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Storytimes

Kingston Libraries offers a range of Storytime sessions to suit the various ages and needs of our younger community members and their families.

Starting 1 February 2021 Storytimes will be returning to our branches! We're also introducing two new types of storytimes this year: Bedtime Storytimes and Sensitive Storytime. Bookings are not necessary*.

Please scroll down or click on the below links to jump to your desired Storytime session type.

*Please note: There are still some conditions to be aware of when visiting Kingston Libraries:

  • Limited building capacities means that you may need to wait a little while before entering
  • You will need to record your details for contact tracing purposes (including children)
  • Please practice social distancing - we suggest you bring along a blanket to sit on during storytime to help with this.

Storytime

Storytime sessions are held weekly at the libraries listed below**. Storytime is a free service suitable for pre-school children aged 2-5.

Sessions include stories, rhymes and songs and are usually structured around a theme (like pets or dinosaurs).

Storytime sessions return Monday 1 February!

2021 Storytime Days and Times:

Highett Library** Mondays at 10:30am and 11:15am
Patterson Lakes Library Mondays at 11:15am
Westall Library Mondays at 2:30pm
Parkdale Library Tuesdays at 10:30am
Chelsea Library Thursdays at 10:30am
Dingley Village Library Thursdays at 2:30pm
Cheltenham Library Fridays at 10:30am
Clarinda Library Fridays at 10:30am

Can't make it to Storytime? You can watch it via live stream at 10:30am every Friday morning by following the link below!

Access Storytime Live Stream Feed

**Please note: Highett Library is temporarily closed until further notice. A live stream storytime session will take place instead at 10:30 Monday mornings.

Tiny Tots Rhyme Time

Encourage a love of stories and reading with our Tiny Tots program.

Enjoy an interactive 20 minute session full of songs, rhymes, books, and finger play. Learn techniques to develop your child's early literacy skills and discover the perfect books to choose for baby.

Enjoy the company of other babies and parents and get to see our new books for and about babies and toddlers before anyone else.

Tiny Tots Rhyme Time is suitable for children aged 0-24 months and their parents.

Tiny Tots Rhyme Time sessions return Monday 1 February!

2021 Tiny Tots Days and Times:

Patterson Lakes Library Mondays at 10:30am
Chelsea Library Tuesdays at 10:30am
Cheltenham Library Tuesdays at 10:30am
Dingley Village Library Wednesdays at 9:30am
Parkdale Library Wednesdays at 2:30pm and Thursdays at 10:30am
Westall Library Fridays at 10:30am

Can't wait for the next session? Kingston Libraries have created a variety of special edition Virtual Storytimes dedicated to Tiny Tots!

Tiny Tots with Darya (bonus Italian and Mandarin rhymes!)

Tiny Tots with Shelley

Tiny Tots with Cass and Catherine

See our full Virtual Storytimes - Tiny Tots playlist on YouTube.

Auslan Storytime

Auslan Storytime is incorporated into the regular Friday Storytime sessions at Cheltenham Library on the second Friday of every month.

Come and experience a visual language and join in for some stories and songs!

Auslan (Australian sign language) is the sign language of the Australian Deaf community.

Auslan Storytime sessions return Friday 12 February!

Second Friday of the month at 10:30am:

12 February 12 March
9 April 14 May
11 June  

Can't make it to Auslan Storytime? You can watch it via live stream by following the link below!

Access Storytime Live Stream Feed

Can't wait for the next session? Kingston Libraries have created a variety of special edition Virtual Storytimes dedicated to Auslan Storytime!

Special Auslan Storytime Dinosaur Roar
Written and illustrated by Paul and Henrietta Stickland

Special Auslan Storytime Look See, Look At Me
Written by Leonie Norrington
Illustrated by Dee Huxley

Special Auslan Storytime I Got This Hat
Written by Jol & Kate Temple
Illustrated by Jon Foye

See our full Virtual Storytimes - Auslan Editions playlist on YouTube.
If you're looking for more Auslan stories, check out the fantastic selection over at Auslan Storybooks!

Saturday Storytimes

Saturday Storytimes alternate between Chelsea and Cheltenham Libraries on a fortnightly basis. Perfect for families with children aged 0 to 5 years.

All Saturday Storytimes start at 10:30am. See below for a list of dates:

Chelsea Library

Saturday 6 February Saturday 6 March
Saturday 1 May Saturday 29 May
Saturday 26 June  

Cheltenham Library

Saturday 20 February Saturday 20 March
Saturday 17 April Saturday 15 May
Saturday 12 June  

Bedtime Storytimes

Take advantage of the longer days in February and March with this great opportunity for an after-dinner storytime session for families with young children.

Put on your pyjamas and bring your teddy along for some storytime fun, with 30 minutes of books and rhymes at the library before going home to bed.

Bedtime Storytimes start Monday 1 February.

All Bedtime Storytimes start at 6:30pm. See below for a list of dates:

Cheltenham Library

Monday 1 February Monday 15 February
Monday 1 March Monday 15 March
Monday 29 March  

Parkdale Library

Monday 10 February Monday 24 February
Monday 10 March Monday 24 March

Sensitive Storytimes

Sensitive Storytime is designed for preschool aged children with additional needs or those who simply prefer a quieter, calmer, more subdued session.

Sensory needs around sound and light are taken into consideration and visual cues are used to help children follow what comes next in the session.

Enjoy short stories and songs, followed by simple sensory play activities in this 30 minute activity.

Sensitive Storytimes start Monday 1 February.

Dingley Village Library Mondays at 9:30am

Storytime Live Stream

Storytime Live Stream sessions are currently on a break. You can view archived sessions here.

Sessions include stories, rhymes and songs and are usually structured around a theme (like pets or dinosaurs).

Storytime Live Stream returns Monday 1 February.

Storytime Live Stream Days and Times:

Mondays 10:30am
Fridays 10:30am

Access Storytime Live Stream Feed

Virtual Storytimes

Kingston Libraries Virtual Storytimes are video recordings featuring your favourite librarians reading great picture book titles that you can enjoy with your little ones whenever you like, no matter where you are!


I Want My Hat Back
Written and illustrated by Jon Klassen

Read along with Leanne, in this funny and delightful story about a bear and his missing hat.

Go Away Big Green Monster!
Written and illustrated by Ed Emberley

Are you ready to show that big green monster who's in charge? Read along with Shelley and watch Big Green Monster disappear!

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink
Written by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple and illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

There are all kinds of princesses. And not all princess dress in pink!

Want To Play Trucks?
Written by Ann Stott and illustrated by Bob Graham

Whether you like dolls or trucks, or both, there are always games that you can play together with your friends.

To see more Virtual Storytimes visit our Virtual Storytimes playlist on YouTube.

Got feedback on Storytimes or any one of our other regular activities for kids? Please let us know! We would love to hear your thoughts.