Children's Programs

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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

Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books. Using stories, songs, rhymes, dancing and music 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 is limited to 15 babies with an accompanying carer.

Newcastle (City) Library:

July/August: Wednesdays 14, 21, 28 July, 4 August -11:00-11:30am

August/September: Wednesdays 11, 18, 25 August, 1 September -11:00-11:30am

Book tickets for Newcastle (City) Library Baby Book Time sessions

Wallsend Library:

July/August: Thursdays 15, 22, 29 July, 5 August -11:00-11:30am

August/September: 12, 19, 26 August, 2 September -11:00-11:30am

Book tickets for Wallsend Library Baby Book Time sessions

Ages: For babies aged 0-12 months and their carers.

Cost: Free

Bookings essential. Tickets are released 1 month before each session.

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!

Ni Hao! Join us for fun, stories, rhymes, songs and music in Chinese.

For Chinese speaking families and those who would like to experience Chinese language and culture.

Wallsend Library Sessions:

Friday 6 August 10:00 – 10:30am

Friday 3 September 10:00-10:30am

Ages: For children age 0-5 and their carers

Cost: Free

Bookings essential

Book tickets to Chinese Rock n Rhyme sessions

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)

Share your skills, master cool builds and make new friends. We have buckets loads of LEGO® and a different challenge each week. Fun guaranteed!

This is family based activity and parents/carers are required to stay with their children.

Newcastle (City) Library Sessions:

Wednesdays, 4:00 - 4.45pm (during school term)

Cost: Free

Suitable for ages 5-12

No bookings necessary, just drop in!

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.

A special glitter filled Storytime extravaganza with Newcastle's own Timberlina.

Families are invited to join us for an all singing, dancing and storytelling celebrating our city’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. This program will be simultaneously live streamed on Newcastle Libraries Facebook page. By attending this session you consent to being filmed as part of our Livestream event.

Newcastle (City) Library sessions:

Saturday 14 August 10:00-10:30am

Saturday 11 September 10:00-10:30am

Ages: For children and their carers. 

Cost: Free

Bookings essential

Book tickets for Rainbow Families Storytime

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 age 0-3. 

Newcastle (City) Library:

Wednesdays: 14 July - 15 September 2021

Session 1 – 9:40-10am

Session 2 – 10:20-10:40am

Fridays: 16 July - 17 September 2021

Session 1 – 9:40-10am

Session 2 – 10:20-10:40am

Book tickets for Newcastle (City) Library sessions

Wallsend Library:

Wednesdays: 14 July - 15 September 2021

Session 1 – 9:40-10am

Session 2 – 10:20-10:40am

Thursdays: 15 July - 16 September 2021

Session 1 – 9:40-10am

Session 2 – 10:20-10:40am

Book tickets to Wallsend Library sessions

Ages: For children age 0-3 and their carer.

Cost: Free

Bookings essential. Tickets available 1 week before each session.

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!

Family friendly fun at Newcastle (City) Library four weekends of the month!

Cost:Free

Ages: Suitable for all age

Location: Newcastle (City) Library 

Bookings essential. As part of Newcastle Libraries’ COVID Safe Plan ticket numbers are limited to ensure your safety.

Wayapa Storytime

Storytelling, movement and nature-based craft are used to introduce children to Wayapa Wuurrk an Aboriginal based earth mindfulness, story meditation with physical movements to promote sustainability, connection and community. 

Presented by Aboriginal Health Practitioner Sarah Corrigan of Rainbow Crow Cultural Collective and fun for kids of all ages. 

Sessions:

Saturday 7 August 10:00-10:30am

Saturday 4 September 10:00-10:30am

Book tickets to Saturday Family Fun: Wayapa Storytime sessions

Rainbow Families Storytime

A special glitter filled Storytime extravaganza with Newcastle's own Timberlina. 

Families are invited to join us for an all singing, dancing and storytelling celebrating our city’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. This program will be simultaneously live streamed on Newcastle Libraries Facebook page. By attending this session, you consent to being filmed as part of our Livestream event. 

Sessions:

Saturday 14 August 10:00-10:30am

Saturday 11 September 10:00-10:30am

Book tickets for Rainbow Families Storytime

Story Buzz Local Author Storytime

Join us at Story Buzz to discover the amazing talent of our local children’s authors and illustrators. With stories and fun for little ones, you’re bound to get a buzz out of it! 

Sessions:

Saturday 17 July 10:00-10:30am with.... (author to be confirmed)

Saturday 21 August 10:00-10:30am with...(author to be confirmed)

Saturday 18 September 10:00-10:30am with...(author to be confirmed)

Book tickets for Story Buzz Local Author Storytime

Saturday Story Stomp

Join us for a monthly celebration of the best new children’s books. Stomp, read, sing and play with us as our children’s librarians introduce you to a world of wonder. 

Sessions:

Saturday 24 July, 10 - 10:30am

Saturday 28 August, 10 - 10:30am

Book tickets for Saturday Story Stomp

Hola!

Join us for fun, stories, rhymes, songs, and music in "Español"!

For Spanish speaking "familias" and those who would like to experience the "lenguaje". Los esperamos! Suitable for "niños" age 0-5.

Newcastle (City) Library Sessions:

Tuesday 20 July 10:00 – 10:30am

Tuesday 3 August 10:00 – 10:30am

Tuesday 17 August 10:00 – 10:30am

Tuesday 31 August 10:00 – 10:30am

Tuesday 14 September 10:00 – 10:30am

Ages: For children age 0-5 and their carers. 

Cost: Free

Bookings essential. 

Book tickets for Spanish Rock n Rhyme Storytime Sessions

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 olds.  

Sessions will run during Term 3 from 14 July– 15 September 2021

Wallsend Library

Wednesdays 11:15-11:45am      

Book tickets for Wallsend Library sessions

Ages: For children age 3-5 and their carer.

Cost: Free

Bookings essentialTickets available 1 week before each session.

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!

Wayapa Babytime is an opportunity for carers to slow down and connect inwards with themselves, with baby and with the environment. Wayapa is an earth mind body spirit practice which promotes wellbeing and is based on ancient Indigenous Australian knowledge about living in harmony with the environment and connection, the world's oldest living continuing culture for over 80,000 years.

Presented by Aboriginal Health Practitioner Sarah Corrigan, this four-week program promotes carer/baby attachment and is environmentally sustainable.

Newcastle (City) Library:

Monday 2, 9, 16, 23 August, 10:00 – 10:40am

Book tickets to the Wayapa Babytime August program

Cost: Free

Ages: For babies and their carer.

Bookings essential.