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Early Childhood

Being a baby is lots of fun at the Library!

Babies take their first critical steps toward learning to read and write very early in life. By the time babies reach their first birthday they will have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language. The more stories read aloud to them, the more words a baby will hear and the better they'll be able to talk. Research shows that regular and active interactions with words, books, and stories are invaluable in these early years. Through hearing stories read aloud to them, babies begin to build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding of language, which is vital as they start to read.

Goulburn Library offers a wide range of reading materials, programs and events, and support for these critical early literacy years.


The Library's children’s room is a haven for learning and exploration, and the hub of our fantastic free programs for babies and toddlers.

Our programs are designed to be educational and engaging, focussing on early literacy development while fostering socialisation and fun! The Library runs a number of regular programs and special events for babies and toddlers, including:

  • Baby Time - for babies from birth up to 1 year.
  • Toddler Time - for toddlers from 1-2 years.
  • Giggle & Wiggle - for 2-5 years.
  • Story Time - for 3-5 years.
  • Tell Me a Story - for 3-5 years.
  • A range of fun workshops and special events.

For more information and bookings, see our programs and special events.

Kids eLibrary

Access our amazing collections of Kids eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, movies, and more! Read, listen, and watch from home or on the go, all completely free for Library members.

Our Kids eLibrary collections are full of suitable reading and watching materials for birth right up to teen years, designed for education and fun all at the same time!

Browse the collections or download the apps to your mobile device and browse individual collections:

  • Story Box Library for read along children's books and online stories
  • Hoopla for movies, TV shows, music, and more
  • BorrowBox Kids and Indyreads for eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • Early Literacy Song Book

    Talk, Sing, Play, and Read Everyday!

    Use this song book for inspiration to talk, sing, play and read every day!

    Birth to five is the optimal window to build lifelong language and literacy foundations. Exploring language through talking, singing, and playing helps to develop the pre-literacy skills critical for learning to read and write.

  • Arabic (العربية)
  • English
  • Filipino (العربية)
  • Greek (Ελληνικά)
  • Malayalam (മലയാളം)
  • Nepali (नेपाली)
  • Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ)

  • Printed copies are available in the Library upon request. Please contact us if your language isn't available.


    Story Box Library

    Designed especially for young people from pre-school right through to upper primary years, Story Box Library showcases some of the very best children's books available, read by your favourite storytellers, along with related activity packs, short videos, and much more!

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