Library Activities for Children

Survey: Children's Programs at Civic Square Library

Currently the City hosts Baby Rhyme Time and Storytime sessions at Civic Square Library.

As works are due to begin on a new Library and Cultural Centre we need to make arrangements to continue this popular service at another venue.

You can help by filling out this short survey.

City of Melville Libraries and Museums hold a range of activities for parents and children, including Baby Rhyme Time, Storytime, CoderDojo and other special events.

Baby Rhyme Time, Storytime and CoderDojo are held during school term only.

Special Events

An Evening with Native Arc

Get up close to some of our native animals and learn how you can support our native wildlife.

Date: 16 May 2019
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: AH Bracks Library + Creative Space, corner Stock Road and Canning Highway

This is a free event, but bookings are essential. Find out more and book a place.

Baby Rhyme Time

Come along to our free Baby Rhyme Time sessions, no need to book!

Baby Rhyme Time is a special session for babies aged from birth to 24 months. It features a mix of songs, rhymes, activities and movements especially for parents and their babies. It's lots of fun and introduces little ones to the joys of literature and language, and helps them to develop the skills they need to learn to read and communicate.

During school term, sessions are held at:

  • Wednesdays2.00pm - 2.30pm
    Fridays9.30am - 10.00am and
    10.30am - 11.00am
  • Tuesdays9.30am - 10.00am
    Thursdays

    9.30am - 10.00am and
    2.00pm - 2.30pm

  • Mondays2.00pm - 2.30pm
    Thursdays9.30am - 10.00am
  • Mondays9.30am - 10.00am
  • Regular Baby Rhyme Time Sessions

    Tuesdays9.30am - 10.00am
    Fridays9.30am - 10.00am

    DUG Saturday Rhyme Time

    Every second Saturday10.30am - 11.00am

    Find out more about DUG Saturday Rhyme Time.

Upcoming Baby Rhyme Time sessions

Please note: in the best interest of all children attending our sessions, could parents ensure they:

  • Keep children who are contagious (sick) away from the library to ensure illness is not spread to others 
  • Seek permission from other parents before taking photos or filming in the library

DUG Saturday Rhyme Time

Aimed at pre-school children aged zero to three, these free sessions are a fantastic opportunity for dads, granddads, uncles and other male caregivers to bond with their children through much-loved rhymes, stories and activities.

Time: 10.30am - 11.00am, every second Saturday during school terms
Venue: Willagee Library, corner of Winnacott and Archibald Street, Willagee

Upcoming DUG Saturday Storytime sessions

For more information, phone 9364 0170 (please note, bookings are not required).

Storytime

Come along to our free Storytime sessions, no need to book!

Storytime sessions are for children aged from two to five years to enjoy. Pre-schoolers and their parents or guardians enjoy a story and do a simple craft activity together every week.

During school term, sessions are held at:

  • Tuesdays10.30am - 11.00am
    Wednesdays10.30am - 11.00am
    Thursdays10.30am - 11.00am
  • Regular Storytime Sessions

    Mondays10.30am - 11.00am
    Wednesdays10.30am - 11.00am
    Fridays10.30am - 11.00am
    Every second Saturday10.30am - 11.00am

    Biblio Bops 

    Every second Saturday10.30am - 11.00am

    Our Saturday sessions alternate between regular Storytime sessions and Biblio Bops. Find out more about Biblio Bops.

  • Regular Storytime Sessions

    Mondays10.30am - 11.00am
    Fridays10.30am - 11.00am

    Bilingual Tunes and Tales

    Every second Saturday9.30am - 10.00am

    Find out more about Bilingual Tunes and Tales.

  • Mondays10.30am - 11.00am
  • Tuesdays10.30am - 11.00am
    Fridays10.30am - 11.00am

Upcoming Storytime sessions

Please note: in the best interest of all children attending our sessions, could parents ensure they:

  • Keep children who are contagious (sick) away from the library to ensure illness is not spread to others 
  • Seek permission from other parents before taking photos or filming in the library

Biblio Bops

Biblio Bops is a fun and energetic dance session that combines movement, singing and stories. These free sessions are suitable for children aged two to five years. 

No need to book, just come along!

Time: 10.30am - 11.00am, every second Saturday during school terms
Venue: AH Bracks Library, corner of Canning Highway and Stock Road, Melville

Upcoming Biblio Bops sessions

Bilingual Tunes and Tales

A program for young children and their families featuring a mix of traditional and modern songs, rhymes and stories in both English and Chinese. For children aged one to five years.

Time: 9.30am - 10.00am, every second Saturday during school terms
Venue: Bull Creek Library, 24 Leichhardt Street, Bull Creek

Upcoming Bilingual Tunes and Tales sessions

For more information, phone 9364 0150 (please note, bookings are not required).

CoderDojo Melville

CoderDojo is a global movement of free, community-based programming and technology clubs for young people. At a dojo, young people between the ages 7 and 17 (Ninjas) learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, and games. There is no set curriculum and children are encouraged to pursue whatever topics and programs interest them and to develop their own projects.

Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm, every Wednesday during school terms [CoderDojo sessions will recommence on Wednesday 13 February 2019]
Venue: AH Bracks Library, corner of Canning Highway and Stock Road, Melville
Cost: Free but registration required, book online.

For further information please call Alison Burden, Hub Librarian on 9364 0115.

Lego / Duplo

For children and families of all ages to have fun with Lego / Duplo play.

Dates: Every Thursday.
Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm
Venue: Bull Creek Library, 24 Leichhardt Street, Bull Creek
Cost: Free, no bookings required.

Better Beginnings

Sharing a love of reading, rhymes, singing and talking with your baby is one of the best things you can do to give your baby a head start in life and at school.

The City of Melville Better Beginnings (BB) program offers a range of activities including:

  • New parent information sessions on the importance of reading to your baby.
  • Baby Rhyme Time and Storytime sessions.
  • A range of books, rhymes and songs to share with your baby.
  • Special parenting collections to assist you in learning about your growing baby, toddler or child.
  • Helping you choose the right books for yourself and your baby.

Parents with new born babies can collect a free Better Beginnings reading kit from their nearest Melville library or from their Community Child Health Nurse.

The Better Beginnings free reading kit includes:

  • A free gift board book for your baby from your local council.
  • A nursery rhyme frieze and a BB poster.
  • A list of first books for babies and toddlers.
  • A brochure with tips for enjoying reading with your baby.
  • Information about City of Melville Library activities and an enrolment form.

The Better Beginnings Family Literacy Program is delivered through public libraries throughout the state and aims to support parents as their child's first teacher.

Better Beginnings Family Literacy Program is coordinated by the State Library of WA and partially funded by Rio Tinto WA Future Fund.

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