Ipswich Libraries First 5 Forever

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.

First 5 Forever (F5F) is a universal family literacy program aimed at supporting stronger language and literacy environments for young children from 0–5 years and their families.
Our F5F team delivers programs across the Ipswich community to support parents and primary caregivers to be confident as the
child’s first and most important teacher. This program provides parents with increased access to resources through Ipswich Libraries.

Check out our amazing ‘Out and About’ program and ‘Watch, Listen & Learn Resources’ below!

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. 

Out and About
Out & About
Story Time at the Rail Museum

All aboard for stories, songs and rhymes at this special First 5 Forever event at the Workshops Rail Museum.

Ages 0-5 years.  Bookings essential. 

Out & About
Tales and Trails

Tales and Trails story trail –  each park featured showcases a story written and illustrated by Queensland authors as part of The Stories for Little Queenslanders series published by State Library of Queensland. 

Out & About
Tales and Trails – Once I Munched a Mango

Discover Once I Munched a Mango written by Samantha Wheeler and illustrated by Shannon Horsfall as you follow the trail.

Out & About
Tales and Trails – Hotel for Bees

Discover Hotel for Bees written by Alison McLennan and illustrated by Erin Dunne as you follow the trail.

Out & About
Tales and Trails – Koalas Like To…

Discover Koalas Like To … written by Shae Millward and illustrated by Brent Wilson as you follow the trail. 

Watch, Listen & Learn Resources
Story in a Box

Borrow a Story in a Box kit and bring the magic of stories, songs and rhymes to your playgroup or community group.

Backyard Stories

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

Quick Rhymes

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

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.

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.

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.

50 Books to Read Before You’re 5

It’s never too early to talk, sing, play and share stories with your child.   Check out this selection of new and old favourites.  

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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