The City of Kalamunda Library Service strives to provide an atmosphere that is comfortable, enjoyable and safe for all our members. The libraries are committed to assisting children to find and access resources that are appropriate to their interests
According to the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), children are classified as young people from the ages of birth to twelve years of age.
Find out about activities, programs and resources including Rhymetime, Storytime, Better Beginnings, School Holiday and Literacy and Learning programmes.
CANCELLED SESSIONS: Our community is important to us and we want to help keep you safe and well.
The following sessions have been temporarily suspended until further notice:
All Rhymetime, Storytime, Lego @ Lesmurdie, Friday Afternoon Games sessions and April School Holiday Activities We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
Further information about COVID-19 can be found directly from WA Government.
Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080
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For the safety and comfort of children, a responsible adult or caregiver must accompany children at all times while they are using the library. While in the library, parents and caregivers are responsible for:
We want all children to have a positive experience at the library. Parents are encouraged to stay with their children and make library visits enjoyable for the whole family.
For the comfort of all library users, parents of very young children are asked to observe the following guidelines whilst in the library:
Held weekly during school term time.
Bookings are only required if you intend to bring a group in, please phone the library you wish to attend to organise a group booking.
Come and sing along to rhymes and listen to stories! Rhymetime introduces literacy in a fun safe environment and is held regularly at Forrestfield, High Wycombe and Kalamunda Libraries. A parent or guardian must accompany and participate. Suitable for
children 0-2 years.
Storytime takes place once a week at all City of Kalamunda Libraries. It aims to capture children’s imagination while introducing books in a fun environment. Join us for rhymes, stories and a craft activity. A parent or guardian must accompany children.
Suitable for children aged 2-5 years.Check the table below for session times and locations. Programs run during school term only.
Rhymetime and Storytime returns week beginning Monday 3rd February 2020.
Table 1. Rhymetime and storytime session times and locations
We provide the LEGO, you build your creation.
Join us on Saturday mornings from 9am-12pm to create your own LEGO masterpiece.
Young builders also have the chance to win a LEGO lucky dip prize by completing an entry form. The lucky
winners will be notified by phone or email.
APRIL 2020 School Holidays Mystery Bundles
Keep the children reading these school holidays by requesting a children’s 'Mystery Bundle' of library items. This may include books and DVDs.
The Mystery Bundles are grouped by age and include 5 items for ages 1-7 years, and 4 items for ages 8 years and up.
To request a 'Mystery Bundle' please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information in your email:
Once you have submitted your request we will email or phone, letting you know the date, time and Library where you can pick up your Mystery Bundle.
When you have finished with your books, you can return them to your local library for someone else to enjoy. The after-hour return chutes are available 24/7 for your convenience.
This offer is available to current City of Kalamunda Library Members during the April School Holidays.
Make Reading a Hoot! @ the City of Kalamunda
Knight Owl Quest has been developed to encourage children in Pre-Primary and Year One to visit their local City of Kalamunda Library. Our aim is to encourage reading and promote library usage in young children at this important developmental stage. We
intend to give children a positive experience when visiting the library that will enhance their future reading patterns.
The City of Kalamunda Library Service (Kalamunda, Forrestfield, High Wycombe and Lesmurdie Community Libraries) are delivering Knight Owl Quest kits to the Pre-Primary and Year One classes at your local primary school in City of Kalamunda. Children are
encouraged to visit their local library and use their membership cards to borrow books to receive stickers on the Knight Owl Quest bookmark. Membership is free and only requires a parent with current ID to join their child.
Knight Owl Questers are entitled to special membership rewards when they visit and borrow items. Questers can access a wide range of reading material at each of our libraries during the school year. If you haven’t received a Knight Owl Quest
Kit, contact your local library for more information on collecting your starter pack.
Knight Owl Quest kits are also available at each of our Libraries for Home schooling (home education) Pre-Primary and Year One children, and for children attending schools not participating in the program.
The Better Beginnings Family Literacy Program is coordinated by the State Library of Western Australia (WA) and delivered through public libraries. Parents with new born babies can collect
their free Better Beginnings Reading Kit and Sing with Me Packs from any of the four City Libraries or from their Community Child Health Nurse.
Better Beginnings supports parents in reading to children so that they build the early literacy skills they need to become good readers and succeed at school.
The Better Beginnings reading kits are free and suitable for children from birth to 3 years.
Better Beginnings (0-3 years) Each kit contains
Sing with Me (2-3 years)Each kit contains
Contact our libraries to find out how we can help you to enjoy reading with your baby.
Learn more about Better Beginnings.
Children’s Book Week is an annual event held in August that celebrates Australian children’s literature and authors.
Every year, since 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together in celebrating Children’s Book Week.
We are excited to announce the theme for this year is:
2020 Children’s Book Week – ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’
Shaun Tan, winner of the 2019 CBCA Picture Book of the Year for Cicada is currently working on the 2020 theme artwork.
CBCA Book Week will be held from 22 - 28 August.
The fabulous line-up of visiting authors to our Libraries for 2020 will be announced soon!
The City of Kalamunda Library Service has a range of resources to help you study and find the information you need. Each of our four libraries will give you access to reference materials as well as online databases.
If your project is due and you don’t have time to get to the library, check out the websites listed in our eResources section.
The eResources section provides a list of websites for a variety of topics.