Mosman Library Service has a great range of resources for children of all ages and reading levels.

For Babies – Babytime

Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of reading with our rhyme and story sessions for carers and babies 0-12 months.

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  • When – Every second Wednesday during the school term.
  • Time – 11–11.20am and 2.30–2.50pm (two separate sessions per fortnight).
  • Dates for 2017 – 1 Feb, 15 Feb, 1 Mar, 15 Mar, 29 Mar, 26 Apr, 10 May, 24 May, 7 Jun, 21 Jun, 19 July, 2 Aug, 16 Aug, 30 Aug, 13 Sep, 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 8 Nov, 22 Nov, 6 Dec
    Please note – 24 May 2.30pm session only

Bright Beginnings @ Barry O’Keefe Library

It’s never too early for your baby to have their very own library card!
Bright Beginnings is a great incentive to borrow books for your baby to enjoy. Simply join up bub, borrow items on the card, and on your third visit to the library you’ll receive a free Bright Beginnings Kit filled with all sorts of goodies for you and your baby. .
Enquire at the Lending desk to receive your registration card.

For Pre-schoolers (Storytime)

Encourage a love of stories, books and libraries!

  • Storytime at Barry O’Keefe Library is held during the school term
  • Tuesdays at 10:30am for Toddlers (2-3 years)
  • Thursdays at 10:30am for Preschoolers (3-5 years)

For School Aged Children

Thursday Kids

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The Thursday Kids is a (free!) weekly after-school program for school aged children, with games, crafts, trivia competitions and heaps of other fun stuff.

Dates for 2017
February: Thursday Kids, 4pm, Age 5-12

  • 9 Feb: Treasure Trove Party @ Library
  • 16 Feb: Library Lovers’ Day
  • 23 Feb: Blue Birds in a Nest

March: Thursday Kids, 4pm

  • 2 Mar: World Book Day
  • 9 Mar: Dragon Paper Airplane
  • 16 Mar: St. Patrick’s Day
  • 23 Mar: Harmony Day
  • 30 Mar: Tissue Paper Mosaics

April: Thursday Kids, 4pm

  • 6 Apr: Easter Craft
  • 27 Apr: ANZAC Day

May: Thursday Kids, 4pm

  • 4 May: Jumbo Ties
  • 11 May: Mother’s Day
  • 18 May: World Turtle Day
  • 25 May: Library and Information Week

June: Thursday Kids, 4pm

  • 1 Jun: World Environment Day
  • 8 Jun: Create-A-Queen
  • 15 Jun: Egg-Streme Bugs
  • 22 Jun: Shark Fin Hat
  • 29 Jun: Paper Rainbow Suncatchers

July: Thursday Kids, 4pm

  • 20 July: Cone Giraffes
  • 27 July: National Tree Day

August: Thursday Kids, 4pm

  • 3 Aug: International Day of Friendship
  • 10 August: Design Your Own Flag
  • 17 Aug: National Science Week
  • 24 Aug: Book Week Show
  • 31 Aug: Father’s Day

September: Thursday Kids, 4pm

  • 7 Sep: Alien Bag
  • 14 Sep: Design Your Own Superhero
  • 21 Sep: Heart Penguin

October: Thursday Kids, 4pm

  • 12 Oct: Self Portrait
  • 19 Oct: National Water Week
  • 26 Oct: Halloween

November: Thursday Kids, 4pm

  • 2 Nov: Lady Bug Craft
  • 9 Nov: Dog Mask
  • 16 Nov: Paper Plate Dragon
  • 23 Nov: Christmas Cards
  • 30 Nov: Treasure Trove Launch Party

December: Thursday Kids, 4pm

  • 7 Dec: Christmas Craft
  • 14 Dec: Wishing Tree

Friday Fun @ the Library

Friday Fun is a free after school program for school children aged 9 to 12 years. On the first Friday of every month from 4-4.45pm, during the school term children take part in various fun activities.

Dates for 2017 – 3 Feb Lego, 3 March Table Top Games, 7 April Lego, 5 May Wii Games, 2 June Wii Games, 4 Aug Lego, 1 Sept Table Top Games, 3 Nov Wii Games, 1 Dec Lego

School Holiday and Special Events

We run school holiday events and special events just for parents. Use this link to find out what is happening here at the Library.

Children's Library Events

Children’s Book Week

To celebrate Children’s Book Week we will be holding three competitions for children based around the 2017 theme of ‘Escape to Everywhere’.

For 1-5 year olds there is a colouring in sheet to complete. Children aged 6-9 are asked to enter acrostic poems using the word ‘ESCAPE’. And 10-12 year olds can write a narrative using the theme as their inspiration. Entries should be no larger than one A3 page.

Entry forms are to be completed and returned to the Library by Friday 11 August. Entries will be displayed in the Library during Book Week, and can be collected after Monday 11 September. Competition winners will be announced on Thursday 24 August at 4pm.

Online Resources for Children

Mosman Library Service has a great range of children’s ebooks, educational games and online encyclopaedias. You will need your library card to access these resources.


A large collection of non-fiction eBooks for primary aged children, perfect for homework and school projects.

World Book Online

World Book Online is a one stop shop for all your child’s school project needs. Log in with your Mosman Library Service membership card to discover a boundless world of learning including ebooks, encyclopaedias and interactive games and activities.

World Book eBooks

World ebook

A comprehensive collection of non-fiction e-books covering a range of topics including animals, science, history, geography and the arts.

World Book Online for Kids

World Book Online for Kids

A general reference encyclopaedia especially for primary school kids including easy-to-read articles, multimedia, and a wealth of interactive tools, and activities.

Early World of Learning

Early World of Learning

A selection of interactive and educational games aimed at supporting your child’s learning. Your child can enjoy reading games, quizzes, videos, sing-a-longs and lots more fantastic educational activities.

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is a special initiative of the Premier of NSW, presented by the NSW Department of Education and Training, to foster a love of literature and to encourage children to read widely for leisure and for pleasure.

Premier's Challenge Booklists

For more information, visit the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge