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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.

One City One Book: Big Book Club

You are invited to join us at Newcastle City Hall on Thursday 14 February 2019 for the annual Big Book Club commencing 6.00pm for 6.30pm start.  Dervla McTiernan author of The Rúin  in conversation with Dr Rachel Franks - Coordinator, Education & Scholarship at the State Library of New South Wales, and Conjoint Fellow at the University of Newcastle and true crime researcher.

Event tickets are $15.00 which includes a drink on arrival.

More details

Port Stephens Library will be providing FREE coaches to and from the event departing from Tomaree and Raymond Terrace Library.  If you wish to travel by coach please contact the library to book both a seat on the coach and your ticket to the event.  Numbers are limited.  A ticket purchase will secure your seat on the coach.

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).

Raymond Terrace Storytime and Craft is moving to Friday commencing 8 February 2019.  Same time, same place. Same great program!

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.

Ian Pfennigwerth - Bravo Zulu Honours and Awards to Australian Naval People Volume 2 1975-2014 - Tomaree Library & Community Center on Friday 22 February at 2-3pm.

Adam Courtenay - The Ship That Never Was - Raymond Terrace Library on Tuesday 12 March at 2.30-3.30pm

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 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

Love & Friendship - 14 February - Raymond Terrace Library
Kenny - 21 February - 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.

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