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Children's Programs

Greater Dandenong Libraries provides programs and resources to support children from 0 to 12 years in their development of skills to encourage literacy, creativity and lifelong learning. These free programs provide the opportunity to explore and are designed to grow with your child from early years to primary school.

For more information see the What's On calendar or contact the Library during opening hours on 1300 630 920.

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Baby Bounce (0-23 months)

Songs, stories and rhyme time for parents/carers and babies aged 0-23 months. To attend registration is required. See individual event listings for more information and how to register.

  • Wednesdays 10.30am-11am at Dandenong Library (during school terms only)
  • Fridays 10.30am-11am at Springvale Library (during school terms only)

Toddler Time (2-3 years)

Stories, songs and rhymes for children aged 2-3 years. To attend registration is required. See individual event listings for more information and how to register.

Mondays 10.30am-11am at Springvale and Dandenong Libraries (during school terms only)

Storytimes (3+ years)

Storytelling, songs and craft for children aged 3+ years. To attend registration is required. See individual event listings for more information and how to register.

Thursdays 10.30am-11.15am at Springvale and Dandenong Libraries (during school terms only)

Children's Activities and School Holiday Programs 

Fun, educational and creative programs to enhance a child's development happen throughout the year.

  • Think Tank - a monthly science program for children aged 7-11 years and their parents
  • Code Club - a regular program with a range of coding workshops using technology
  • STEAM - an annual festival that celebrates all things Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics
  • School Holiday Programs, including the Summer Reading Club over the summer school holidays

See individual event listings below for more information and how to register.

 

 

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Borrow books and online resources

The children's collection provides a wide range of free resources that includes:

Boards books, picturebooks, Begin-to-Read, junior fiction and non-fiction. 
Visit the catalogue to browse the collection.

Online resources include:

Library members may be required to login with a library card number and PIN to access some resources.

It is free to join the library. For more information view the Library Membership page.

Join the library

It is free to join the library and membership is open to everyone.

For more information view the Library Membership page.

Join a reading program

The library encourages a love for reading and literacy development with reading programs available for children throughout the year. They require registration but are free to join. Contact the library for more information and about how you can join these programs.

1000 Books Before School

1000 Books Before School is a state-wide reading program that encourages parents to share stories with their children from birth to develop literacy skills that will prepare them for reading at school.

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

A reading program that encourages those from birth to Year 10 to read a set number of books over the year and record this online.

The library holds many titles on the Premiers’ Reading Challenge booklist in both physical and digital formats. These items be found on the online catalogue. Online books are available through Overdrive: Grades P-2, 3-4, 5-6

Summer Reading Club

A popular program run each summer during the school holidays open to all primary school aged children. It aims to promote reading as a fun leisure activity and is combined with a range of activities to do and competitions to enter. The Summer Reading Club is a seasonal program occurring between December and January.

Need reading suggestions

Read and Relax Blog

Library staff provide book reviews of children's and Premiers' Reading Challenge titles.

Bookmatch

Have you run out of ideas for books to read? Library staff can create a list of suggestions just for you based on your likes and dislikes. Fill in the online form and a list of 5 items will be emailed to you within 7 working days.

Bookmatch

Who next?...a guide to children's authors 

Lists children’s authors who write in a similar style, as well as key books and series.

Help with homework and school projects

Homework Help

The library offers:

  • assistance finding information for homework tasks
  • support accessing eBooks, eAudiobooks, online resources and online programs
  • guidance in using technology

Contact the library during opening hours on 1300 630 920 if assistance is required or complete the Homework Help form. A reply will be received within 3 business days.

Homework Help

Peer2Peer

Get homework or assignment help from volunteer tutors in the library. Peer2Peer Homework Club provides learning support to students from Year 6 to Year 12. Students have access to library resources and will also have the opportunity to interact with peers, to assist each other, or to request help from facilitators. During school terms only at Dandenong library.

Studiosity

Students are able to receive help from online tutors during school terms with the library’s Studiosity online resource.
Connect online 24/7 with live experts or receive feedback in writing within 24 hours. Login with your Library card number and pin. Not a member? Join online.

Become a member

Ask a Librarian

Ask a question about accessing our digital collection. Ask for help finding information for a school project. 
Or just not sure what to read next? Ask one of our librarians for assistance.

Complete the Ask a Librarian form with a question and a reply will be received within 3 business days.

Ask a Librarian

Family Literacy Program - Reading Buddies

A special literacy program that provides reading support for primary school aged children and their families.

For more information contact the Library during opening hours on 1300 630 920.

Be Safe Online

Greater Dandenong Libraries is an eSmart accredited service and the library has a selection of resources and information to support cyber safety.

This assists library users with skills for smart, safe and responsible use of technology for children and parents/carers to help children have safe experiences online.

Thursday 30 September, 2:30pm
Monday 4 October, 10:30am
Wednesday 6 October, 10:30am
Thursday 7 October, 10:30am
Friday 8 October, 10:30am
Monday 11 October, 10:30am

Resources for learning and entertainment

Get moving

Les Mills - Born to Move

Learn cool moves from dance, martial arts and yoga classes. Each 20 or 40 minute class is jam-packed with cool music and foundation fitness moves and fun games.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+ years used in schools and homes all over the world.

Kidz Bop

Get moving with these clean pop songs and dance workshops.

7 Day Soccer Skills Challenge at Home

Enjoy these soccer workouts at home.

Home learning

ABC Education

Thousands of free, curriculum-linked resources for primary and secondary students and teachers, including games.

State Library Victoria - Ergo

Designed for Victorian students and their teachers.

It provides access to:

  • comprehensive easy to follow research and essay writing guides

  • over 700 digitised primary sources from the State Library of Victoria

  • a database of teachers's resources with links to the Victorian Essential Learning Standards and the Australian Curriculum.

Storytimes and writing stories

Auslan Storybooks

Deaf and hearing people of all ages who use Auslan can enjoy a wide range of stories. May it be a fantasy story, a true story or a science-fiction story. Enjoy a short story or a long story divided by chapters just like a written novel.

Raising Children Network - Baby Karaoke

Animated videos with the words and tunes of popular children’s songs and nursery rhymes - also available on iOs and Android.

Raising Literacy Australia

The Big Little Bookclub an Australian resource with quality books and learning activities.

The Wheeler Centre

Wheeler Kids series presents author talks and writing workshops.

Code Club resources

STEAM Festival

STEAM Festival Code Club AI for Oceans Event Worksheet - 204KB

STEAM Festival Code Club Rube Goldberg Machines Event Worksheet - 852KB

STEAM Festival Code Club Build a Neocities Website Event Worksheet

STEAM Festival Code Club Build a Neocities Website Event Code Template - 875KB

STEAM Festival Sea Monster Languages Event Worksheet - 737KB

Other Resources

MIT - Scratch

Scratch - learn to code and explore others creations

Hour of Code

Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages.

Code Club Australia

Missing Code Club? 100s of fun, step-by-step projects to make games, websites, art and more.

Code.org

Learn JavaScript, HTML, and CSS to program an App, develop a game, or create a web page.

MIT App Inventor

MIT App Inventor is an intuitive, visual programming environment that allows everyone to build fully functional apps for smartphones and tablets. Those new to MIT App Inventor can have a simple first app up and running in less than 30 minutes.

Tinkercad

Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It's used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything

General entertainment

Museums Victoria

Virtual museum tours plus Scienceworks at home - STEM resources.

Zoos Victoria

Catch the livestreaming and pre-recorded videos of zoo animals in Victoria! #AnimalsAtHome

National Gallery Victoria

Collection of free activity sheets and e-books to support creativity.

National Museum Australia

National Museum Australia has put together a huge selection of crafts and activities you can do from home. Check out the Gold Rush Game, the Time Capsule craft, or the Bogong Moth craft.

NASA

Explore images and videos straight from space through NASA's website.