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Mosman Library Service has a great range of resources for children of all ages and reading levels.

In the interests of public health, Mosman Council will suspend all programs, activities and events at Barry O’Keefe Library until further notice.

The Library remains open and we continue to welcome visitors. Customers can also use our online library or the Library’s new app (Apple App Store and Google Play) for loan extensions and to access our eCollections.

We are continuing to monitor and follow state and federal government advice relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please check or the Mosman Library Service App for updated information on the future scheduling of events and activities.

All Babytimes and Pre-schoolers Storytimes are held during School Terms Only

1000 Books Before School Program

The 1000 Books Before School program is an early literacy program designed to encourage parents and carers to read with their 0-5 year olds to help them prepare for school.

It’s as simple as it sounds – read 1000 books before they start school.

It’s achievable:
  • If you read one book per day, you will finish in less than three years
  • If you read three books a day, you will finish in less than one year
How the program works:
  • To register for the program, a child’s library card is required
  • You can register in person at Barry O’Keefe Library to receive printed material or online through Beanstack
  • If using printed sheets mark, colour or place a sticker on your reading record each time you read together with your child
  • If using Beanstack, log each book you read

Please note: once you have decided between printed sheets or online tracking, you must continue with this method for the entire duration of the project.

After reaching your first milestone of 100 books read, your child will be eligible to collect a “1000 Books Before School” reading bag. For every 100 books read after that, you can collect a merit patch to go on the bag. If you are using printed record sheets, after every 100 books read you will need to bring the sheet to Barry O’Keefe Library to collect your bag and patches. Beanstack users can also come in to the library and staff will look up your accomplishments online to receive your reward.

Every book that your child completes or listens to counts. This includes stories read at Storytime sessions, day care and playgroup.

We encourage you to use the children’s collections at your local libraries. However, you can read books from anywhere and read them as many times as you want.

The program finishes once your child reaches the goal of 1000 books, starts school or turns 6.

The 1000 Books Before School program is proudly supported by the following councils: Hornsby, Lane Cove, Ku-ring-gai, Mosman, North Sydney, Northern Beaches and Ryde.

For Babies – Babytime : Suspended

A lap sit rhyme and story session for babies aged 0–1 years.

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  • When – Every second Wednesday (during the school terms).
  • Time – 11.00am–11.20am and 2.30pm–2.50pm (two separate sessions per fortnight).
    (22 July, 5 Aug, 19 Aug, 2 Sep, 16 Sep, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 11 Nov, 25 Nov, 9 Dec)

Bright Beginnings @ Barry O’Keefe Library

It’s never too early for your baby to have their very own library card!
Bright Beginnings is a great incentive to borrow books for your baby to enjoy. Simply join up bub, borrow items on the card, and on your third visit to the library you’ll receive a free Bright Beginnings Kit filled with all sorts of goodies for you and your baby. .
Enquire at the Lending desk to receive your registration card.

For Toddlers and Pre-schoolers (Storytime) : Suspended

Encourage a love of stories, books and libraries!

A rhyme, singing and story reading session for toddlers and preschool children aged 2–5 years.

  • Storytime at Barry O’Keefe Library is held during the school term
  • Tuesdays at 10:30am for Toddlers (2-3 years)
  • Thursdays at 10:30am for Preschoolers (3-5 years)

For School Aged Children 5-12 : Suspended

Junior Tuesday Lego Club : Suspended

A Lego Club program for children aged 5 – 8 years.

Date: Last Tuesday of every month. (28 Jul, 25 Aug, 27 Oct, 24 Nov)

Time: 3.30-4.30pm

Thursday Kids : Suspended

A program for school children aged 5–12 years old focusing on art and craft.

Dates for 2020


  • 2 Jul: Free Craft
  • 23 Jul: Button Flowers
  • 30 Jul: International Day of Friendship


  • 6 Aug: National Tree Day
  • 13 Aug: Basket Weaving
  • 20 Aug: National Science Week
  • 27 Aug: Book Week


  • 3 Sep: Father’s Day
  • 10 Sep: Watercolour Painting to Music
  • 17 Sep: Tree of Life Painting
  • 24 Sep: Peg Dolls


  • 15 Oct: Hat Day
  • 22 Oct: National Water Week
  • 29 Oct: Halloween


  • 5 Nov: Embossed Ornaments
  • 12 Nov: Diwali Lanterns
  • 19 Nov: Home Library Christmas Cards
  • 26 Nov: Summer Reading Launch Party


  • 3 Dec: International Day of People with Disability
  • 10 Dec: Christmas Tree Ornaments

For School Aged Children 9-12: Suspended

Tuesday Lego Club

Choose from a variety of Lego sets and work together with friends as a team, or construct your own masterpiece.

For ages 9-12 years.

Date: First Tuesday of every month (4 Aug, 1 Sep, 3 Nov)

Time: 3.30-4.30pm

School Holiday and Special Events

Paper Plate Snakes

Monday 6 July 10:30 – 11:00am

Join us at our online Zoom virtual event as we create our own paper plate snakes.
Suitable for ages 5-8

Tapalinga with Majeda Beatty

Tuesday 7 July 10:30 – 11:00am

Taking you on a journey of Australia’s First Nation dreamtime through an interactive and vibrant experience, Majeda Beatty presents both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures through the teaching and performance of songs, dances, stories and language. This event will be held online as a Zoom virtual event.
Suitable for ages 5 – 12

Indigenous Infusion with Larry Brandy

Friday 10 July 10:30 – 11.00am

Larry introduces children to his Wiradjuri culture with a focus on the significance of family, the environment and everyday life. Children will hear stories and act them out through dance.
This event will be held online as a Zoom virtual event.
Suitable for ages 5 – 12

Youth Awards in Literature

The Mosman Youth Awards in Literature is an annual prose and poetry competition which attracts budding poets, playwrights and authors from primary and secondary schools across the state, all of whom compete for a share in the $2,000 prize pool.

The annual contest is run by Mosman Library Service, with prizes sponsored by Lions Club of Mosman, Rotary Club of Mosman, Northern Beaches & Mosman College and Oracle Books Mosman.

For more information Click here.

Online Resources for Children

Mosman Library Service has a great range of children’s eBooks, educational games and online encyclopaedias. You will need your library card to access these resources.

PK mag

PK mag is an e-zine for primary age kids.
In PK mag you will find creative work from book reviews, poetry, short stories, artwork, photography or stories. If you have created something or been involved in creating something it’ll be published in PK mag!



Log into Ziptales with your Mosman Library Service membership card to enjoy more than 500 interactive stories with voice-overs, animations, games, quizzes and more to help make reading FUN! (Requires uppercase X)

Britannica eBooks


A large collection of non-fiction eBooks for primary aged children, perfect for homework and school projects. (Requires uppercase X)

World Book Online

World Book Online is a one stop shop for all your child’s school project needs. Log in with your Mosman Library Service membership card to discover a boundless world of learning including eBooks, encyclopaedias and interactive games and activities.

World Book eBooks

World ebook

A comprehensive collection of non-fiction e-books covering a range of topics including animals, science, history, geography and the arts.

World Book Online for Kids

World Book Online for Kids

is a general reference encyclopaedia especially for primary school kids including easy-to-read articles, multimedia, and a wealth of interactive tools, and activities.

World Book Advanced

World Book Advanced

World Book Advanced contains detailed content written for secondary level students. Includes integrated research of articles, media, primary resources, eBooks, dictionary, atlas and more.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

is a dedicated Spanish-language database containing videos, compare-and-contrast features, selected articles, and a visual dictionary to allow ESL students and Spanish-learners the chance to learn. Integrated with World Book Kids for parallel English-language content.

Early World of Learning

World Book Online for Kids

A selection of interactive and educational games aimed at supporting your child’s learning. Your child can enjoy reading games, quizzes, videos, sing-a-longs and lots more fantastic educational activities.



Timelines gives students the opportunity to visualize and explore important events from the past and explore unique timelines that span the arts, science and technology, society and culture, sports, world history and geography. Build a timeline or create your very own personalized timeline with events from your past.

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is a special initiative of the Premier of NSW, presented by the NSW Department of Education and Training, to foster a love of literature and to encourage children to read widely for leisure and for pleasure.

Premier's Challenge Booklists

For more information, visit the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge