The winners of our inaugural Halloween writing competition, Spooky Stories, have now been announced.
Guest judge Anna Zobel was very impressed with the quality of the writing she read! Click here to read the winning entries and Anna's comments.
eResources for kids
For children 3-5 years. Children are introduced to a wide selection of picture books and stories and complete a craft activity. Storytime will help prepare your child for primary school, developing listening, reading and fine motor skills. Sessions run during the school term only. Bookings not required.
Ascot Vale: Thursdays, 10.30am
Avondale Heights: Wednesdays, 10.30am
Niddrie: Tuesdays, 10.30am
Sam Merrifield: Mondays, 10.30am
For children 18 months to 3 years. Share stories, songs, rhymes and movement with your active toddler. Toddler Time is the perfect transition to Storytime for your little one. Sessions run during the school term only. Bookings not required.
Ascot Vale: Mondays, 10.15am
Avondale Heights: Tuesdays, 10.15am
Flemington: Thursdays, 10.15am
Niddrie: Fridays, 10.15am
Sam Merrifield: Wednesdays, 10.15am
Baby Rhyme Time
For babies up to 18 months. Baby Rhyme Time introduces your little one to the sounds, rhythm and movement of language. Babies love songs and rhymes and delight in watching and listening to you sing. Sessions run during the school term only. Bookings not required.
Ascot Vale: Mondays, 11.15am
Avondale Heights: Tuesdays, 11.15am
Flemington: Thursdays, 11.15am
Niddrie: Fridays, 11.15am
Sam Merrifield: Wednesdays, 11.15am
After School Clubs
We have four after-school clubs throughout the school term for children aged 5-12 years. Bookings are necessary and will open two days before each event.
Learn to play chess or practice your existing skills.
Join like-minded builders in Lego challenges or come just for fun.
Meet other creatives and give the right side of your brain a workout.
Join us for STEM challenges and experiments of all kinds!
Premiers' Reading Challenge
The Premiers' Reading Challenge is now open. It’s a great initiative, inspiring children and young people to read more books. Students can log in and register. At its conclusion they will receive a certificate of achievement from the Premier of Victoria.
You can access full lists of PRC titles, by year level, on our catalogue.
For further information on how to meet the challenge please visit the Premiers' Reading Challenge website.
Begin with Books
To improve reading and literacy skills in young children, we offer a book for every baby born in our city. The board books are given to new parents by the Maternal and Child Health nurse at the four month visit along with information about the libraries. You will also receive a coupon to take to your nearest Moonee Valley Libraries branch to collect a free bag and another board book.
1000 Books Before School
Did you know reading just 10 minutes a day can instil a lifelong love of books and learning in young children? 1000 Books Before School is a new reading initiative that supports families to share stories with their children every day and encourage early reading habits. Parents and caregivers can register at their local branch to get started and receive a reading record and a special book bag. Rewards will be given for reaching each milestone. Please visit your local branch to register, or start tracking your child's reading right now by downloading this form.
For more information on the benefits of reading to your child from a young age, as well as other parenting information, visit the recommended sites below:
Junior Ranger Kits
What do Junior Rangers do? Junior Rangers use their kits to explore and discover plants and animals! Drop into Sam Merrifield Library to collect your binoculars and other tools and head over to Queens Park to spot ducks, water hens, cockatoos, and even rainbow lorikeets, along with native plants such as the banksia and various eucalyptus species.
If you're a lone ranger you can print your own guide and map and embark on your adventure. If you have binoculars or a magnifying glass you can even build your own kit!
The Abercedarian Approach
Positive Parenting Program
All families with children between birth and 16 years can now get free, expert parenting tips and strategies via the online Triple P – Positive Parenting Program. This FREE program is funded by the Victorian Government, providing your library community with ideas on how to positively support their child’s emotional wellbeing, social skills and more.