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.
Rhyme Time Sessions (suitable for 0-2 years). Bookings are essential.
|Safety Bay Library||Wednesday 23 September||9.30am-10.15am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday 24 September||9.30am-10.15am|
|Rockingham Central Library||Tuesday 29 September||11am-11.45am|
|Safety Bay Library||Wednesday 30 September||9.30am-10.15am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday 1 October||9.30am-10.15am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Monday 5 October||10.30am-11.15am|
|Rockingham Central Library||Tuesday 6 October||11am-11.45am|
|Safety Bay Library||Wednesday 7 October||9.30am-10.15am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday 8 October||9.30am-10.15am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Monday 12 October||10.30am-11.15am|
|Rockingham Central Library||Tuesday 13 October||11am-11.45am|
|Safety Bay Library||Wednesday 14 October||9.30am-10.15am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday 15 October||9.30am-10.15am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Monday 19 October||10.30am-11.15am|
|Rockingham Central Library||Tuesday 20 October||11am-11.45am|
|Safety Bay Library||Wednesday 21 October||9.30am-10.15am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday 22 October||9.30am-10.15am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Monday 26 October||10.30am-11.15am|
|Rockingham Central Library||Tuesday 27 October||11am-11.45am|
|Safety Bay Library||Wednesday 28 October||9.30am-10.15am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday 29 October||9.30am-10.15am|
Toddler Time Sessions (suitable for 12 months - 2.5 years). Bookings are essential.
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday 24 September||10.30am-11.15am|
|Rockingham Central Library||Tuesday 29 September||10am-10.45am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday 1 October||10.30am-11.15am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Monday 5 October||9.30am-10.15am|
|Safety Bay Library||Monday 5 October||9.30am-10.15am|
|Rockingham Central Library||Tuesday 6 October||10am-10.45am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday 8 October||10.30am-11.15am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Monday 12 October||9.30am-10.15am|
|Safety Bay Library||Monday 12 October||9.30am-10.15am|
|Rockingham Central Library||Tuesday 13 October||10am-10.45am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday 15 October||10.30am-11.15am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Monday 19 October||9.30am-10.15am|
|Safety Bay Library||Monday 19 October||9.30am-10.15am|
|Rockingham Central Library||Tuesday 20 October||10am-10.45am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday 22 October||10.30am-11.15am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Monday 26 October||9.30am-10.15am|
|Safety Bay Library||Monday 26 October||9.30am-10.15am|
|Rockingham Central Library||Tuesday 27 October||10am-10.45am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday 29 October||10.30am-11.15am|
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.
|Rockingham Central Library||Thursday 24 September||10am-11am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Friday 25 September||10am-11am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Friday 25 September||10.30am-11.30am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Saturday 26 September||10am-11am|
|Safety Bay Library||Tuesday 29 September||10.30am-11.30am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Tuesday 29 September||10.30am-11.30am|
|Rockingham Central Library||Thursday 1 October||10am-11am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Friday 2 October||10am-11am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Friday 2 October||10.30am-11.30am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Saturday 3 October||10am-11am|
|Safety Bay Library||Tuesday 6 October||10.30am-11.30am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Tuesday 6 October||10.30am-11.30am|
|Rockingham Central Library||Thursday 8 October||10am-11am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Friday 9 October||10am-11am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Friday 9 October||10.30am-11.30am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Saturday 10 October||10am-11am|
|Safety Bay Library||Tuesday 13 October||10.30am-11.30am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Tuesday 13 October||10.30am-11.30am|
|Rockingham Central Library||Thursday 15 October||10am-11am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Friday 16 October||10am-11am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Friday 16 October||10.30am-11.30am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Saturday 17 October||10am-11am|
|Safety Bay Library||Tuesday 20 October||10.30am-11.30am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Tuesday 20 October||10.30am-11.30am|
|Rockingham Central Library||Thursday 22 October||10am-11am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Friday 23 October||10am-11am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Friday 23 October||10.30am-11.30am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Saturday 24 October||10am-11am|
|Safety Bay Library||Tuesday 27 October||10.30am-11.30am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Tuesday 27 October||10.30am-11.30am|
|Rockingham Central Library||Thursday 29 October||10am-11am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Friday 30 October||10am-11am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Friday 30 October||10.30am-11.30am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Saturday 31 October||10am-11am|
Bounce into Spring with a range of exciting activities for children to do in the school holidays.
To register you can make an online booking or contact the organising library directly.
Come and celebrate Children’s Book Week with special guest author and illustrator Fiona Burrows. Fiona is the fabulous author of books Violet and Nothing and illustrator of The Day We Built the Bridge and Twelve Days of Kindness.
We have several illustration sessions available at different branches, all of them are free but bookings are essential. (To register follow the 'Date' column link).
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 Mary Davies Library and Community Centre, Safety Bay Library and Warnbro Community Library.
Sessions include crafts, storytelling, author visits, games and puzzles.
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday 24 September||Pirate Adventures||3.30pm-4.30pm|
|Safety Bay Library||Tuesday 6 October||Children's Book Week||3.30pm-4.30pm|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Tuesday 20 October||Children's Book Week||3.30pm-4.30pm|
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday 22 October||Children's Book Week||3.30pm-4.30pm|
Learn to code in a fun, free, social open learning environment. Develop new skills and build creative projects.
Free sessions for 7-17 year olds.
|Safety Bay Library||Wednesday 23 September||3.30pm-4.30pm|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Friday 25 September||3.30pm-4.30pm|
|Rockingham Central Library||Monday 12 October||3.45pm-4.45pm|
|Safety Bay Library||Wednesday 21 October||3.30pm-4.30pm|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Friday 23 October||3.30pm-4.30pm|
|Rockingham Central Library||Monday 26 October||3.45pm-4.45pm|
STEAM Lab 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.
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday 15 October||Science||3.30pm-4.30pm|
|Rockingham Central Library||Monday 19 October||Science||3.45pm-4.45pm|
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday 29 October||Technology||3.30pm-4.30pm|
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 and Thursday.
Please contact the library to book a time on 9528 8683.
| Day || Time|
|Tuesday||11am–1pm and 2pm-4pm by appointment|
|Thursday||11am–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.
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 and this year online voting can be done until 30 November 2020. Students are encouraged to vote for their favourite book either online or by filling in voting slips at the library.
The votes are collected and sent to WAYRBA to be included in the state-wide voting.
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.
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.
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 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 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)
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.
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.