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Library Activities for Children

The City of Melville has made the difficult decision to suspend all Libraries and  Museum events and programs as of 20 March 2020 due to the latest information regarding COVID-19 gathering requirements. This decision will affect all events including, Storytime, Baby Rhyme Time and other programs for children, Technology training sessions and other programs for adults and young people.

Calling Young Bookstars

Looking for ways to keep the kids busy during home-schooling and school holidays?

We’d love to hear what your kids are reading!

Using this template, please submit book reviews by primary school-aged kids, along with their first name and age to library@melville.wa.gov.au. Drawings are optional.

Each week, one review will be chosen as our ‘pick of the week’, so your kids may get to see their review on our Facebook page or in our eNewsletter.

Here’s an example from Imogen (9), reviewing To the lighthouse by Cristy Burne, to get them started:

“A boy named Isaac went on a trip to Rottnest with his mum. His mum was a very worried lady. When he met Emmy he was always sneaking out of their cottage and one night he got hurt. The moral is never lie to your parents. I recommend this book for my mum because it’s interesting and I think she would like it. She loves reading and she especially loves books with some drama in them.”

Regular Activities for Children

Find the details of all our regular children's activities below.

Baby Rhyme Time - Postponed

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.

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 - Postponed

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.

Storytime - Postponed

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.

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 - Postponed

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!

Bilingual Tunes and Tales - Hindi and English - Postponed

Come along to bilingual tunes and tales in Hindi and English presented by the Hindi Samaj of WA. Suitable for babies to preschool children, the session features a mix of traditional and modern songs, rhymes, and stories in both languages. The aim of this story time is to support and extend both home and second languages.

Just for Kids - Postponed

Fun kids sessions with games, activities, music, movement, drama and mime. Free.

Lego / Duplo - Postponed

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

Full STEAM Ahead! - Postponed

A new program for kids at AH Bracks Library + Creative Space.

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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