Storytime Schedule

 

Tinytots StorytimePreschool StorytimeFamily StorytimeToddler StorytimeSaturday Storytime
  • Tiny Tots is a special sharing time for parents and babies aged 0-12 months
  • Stories, songs and rhymes
  • Sessions last for approximately 30 minutes
  • Storytime is held during school term
  • *All Storytime sessions at Realm must be booked in advance. Click here to reserve your place.
Branch Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bayswater 10:30am
Belgrave  2pm
Boronia 1pm
Croydon 1pm
Ferntree Gully 2pm
Healesville
Knox 10am 1pm
Mooroolbark 11:15am
Realm* 11am
Rowville 2pm
Yarra Junction  2:30pm
  • Preschool storytime is aimed at children aged 3-5 years
  • Mix of stories, rhymes and a simple activity
  • Sessions last for approximately 45 minutes
  • Storytime is held during school term
  • *All Storytime sessions at Realm must be booked in advance. Click here to reserve your place.
Branch Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bayswater 11am
Belgrave
Boronia 10am
Croydon 11am
Ferntree Gully 11am
Healesville
Knox 11am
Lilydale
Montrose
Mooroolbark 10:15am
Realm* 11am
Rowville 10:30am
Yarra Junction
  • Family Storytime time is aimed at children 1-5 years
  • Stories, songs and rhymes, plus a simple activity
  • Sessions last for approximately 45 minutes.
  • Storytime is held during school term
  • *All Storytime sessions at Realm must be booked in advance. Click here to reserve your place.
Branch Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bayswater
Belgrave 11am 11am
Boronia
Croydon
Ferntree Gully 11am
Healesville 11:30am
Knox
Lilydale 11:30am
Montrose 10am
Mooroolbark
Realm* 2pm
Rowville 10:30am
Yarra Junction  9:15am
  • Toddler time is especially for children 1-3 years
  • Stories, songs and rhymes, plus a simple activity
  • Sessions last for approximately 45 minutes.
  • Storytime is held during school term
  • *All Storytime sessions at Realm must be booked in advance. Click here to reserve your place.
Branch Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bayswater 10:30am
Belgrave
Boronia 11am
Croydon 11am

11am Auslan 1st Friday of month Feb-Nov

Ferntree Gully 11am
Healesville 10am
Knox 11am 11am
Lilydale 10am
Mooroolbark 10:15am
Realm* 11am
Rowville 10:30am
Yarra Junction
  • Mums, dads and grandparents… Come along and share storytime fun with your children on Saturday mornings at Croydon, Knox, Montrose, Rowville and Realm Libraries.
  • Experience the delight of stories, songs and rhymes, and help your children become lifelong readers! Sessions last for approximately 45 minutes.
  • Saturdays 10:30am (School term periods only, except Rowville Library)
Branch Saturday
Bayswater
Belgrave
Boronia
Croydon  10:30 AM
Ferntree Gully
Healesville
Knox  10:30 AM
Montrose  10:30 AM
Mooroolbark
Realm  10:30 AM
Rowville  10:30 AM
Yarra Junction

Enjoying the library

Your local library offers designated children’s areas, programs, and services for children.

Together, we can provide a fun and positive experience. We hope you will help by assisting in the selection of books and materials, attending programs and following our tips for a positive experience.

Storytimes

We encourage you to read to their children from birth. Reading to your child and then teaching them to read promotes healthy brain development that lasts a lifetime.

To help you in the early stages of your child’s development your local library provides storytimes for your Tiny Tots, Toddler or Pre-schooler. Storytime can be a very special sharing time with your child

Tiny Tots (0-12 months)

Tiny Tots is a special sharing time for you and your baby.

  • You will learn fun rhymes and games to play with your baby.
  • Discover wonderful stories to share with your baby.

Tips

To enjoy the experience you should:

  • Sit with your baby on your lap.
  • Join in with the songs and rhymes .
  • Encourage your baby’s interaction with the stories

Toddlers and Pre-schoolers

Storytimes for your older children:

  • Provide an introduction to a wide range of children’s books.
  • Stimulate new ideas and interests.
  • Help develop language skills.
  • Provide an opportunity to socialise with other children.
  • Encourage a life-long interest in books and libraries.

Tips

To enjoy the experience you should:

  • Listen to the stories with your child and participate in the activities
  • Prepare your child for storytime by explaining it will be a mixture of stories, rhymes and activities
  • Explain the need to sit quietly during the stories so that others can see and hear

More tips to make storytime a fun, safe and positive experience for everybody

We encourage you to do the following:

  • Be close at hand as this will assist library staff in creating a participatory, enjoyable and safe environment.
  • Feel free to leave the session if your child becomes distracted and restless. Try again later, or come back for another great storytime.
  • Meet other parents and share experiences, but to sit away from the storytime area if you wish to chat to other parents during storytime, as this can be very distracting for the children and the storyteller.

AUSLAN Storytime

Eastern Regional Libraries is proud to host monthly AUSLAN storytimes at Croydon Library. These storytimes are especially geared towards deaf children and take place at 11am on the 1st Friday of month from February to November.

Bedtime Storytime

Visit Rowville Library on selected evenings for special Bedtime Storytime sessions. They’re a fantastic opportunity to bring a teddy bear, wear PJs enjoy some stories, songs and craft as the sun goes down. Exclusively at Rowville Library, these storytimes are held on the first Friday of the month at 6.30pm. All ages are welcome and bookings are not required. Find out more by viewing the flyer to call: 9800 6443.

Gently, Gently Storytime

Join us for stories and rhymes in a calm storytime. Perfect for children who may find regular storytimes a little busy, noisy or overwhelming. Gently, Gently storytimes are held occasionally at some branches. They’re part of a new program being rolled out around Eastern Regional Libraries. Please visit your local branch to find out when the next session takes place.