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Programs and Events

The Library holds a range of regular programs and events for adults and children including storytimes, book clubs, movie screenings, guest speakers, school holiday programs and special events.

If you would like more information on any of our programs, activities or events please contact the Library.

Would you like to receive an email notification of upcoming special activities or events? Email your request to join our distribution list.

Special Event

Thursday 31 October 10.30-11.30am

Peter Fox, author of Walking Towards Thunder, will be visiting Raymond Terrace Library to talk about his journey. There will be opportunity to ask questions.  Morning tea will be provided after the talk.

Bookings are essential as places are limited.  
RSVP 18 October
Raymond Terrace Library 4988 0111.

*MacLean's Booksellers will be offering copies of Peter's book for sale and signing.

About Peter Fox and Walking Towards Thunder

Former Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox is a hero in many people's eyes. A police officer with 36 years' service in the Hunter region, he rose to national prominence in 2012 for his major role in speaking out for the victims of abuse within the church. He had been at the coalface fighting these heinous crimes for decades. He had worked with the victims and supported their families. He knew an enquiry was long overdue. His decision to become a whistle blower helped trigger Prime Minister Julia Gillard's historic decision to establish a far-reaching Royal Commission into the sexual abuse of children in institutions.

He had no idea what speaking up would unleash. Peter's dedication and focus cost him his career, his health and also affected his wife's health. He and his family were threatened. Former friends shunned him. But the victims and the families that he supported consider him their champion. To them he is a hero.

Walking Towards Thunder details the cumulative horrors our police face every day, it reveals the cover ups and the way sexual predators were moved around. It shows the backlash he faced and the lengths those in power will go to avoid facing the truth. Confronting and inspiring, this is an unforgettable story.

Regular Children's Programs

Storytime and Craft

A weekly program providing an introduction to the magic of books and reading for children ages 2-5. The cost is $1.50 per child which includes craft materials. Storytime and Craft commences at 10.30am and is held at Tomaree Library every Tuesday and at Raymond Terrace Library every Friday (except during the month of January).

Read and Rhyme

A weekly program providing an introduction to books, music and rhymes for carers and their babies ages 0-2. This program is free of charge and is held every Wednesday at 10.30am at Tomaree Library (except during school holidays) and Raymond Terrace Library (except during the month of January).

Sketch Mania

Sketch Mania will be having a little break.  Our last session for this term will be Wednesday 25 September and the program will resume on Wednesday 6 November.

Do you love drawing?  Would you like to learn more techniques?  
Join us at Tomaree Library each Wednesday 4-5pm (during school term) for a free fun afternoon of sketching. Supplies are provided.
Suitable for primary school aged children.

RT Kids Crew

Join us at Raymond Terrace Library each Tuesday at 3.30pm during school terms.
Anything could happen: book reviews, games, drawing, coding, music, crafting, creating, reading, laughing and more.
Suitable for ages 7+

Kid's Book Chat

Tomaree Library also holds a free Monthly Kids' Book Chat on the first Tuesday of each month commencing at 4.30pm.
Suitable for ages 11+.

Stories in the Street

A free Literacy program for children 0-5 years in Raymond Terrace and Medowie. We will visit your home (excluding school holidays and rainy days), read to your children, provide craft stencils, song sheets and leave a selection of books that can be exchanged each week.
For further details or to become a literacy volunteer phone Melissa on 0427 188 755 or email Melissa.

Regular Adult Programs

Author Visits, Speakers Circuit and Movie Screenings

Join library staff to celebrate the release of a new book, enjoy the tales of a guest speaker, attend a movie screening or just to have fun exploring the delights of your library. For more detailed information view the Library event calendar below.

Author Visit - Robert Jackson author of His Majesty's Fisherman

Local author Robert Jackson will be at Tomaree Library on Friday 15 November 10-11am to talk about his book His Majesty's Fisherman. Signed copies will be available for purchase from Robert. Light refreshments will be provided. Bookings are essential as places are limited. Contact Tomaree Library on 4988 0670.

Garden Escapees

Garden Escapees. Some garden plants, if let loose, can be a danger to our environment. Learn how to identify these plants and how make sure they don’t become an environmental problem.   Raymond Terrace Library will be hosting an information session on Saturday 23 November 10-11am. Presented by PSC Invasive Species Planner, Sam will talk about local invasive plants followed by a Q&A session.   What weed is this? bring along a sample for identification (in a sealed bag please).

Movies @ your library

Are you a movie buff with discerning taste and an interest in thought-provoking films?  Then movies @ your library may just be what you are looking for.  Our staff handpick quality films from Kanopy and Beamafilm for each screening.

Tomaree Library movies are screened on the third Thursday of each month commencing at 2pm and Raymond Terrace Library movies are on the second Thursday of each month commencing at 12.30pm. Finishing times will depend on film length.

Bookings for Raymond Terrace Library screenings are essential as places are limited.  Contact Raymond Terrace Library on 4988 0111.  Light refreshments are provided - a goin coin donation would be appreciated to cover the cost of refreshments.

If you would like notification of upcoming movies email your request to join our distribution list.

Upcoming movies

14 November - Raymond Terrace Library will be screening Babadook

21 November - Tomaree Library will be screening Churchill

12 December - Raymond Terrace Library will be screening It's A Wonderful Life

19 December - Tomaree Library will be screening Salt and Fire

Book Discussion Groups

The library holds monthly book discussions at Tomaree and Raymond Terrace Library. All discussions are held on the first Friday of each month, are free and open to all adults. Tomaree Library at 10.30am, 11.30am and 2.30pm. Raymond Terrace at 10.30am.

Games & Craft

Raymond Terrace Library holds a monthly Craft afternoon on the 4th Thursday of each month commencing at 12.30pm.  Bring along your current craft project, browse our craft books for ideas and share tricks of the trade.

Raymond Terrace Library has a collection of board games that can be used anytime within the library.  You just need your library card.

Board Game afternoon every Thursday from 4.00-7.00pm at Tomaree Library.  Come along and play your favourite game in a relaxed and friendly environment.  You can bring your own game or choose from our collection.

No bookings are required.


Get Online Week 2019 - 14-20 October 2019

Port Stephens Library in partnership with Be Connected and Good Things Foundation Australia will be holding several workshops during Get Online Week 2019.

Raymond Terrace will be holding sessions throughout Tuesday 15 October covering Learn 3 New Things and Cyber Safety.

Tomaree Library will be holding 4 x 1.5hr group sessions covering Cyber Safety, On Line Shopping, Email & How to use Library eResources.

Bookings are all sessions are essential as places are limited.  Contact the library for more information and to book your place.  Raymond Terrace Library 4988 0111 or Tomaree Library on 4988 0670.

Tech Connect @ Tomaree Library

Like to know more about our eLibrary?  Finding email difficult?  Want to connect on Social Media?
Free one-on-one computer assistance each Thursday between 2-3pm at Tomaree Library.  
Contact Tomaree Library on 4988 0670 for more information .

Art Exhibitions

Visit the Raymond Terrace Art Space to view monthly exhibitions by talented local artists.

Current Exhibition

Interested in showcasing your work? Email the Art Space Team.

Library Events Calendar