Kids Online Hub

Welcome to the Kids Online Hub where you'll be able to access the library's regular junior program delivered virtually. Be sure to check back regularly for new content or to revisit your favourite.

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Just Launched: Winter School Holiday Program

School Holiday Program

Monday 29 June to Saturday 11 July 2020

Staying home doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected and get creative these school holidays! Hobsons Bay Libraries is pleased to present our first-ever virtual winter school holiday program with a series of virtual workshops and shows.

Click here for full program information and booking details

This year, we also have a range of take-home craft and activity kits available for collection in branch or added to your Book a Book home delivery, with accompanying instructional videos created by your favourite librarians to be watched whenever you like from home!

There are five take-home kits, including:

  • Create your own Snow Globe: Make any picture magical with a ‘Create Your Own Snow Globe’ kit. The perfect activity for this chilly winter!
  • Make your own Slime: This non-toxic, kid-safe, ‘Make your own Slime’ Kit produces the ultimate slime - not too wet and not too sticky!
  • DIY Fabric Emoji Pillow: Prepare yourself for fun. This pillow comes packaged with hundreds of pieces of fabric which you push (with a special craft pen) through the numbered holes in the pillow.
  • Superhero Felt Mask: Every superhero needs a mask to disguise their real identity. Design and create your very own super hero mask - it's time to show the world your super powers!
  • Pom Pom Pandemonium: Everyone loves pom poms! Simple to make and loads of fluffy fun, these kits will get you hooked on creating with yarn.

Please note the following conditions:

  • All kits are now sold out
  • Kits are only available for home delivery for Hobsons Bay residents
  • A maximum of 6 kits may be reserved per household 
  • You must be a Hobsons Bay Libraries member to reserve a kit

All activity kits have now sold out. For more information about our kits, and to find the instructional videos, click here

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We are so impressed with the parents, carers and teachers who have stepped up to support their child/ren in schooling from home. We know it’s not easy deciphering all the information out there, and as information specialists, we realised we could help! 

Want advice on where to find reputable research information? Did your child love reading Andy Griffiths’ Treehouse series, but you’re not sure what to read next? Perhaps you want some creative ideas on how to engage your child in learning about the solar system?? 

Send us an email with your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll help wherever we can. 

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All new videos are posted up on our YouTube and Facebook pages. To receive notifications or reminders when new videos are up, be sure to subscribe to either our YouTube page or the Facebook event listings. 

Be sure to tag #HBLstorytime! We would love to see you and your kids enjoying our virtual storytelling sessions.

Baby Bounce

Join us at 10.30am every Wednesday morning when we release a new Baby Bounce video. A music, movement and simple storybased session for carers and their prewalking babies. Watch here.

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Storytime

Tune in weekly every Tuesday and Thursday at 10.30am for a Stay-at-Home Storytime session with your favourite Hobsons Bay librarians. Join us for stories, songs and watch out for special guest appearances from Homegrown Hobsons Bay authors and family pets! Watch here.

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Grow your reader: reading to babies with Claire Saxby

Claire Saxby, celebrated local children's author truly understands the importance of reading with young babies. Claire shares her skill as a story-teller, demonstrating how to engage your baby in the wonder of books. Perfect for new parents and parents-to-be.

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Primary years programming

Stay at Home Book Club Session 5: The Cat in the HatStay-at-home Family Book Club

Introducing an exciting new addition, a Stay-At-Home Family Book Club! Aimed at 8-12 year old children and their families, Stay-At-Home Family Book Club offers a virtual space for parents, children and the library to connect and share a love for some amazing books!

Tune in for our next live event, on Wednesday 1 July, 4pm to 5pm. Our theme will be Dr Seuss's much-loved classic, The Cat in the Hat.

Register below to recieve your virtual invitation to the conversation. Let’s get reading!

Family Book Club: Wednesday 1 July, 4pm-5pm
Theme: The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
Register HERE
Discussion questions: Click HERE to access discussion questions and further resources for this session.

Stay-at-Home Creative Kids

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Hobsons Bay Libraries is proud to present Create by the Bay. This year we welcome entries in three categories: Creative Writing (short story, poetry, song-writing), Visual Creation (sculpture, collage, illustration) and Digital Creation (photography, digitally-created illustration).

Our expert panel of judges will be looking for entries that best creatively respond to the brief Our World, Our Future. Conditions of entry can be viewed here. With over $3,000 in cash and other prizes on offer, as well as the chance to have your work published by Hobsons Bay Libraries, don’t miss out!

Entries close: Sunday 12 July
Exhibition night: Thursday 3 September

Enter now!

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Creative Kids Club

Creative Kids Club is going digital! Check back regularly as we upload a range of STEAM-based activity videos and ideas in this fun, play-based learning space. Remember to tag us in photos of your amazing creations with #HBLCreativeKids

Our Creative Kids YouTube playlist has lots of great ideas for fun and crafty activities for you to enjoy at home. In our latest video, our Children's team show you how create a long-distance paper aeroplane! You can also download the PDF instructions for lots of other fun activities from the links below.

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CREATIVE CREATION INSTRUCTIONS

Chromatography
Corner Bookmarks
Dish Soap Science
Plastic Bottle Science
Ooblek Slime

Straw Spinners

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Extra resources

Looking for more activities and resources to keep your child/ren engaged? We’ve gathered some of our favourite digital resources in one place so you don’t have to go hunting!

Please note all links will take you to external, non-affiliated websites.

  • Big Bluey fans in your household?? Penguin Publishers have composed a Bluey and Bob Bilby Activity Pack to keep your littlies entertained!
  • National Simultaneous Storytime is coming up! Get in the mood with diva chickens, Whitney and Britney, with this amazing activity pack that’s sure to add a little pizazz to your day!
  • Are you ready for hands-on Museum fun from the comfort of your home? Explore the range of family-friendly activities inspired by items in Museums Victoria's collections and exhibitions from our friends at Scienceworks in Seddon!
  • Local Hobsons Bay creatives, Kel and her clever kids from Melbourne Minor, have so many great ideas for fun activities you can do from home. Follow their Facebook page here.
  • Zoos Victoria have brought the Zoo to you at home with 24/7 live-stream animal videos from inside the enclosures as well as recorded keeper talks to wow your little (and big!) animal enthusiasts!
  • We are so impressed with the parents, carers and teachers who have stepped up to support their child/ren in schooling from home. We know it’s not easy deciphering all the information out there, and as information specialists, we realised we could help!

    Want advice on where to find reputable research information? Did your child love reading Andy Griffiths’ Treehouse series, but you’re not sure what to read next? Perhaps you want some creative ideas on how to engage your child in learning about the solar system??
    Send us an email with your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll help wherever we can.