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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.


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Mark your calendars to get your entry for Drawn by the Bay illustration competition which opens Monday 7 August.

Be in the ‘draw’ to win one of the biggest western suburbs art prizes. Young illustrators (prep to year 12) who live or study in Hobsons Bay or who are Hobsons Bay Libraries members are invited to enter their original artwork, using any medium and inspired by a book of their choice, into the competition.

Celebrating the 10th year in 2017 this is your chance to win over $1000 worth of cash and other prizes, including having your work published in an anthology along with the Write by the Bay winners.

Entry forms and competition terms and conditions can be downloaded online or picked up from any Hobsons Bay Libraries branch from Monday 7 August.

Categories by age:
Grade 1 and 2
Grade 3 and 4
Grade 5 and 6
Year 7 to 9
Year 10 to 12
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Entries open: Monday 7 August
Entries close: Saturday 7 October

Download the entry form.

Winners will be announced at the awards night on Thursday 16 November at Laverton Community Hub, with special guest illustrator Elise Hurst.



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.


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.