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iMotion imageApril School Holiday Program

It's Active April!

Come along and get active these April school holidays! Get your mind and body moving with belly dancing, iMotion film making, Augmented Reality 3D colouring, family friendly games, Minecraft, Lego activities and more.

Check out the full program here. Bookings essential. 



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 summer writing prize has returned with a new look.

Write by the Bay is the revamped Prep to Year 12 writing prize. Along with our usual categories of poetry and short story, there is also an exciting new category - songwriting! If you're a budding lyricist, now is your time to shine.

Write by the Bay runs from Wednesday 1 February until Tuesday 18 April. The new competition timeframe (Term one instead of the summer holidays) makes room for creative writing workshops at your school led by one of our librarians. Please book us in for a visit.

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

Bookings now open.

Download the entry form and conditions of entry.

Submit your entry for Write by the Bay 2017.


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.