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Published Monday 10 February 2020
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Free children's library programs begin

Children in Mitchell Shire can get the year off to a great start with the return of Babytime, Rhymetime, Storytime and Sensory Storytime to libraries this month.

The free weekly programs are held at 10.30am with sessions on different days in Beveridge, Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan.

The programs have been developed to encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning, to provide social connections for children and parents and to familiarise people with the important role libraries play from an early age.

Babytime is suited for babies up to 18 months old. Babytime is held at 10.30am on Mondays in Beveridge, Tuesdays in Broadford, Wednesdays in Seymour, Thursdays in Wallan and Fridays in Kilmore.

Rhymetime is an interactive session for children aged 18 months to three years of age. Rhymetime is held at 10.30am on Mondays in Seymour, Tuesdays in Kilmore, Wednesdays in Wallan, Thursdays in Beveridge and Fridays in Broadford.

Storytime includes singing, reading and craft and is for children aged between three and five. Storytime is held at 10.30am on Wednesdays in Broadford and Kilmore and 10.30am on Fridays in Seymour and Wallan.

Sensory Storytime is suitable for ages 3 to 5 and is held at 10.30am every Saturday, alternating between Seymour and Wallan. Wallan commences on 8 February and Seymour on 15 February.

For session details please visit Mitchell Shire Council's Library Programs page.

“I think libraries are a critical part of Australian society. I see great value in our library services in Mitchell Shire and I hope to see these classes full.”
Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor David Lowe

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor David Lowe

“The weekly children’s programs are crafted to help your little ones develop a love of books and reading from an early age. Many studies have shown the benefits of reading to children and the library sessions are a great way to start doing this and have fun at the same time,” he said.

“The new timetable has all sessions starting at 10.30am which makes it easy to remember when it’s on and makes it easier for people who may not be able to attend their usual session to catch up at a different branch. The Saturday sessions are offered for children who prefer a quieter environment and will rotate between Seymour and Wallan.

“I think libraries are a critical part of Australian society. I see great value in our library services in Mitchell Shire and I hope to see these classes full.”

This page was last updated on 21 May 2020.