Storytime is held every Friday and Saturday morning from 10am to 11am. Sessions involve a selection of stories, singing, and craft.
Storytime is open to all children aged between two and five and is held during the school term.
A special session just for 0 to 2 year olds will be held every Wednesday and Friday morning from 9am to 9:30am. Baby Rhymetime involves lots of singing, rhyming and body movement, as well a simple story.
Encouraging play with toys can support children’s development and promote learning.
The Toy Library is open:
Tuesday: 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday: 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Friday: 11am to 12noon
Saturday: 10:30am to 11:30am
Toys are suitable from birth up to 12-years-old, with a focus on the younger age groups. A membership fee applies, with a discount available for concession card holders.
Summer Reading Club
The Summer Reading Club encourages young people to choose their own adventures in summer.
The challenge is open to all Western Australian children from birth to 16 years, with themed activity books available to download and online interactive activities for ages 0 to five years, five to 12 years and 12+ years.
A number of prizes can be won by submitting a book rave, completing writing activities and more!
is a readers' choice award, organised on a state wide basis for young readers.
Readers are invited to nominate, through their libraries, books that they have enjoyed. These nominations are then considered by the WAYRBA committee and the three lists are drawn up.
Electronic Resources for Children
A collection of illustrated titles with multimedia features covering a variety of topics for children of all ages.
A high-quality play-based literacy resource with more than 10,000 activities online for children of all ages and ability. Children and parents can select from activities focusing on pre-reading skills, phonics, reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension in a fun, exciting and safe online environment.
Introduce young children to the joys of reading with this delightful collection of animated, talking picture books.
Busythings is an online resource for the early years that includes 115+ fun learning activities that help children learn important skills in the key learning areas of creative development, problem solving, reasoning, numeracy, communication, language and literacy and knowledge and understanding of the world.
SpineOut incorporates a new and exciting online format and website delivering interactive options for its technologically savvy young adult audience.
Readers can participate in a number of competitions and quizzes while also uploading submissions and feedback using a number of formats including pdf, video, mp3, jpg images and more. Connections to social networking and other popular online venues and forums are also linked to the website.
A place where the wonderful world of Australian Children's Literature is on permanent exhibit in an online 'reading room'. Connects children with literature through the complementary medium of film, providing the audience with a vibrant, interactive experience via a diverse range of storytellers, each sharing past and present book titles.
An e-book collection especially for the children.
A fun and interactive place where primary school students can express thier ideas and thoughts and share their creativity through words, art, film or music.
Busythings, Literacy Planet and Tumblebooks have been provided through Better Beginnings - supporting families in sharing a love of reading.
Members of Kwinana Public Library have access to YourTutor, a unique learning service that connects people to qualified expert tutors via the Internet. Once connected to a tutor, members can have anonymous, secure, and immediate conversations, using features such as controlled chat, interactive whiteboard, and shared web browsing.
Tutors are all Australian educated, trained in the curriculum, and are certified teachers, professional tutors, postgraduates, and advanced undergraduates at Australian universities.
This service is free to members of the library, and can be accessed from home or in the library. Tutors are available at the following times:
Homework help is available for students in Years 3 to 12. Study skills and assignment advice is available for students at TAFE or starting University.
Job seeking skill advice is available for adults. This includes help with resumes, cover letters, business writing, email writing, and more.
Tutors are also experienced in helping people learning English as a second language (ESL).
Early Literacy Programs
The Kwinana Public Library is a proud participant in the Better Beginnings program.
Developing a library habit early in life gives children a head start. The foundations of reading need to be laid long before children reach school and research conducted in the United Kingdom has shown that introducing a young child to the library is one of the most significant things a parent can do to make a difference to their child’s later education.
To introduce young children and parents to great books and early literacy activities, the State Library of Western Australia has developed Better Beginnings, a universal family literacy program for Western Australian children aged from birth to four-years-old and their families. Better Beginnings is a statewide program provided through a partnership between the Rio Tinto WA Future Fund, Local Governments throughout Western Australia and the State Government.
Little Big Book Club
The Big Book Club Inc. is a not for profit arts organisation committed to the promotion of reading, literature and Australian authors and illustrators.
Reading time covers children's book news and reviews from the Children's Book Council of Australia.