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.

Extended Family Storytime - Share your snaps to win!

Claire Saxby

To celebrate this month's Hobsons Bay Senior's Festival, you’re invited to join us for a very special storytime with guest presenter and local author, Claire Saxby.

Our Extended Family Storytime video is available HERE on our YouTube channel, where you can watch at any time. Organise a FaceTime or Zoom session and invite a family member to watch the video at the same time as you to make your viewing a shared experience.

Click HERE to watch the video. Grown ups, skip ahead to 2 mins 45s for some clever tips on how to read to children across the airwaves from local author, Claire Saxby. Or, jump to 11 mins 15 sec to start the Storytime fun!

Share a photo of your little ones and their special family members watching the session together for your chance to win a prize pack! Email your pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or share on social media by tagging #HBLstorytime.


5 lucky winners will receive a gift pack with two copies of 5 picture books - one copy for you to keep and one to send to a family member - so you can share in the love of reading together, apart.

Please note the following conditions of entry:


Create by the Bay 2020 VIRTUAL exhibition


Following 17 years of creative expression and achievement through Hobsons Bay Libraries annual writing and illustration competitions, in 2020 we introduced Create by the Bay and welcomed entries in three categories

Young creators (Prep to Year 12) who live or study in Hobsons Bay or who are Hobsons Bay Libraries members were invited to enter their original creations reflecting the theme 'Our World, Our Future'. Due to current circumstances, we were unable to hold our presentation night as planned, so instead we have collated the entries into an online exhibition which can be accessed by clicking HERE or on the picture above. Congratulations to our winners and to all our amazing young artists who entered this year's competition.

Controls: Use the left and right arrows at the bottom of the exhibition to navigate, or click on the sections that interest you. If you'd like to get a closer look at an image, use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in. To enlarge the exhibition, click the Prezi button in the lower right-hand corner.

Thank you to the Friends of Altona Libraries and Friends of Williamstown and Newport Libraries for their ongoing support.

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Early years programming

Wriggle and Read small

Baby Bounce, Wriggle and Read and Storytime have moved from a pre-recorded format to a live virtual experience! Join your favourite Hobsons Bay librarians on Zoom where we’ll be waiting to answer your questions and take your song requests. These fun and interactive sessions will be filled with lots of reading, singing and dancing for all to enjoy from the comfort of home!

Bookings are required for each session and registrants will be emailed a link to join the event via Zoom prior to each session. Dates and booking information can be found below.

If you have missed any of our pre-recorded Storytime or Baby Bounce sessions, don’t worry, you can catch up and view these videos any time by visiting our YouTube channel.

Our Librarians are missing you all so much and we would love to see you and your kids enjoying our virtual storytelling sessions. When sharing your photos on social media, be sure to tag #HBLstorytime so that we can see the joy on your little ones' faces!

Baby Bounce

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

Upcoming dates - click through to register:

Wriggle & Read

Join us online at 10.30am every Tuesday for Wriggle and Read. These sessions are full of jiggling, wriggling, singing and reading, designed to model play-based literacy and numeracy learning for energetic toddlers and their carers.

Upcoming dates - click through to register:

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Tune in every Thursday at 10.30am for Stay-at-Home Storytime with your favourite Hobsons Bay librarians via Zoom. Storytime encourages imagination, socialisation and a life-long love of books and libraries. Catch up on previous episodes here.

Upcoming dates - click through to register:

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:

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 - click through to register:

Primary years programming

Family Book Club: Down the Rabbit Hole
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 4 November, 4pm to 5pm. This week, we're journeying down the rabbit hole and exploring the weird and wacky world of Alice in Wonderland! Click HERE to download the discussion questions and further resources for this session.

Next event: Wednesday 4 November, 4pm-5pm
Theme: Down the Rabbit Hole (Alice in Wonderland)
Register HERE

Stay-at-Home Creative Kids

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Stay at Home Creative Kids Club

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 28 October. In this session, we'll be making 3D word sculptures!

Next event: Wednesday 28 October, 4pm-4.45pm
Theme: 3D Name Sculptures
Bookings: HERE
Resources: Click HERE to download the instructions and a list of required materials.

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

Corner Bookmarks
Dish Soap Science
Plastic Bottle Science
Ooblek Slime

Straw Spinners

Hobsons Bay Libraries custom colouring sheets

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.

Ask a librarian 

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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.