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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.

January 2021 School Holiday Program - Summer of Fun
Summer of Fun

The January school holiday program is full of exciting activities for kids of all ages. Whether your kids are interested in creating craft, rhyme and dancing sessions, hydrodipping a water bottle, a silent disco, STEAM Lab, a Lego afternoon or meeting the animals from Farmyard on Wheels, make sure you register early.

Children under 13 must be supervised. Registration essential.

Register for events 

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.

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

LocationDateTime
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday 1 December11am-11.45am
Safety Bay LibraryWednesday 2 December9.30am-10.15am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday 3 December9.30am-10.15am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreMonday 7 December10.30am-11.15am
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday 8 December11am-11.45am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday 10 December9.30am-10.15am
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday 15 December11am-11.45am
 

 

 

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

These sessions are 45 minutes of fun with stories, songs, finger plays and movement rhymes.

LocationDateTime
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday 1 December10am-10.45am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday 3 December10.30am-11.15am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreMonday 7 December9.30am-10.15am
Safety Bay LibraryMonday 7 December9.30am-10.15am
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday 8 December10am-10.45am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday 10 December10.30am-11.15am
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday 15 December10am-10.45am
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.

 Story Time Sessions. Bookings are essential.

LocationDateTime
Safety Bay LibraryTuesday 1 December10.30am-11.30am
Warnbro Community LibraryTuesday 1 December10.30am-11.30am
Rockingham Central LibraryThursday 3 December10am-11am
Warnbro Community LibraryFriday 4 December10.30am-11.30am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreFriday 4 December10am-11am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreSaturday 5 December10am-11am
Warnbro Community LibraryTuesday 8 December10.30am-11.30am
Rockingham Central LibraryThursday 10 December10am-11am
Warnbro Community LibraryFriday 11 December10.30am-11.30am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreSaturday 12 December10am-11am
Rockingham Central LibraryThursday 17 December10am-11am
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.

Bookstars sessions. Bookings are essential.

LocationDateActivityTime
Safety Bay LibraryTuesday 1 DecemberMake Christmas Crackers3.30pm-4.30pm
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreTuesday 8 DecemberEdible Christmas Decorations3.30pm-4.30pm
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday 17 DecemberChristmas Bookstars3.30pm-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 sessions for 7-17 year olds.

Coder Dojo sessions. Bookings are essential.

LocationDate Time
Safety Bay LibraryWednesday 2 December3.30pm-4.30pm
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreFriday 4 December3.30pm-4.30pm
Rockingham Central LibraryMonday 7 December3.45pm-4.45pm
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreFriday 18 December3.30pm-4.30pm
STEAM Lab
STEAM Lab logo

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.

LocationDateActivityTime
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday 10 DecemberMaths3.30pm-4.30pm
Rockingham Central LibraryMonday 14 DecemberChristmas3.45pm-4.45pm
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.

West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA)
Vote for the Young Readers' Book Awards

 

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.

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)

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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