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

1000 Books Before School

1000 Books Before School

Maribyrnong Library Service will be launching 1000 Books before School, a program which encourages parents and carers to read 1000 books with their children before they begin school the week beginning Monday 6 February.

Special launches will be taking place during the first week (times below). Come along, register and listen to some wonderful stories to begin your journey of 1000 Books Before School with you and your child.

Tuesday 7 March 2pm Baby Rhyme Time West Footscray
Wednesday 8 March 11am Story Time Footscray
Thursday 9 March 10.30am Baby Rhyme Time Yarraville
Thursday 9 March 10.30am Baby Rhyme Time Braybrook
Thursday 9 March 11am Story time Maribyrnong

Sharing stories with babies and young children helps develop literacy skills that will prepare them for reading at school.

How 1000 Books Before School works

∙ Register at any Maribyrnong Library Service branch to receive your first reading record, reading kit and borrow some of our wonderful children’s books to get you started.

∙ A library membership is required to join the program. This may be a parent’s card, or you may like to sign your child up. Each child does not need their own card to participate.

∙ Mark, colour or place a sticker on your Reading Record each time you read together with your child.

∙ Every book that your child completes, or actively listens to also counts. This includes stories read at Story Time sessions, day care, playgroup and kindergarten, as well as reading the same book over and over again.

∙ A special reward will be given when you reach the following milestones: 100 books, 250 books, 500 books, 750 books an 1000 books.

∙ You can read books from anywhere – not just library books. Please come and talk to our friendly librarians, we are happy to help!

∙ The program finishes once your child reaches 1000 books, or until the end of term 1 of the year your child starts school. Congratulations!

Summer Reading Club: Heroes and Villains

Summer Reading Club

Be a hero. Be a villain. Unleash your imagination and get ready for action. Discover heroes, villains, sidekicks and more. Great prizes as you read 10 books and go into the draw to win a DC Comics Monopoly game at your local branch. Register at any branch of the Maribyrnong Library Service.

Registrations open 19 December 2017 to 27 January 2017

School Holiday Program

The School Holiday Program will run from 11-24 January 2017. Bookings will open Wednesday 21 December at Follow the link below to download the full program.

Holiday Movie Madness

Holiday Movie Madness

Escape from the heat this summer with Holiday Movie Madness at Maribyrnong Libraries!
Delicious movie snacks provided and some special sing-along sessions in store!

Braybrook Library

Paddington (G)
Friday 30 December | 11am
The Princess and the Frog (G)
Friday 6 January | 11am
Frozen Sing-Along (PG)
Friday 13 January | 3pm
The Lion King Sing-Along (G)
Friday 20 January | 3pm

West Footscray Library

The Jungle Book (PG)
Thursday 12 January | 3pm

Free bookings available at For further information please contact 9688 0290.

Maribyrnong Young Writers Competition Prize Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 Maribyrnong Young Writers Competition.

Click the titles below to read the Highly Commended and Winning stories!

Highly Commended:

Prep to Grade 1 -
The Halloween Adventure by Aakash Vijayasinghem
Rizilier the Mystery Squirrel by Weiyi Liu

Grade 2 to 3 -
Yellows Adventure by Willow Vecht
The Aliens and the People by Evie Patzwald

Grade 4 to 6 -
I don't know what to write about! (Based on a true story) by Emily Walsh
The Black Death by Grace Lange


Prep to Grade 1 - The Octopus by Ella Kousal
Grade 2 to 3 - The Day of the Friendship Reunion by Ly Ta
Grade 4 to 6 - Through Matilda's Eyes by Holly Rose Te Maro

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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