First 5 Forever is an initiative of the Queensland Government and coordinated by the State Library of Queensland. This exciting early years program is being delivered in partnership with local government. Since 2015 Ipswich Libraries’ First 5 Forever team has been delivering programs for little ones across the community with an aim to make talking, reading and singing part of your daily routine – any time, any place. 

It’s never too early to start sharing stories and rhymes, singing, talking and playing with your child. It’s not only fun, but good for little brains too.


F5F 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.

Story Time with Emma and Megan – Is this your Egg?

Enjoy watching Megan and Emma read the newly released First 5 Forever storybook, ‘Is this your egg?’ written by Ella Kris and illustrated by Emma Cracknell.

First 5 Forever Quick Rhymes

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

F5F 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. 

First 5 Forever Backyard Stories

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

First 5 Forever Backyard Stories

While our in-person events are on hold we are offering Backyard Stories via our website and social media channels.

F5F: Playgroup or Community Visit

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

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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