Looking for fun learning activities for your child in Toowoomba? Your local library might be offering just what you’ve been searching for. The Toowoomba Region Library Service offers 13 libraries located across the region, making sure you and your children have access to a plethora of books, magazines, movies, music, internet, eResources, online learning plus much more. Besides the range of resources available, the local library service conveniently offers fun, learning filled activities for babies and young children across most of their branches, including Story Time, Rhyme Time, LEGO Literacy Club, and more!
Story time sessions run for 45 minutes and are a wonderful way for your child to socialise and be introduced to literacy and the joy of reading. They are filled with stories, rhymes and songs aimed at 2-5 year old children and their parents, however all ages are welcomed. The sessions provide children with a fun and relaxed start to their reading development before school through interactive storytelling, music, play and art. Bookings are not necessary.
Rhyme Time includes Toddler Time for children aged 1-3, and Baby Rhyme Time for babies aged under 1 year old. It is an interactive, early literacy program developed to introduce young children into the world of reading and encourage parents to nurture this skill.
Music and Movement Time
Music and Movement Time is aimed at children aged five and under and their parents to have fun and reinforce emergent reading skills using songs, instruments and toys. Music is used during the sessions as a natural enhancement to the learning process, making stories and activities more memorable and helping children learn.
LEGO Literacy Club
LEGO Literacy Club is now running at Oakey Library for primary-aged children to promote play with the basics of language, encouraging children to experiment, problem solve, create words and rhymes, learn new vocabulary and practice letters and numbers using LEGO bricks.
Where do I go?
We’ve compiled a list of the 13 libraries our Toowoomba region has to offer, including their location and the variety of family activities they host.
Cecil Plains Library
Taylor Street, Cecil Plains
Story Time: First Friday of the month at 10:30am, during school term only.
Meara Place, Clifton
Story Time: First Wednesday of every month from 10.30am, during school term only.
Crows Nest Library (John French VC Memorial Library)
Corner New England Highway and William Street, Crows Nest
Story Time: Second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 9.15am, during school term only.
Goombungee Cultural Centre next to Council’s administration complex, 89 Mocatta Street, Goombungee
Story Time: Thursday from 9am, during school term only.
Community Court, Highfields Place, Highfields
Story Time: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from at 9.30am, during school term only.
Local History Library
618 Ruthven Street
The Local History Library has been closed for cleaning projects, however will reopen on Saturday 6 February, 2016 at 9:30am in the new library building at 151 Herries St.
Herbert Street, Millmerran
Story Time: Tuesday from 10am, during school term only.
Rhyme Time: Baby Rhyme time – Tuesday at 9:30am, during school term only.
The mobile library travels across the region throughout the week, please visit website for details.
Oakey Civic Precint, 60 Campbell Street, Oakley
Story Time: Thursday at 9.30am during the school term.
Music and Movement Time: First Tuesday at 9.30am during school term only.
Lego Literacy Club: Third Thursday of the month from 4:00 – 5:00pm.
104 Yandilla Street, Pittsworth
Story Time: Wednesday and Friday at 9.30am during school term only.
Daly Street, Quinalow
Story Time: First and third Tuesday of every month at 9.30am, during school term only.
Toowoomba City Library
618 Ruthven Street
Story Time: Tuesday and Thursday from 11am and Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm.
Rhyme Time: Toddler Time (1-3yrs) – every Monday at 11am.
Baby Rhyme time (0-1yrs) – every Monday at 11:30am.
Music and Movement Time: Monday at 10.30am during school term only.
Post Office Building, Cnr Toomey and Douglas Streets, Yarraman
Story Time: Fourth Thursday of every month from 10.15am, during school term only.
So what are you waiting for? Head down to one of your local library branches to experience a world filled with books, movies, magazines and a load of fun-filled learning experiences for both you and your child to immerse in!