Children's Programs

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COVID-19 Update: We're pleased to announce the re-opening of our library branches from Monday 25 October! All programming will remain online for now, explore our range online offerings below, on the Online Programs page and on our What's On Calendar.

Newcastle Libraries hosts a range of face-to-face and online activities to engage and inspire your little ones. From Rock n Rhyme to workshops and Lego Club challenges, we have something for everyone! Check out the different options below.

Children's Programs

Australia Reads is on a mission to get more people reading more books, more often. Join Cheryl as she reads some very special stories.
 

Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books. Using stories, songs, rhymes, dancing, music and toys this fun series of four workshops runs over four weeks. Baby Book Time will provide you with the tools and resources to nurture your child's love of reading. This program includes time to chat to other new parents and for your child to enjoy age-appropriate toys.

Ages: For babies aged 0-12 months

Newcastle (City) Library sessions:

February: Wednesdays 2, 9, 16, 23 February -11:00am-12:00pm

March: Wednesdays 2, 9, 16, 23 March -11:00am-12:00pm

Book Tickets

Wallsend Library sessions:

February: Tuesdays 1, 8, 15, 22 February -11:00am-12:00pm

March: Tuesdays 1, 8, 15, 22 March -11:00am-12:00pm

Book Tickets

Baby Book Time - Online Sessions

Our 4 week program designed especially for babies aged 0-12 months available online! Introduce your baby to a love of reading, rhymes and music and learn all about how to stimulate your baby's development in this fun 20 minute session. Enjoy nurturing your child's love of reading anywhere, anytime!

You can't make it into the branches for Crafternoon these days, but don't worry we will bring Crafternoons to you! Check out our virtual sessions with Sally.  Crafternoons are where you can show off your creativity with weekly art and craft fun, including STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) activities. Suitable for ages 5 - 12.

Instructions: session 1 (PDF); session 2 (PDF); session 3 (PDF); session 4 (PDF); session 5 (PDF); session 6 (PDF); session 7 (PDF)

Join award winning illustrator Liz Anelli as she reads from her picture books, shares secret art tips and then demonstrates a creative art challenge that you can try at home.

Desert Lake Workshop Instructions (PDF);  One Photo Workshop Instructions (PDF); Howzat Workshop Instructions (PDF); Grace and Katie Workshop Instructions (PDF); Ten Pound Pom Workshop (PDF); Maddie's First Day Workshop (PDF)

Jessica, Lucy and Evelyn asked author Tim Harris all the hard-hitting questions when he visited Newcastle Libraries.

Want to hear more tips and trick from Tim Harris? Visit Primary Writers for loads of ideas and activities to take your creative writing to the next level.

LEGO® Club Online

Enjoy our collection of LEGO® challenge videos, fun for all ages and a great project for the kids to do with adults. Grab a bucket load of LEGO®, select your challenge below and get building!

A hugely popular, fun-filled 4-session science program hosted by Newcastle Libraries is now available online! Young children are already great scientists without even knowing it. This hands-on program combines everyday objects and experiences with genuine scientific enquiry methods that children and their accompanying adults will thoroughly enjoy. A different program is presented in each of the sessions. A parent or carer is required to participate with the children in these sessions. Ages 4 – 8.

Join Jess Black and Ed Wright from Black and Wright, as they dare your imagination with wild and crazy creative writing challenges.

Rainbow Families Storytime - Online sessions

Replacing our popular in-person sessions, we now have an online glitter-filled Storytime extravaganza with Newcastle's own Timberlina! Families are invited to join in the all singing, dancing, and storytelling fun, celebrating our city’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Enjoy songs, nursery rhymes, dancing, music, stories and lots of fun! These action- packed sessions are perfect for developing the early literacy skills of children aged 0-3.

Newcastle (City) Library sessions:

Mondays: 31 January - 4 April 2022, 10-10:30am

Fridays: 4 February - 8 April 2022, 10-10:30am

Book tickets

Wallsend Library sessions:

Wednesdays: 2 February - 6 April 2022, 10-10:30am

Thursdays: 3 February - 7 April 2022, 10-10:30am

Book tickets

Rock n Rhyme - Online sessions:

Join all your favourite library friends for Rock n Rhyme Online! We'll be singing songs, dancing together and giving you some great activity ideas to keep the fun going at home. These action packed sessions are perfect for children age 0 - 3. So grab a scarf (or a tea towel!) to dance with and enjoy!

Access the wonderful world of Australian children's literature through film. Providing a vibrant, interactive experience through a range of everyday and extraordinary storytellers. Listen to Andy Griffith read you his The 39-Storey Treehouse or Nick Cave lend his voice to The Ghost of Annabel SpoonStory Box Library is compatible with mobile devices, perfect for families 'on the go'.

Stomp your way through a weekly fun themed session of stories, songs, games and craft developed to stimulate, engage and grow the minds of 3–5 year old's.

Newcastle (City) Library sessions:

Tuesdays: 1 February - 5 April 2022, 11:00-11:45am

Book Tickets

Wallsend Library sessions:

Thursdays: 3 February - 7 April 2022, 11:00-11:45am

Book Tickets

Story Stomp - Online sessions

Watch our very special Story Stomp series, with books by wonderful Newcastle authors and illustrators. Stomp your way through a fun-filled session of stories, songs, and craft developed to stimulate and grow the minds of 3 - 5 year olds. A new story stomp will be added each week!

Kids! Get ready to take part in our Beanstack Challenge for Your Summer Stories: Sightseeing with Summer Reading – sign up and you'll be delving into the pages of more than a few books, taking part in activities around the city of Newcastle, and joining in on events down at your local library. For every book you read AND log on Beanstack, you will receive one entry into our Grand Prize! Earn more entries with each of the activities we've created to keep you busy and connected to Newcastle Libraries.

Get involved this summer. If you already have an account, sign in and accept the challenge based on your age at: https://newcastlelibraries.beanstack.org/