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Programs - Children

Walkabout Reptiles Show

WHO: 2-10 years old
WHEN: Wednesday 12 July, 11am - 12pm
WHERE: Peter Goodfellow Theatrette, Penrith City Library
TICKETS: $10 per child

Meet scaly, slimy and soft-shelled members of the reptile family in this fun and interactive one hour show. This fun and interactive family show will surely keep you on your toes!

Limited places - bookings essential


Family Fun Games Day

When: Tuesday 4 July 2023 10.30am-12.30pm
Where: St Marys library
Who: Family event

This is a free event and bookings are not required.

It’s Game On these July school holidays at St Marys Library.

Drop in on Tuesday July 4 between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm for board games fun for the whole family.

Try out the range of new board games available for loan at all Penrith City Libraries. Quick play games with simple rules through to longer play strategy-based games with more complex rules – there is something for everyone.

Come with a crew ready to play or meet new people looking for opponents.

Brick Builders

Penrith City Library

Monday 10 July | 10.30am-12.30pm
St Clair Library
Thursday 13 July | 10:30am – 12:30pm

For families.

This is a free event and bookings are not required.

Brick Builders is coming these July school holidays!

Drop in to Penrith or St Clair Library for brick building fun for the whole family. Follow our suggestions for some clever creations or come up with your own inspired designs. Work together or fly solo, it's up to you. 

Pride Month: Penrith Pride Art Prize

Penrith Pride Art Prize
WHEN: Sunday 21 May - Friday 23 June 2023
WHERE: All Penrith City Libraries branches
WHO: 8 years +

Family Fun Art Drop-In
WHEN: Sunday 21 May 2023 | 11.00am-1.00pm
WHERE: Penrith City Library Theatrette – 601 High Street, Penrith
WHO: All ages welcome
COST: FREE – no booking needed

Penrith families, join us as we celebrate Pride Month with the Penrith Pride Art Prize. Drop into any Penrith City Libraries branch between Sunday 21 May and Friday 23 June 2023 and pick up your mini canvas (10x10cm) and entry form. Return your completed canvas and entry form by 5pm on Friday 23 June 2023. Prizes will be awarded in 3 age categories. Artworks will be added to the display at Penrith City Library as they come in. The display will be available to view for the month of June.

Need some ideas? Drop into Penrith City Library with the whole family on Sunday 21 May, 11am-1pm, for some fun family art time. All materials will be provided, and local artist Na’ama Atzmon-Simon will help you with your designs and ideas – no booking needed.

See Terms and Conditions here: Terms & Conditions

Pride Month: Community Collaborative Rainbow Art Project

WHEN: Monday 15 May - Monday 5 June 2023
WHERE: Kits available at all Penrith City Libraries branches. Display at Penrith City Library
WHO: 2-7 year olds

Hey kids! Become a part of the Community Collaborative Rainbow Art Project at Penrith City Libraries! We are creating a rainbow of colour to celebrate Pride Month! Collect a Colour Pack to get you started from any Penrith City Libraries branch and fill your page with your assigned colour using paints, pencils, crayons, collage, crepe paper, sequins, yarn, or glitter – get creative! Return your completed page to any Penrith City Libraries branch by Monday 5 June 2023. Visit your library between Monday 5 June 2023 and Friday 30 June 2023 to see your art become part of the community art piece.

Baby Time


Recommences in 2023 from week starting Monday 30 January

Our library children's team welcomes 0-2 year olds, their parents and carers to Baby Time LIVE every week during term time to sing, rhyme and play together at Penrith and St Marys library branches.

WHO: 0-2 year-olds and their adult carer.
WHEN: Every week during term time only.
Penrith: Mondays, 10.30 - 11.15am
St Marys: Tuesdays, 9.30 - 10am

Bookings not required.

For more information please email Children's Team, or call 02 4732 7891.

Story Time


Recommences in 2023 from week starting Tuesday 31 January

Our children's team welcomes 2-5 year olds, their parents and carers to Story Time LIVE at Penrith, St Marys and St Clair library branches every week during term time.

WHO: 2-5 year olds and their adult carer 
WHEN: Every week during term time.
St Marys: Tuesdays, 10.30 - 11.15am
Penrith: Wednesdays, 10.30 - 11.15am
St Clair: Thursdays, 10.30 -11.15am

Bookings not required.

For more information please email Children's Team, or call 02 4732 7891.

Bilingual Story Time


In 2023 we're pleased to introduce bilingual stories and languages, including Auslan to our regular Story Time, celebrating the diversity of our community. 

WHO: 2-5 year olds and their adult carer
St Marys Library - Tuesdays, 10.30-11.15am
Urdu-English: 13 June 2023
Auslan-English: 12 September 2023
Tagalog-English: 31 October 2023

Penrith Library - Wednesdays, 10.30-11.15am
Urdu-English: 14 June 2023
Mandarin-English: 20 September 2023
Auslan-English: 29 November 2023

St Clair Library - Thursdays, 10.30-11.15am
Auslan-English: 1 June 2023
Mandarin-English: 21 September 2023
Tagalog-English: 2 November 2023

Bookings not required.

For more information please email Children's Team, or call 02 4732 7891.

Little Seekers Story Time


For 2-5 year olds with social and/or sensory needs.

Little Seekers Story time is a sensitive story time session designed for preschoolers with disability and/or high support learning needs. Parents and children 2-5 years old will enjoy songs, stories, and play activities. Bookings are essential. Maximum of 10 children per session.

WHEN: Twice per term - Wednesdays 10.00-11.00am
(29 March, 10 May, 21 June, 2 August, 13 September, 25 October, 6 December 2023)
WHERE: Theatrette - Penrith City Library, 601 High Street Penrith
BOOKINGS: Limited places. Bookings are essential - email Children's Team, or call 02 4732 7891.

A staff member will contact you to confirm your booking and discuss your child's needs prior to the session.

Toy Library


The toy library collection includes sturdy toys for under 8 year-old’s, plus a range of family board games including baby toys, construction sets, puzzles, vehicles, food, animal and house play sets.

In 2022 a new ‘browse and borrow’* service is available at all library branches during library opening hours, 7 days per week, which allows you to select toys at your leisure for play at home. Toys are cleaned thoroughly before and after use on return to the library. *Terms and conditions of use apply.

WHO: Recommended for children 0-8 years and their families.
WHEN: Available during library opening hours
WHERE: All library branches.

Full terms and conditions available HERE (pdf).

For details on the Toy Library email Children's Team, or call 02 4732 7891.

Toy Library Outreach Service


We specialise in providing toys for children with disabilities and high support needs. Featuring switch-adapted, sensory and educational toys, children will delight in making them function through lighting up, playing sounds and movement. Through hands-on play, they can build valuable problem-solving, coordination, reasoning, numeracy, literacy and fine motor skills.

Inclusion support is available by an appointment either in person or online, with opportunities for extended loan periods. Referrals are required to access this service.

For details on inclusion support process email Children's Team, or call 02 4732 7891.

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