All our regular, amazing, children’s events are back for 2019! Starting Monday 4 February 2019

It’s February! Which means that January has slipped away from us very quickly.

The wonderful thing about February is that it’s back to school time for older kids and it’s back to our ‘regular’ events at the library.
Pram Jams, Storytime, LEGO Club, Bookstars, and Learning English Through Storytime are all back for 2019!

Do you have a baby or toddler?

Pram Jams are for you.
Pram Jam rhyme time sessions are an opportunity to come down to the library where one of our wonderful presenters will sing, rhyme, and read to you and your child. We encourage mums, dads, aunties, uncles, grandparents, really anyone with a connection to the child, to come down and join in. You might remember a rhyme or song from you childhood or learn something new to help you during meal or bath times. These sessions are also about developing your comfort and skills in singing and rhyming with your child as well as developing their early literacy skills. Each of the sessions has something different to offer so it’s worth checking out more than one. Sessions run during the school term.
Coolbellup Library – Mondays at 10am
Spearwood Library – Thursdays at 10.30am
Success Library – Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10am

Do you have a child over the age of two?

Storytimes are for you.
The focus at Storytime is reading and we love reading. One of our presenters will read a few stories, interspersed with rhymes and songs, and get children involved in the story and that week’s topic. After that your child, with a little help from you, will complete a craft on the topic. We encourage parents to let children do the craft themselves as much as possible as a way to develop fine motor skills in preparation for kindergarten and school. We try to incorporate a little maths, science, technology, and culture with our literacy and art focusses. And if you have any questions our staff and more than happy to help. If you need some tips on reading with your child we can help there too – this can be daunting for some parents but it’s so important for young minds. Unfortunately, the books we read at Storytimes are not for loan but if you ask there should be a copy in stock that we can find or reserve for you. Each of our presenters has different styles, and each of the sessions is a little different so try out more than one to see which one that’s right for you.
Coolbellup Library – Wednesdays at 10.30am
Spearwood Library – Tuesdays and Fridays at 10.30am
Success Library – Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.30am

Maybe you would like something in a language other than English though…Stories in Chinese is for you!
Visit Success Library to listen to stories in Chinese. Join in on rhymes and simple games in Chinese that you can practise and play at home. Sessions run by volunteers from the Cockburn Chinese Community Association. Ages 2-10
Success Library – Third Monday of the month 3.45 – 4.30pm

Do you speak a language other than English at home?

Learning English Through Storytime (LETS) could be for you.
LETS is a ten-week booked Storytime at Success Library aimed at helping children develop English skills to prepare for school. For children aged 3-4 the sessions are focussed heavily on practising English and the craft is designed to encourage English conversation at home. LETS Term One begins Monday 4 February.

Do you have a child over five?

LEGO Club, Bookstars, or Creative Kids could be for you.

LEGO Club is pretty straight-forward; come in and make something with our LEGO.
Spearwood Library – first Friday of the month at 3.30pm
Coolbellup Library – third Wednesday of the month at 3.30pm
Success Library – fourth Monday of the month at 3.30pm
Specific dates are here: LEGO Club (runs every month)

Bookstars is a monthly session at Success Library. The focus of these sessions is children reading themselves. If children read some of our Ready Steady Go early readers and note them on the special reading record you can come to the session for a certificate and prize (just ask at the desk for one of the records – they can only be returned to a Bookstar session though). At the actual session, we read a book and then do some craft. The sessions are run by a former teacher so it’s an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about your child’s reading.
Success Library – second Monday of the month at 3.30pm (runs every month to December)

Creative Kids is a weekly session at Coolbellup Library.

  • First Wednesday of the month: Brilliant board games. Come along and test your wits against the kids of Coolbellup: Scrabble, Operation, Uno……
  • Second Wednesday: Killer Crafts for creative kids. Cooking, painting, and more. Your imagination is the only limit!
  • Third Wednesday: Larger than life LEGO. Build and design in the company of other LEGO fans.
  • Fourth Wednesday: Science Superheroes: what will we make to test your science knowledge?

Coolbellup Library – Wednesdays at 3.30pm (only during school terms)

Do you have a child into technology and coding?

Scratch Coding (for beginners) is for you!
Scratch Coding (for beginners) is an opportunity to learn coding skills, share them with other children, and create something amazing. Sessions run over term 1 and 2 at Coolbellup (Tuesdays) and Spearwood (Saturday) Bookings are essential.
Ages 8-12.

Do you love Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Maths?

STEAM Club is for you!
Get ready to get messy!
Explore the world of science , technology, engineering, arts and mathematics at our monthly STEAM Club.
Imagine, invent and innovate with fun and challenging hands-on activities for kids.
Each session we will investigate a new topic from the STEAM acronym. Some of the exciting projects we’ll be working on to start with will include rubberband racers, engineering an effective bow and arrow, testing liquid densities and messing about with non-Newtonian fluid.
Success Library – Sessions run monthly on a Thursday 4-5pm

Those are just the things we do all of the time. Subscribe to the events or blogs to keep up-to-date on what we are doing at the library. We have lots of fun things happening – school holiday sessions, Halloween, Children’s Book Week, along with special activities through the sessions above.

There is something for every child at Cockburn Libraries.

Opening up a book and reading aloud to your baby is one of the best things you can do to help build their early language skills.

Posted by Better Beginnings on Sunday, December 17, 2017