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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.

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.

DATE

TIME

VENUE

ACTIVITY

COST

AGE

9 July

10.30-11.15am

Tomaree Library

NAIDOC Storytime and Craft with guest reader

$1.50

2-5

11 July

2.00-3.30pm

Tomaree Library

Free Family Movie – Storm Boy (original 1976 version)

Free

All

12 July

10.30-11.15am

Raymond Terrace Library

Storytime and Craft

$1.50

2-5

15 July

10.30-11.30am

Tomaree Library

Fun with Fossils. Presented by Newcastle Museum.  
Learn about the process of fossilisation and investigate real fossils

$5.00

5-12

15 July

1.30-2.30pm

Raymond Terrace Library

Fun with Fossils. Presented by Newcastle Museum.  
earn about the process of fossilisation and investigate real fossils

$5.00

5-12

16 July

10.30-11.15am

Tomaree Library

Sleepy Sloth Storytime and Craft

$1.50

2-5

16 July

2.00-3.00pm

Raymond Terrace Library

Salt Dough Circuitry
Learn to make salt dough and build your own salt dough light circuit

$5.00

7-10

17 July

10.30am-12.00pm

Tomaree Library

Animal Art – Sketching Workshop

$5.00

8-12

19 July

10.30-11.15am

Raymond Terrace Library

Storytime and Craft

$1.50

2-5

19 July

12.00-5.00pm

Raymond Terrace Library

Free Games & Pizza Afternoon
Challenge your friends and family to a game of sea battle, scrabble, monopoly, cluedo, trivial pursuit or any one of the dozens of games available!

Free

All

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

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.

Raymond Terrace Library 11.00am-12.30pm
Tomaree Library 3.00-4.30pm

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.

Find out more


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

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.

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