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.

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

Storytime

Suitable for children 2-5 years

Enjoy magical picture books, songs, rhymes and craft. 

When: Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the school term
Time: 9.30am
Cost: Free

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 six week course each school term (Four times a year).

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

When: 6 week program starting Wednesday 26 May 2021
Time: 10-11am
Cost: Free
To book click here
 

National Simultaneous Storytime

Suitable for children aged 2-5 years
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Come and join us as we read this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime book, Give Me Some Space by Philip Bunting.
You’ll also meet Aśka the energetic illustrator and science communicator, for some DIY flying demonstrations and space-themed fun!

When: Wednesday 19 May 2021
Time: 11am -12noon
Cost: $3 per child (non-refundable)
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
To participate: This is a free play session and all children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
To book click here

School holiday activities

The library hosts a range of fun activities for primary school aged children throughout the school holidays. Learn a new skill, meet some new friends and do something different these school holidays.

When: School holidays (four times a year)
Cost: Activities are low cost and materials are supplied, bookings essential.

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.

To see a full list of the Children's Book Council Shortlist 2020 click on the PDF listed in the Related information section below.

Graphic Novelist Brenton McKenna | NAIDOC Week

Based out of Broome, Brenton McKenna is his alter ego ESZRA – shy, confident, quiet, loud, meek, bold, slow, fast, day, night, funny, serious.  ESZRA becomes what the pages and his characters allow him to become as one of the world’s leading and most coveted First Nation’s Graphic Novelists and Creative Educators.  His historical publishing deal with Magabala Books affirmed his place as Australia’s first-ever published Indigenous Graphic Novel Author.

Don’t miss meeting Brenton McKenna and let him help you create your own character illustrations.

When: Two sessions available on Wednesday 7 July for different age groups
Cost: Free, bookings essential
To participate: All children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
To book click here
 

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.

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.