For Kids

Kids Programming

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 specialised program every 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.

💡Term 4 is here! We've got programs prepared to get the kids reading, making, cooking and creating. Learn some cheap and cheerful recipes in our new installments of Cooking the Books, get crafty at home during Kids Creative Club and join some familiar faces (our Children's Librarians) for some pre-recorded activities and book readings.

📺 Don't forget to check out our Vimeo page for all of our past activities and programs!

Storytimes and Regular Programs

  • Stay at Home Storytimes

    Watch us read popular books and sing familiar songs.

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  • Kids Creative Club

    Kids Creative is a session where we show you fun activities you can do to explore your creativity at home.

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  • Cooking the Books

    Our childrens librarians are here to teach you some simple and delicious recipes!

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  • Time for a Rhyme

    It's Time for a Rhyme! A series of videos aimed at supporting parents and carers, which they can share with their babies.

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  • Lego Club

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

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  • Read Along with Fitzroy Readers

    Practice reading! These presentations of selected Fitzroy Readers have been recorded by staff at Yarra Libraries to support home education.

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  • Digital Escape Room

    Can you break free from this escape room? Solve clues to open digital locks and escape the library!

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  • Toddler Aerobics

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

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  • Get Moving

    Add some vibrant exercise to your daily routine with these activities.

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  • Baby Storytime Podcast

    Children's Librarian Andrew guides you through easy-to-follow Baby Storytimes you can deliver at home.

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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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  • Story Box Library

    Story Box Library is an amazing online 'reading room' where kids can connect, engage and be inspired by a range of quality Australian Stories read on film by some wonderfully dynamic storytellers.

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  • Storytime from Space

    Books read by astronauts from the International Space Station.

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Learn and Create

  • 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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  • Dav Pilkey at Home

    Get creative and have fun with some of your favorite characters from Dog Man and Captain Underpants! New videos each Friday.

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  • Greg Heffley Home Activities

    So you're stuck at home and you've already read all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Never fear! Greg has come up with some daily challenges to keep you entertained. 

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  • Google Arts and Culture Activity Book

    A wonderful art adventure awaits you, from ancient Egypt to outer space. Pick your travel companions: a pencil, a paint brush, your favorite color and imagination!

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  • Hour of Code

    Simple one-hour challenges designed to demystify "code" and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer science.

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  • Game of Loans Scratch Project

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

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  • Moonhack

    Code your own planet-saving solution to water usage, to bush regeneration, to sustainability at home and more. Let’s save our planet, one project at a time!

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  • Mars Rover

    Explore a 3D replica of the Martian surface exactly as it was recorded by NASA's Curiosity rover.

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Educational Support and Online Resources

  • Education Support

    Access quality educational resources to support children learning from home, including online homework help.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Staying Home

    A free eBook from Sally Nicholls and Viviane Schwarz describing the experience of a family of raccoons during experiencing lock-down restrictions.

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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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  • StoryKids Podcast

    StoryKids is a brand new weekly podcast featuring Aussie kids and their original stories. The kids chat about their creative process and the stories are brought to life with amazing actors, music and sound. Also available on Spotify.

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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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  • Internet Safety Tips

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

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