuesday, 4pm-5pm 

Drawing, 28 May
Chess, 4 June
Lego, 11 June
STEM/Craft, 18 June
Drawing, 25 June
Chess, 16 July
Lego, 23 July
Craft, 30 July
Drawing, 6 August
STEM, 13 August
Drawing, 20 August
Chess, 27 August

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.

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, 13 June 2019, 10:36 PM