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KEQ webKid explorer quest

Do you love reading?

Do you love adventures?

Then get ready for our summer reading challenge, Kid Explorer Quest!

Primary-aged children are invited to join us on an adventure to find five lost dinosaurs. Read five books over summer and complete the five quests to locate the missing beasts.

Grab your Kid Explorer Quest at your local Hobsons Bay Libraries branch, register online and you're on your way. Only the bravest, wisest explorers will be able to complete these roarsome challenges.

Make sure you drop your completed entry form and quest map into your nearest library to be in the draw to win one of five prize packs.

Want more chances to win? Can't stop reading? Pick up an extra reading sheet at the library. Every five books you read gets you another entry into the prize draw.

Check out the Summer School Holiday program for more dinosaur action in your libraries' in January.

Kid Explorer Quest runs from Friday 1 December to Wednesday 31 January.

Register here.

Hint: are you a little bit stuck on quest 4? Try looking around in the children's e-resources.


School Holiday Program 2018 web bannerSummer school holiday program

Monday 8 January to Thursday 25 January.

There is so much to do during these school holidays as we welcome in the new year and embrace the summer holidays. There is drop-in craft and LEGO sessions, sensory play, games afternoon and even a Mad Hatter Tea Party. For the older kids, we have Intro to 3D design, build your own computer, crash course in coding and Minecraft with a Star Wars map.  To view the entire program, click here or download the brochure. 

Please note: the regular children’s programs - RhymetimeWriggle and ReadStorytime and Chess Club are run during school term only. Regular early year sessions will resume on Monday 5 February 2018.

Bookings now open for all our sessions.

Download the brochure. 


Storytime in the park

It's back! Our summer series of storytime in the park and gardens will be returning for another season. Join us for songs, stories and craft activities in the beautiful parks and gardens of Hobsons Bay.

Please bring a picnic rug and a hat as we celebrate summer and share our love of books and the great outdoors.

Please check the poster for all the dates and locations. 


1000 Books before School

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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.

Please note: these sessions are run only during school terms.

Our regular Children's programs will finish on Saturday 16 December 2017 and resume on Monday 5 February 2018 at all library branches.

Meanwhile, be sure to check out our wide range of children's activities for the summer holidays.



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.




Drawn By The Bay

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Congratulations to all the entrants in Drawn by the Bay 2017! For the list of winners, please head along to this page.

People's Choice is now open for your votes. Vote for your favourite artwork amongst the winners here. Remember - you can only vote once overall.

To see the artworks in person, check out the travel dates for each branch.