Children Programs and Events

COVID-19 Update

In response to COVID-19 virus, we have suspended the delivery of all library programs, events and outreach services until at least 30 April 2020. This includes our Home Library Service, Bookmobile, School Holiday Program and temporary closure of Gwandalan Library Link. We apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.

Central Coast Library Service provides a number of early literacy programs and activities for families - designed to promote reading, literacy, life-long learning and build a positive connection with libraries.

Our popular Babytime, Toddlertime and Storytime sessions run at most library locations during the school term. They do not run on NSW public holidays.

All children attending preschool programs must be supervised by a responsible adult for the duration of the program and their visit to the library.

Programs are free and bookings are not required. Siblings are most welcome.

For special library events for children, please visit our What's On Calendar and for School Holidays events, be sure to visit our special holiday page.

COVID19

The information on this page may not be correct during this unprecedented health event. Essential services are still being provided to the community, however many Council services and programs have been placed on hold while facilities and some open spaces are closed.
Our COVID-19 information area details all impacts to Council services, facilities and programs as well as the local response to coronavirus.

All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by adult caregivers while visiting the library. For more information talk to library staff or call 4304 7500.

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Pre-school Age Programs

Babytime

Babytime is a special program of songs, rhymes and simple stories for infants aged from birth to 24 months. Sessions are held at selected libraries throughout the Central Coast during school terms.

Library

Day

Time

Bateau Bay LibraryFriday9:30am
Erina LibraryWednesday10am
Erina LibraryWednesday11am
Erina LibraryFriday10am
Gosford LibraryMonday9.45am
Kariong LibraryTuesday9:45am
Kincumber LibraryFriday9.45am
Lake Haven LibraryThursday10am
Toukley LibraryWednesday9.30am
Tuggerah LibraryFriday11am
Umina LibraryMonday9.45am

Toddlertime

Toddlertime supports the emerging independence of toddlers and their more active outlook on life. Enjoy a story or two, lots of songs and an age appropriate activity. 

Library

Day

Time

Erina LibraryTuesday and Thursday9.30am
Gosford LibraryWednesday9.45am
Kincumber LibraryThursday9.45am
Lake Haven LibraryWednesday10am
Tuggerah LibraryThursday10am
Umina LibraryMonday10.45am
Woy Woy LibraryTuesday9.45am

Storytime

Preschool Storytime is our traditional literacy program for preschool age children. This activity is fabulous for getting ready for big school and includes the reading of stories by library staff, songs and a craft activity.

Library

Day

Time

Bateau Bay Library

Wednesday

11am

Erina Library

Tuesday and Thursday

10.30am

Gosford Library

Monday and Thursday

10.30am

Kariong Library

Tuesday

10.30am

Kincumber Library

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

10.30am

Lake Haven Library

Wednesday

11am

The Entrance Library

Thursday

11am

Toukley Library

Tuesday

11am

Tuggerah Library

Thursday

11am

Umina Library

Tuesday and Thursday

10.30am

Woy Woy Library

Monday and Wednesday

10.30am

Book a Day Program

This program is designed to help families develop a love of reading and prepare their children for lifelong learning by reading every day before they start school. When you register your child for ‘Book a Day’ you will receive:

  • a reading journal
  • a book bag
  • a set of colouring pencils
  • program information

There are fun rewards to collect along the way such as stickers, stamps, novelty items and books. Give your child a head start by registering them at your local library and start reading a ‘book a day’ today!

Duplo Drop In

Does your toddler or preschooler love Duplo? Every Wednesday we provide Duplo for creative building fun.

Duplo Drop In runs every Wednesday at Gosford Library from 10.30am–12pm.
 

Primary School Age Programs

Bookblasts Bookclub

Meet up with other primary school age booklovers to discuss books you have read, would like to read or find something new to read.

A light afternoon tea is provided.

Erina Library

From 4pm on the third Thursday of the month during school term.
 

Lego at the Libraries

Calling all Lego enthusiasts!

If you love Lego, come along for some creative building fun! All Lego is provided, and finished creations will be put on display in the library throughout the month. 

Recommended for ages 5-12.

Gosford Library

First Friday of the month, 3.30-4.30pm.

Kincumber Library

Third Thursday of the month, 3.30-4.30pm.

Lake Haven Library (ages: 8-12)

Tuesdays once a month, 3.45-4.45pm.

Umina Beach Library

Third Wednesday of the month, 3.30-4.30pm.

Woy Woy Library

Fourth Wednesday of the month, 3.30-4.30pm.
 

Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies is a literacy program for primary aged children. Volunteers listen to children practice their reading in the library after school. There are currently vacancies at some of our branches for both volunteers and students in this highly popular program.

Contact your local branch to book your child’s place today.

If you would like to become a Reading Buddies volunteer and help children practice their reading contact 4350 1578.
 

Online Resources

eBooks, maths, and homework help

MIT Scratch Coding

Create stories, games, and animations with this free project from the MIT Media Lab.

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Story Box Library

An online Storytime resource showcasing the best Australian children's stories.

Select Central Coast Library Service, add your library card barcode, and start browsing the stories.

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Studiosity

Studiosity provides free online help with Maths, English, Science, Business Studies, Economics, Study Skills and Assignments for students in years 3-12, TAFE and University students. Live service is available 24/7. Essay and report writing feedback are also available, allowing students to upload files and receive professional advice within 24 hours.

All you need to login is your library membership number. Not a member? Join today!

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Last updated : Tue 31 Mar 2020