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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.

Summer Reading School Holiday Program January 2020

Bookings are essential for all activities as places are limited.  Contact the library for more information and to book your place.

Raymond Terrace Library 4988 0111
Tomaree Library & Community Centre  4988 0670

Date

Activity

Time

Venue

Cost

Age

Thursday 9 January

Coding Microbit: Fortune Teller
Code your microbit to read the future! Simply ask the microbit a question, and press a button to find out the answer

2-3pm

Tomaree Library

Free

8+

Friday 10 January

Lego, Games & Retro Video Games
Build a Lego masterpiece.  Challenge family and friends to play one or our board games. Test your skills with our new collection of retro video games.

10am-4pm

Raymond Terrace Library

Free

All ages

Wednesday 15 January

Jess Black Author Workshop
Jess will do a reading, chat and craft around her ‘Mr Walker’ book series

10.30-11.30am

Raymond Terrace Library

$5

6-10

Wednesday 15 January

Jess Black Author Workshop
Jess will do a reading, chat and craft around her ‘Mr Walker’ book series

2-3pm

Tomaree Library

$5

6-10

Friday 17 January

Rocket Science Show – Presented by Young Scientists
Water rockets and science challenges

10.30-11.30am

Raymond Terrace Library

$10

5-12

Friday 17 January

Rocket Science Show – Presented by Young Scientists
Water rockets and science challenges

1.30-2.30pm

Tomaree Library

$10

5-12

Monday 20 January to Friday 24 January

Story Maps
A five session plan through which children engage in art and writing practice, local historical and geographical appreciation, and ultimately learn to develop a work into the format of a zine and map.
Please note that participates are required to commit to all 5 days.

10am-12pm

(except Friday 24th which will be 2-4pm)

Raymond Terrace Library

$5

8-12

Tuesday 21 January

JD’s World of Magic
Be captivated by the wonder of magic.

2.30-3.30pm

Tomaree Library

$10

2+

Thursday 23 January

Family Movie – Khumba (PG)
Join us to watch the adventures of Khumba, a half-striped zebra, as he sets out to save all animals and be accepted by his herd.

2-3.30pm

Tomaree Library

Free

All ages

Friday 24 January

Up Close & Personal with Newcastle Museum
Can you feel the difference between wombat, koala or dingo fur? Learn about, touch, pat and handle Australian taxidermied animals.

10.30-11.30am

Raymond Terrace Library

$5.00

5-12

The Lounge

The Lounge is a safe place for young people to hang out, make friends, share ideas and have fun!

Situated within Raymond Terrace Library courtyard The Lounge will be open every Thursday afternoon from 5pm commencing December 2019.  There will be retro video games, music, board games, access to computers and WiFi, plus monthly guest speakers - all for free!

Contact Raymond Terrace Library on 4988 0111 for more information.

The Lounge Launch - 5 December 2019 5pm

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 Library storytime and craft will hold its last session for 2019 on Friday 13 December and will recommence on Friday 7 February 2020.

Tomaree Library storytime and craft will hold its last session for 2019 on Tuesday 17 December and will recommence on Tuesday 4 February 2020.

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).

Read & Rhyme will hold its last session for 2019 on Wednesday 18 December and will recommence on Wednesday 5 February 2020.

Sketch Mania

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.

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

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 10.30am.  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.

Technology

Tech Connect @ Tomaree Library

Tech Connect will be having a break in January 2020.  The last session for 2019 will be Thursday 12 December, recommencing Thursday 6 February 2020.

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