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1000 Books Banner resize1000 Books before School

1000 Books before School is now 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

This competition has now closed. Make sure you have booked into the awards night and celebrate your writing efforts with our special guest, Andy Griffiths! 


Awards Night

Andy Griffith, co-author of the Treehouse and author of the Just! series, will be our special guest for our awards night! He'll be helping us celebrate Hobsons Bay's young writers in what will be a fun night.

Thursday 8 June

6.30pm to 7.30pm

Newport Community Hub




Rotary Summer Writing Prize  friends of the library logo


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.