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Kids and Teens

Maribyrnong Library Service welcomes children and young people by providing programs to cater to their needs including:

April School Holiday Program

April School Holidays

For our April holiday program get ready to journey out onto the high seas! Make fishy crafts, discover your inner pirate, or come along for lots of fun and laughs with performances from CARP Productions, and author Andy Jones.

For details download a flyer or head to Maribyrnong Library Service on Eventbrite .

1000 Books Before School

1000 Books Before School

1000 Books before School is a program which encourages parents and carers to read 1000 books with their children before they begin school.

Sharing stories with babies and young children helps develop literacy skills that will prepare them for reading at school.

How 1000 Books Before School works

∙ Register at any Maribyrnong Library Service branch to receive your first reading record, reading kit and borrow some of our wonderful children’s books to get you started.

∙ A library membership is required to join the program. This may be a parent’s card, or you may like to sign your child up. Each child does not need their own card to participate.

∙ Mark, colour or place a sticker on your Reading Record each time you read together with your child.

∙ Every book that your child completes, or actively listens to also counts. This includes stories read at Story Time sessions, day care, playgroup and kindergarten, as well as reading the same book over and over again.

∙ A special reward will be given when you reach the following milestones: 100 books, 250 books, 500 books, 750 books and 1000 books.

∙ You can read books from anywhere – not just library books. Please come and talk to our friendly librarians, we are happy to help!

∙ The program finishes once your child reaches 1000 books, or until the end of term 1 of the year your child starts school. Congratulations!

Lego Club

Lego Club

Come along to build, play and meet other lego fans! Lego Club will run once a month during school terms at West Footscray Library.

Tuesdays at West Footscray Library
539 Barkly Street, West Footscray

Tuesday 31 January 4 - 5pm
Tuesday 28 February 4 - 5pm
Tuesday 28 March 4 - 5pm
Tuesday 23 May 4 - 5pm
Tuesday 20 June 4 - 5pm

Maribyrnong Young Writers Competition Prize Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 Maribyrnong Young Writers Competition.

Click the titles below to read the Highly Commended and Winning stories!

Highly Commended:

Prep to Grade 1 -
The Halloween Adventure by Aakash Vijayasinghem
Rizilier the Mystery Squirrel by Weiyi Liu

Grade 2 to 3 -
Yellows Adventure by Willow Vecht
The Aliens and the People by Evie Patzwald

Grade 4 to 6 -
I don't know what to write about! (Based on a true story) by Emily Walsh
The Black Death by Grace Lange


Prep to Grade 1 - The Octopus by Ella Kousal
Grade 2 to 3 - The Day of the Friendship Reunion by Ly Ta
Grade 4 to 6 - Through Matilda's Eyes by Holly Rose Te Maro

eBooks for Children


The library has a great range of ebooks for children and teens. Free to borrow, and download to your tablet, iPad, smartphone, android, eReader or PC.

You'll find a fun selection of books from Wheelers and Overdrive.

For Wheelers eBooks
For Overdrive eBooks
For Bolinda eAudiobooks

Or click on the images below:

Wheelers ebooks for children

Overdrive ebooks for children

Bolinda eAudiobooks for children

Learning is Fun!

Literacy Planet and Tumblebooks. Learning, puzzles and games all available for children.

Literacy Planet (formerly called Intrepica) encourages the learning of essential English literacy skills through a motivational learning platform that is fun, compelling and addictive for students of all ages and ability. It is accessible and affordable, and puts the learning needs of every child firmly in the hands of those entrusted with their education.

Students are connected in a safe, socially active environment that utilises natural competitive spirit to drive literacy achievement. Follow this link to join Literacy Planet. You will need a parent or guardian to join you up to Literacy Planet.

Literacy Planet - Learning is fun

Tumblebook Library is an online collection of read-along books for children. Great picture books with music and animation that your child can read along with. There are also chapter books for older children that can assist your child with reading. Follow this link to visit Tumblebooks.

Tumblebooks - read-along stories for children

Reading Time now available Online

Reading Time Online replaces Reading Time in print and includes all the old favourites such as reviews, interviews with established and emerging authors and illustrators and reports from CBCA judges.
Reading Time

It includes booklists, articles on topics of interest to the children's book world, guest blog posts and more.
Reading Time Online is free!

For more information contact:
Youth Services Librarian
9688 0290

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