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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 mosman.nsw.gov.au/library 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

For School Aged Children 5-12

Thursday Kids

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

Thursday Kids is online via Zoom, for bookings click here.

School Holiday and Special Events

Summer Reading Club

 

Mosman Library Service, together with the other Shorelink Libraries, is holding its annual Summer Reading Club again this summer.

This program is designed to encourage children to continue reading through the summer holidays by giving those participating prizes as incentives.

To participate, children 5 to 12 years old must be a Shorelink Library member and register at the Library or on the Beanstack website.

Submit book reviews for every book you read (or have read to you)over the summer.

For every five book reviews you enter you will receive a lucky-dip prize and the chance to win a big prize at the end of the holidays. Reviews can be written or drawn as a picture.

There are also challenge activity sheets to finish throughout the holidays, as well as holiday programs to attend.

Win rewards as you go, the distribution of participation certificates and the draw for major prizes is on Thursday 4 February 2021.

Entries close on Sunday 31 January 2021

For more information contact Children’s Librarian, Simin Reyhanian on 99784092

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