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City of Rockingham

**Our libraries are operating with some changes to services and opening hours in accordance with the latest restrictions from the Australian Government and State Government.**

Our libraries offer some great activities and programs for your kids. Find something that suits your children from below-listed activities. We would love to see you and your family at our libraries.

School holiday activities - Winter Ways
Winter Ways

Stay warm and enjoy one of the many school holiday activities this July.

Bookings are essential and open on Monday 22 June 2020 at 9am.

To register for any of the  activities, make an online booking in our What's On Calendar or contact the organising libraries directly.

Children under 13 years must be supervised.

 

Mary Davies Library and Community Centre

ActivityDateTimeAgesDescription
Book Box CreationsFriday 10 July2pm-3pm6-12Decorate a papier mache book box for your special trinkets and treasures.
Canvas ArtTuesday 14 July10am-11am6-18Create a unique artwork on a circular canvas.
Scrawl Walk RobotsFriday 17 July2pm-3pm8-18Build a scrawl walk robot to create robot pattern art. View video instructions

Rockingham Central Library

ActivityDateTimeAgesDescription
Bracelet Art (3 sessions)Monday 6 July
  • 11am-11.30am 
  • 2pm-2.30pm
  • 3pm-3.30pm
6-11Design your own snap band bracelet.
Rainy Day Crafts (2 sessions)Monday 13 July
  • 10am-11am
  • 3pm-4pm
8-12Get creative with some wintery crafts.

 Warnbro Community Library

ActivityDateTimeAgesDescription
Awesome ArtTuesday 7 July2pm-3pm6-14Anyone can be an artist, come create an amazing artwork on a canvas.
Bugs in JarsThursday 16 July2pm-3pm6-12Have fun making a home for a little garden critter.
School holiday activities - Pop-up and pick-up crafts

Pop-up crafts

This school holidays, Safety Bay Library will be offering pop-up craft activities. There is no set time for the pop-up crafts, you just pop into the library at any time on the day that it is on. Children under 13 years must be supervised.

Safety Bay Library
ActivityDateTimeAgesDescription
DIY CD Sun CatcherThursday 9 July9am-5pm6-11Transform old CDs into vibrant sun catchers.
God's Eye (Ojo de Dios)Wednesday 15 July9am-5pm6-11Learn how to make a four-sided God's Eye craft (or Ojo de Dios).

Pick-up crafts

Scrawl Walk Robots – Ages 8-16

Scrawl Walk Robots will be available for pick up at Rockingham Central Library, Safety Bay Library and Warnbro Community Library.

Please call your local library branch to arrange for pick up. Limited number available. 

View video instructions

School holiday activities - Writing competition
Children reading

A Winter Ways writing competition for lower and upper primary school aged children will be running from 4 July until 19 July 2020.

It is free to enter and completed stories with the opening line “It was a dark and stormy night…” can be submitted at any of our libraries.

Competition terms and conditions

  • The competition is free to enter.
  • Prizes are awarded in two age categories:
    • Lower primary (years 2 – 3) – Up to 500 words – Winner: $50 prize; Runner up: $30 prize.
    • Upper Primary (years 4 – 6) – Up to 800 Words – Winner: $50 prize; Runner up: $30 prize.
  • Opening line must be: “It was a dark and stormy night…”
  • Entries must be the original work of the entrant, be unpublished, and not have won a prize in any other competition.  Please do not enter any work currently submitted to another competition.
  • Judges' decisions are final, and no correspondence relating to these decisions will be entered into.
  • Entrants should keep a copy of their work, as all entries will be discarded after prizes have been awarded.
  • The competition starts on Saturday 4 July and all stories must be submitted via email or in person by 5pm Sunday 19 July.
  • Winners will be personally notified and publicly announced on Facebook on Monday 27 July 2020. Winning submissions will not be published.
Rhyme Time and Toddler Time
Rhyme 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? 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.

July 2020 Rhyme Time Sessions (suitable for 0-2 years). Bookings are essential.

LocationDateTime
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreMonday 6 July10.30am-11.15am
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday 7 July11am-11.45am
Safety Bay LibraryWednesday 8 July9.30am-10.15am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday 9 July9.30am-10.15am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreMonday 13 July10.30am-11.15am
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday 14 July11am-11.45am
Safety Bay LibraryWednesday 15 July9.30am-10.15am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday 16 July9.30am-10.15am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreMonday 20 July10.30am-11.15am
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday 21 July11am-11.45am
Safety Bay LibraryWednesday 22 July9.30am-10.15am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday 23 July9.30am-10.15am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreMonday 27 July10.30am-11.15am
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday 28 July11am-11.45am
Safety Bay LibraryWednesday 29 July9.30am-10.15am
Warnbro Community LbraryThursday 30 July9.30am -10.15am

Toddler Time

July 2020 Toddler Time Sessions (suitable for 12 months - 2.5 years). Bookings are essential.

Location                                       DateTime
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreMonday 6 July9.30am-10.15am
Safety Bay LibraryMonday 6 July9.30am-10.15am
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday 7 July10am-10.45am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday 9 July10.30am-11.15am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreMonday 13 July9.30am-10.15am
Safety Bay LibraryMonday 13 July9.30am-10.15am
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday14 July10am-10.45am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday 16 July10.30am-11.15am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreMonday 20 July9.30am-10.15am
Safety Bay LibraryMonday 20 July9.30am-10.15am
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday 21 July10am-10.45am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday 23 July10.30am-11.15am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreMonday 27 July9.30am-10.15am
Safety Bay LibraryMonday 27 July9.30am-10.15am
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday 28 July10am-10.45am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday 30 July10.30am-11.15am
Story Times for preschoolers
Story Time

Story Time for children aged 2-5 years is held at all four libraries. Sessions include two to three stories, songs, action rhymes and a craft activity – all related to a common theme.

Older children are welcome to join story time during the school holidays and home schooling children are welcome at any time.

July 2020 Story Time Sessions. Bookings are essential.

LocationDateTime
Safety Bay LibraryTuesday 7 July10.30am-11.30am
Warnbro Community LibraryTuesday 7 July10.30am-11.30am
Rockingham Central LibraryThursday 9 July10am-11am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreFriday 10 July10am-11am                              
Warnbro Community LibraryFriday 10 July10.30am-11.30am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreSaturday 11 July10am-11am
Safety Bay LibraryTuesday 14 July10.30am-11.30am
Warnbro Community LibraryTuesday 14 July10.30am-11.30am
Rockingham Central LibraryThursday 16 July10am-11am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreFriday 17 July10am-11am
Warnbro Community LibraryFriday 17 July10.30am-11.30am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreSaturday 18 July10am-11am
Safety Bay LibraryTuesday 21 July10.30am-11.30am
Warnbro Community LibraryTuesday 21 July10.30am-11.30am
Rockingham Central LibraryThursday 23 July10am-11am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreFriday 24 July10am-11am
Warnbro Community LibraryFriday 24 July10.30am-11.30am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreSaturday 25 July10am-11am
Safety Bay LibraryTuesday 28 July10.30am-11.30am
Warnbro Community LibraryTuesday 28 July10.30am-11.30am
Rockingham Central LibraryThursday 30 July10am-11am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreFriday 31 July10am-11am
Warnbro Community LibraryFriday 31 July10.30am-11.30am
Bookstars Club

Bookstars Club logoThe 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 Mary Davies Library and Community Centre, Safety Bay Library and Warnbro Community Library.

Sessions include crafts, storytelling, author visits, games and puzzles.

July 2020 Bookstars sessions. Bookings are essential.

LocationDateTime
Safety Bay LibraryTuesday 7 July3.30pm-4.30pm
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreTuesday 14 July3.30pm-4.30pm
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday 30 July3.30pm-4.30pm
Coder Dojo

Coder Dojo logoLearn to code in a fun, free, social open learning environment. Develop new skills and build creative projects.

Free sessions for 7-17 year olds.

July Coder Dojo sessions. Bookings are essential.

LocationDate Time
Rockingham Central LibraryMonday 20 July3.45pm-4.45pm
Safety Bay LibraryWednesday 29 July3.30pm-4.30pm
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreFriday 31 July3.30pm-4.45pm
Robotics

RoboticsRobotics eight-week after-school sessions at Mary Davies Library and Community Centreintroduce children 7-11 years old to the world of robotics with hands-on experience writing code and learning coding terminology. 

For more information contact the library on 9591 0800 or email mdlcccontact@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

July 2020 Robotics Sessions. Bookings are essential.

SessionDateTime
Robotics BeginnersTuesday 28 July4pm-5pm
Robotics IntermediateThursday 30 July4pm-5pm
Toy Library

Child in the Toy libraryThe City of Rockingham Toy Library operates from the Rockingham Central Library on Dixon Road.

The collection has a range of different toys (more than 800), that help develop children's skills and imagination across different stages of growth and development.

Half hour visits can be booked on Tuesday and Thursday.

Please contact the library to book a time on 9528 8683.

Opening hours:

    Day                              Time
Tuesday11am–1pm and 2pm-4pm by appointment
Thursday11am–1pm and 2pm-4pm by appointment

Items from the Toy Library are available to all current and new library members to borrow free of charge.

Toys can be returned at any time during general library opening hours at Rockingham Central Library and loans will only be available during the above Toy Library hours.

Better Beginnings Program

Better Beginnings kitEvery 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.

Busy Things
Access Busy Things

Busy Things is a resource for the kids aged 3–11. It is a collection of fun learning activities that help children learn important skills in the key learning areas of creative development, problem solving, reasoning, numeracy, communication, language and literacy and knowledge and understanding of the world.
This subscription service has been provided through Better Beginnings supporting families in sharing a love of reading.

Story Box Library
Story Box Library

 

A place where the wonderful world of Australian Children's Literature is on permanent exhibit, Story Box Library is a beautiful online ‘reading room’. Story Box Library connects children with literature through the complementary medium of film, providing its audience with a vibrant, interactive experience via a diverse range of storytellers, each sharing past and present book titles.

Kanopy for Kids
Kanopy Kids

Kanopy Kids has a diverse selection of educational and entertaining content that range across movies, TV series, animated storybooks, live action, and animated favourites with a focus on kids aged 2-8.

View more information on this resource.

PK Mag
PK magazine

PK Magis an online magazine for primary kids focusing on sparking any kid’s imagination and creativity.

It is full of book reviews, creative writing, videos, music, arts and crafts and interactive activities.

If you are aged 7-12 you can send PK Mag your stuff to be published.

(No log in required)

Children's Book Week

Children's Book WeekChildren’s Book Week is an annual national event that celebrates Australian children’s literature. During this week authors, illustrators and storytellers are invited to our 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 each year. 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.

Young adults collection

Special collections have been developed at all of our 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.

Group visits

All of our 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.

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