Bega Valley Shire Library runs very active programs for children throughout the Shire, including regular story times at all branches for pre-schoolers, competitions and exciting holiday programs for all ages. Playgroups are invited to visit any of the libraries and bulk loans of books can be made available for their use. School visits are greatly encouraged.
Activities held in the libraries are many and varied. Past activities have included juggling workshops, tie-dying, magician and author visits, making worm farms, games, Lego, plays, henna tattoos, belly and rock ‘n’ roll dancing, Nintendo Wii, and Guitar Hero. Watch this space for upcoming events!
For more information about any children’s program contact: Scott Baker 64992127 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhyme Time is a popular program for children under 2 years of age. Singing and dancing together with your child is not only fun but a great way to increase their awareness of sounds, movement and language.
The rhyme, rhythm and repetition in the songs makes language come alive as your child experiences new sights, sounds, movement and touch.
The songs are simple and can be sung anywhere. So come along to Rhyme Time at Bega Library on Fridays at 10.00am till 10.30am.
Pre-School story time sessions are held regularly at Bega, Bermagui and Eden Libraries and Merimbula Library Portal. Story time comprises of stories, rhymes and simple crafts.
Story times are free and please contact your nearest branch library for details.
The Summer Reading Program is held annually from January till February of each year, to encourage children to continue reading over the summer school holidays. Children of all ages join up with their library card at any branch and receive a "goodie bag". Each time a child of reading ability or parent of very young children read 5 books they fill out their form and hand it into the nearest branch to go into the weekly draw. Each weekly draw has various prizes. At the end of the program there is a "Big Draw" with lots of prizes which have been donated by a number of businesses within the Shire.
National Simultaneous Storytime is an important annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 14th successful year it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy using an Australian children's book that explores age appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Grades F to 6 and the pre-school Early Learning Years Framework.
Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.