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Library Literacy Programs Return

Family literacy events return to Orange City Library for the first school term in February 2020. Online bookings  open one week in advance or call 6393 8132.

1,2 Books

Monday 3rd February & Tuesday 4th February

When: Every Monday  & Tuesday 10.15 – 10.45am during school term
Ages: 1 – 2
Each session includes rhymes, action songs, finger plays and stories in an interactive way for parents and carers to introduce little ones age 1-2 years, to the fun of sharing nursery rhymes, action songs and stories. Sessions are lively and stimulating for both babies and parents. There is a limit of 15 to these sessions.

Ten Minutes a Day

Monday 3rd February

When: Every Monday 10.45 – 11.15am during school term

Ages 0 – 1

Ten Minutes a Day is an exciting programme to help you to develop your baby’s pre-literacy skills and get them on the right track for reading and language development.


Tuesday 4th February, Wednesday 5th February and Thursday 6th February


Ages: 3 – 5

Storytimes at Orange City Library are lots of fun. We read stories, sing songs, play games and do craft. They are held during the school term and cater for preschool children and their carers. Storytime is free and each session lasts approximately one hour. Tuesday’s programme (book and craft) is repeated on Wednesday and Thursday.
Bookings are essential. There is a limit of 25 to these sessions.

Music for Little Ears

Wednesday 5th February and Friday 7th February

When: 6 weeks each school term on Wednesday and Friday, 10.00—10.20am
Ages: 2 – 5
Sessions initiate little ears to classical music, singing, percussion, dancing and musical games. In partnership with the Orange Regional Conservatorium.
Bookings are essential. There is a limit of 20 to these sessions.

Please book your place on online via Eventbrite.com.au. one week in advance or call the library on 6393 8132.

Storytimes at Blayney, Cowra, Forbes and Orange

Ruth reads a story at Blayney Library

Reading to your little one teaches them to recognise sounds and rhythm of language and is also a great bonding exercise. So why not join in Storytimes at Central West Libraries – they are lots of fun. We read and tell stories, sing songs, play games and do craft. They are held during school terms and cater for pre-school age children and their carers. Storytime is free and each session lasts about one hour.

Blayney sessions are held on the first Thursday of the month at 11am

Cowra sessions are held on the first Thursday of the month at 11am

Forbes sessions are held fortnightly on Fridays at 10.30am. The September sessions will be on 14th and 28th September. Enjoy Rhyme Time on the alternate Fridays.

Orange sessions are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11am. Please book your place for Orange storytimes online through Eventbrite or call the Library on 6393 8132.  Bookings are not required at other libraries.

Dress Up Book Week Storytime

Tigers, spacemen, bees, fairies, princesses and cowboys came to Storytime with costumes inspired by much loved books. They enjoyed Book Week prize winning stories read by Storyteller Fiona dressed as Hobbit Bilbo Baggins followed by craft time.  Thank you for dressing up everyone!

Thomas, 5, as Mr Strong

James, 3, the cowboy

Miki, 5, dressed as a princess

Anna, 5, as the Tiger Who Came to Tea

Tessa the bee colouring-in

Seren, 4, the fairy at Storytime


Spacemen "take flight" at Storytime

Storytime "Launches" Cowra


Spacemen “take flight” at Storytime

Spacemen were launched into reading at Storytime in Cowra with a Space theme capturing imaginations as children created their own jet packs to propel them between the bookshelves. In the above photo you can see one little spaceman taking flight through Junior shelves with his jetpack on (he was too speedy to catch!). The children made jet packs from soft drink bottles, foil and orange paper. Storyteller Maryanne showed parents pre-school books, early learn-to-read and junior chapter books to help with literacy development.

Cowra’s next story time session will be held at 11am on Thursday 6th March during the Festival of International Understanding. See you there!

Freeda at Storytime 3 (Small)

Welcome Freeda the Reader

Children at Storytime this week enjoyed meeting special guest – Freeda the Reader. They lined up to pat her flippers and stroke her soft fur. Storyteller Fiona introduced the giant platypus Freeda and talked to the children (carers and parents) about all the qualities that make her unique. Children were also able to guess her favourite hobbies correctly – can you? Yes –  swimming and reading! Her wish is for all children to discover the joys of reading.

Freeda the Reader will  be helping out with our Summer Reading Club activities during December and January – so when you see her, make sure you say hello.