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Programs and Events

We hold a range of regular programs and events for adults and children including storytime, book club, 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.

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NSW Seniors Festival — 12 to 23 February 2020

In celebration of our Seniors, Port Stephens Library will be holding several activities during 12-23 February. Follow the links for information about each activity.

ActivityDateTimeVenue
Seniors Coding Workshop: An Introduction to Scratch Coding13 February
18 February
10:30 to 11:30amRaymond Terrace Library
Department of Human Services: Information Sessions14 February10:30am to 12.30pmTomaree Library
Be Connected: One-on-one Cyber Safety Sessions14 February
19 February
21 February
10:30 to 11:30amRaymond Terrace Library
Department of Human Services: Information Sessions17 February10:30am to 12:30pmRaymond Terrace Library
Movies @ your library: The Last Time I Saw Paris20 February2 to 4pmTomaree Library
Special movie screening of '2040'20 February12:30 to 2.30pmRaymond Terrace Library
The New Eight Steps to Happiness: Discussion with Mick Marcon from Losang Dragp Buddhist Centre Newcastle21 February10 to 11amTomaree Library

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 and 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 to 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 to 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 to 11:30am

Raymond Terrace Library

$5

6 to 10

Wednesday 15 January

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

2 to 3pm

Tomaree Library

$5

6 to 10

Friday 17 January

rescheduled to 23 January

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

*Please note that this show has been rescheduled to 23 January 2-3pm

10:30-11:30am

Raymond Terrace Library

$10

5 to 12

Friday 17 January

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

1:30 to 2:30pm

Tomaree Library

$10

5 to 12

Monday 20 January to Friday 24 January

Story Maps
A 5 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 to 12 midday

(except Friday 24 which will be 2 to 4pm)

Raymond Terrace Library

$5

8 to 12

Tuesday 21 January

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

2:30 to 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 to 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 to 11:30am

Raymond Terrace Library

$5

5 to 12

The Lounge

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

Located within Raymond Terrace Library courtyard, The Lounge will be open every Thursday afternoon from 5pm. 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.

Children's Programs

Storytime and Craft

A weekly program providing an introduction to the magic of books and reading for children ages 2 to 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 in January).

Raymond Terrace Library storytime and craft will recommence on Friday 7 February 2020.

Tomaree Library storytime and craft 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 to 2. This program is free and is held every Wednesday at 10:30am at Tomaree Library (except during school holidays) and Raymond Terrace Library (except in January).

Read & Rhyme will recommence on Wednesday 5 February 2020.

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+

Kids Book Chat

Tomaree Library also holds a free monthly Kids Book Chat on the first Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm.
Suitable for ages 11+.

Stories in the Street

A free literacy program for children 0 to 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, contact Melissa on 0427 188 755 or email.

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.

One City One Book — Big Book Club

Thursday 13 February 2020
6 to 7.30pm 
Newcastle City Hall

We are excited to announce this summer we will be reading Silver by Chris Hammer. Come along to our Big Book Club to discuss Silver with Chris Hammer and special guest Rick Morton, author of One Hundred Years of Dirt. Find out more about this exciting event.


The New Eight Steps to Happiness

Friday 21 February 2020
10 to 11am 
Tomaree Library and Community Centre

We invite you to an inspiring morning with Mick to discuss “The New Eight Steps to Happiness – The Buddhist Way to Loving Kindness”.

Bookings are essential as places will be limited contact Tomaree Library on 49880670


Summer With Friends Tour

Friday 28 February
2:30 to 3:30pm
Tomaree Library and Community Centre

Join Janette Paul (aka Jaye Ford), Fiona McArthur and Trish Morey for a fun and chatty session talking books, writing and women's fiction. Celebrate Trish's latest release One Summer Between Friends. Find out more about this sure to be entertaining event.


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 at 2pm and Raymond Terrace Library movies are on the second Thursday of each month at 12:30pm. Finishing times depend on film length. Due to school holiday activities, Movies @ your Library do not run in January.

Bookings for Raymond Terrace Library screenings are essential as places are limited. Contact Raymond Terrace Library on 4988 0111. Light refreshments are provided — a gold 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

13 February

His Girl Friday

Raymond Terrace Library

20 February

The Last Time I Saw Paris

Tomaree Library

19 March

Lady Bird

Raymond Terrace Library
* please note this is not the usual date for March

19 March

2040

Tomaree Library

9 April

Hail, Ceasar!

Raymond Terrace Library

16 April

Book Club

Tomaree Library

14 May

Sweet Country

Raymond Terrace Library

21 May

Brooklyn

Tomaree Library

11 June

A Serious Man

Raymond Terrace Library

18 June

Walking the Camino

Tomaree Library

Book Discussion Groups

The library holds free monthly book discussions at Tomaree and Raymond Terrace Library. All discussions are held on the first Friday of each month and are open to all adults. Tomaree Library is at 10:30am, 11:30am and 2:30pm. Raymond Terrace is at 10:30am.

Games & Craft

Raymond Terrace Library holds a monthly Crafternoon on the fourth Thursday of each month 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 is every Thursday from 4 to 7pm 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 Help Sessions at Raymond Terrace Library
Each Wednesday during March 2020 11.15am-12.45pm

Students from Irrawang High School in partnership with JobQuest will be at Raymond Terrace Library offering one-on-one assistance with using and understanding your devices.  Booking an appointment is essential to avoid missing out.  Find out more.

Tech Connect at Tomaree Library

Tech Connect will recommence Thursday 6 February 2020. We provide free one-on-one computer assistance each Thursday from 2 to 3pm at Tomaree Library.

We can help with:

  • learn more about our eLibrary
  • email
  • connecting on social media
  • and much more.

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