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Children and Teens
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Children and Teens
Library programs and resources aimed at children from 0 to 12 years.

We offer a number of programs and activities to help young people build their literacy to enjoy reading and visiting libraries.

Our weekly Storytime sessions are for children aged 2-5 and their parents/guardians.

The sessions run for 45 minutes and include stories, songs, dancing, poems and rhymes, and craft activity.

Rhymetime sessions are held weekly for babies aged 0-2 and their parents/guardians.

The sessions run for 30 minutes and are designed to encourage parents and carers to share rhymes and songs with babies from birth.

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Storytime

Aims of Storytime

  • Encourage children to develop a love of reading, books and libraries at a young age.
  • Stimulate imagination, ideas and interests.
  • Teach effective listening skills.
  • Help develop pre-reading skills.
  • Introduce the library as a fun, inviting place to be for children and parents.
  • Become aware of library resources.
  • Provide opportunities to socialise with other children and caregivers, and have fun.

Storytime Schedule

  • Orbost – Tuesdays 10.30 am
  • Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Paynesville – Tuesdays 11.00 am
  • Omeo – Wednesdays 11.45 am
  • Mallacoota – Wednesdays 2.30 pm

Rhymetime

Aims of Rhymetime

  • Encourage children to develop a love of reading, books and libraries at a young age.
  • Stimulate imagination, ideas and interests.
  • Teach effective listening skills.
  • Help develop pre-reading skills.
  • Introduce the library as a fun, inviting place to be for children and parents.
  • Become aware of library resources.
  • Provide opportunities to socialise with other children and caregivers and have fun.

Rhymetime Schedule

  • Omeo and Paynesville – Mondays 10.30 am
  • Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance – Wednesdays 10.30 am
  • Orbost – Thursdays 10.00 am

1000 Books Before School program

We are participating in 1000 Books Before School to promote early literacy skills.

Reading just 10 minutes a day can instill a lifelong love of books and learning in young children.

Sharing stories with babies and young children helps develop literacy skills that will prepare them for reading at school.

Research shows that children who are read to every day from an early age have extended vocabularies, increased reading readiness and improved cognitive skills when they start school.

How 1000 Books Before School works

Become a library member and register at one of our libraries to get your first Reading Record and reading kit.

Mark, colour or put a sticker on your Reading Record each time you read with your child. When you reach a milestone in your Reading Record, bring it in to one of our libraries for a special reward.

Every book that your child completes, or actively listens to, counts – this includes stories read at Storytime sessions, day care, playgroup, kindergarten, as well as the same book over and over again.

The program finishes when your child reaches 1000 books or starts school. Don't be daunted by the 1000 book target. It's all about the journey.

For further information, phone 5152 4225 or ask your library staff.

Animated talking children's books

TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking children’s books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love.

Features of TumbleBooks include:

  • Story Books - Sit back and listen or read along at your own speed to these entertaining and amusing picture books.
  • Tumble Readables - Enjoy reading this fine selection of chapter books and early readers.
  • New Books - Lists the latest additions to the TumbleBook library.
  • Puzzles and Games - Put the pieces together in these fun Tumble Puzzles! Includes jigsaw puzzles, memory game, word catch, spelling games, and more.
  • Language Learning - Enjoy selected TumbleBook titles in French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese or Russian.
  • Audio Books - Listen to a selection of the TumbleBook Library’s chapter book in full audio online.

Sign in to TumbleBooks with your library card.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021