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  • Port Macquarie  
    Grant St, Port Macquarie
    Monday to Friday: 9.30am-6pm
    Saturday:9am-12noon
    ph:(02)65818755
  • Kempsey  
    22 Tozer St, Kempsey
    Monday to Friday: 10am-5.30pm
    Saturday:9am-12noon
    ph:(02)65663210
  • Laurieton  
    Laurie St, Laurieton
    Monday to Friday: 9.30am-5pm
    Saturday:9am-12noon
    ph:(02)65818177
  • Wauchope  
    High St, Wauchope
    Monday to Friday: 9.30am-5pm
    Saturday:9am-12noon
    ph:(02)65818162
  • South West Rocks  
    22 Landsborough St, SWRs
    Tuesday,Wednesday & Thursday,: 10am-1pm
    2pm-5pm
    Saturday:9am-12noon
    ph:(02)65665044
  • Stuarts Point  
    Cnr Ocean Ave & Marine Pde, Stuarts Point
    Tuesday&Thursday: 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
    Saturday:9am-12noon
    ph:(02)65690289

 

Library Events - in photos...

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.

The Library provides a wide range of activities and resources for babies to young adults. These include:

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • 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.

Activities include:

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?

The National Literacy and Numeracy Week website has some great games and activities for primary aged children as well as advice for parents

Any suggestions for safe Internet use?

Cybersmart provides activities, resources and practical advice to help young kids, kids, teens and parents safely enjoy the online world. 

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.

Click here for druginfo@yourlibrary website.

Topics include

  • 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?

Plus......

  • Teenagers and parties
  • Talking about drugs and alcohol
  • Parents and schoolies
  • Drug education in schools
  • Getting treatment/help for your child
  • Personal stories
Does the library have information on Apps for the Special Needs Community?

We are gathering books and information on this new resource, (for example: 'APPs for Autism'). Please let us know if you have any suggestions.  Purchase requests can be made in person and online.
The Victorian Government's Department of Education & Early Childhood Development has a very helpful document - 'iPads in Special Education - suggested applications & activities'.  

These include - Organisational Apps • Communication and Assistive Technology Apps • Reading Apps • Writing Apps • Maths Apps • Art and Technology Apps • Music and Song Apps • Reference Apps • Games Apps.
Web Watch........'The kids are all right' website is a NSW-based website which aims to keep parents up to date with what's going on in the sometimes mysterious world of their teenage children.  The site has a wide range of information for parents and there is also a weekly news round-up and opportunity for readers to comment on posted articles.
BEST FOR KIDS: This site provides information and resources on family law in Australia for children, parents and anyone else who wants or needs to know about it, including grandparents. It features four short videos, and has links to other useful resources for separating families.
PS.........PARENT LINE NSW: Free professional help 24-hours a day for parents and carers of children 0-18 years.  Call 1300 1300 52

Do you have resources related to  Autism/Aspergers?

YES!  The local HAARG kindly donated their collection of resources (books, DVDs, games, picture books etc) to Port Macquarie-Hastings Library.  The aim is to make resources available to as many people as possible via the library service.  Suggestions for purchase are welcome to keep the collection as relevant as possible.  Click here for a full list of resources available.  For more information on each title, please refer to the library catalogue.  We welcome purchase requests for this collection.

 

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
  • click here for audioDo you want resources to help you improve your spelling, reading and other language skills?Click here
  • click here for audioDo you want to speak to someone from the Hotline about reading and writing? Call now on1300 6555 06. It is a free call.
  • click here for audioTo 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.

 

Kids & Family Reading Report - 2016

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

 

Talking to kids about cancer.  The Cancer Council has a very helpful booklet on this topic.

 

 

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.

Try this great website!