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City of Rockingham

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

Activities and programs

Rhyme Time and Toddler Time

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. The Rhyme Time (suitable for 0-2 years) and Toddler Time (suitable for 12 months - 2.5 years) programs are 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. Bookings are essential.

Father and baby with the words Rhyme Time!

Rhyme Time (0 - 2 years)

Register for Rhyme Time session

                          Location       Days         Time
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreMonday10.30am - 11.15am
Secret Harbour Community CentreTuesday9.30am - 10.15am
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday11am - 11.45am
Safety Bay LibraryWednesday9.30am - 10.15am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday9.30am - 10.15am
Mother and son with the words Toddler Time
 

Toddler Time (12 months - 2.5 years)

 

Register for Toddler Time session

                            Location       Days         Time
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreMonday9.30am - 10.15am
Safety Bay LibraryMonday9.30am - 10.15am
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday10am - 10.45am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday10.30am - 11.15am
Warnbro Community LibraryFriday10.30am - 11.15am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreSaturday10am - 10.45am
 
Story Times for preschoolers

Mother and daughter doing craft with the words 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.

Register for Story Time session

 

                            Location        Days          Time
Safety Bay LibraryTuesday10.30am - 11.30am
Warnbro Community LibraryTuesday10.30am - 11.30am
Secret Harbour Community CentreTuesday10.30am - 11.30am
Rockingham Central LibraryThursday10am - 11am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreFriday10am - 11am
Under 5's STEAM Lab
Children doing an activity with the words Under 5's Steam Lab!

Under 5's STEAM Lab sessions at Rockingham Central Library are for kids up to 5 years who enjoy an exciting, group environment.

Each session will be different, exploring age appropriate science, technology, engineering, art or maths to challenge the kids' creative and problem solving skills.

In the group they will meet new friends with similar interests.

Weekly sessions run every Monday 10am - 11am. Bookings are essential.

Register for session

Bookstars Club
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The aim of the Bookstars Club is to introduce the benefits of using the library and to promote the joys 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.

Register for Bookstars Club session

                            Location                  Theme     Day/Date       Time
Warnbro Community LibraryCreative CreaturesThursday 24 June 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Safety Bay LibraryBoard GamesTuesday 6 July3.30pm - 4.30pm
Warnbro Community LibraryJunk JournalsThursday 29 July3.30pm - 4.30pm
Coder Dojo

Coder Dojo logo

Learn to code in a fun, free, social open learning environment.

Develop new skills and build creative projects.

Free fortnightly sessions for 7-17 year olds.

Register for Coder Dojo session

                              Location        Day/Date           Time
Safety Bay LibraryWednesday 16 June3.30pm - 4.30pm
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreFriday 18 June3.30pm - 4.45pm
Rockingham Central LibraryMonday 21 June3.45pm - 4.45pm
Safety Bay LibraryWednesday 30 June3.30pm - 4.30pm
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreFriday 2 July3.30pm - 4.45pm
Rockingham Central LibraryMonday 19 July3.45pm - 4.45pm
Safety Bay LibraryWednesday 28 July3.30pm - 4.30pm
STEAM Lab
STEAM Lab logo

STEAM Lab forthnightly sessions at Rockingham Central Library and Warnbro Community Library are for students aged 6-12 who enjoy an exciting and collaborative environment.

Each session will be different, exploring science, technology, engineering, art or maths to challenge your creative and problem solving skills.

Come and meet friends with similar interests. Bookings are essential.

Register for STEAM session

                      LocationTheme       Day/Date           Time
Rockingham Central LibraryMaths Through MovementMonday 14 June3.45pm - 4.45pm
Warnbro Community LibraryMaths Through MovementThursday 17 June3.30pm - 4.30pm
Rockingham Central Library ScienceMonday 28 June3.45pm - 4.45pm
Warnbro Community LibraryScienceThursday 22 July3.30pm - 4.30pm

Child in the Toy libraryToy Library

The 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, Thursday and Saturday.

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
Saturday9am-11.30am 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.

Resources for kids

Better Beginnings

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 ThingsBusy 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.

Kanopy Kids

Kanopy KidsKanopy 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 magazinePK 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)

Story Box Library

Story Box LibraryA 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.

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.

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