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Programs and Events

Important notice for our customers

Please note that all Port Stephens Libraries, including Mobile Library, are closed as of 6pm Monday 23 March 2020. Read more.


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.

If you would like to subscribe to our Newsletter you can find the 'Subscribe' link on the right of this page.

Regular Children's Programs - temporarily suspended until 30 April 2020

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 January).

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 January).

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 guest speakers — all for free!
Contact Raymond Terrace Library on 4988 0111 for more information.

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.

Regular Adult Programs - temporarily suspended until 30 April 2020

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.

Author Visits, Speakers Circuit and Movie Screenings

Marcus Riley — Positive Ageing
Friday 8 May
Tomaree Library 9:30 to 10:30am 
Raymond Terrace Library 12 to 1pm

Ageing. It’s an inevitable part of living and not always looked at in a favourable light.  But what if we all had the ability to age well? And not only well but with gusto?

‘Booming’ is the result of Marcus Riley’s 20 years’ experience in the ageing industry. He advocates that by embracing positivity, planning how you want to live the rest of your life and understanding the need for purpose, we can all age successfully.  An inspiring, achievable and essential guide for people of all ages, ‘Booming’ is much more than a book – it’s a life changing philosophy that will help you fulfill your potential to live well, at a time when it matters most.

Find out more about the Tomaree Library Marcus Riley event.  
Find out more about the Raymond Terrace Marcus Riley event.

Adam Courtenay - The Ghost & The Bounty Hunter
Friday 15 May
10:30 to 11:30am
Tomaree Library and Community Centre

Adam will be talking about his latest book The Ghost & The Bounty Hunter delving into the lives of William Buckley and John Batman. Light refreshments provided. Find out more about Adam Courtenay event.


Movies @ your library - temporarily suspended until 30 April 2020

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 you can subscribe to our Newsletter you can find the 'Subscribe' link on the right of this page.

Upcoming movies

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 - temporarily suspended until 30 April 2020

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 - temporarily suspended until 30 April 2020

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 - cancelled

Tech Help Sessions at Raymond Terrace and Tomaree Library
Each Wednesday during March 2020 11:15am to 12:45pm

Raymond Terrace Library - 11:15am to 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.

Tomaree Library - 9:45 to 11.15am.  Students from Tomaree High School in partnership with JobQuest will be at Tomaree 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 - temporarily suspended until 30 April 2020

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