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1000 Books Banner resize1000 Books before School

1000 Books before School is open for registration! This is a program which encourages parents and carers to read 1000 books with their children before they begin school.

Reading to preschool aged children has been shown to develop early literacy by building vocabulary and language skills that are essential for learning to read.

Visit your local Hobsons Bay library branch and register to join the program where you will receive your first reading record for your child. You will also go in the draw to win picture books to use along the way.

Throughout your journey, your child will receive special stickers after every 100 books read, plus a reward at 100, 250, 500, 750 and 1000 books.

For more information, head to our 1000 Books page.



Storytime and Rhymetime

Storytime, Rhymetime and Wriggle and Read sessions are rotated throughout our library branches. Please check the schedule for session times.



write by the bayWrite by the Bay

The awards night was celebrated on Thursday 8 June with our special guest, Andy Griffiths! Thank you to everybody who entered and participated. It was a great year! For photos from the night, check out our Facebook page. 

Itching to flex your muscles in another competition? Stay tuned for Drawn by the Bay launching soon.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Short story and poetry

Prep – Grade 1

Short Stories
First prize: Jasper Murphy for “Funky Cat” 
Highly commended: Eloise Robson for “The Flower Garden

First prize: Zoe Maddern for “Bugs
Highly commended: Julia Bugeja for “Hens

Grade 2 - Grade 3

Short Stories
First prize: April Howard for “The Granny Olympics
Highly commended: Ava Arguelles for “The Colours of the Rainbow” 

First prize: Namie Huang for “The Friendship Poem
Highly commended: Isabella Robson for “My Rabbit” 

Grade 4 - Grade 6

Short Stories
First prize: Amelie Barham for “Stars
Highly commended: Disha Raybarman for “The Siblings” 

First prize: Alannah Spencer for “What Makes Me Happy” 
Highly commended: Lucy Nieuwesteeg for “Pop Music Vs Classical Me” 

Year 7 - Year 9

Short Stories
First prize: Elena Naumcev for “Cool Colours
Highly commended: Lilian Giang for “Thief” 

First prize: Harry Willett for “On a Quiet Little Street
Highly commended: Grace Skeggs for “If Life Was Like a Circle” 

Year 10 - Year 12

Short Stories
First prize: Saanjana Kapoor for “You
Highly commended: Gracie McKenzie for “Lost At Sea

First prize: Saanjana Kapoor for “The Dress
Highly commended: Isabel Szabo for “Far From Transparent” 


Primary school age: 

First prize: Hayden Pollock for “Fire in New South Wales” 
Highly commended: Disha Raybarman for “Lost Friend”

Secondary school age:

First prize: Saanjana Kapoor for “First Day”
Highly commended: Grace Skeggs for “Be Free” 


friends of the library logo  Rotary Summer Writing Prize






Rookies Chess Club


Whether you are a new chess player or looking to improve your existing skills, Rookies Chess Club is the place for you.

Rookies Chess Club is run by young people for young people and is open to all primary and secondary aged school children.

Every Friday during term
4pm to 5pm
Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre

No bookings required.



engagingwithplace2Engaging with Place (Free Playgroup for 0-5 years)

This is a free playgroup for children aged 0-5. 

  • Engaging with Place is a facilitated playgroup for children and their families.
  • Children will learn through play-based experiences that will take place in their local, community environments.
  • Engaging with Place is facilitated by a qualified early childhood or primary teacher and pre-service teachers from Victoria University.


May - 2, 9, 16, and 23.

August - 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 August with the final Tuesday 5 September.

Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre. 9.30am to 11.30am.

Altona North Community Library. 1pm to 3pm.