Children's Services are one of the major parts of what Kiama Library provides for the community. Our programs are very popular and form the basis of many fond memories for those who have participated over the years, parents and children alike.
Services include pre-school and baby story time, school holiday activities, reading challenges and book week activities. We offer a diverse children’s program and a comprehensive children’s collection providing a valuable, encouraging and exciting place for children to grow and develop in the library environment.
A "baby kit" is presented to parents of newborn babies on their first visit to the Early Childhood Centre at Kiama Hospital. The kit comes in a great calico bag and contains a small book, reading tips and general library information.
Make sure you collect your kit when you attend the Early Childhood Centre with your new baby.
Home Library Service to New Parents
Kiama Library has recognized a need within the community for our fantastic home library service to be offered to new parents.
If you have just welcomed the arrival of a new baby and are finding it hard to get to the library.
You may join the home library service for a maximum of six months. By joining you can access most of the library services and have them delivered to you.
Home Library is a free service that delivers and picks up library resources at your home on Wednesdays.
Download application form or contact us to join up
Membership is free. A parent or guardian must sign each childs membership application so bring some ID.
Ask about our toy library for littlies and keep you eyes open for when library events for children are taking place.
Get in early as these events bookings fill very quickly.
NSW Premier's Reading Challenge
The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.
The booklists are now available online.
Paws 'n' Tales
Paws ‘n’ Tales is an innovative and exciting literacy initiative for children 4-8 years of age who may be experiencing reading difficulties or lack motivation …and it’s free for participants! The Paws ‘n’ Tales program is dedicated to helping children reach their full literacy potential, to find a love of books and a passion for reading. Literacy skills are the essential backbone of a child’s education.
Paws ‘n’ tales uses registered pet therapy dogs to help children overcome barriers to their literacy development and to become excited about reading. Paws ‘n’ Tales volunteers and loving dogs help make reading enjoyable in a non-judgemental and friendly environment. Reading to a dog reduces stress levels, boosts confidence and empowers children to take control of their learning.
Please contact us if you know a young person who would benefit from this great program.
Story Box Library provides a vibrant, interactive experience via a diverse range of everyday Australian storytellers - sportspeople, musicians, grandparents, teenagers, comedians, and actors - with varying accents and from different cultures - each sharing past and present book titles.
Story Box Library is free for Kiama Library members.
Using your library card, you can logon now to StoryBox
The Toy Library is a great collection of toys, jigsaws and games to borrow. For children aged from 0 to 12 years. 2 toys per child per family per month is a great deal.
Toy Library membership is $32.00 (incl. GST) per family per annum and is open to grandparents in need as well (different conditions apply). You must be a member of Kiama library to join the Toy Library.
When you come into the library, you will be given the Terms and Conditions regarding becoming a Toy Library member.