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Holiday Program – Summer Reading Club 2021-22

Uncover tales of mystery, intrigue and discovery, in books, magazines and comics, for your chance to win great prizes these school holidays!  

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Dear Brooklyn… Dear Ipswich…

Ever Wanted a Pen-Pal from the USA?
Brooklyn Public Library and Ipswich Libraries are creating a Pen-Pal program linking families and individuals on opposite sides of the world.

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Holiday Program – Eye Spy Brooklyn

Search high and low throughout your local library to find the Eye Spy Brooklyn stations.

Until March 2022
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Tales and Trails

Discover The Little Queenslanders’ Alphabet Book written by Sally Scudamore and illustrated by Sophie Beer as you follow the trail through the Ipswich Nature Centre. 

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Story Time

Discover the magic of stories and make new friends as we explore a different theme every month. Have fun with music, movement, stories and rhymes – guaranteed to make you smile.

Ages 18 months – 5 years. Bookings essential.

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Toddler Time

Build language through rhymes, songs, stories and movement with our older babies.

Ages 6 months – 2 years.  Bookings essential.

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Baby Rhyme Time

Share rhymes, songs and stories to support your baby’s early language learning.  Four week program for babies and parents / carers.

Ages 0 – 12 months.  Bookings essential.

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Books and Blocks

Build, Learn and Play! Nurture your child’s love of creativity and make new friends while enjoying stories and block play.

Ages 0 – 5 years. Bookings essential.

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Story Time at Bunnings

Nurture your child’s love of language and stories at your local Bunnings store.
Ages 0-5 years with mums, dads and/or carers.  
Bookings essential.

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Robotics, Coding, and Things

Challenge Your Inner Geek

Build skills to code through fun challenges with Scratch, Spheros, Ozobots and more. No coding experience needed.

Story Time at Riverlink

Nurture your child’s love of language and stories at Riverlink Shopping Centre.   Bookings essential.

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Dive into Books Story Time

Nurture your child’s love of language and stories at your local pool. Delivered in Partnership with Kids Alive Do the Five and Just Sports N Fitness.

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Pop-Up Library Fun – Augustine Heights

Spark your child’s creativity with songs, books, movement and play. Bookings essential.

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Pop-Up Library Fun – Muirlea

Spark your child’s creativity with songs, books, movement and play. Bookings essential.

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Story Time in the Park

Nurture your child’s love of language and stories at your local park. Learn about your local environment through a fun activity provided by the Environmental Education team.  Bookings essential. 

First 5 Forever: Watch, Listen & Learn Resources
Tales and Trails

Tales and Trails is an interactive outdoor reading experience developed in partnership with Nature Play Queensland.

Until March 2022
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Tales and Trails

Discover The Little Queenslanders’ Alphabet Book written by Sally Scudamore and illustrated by Sophie Beer as you follow the trail through the Ipswich Nature Centre. 

Tales and Trails – Monthly Winners

 At the end of the Trail families can enter a monthly competition by scanning a QR code to win a monthly prize.  Monthly winners will be announced here. 

Tales and Trails Activity Pack

Printable early years learning activities to use at home with your child. 

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Library Fun Podcast

Listen as the First 5 Forever team bring some favourite stories to life with the help from some very clever Ipswich kids. 

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Backyard Stories

Join us for traditional stories with a twist, told by the Ipswich Libraries First 5 Forever team.

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Quick Rhymes

Watch as the team demonstrates ways of introducing classic nursery rhymes to your kids.

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Dive Into Books

Dive Into Books is a pool-side storytelling program developed in partnership with Kids Alive – Do the Five and hosted by Just Sports N Fitness.

Stories for Little Queenslanders

Inspire your child’s love of reading by looking through the First 5 Forever Stories for Little Queenslanders collection.

Community Champion Virtual Story Time

Join our local Community Champions as they share one of the Stories for Little Queenslanders.  

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First 5 Forever Across Queensland

Since launching in 2015 there have been more than 2.5 million attendances at First 5 Forever activities in public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres across Queensland.

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School and Group Visits

Discover how Library programs can be tailored to suit your school or group. Organise a visit to one of our libraries or have the Public Programming team come to you.

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Playgroup or Community Visit

Let our First 5 Forever team bring the magic of stories, songs and rhymes to your playgroup or community group.

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Draw with Emma

Draw along with Emma as she demonstrates how to draw one of her favourite Australian animals, using materials that you have at home.

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Cyber-Safety and Privacy for Families

Navigate safely your online resources, platforms, apps and games.  Learn the importance of keeping your personal information secure and how to implement a Cyber-safety Plan for your family.

Cyber-Safety and Privacy for Families

This recorded presentation is a valuable resource for keeping your family safe in the online world. Nicole speaks from first-hand knowledge as both a professional Privacy Expert and as a Mum. Learn how important it is to keep your personal information safe online and how to implement a Cyber-safety Plan for your family.

Watch the recording of Nicole Stephensen’s live presentation, delivered via Zoom on Thursday 4 June 2020, especially for Ipswich Libraries’ members.

A Zoom account is not required to view the 40 minute video, simply provide your name and email address before being re-directed to the recorded presentation.

Thank you to Nicole Stephensen from Ground Up Consulting for allowing Ipswich Libraries to share this important information.

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Makerspace Challenges

Every month compete in the ultimate Makerspace Challenge to test your skills and win amazing prizes!

Challenges change regularly and can be completed using the technology and software currently available in the Ipswich Libraries Makerspaces. 

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