Kids Online Hub

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

Ask a librarian Early years programming Primary Years programming Stay-at-Home Creative Kids Extra resources

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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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Early years programming

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. 

We would love to see you and your kids enjoying our virtual storytelling sessions. When sharing your photos, be sure to tag #HBLstorytime! 

Baby Bounce

Join us at 10.30am every Wednesday morning for a new Baby Bounce video. Baby Bounce is a music and movement based storytime session for carers and their prewalking babies, featuring simple tips and techniques to support your child's early literacy skill development. Watch here.

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Storytime

Tune in every Tuesday at 10.30am for a Stay-at-Home Storytime session with your favourite Hobsons Bay librarians. Join us for stories and songs, and watch out for special guest appearances from Homegrown Hobsons Bay authors and family pets! You can now also join us on Thursdays at 10.30am for SENSORY storytime, where we explore ways to engage your child in storytelling through sensory experiences. Watch here. 

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Grow your reader: reading to babies with Claire Saxby

Celebrated local children's author, Claire Saxby, 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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Tiny Artists Online

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Delivered as part of Hobsons Bay Libraries’ Grow your Reader initiative, enjoy creating at home in this virtual class designed for 1-5 year olds. We will guide you and your little artists on a creating journey that links to our tiny ones' worlds through drawing, painting and crafting.

All you will need are some everyday art supplies like:

  • Paper or cardboard
  • Crayons
  • Paints 
  • Coloured pencils 
  • Textas 

Bookings for these sessions are essential, as you will receive an email with the event link on the morning of the event. Follow the links below to register for each session.

We'd love to see photos of your creations! Don't forget to share your photos and tag #HBLCreativeKids

Upcoming dates:
Monday 17 August
Monday 24 August
Monday 7 September
Monday 14 September

Primary years programming

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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 12 August, 4pm to 5pm. In this session, we'll be exploring Myths and LegendsFrom fairy tales to Greek myths, Ancient Egypt to King Arthur, there are so many wonderful stories to share!

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

Next event: Wednesday 12 August, 4pm-5pm
Theme: Myths and Legends
Register HERE
Discussion questions: Click HERE to access discussion questions and further resources for this session.

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Creative Kids Club
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Creative Kids Club has gone digital! Join your favourite Hobsons Bay librarians in the virtual world and try your hand at a range of STEAM-based activities and ideas in this fun, interactive program for 5-12 year olds.

Join us for our next live event on Wednesday 19 August where we'll be getting creative with a LEGO challenge

Next event: Wednesday 19 August, 4pm-4.45pm
Theme: LEGO challenge
Register HERE
Required materials: Click HERE to a list of resources you will need to join in this activity.

Let’s get creative! 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. You can also download the PDF instructions from the links below.

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 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!
  • 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.