Discover baby & toddler storytime across Sydney

  • Mums & Bubs

The world of books is the first place any child will discover the beauty of imagination. It’s also an opportunity for you to bond and interact with bubs or toddlers to help them develop communication skills. We love that all over Sydney, libraries have dedicated storytime, rhymetime or baby bounce sessions for bubs and kids up to pre-school age.

It’s a great time filler if you’re ever run out of ideas and suffering cabin fever! Just hop on over to your local library at their assigned days of the week. Otherwise, most councils even have a kids reading corner where we’d curl up on the floor on one of the big cushions and read to our hearts content – or toy libraries for play so you can avoid cleaning up for a couple of hours!

Facilities in these great spots would include lego tables, computers, DVDs to borrow and of course, books, books, books!

Best of all, all storytime sessions are FREE and run all year long! Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and most sessions don’t require booking ahead. But do please check with your library by ringing ahead.



Monday: Waverley Children’s Library
Tuesdays: Margaret Martin Library, Randwick and Waverley Children’s Library
Wednesdays: Bowen Library & Community Centre, Maroubra
Thursdays: Malabar Community Library, Matraville



Mondays: Newtown Library
Tuesdays: Glebe Library
Wednesdays: Green Square Library and Kings Cross Library
Thursdays: Surry Hills Library and Ultimo Library
Fridays: Waterloo Library



Mondays: Leichhardt Library, Balmain Library, Five Dock Library
Tuesdays: Leichhardt Library, Balmain Library, Concord Library
Wednesdays: Leichhardt Library and Balmain Library
Thursdays: Leichhardt Library, Balmain Library, Concord Library





Monday: Green Square Library and Ultimo Library
Tuesday: Ultimo Library
Friday: Haymarket Library


Quick Guide to the Kids Story Sessions

Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies (0-2yrs) that combines rhymes, music, singing and toys to develop early literacy skills.

Storytime is fun session of story telling and craft for pre-schoolers (3-5yrs) fosters an early love of reading and develops skills in literacy and social interaction.

Baby Bounce is an interactive way for parents and carers to introduce babies to the fun and enjoyment of sharing nursery rhymes, action songs and simple percussion instruments. The sessions are lively, interactive and stimulating for babies 0-2yrs and the parents.

Chinese Rhymetime is an animated sing-along session in Mandarin for babies and toddlers. Sessions support language and literacy development as well as providing a wonderful experience in sharing cultures. (During school holidays and on public holidays there are no Bilingual Storytime or Chinese Rhymetime sessions.)

Bilingual Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft activities ideal for preschoolers. Stories are read in Mandarin and English.