Library At Home - Children and Youth

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This page was last updated: 17 April

Browse this page to find videos (including Story Time Online) and downloadable resources, plus links to online resources for kids and families. Click on ‘Books & Activities’, ‘Study & Learning’ and ‘Links & External Headings’ to learn more!

Books and activities

Story Time Online

The library branches may be temporarily closed, but Story Time will continue! A new Story Time Online will be uploaded to the YouTube Playlist at 11am, every Monday to Friday.

Baby Rhyme Time @ Home

Join Maribyrnong Libraries for Baby Rhyme Time @ Home! The Baby Rhyme Time @ Home videos will be uploaded to the YouTube playlist at 2pm every Tuesday and Thursday.

Story Time Online in Vietnamese

Maribyrnong Libraries present Story Time Online in Vietnamese! Chào mừng bạn đến Thư Viện Maribyrnong nghe kể chuyện trên trực tuyến. Mỏi tuần video kể truyện sẽ được tải lên vào lúc 2 giờ chiều, thứ tư. Mời bạn đăng ký Story Time Online.

Kids Online Book Club

If you’re a fan of the treehouse series and other similar titles then this is the club for you! We will have heaps of fun activities and read ‘26th Storey Treehouse’ together 10-10.30am every Tuesday. To join in, email yarraville.library@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au for instructions on how to join the Zoom meeting and help downloading BorrowBox. You can download the eBook here or the eAudiobook here. We have unlimited downloads of both the eBook and Audiobook versions available. For kids 6-12 years old. See you there!

Maribyrnong Home Coders

While our libraries are closed Code Club has moved online.

Maribyrnong Home Coders is our new Scratch Studio where new projects to remix will appear regularly. Our Librarians, Christine, Christy and Andrew will be available to encourage and give tips on how to create fun Scratch animations, games and stories.

To join the fun, kids will need to create a free Scratch account, then follow Maribyrnong Home Coders. Haven’t done Scratch coding before? In addition to the library offerings, there’s lots of great tutorials to follow which will get kids coding in no time! We recommend beginning with Rock Band, which teaches a lot of the basics.

Other resources to help you learn Scratch Coding:

  • Code Club Australia has all of the beginner modules in one place and is a great place to learn some basics.
  • Scratch have their own tutorials which can teach you how to make some amazing projects.
  • Raspberry Pi has even more Scratch projects for you to try.

You can share anything you create in Scratch in our Maribyrnong Home Coders studio. We’d love to see what you’ve been creating!

Lego® Mania

Each week we’ll post a new LEGO® challenge for you to complete at home. You can take a photo of your creation and the LEGO® maker’s name and age (no faces in the photos, please), and we’ll post it on the Library News page! See this week's challenges here(PDF, 502KB), and email your photos to yarraville.library@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

Craft Club

Each week we’ll post a new craft challenge for you to complete at home. You can take a photo of your creation and the craft creator’s name & age (no faces in the photos, please), and we’ll post it on the Library News page! See this week's challenges here(PDF, 595KB), and email your photos to yarraville.library@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

Maribyrnong Poetry Anthology

To celebrate International Poetry Day, Cultural Diversity Week and International Day of Forests, we invite you to put pen to paper to write some poetry. These poems will then be collated, printed and bound into a unique anthology that will become part of our print and eBook collection available for all to borrow. See more information on the Maribyrnong Poetry Anthology here.

Study and learning

Busythings

Busythings is a fun learning centre for children of all ages. Games with numbers, letters, music, shapes and lots more! Check out the Busythings website here

Story Box

Story Box blends film and storytelling to create authentic online story telling experiences. Australian picture book content is read by diverse range of well-known storytellers for pre and primary school aged children. Check out the Story Box website here.

Tumblebooks

Access an online library of picture books with music and animation that your child can read along with. Tumblebooks also has books for older children to help with reading. Check out the Tumblebooks website here.

Britannica

Need help with your latest school assignment or study project? This online encyclopedia gives you trusted and accurate information on just about anything. Check out the Britannica website here.

Links and external resources

How to talk to kids about the coronavirus pandemic: A useful article from the ABC to help you talk about coronavirus with your kids.

ABC Behind the News: Videos and articles aimed at upper primary and lower secondary students which help them understand issues and events outside their own lives.

ABC Education: Access thousands of free, curriculum-linked resources for students and teachers.

Zoos Victoria Animal House: Enjoy live streamed videos from Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Maidstone Community Centre: check the Maidstone Community Centre’s Facebook page for kids activities.

Maribyrnong Community Centre: check the Maribyrnong Community Centre’s Facebook page for kids activities.