Library Activities for Children

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

There are currently no special events being held for children.

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:

  • Mondays2.00pm to 2.30pm*
    Wednesdays2.00pm to 2.30pm
    Thursdays2.00pm to 2.30pm*
    Fridays9.30am to 10.00am and
    10.30am to 11.00am

    *Extra sessions running temporarily during the renovation of AH Bracks Library

  • The AH Bracks Library is currently being renovated, during this time additional sessions will be held at Civic Square Library and Canning Bridge Library Lounge.

  • Mondays2.00pm to 2.30pm
    Thursdays9.30am to 10.00am
  • Mondays9.30am to 10.00am
    Thursdays9.30am to 10.00am*

    *Extra sessions running temporarily during the renovation of AH Bracks Library 

  • Tuesdays9.30am to 10.00am
    Fridays9.30am to 10.00am

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

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:

  • Mondays10.30am to 11.00am*
    Tuesdays10.30am to 11.00am
    Wednesdays10.30am to 11.00am
    Thursdays10.30am to 11.00am

    *Extra sessions running temporarily during the renovation of AH Bracks Library 

  • The AH Bracks Library is currently being renovated, during this time additional sessions will be held at Civic Square Library and Canning Bridge Library Lounge.

  • Regular Storytime Sessions

    Mondays10.30am to 11.00am
    Fridays10.30am to 11.00am

     

  • Mondays10.30am to 11.00am
    Thursdays10.30am to 11.00am*

    *Extra sessions running temporarily during the renovation of AH Bracks Library 

  • Regular Storytime Sessions

    Tuesdays10.30am to 11.00am
    Fridays10.30am to 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

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 to 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).

DUG Saturday Storytimes

Aimed at children aged from birth to five years, these free sessions are a fantastic opportunity for dads, uncles, grandads and other male caregivers to bond with their children through much-loved rhymes and stories.

Time: 10.30am to 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).

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: 4.00pm to 6.00pm, every second Wednesday during school terms
Venue: LeisureFit Melville, corner of Canning Highway and Stock Road, Melville
Cost: Free, registration required - register online for CoderDojo Melville (click the 'Join Dojo' button)

Sessions for Term Two begin on 9 May 2018.

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

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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