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

To help keep everyone safe, Mosman Library Service is currently streaming storytime programs online

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 : Online Only

A weekly Babytime program for 0 – 1 year olds currently streaming via the Library’s Facebook page on Wednesday mornings at 11am during school terms.

For Toddlers and Pre-schoolers (Storytime) : Online Only

Encourage a love of stories, books and libraries!

A rhyme and story reading session for toddlers and preschool children aged 2-5 years currently streaming via the Library’s Facebook page.

- Tuesdays at 10.30 am for Toddlers (2-3 years) during school terms

Storytime online via Facebook Live – Children’s Book Week

Join us for a special storytime to celebrate Children’s Book Week.

Accredited storyteller Christine will be telling tales along the theme of ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’. She has told not only to children in schools and libraries but to adults at international festivals and other main stream venues.

Christine loves to see the interaction of the audience as stories take hold, entertain and hopefully, in some cases, inspire.

Suitable for ages 3 – 5

Book Week Storytime with Christine Greenough
Tuesday 20 October 10.30 – 11am

Storytime online via Facebook Live – Storytime Science

Join us for science-themed stories and explore along with us the fabulous science featured in them. Perfect for children aged 3 to 5 years with an adult lab assistant.

These sessions will be presented by Children’s Discovery who develop playful experiences that encourage children’s confidence, curiosity, creativity and communication.

Goldilocks and the Three Scientists
Tuesday 27 October
10.30 – 11am

Equipment and materials to join in at home
½ cup vinegar
4× teaspoons bicarb
4× cups or glasses
1× light coloured flower or stem of celery with leaves
1× bottle of red or blue food colour
Optional: marble run items such as a pin board, cardboard cylinders, foam, plastic or cardboard cups, drawing pins, sticky tape, cup cake papers, sticky tape, plastic spoons, marbles

Humpty Dumpty
Tuesday 3 November
10.30 – 11am

Equipment and materials to join in at home
2× hard boiled eggs
2× raw eggs
2× plastic cups or glasses 2/3 filled with water
1× tray or container (to catch spills)
1× plastic bowl
1× cardboard cylinder eg from inside a paper towel roll, toilet roll
¼ cup salt
1× teaspoon

The Wind and the Sun
Tuesday 10 November
10.30 – 11am

Equipment and materials to join in at home
1× exercise book or notebook
2× balloons
2 m string
1× straw
Sticky tape

My Shadow
Tuesday 17 November
10.30 – 11am

Equipment and materials to join in at home
2 or 3 toys of different sizes
1× torch (eg on phone) or lamp
Room that can be darkened
Chalk or masking tape or similar to mark a driveway, path or paved area
Card eg from food packet
Sticky tape

For School Aged Children 5-12 : Suspended

Junior Tuesday Lego Club : Suspended

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

Thursday Kids : Suspended

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

For School Aged Children 9-12: Suspended

Tuesday Lego Club: Suspended

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

School Holiday and Special Events

Children’s Book Week

To celebrate Children’s Book Week we will be holding three competitions for children based around the 2020 theme of ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’.

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 words ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’. 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 Barry O’Keefe Library by Thursday 8 October. Entries will be displayed in the Library Facebook during Book Week, and can be collected after Monday 26 October. Competition Winners will be announced on Thursday 22 October at 4pm.

Children’s Book Week Author Talk Zoom Events

Lindsay Holliday online via Zoom


Lindsay Holliday is a local author and illustrator who has written a new Australian adventure chapter book series.

The Danger books are a series of engaging, humorous adventure stories recommended for middle and upper primary school children, ages 7-11 years old.

The stories cover the themes of inclusion, resilience, kindness and humour.

Lindsay Holliday will be appearing via Zoom Monday 19 October 11:00 am-12:00pm and 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

Get tickets here

Paul’s Magic online via Zoom

Celebrate Children’s Book Week this year with a performance by Paul’s Magic online via Zoom. Paul will be putting on a show around this year’s theme Curious Creatures, Wild Minds for children aged 5 – 12 years old.

Thursday 22 October 4.00pm

Get tickets here

Children’s Week Celebration

Mosman children’s library will be celebrating Children’s Week 2020 with a visit from Reptile Encounters ‘Feathers, Fur and Scales’ on Wednesday 28 October at 4pm.

Children will get a close look at different Australian animals and learn about what they eat, where they live and more.

Reptile Encounters believe in inspiring children to take an interest in the natural world. Thus, children will be dazzled with enriching information while they interact with captive-raised, Australian animals.

Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities.

Please see the link to the show information

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