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. Bookings essential. 

Out & About
Story Time at Bunnings

Nurture your child’s love of language and stories at your local Bunnings store.

Ages 0-5 years. Bookings essential.

Story Time at Riverlink

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

Ages 0-5 years. Bookings essential.

Out & About
Toddlers & Tales – Booval Fair

Nurture your child’s love of language and stories at your local shops. Bookings essential.

Toddlers & Tales – Booval Fair

Bookings are required through Booval Fair Shopping Centre eventbrite page.
Please book for each person attending regardless of age – including babies.

FREE morning tea and FREE take home resources provided by Booval Fair Shopping Centre.

We ask you to please stay at home on the day of the event/session if you are unwell or displaying COVID-19 or flu/cold symptoms, no matter how mild.

Ages 0-5 years with mums, dads and/or carers
The first 5 years last a lifetime

 

Out & About
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. 

Ages 0-5 years. Bookings essential. 

Out & About
Tales and Trails – Is This Your Egg?

Follow the Trail, Read a Tale, Have an Adventure!   Discover Is This Your Egg? written by Ella Kris and illustrated by Emma Cracknell as you follow the trail through the Ipswich Nature Centre. Find the pages along the trail as you learn Meriam Mir language words from the eastern islands of the Torres Strait. 

Out & About
Tales and Trails – The Little Queenslanders Alphabet Book

Follow the Trail, Read a Tale, Have an Adventure!

Discover The Little Queenslanders’ Alphabet Book written by Sophie Beer as you follow the trail along John Nugent Way Bridge. Find the pages along the path as you learn about unique Queensland places and animals.  

Pop-Up Books and Blocks Yamanto Central

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. Free Drop In Event

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. 

Watch, Listen & Learn Resources
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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.

Tales and Trails

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

Tales and Trails Activity Pack

A printable early years learning activity pack 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. 

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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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.

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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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