Children & Teenagers

Children - Teenagers

The City of Kalamunda Library Service strives to provide an atmosphere that is comfortable, enjoyable and safe for all our members. The libraries are committed to assisting children to find and access resources that are appropriate to their particular interests and inquiries. According to the Australian Library and Information Association children are classified as young people from the ages of birth to twelve years of age.
View Guidelines for Supervision of Children in our Libraries

Rhymetime & Storytime

Each week during the school term. No need to book.
However we ask Childcare Centres to contact the Library before attending.

Rhymetime

Come and sing along to rhymes and listen to stories! Rhymetime introduces literacy in a fun safe environment and is held regularly at Forrestfield and Kalamunda Library.
A parent or guardian must accompany and participate. Suitable for children 0-2 years.

Storytime

Storytime takes place once a week at all City libraries. It aims to capture children’s imagination while introducing books in a fun environment. Join us for rhymes, stories and a craft activity. A parent or guardian must accompany children. Suitable for children aged 2-5 years.

Check the table below for session times and locations. Programmes run during school term only.

Library Branch
Story time
Rhymetime
High Wycombe Library
Monday - 11.00am
Monday - 9.30am
Lesmurdie Library
Tuesday - 10.00am

Kalamunda Library
Thursday - 11.00am
Wednesday - 9.30am & 10.30am
Forrestfield Library
Friday - 11.00am
Thursday - 9.30am

 

School Holiday Activities

All libraries provide activities during the school holidays. Suitable for children aged 4-16 years.

This July School Holidays, join us for NAIDOC Week crafts or free Lego play sessions. Create beautiful indigenous inspired sand art pictures (Ages 6-12 years) or build your own Lego creations and talk to other Lego fans (Ages 4-12 years).
Bookings essential.
Find out more about the sessions available here

Knight Owl Quest Literacy Programme

KOQ-Owl

Knight Owl Quest has been developed to encourage children in Pre-Primary and Year One to visit their local City of Kalamunda Library. Our aim is to encourage reading and promote library usage in young children at this important developmental stage. We intend to give children a positive experience when visiting the library that will enhance their future reading patterns.

The City of Kalamunda Library Service (Kalamunda, Forrestfield, High Wycombe and Lesmurdie Community Libraries) are delivering Knight Owl Quest kits to the Pre-Primary and Year One classes at your local primary school in City of Kalamunda. Children are encouraged to visit their local library and use their membership cards to borrow books to receive stickers on the Knight Owl Quest bookmark. Membership is free and only requires a parent with current ID to join their child.

Knight Owl Questers are entitled to special membership rewards when they visit and borrow items, and are able to access a wide range of reading material at each of our libraries during the school year. If you haven’t received a Knight Owl Quest Kit by Term 2, contact your local library for more information.

Knight Owl Quest kits are also available at each of our Libraries for Home schooling (home education) Pre-Primary and Year One children, and for children attending schools not participating in the programme.

Make Reading a Hoot! @ the City of Kalamunda Libraries

Download Membership Form (PDF, 421KB)
Dowload Parent Information Letter (PDF, 158KB)
Download Colouring-In Picture (PDF, 819KB)

Better Beginnings

The Better Beginnings Family Literacy Program is coordinated by the State Library of WA and delivered through public libraries. Parents with new born babies can collect their free Better Beginnings Reading Kit from any of the four City Libraries. 

To help you on your way each of our libraries or local Community Health Nurses offers parents with new born babies a free Better Beginnings reading kit.
 
Each kit contains
  • A free gift board book for your baby from your local council
  • A nursery rhyme frieze and a BB poster
  • A list of first books for babies and toddlers
  • A brochure with tips for enjoying reading with your baby
Contact any of our four libraries to find out how we can help you to enjoy reading with your baby to give them Better Beginnings.

Children’s Book Week

Children’s Book Week is an annual event held in August that celebrates Australian children’s literature and authors. Every year, since 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together in celebrating Children’s Book Week.
2019:
Theme: Reading is My Secret Power
When: 17– 23rd August
We are very excited to be hosting four fantastic authors – Aska (Illustrator), Josh Langley, Karen Blair and Ken Spillman who will be presenting sessions at each of our Libraries. Over 800 local school children from Pre-Primary through to Year 7 and 8 will be attending the author sessions.

We are also pleased to announce that internationally renowned storyteller Andy Wright will be joining us for Book Week.  Andy is a world-class performer having spent over 25 years telling stories to audiences in schools, theatres, and festivals throughout Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

More information on our fabulous authors, illustrator and storyteller coming soon!

In addition to these fabulous author talks, each of the Libraries will be displaying the short-listed CBCA Books together with displays based on the 2019 theme ‘Reading is My Secret Power.’

Children’s Book Week 2019 is sponsored by the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest, Healthway: Go for 2&5 Health Message, Children’s Book Council Western Australia Branch and the City of Kalamunda.

Summer Reading Club

The Australian Summer Reading Club (SRC) programme offers lots of fun activities and encourages reading over the school break.

The programme is delivered annually in libraries and online from 1 December 31 – January 31.  Participation in the Summer Reading Club allows children and young people to develop a sense of community with other children across the country. No matter where they are during the summer holidays, it is envisioned that children and young people will be able to participate in activities aligned to the annual programming theme, discover great Australian authors and illustrators, and share their voice by engaging in literary and creative activities, both online and in their Public Libraries.

The 2018 Summer Reading Club’s ‘Curious Creatures’ programme is over, but the fun continues.

More Information: http://www.summerreadingclub.org.au/theclub/

Useful Websites

  • Better Beginnings:
    For information on early literacy for children aged 0-3.
  • The Raising Children Network
    An Australian parenting website with lots of information about the connection between, learning, play and reading.
  • Zero to Three
    A focus on the early years of your child’s development and support for parents as their child’s first teacher.
  • Early Childhood Australia
    A peak organisation bringing together research and advocacy for young children.
  • Ngala
    Is an Early Parenting Centre with a passion for supporting and guiding families and young children through the journey of early parenting.
  • What’s on 4 little ones
    Lots of activities for kids in WA
  • Reading is fundamental:  As well as providing great rhymes, songs and stories to read with your children, this site has some great tips to support parents.
  • Websites for Parents of Children in the Middle Years: A listing of website and contact details developed by Department of Communities.
  • Mother Goose
    Rhymes, computer games and crafts for children.
  • Kidsafe
    The Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia.
  • PMH Play and Play Things
    Play ideas brochures - Produced by the Play and Learning Program at the State Child Development Centre.
  • Kidspot
    Activities and games for children and families.
  • PBS Kids Reading Games
    Join in some games that encourage reading skills with some popular book and TV characters.
  • Skillswise
    Provides resources for job seekers and adult learners of maths, English, and their tutors. This is part of the BBC Learning website.

Study resources

The City of Kalamunda Library Service has a range of resources to help you study and find the information you need. Each of our four libraries will give you access to reference materials as well as on-line databases.

If your project is due and you don’t have time to get to the library, check out the websites listed in our Online Resources section.

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