Regular Programs

Programs for Children

Programs for Youth

Programs for All Ages

COVID-19 update: Face-to-face library events are returning to 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. 

 

Programs for Children

Baby Bounce term 2 2021 timetableBaby Bounce

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 designed for children aged 0-12 months and runs for approximately 30 minutes. Sessions run during school terms only.

Please note: As part of our commitment to keeping COVID-safe, we are limiting places at Baby Bounce to allow for social distancing. Bookings are required for all sessions and will open one week before each event. Please visit the What's On page to register.

 

 

 

 

 

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In Term 2 2021, Baby Bounce is on the move and popping up in various locations around Hobsons Bay!

Join our children’s librarians for a gentle
session of stories, songs and rhymes
designed to spark a love of literacy-based learning. 

Pop up Baby Bounce sessions will run on Tuesdays from 10am to 10.30am.

Bookings will open one week before each session. Visit the What's On page to register.

Altona North Community Library
Tuesday 15 June

Laverton Community Children's Centre
15 Crown Street, Laverton
Tuesday 22 June

South Kingsville Community Centre
43 Paxton Street, South Kingsville
Tuesday 1 June

Spotswood Community House
598 Melbourne Road, Spotswood
Tuesday 8 June

 

Wriggle and Read

Active literacy for toddlers.

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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. 

Wriggle and Read sessions are all about movement. With social distancing requirements still in place, it is not possible for us to run programs like this right now. While we’re working to keep everyone COVID-Safe, we have altered our Early Years programs to make sure no one misses out on the fun! Wriggle and Read regulars are encouraged to try out Storytime sessions until we can bring back Wriggle and Read in a COVID-safe way.

 

Storytime term 2 2021 timetableStorytime

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. Sessions run during school terms only.

Please note: 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 and will open one week before each event. Please visit the What's On page to register.

 

 

 

Programs for Youth

Creative Kids Club term 2 2021 timetable

Creative Kids Club

Creative Kids Club is a drop-in after-school session for primary school kids. Explore various themes and get stuck into papercraft, construction, problem-solving and more!

This term, we are offering two kinds of Creative Kids Club sessions:

  • Classic Mode takes on construction, craft and creative play.
  • In StoryArt, we’ll be reading stories and exploring them through art.

Creative Kids Club is aimed at children aged 5-12 years old.

Please note: 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 Creative Kids Club sessions.

All sessions 3:45pm to 4:45pm (excluding school and public holidays).

 

Programs for all ages  

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

Is English your second language? Come along and practice speaking English in this weekly Conversation Class hosted by the Hobsons Bay Refugee Network. This is a free class with light refreshments 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.

 

Books tea and cakeLet's talk books

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. 

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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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.

Where: Altona North Community Library
When: One Saturday per month, 1.30pm to 3.30pm 
Bookings: Visit the What's On page to register for upcoming sessions.

  

Hand holding pen signing a documentJustice of the Peace

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.