Regular Programs

Programs for Children

Programs for Youth

Programs for All Ages

COVID-19 update: Face-to-face library events are returning to branches! While some events will continue online, from Monday 1 March we will be offering a number of in-person programs across our branches. We’re taking precautions to help us stay COVID-Safe including reducing capacity numbers at events. Bookings are required and must be made in advance for all events to support social distancing and contact tracing requirements. Visit the What's On page to view our full calendar of upcoming events and book your place.

For more information about library services during COVID-19, click 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.

Face-to-face Baby Bounce sessions will resume across all Hobsons Bay Libraries branches from March 2021. We are taking precautions to help us stay COVID-safe, and places will be limited to help us maintain social distancing requirements. Bookings are required for all Baby Bounce sessions. Please visit the What's On page to register. Sessions will also continue to run online for those who prefer to join in the fun from home.

Baby Bounce Timetable Term One 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wriggle and Read

konikaActive literacy for toddlers.

30 minutes of jiggling, wriggling, singing and reading, designed to model playbased literacy and numeracy strategies for carers and their energetic toddlers.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Wriggle and Read will NOT run until further notice. 

 

Storytime

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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.

Face-to-face Storytime sessions will resume across all Hobsons Bay Libraries branches from March 2021. We are taking precautions to help us stay COVID-safe, and places will be limited to help us maintain social distancing requirements. Bookings are required for all Storytime sessions. Please visit the What's On page to register. Sessions will also continue to run online for those who prefer to join in the fun from home.

Storytime Timetable Term One 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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!

  

English Conversation Club 2021English Conversation Club

Would you like to practice your English in a relaxed setting and make new friends? Join our English Conversation Club!

English Conversation Club is a great way to meet people and enjoy conversations on a range of topics. Sessions are free, morning tea is provided, and everyone is welcome including children.

Sessions will run weekly during school term, resuming Monday 8 February 2021. 

Where: Laverton Community Hub, 95-100 Railway Avenue
When:
Mondays 10.00am to 11.30am

Bookings required. Visit the What's On page to register for upcoming events.

 

English Conversation Class

Note: due to COVID-19 restrictions, the English Conversation Class will NOT run until further notice. 

Is English your new language? Come and improve your speaking at the weekly Conversation Class hosted by the Hobsons Bay Refugee Network. This is a free class, with tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

Where: Altona Library 
When: Mondays, 1pm to 3pm (excluding school and public holidays)
Contact: Jill MacKenzie 0439 994 705 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Joe Pellone 0431 915 970 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Heritage Help

heritage helpNew to family history or interested in Local history? Would like a few pointers to get started?

We can point you in the right direction with principles of family research and a range of helpful resources. Why not book a 30-minute one-on-one introductory session with a member of the heritage team?

Where: Williamstown Library
Bookings: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 1300 462 542.

  

Book Groups

Do you want to make time for reading and socializing? Being part of a Book Group is a wonderful way to connect with other readers, spend time with friends, dissect books, find new good reads as well as re-visit old favourites.

Find out more.

 

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Whatever you like to read, we'd love to hear about it! Check out the newest items in our library collection and share your reading recommendations. 

Let's Talk Books is returning to Altona Library from Wednesday 3 March 2021!

Where: Altona Library 
When: 10.30am to 11.30am, on the first Wednesday of every month
Bookings: Visit the What's On page to register for upcoming sessions.

   

Novel Saturdays

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Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Novel Saturdays will NOT run until further notice.

For all unpublished writers of fiction, non-fiction and memoir. Join us at Novel Saturdays for some focused writing time in a friendly environment. Each session will begin with a

short discussion on a writing topic, followed by free time to get some words on paper.

Please note that this is a supported writing group, and not a workshop or class.

  

jpJustice of the Peace

Please note, due to COVID-19 restrictions, our Justice of the Peace service is unavailable until further notice.

A Justice of the Peace will be available to the community:

Where: Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre
When:
Wednesdays 12.30pm to 2pm
Bookings not required. 

  

Fabled Nights in Newport

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Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Fabled Nights in Newport is currently suspended until further notice.

Fabled Nights in Newport is an open-hearted space for people who want to learn to craft and tell true and traditional stories, heart to heart and without notes.  Beginners and experienced storytellers are welcome. We ask that stories be no longer than 10 minutes, give or take. Listeners welcome. 

Fabled Nights in Newport is hosted by Storytelling Australia VictoriaCost: $5.00 or $3.00 (Storytelling Victoria and Newport Fiddle and Folk Club members). No bookings required.

Where: Newport Community Hub
When: 7.30pm to 10pm

For enquiries on Fabled Nights in Newport, contact Storytelling Australia Victoria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.