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Crown Street Stables* Mondays 11.15am Mondays 10.15am Thursdays 10.30am
Avondale Heights Tuesdays 11.15am Tuesdays 10.15am Wednesdays 10.30am
Flemington Thursdays 11.15am Thursdays 10.15am Fridays 10.30am
Niddrie Fridays 11.15am Fridays 10.15am Tuesdays 10.30am
Sam Merrifield Wednesdays 11.15am Wednesdays 10.15am Mondays 10.30am
Saturday Storytimes run at 10.30am at every branch except for Ascot Vale/Crown Street Stables.

Early Literacy programs are back for term two. Ascot Vale sessions will run from Crown Street Stables beginning from Monday 29 April.

Preschool Storytime, Toddler Time and Baby Rhyme Time run at each of our branches every week during the school term.

From Monday 29 April, Ascot Vale Library's early literacy programs will be taking place at Crown Street Stables whilst the main branch is under renovation. The library itself is relocating to the Pop-up Branch.

Saturday Storytimes run at all branches except for Ascot Vale/Crown Street Stables.

Bookings are not required for any of our early literacy programs.

eResources for kids

  • Studiosity

    Studiosity connects students to Australian teachers and tutors online for homework help and feedback on writing.

  • StoryBox

    Watch favourite stories read by our best storytellers with Story Box on any internet browser.

  • Busy Things

    Help children learn through play with Busy Things.

  • LOTE4Kids

    Enjoy the magic of books in various languages from the comfort of home, alongside English translations, through LOTE4Kids.

  • Literacy Planet

    Literacy Planet uses fun, curriculum-aligned educational activities to help with reading, comprehension, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

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    Tumble Book Library is your answer to building literacy and technological skills through stories.

  • Britannica Library for Kids LOGO

    Learn about geography and the animal kingdom through Britannica Library for Kids.

Preschool Storytime

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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
Flemington: Fridays,10.30am
Niddrie: Tuesdays, 10.30am
Sam Merrifield: Mondays, 10.30am

Toddler Time

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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

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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

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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.

Chess Club
Learn to play chess or practice your existing skills.

Lego Club
Join like-minded builders in Lego challenges or come just for fun.

Art Club
Meet other creatives and give the right side of your brain a workout.

Makers Club
Join us for STEM challenges and experiments of all kinds!

Premiers' Reading Challenge

Premiers Reading Challenge 2023

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

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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

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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

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

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Want to support your child on their reading journey, but don’t know where to start? Check out this short parent guide with tips for shared reading: Abecedarian Approach Australia.

Positive Parenting Program

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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.