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Kids and Teens

Maribyrnong Library Service welcomes children and young people by providing programs to cater to their needs including:


National Simultaneous Story Time

Join Footscray Library for a special Story Time event during our weekly Story Time session. Acclaimed Story Teller Anne E Stewart will read the National Simultaneous Story Time book, “I Got This Hat”, by Jol and Kate Temple. Celebrate with us as Anne then engages the audience with her enchanting storytelling style.

Wednesday 25 May | 11am
Footscray Library

Radical Reptiles Show

Radical Reptiles Show
Come along to West Footscray Library and join The RooKeepers for a fun and interactive wildlife show.
The show features 8 amazing reptiles including snakes, lizards, turtles and even a crocodile!

Places are limited and bookings essential. (Suitable for ages 3 and above)

Free bookings available at Bookings essential. For further information please contact 9688 0292

Friday 10 June | 4-5pm
West Footscray Library

Artist Workshops for the Whole Family - with Emma Grace

Artist Workshops
Family Sustainable Craft Workshop: Bunting making with artist Emma Grace. Ages 8 years and over. Everyone works together to make a bunting to decorate the library out of vintage materials. Then use these skills to decorate at home.

Tuesday 21 June 4-5.30pm | Footscray Library

Family Sustainable Craft Workshop: Kites with Emma Grace. Ages 8 years and over. Get creative and make a unique eye-popping kite from recycled materials. Emma will step you through the construction and decorating using streamers, tassels and more.

Thursday 23 June 4-5.30pm | Braybrook Library

Numbers limited. Bookings essential. Please book for both adults and children attending this activity.

Free bookings available at

Lego Club

Lego Club

Come along to build, play and meet other lego fans! Lego Club will run during school terms, once per month on a Tuesday from 4 - 5 pm at West Footscray Library.

Ages 5-12 years

New dates for 2016:

Tuesday 26 April
Tuesday 24 May
Tuesday 21 June

Bookings not required.

Maribyrnong Young Writers Awards

Young writers of Maribyrnong have been busy writing short stories. Now it's time to celebrate and enjoy their exciting and entertaining entries.

Maribyrnong Young Writers Competition 2015 Prize Winners


Prep to Grade 1:
“The Little White Blossoms” by Eliza Lavery

Grade 2 to 3:
“The Sloppy Floppy Tree” by Zahara Rediger-Jones

Grade 4 to 6:
“Hope in Syria” by Jim Findlay

Highly Commended:

Prep to Grade 1:
“Grandpa’s Teeth” by Daniel Kulkewycz
“The Frog And The Flies” by Audrey Truong

Grade 2 to 3:
“The China Mug” by Emily Chiu
“The Magic Room” by Isobel Keeling-Mayer

Grade 4 to 6:
“Autumn Leaf” by Ella Purkiss
“Four Bad Ladybugs” by Holly Braiser

All winning and highly commended stories can be downloaded at the bottom of this webpage.

eBooks for Children


The library has a great range of ebooks for children and teens. Free to borrow, and download to your tablet, iPad, smartphone, android, eReader or PC.

You'll find a fun selection of books from Wheelers and Overdrive.

For Wheelers eBooks
For Overdrive eBooks

Or click on the images below:

Wheelers ebooks for children

Overdrive ebooks for children

Learning is Fun!

Literacy Planet and Tumblebooks. Learning, puzzles and games all available for children.

Literacy Planet (formerly called Intrepica) encourages the learning of essential English literacy skills through a motivational learning platform that is fun, compelling and addictive for students of all ages and ability. It is accessible and affordable, and puts the learning needs of every child firmly in the hands of those entrusted with their education.

Students are connected in a safe, socially active environment that utilises natural competitive spirit to drive literacy achievement. Follow this link to join Literacy Planet. You will need a parent or guardian to join you up to Literacy Planet.

Literacy Planet - Learning is fun

Tumblebook Library is an online collection of read-along books for children. Great picture books with music and animation that your child can read along with. There are also chapter books for older children that can assist your child with reading. Follow this link to visit Tumblebooks.

Tumblebooks - read-along stories for children

Reading Time now available Online

Reading Time Online replaces Reading Time in print and includes all the old favourites such as reviews, interviews with established and emerging authors and illustrators and reports from CBCA judges.
Reading Time

It includes booklists, articles on topics of interest to the children's book world, guest blog posts and more.
Reading Time Online is free!

For more information contact:
Youth Services Librarian
9688 0290

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