Storytime and Rhymetime
As well as holding a wide range of library items for children, the library runs various storytime and rhymetime sessions.

Topics for storytime vary and a simple craft activity is provided at no charge. We do hold special event storytimes, which are showcased on our News & Events page, as well as Facebook.

Rhymetime is lots of fun, and includes early literacy activities such as singing, finger rhymes and movement.

Better Beginnings
All babies living in the Shire of Collie will receive a Better Beginnings bag. This is a bright yellow library bag containing a picture book for your baby and other resources to help you get started on the wonderful learning journey that is life with your new baby.

The Better Beginnings bag should be delivered before your baby is 3 months old. If you think we have missed you, please ring Alison (librarian) on 9734 9042.

Let’s Read
To complement the Better Beginnings pack, all children in Collie are eligible to receive  further Let’s Read packs through the Smith Family, at 12 months, eighteen months and three & a half years of age.  For more information please ring Alison (librarian) on 9734 9042 or Sereena (Read With Me coordinator) on 9734 4260.

Children’s Resources Online

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Tips for reading and sharing language with your new baby
It’s never too early to begin – babies start learning about language from the moment they are born; they hear you talking to them and soon respond.

Start with nursery rhymes and songs, play rhymes, Mother Goose rhymes and song books. Nursery rhymes can be told to babies from birth. Don’t worry if they don’t make sense, they offer an experience to the senses rather than to the mind and they provide a feeling for language.

Introduce babies to board books. Good books for babies should:

  • have sturdy pagestime-for-bed
  • be small for little hands to hold
  • be tactile or have another attention grabber like a mirror
  • have photographs or baby faces or bright colourful pictures
  • have clear uncluttered pages to encourage babies to focus their eyes on pictures; and
  • few words.