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Storytimes | Goldfields Library Corporation

Storytime, Toddler Time and Baby Rhyme Time

Read, sing, talk, play together everyday. Bear and Crocodile reading.

Storytime is back in session! Check when your local sessions are on below, or pick up a Storytime card from your local library.

Nurture your child’s listening, language and learning skills in fun filled sessions of stories, songs and rhymes, running each week during school terms.

Drop in to your local library and pick up a Storytime card, or download one below. View our latest program for special storytimes and more children's activities!

Please remember to be COVID-safe!

Scroll down for Storytime Specials and StoryWalks!

Term dates

Term 1: Monday 7 February - Friday 8 April
Term 2: Tuesday 26 April - Friday 24 June
Term 3: Monday 11 July - Friday 16 September
Term 4: Monday 3 October - Friday 9 December

Regular Session Times

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Baby Rhyme Time 

Simple stories, songs and rhymes for 0-1 year olds.

Library Day Time
Bendigo Monday 10.30-11am
Castlemaine Tuesday 10.30-11am
Gisborne Friday 10.30-11am
Kangaroo Flat Tuesday 10.30-11am
Kyneton Tuesday 10.30-11am
Romsey Thursday 11-11.30am
Woodend Tuesday 11.30am-12pm

Toddler Time 
Stories, songs and rhymes for 1-3 year olds.

Library Day Time
Bendigo Tuesday 10.30-11am
Thursday 10.30-11am
Castlemaine Monday 10.30-11.15am
Eaglehawk Friday 10.30-11am
Gisborne Monday 10.30-11am
Thursday 10.30-11am
Kangaroo Flat Wednesday 10.30-11am
Kyneton Monday 10.30-11am
Romsey Tuesday 11-11.25am
Woodend Friday 10-10.30am

Storytime

Stories, songs and rhymes for 3-5 year olds.

Library Day Time
Bendigo Wednesday 10.30-11.15am
Friday 10.30-11.15am
Castlemaine Wednesday 10.30-11.15am
Eaglehawk Tuesday 10.30-11.15am
Gisborne Wednesday 10.30-11.15am
First Saturday
of each month
10.30-11.15am
Heathcote Friday 9.30-10am
Kangaroo Flat Friday 10.30-11.15am
Kyneton Wednesday 10.30-11am
Romsey Monday 11-11.30am
Woodend Tuesday 10-10.30am

Library Agency Storytimes

Library agency and outreach storytime sessions (Feb-Jun 2022).
See more information on library agencies.
Download the PDF.

BOORT

Boort Library Agency

Boort Resource and 
Information Centre
119-121 Godfrey Street

Thu 10 Feb
Thu 24 Feb
Thu 10 Mar
Thu 24 Mar
Thu 7 Apr
Thu 5 May
Thu 19 May
Thu 2 Jun
Thu 16 Jun
10.30-11am
ELMORE
Elmore Library Agency
Elmore Athenaeum Hall
62 Michie Street
Mon 7 Feb
Mon 21 Feb
Mon 7 Mar
Mon 21 Mar
Mon 4 Apr
Mon 2 May
Mon 16 May
Mon 30 May
11.30am-12pm
INGLEWOOD

Inglewood Library Agency

Inglewood Town Hall 
20 Verdon Street

Tue 15 Feb
Tue 1 Mar
Tue 15 Mar
Tue 29 Mar
Tue 26 Apr
Tue 10 May
Tue 24 May
Tue 7 Jun
Tue 21 Jun
 10.30-11am
PYRAMID HILL

Pyramid Hill Library Agency

Pyramid Hill Neighbourhood House
5-8/43 Kelly Street

Tue 15 Feb
Tue 1 Mar
Tue 15 Mar
Tue 29 Mar
Tue 26 Apr
Tue 10 May
Tue 24 May
Tue 7 Jun
Tue 21 Jun
10.30-11am
Pyramid Hill Playgroup
67 Kelly St
Fri 25 Feb
Fri 25 Mar
Fri 20 May
Fri 17 Jun
10.30-11am
SERPENTINE
Serpentine Playgroup
Memorial Hall,
20 Chapel Street
Wed 9 Feb
Wed 9 Mar
Wed 6 Apr
Wed 11 May
Wed 8 Jun
11-11.30am
WEDDERBURN
Wedderburn Playgroup,  
15-29 Hospital Street
Tue 22 Feb
Tue 5 Apr
Tue 3 May
Tue 14 Jun
9.45-10.15am

Storytime Specials

Play in the Garden
Tuesday 22 March, 10am-1pm
Garden For the Future, Naiper Street White Hills

Japanese Kamishibai Storytelling
Friday 25 March, 10.30-11.15am
Kangaroo Flat Library

Japanese Kamishibai Storytelling
Friday 25 March, 2-2.45pm
Castlemaine Library

Japanese Kamishibai Storytelling
Friday 25 March, 4-4.45pm
Kyneton Library

No Reading Allowed!
Friday 20 May, 10.30am
Kangaroo Flat Library

Bendigo Toy Library at Storytime!
Wednesday 25 May, 10am-12pm
Bendigo Library

National Simultaneous Storytime
Wednesday 25 May, 11am
Bendigo, Castlemaine, Gisborne, Kangaroo Flat, Kyneton, Romsey and Woodend libraries. Boort, Elmore and Inglewood library agencies.

Storytime with Aunty Kerri Douglas
Wednesday 1 June, 10.30-11.15am
Castlemaine Library

StoryWalks

Bedtime Bluey
Monday 4-Monday 25 April
Gisborne Botanical Gardens

Respect
Friday 27 May - Friday 3 June
Elmore Campaspe River Walking Track

More Storytime fun!

We also encourage you to browse our kids eLibrary for some great Storytime alternatives as well as fun learning activities. Our top picks are below!

Emma Donovan with Don't Forget book by Jan Godwin and Anna Walker

Story Box Library

It's storytime anytime with Story Box Library!

Story Box Library features Australian stories read aloud by Australian storytellers. There are more than 400 picture books available to be read with animated illustrations.

dad and baby listening to Kinderling Kids radio

Kinderling Kids Radio

Kinderling brings the family together through fun, screen-free, guilt-free entertainment! Introduce children to the fabulous world of music, stories and creative expression with Australia’s most popular kids radio station. Programming is built around early years learning framework that promotes secure relationships, equity, respect, and reflective practice for children’s needs.

Animalia libraries

Animalia 

Animalia Libraries takes kids on a stimulating learning adventure through one of the world's most beloved and well-known picture books. The program includes engaging digital read-throughs and levelled activities, games and puzzles focusing on literacy and language for children aged 5-12.

Download the Animalia app to get started:

Kanopy Kids logo

Kanopy Kids 

Watch thousands of the best films including movies, documentaries and TV shows, specially curated just for kids. Parental controls are available to ensure your child only watches content you approve.

Access via the Kanopy website, or download the app:

Sunshine online - boy with tablet

Sunshine Online

Sunshine Online makes early learning in reading and maths fun and interactive for all pre-schoolers. Learning Space 1 2 3 provides animated and interactive learning in literacy and maths for primary school-aged children.

Storytime/early literacy resouces for parents

Parent Child Mother Goose Storytimes

Presented by Communities for Children Bendigo with thanks to Bendigo Reads. 

Early literacy information for families

Literacy is the foundation for lifelong learning, and it starts long before children start kindergarten or school. 

Family Staycation Kit

Simple ways to implement language and literacy skills while at home. Suitable for children up to 5 years.

Stay at home storytimes: online resources for children and families

A Facebook group created by Yarra Libraries with a selection of free online Storytime resources, including recorded storytime sessions. 

How to recreate library storytime at Home

An excellent step by step guide for parents! 

Goldfields Libraries is a child safe organisation.