What's On for Kids

Bookings are no longer required for our Babytime, Rhymetime and Preschool Storytime sessions.

Yarra Libraries supports early literacy development through the delivery of preschool programs including Storytime, Babytime and Rhymetime. These programs are held weekly during school term. We also help to foster a love of learning with regular after-school programs, covering STEM subjects, arts and creativity, and run a separate program of events during school holidays.

When our libraries are closed, you can access videos of our storytellers and librarians reading some of their favourite books and singing familiar songs, as well as online resources that can help your children maintain literacy and a love of reading and learning while at home.

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Early Literacy Programs

Yarra STEAM Labs After-School Programs

  • Maker Lab

    Program robots, make music, shoot movies, draw animations, and learn about all things STEAM! Ages 7+

    Monday • 4pm-5pm
    Richmond Library

    Tuesday • 4pm-5pm
    Bargoonga Nganjin

    Thursday • 3.45pm-4.45pm
    Carlton Library


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  • Art Lab

    Let's get creative each week with fun arts and craft. All materials provided! Ages 5+


    Wednesday • 4pm-5pm
    Richmond Library

    Thursday • 3.45pm-4.45pm
    Collingwood Library

    Friday • 3.45pm-4.45pm
    Fitzroy Library

     

    Bookings are not required for Art Lab.

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  • LEGO Lab

    Build a creation all by yourself! Each week, we'll take on new, exciting LEGO Challenges. Ages 5+

    Thursday • 4pm-5pm
    Bargoonga Nganjin



    Bookings are not required for Lego Lab.




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Online After-School Programs

  • Kids Creative Club

    Fun and simple activities you can do to explore your creativity at home.

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  • Cooking the Books

    Our children's librarians are here to teach you some simple and delicious recipes!

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  • Lego Club

    Watch along for some exciting building challenges and prove your mettle as a true Lego Master!

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  • Toddler Aerobics

    An active Rhymetime program for toddlers inspired by aerobics with lots of movement, dance and song.

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Read, Listen and Learn

  • Reading Lists

    Check out reading lists curated by our librarians to help educate and start discussion with kids of all ages.

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  • Auslan Storybooks

    Deaf and hearing people of all ages who use Auslan can enjoy a wide range of stories.

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  • Comics Plus

    Comics Plus lets you enjoy unlimited access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga with no holds, waitlists or borrowing limits. 

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  • LOTE Online for Kids

    LOTE Online for Kids lets children watch and listen along online as narrators read up to 160 popular and classic stories in over 11 languages.

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  • Australia Reads

    Need some help choosing school books? Check out this list of award-winning books, selected with help from Leesa from The Little Bookroom.

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  • First Nations Recommended Reads

    Check out our list of First Nations Recommended Reads, where you’ll find stories and non-fiction titles for young people of various age groups.

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  • Studiosity - Online Homework Help

    Studiosity is an online platform which connects students and jobseekers to the best and brightest minds, so they can get help exactly when it's needed most  - all for free, 24/7.

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  • Internet Safety Tips

    We are committed to raising awareness around online safety through participation in the eSmart Libraries program.

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  • Kanopy Kids

    Thoughtful entertainment for kids (preschool and up). Parents can trust a curated selection of educational and enriching videos with developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings.

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  • Kids Ask Authors

    Kids Ask Authors is  a weekly 5-10 minute podcast where children’s book author/illustrator Grace Lin and a guest author answer one question from a child reader.

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  • Read Along with Fitzroy Readers

    Follow along with our Children's Librarians as they read a selection of Fitzroy Readers.

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  • Short and Curly ABC Podcast

     A fast-paced fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents, with questions and ideas to really get you thinking. It asks curly questions about animals, technology, school, pop culture and the future.

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  • Storytime from Space

    Books read by astronauts from the International Space Station.

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Create and Play

  • Busy Things

    700+ curriculum-linked, fun, educational activities to play online. Trusted by thousands of schools and homes around the world!

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  • Fix It

    Play with your food! Learn about where food comes from and how to reduce waste.

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  • Game of Loans Scratch Project

    Have a go creating your own Game of Loans videogame with Scratch.

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  • Programming for Kids

    This LinkedIn Learning course is designed to help parents and educators introduce programming concepts to kids of all ages (click here to activate your free access to LinkedIn Learning first).

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