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LIBRS03021 Create By The Bay Web Banner PillowHobsons Bay Libraries is proud to present Create by the Bay. Following 17 years of creative expression and achievement from our annual writing and illustration competitions, this year we welcome entries in three categories: Creative Writing (short story, poetry, song-writing), Visual Creation (sculpture, collage, illustration) and Digital Creation (photography, digitally-created illustration).

Our expert panel of judges will be looking for entries that best creatively respond to the brief Our World, Our Future .

The competition will culminate in an exhibition night at the Williamstown Town Hall on Thursday 3 September. Join us as we celebrate our young creators’ achievements with the launch of the Create by the Bay 2020 exhibition and Our World, Our Future anthology.

Conditions of entry can be viewed here. With over $3,000 in cash and other prizes on offer, as well as the chance to have your work published by Hobsons Bay Libraries, don’t miss out!

Entries open: Monday 30 March
Entries close: Sunday 12 July
Exhibition night: Thursday 3 September

Enter now!


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konikaEarly years programs

For infants and young children up to five years old.

Baby Bounce,  Wriggle and Read and Storytime sessions are rotated throughout our library branches. 

Please note: Sessions are run only during school terms.

Download the 2020 program timetable.


Early Years 2020 table


CKC imageCreative Kids Club

Creative Kids Club is a drop-in after-school session for primary school kids offering a range of STEAM-Focused activities such as craft, construction, science, robotics and more!

Runs weekly during school term. Sessions do not require bookings.

For kids 5 to 12 years.

3.45pm to 4.45pm

Mondays - Altona North Community Library
Tuesdays - Newport Community Hub and Altona Library
Tuesdays - Altona Library
Wednesdays - Williamstown Library
Fridays - Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre

Download the timetable.

growyourreadersmallGrow your reader

In 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.

For full information and pre-natal information sessions, check the Grow your reader page.