Children and youth

Overview

The library offers a range of programs and events for children, from babies through to teens, including Baby Rhymetime, Storytime, Lego free-play, school holiday activities, Children's Book Week and much more. Some are held weekly or monthly and others are seasonal. Many are free, while some require a small payment.

For up-to-date information about library programs and events and to book:

Baby Rhymetime

Suitable for children 0-2 years

Filled with songs and rhymes to encourage early literacy.

Rhymetime - Stage Three COVID-19 restrictions in place
From week commencing Monday 22 June Rhymetime will return with a difference. Due to stage three restrictions where only limited numbers of people (this includes children) are allowed in the library at any one time, we will be taking bookings for our rhymetime session.

Please only book in for either 9am or 10am session not both. You will need to book yourself in, then book in each child that you are bringing. Only those booked in can gain entry. Please arrive promptly to begin our session (approx. half an hour). Then you can select books to take home, with exit from the library by 9.45am or 10.45am (depending on the session you attend).

When: Every Friday morning during the school term
Time: Choose from either the 9am or 10am session
Cost: Free
To book click here

Storytime

Suitable for children 2-5 years

Enjoy magical picture books, songs, rhymes and craft. 

Storytime - Stage Three COVID-19 restrictions in place 

From week commencing Monday 22 June Storytime will return with a difference. Due to stage three restrictions where a limited number of people (this includes children) are allowed in the library at any one time, we will be taking bookings for our storytime sessions. Please only book in for either Tuesday or Thursday not both. 

You will need to book yourself in, then book in each child that you are bringing. Only those booked in can gain entry. Please arrive promptly at 9am to return items on loan and select books to take home. Stories will commence at 9.30am for approx. 15 minutes, then children will be given a storytime craft pack to take home and complete. Hope to see you soon! 

When: Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the school term
Time: 9.30am
Cost: Free
To book click here

Learning English Through Storytime (LETS)

Suitable for children 2-5 years

LETS workshops assist families to improve and practice English.  These fun-filled sessions include songs, stories and interactive activities to develop children’s language. The workshops run as an eight week course each school term (Four times a year).

For parents/carers and their children for whom English is an additional language.

When: 8 week program starting Monday 3 August
Time: 10am-11am
Cost: Free
To book click here
 

Better Beginnings

Sing with me: Early literacy program

Better Beginnings is designed to promote early literacy and encourage families to use the library. Each childcare centre, playgroup and day-care centre within the Town receives a special visit by the youth services librarian and a free bag for each child, courtesy of the State Library of Western Australia. 

The bag contains a book as well as fantastic resources for parents to share stories and music with their children to improve language skills and promote literacy. Children will be encouraged to ask their parents to take them to the library, where we aim to inspire them to become lifelong readers. 

If you are a staff member at a local childcare or daycare centre and have not received a visit this year, please contact the library to arrange a visit.

To participate: Families with home-schooled children can contact the library to collect their free reading packs. For more information, visit www.better-beginnings.com.au.

Better Beginnings: Birth to three

Parents with newborn babies can collect a free Better Beginnings reading pack from the library or from their community child health nurse.

Better Beginnings: Four to five

Local schools in the Town are invited to participate to receive free reading packs for every kindergarten-aged child. The youth services librarian will visit each kindergarten class during Children’s Book Week to deliver these special packs.

Lego challenge free play

For children aged five to 12 years

Kids are invited to come along and explore their creativity using Lego and to make new friends. All Lego is provided.

When: Second Saturday of every month
Time: 1.30pm- 2.30pm
Cost: Free, bookings essential
Book online

To participate: This is a free play session and all children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Children’s Book Week

Children's Book Week is an annual event held throughout Australia in order to promote children's enjoyment of reading.

The Victoria Park Library hosts a comprehensive program of events to celebrate Book Week, including presentations to local school groups by Western Australian authors and illustrators, and special visits to local kindergarten students by the youth services librarian.

Library Buzz Week

Children’s events are held during Victoria Park library's Buzz Weeks, which run throughout the year. Past children's events have included meet the author, craft and cooking activities.

Frequently asked questions

How do I book in/register for an event?
For free events, you can book in person at the library, via the events calendar, or by contacting the library. For paid events, please note your booking is not confirmed until payment has been made. Note: Baby Rhymetime and Storytime do not require a booking.

How do I keep up-to-date about upcoming programs and events?
Be the first to hear about new events and programs by visiting the library and picking up a copy of the monthly Bookmark Newsletter, subscribe to the library ’s monthly Bookmark eNewsletter, view the events calendar and/or like the library’s Facebook page.

How do I cancel my event booking?
To cancel your booking, contact the library. Note: the library has a no-refund policy for paid events.