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.
July School Holiday Program
Bookings for most activities are essential as places are limited.
Call Tomaree Library on 4988 0670 or Raymond Terrace Library on 4988 0111 for more details and to place your booking.
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).
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.
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. This is suitable for children aged 11 plus.
Readarama for children at Raymond Terrace Library held on the last Saturday of each month at 10-11am. Commencing Saturday 23 February 2019. Join us to discover new books, authors and stories. Contact Raymond Terrace Library on 4988 0111 for more information and to book your place.
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.
Steve Matthews, author of 'The Skinny Girl' will be visiting Port Stephens Library on Thursday 27 June 2019.
Raw, powerful and thought-provoking, ‘The Skinny Girl’ explores the hot topic of domestic violence, the ways attitudes, values, and culture contribute to abuse, and the path to change. Through Daisy Croucher’s life, readers see that there can be hope while we are exposed to the powerful, raw truth about what is a hidden subject.
This is an event not to miss!
John Lane, author of 'Going Back for the Back Beat' will be visiting Tomaree Library & Community Centre on Friday 5 July 10-11am
John Lane is a local of Port Stephens and will talk about the origins and development of his book. Signed copies of John’s book will be available for purchase on the day (cash only). A morning tea being provided afterwards will give you the opportunity to speak to John.
Bookings are essential as places are limited. Phone Tomaree Library on 4988 0670.
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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.
Lion - 20 June 2019 @ 2.00pm - Tomaree Library
NAIDOC Week Free Film Festival - 11 July 2019 commencing at 10.00am - Raymond Terrace Library
NAIDOC Week Free Film Festival - 12 July 2019 commencing at 10.00am - Tomaree Library
Strictly Ballroom - 18 July 2019 @ 2.00pm - Tomaree Library
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.
Board 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.
Tomaree Library holds a Board Game afternoon on the 1st Thursday of each month from 4.00-7.00pm. 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.
Visit the Raymond Terrace Art Space to view monthly exhibitions by talented local artists.
Interested in showcasing your work? Email the Art Space Team.