• Burdekin Library Ayr – every Friday at 10:30am.
  • Home Hill Branch Library – every Wednesday at 11:00am.

Storytime is a fun, interactive half hour program for children aged 0-5 and their families.  A story is either read or told and interaction with the content is encouraged and supported. Stories may be combined with an activity, song or similar stories on a related theme with a fun activity to do at the end.  It facilitates adult-child interaction, pre-literacy support and communication development.

Click here to watch a First 5 Forever Storytime session on YouTube

National Simultaneous Story Time 2019

National Simultaneous Story Time (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association.  It is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

  • Wednesday 22 May, 2019
  • 11am
  • Burdekin Library
  • Story Time followed by a variety of ‘Alpacas with ‘Maracas’ themed activities to enjoy!


Baby Rhyme Time

  • Burdekin Library Ayr – every Thursday at 10:30am

Baby Rhyme Time is a fun, interactive half hour program for children aged 0-2 and their families. Parents and primary caregivers can share in simple songs and action rhymes with their baby to nurture their communication, language and social skills.

Click here to watch a First 5 Forever Baby Rhyme Time session on YouTube

Messy Play

Messy Play occurs on the last Thursday of every month.  It is perfect for children aged 0-5 years.  Messy Play includes play with paint, water, sand, slime, kinetic sand and so much more.  Children’s smocks are available for use.

  • Last Thursday of every month, 10:30am at the Burdekin Library entrance.

School Holiday Program

We provide activities to school-aged children during the school holidays. Activities include crafts, games, fitness, movies and anything fun we can think of – check with the library for the list of events close to the holidays.  Bookings are essential.

July 2019 School Holidays

July 2019 School Holidays

Wink and Blink

Every school holidays we create two activity booklets for children to take free of charge. Wink is the booklet for younger children and Blink is for older school aged children. The booklets are available from the weekend that holidays start and can be collected from the Customer Service desk at both Burdekin Library Ayr and Home Hill Branch Library.

Fun in the Library

Burdekin Library is home to several iPads and tablets for children to use in the library, providing they have their membership card.  Puzzles and colour-ins are also available upon request.

Little People’s Literacy Learning


Burdekin Library is happy to promote FREE online modules specifically designed for parents and carers to provide a raft of activities and learning experiences for children from birth to  5 years of age. These 18 open access modules have been developed by volunteers from the Australian Literacy Educator’s Association and can be accessed from the Association’s website.

Crinkling News – a newspaper for kids

Crinkling News Logo

Burdekin Library has recently subscribed to Crinkling News, the only national newspaper for young Australians. As parents and veterans of the newspaper industry, the publishers realised there was little in the way of child-accessible news outlets in our country and so decided to create this paper.

Subscribers and readers are encouraged to take ownership of their newspaper by submitting reviews and photographs, writing opinion pieces, and suggesting story ideas.

Come on in to the Library to check it out for yourself.



TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they’ll love.  They can watch and listen to more than 30 ebooks online, some in languages other than English. They can also play games and puzzles and write their own book reviews.

Overdrive for Kids


Like to read or listen to stories? We have lots of books to download to your computer, iPad, tablet or e-reader.

Visit the Overdrive for Kids website.

Kanopy for Kids


You can find movies, TV series, animated storybooks and anime favourites for pre-schoolers  and up on the Kids section of the Kanopy website

Coding Fun


Burdekin Library offers free access to Rainforest Coding which is a developing collection of adventures and activities designed to make Scratch, the programming language, easier to understand and fun to learn. There are games to play, projects to remix and lots of sound, graphic and animation allowing you to gain the confidence to use Scratch independently.

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