Kids Online Hub

Welcome to the Kids Online Hub where you can access the library's regular junior programs and the latest library news for kids! Be sure to check back regularly for new content or to revisit your favourites.

Ask a librarian Early years programming Primary Years programming Extra resources


Early years programming

Wriggle and Read small

For infants and young children up to five years old.

We are so excited to welcome children and their families back into our libraries for Baby Bounce and Storytime sessions. Things might look a little bit different to what you’re used to, but we are doing everything to stay COVID-Safe.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Bookings are required for all sessions. You must book for all participants aged over 12 months.
  • Bookings open at the beginning of each month.
  • Social distancing rules are still in place, so places will be limited.
  • Adults and anyone aged 12+ must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth for the whole session.
  • Please arrive early so that you can be checked in before the session begins.
  • If you can’t attend, please cancel so that someone else can come along.

Don’t forget that you can still join into our virtual Stay-at-Home Storytime and Baby Bounce sessions from home. More information below.

 
Baby Bounce Timetable Term One 2021Baby Bounce

A music, movement and simple story-based session for carers and their pre-walking babies. Especially designed to empower carers with fun techniques for supporting baby’s development. 

Baby Bounce is for children aged 0-12 months.

Face-to-face Baby Bounce sessions will resume across all Hobsons Bay Libraries branches from March 2021. We are taking precautions to help us stay COVID-safe, and places will be limited to help us maintain social distancing requirements. Bookings are required for all Baby Bounce sessions. Please visit the What's On page to register.

 

 

 

  

Storytime Timetable Term One 2021

Storytime

Storytime encourages imagination, socialisation and a life-long love of books and libraries. Join us for stories, songs and rhymes that will take you on adventures, exploring the seasons, animals, the world around us and much, much more.

Storytime is suitable for children aged 1 to 5 years.

Face-to-face Storytime sessions will resume across all Hobsons Bay Libraries branches from March 2021. We are taking precautions to help us stay COVID-safe, and places will be limited to help us maintain social distancing requirements. Bookings are required for all Storytime sessions. Please visit the What's On page to register.

 

 

 

Primary years programming

Creative Kids Club

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Face-to-face Creative Kids Club sessions return from Monday 1 March! Until this time, sessions will continue to run online. Please read on for more information.

Drop-in to your local library and get your craft on after school. Each week we will be exploring different themes and trying our hands at a range of STEAM-based activities. Get stuck into papercraft, construction, problem-solving and more!

Creative Kids Club is aimed at 5-12 year old children

To help us stay COVID-Safe, please bring along your pencil case with colouring pencils, textas, scissors and glue. We will have limited craft supplies and will be practicing safe handling of materials.

Bookings are NOT required for face-to-face Creative Kids Club sessions.

All sessions 3:45pm to 4:45pm (excluding school and public holidays).

Mondays at Altona North Community Library
Tuesdays at Newport Community Hub
Wednesdays at Williamstown Library
Thursdays at Altona Library
Fridays at Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre

Remember to tag us in photos of your amazing creations with #HBLCreativeKids!

 

Extra resources

Our Creative Kids YouTube playlist has lots of great ideas for fun and crafty activities for you to enjoy at home. You can also download the PDF instructions from the links below.

Creative Creation Instructions

Hobsons Bay Libraries custom colouring sheets

Looking for more activities and resources to keep your children 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!
  • 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!

Ask a librarian 

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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. 

 

 

 

    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.