Babies & toddlers

Programs for Children ages 0-5

Our programs for ages 0-5 years aim to introduce and encourage a love of books and enjoyment of the library. Programs are held across Inner West Library locations during NSW public school term times. Refer to the table below for session times and locations. 

Book Buddies

Suitable for ages 0-2 years.
Introduce babies and carers to the fun and enjoyment of actions, rhythm and nursery rhymes in a lively and stimulating session.

Storytime

Suitable for ages 3-5 years.
Stories and rhymes to encourage a love of books and a desire to learn to read. Sessions support pre-schoolers with listening and language skills and being comfortable as part of a group in a fun and engaging way.

Family Tales

Family Tales introduces the enjoyment of books, rhythm and actions in a lively and engaging weekend session aimed at children aged 0-5 and their carers.

To ensure our programs are COVID-safe:

  • No bookings required.

Scroll left and right to view program times in the table below. 

 
Location Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday

Ashfield

Storytime
10.30am

  Book Buddies
10.30am
  Book Buddies
10.30am
  Family Tales 1.30pm

Balmain

Book Buddies
10.30am
Storytime
10.30am
  Book Buddies
10.30am
Family Tales 10.30am   

ETC (Dulwich Hill)

Book Buddies
10.30am
Storytime
10.30am
      Family Tales
10.30am
 

Haberfield

  Storytime
10.30am
Book Buddies
10.30am
    Family Tales
10.30am
 

Leichhardt

Storytime
10.30am

  Book Buddies
10.30am
Book Buddies
10.30am
    Family Tales 10.30am 

Marrickville

Book Buddies
10.30am

  Storytime
10.30am
Book Buddies
10.30am
    Family Tales 1.30pm
St Peters / Sydenham   Book Buddies
10.30am
    Storytime
10.30am
Family Tales
10.30am
 
Stanmore
  Book Buddies
10.30am
    Storytime
10.30am
Family Tales
10.30am
 

Babies and Toddlers July - December 2022 (PDF 284.4KB)

Event guidelines

  • Our goal is to have fun together with rhymes and books in a safe and happy space.
  • Plan to arrive on time – allow extra time for parking, bathroom visits and to settle your child
  • Follow physical distancing instructions.
  • Please don’t leave your child unattended at any time.
  • Participate with your child.
  • If your child is crying or disrupting others, please step out and quietly return once your child is ready.
  • Please put toys away as they may distract others.     
  • No food or drink to be consumed during storytime due to allergies and possible anaphylaxis.
  • Please refrain from chatting with other parents during the program as this is distracting to both the session leader and the audience.
  • Please silence your mobiles.
  • Please no photography.
  • Have fun!

 

    

Book Buddies and Storytime Online

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School Visits at the Libraries

Inspire little life-long learners by connecting with your local Inner West Library branch. Introduce your students to our collections, reading resources and services.

Preschools

We welcome educator-led visits from preschool and childcare centres for quiet reading and or borrowing. To ensure a quality library experience, we recommend contacting the Children’s Librarian at least two weeks ahead of your planned visit. This will enable us to consider space capacities and any potential clash with regular programs at your nominated visit time.

In addition, all childcare and pre-school services located in the Inner West Council LGA are entitled to one 30min Storytime delivered by library staff per year. This Storytime can be delivered as a virtual visit to your centre via Microsoft Teams.

Preschools and Childcare centres may also be invited to special library events throughout the year.

Please contact the Children’s Librarian to arrange a suitable time.

Contact: IWCprogramming@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

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Activities for children across the Inner West

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Keep up to date with Council’s activities for children and families.

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