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

In accordance with public health orders, Barry O’Keefe Library will be closed until at least 30 July 2021. All onsite activities and programs at the Library during this time have been cancelled. Enquiries can be directed to 9978-4017 Monday to Friday, 9am – 5.30pm or to

All Babytimes and Storytimes are held during School Terms Only

1000 Books Before School Program

The 1000 Books Before School program is an early literacy program designed to encourage parents and carers to read with their 0-5 year olds to help them prepare for school.

It’s as simple as it sounds – read 1000 books before they start school.

It’s achievable:

  • If you read one book per day, you will finish in less than three years
  • If you read three books a day, you will finish in less than one year

How the program works:

  • To register for the program, a child’s library card is required
  • You can register in person at Barry O’Keefe Library to receive printed material or online through Beanstack
  • If using printed sheets mark, colour or place a sticker on your reading record each time you read together with your child
  • If using Beanstack, log each book you read

Please note: once you have decided between printed sheets or online tracking, you must continue with this method for the entire duration of the project.

After reaching your first milestone of 100 books read, your child will be eligible to collect a “1000 Books Before School” reading bag. For every 100 books read after that, you can collect a merit patch to go on the bag. If you are using printed record sheets, after every 100 books read you will need to bring the sheet to Barry O’Keefe Library to collect your bag and patches. Beanstack users can also come in to the library and staff will look up your accomplishments online to receive your reward.

Every book that your child completes or listens to counts. This includes stories read at Storytime sessions, day care and playgroup.

We encourage you to use the children’s collections at your local libraries. However, you can read books from anywhere and read them as many times as you want.

The program finishes once your child reaches the goal of 1000 books, starts school or turns 6.

The 1000 Books Before School program is proudly supported by the following councils: Hornsby, Lane Cove, Ku-ring-gai, Mosman, North Sydney, Northern Beaches and Ryde.

For Babies – Babytime

A weekly Babytime program for 0 – 2 year olds on Wednesday mornings at 10.30am during school terms.

Bookings will open the week before for all events. Places are limited. Visit the Events Mosman website.

For Toddlers and Pre-schoolers – Storytime

Encourage a love of stories, books and libraries!

A rhyme and story reading session for toddlers and preschool children aged 1-5 years on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10.30am during school terms.

Bookings will open the week before for all events. Places are limited. Visit the Events Mosman website.

For School Aged Children 5-12

Thursday Kids

A program for school children aged 5–12 years old focusing on art and craft.

Bookings are essential as places are limited with bookings for each week opening up the Thursday before.

Thursday Kids runs from 4pm-4.45pm. Parents and carers, please enjoy your break while Children’s Library staff supervise your children.

School Holiday and Special Events

School Holiday Programs

During school holidays the Library runs a program of engaging and informative activities in a safe and supervised setting.

Check our Events website in the weeks leading up to the school holidays for activity details and bookings.

Children's Book Week

The annual celebration of Children’s Literature is here again!

Children’s Book Week 2021 will be celebrated from Saturday 21 August - Friday 27 August. The theme is “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds”.

The Library is running three creative Book Week competitions with great prizes to be won! Entry forms are available here:

The competition entries will be displayed within the Library during Book Week and should be received to the Library by Thursday 19 August 2021.

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.

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

Last updated Tuesday 20 July 2021
Last updated Tuesday 20 July 2021