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.

Following Federal Government advice received to consider cancelling any non-essential, organised events with expected gatherings of more than 500 people, Baby Rhymetime has been interrupted until further notice.
Click here(PDF, 9MB) to access the library's Baby Rhymetime booklet.

When: Every Friday morning during the school term
Time: Choose from either the 9am or 10am session
Cost: Free
No bookings required.

Storytime

Suitable for children 2-5 years

Enjoy magical picture books, songs, rhymes and craft. 

Following Federal Government advice received to consider cancelling any non-essential, organised events with expected gatherings of more than 500 people, Storytime has been interrupted until further notice.

Check out Story Box, Busy Things and the Fun on Friday Facebook series.
Story Box is an online 'reading room' for an interactive experience with a diverse range of storytellers.
Busythings is an online resource for early years that includes 115+ fun learning activities. 
Fun on Friday will be posted every Friday on the library's Facebook page while we are closed and will include:

- A fun storytime activity you can do from home
- A Pet on Parade

When: Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the school term
Time: 9.30am
Cost: FreeNo bookings required 

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.

Following Federal Government advice received to consider cancelling any non-essential, organised events with expected gatherings of more than 500 people, Lego Challenge Free Play has been interrupted until further notice. 

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.

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.

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.

Character design with James Foley – a virtual workshop

Join the fabulous James Foley, author/illustrator of My Dead Bunny, Brobot, Dungzilla, Gastronauts, The Last Viking and the Toffle Towers series. In this workshop participants learn how colour, shape, costume and body language all make great unique characters, and learn to design their own characters for their own stories. 

Ages: 10-17 years
When: Saturday 20 June
Time: 1-2pm
Cost: Free, bookings are essential
Book online

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.