Children's Library Programs


All library branches are OPEN and children's programming has resumed at all branches.

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Wellington Shire libraries host a fun range of fun programs for children aged 0-12.

Rock, Rhythm & Rhyme Sessions

Babies 0-2 years

A 30 minute fun-filled program held during school term that includes nursery rhymes, actions, songs, music and simple stories designed to entertain and help develop literacy skills for babies and toddlers.

  • Heyfield Library Monday 10.30am
  • Maffra Library Monday 9.30am
  • Rosedale Library Tuesday 10:30am
  • Stratford Library Friday 9:30am
  • Yarram Library Friday 9.30am
  • Sale Library Friday 9:30am and 10.30am

Bookings for Rock, Rhythm & Rhyme MUST be made via Eventbrite here.

Please note: All adults and children over the age of 12 months must individually register for a ticket.

Pre-School Storytime

Toddlers 3-5 years

A 45 minute session held during school term that includes stories, songs and activities aimed at pre-school literacy and social skills development.

  • Stratford Library Monday 9:30am
  • Sale Library Wednesday and Thursday 10:30am
  • Yarram Library Thursday 11:00am
  • Rosedale Library Friday 10:30am
  • Heyfield Library Friday 10:30am

Bookings for Pre-School Storytime MUST be made via Eventbrite here.

Please note: All adults and children over the age of 12 months must individually register for a ticket.

Pre-School Hop! Skip! Jump!

Toddlers/Pre-schoolers 3-5 years

A 30 minute fun, energetic and interactive session that includes dance, rhymes, stories and crafts. This session is similar to Pre-School Storytime, aimed at pre-school literacy and social skills development.

  • Maffra Library Thursday 11:00am

Bookings for Pre-School Hop! Skip! Jump! at Maffra Library (only) MUST be made via Eventbrite here.

Please note: All adults and children over the age of 12 months must individually register for a ticket.

Big Summer Read

The new Big Summer Read is taking over Wellington Libraries' usual Summer Reading Club during the December/January summer school holidays.

The Big Summer Read is part of Public Libraries Victoria's plan to keep more kids engaged and reading over summer to maintain their reading skills.

Registrations are open now here and the competition kicks off on 1 December 2021 - that means that kids can record their books and submit them at the end of January to win awesome prizes from their local library branch.

You can download the Beanstack Tracker app to keep an easy, online record of your families books and audiobooks and assign multiple children to one parent.

Young people aged 0-18 years can enter and libraries will announce the winners February 2022.

1000 Books Before School

1000 Books Before School is a free program, run by the State Library of Victoria, to encourage families of young children to get into the 'literacy habit' by aiming to share 1000 books together before starting school.

Sharing books with pre-school children is a fun and enriching experience for you to bond over. Plus, it stimulates language development, teaches them about the world around them and helps build their own interest in learning to read.

To participate in the 1000 Books Before School program, families simply register as members of their local library, collect their new library bag and get started.  Along the way, children complete the Reading Record sheets with stickers, and earn milestone prizes.

By investing only 5-10 minutes a day, it will make a big difference for your child.

Further details are available from the State Library of Victoria.

School Holiday Programs

5-12 Years

Our libraries operate themed School LIbrary Programs for children aged 5-12 years.

Details are advertised in the Event Calendar, Library Newsletter, throughout Library branches and via Wellington Shire Council's Social Media pages.

Guidelines - Child Supervision

Wellington Shire Library Service welcomes all children to attend the library.

Library staff will always take due care and concern for young people in the library, however, they are unable to act as supervisors and must not be put in the position of acting parent or guardian.

While in the library, parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring the activities and regulating the behaviour of their children.

Responsibility for the welfare and behaviour of young people rests at all times with the parent, guardian or chaperone. Parents must use their discretion in determining when their children are sufficiently mature and responsible to use the library unaccompanied by an adult. It is recommended children under the age of 13 should not be left without a parent/guardian at the library. Library staff have no authority to ensure that young people remain within the library and cannot be held responsible for any incidents that occur outside.

Library staff members will respond to guidelines in situations, such as:

  • An unattended child is found frightened or crying in the library
  • An unattended child is perceived to be endangering him or herself, or that another person in the library poses a perceived threat to the unattended child
  • An unattended child exhibits inappropriate behaviour
  • An unattended child has not been met by a responsible caregiver at closing time

After evaluating the situation, Library staff members will attempt to contact the parent or guardian. If parents/guardian are unable to be contacted, staff will contact the police.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022