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Children

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

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).

All Babytimes and 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

A weekly Babytime program for 0 – 2 year olds on Wednesday mornings at 10.30am during school terms.

Bookings will open the week before for all events. Places are limited. Visit the Events Mosman website.

 

For Toddlers and Pre-schoolers – Storytime

Encourage a love of stories, books and libraries!

A rhyme and story reading session for toddlers and preschool children aged 1-5 years on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10.30am during school terms.

Bookings will open the week before for all events. Places are limited. Visit the Events Mosman website.

For School Aged Children 5-12

Thursday Kids

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

Bookings are essential as places are limited with bookings for each week opening up the Thursday before.

Thursday Kids runs from 4pm-4.45pm. Parents and carers, please enjoy your break while Children’s Library staff supervise your children.

www.mosman.nsw.gov.au/events

School Holiday and Special Events

Autumn School Holiday Program

 
Bookings and more information at events.mosman.nsw.gov.au/holidays.

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!

 

Ziptales

Ziptales

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

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

Timelines

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