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Stories Beyond Stereotypes

Reviews

Featured Staff Review

I found this book looking for something new for my book club Around Words that runs on the first Wednesday of the month at Yarra Junction Library. Allegra is eleven and has three important people in her life. She lives with one grandmother, Matilde, who is from Hungary and with her own story to tell. Next door is Joy, her other grandmother. They both love Allegra but can't stand each other. Rick, her Dad lives at the end of Matilde's garden and is Joy's son. As Allegra says, Matilde's 'got a blind spot when it comes to Rick'. He is trying to be a good dad to 'Al Pal' but has his own issues and the absence of her mother affects all four of them. These relationships cause a great deal of tension in the child's life and culminate in a very dramatic conclusion. A gripping book with many life lessons for all of us. I loved the rich, full blooded characters of the grandmothers but also the secondary characters, the people Allegra comes in contact with, her friends and neighbors. What an exciting new novelist.

Maria M
4.5/5

Latest Staff Reviews

Milkman is the type of book that you want to give your full attention to, to get the most out of it. You’ll want to spend hours at time reading on the couch absorbing each poetic sentence.
What I loved most about the Milkman is the lack of names and the ambiguity. The story follows ‘middle sister’ as she struggles to live her life on ‘this side of the road’ hiding her ‘maybe-boyfriend’ from her family, and her encounter with the Milkman from a town full of gossip and rumours.
I have never read anything like this book, and I doubt I ever will again. The writing is unique and beautiful. If you’re looking to mix up your summer reading list, I highly recommend it.

Tanisha T
5/5

This is a book of beautiful description and imagery, fierce battles and more than interesting characters. Orario Celavini, an ex soldier now law enforcer in 16th Century Florence needs to confront his troubled and traumatic past when he must solve two murders in Florence. A past feud between two wealth families in the area, which ended in the massacre of one of the families, is linked to the murders and Onorio's past. He must solve the murders, save a friend and confront his own past to find peace and harmony in his future.

Lucy I
4/5

I thoroughly enjoyed reading In the Footsteps of Zen, written by local author Dr Lim Meng Sing (Peter). He explains what “Zen” is and how it can be used to create a more happy and peaceful life in our modern, chaotic world. He speaks about silence, mindfulness, having purpose and using Zen as therapy through difficult times.
The beauty of this book is in its simplicity. Written by someone who has for many years travelled the Zen path, it is clear and uncluttered. It includes poetry and quotations from authors, teachers, philosophers and scientists.
Peter’s own 150 brief reflections (which make up the second half of the book) are also simple, but very thoughtful.
This book is small in size, but big in content.

Heather M
5/5

This is Holly Ringland’s debut novel, she grew up barefoot and wild in her mother’s tropical garden on the East coast of Australia. Her interest in cultures and stories was sparked by a two-year journey her family took in North America when she was nine years old, living in a camper van and travelling from one national park to another. In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert.
In the novel Alice suffers a tragedy at 9 years old when a fire destroys her home and she loses her parents. She is taken in by her estranged grandmother, a flower farmer who raises Alice on the language of flowers, but Alice also learns that there are secrets about her past that her grandmother is reluctant to speak about. An unexpected betrayal sees Alice leave the farm and she ends up in the central Australian desert where she learns the culture of the people and their relation to their plants.

Maria B
4/5
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Beyond Sparkles and Superheroes

Children receive messages about gender everyday through behaviours, images, written and spoken words at home, at school and in other settings. 

These picture books present child characters in a way that challenges gender stereotypes. They are just a sample of books available on the theme of gender equality or gender equity and have been chosen because they are both enjoyable stories to read with your child and because they represent a range of approaches to the topic of gender equity.

We hope you enjoy them.

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Storytimes

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Storytime Schedule

Unfortunately, storytime sessions have been suspended due to library closures. 

Select either your preferred location or day to discover what Storytime sessions are available.

Please note: Regular Storytimes run during school terms only. 

Storytime Sessions by Library 

Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Tuesday 10.30 am

Toddlers (1-3 Years)
Friday 10.30am

Preschoolers (3-6 Years)
Wednesday 11.00am

Chinese Storytime (0-6 Years)
Monday 10.30am 2nd March, 16th March

Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Monday 2.00pm

Toddlers (1-3 Years)
Monday 11.00am

Preschoolers (3-6 Years)
Tuesday 11.00am

Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Thursday 2.00pm

Toddlers (1-3 Years)
Tuesday 11.00am

Preschoolers (3-6 Years)
Monday 10.00am

Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Tuesday 1.00pm

Toddlers (1-3 Years)
Friday 11.00am

Preschoolers (3-6 Years)
Tuesday 11.00am

Saturday Storytime (0-6 Years)
Saturday 10.30am

Auslan Storytime (1-3 Years)
1st Friday of the month 11.00am (Feb-Nov)

Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Friday 11.00am

Preschoolers (3-6 Years)
Tuesday 11.00am

Family (1-6 Years)
Wednesday 11.00am
Thursday 11.00am

Tinytots (0-12 Months)
Tuesday 10.00am

Family (1-6 Years)
Tuesday 11.30am
Wednesday 10.00am

Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Monday 1.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am

Toddlers (1-3 Years)
Wednesday 11.00am

Preschoolers (3-6 Years)
Tuesday 11.00am

Saturday Storytime (0-6 Years)
Saturday 10.30am

Chinese Storytimes (0-6 Years)
Friday 10.30am 13th March, 27th March

Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Wednesday 2.00pm

Toddlers (1-3 Years)
Friday 10.00am

Family (1-6 Years)
Friday 11.30am

Saturday Storytime (0-6 Years)
Saturday 10.30am

Family (1-6 Years)
Last Thursday of the month 2.00pm

Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Thursday 11.00am

Family (1-6 Years)
Thursday 9.15am

Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Wednesday 11.00am

Toddlers (1-3 Years)
Friday 10.00am

Preschoolers (3-6 Years)
Monday 10.00am

Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Tuesday 11.00am

Toddlers (1-3 Years)
Wednesday 11.00am

Preschoolers (3-6 Years)
Thursday 11.00am

Family (1-6 Years)
Wednesday 2.00pm

Saturday Storytime (0-6 Years)
Saturday 10.30am

Chinese Storytime (0-6 Years)
Friday 10.30am 6th March, 20th March

Chinese Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Friday 1.00pm 6th March, 20th March

Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Tuesday 2.00pm

Toddlers (1-3 Years)
Wednesday 10.30am

Preschoolers (3-6 Years)
Monday 10.30am

Family (1-6 Years)
Tuesday 10.30am

Saturday Storytime (0-6 Years)
Saturday 10.30am

Chinese Storytime (0-6 Years)
Friday 10.30am 6th March, 20th March

Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Monday 12.30pm

Toddlers (1-3 Years)
Wednesday 2.00pm

Family (1-6 Years)
Monday 10.00am

Storytime Sessions by Day of the week

Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Belgrave 2:00pm
Knox 1.00pm
Yarra Junction 12.30pm

Toddlers (1-3 Years)

Belgrave 11.00am

Preschoolers (3-6 Years)
Boronia 10.00am
Mooroolbark 10.00am
Rowville 10.30am

Family (1-6 Years)

Yarra Junction 10.00am

Chinese Storytimes 10.30am (0-6 Years)
Bayswater Monday 2nd March, 16th March

Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Bayswater 10.30am
Croydon 1.00pm
Healesville 10.00am
Realm 11.00am
Rowville 2.00pm

Toddlers (1-3 Years)
Boronia 11.00am

Preschoolers (3-6 Years)
Belgrave 11.00am
Croydon 11.00am
Ferntree Gully 11.00am
Knox 11.00am

Family (1-6 Years)
Healesville 11.30am
Rowville 10.30am

Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Knox 10.00am
Lilydale 2.00pm
Mooroolbark 11.00am

Toddlers (1-3 Years)
Knox 11.00am
Realm 11.00am
Rowville 10.30am
Yarra Juntion 2.00pm

Preschoolers (3-6 Years)
Bayswater 11.00am

Family (1-6 Years)
Ferntree Gully 11.00am
Healesville 10.00am
Realm 2.00pm

Tinytots (0-12 Months)
Boronia 2.00pm
Montrose 11.00am

Preschoolers (3-6 Years)
Realm 11.00am

Family (1-6 Years)
Ferntree Gully 11.00am
Montrose 9.15am
Monbulk Reading Room (Last Thursday of the month) 2.00pm

Tiny Tots (0-12 Months)
Ferntree Gully 11.00am

Toddlers (1-3 Years)
Bayswater 10.30am
Croydon 11.00am 
Lilydale 10.00am
Mooroolbark 10.00am

Family (1-6 Years)

Lilydale 11.30am

Auslan Storytime (1-3 Years)
Croydon 1st Friday of the month 11.00am (Feb-Nov)

Chinese Storytime 10.30am (0-6 Years)
Knox Friday 13th March, 27th March
Realm Friday 6th March, 20th March
Rowville Friday 6th March, 20th March

Chinese Tiny Tots 1.00pm (0-12 Months)
Realm Friday 6th March, 20th March

All Storytime Ages (0-6 Years)
Croydon 10.30am
Knox 10.30am
Lilydale 10.30am
Realm 10.30am
Rowville 10.30am

Enjoying the library and storytime

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.

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.

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.

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

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, 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 0-6 are welcome, with readings, songs and craft activities to participate in.

Chinese Storytimes

Your library hosts fortnightly Mandarin Chinese storytimes at Bayswater, Knox, Realm and Rowville libraries. They run from 10.30am-11.15am, and are suitable for children aged between 0-6 years old.

Chinese storytimes are expected to start back in March. 

Quiet 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. Quiet 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.

 

Kids

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Facebook Live Storytimes
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Beyond Sparkles & Superheroes
These picture books present child characters in a way that challenges gender stereotypes. They are just a sample of books available on the theme of gender equality or gender equity.
Kanopy Kids
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