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Published June 23rd 2016
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Libraries in Melbourne offer a variety of community activities and events for adults and children. There are recitals and Tai Chi at Docklands Library, LEGO Club in Richmond Library, historic art exhibition at the State Library of Victoria and kids activities at the Age Library, just to name a few. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers can develop their minds through storytime programs specifically designed for them at some of Melbourne's libraries. These sessions help stimulate the child's brain especially in the first 3 years when most synapses are made. Storytelling supports the child's mental development by boosting synapse development and strengthening vocabulary. Best of all, these sessions are FREE to attend.

Babies 0 to 9 months

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You may feel it is silly to read to a baby who can't comprehend the contents of a book. However there are benefits for his or her development and helps to strength the bond between your child and you. The "Born to Read" program offers 30 minutes of nursery rhymes, lullabies and book play with your baby. You will learn how to read with your baby and choose the right books to use. It is also a good way to meet and interact with other parents and babies. Spaces are limited so contact the library to reserve your seat.

Venue: Hastings Library
Address: 7 High St, Hastings VIC 3915
Phone: (03) 5950 1710
Dates: Thursdays - 23 June, 21 July, 25 August, 15 September, 20 October & 24 November 2016
Time: 2pm - 2.30pm

Venue: Mornington Library
Address: Vancouver St, Mornington VIC 3931
Phone: (03) 5950 1820
Dates: Fridays - 1 July, 5 August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November & 2 December 2016
Time: 11am - 11.30am

Venue: Rosebud Library
Address: McDowell St, Rosebud VIC 3939
Phone: (03) 5950 1230
Dates: Thursdays - 14 July, 11 August, 8 September, 13 October, 10 November & 8 December 2016
Time: 2pm - 2.30pm

Venue: Somerville Library
Address: 1085 Frankston-Flinders Rd., Somerville VIC 3912
Phone: (03) 5978 0834
Dates: Tuesdays - 19 July, 16 August, 18 October & 15 November 2016
Time: 2pm - 2.30pm

Under 3 years

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Help you child to adopt a habit of reading at an early age through fun stories sessions at the libraries. It is important for his or her literacy and comprehension. You will learn songs and rhymes which can help your child develop vocabulary, imagination and motor skills. It is also a good social opportunity to interact with other parents and children. No bookings are required.

Venue: Dandenong Library
Address: 225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong VIC 3175
Phone: (03) 8571 1000
Dates: Every Monday from February to December except public and school holidays
Time: 10.30am - 11am

Venue: Springvale Library
Address: (03) 9239 5398
Dates: Every Monday from February to December except public and school holidays
Time: 10.30am - 11am

Venue: Hastings Library
Address: 7 High St, Hastings VIC 3915
Phone: (03) 5950 1710
Dates: Every Wednesday from February to December except public holidays
Time: 11am - 11.30am

Venue: Mornington Library
Address: Vancouver St, Mornington VIC 3931
Phone: (03) 5950 1820
Dates: Every Thursday from February to December except public holidays
Time: 11am - 11.30am

Venue: Rosebud Library
Address: McDowell St, Rosebud VIC 3939
Phone: (03) 5950 1230
Dates: Every Wednesday from February to December except public holidays
Time: 10.30am - 11am

Venue: Somerville Library
Address: 1085 Frankston-Flinders Rd., Somerville VIC 3912
Phone: (03) 5978 0834
Dates: Every Thursday from February to December except public holidays
Time: 11am - 11.30am

3 to 5 year olds

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Preschool storytime sessions at the libraries provide songs, rhymes and craft activities for kids. These activities help your child develop a love for reading and prepare him or her for primary school. The use of picture books and interactive stories help children develop their reading, listening and comprehension skills. A craft activity helps little fingers to develop their motor skills. No bookings are required.

Venue: Hastings Library
Address: 7 High St, Hastings VIC 3915
Phone: (03) 5950 1710
Dates: Every Thursday from February to December except public holidays
Time: 11am - 11.30am

Venue: Mornington Library
Address: Vancouver St, Mornington VIC 3931
Phone: (03) 5950 1820
Dates: Every Wednesday from February to December except public holidays
Time: 11am - 11.30am

Venue: Rosebud Library
Address: McDowell St, Rosebud VIC 3939
Phone: (03) 5950 1230
Dates: Every Monday and Thursday from February to December except public holidays
Time: 10.30am - 11am

Venue: Somerville Library
Address: 1085 Frankston-Flinders Rd., Somerville VIC 3912
Phone: (03) 5978 0834
Dates: Every Wednesday from February to December except public holidays
Time: 11am - 11.30am

Venue: Toorak/South Yarra Library
Address: 340 Toorak Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
Phone: (03) 8290 8000
Dates: Every Wednesday from March to September except public holidays
Time: 11am - 11.45am

Venue: Dandenong Library
Address: 225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong VIC 3175
Phone: (03) 8571 1000
Dates: Every Thursday from February to December except public and school holidays
Time: 10.30am - 11am

Venue: Springvale Library
Address: (03) 9239 5398
Dates: Every Thursday from February to December except public and school holidays
Time: 10.30am - 11am
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Where: Various venues around Melbourne
Cost: Free
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