Early literacy programs for children

Early literacy programs are held during NSW school terms across all our library locations. 

The programs are free, and unless indicated, no bookings are required. When attending a session at Manly Library, remember to collect a free ticket from the front counter to secure your spot. 

Baby Bounce

This is a lap-sit program specifically 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: Forestville and Warringah Mall
  • 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 to develop auditory skills, acquire language and support speech development with our Rhyme Time sessions. Suitable for toddlers+.

Time: 10-10:30am

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

*Additional Rhyme Time session 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, Manly and Mona Vale
  • Wednesday: Dee Why and Glen Street
  • Thursday: Forestville and Manly

Story Time at Avalon Community Library
Visit the Avalon Community Library website for further information about session times.  

Tibetan Story Time

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and games to support Tibetan language and literacy for children aged 0 - 5 years.

  • Dee Why Library: Thursdays, fortnightly 11-11.30am during school term.

Visit the Tibetan Story Time page for term dates and more information.

Can’t get to the Library?

Story Time YouTube playlist

If you can’t make it in person to our early literacy programs, visit our Story Time playlist on YouTube to sing along with familiar faces from the Library. 

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