konikaEarly years programs

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. Face-to-face programs will resume across all Hobsons Bay Libraries branches from March 2021. You can also join our virtual Stay-at-Home Storytime and Baby Bounce sessions from home.

We are taking precautions to help us stay COVID-safe, and places at our face-to-face sessions will be limited to help us maintain social distancing requirements. 

Bookings are required for all Baby Bounce and Storytime sessions. Please visit the What's On page to register.

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

Baby Bounce

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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 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.

Baby Bounce Timetable Term One 2021 V2















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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.

Storytime Timetable Term One 2021

















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, check the Grow Your Reader page.

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!