For the kids
Better Beginnings Program
Every child born in the Rockingham District will receive a toolkit as part of the Better Beginnings Family Literacy Program. The toolkit includes a picture book and guidance material for parents to develop their baby’s early literacy.
Family Resource Centre
Safety Bay Library, the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre and Warnbro Community Library have a Family Resource Centre, which is located within the Children’s Library. The collection contains various resources focusing on parenting and early literacy. Jigsaws, storytime kits, Indigenous resources and nursery rhymes are just a part of the collection.
Rhyme Time and Toddler Time
Did you know that reading to children from the time they are born has a positive effect on the development of language and vocabulary, as well as providing the pre-literacy skills that are essential in learning to read when a child begins school?
All four libraries offer Rhyme Time sessions for parents and children aged between 0-2 years.
This program is designed to encourage parents and children to enjoy the benefits of reading together.
Songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories are shared in a group environment. Library staff can also assist you in finding resources to suit your needs, such as board books for babies, nursery rhyme books and parenting resources.
Rhyme Time (suitable for 0-2 yrs)
- Mary Davies Library and Community Centre - Monday 10.30am
- Rockingham Central Library - Tuesday 9.30am
- Safety Bay Library - Wednesday 9.30am
- Warnbro Community Library - Thursday 9.30am
- Secret Harbour - Tuesday 9.30am (during school term) Secret Harbour Community Centre, 4 Oasis Drive, Secret Harbour
Toddler Time (suitable for 12 months - 2 1/2 yrs)
- Mary Davies Library and Community Centre - Monday 9.30am
- Rockingham Central Library - Tuesday 10.30am
- Safety Bay Library - Monday 9.30am
- Warnbro Community Library - Thursday 10.30am
- Secret Harbour - Tuesday 10.30am (during school term) Secret Harbour Community Centre, 4 Oasis Drive, Secret Harbour
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Storytimes for preschoolers
Storytime for children aged 2-5 years are held at all four libraries. Sessions include 2-3 stories, songs, action rhymes and a craft activity – all related to a common theme.
Older children are welcome to join storytime during the school holidays and home schooling children are welcome at any time.
Storytimes are held at the following times:
- Mary Davies Library and Community Centre - Saturday 10am
- Rockingham Central Library - Thursday 10am
- Safety Bay Library - Tuesday 10.30am
- Warnbro Community Library - Tuesday and Friday 10.30am
The aim of the Bookstars Club is to introduce the benefits of using the library and to promote the joy of reading to all primary school aged children. Bookstars is held three times during school terms at Safety Bay Library and Warnbro Community Library.
Sessions include crafts, storytelling, author visits, games and puzzles.
For dates/times please contact the library.
School holiday activities
The libraries offer a range of activities for children aged two years old to teenagers to do in the school holidays.
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Children’s Book Week
The annual national Children’s Book Week celebrates Australian children’s literature. Authors, illustrators and storytellers are invited to libraries to talk about their work and encourage children of all ages to read widely. Copies of the award winning and short-listed books judged by the Children’s Book Council are displayed and available in each library.
West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (WAYRBA)
Primary and secondary school students are invited to read and vote for books selected from the annual WA Young Readers’ Book Award list. Eligible books are displayed and available for loan at each library between March and August. Students are encouraged to vote for their favourite book. The votes are collected and sent to WAYRBA to be included in the state-wide voting.
All four libraries welcome visits by schools, child care centres and playgroups. Please contact the Young People’s Services Librarians to discuss a program for your visit.
The Young People’s Services Librarians at Safety Bay Library and Warnbro Community Library are available to visit schools and groups at their own venues.
Young adult collection
Special collections have been developed at all four libraries that specifically cater for the Young Adult reader (12-18 years). This collection is separate from the adult and junior collections and includes novels, non-fiction, graphic novels and audio-visual material.