Come to the library to hear great stories and to join in on songs and rhymes, before you make a masterpiece of craft to take home. Storytime encourages a love of reading, stimulates kids’ imaginations and offers an opportunity for social interaction. Your storyteller will share fantastic picture books, stories, songs and rhymes. Parents, grandparents and carers are all welcome. Sessions are for children aged two to five and involve a craft activity (adults are often essential to this part of the sessions). Storytime is free and you don’t need to register, just turn up! Sessions last between 45 minutes and an hour.
Spearwood Library Storytime
Twice Weekly: Tuesdays and Fridays at 10.30am
Coolbellup Library Storytime
Weekly: Wednesdays at 10.30am
Success Library Storytime
Twice weekly: Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.30am
Note: There is no storytime during the school holidays.
Tell me more about Storytime
Storytime is a mixture of reading, rhymes or songs, and a craft. Every part of storytime is designed to develop children’s cognitive or physical abilities.
Reading – Early Literacy
Reading is an excellent exercise for little brains, and big ones, because it introduces a range of topics that might not be familiar as well as increasing the range of language that children are exposed to. Beyond that they are being immersed in the grammar, structure, and fun of language. Reading the same books again is also a great exercise for children’s comprehension and memory skills. At this stage of early literacy repetition is one of the best things you can do and some books will never get old no matter how many times you read them. We also do a range of rhymes: number rhymes which teach counting as well as number awareness, silly rhymes that encourage children to have some fun, action rhymes that get children moving and thinking about their body as well as developing their gross motor skills. We also do some songs, from traditional to new, as well as little activities such as a letter for the week – aimed at developing sound awareness and letter recognition before school in a relaxed way.
Storytime always finishes with a craft or art activity. This involves something different every week from free form activities designed to develop creativity and independent thought to structured creations. Children are asked to colour (developing the hand muscles they will need to write, colour, or paint as they get older), cut and glue (which develops hand-eye co-ordination, and fine motor skills), and a range of other little tasks that all encourage muscle development and physical skills. There are also special weeks (like Mother’s Day in May) where the craft is even more special than normal. Regardless of what we are doing from week to week, there will be something for children to take home with them that relates to the topic to deepen their connection to the stories they have heard and is something tangible that they can share with family that could not come along with them.