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Our early literacy programs for children

The Northern Beaches Library early literacy programs run during NSW school terms. These programs are free, and unless indicated, no bookings are required.

Baby Bounce

This is a lap sit program especially designed for carers and babies up to around 12 months of age. Learn songs and rhymes in a group setting that you can use at home with bub to help develop early literacy skills.

Time: 10-10.30am

  • Tuesday: Warringah Mall and Forestville
  • Wednesday: Manly* and Mona Vale
  • Thursday: Dee Why and Glen Street

*Additional Baby Bounce session on at Manly library at 10.30am - 11am.

Rhyme Time

Support your child develop auditory skills, acquire language and support speech development with our Rhyme times sessions. Suitable for toddlers+.

Time: 10-10:30am

  • Monday: Manly*
  • Wednesday: Forestville and Warringah Mall
  • Friday: Glen Street and Manly*

*Additional Rhyme Time session on at Manly library at 10.30am - 11am.

Story Time

This is an interactive program for carers and children aged 3 years to school age. Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes to help develop early literacy skills.

Time: 10-10.30am

  • Monday: Dee Why
  • Tuesday: Dee Why and Mona Vale
  • Wednesday: Dee Why and Glen Street
  • Thursday: Mona Vale, Warringah Mall, Forestville and Manly* 
  • Friday: Dee Why

*Additional Story Time session on at Manly library at 10.30am - 11am.

Can’t get to the Library?

Story Time YouTube playlist

We welcome your participation in our early literacy programs in our libraries, but if you can’t make it in person please check out our Story Time playlist on YouTube to sing along with familiar faces from the library service. 

You can also have story time at home with Story Box Library, it is a collection of children's stories read aloud by famous faces from Australia and New Zealand. Login using your library card number and pin.