Grow your reader

growyourreadersmallIn 2020, Hobsons Bay Libraries is pleased to launch 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.

Grow your reader will:

  • Provide families with a New Baby Book Bag for every new birth in Hobsons Bay this year. Book Bags contain a free high quality board book, a helpful guide to build literacy in young children, and information about library membership and local early literacy programs;
  • Give children at their 2-and-3 year old Maternal and Child Health check-up their very own Library Book Bag. These bags contain a free book with accompanying learning activities, along with information for carers with key messages at this stage of their child’s language development.
  • Offer a series of parenting support programs throughout the year, including monthly pre-natal information sessions and regular literacy information sessions. Our goal is to help and support parents in their role as their child’s first teacher.

Babies Love Books

The joy and benefits of reading to your baby.

This library program is for new parents who participate in a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) New Parents Group. Sessions are run regularly across all branches for registered attendees only.

Further information about New Parents Groups.

Pre-natal information sessions

Grow Your Reader

Firstly, congratulations! What an exciting time ahead.

We invite you to take part in an information session to highlight the importance of reading to babies from day one (and even before!) Meet other expecting parents in the local area and get your soon-to-be little one’s library collection started with a free, specially selected board book to take home.

We can’t wait to meet you, as you embark on this next exciting chapter of your life, and look forward to welcoming you into to one of our branches very soon.

Thursday 30 July | 6.30pm to 7.30pm | Library at Newport Community Hub | Bookings

Thursday 24 September | 6.30pm to 7.30pm | Altona North Community Library | Bookings

Thursday 26 November | 6.30pm to 7.30pm | Altona Library | Bookings

Early Literacy Parenting Sessions

Grow Your Reader

Hobsons Bay Libraries presents a series of parenting early literacy support sessions, where an expert facilitator is engaged to provide an information session to support the early literacy development of the children of Hobsons Bay.

Check back in for event details, or sign up to Hobsons Bay Libraries’ eNewsletter to be the first in the know.