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Library Children's Programs

Welcome to Children's Programs Online


Here you will find creative opportunities for children to play and learn. Ages 0-11.

These programs support child development and are designed to grow with your child from early years to primary school. Regular programs include Storytime, Baby Bounce and school aged activities and resources. 

Join our libraries’ team as they share some of their favourite children’s books in a special Virtual Story Time. Stay tuned after each book for another adventure.

  

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Virtual Children's Programs

Join our libraries’ team as they share some awesome children programs.

Children's Program - Virutal Baby Bounce

Join the library team as they share some excellent virtual baby bounce stories.

Children's Programs - Virtual Storytime

Join the library team as they share some excellent virtual storytimes.

Library Resources

Children

We provide a wide range of free online resources for children that include:

  • eBooks and Audiobooks, including Premiers Reading Challenge titles
  • Picture books read aloud by your favourite Australian personalities
  • Unlimited streaming of children’s televison shows and movies
  • Educational games and activities
  • Encyclopedias and databases to support virtual learning
  • Tutoring for Grade 3 and up, available 24/7

You may be required to login with your library card number and PIN. If you don’t have a library card, sign up for a free online membership. You can visit us when we reopen to collect your card.

Cyber Safety

The library has produced content for all ages to support safety, including cyber safety videos and tips, mental health online resources, and more. There is a dedicated section for children and youth aged 5-25 years. View the Cyber Safety page

Council Resources

Council Resources

Arts in Greater Dandenong


Arts in Greater Dandenong has created virtual content for children including art workshops and special storytimes featuring authors and illustrators reading their own works.

Faces of Harmony

The City of Greater Dandenong has worked with Dandenong Primary School to share a message of harmony and kindness that is particularly relevant as we face the global health crisis related to COVID-19.


External Resources

Home Learning

Victorian Department of Education and Training

Resources for every stage of learning to meet Victorian curriculum.

ABC Education

Thousands of free, curriculum-linked resources for primary and secondary students and teachers. Includes games.

ABC Kids

Stream your favourite ABC Kids shows. There are also online games, ideas for simple crafts and recipes to create at home, and a selection of printable colouring sheets.

State Library of Victoria

Designed for Victorian students and their teachers.

It provides access to:
- comprehensive easy to follow research and essay writing guides
- over 700 digitised primary sources from the State Library of Victoria
- a database of teachers's resources with links to the Victorian Essential Learning Standards and the Australian Curriculum.

Victorian Department of Education and Training

Advice for parents about supporting education continuity while schools are closed.

Home Education Network

Full list of online resources to support home learning as recomended by homeschooling parents.

State Library of Queensland

The State Library of Queensland has compiled articles including how to make learning fun for babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers.

The Australian Government eSafety Commissioner

The Australian Government eSafety Commissioner has produced resources for Early Years eSafety. Find here posters, booklets, family technology agreement templates, PlaySchool's special online safety episode, and more - all designed to support you in keeping your family safe online.

Nosy Crow Publishing House

Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo, has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, available for free, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.

Content from Authors

Rod Campbell - Dear Zoo

Rod Campbell’s popular ‘Dear Zoo’ has its own website, dedicated to activities and games related to the books.

Dav Pilkey and Library of Congress

From 1st April Dav will provide online how-to-draw demonstrations, engaging read-a-louds and will share resources from the LOC collections.


Sally Rippin

Author of Billie B Brown, Sally is running a free Holiday Program and competitions

Mo Willems

The webpage ‘Pigeon Presents’ contains lots of fun activities relating to Mo Willems' 'Pigeon' series (e.g. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus).


David Walliams

The webpage ‘World of David Walliams’ contains lots of fun activities relating to author David Walliams' work.

Story Times

SAG-AFTRA Foundation

'Storyline Online' is producing YouTube videos with celebrities reading picture books, storytelling with animation, and more.

David Walliams

Author David Walliams is producing his own virtual content, with daily updates.

Raising Children Network - Baby Karaoke

Animated videos with the words and tunes of popular children’s songs and nursery rhymes - also available on iOs and Android

Raising Literacy Australia

Australian resource with quality books and associated learning activities

Story Time Craft Resources

Brown Bear Colouring Sheet

Download this colouring-in sheet to follow along with libraries' team member Dionyy as she reads Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? written and illustrated by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle.


Wednesday 27 May - National Simultaneous Storytime

Entertain the kids for hours with this fun activity kit created by Lucinda Gifford, author and illustrator of Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas. 

Check out this amazing online Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas jigsaw puzzle. You can make it as hard or easy as you like.

Code Club

MIT - Scratch

Scratch - learn to code and explore others creations

Hour of Code

Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages.

Code Club Australia

Missing Code Club? 100s of fun, step-by-step projects to make games, websites, art and more.

Code.org

Learn JavaScript, HTML, and CSS to program an App, develop a game, or create a web page.

MIT App Inventor

MIT App Inventor is an intuitive, visual programming environment that allows everyone to build fully functional apps for smartphones and tablets. Those new to MIT App Inventor can have a simple first app up and running in less than 30 minutes.

Moonhack 2020

Moonhack is for anyone who is curious to give coding a try. There are coding projects for all levels of experience, from beginners through to advanced. When you’ve finished all the projects, you can print a certificate of participation.

Tinkercad

Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It's used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything!

General Entertainment


Museums Victoria

Virtual museum tours plus Scienceworks at home - STEM resources.

Zoos Victoria

Catch the livestreaming and pre-recorded videos of zoo animals in Victoria! #AnimalsAtHome


National Gallery Victoria

Collection of free activity sheets and e-books to support creativity


Sea Life Sydney

The Sydney Aquarium (Sea Life) uploads livestreams and videos of their animals.

Wild Life Sydney Zoo

The Sydney Zoo (Wild Life) uploads livestreams and videos available via their Facebook page.

Hellenic Museum Education Museum

The Hellenic Museum Education Program has developed a digital outreach program to support and engage children at home. This program is free and is called the Argonauts Club Digital Engagement Program.


Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has moved online, and has put together fun 'active virtual content' - if you want to do something active online, check out these great ideas.

Museums Victoria and Kinderling Kids Radio

Museums Victoria and Kinderling Kids Radio have partnered together to produce a podcast series titled The Fact Detectives. The Fact Detectives brings Museums Victoria’s research and collections to life with exciting facts from experts.

National Museum Australia

National Museum Australia has put together a huge selection of crafts and activities you can do from home. Check out the Gold Rush Game, the Time Capsule craft, or the Bogong Moth craft, just to start you off!

Culture24

Culture24, a UK cultural support organisation, has curated a free and safe collection of games, videos, and museums and galleries content in its UK-based portal Show Me.

Science Museum Group

Explore content from the UK's Science Museum, Science and Industry Museum, National Science and Media Museum, National Railway Museum and Locomotion.

NASA

Explore images and videos straight from space through NASA's website.

Virtual Baby Bounce
JUN
3
3 Jun 2020 10:30am
Baby Bounce is great fun. By singing and playing with simple musical instruments these early literacy sessions help to develop your baby's motor skills and confidence...
Virtual Reading Buddies
JUN
3
3 Jun 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Library Storytime
JUN
4
4 Jun 2020 10:30am
Join us for a free virtual storytime on Thursdays at 10.30am as you and your child listen to stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary...
Virtual Baby Bounce
JUN
10
10 Jun 2020 10:30am
Baby Bounce is great fun. By singing and playing with simple musical instruments these early literacy sessions help to develop your baby's motor skills and confidence...
Virtual Reading Buddies
JUN
10
10 Jun 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Library Storytime
JUN
11
11 Jun 2020 10:30am
Join us for a free virtual storytime on Thursdays at 10.30am as you and your child listen to stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary...
Virtual STEAM-Experiments
JUN
12
12 Jun 2020 4pm
Get your STEAM on. Join library team members as they demonstrate fun new science experiments you can do from home...
Virtual Baby Bounce
JUN
17
17 Jun 2020 10:30am
Baby Bounce is great fun. By singing and playing with simple musical instruments these early literacy sessions help to develop your baby's motor skills and confidence...
Virtual Reading Buddies
JUN
17
17 Jun 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Library Storytime
JUN
18
18 Jun 2020 10:30am
Join us for a free virtual storytime on Thursdays at 10.30am as you and your child listen to stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary...
Virtual Baby Bounce
JUN
24
24 Jun 2020 10:30am
Baby Bounce is great fun. By singing and playing with simple musical instruments these early literacy sessions help to develop your baby's motor skills and confidence...
Virtual Reading Buddies
JUN
24
24 Jun 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Library Storytime
JUN
25
25 Jun 2020 10:30am
Join us for a free virtual storytime on Thursdays at 10.30am as you and your child listen to stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary...
Virtual STEAM-Experiments
JUN
26
26 Jun 2020 4pm
Get your STEAM on. Join library team members as they demonstrate fun new science experiments you can do from home...
Virtual Baby Bounce
JUL
1
1 Jul 2020 10:30am
Baby Bounce is great fun. By singing and playing with simple musical instruments these early literacy sessions help to develop your baby's motor skills and confidence...
School Holiday Program - West African Dance Workshop
JUL
1
1 Jul 2020 2pm
Come along to enjoy West African performers cultural dance workshop...
Virtual Reading Buddies
JUL
1
1 Jul 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Library Storytime
JUL
2
2 Jul 2020 10:30am
Join us for a free virtual storytime on Thursdays at 10.30am as you and your child listen to stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary...
School Holiday Program - CARP Productions – The T-Rex Tea Party
JUL
6
6 Jul 2020 2pm
Come along to enjoy a T-Riffic show with cute dinosaur puppets, dress-ups, magic tricks, music and a story about a cheeky dinosaur...
School Holiday Program - TwistEd Science – Online Science Show
JUL
8
8 Jul 2020 2pm
Come along to enjoy 45 minutes of fun with some of our favourite demonstrations and experiments...
Virtual Reading Buddies
JUL
8
8 Jul 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual STEAM-Experiments
JUL
10
10 Jul 2020 4pm
Get your STEAM on. Join library team members as they demonstrate fun new science experiments you can do from home...
Virtual Reading Buddies
JUL
15
15 Jul 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Reading Buddies
JUL
22
22 Jul 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual STEAM-Experiments
JUL
24
24 Jul 2020 4pm
Get your STEAM on. Join library team members as they demonstrate fun new science experiments you can do from home...
Virtual Reading Buddies
JUL
29
29 Jul 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual STEAM-Experiments
AUG
7
7 Aug 2020 4pm
Get your STEAM on. Join library team members as they demonstrate fun new science experiments you can do from home...