Storytimes for 2018 will finish on Saturday 8 December and will be resuming on Tuesday 29 January 2019


Storytime Schedule

View our Events Calendar to find storytime sessions and book*

Alternatively, Select either your preferred location or day to discover which storytime sessions are available.

Storytime Sessions by Library 
  • Tinytots (0-12 Months)
  • Tuesday 10.30 am
  • Toddlers (1-3 Years)
  • Friday 10.30am
  • Preschoolers (3-5 Years)
  • Wednesday 11.00am
  • Tinytots (0-12 Months)
  • Monday 2.00pm
  • Family (1-5 Years)
  • Monday 11.00am
  • Tuesday 11.00am
  • Tinytots (0-12 Months)
  • Tuesday 1.00pm
  •  
  • Toddlers (1-3 Years)
  • Tuesday 11.00am
  •  
  • Preschoolers (3-5 Years)
  • Friday 10.00am
  • Tinytots (0-12 Months)
  • Tuesday 1.00pm
  • Toddlers (1-3 Years)
  • Friday 11.00am
  • Preschoolers (3-5 Years)
  • Tuesday 11.00am
  • Saturday Storytime (0-5 Years)
  • Saturday 10.30am
  • Auslan Storytime (1-3 Years)
  • 1st Friday of the month 11.00am (Feb-Nov)
    • Tinytots (0-12 Months)

Tuesday 2.00pm

    • Toddlers (1-3 Years)

Wednesday 11.00am

    • Preschoolers (3-5 Years)

Tuesday 11.00am

    • Family (1-5 Years)

Thursday 11.00am

    • Toddlers (1-3 Years)

Wednesday 10.00am

    • Family (1-5 Years)

Wednesday 11.30am

    • Tinytots (0-12 Months)

Wednesday 10.00am

  • Thursday 1.00pm
  • Toddlers (1-3 Years)
  • Wednesday 11.00am

  • Thursday 11.00am
  • Preschoolers (3-5 Years)
  • Tuesday 11.00am

  • Saturday Storytime (0-5 Years)
  • Saturday 10.30am

    • Toddlers (1-3 Years)

Friday 10.00am

    • Family (1-5 Years)

Friday 11.30am

  • Family (1-5 Years)
  • Thursday 10.00am
  • Saturday Storytime (0-5 Years)
  • Saturday 10.30am

    • Tinytots (0-12 Months)

Wednesday 11.15am

    • Toddlers (1-3 Years)

Friday 10.15am

    • Preschoolers (3-5 Years)

Monday 10.15am

  • All story time sessions held at Realm must be booked in advance by calling 9800 6430
  • Tinytots (0-12 Months)
  • Tuesday 11.00am
  • Toddlers (1-3 Years)
  • Wednesday 11.00am
  • Preschoolers (3-5 Years)
  • Thursday 11.00am
  • Family (1-5 Years)
  • Wednesday 2.00pm
  • Saturday Storytime (0-5 Years)
  • Saturday 10.30am
  • Tinytots (0-12 Months)
  • Wednesday 2.00pm
  • Toddlers (1-3 Years)
  • Wednesday 10.30am
  • Preschoolers (3-5 Years)
  • Monday 10.30am
  • Family (1-5 Years)
  • 1st Friday of the month 6.30pm (Mar – Dec)
  • Saturday Storytime (0-5 Years)
  • Saturday 10.30am
      • Tinytots (0-12 Months)

    Wednesday 2.30pm

    • Family (1-5 Years)
    • Wednesday 9.15am

Storytime Sessions by Day of the week
  • Tinytots (0-12 Months)
  • Belgrave, 10.30 am\
  • Preschoolers (3-5 Years)
  • Mooroolbark, 10.15am
  • Rowville, 10.30am
  • Family (1-5 Years)
  • Belgrave, 11.00am
  • Tinytots (0-12 Months)
  • Bayswater, 10.30am
  • Realm, 11.00am
  • Boronia, 1.00pm
  • Croydon, 1.00pm
  • Ferntree Gully, 2.00pm
  • Toddlers (1-3 Years)
  • Boronia, 11.00am
  • Preschoolers (3-5 Years)
  • Croydon, 11.00am
  • Ferntree Gully, 11.00am
  • Knox, 11.00am
  • Family (1-5 Years)
  • Rowville, 10.30am
  • Belgrave, 11.00am
  • Tinytots (0-12 Months)
  • Knox, 10.00am
  • Mooroolbark, 11.15am
  • Rowville, 2.00pm
  • Yarra Junction, 2.30pm
  • Toddlers (1-3 Years)
  • Healesville, 10.00am
  • Rowville, 10.30am
  • Ferntree Gully, 11.00am
  • Knox, 11.00am
  • Realm, 11.00am
  • Preschoolers (3-5 Years)
  • Bayswater, 11.00am
  • Family (1-5 Years)
  • Yarra Junction, 9.15am
  • Healesville, 11.30am
  • Realm, 2.00pm
  • Tinytots (0-12 Months)
  • Knox, 1.00pm
  • Toddlers (1-3 Years)
  • Knox, 11.00am
  • Preschoolers (3-5 Years)
  • Realm, 11.00am
  • Family (1-5 Years)
  • Montrose, 10.00am
  • Ferntree Gully, 11.00am
  • Saturday Storytime (0-5 Years)
  • Saturday 10.30am
  • Auslan Storytime (1-3 Years)
  • 1st Friday of the month 11.00am (Feb-Nov)
  • Toddlers (1-3 Years)
  • Lilydale, 10.00am
  • Mooroolbark, 10.15am
  • Bayswater, 10.30am
  • Croydon, 11.00am 
  • Preschoolers (3-5 Years)
  • Boronia 10.00am
  • Family (1-5 Years)
  • Lilydale, 11.30am
  • Auslan Storytime (1-3 Years, 1st Friday of the month)
  • Croydon, 11.00am (Feb-Nov)
  •  
  • All Storytime Ages (0-5 Years)
  • Croydon, 10.30am
  • Knox, 10.30am
  • Montrose, 10.30am
  • Realm, 10.30am
  • Rowville, 10.30am
Reading to Child

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 your 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

All storytimes will recommence from Tues 30 January 2018. See you there!

What can storytime do for your child?

  • 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
  • Storytime can be a special sharing time with your child

A few hints to make storytime a positive worthwhile experience:

  • 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.  

Saturday Storytime

Held at Croydon, Knox, Montrose, Realm and Rowville at 10.30am, our Saturday storytime sessions are a great way to get to a storytime for families who are busy during the week.
Children aged between 0-5 are welcome, with readings, songs and craft activities to participate in.

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.