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

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

For Babies – Babytime

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 – 11–11.20am and 2.30–2.50pm (two separate sessions per fortnight).
  • Dates for 2018 – 30 May, 13 Jun, 27 Jun, 25 July, 8 Aug, 22 Aug, 5 Sep, 19 Sep, 17 Oct, 31 Oct, 14 Nov, 28 Nov, 12 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 Pre-schoolers (Storytime)

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 sessions will resume on the 24 July 2018.

  • 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

Thursday Kids

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

Dates for 2018


  • 26 Jul: Make Your Own Tree


  • 2 Aug: Beading Bracelets
  • 9 Aug: Paper Aeroplanes
  • 16 Aug: National Science Week
  • 23 Aug: Book Week
  • 30 Aug: Father’s Day


  • 6 Sep: Puppet Theatre
  • 13 Sep: Clay Modelling
  • 20 Sep: Stained Glass Frames
  • 27 Sep: Pipe Cleaner Animals


  • 18 Oct: National Water Week
  • 25 Oct: Pumpkin Mask


  • 1 Nov: Design Your Own Magnets
  • 8 Nov: Origami Animals
  • 15 Nov: Oil Pastels
  • 22 Nov: Christmas Card
  • 29 Nov: Treasure Trove Launch Party


  • 6 Dec: Patty Cake Angels
  • 13 Dec: Wishing Tree

For School Aged Children 9-12

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 (7 Aug, 4 Sep, 2 Oct, 6 Nov, 4 Dec)

Time: 3.30-4.30pm

School Holiday and Special Events

Dolly Peg Butterfly 10 July, 10:30-11.30am

This craft will surely brighten your day. We will be creating colourful butterflies from foam and dolly pegs.
Ages 5-8.

Robot Riot 11 July, 10:30am-12:30pm

A two hour fun robot experience that features hands on interaction with high end advanced humanoid soccer robots, battle robots, and autonomous obstacle bots. This workshop will be run by Robohaus.
Ages 9-12

Watercolour Landscape Paintings 12 July, 10:30-11.30am

Today we will be drawing landscape pictures with water colour pencils and then turning them into paintings. Where is your favourite place to go? Perhaps you will paint the beach or the park, or maybe even the library?
Ages 5-12

Manga Art Workshop 16 July, 2.00-4.00pm

Manga is the comics created in Japan. It has been really popular among the children all across the globe. This workshop will cover an introduction to Manga, male and female proportion, and full-bodied character.
Ages 9-12 years

Jig Draws 17 July, 10:30-11.30am

Create your own puzzle picture with jig draws. Colour your design onto the puzzle pieces and then see if you can put the puzzle together.
Ages 5-8

Ozobot Workshop 17 July, 2.00-4.00pm

Ozobots are miniature robots designed for children to learn basic coding in a fun and easy way. In this workshop children will explore how the robots follow lines and detect codes based on colour. Ages 9-12 years

Meet Edison 18 July, 2.00-3.00pm

Explore robotics with Edison. Learn how to control the robot to respond to a TV / DVD remote control or calibrate the sensitivity of Edison’s obstacle detection. We introduce coding Edison through a computer interface.
Ages 9-12

Icosahedron Ball 19 July, 10:30-11.30am

What do a soccer ball and an icosahedron ball have in common? They’re the same thing. Set your folding and gluing skills to the test by constructing this colourful paper masterpiece.
Ages 9-12

For more School Holiday and Special Events. See the Winter school holiday events here.

h3. Children’s Book Week

To celebrate Children’s Book Week we will be holding three competitions for children based around the 2017 theme of ‘Escape to Everywhere’.

For 1-5 year olds there is a colouring in sheet to complete. Children aged 6-9 are asked to enter acrostic poems using the word ‘ESCAPE’. And 10-12 year olds can write a narrative using the theme as their inspiration. Entries should be no larger than one A3 page.

Entry forms are to be completed and returned to the Library by Friday 11 August. Entries will be displayed in the Library during Book Week, and can be collected after Monday 11 September. Competition winners will be announced on Thursday 24 August at 4pm.

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.



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.

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.

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