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All North Shore Libraries run preschool Rhymetime and Storytime sessions - check our timetable - come along and join in, we'd love to see you!

Preschool sessions are designed for babies and children 5 years and under accompanied by a parent or care giver. These sessions comprise of Rhymetime and Storytime programmes and are FREE.

During Rhymetime sessions children will share a special fun-time involving finger rhymes, singing and music and movement. This bonding time provides opportunities for children to develop confidence and build self esteem by being active participants in the programme and interacting with their peers. Children find it easier to remember rhymes and songs than stories. Rhythm helps them hear the sounds that make up words and can help a child overcome reading problems.

Storytime involves a fun way to share books with children. This allows children an opportunity to learn through listening to language while nurturing a love of books. Reading stories to children is a chance to relax and connect with your child. A time to develop close times for learning and sharing that encourages verbal communication skills and models the joys of reading.

Story-time in Mandarin

Northcote library holds a Mandarin story-time session. This session is FREE and suitable for preschool children and their caregivers. Our Chinese librarian will read stories in mandarin and teach your child simple numbers and how to count using songs. This provides a valuable opportunity for children to hear spoken mandarin. Sometimes there may be activities for the children to do.


Pre-School collections

A Toddler collection has been developed to provide picture and information books to encourage and support visual and print literacy and enjoyment of books for ages 0-3 years. These are durable books with simple themes and basic language and are excellent first books for the children.

The picture book collection provides fiction for children ages 3years and on. This collection encourages an enjoyment of reading and visual and print literacy for children. It provides a range of material allowing children to experience concepts, ideas and cultures that extend their own experiences.

The puzzle collection fosters learning, creativity, hand-eye coordination and spatial relationships and stimulates initial cognitive abilities. The collection provides material from toddler to age 7.

The video / DVD collection supports children's information needs with visual material helping children to interpret and understand their world by supporting the acquisition of language and reading. In conjunction, the audio collection for preschool children provides a wide range of interactive non-book material that supports their recreational and educational needs.

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