Children's Programs

Sharing stories and rhymes, singing, talking and playing with your child is not just fun but good for little brains too!

Visit your local library and join in with our free First 5 Forever children’s programs including Story Time, Baby Bounce and Little Library Play. These programs run throughout the school term - find out more below! Parent participation is encouraged and supervision of children at all times is required.

We also offer a number of other programs for children throughout the year such as Splash & Rhyme, Maker Space and Mini Makers, Summer Reading Club and school holiday activities. Please contact your local library to find out more.

  • Research shows that up to 90% of a child’s brain development happens in the first 5 years. This makes parents and caregivers their child’s first and most important teacher.

    It is never too early to share stories, talk, play and sing with your child. It’s fun and it helps little brains to grow. Everyday opportunities are the best for learning. Point out, name and talk about what your child can see or hear during bath time, when going for a walk, in the car or out shopping.

    Whitsunday Regional Libraries offer a range of free children’s programs to support families, which focus on language and literacy development for children aged 0-5 years. We also provide activities and resources that encourage learning through creative play and interaction.

    For further ideas to develop your child's language and literacy skills at home, please visit First 5 Forever's website.

    First 5 Forever

    Baby Bounce

    Baby Bounce encourages language development for babies aged birth to walking. Come along and join us for nursery rhymes, action songs, stories and play!

    Cannonvale: Tuesday at 10.00am

    Bowen: Friday at 9.30am

    Proserpine: Wednesday at 10.30am

    Please note that Baby Bounce is only held during the school term.

    Research shows that up to 90% of a child’s brain development happens in the first 5 years. So it is never too early to talk, read and tell stories with your child.

    Little Library Play

    Singing, talking and playing is not just fun, but good for little brains too!  Activities aimed at children aged walking to 3 years.

    Cannonvale: Wednesday at 10.00am

    Proserpine: Wednesday at 9.30am

    Bowen: Friday at 10.30am

    Please note that Little Library Play is only held during the school term.

    Story Time

    Story Time focuses on language and literacy development for children aged 3 to 5 years. During this session we share stories, rhymes and songs.

    Bowen: Tuesday at 10.00am

    Proserpine: Tuesday at 10.30am

    Collinsville: Wednesday at 9.00am

    Cannonvale: Thursday at 10.00am

    Please note that Story Time is only held during the school term.

    Children learn best from the people around them. As parents and caregivers you are your child’s first and most important teacher!

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  • Our Maker Spaces encourage learning through play and are a fun and interactive space in the library for children aged 6+. Activities will vary in each branch — may include design and construction challenges, puppet theatre, robotics, art and paper craft.

    Cannonvale: Thursday 3.00 - 4.30pm

    Proserpine: Saturday 9.00 - 11.00am

    Bowen: Saturday 9.00 - 11.00am

    Please note that Maker Space is only held during the school term.

  • Help your little ones aged 5 and under experience the world of making, creating and building!

    Cannonvale: Saturdays 9.00 - 11.30am

    Please note that Mini Makers is only held during the school term.

  • Join us for an epic board game afternoon! Get ready to roll the dice, strategise, and have a blast with friends and family as we host an exciting day of classic and modern board games. No bookings required.

    Cannonvale: Wednesdays 3.00 to 4.30pm

    Please note that Boardgame-o-rama is only held during the school term.


  • Our Library Kid’s Club (formerly the Summer Reading Club) will be launching on Monday 11th December 2023 at Whitsunday Regional Library branches, with activities continuing throughout the holidays. 

    The theme this year is “Our Place” and we invite you to complete challenge tasks and receive a goodie bag when finished or help to create a 3D maquette in your local branch. We will have gallery walls to display challenge contributions, with activities self-paced and available to all ages.

    Remember, libraries are a great place to come together to relax and cool down over the summer holidays, and membership is free!

    What's On

  • Teachers are encouraged to bring students to the library in classes or smaller groups at any time of the year. Tours of the library are available on request.

    Class activities may include group orientation sessions, Story Time on a particular theme, research instruction, or other activities that help to support the requirements of the class.

    All sessions can be tailored to different age groups and class themes, so please contact the Library to discuss individual requirements.