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.

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Tuesday 6 April to Sunday 11 July 2021

Create by the Bay is a creative arts competition which is open to young creators from Prep to Year 12 who live or study in Hobsons Bay. Our expert panel of judges will be looking for entries that best creatively respond to the theme Silver Linings.

This year's competition will accept entries in two categories:

Creative Writing: short story, lyrics and poetry.
Visual Creation: illustration, sculpture, collage, photography and digitally-created images.

This is your chance to win some fantastic prizes, as well as the opportunity to have your work exhibited in Hobsons Bay! Click HERE to find out more on how you can enter.

This competition is sponsored by the Friends of Williamstown of Williamstown and Newport Libraries and the Friends of Altona Libraries.

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 Early years programming

Wriggle and Read small

For infants and young children up to five years old.

Returning for Term 2 from Monday 19 April.

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:

  • Places at each session will be limited to help us maintain social distancing.

  • Bookings are required for all sessions. In your booking, please remember to include yourself and your child (if aged over 12 months) as well as any other adults that may be attending with you. Unfortunately, we cannot accept guests without a booking.

  • Based on your feedback last term, we’ve made some changes to our registration process. Bookings will now open one in advance via the library website. These will be accessible via the What's On page.

  • If you have booked but can no longer attend, please give us a call on 1300 462 542 or reply to your confirmation email to let us know.

  • Please arrive a few minutes early so that you can be checked in before the session begins.

  • In line with current government advice, face masks are no longer required. However, you may continue to wear a mask if you choose.

Find more information on Hobsons Bay Libraries' COVID-safe measures, here.


Baby Bounce term 2 2021 timetableBaby Bounce

Sowing the seeds of literacy.

A music, movement and simple storybased session for carers and their prewalking babies. Especially designed to empower carers with fun techniques for supporting baby’s development.

Baby Bounce is designed for children aged 0-12 months and runs for approximately 30 minutes.

Please note: Sessions run during school terms only. Bookings are essential for all sessions. Please visit the What's On page to register.


Pop-up Baby Bounce

In Term 2 2021, Baby Bounce is on the move and popping up in various locations around Hobsons Bay!

Join our children’s librarians for a gentle
session of stories, songs and rhymes
designed to spark a love of literacy-based learning. 

Pop up Baby Bounce sessions will run on Tuesdays from 10am to 10.30am.

Bookings will open one week before each session. Visit the What's On page to register.

Altona North Community Library
Corner Millers and McArthurs Roads, Altona North
Tuesday 18 May
Tuesday 15 June

Laverton Community Children's Centre
15 Crown Street, Laverton
Tuesday 25 May
Tuesday 22 June

South Kingsville Community Centre
43 Paxton Street, South Kingsville
Tuesday 1 June

Spotswood Community House
598 Melbourne Road, Spotswood
Tuesday 11 May
Tuesday 8 June



Storytime term 2 2021 timetable

Learn the love of books.

Storytime encourages imagination, socialisation and a life-long love of books and libraries, while preparing preschool-aged children and their carers for the routines of kinder and school.

Storytime is for children aged 1-5 years and runs for approximately 30 minutes.

Please note: Sessions run during school terms only. Bookings are required for all sessions. Please visit the What's On page to register.







Grow your reader


In 2020, Hobsons Bay Libraries launched Grow Your Reader, an early literacy initiative to assist families to build a love of books and reading for their children from birth to 3 years. Sharing stories, conversation and songs with young children from birth is proven to set them up for future success – it’s also fun and creates strong, healthy bonds. This project will have numerous avenues to help support the early literacy development of the Hobsons Bay community.

For full information and pre-natal information sessions, visit the Grow Your Reader page.




Primary years programming

Creative Kids Club

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Creative Kids Club is a drop-in after-school session for primary school kids. Explore various themes and get stuck into papercraft, construction, problem-solving and more!

This term, we are offering two kinds of Creative Kids Club sessions:

  • Classic Mode takes on construction, craft and creative play.
  • In StoryArt, we’ll be reading stories and exploring them through art.

Creative Kids Club is aimed at children aged 5-12 years old.

Creative Kids Club term 2 2021 timetable

Please note: 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 Creative Kids Club sessions.

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

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

For more ideas, activities and crafts you can do at home, check out our Creative Kids playlist on the Hobsons Bay Libraries YouTube channel.


Ask a librarian

Ask a librarian

Need advice on where to find reputable study materials, or just looking for a book recommendation for your kids? Our Children’s Librarians are always happy to help! Email your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.