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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published August 29th 2012
Dr Seuss spells fun in any language
Children at a story time at SLV


It is fun in any language


Hallo Ciao, Bonjour, γειά σου. All over Melbourne are places that offer non-English story-times, or bilingual story-times for preschoolers.

For some of the parents and children who attend, English is their second language. But others parents mainly speak English at home, but want their child to have a second language. This is to give them early encouragement in a language they will later learn at primary school or even kindergarten or because grandparents are from another country. There are also some grandparents who take their grandchildren along to these sessions as a special outing that only they can have with them.



Or parents may simply wish to expose their children to other cultures and nationalities. There is usually time to socialise after the sessions so you can meet people from other cultural backgrounds. Story times are often more than books but a place to sing songs, do finger rhymes, recite nursery rhymes as well as make things. In short they are FUN.

All sessions are FREE.

Eltham Library has German Storytime (All ages). This is also a stunning open planned mud-brick library with a coffee shop in the building and right next to a park. Great for socialising afterwards.

Second last Wednesday of each month 10.00-11.00am

Panther Place, Eltham
Telephone: (03) 9439 9266


Brighton Library runs German Storytimes for (3-5 years)

Time is 10.30am to 11.15am but dates vary. See list on
96 Reserve Road, Beaumaris 3193
Telephone: 9589 8444


St Kilda Library .
Songs and stories in the Russian language, suitable for children 2-5 years of age (parents and grandparents welcome). Facilitated by a qualified early development teacher. 1st Monday each month 11.00am.

150 Carlisle Street
St Kilda
Telephone: (03) 92096655

In Russian


Camberwell Library (This is near Camberwell State School which is a French Bilingual School)

Bilingual Storytimes: French/English Bilingual Storytime
French/English Bilingual Storytime:

This library is just in the process of relocating so it would be best to give them a ring after the September the 10th, 2012.
Telephone: (03) 9278 4666

Doncaster Library has Chinese Storytimes - in Chinese & English (Mandarin & Cantonese). Suitable for ages 3 - 6 years.
For times contact the library.
MC2 (687 Doncaster Road) - This library has just moved to this new location
Telephone: (03) 9848 2644

Similarly Box Hill Library has Chinese Storytime, songs & craft in Chinese (Cantonese) & English, for ages 3 - 6 years.
Box Hill Library
1st Friday of the month.
11.00 - 11.45am
1040 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Telephone: (03) 9890 1005


Monash Public Library Service has Chinese, Greek and Italian Storytimes as listed below.

For a list of their addresses and telephone numbers please click here.

Chinese Storytime (in Mandarin) at Mount Waverley. 3rd Thursday of the month at 10.30am except for school holidays.
Sessions run for 45 minutes. No booking required.

Chinese Storytime (in Mandarin) at Clayton. 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 1.15pm except for school holidays. Sessions run for 45 minutes. No booking required.

Greek Storytime at Oakleigh. The sessions run the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month except for school holidays. 10.30 am. Sessions run for 45 minutes. No booking required.

Italian Storytime at Clayton. Sessions at 10.30 am: on most Wednesdays


There is also the bookshop Enchanted By Books in Williamstown which holds story times. These are free but you need to call or email in advance to secure a place.

Story time at Enchanted Books
Story time at Enchanted Books


First Monday of the Month: German Story Time
Second Monday of the Month: Italian Story Time
Last Monday of the Month: Greek Story Time

30 Ferguson St, Williamstown
Telephone: (03) 9397 1154
Email: info@enchantedbybooks.com.au


If there are other story sessions in other languages that you know about please let us know on the comments page below so we can keep this page an active resource.


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What a wonderful story Nadine.
I only wish that I could have had access to something like this when I was a child.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11264) 2620 days ago
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