A Library Service for all ages!
From the very first day of life, babies learn by looking and listening. Childhood, particularly the first few years of a child's life, is a very important period for the development of language skills. Parents and carers can play a unique role in this development by talking and singing to their children and sharing books, songs and rhymes in a happy, loving environment.
As children grow, reading remains a crucial factor in their success in education and life. It's important that parents continue to demonstrate the value and enjoyment of reading by encouraging regular reading times, and allowing children to see them reading too. A love of reading can also be encouraged through regular visits to the library where children can browse a huge range of books and choose their own to borrow.
- Multi-media packs
- Literacy resources
- Collections of HSC resources including study guides, Board of Studies publications and materials for use by senior high school students.
- Online stories via Bookflix
- Free links to online databases
- Toy Libraries
- Small collection of downloadable e-books and audiobooks
We aim to provide the best resources for all ages.
Remember: if you can't see it, ask for it! We welcome purchase requests.
- Holiday activities during the school holidays for all ages.
- Storytimes for preschoolers during school terms
- Early Bird Early Literacy program - Click here for more info
- Baby Bounce - Click here for schedule
- Fun With Music and Music for Toddlers
- Class Visits
- Author Visits
Contact the Children's Librarian for further information and to check the current programs.
School holiday programs are generally aimed at school aged children (as we provide Storytime for preschoolers each week during term) with a literacy based theme. We aim to promote what the library has to offer as well as provide a meaningful activity for young people. These activities give young people the opportunity to meet others, to learn or experience something different and to share some fun.
Some activities are fully supervised while others require carers to stay. Bookings and a small charge may be required. It is a good idea to book early and we appreciate knowing if you are not able to attend a session. These activities are aimed at Library Members and proof of current membership may be asked for.
Frequently Asked Questions
My child is starting school. Do you keep readers?
The materials available range in levels of reading age and interest. We do not keep whole sets of readers as schools do, but have a wide range of books available in bagged sets, on CD and individually.
How are the picture books arranged?
The picture book collection has a broad range of reading levels and interest but is aimed at preschoolers to primary aged children. The books are colour coded according to the author's surname. A yellow dot means that the author is Australian. Suggested reading lists are available.
Are there books for babies?
Yes. The board books provide colour and interest with strong links between text and pictures. Also available are Baby Book Time Packs that include two board books, a music CD and a rhyme sheet.
What is the Parenting Collection?
This collection of books, magazines and DVDs provides practical advice and support to parents whether their children are in nappies or doing their HSC.
Can my child have their own library card?
Yes and this is a great way to start their library journey. When joining as a junior borrower, they will need to have a guarantor. Remember that with a library card, young borrowers can access Your Tutor, newspapers, databases and online stories from home.
What homework help is available?
Our libraries offer staff assistance, internet access, study space and online information as well as a huge collection of books, DVDs, study guides and resources to borrow.
What newspapers do you keep for school assignments?
Our collections goes back to 1882 and comes in a variety of formats. For details click here. You also have access to current newpapers from around the world every day for free!
Why are libraries called the 'gateways to information'?
Nowadays a lot of information is available off site and our job as librarians is to help parents and students to access information in a variety of ways. Students require information in many formats and we can help them do this. We are here to help!
The library is a community focus and is used to distribute local information. Our notice boards and staff will tell you about up and coming community events and local support resources.
How does that nursery rhyme go?
Click here for a great booklet of nursery rhymes......happy singing!
Where can I find out about local childcare facilitlies?
The Australian Government has a helpful website - mychild Find information on the types of child care, fee assistance and links to other useful websites about children’s health, wellbeing, parenting and family support services. .
Can you sugggest any helpful websites to help with literacy and numeracy skills in primary school?
Any suggestions for safe Internet use?
Developed by theAustralian Communications and Media Authority, Cybersmart is part of the Australian Government’s cybersafety program.
Does the library provide information on drug and alcohol related issues for parents?
A big YES to this one! The State Library and NSW Health provide a variety of information for parents. This includes books, brochures and a very comprehensive website. This is complemented by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website.
- What are the signs of drug use?
- What can I do if my child is using drugs?
- Why do young people use drugs?
- Worried about someone's drug use?
Teenagers and parties
Talking about drugs and alcohol
Parents and schoolies
Drug education in schools
Getting treatment/help for your child
- Personal stories
Hastings Autism and Aspergers Resource Group (HAARG) is a non-profit organisation run entirely by unpaid volunteers who are dedicated to helping people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their families in the local area. The group aims to help people affected by autism through all stages of life. HAARG began in Port Macquarie over 20 years ago as an Autistic support group called CASPERS (Country Autistic Support Persons). This group evolved into the incorporated association known as HAARG that it is today, which offers a wide range of support services.
Their services include a Resource Manual, Resource Library, Support Meetings, Support Groups, a Social Club and Advocacy work. For more information http://www.hastingsautism.org.au/
We have teenagers...help!
A new publication for parents of Australian teenagers has just been lauched.
The focus of Exploring Teens is to provide parents with high quality, reliable and responsible information about ways in which they can help their children through the teenage years.
Do you know about the Reading Writing Hotline?
- Do you want to find an organisation to help you improve your reading and writing? Click here
- Do you want resources to help you improve your spelling, reading and other language skills?Click here
- Do you want to speak to someone from the Hotline about reading and writing? Call now on1300 6555 06. It is a free call.
- To see all the information on our website Click Here.
LOVE TALK SING READ PLAY
Families NSW in the Sydney metropolitan area have produced resources for parents to provide advice and information on the social and emotional development of their child and how parents can help nurture this important part of child development. The Love, Talk, Sing, Read, Play child development flipchart has now been translated into four major community languages. Take a look at their website
Need help with teaching your children sight words?????? Try this great website from Queensland - sight word cards to download plus fun games and activities.
They also have a suggested App to download - Out & About app......Give your child a flying start in literacy by helping them practice their sight words with this bright and fun app when you're out and about.
This study shines a light on the independent reading behaviours and attitudes of Australian children aged 6-17 years, and their parents, plus parents of children 0-5 years.
Highlights from this 2015 survey:
* The more you read to your children, the more they will want to read themselves
* If you read, your children are more likely to enjoy reading themselves
* The main reason children like being read to is because it is a special time with parents
* Don't stop reading to your kids just because they are getting older...they love it
* Children are more likely to finish a book if they have chosen their book themselves...(always a great choice at your local library!)
* Kids love books that make them laugh
* 79% said that they will always want to read print books, even though there are ebooks available
Let us know how we can help your child become a confident reader
Would you like to know more about the development of Australian Literature?
Australian children's books are an art form rich with invention, exploration and feeling. They are part of a tradition of Australian language and literature as well as establishing themselves as part of visual art.