Some of our services have different times over the holidays, including household bin collections previously scheduled for Christmas and New Year's Day. See all affected services.

Our summer school holiday program runs from  Monday 7 January to Friday 18 January and the theme is Twisted Tales.

Join us for two wonderful children's performances: Mana - the Spirit of Polynesia, and Classic Fairytales with a Twist. Come along to storytimes for the whole family and then get creative with a great range of craft activities.  

Events are free, but registration is essential for all activities, except for storytimes. Storytimes and activities are 45 to 60 minutes long, except where otherwise stated.

Registrations are open from 10:00AM, Monday 17 December. 

For more information, contact Boroondara Library Service at 9278 4666.

Ashburton Library

Date Event Time Age

Mon
7 Jan

Mana - The Spirit of Polynesia

Travelling through Polynesian cultures including Native American Indian, New Zealand Maori, Hawaiian and Samoan, Bernard discovers with each the idea of family, challenges and pride. His performance embodies dance, music, multicultural themes, history, geography, the importance of learning about heritage and the power of self-belief and respect.

11am

4+

Wed
9 Jan

Castle challenge

Use your medieval engineering skills to build a castle in groups. What can you use to defend your castle? Make your own shield and build a catapult of course!

11am School age

Thurs 10 Jan

Jack and the beanstalk: Preschool storytime

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack climb up the bean stalk stick.

Older siblings very welcome.

11am Preschool

Mon 14 Jan

Classic fairytales with a twist

The fairytale characters are tired of witches, wolves and Prince Charming’s kiss, they’re bored with ‘happily ever after’ bliss! But what if they… swap stories? It could get crazy – what will happen next? You’ll have to come and see! Features The Little Red Hen and The Three Billy Goats Gruff and guest appearances from many famous fairytale characters!

2pm All ages

Wed 16 Jan

Dragon marionettes

Create your own mythical dragon marionette!

2pm School age

Thurs 17 Jan

Huff and Puff: Preschool storytime

He will huff, he will puff, but will he blow that house down?

Older siblings very welcome

11am Preschool 

Balwyn Library

Date Event Time Age

Tues 8 Jan

Who’s that crossing over my bridge? Preschool storytime

Move over Three Billy goats Gruff, it’s the Three Triceratops Tuff! Or is it the Three Billy goats Fluff? Let’s help the Troll work out who is crossing his Bridge.

Older siblings very welcome.

11am

Preschool

Thurs 10 Jan

The hidden key                                                                              

In a dusty library you find an ancient key which unlocks a gilded fairy tale book. What twisted tales lie within?

11am School age

Fri 11 Jan

Mana - The Spirit of Polynesia

Travelling through Polynesian cultures including Native American Indian, New Zealand Maori, Hawaiian and Samoan, Bernard discovers with each the idea of family, challenges and pride. His performance embodies dance, music, multicultural themes, history, geography, the importance of learning about heritage and the power of self-belief and respect.

2pm 4+

Mon 14 Jan

Classic fairytales with a twist

The fairytale characters are tired of witches, wolves and Prince Charming’s kiss, they’re bored with ‘happily ever after’ bliss! But what if they… swap stories? It could get crazy – what will happen next? You’ll have to come and see! Features The Little Red Hen and The Three Billy Goats Gruff and guest appearances from many famous fairytale characters!

11am All ages

Tues 15 Jan

Fairy tale pets: Preschool storytime

A grumpy troll?  A playful Billy goat? A fast Gingerbread man? Can you imagine babysitting your favourite fairy tale character?

Older siblings very welcome.

11am Preschool

Fri 18 Jan

Fairy tale super heroes

A slide for Rapunzel?  A parachute for Jack? A zip line for Little Red? Help rescue your favourite fairy tale characters from their villains by engineering their escape!

11am School age

Camberwell Library 

Date Event Time Age

Mon 7 Jan

Bears, bears, bears! Preschool storytime

The porridge is just right, but who broke all the chairs?

Older siblings very welcome.

11am

Preschool

Tues 8 Jan

 Mana - The Spirit of Polynesia

Travelling through Polynesian cultures including Native American Indian, New Zealand Maori, Hawaiian and Samoan, Bernard discovers with each the idea of family, challenges and pride. His performance embodies dance, music, multicultural themes, history, geography, the importance of learning about heritage and the power of self-belief and respect.

11am 4+

Fri 11 Jan

Fairy tale mash-up

What if the Frog Prince was actually a dinosaur? Or Snow White’s poisoned apple turned her into a giant cat? Come and create a collage book of your very own twisted fairy tale.

2pm School age

Mon 14 Jan

Billy goats gruff: Preschool storytime

Trit trot, trit trot who’s that walking over my bridge?

Older siblings welcome.

11am Preschool

Tues 15 Jan

Climb the magic ladder                                        

A magic ladder has appeared in the library! What will you find at the top? Dip into our clue box for inspiration and craft a fantastical being or peculiar place at the top of the ladder.

                                 

11am School age

Thurs 17 Jan

Classic fairytales with a twist

The fairytale characters are tired of witches, wolves and Prince Charming’s kiss, they’re bored with ‘happily ever after’ bliss! But what if they… swap stories? It could get crazy – what will happen next? You’ll have to come and see! Features The Little Red Hen and The Three Billy Goats Gruff and guest appearances from many famous fairytale characters!

2pm All ages

Greythorn Library Lounge

Date Event Time Age

Wed 9 Jan

Mana - The Spirit of Polynesia

Travelling through Polynesian cultures including Native American Indian, New Zealand Maori, Hawaiian and Samoan, Bernard discovers with each the idea of family, challenges and pride. His performance embodies dance, music, multicultural themes, history, geography, the importance of learning about heritage and the power of self-belief and respect.

2pm

4+

Wed 16 Jan

Classic fairytales with a twist

The fairytale characters are tired of witches, wolves and Prince Charming’s kiss, they’re bored with ‘happily ever after’ bliss! But what if they… swap stories? It could get crazy – what will happen next? You’ll have to come and see! Features The Little Red Hen and The Three Billy Goats Gruff and guest appearances from many famous fairytale characters!

2pm All ages

Hawthorn Library

Date Event Time Age

Tues 8 Jan

Grand pig designs                                    

Think you can build a better house than the Three Little Pigs? Now’s your chance to prove it! What brilliant design will you come up with and how will you protect it from the Big Bad Wolf?

2pm

School age

Thurs 10 Jan

Mana - The Spirit of Polynesia

Travelling through Polynesian cultures including Native American Indian, New Zealand Maori, Hawaiian and Samoan, Bernard discovers with each the idea of family, challenges and pride. His performance embodies dance, music, multicultural themes, history, geography, the importance of learning about heritage and the power of self-belief and respect.

11am 4+

Fri 11 Jan

Unlikely heroes: Preschool storytime

Meet some special characters proving it’s not always the prince who saves the day!

Older siblings very welcome

11am Preschool

Tues 15 Jan

Classic fairytales with a twist

The fairytale characters are tired of witches, wolves and Prince Charming’s kiss, they’re bored with ‘happily ever after’ bliss! But what if they… swap stories? It could get crazy – what will happen next? You’ll have to come and see! Features The Little Red Hen and The Three Billy Goats Gruff and guest appearances from many famous fairytale characters!

2pm All ages
Thurs 17 Jan

Down the rabbit hole

Join us for a morning of quirky crafting inspired by Alice’s curious adventures in Wonderland.

11am School age

Fri 5 Jan

Little Red: Preschool storytime

Our Red Riding Hood is brave and clever - she can outsmart any sneaky old wolf.

Older siblings very welcome.

11am Preschool

Kew Library

Date Event Time Age

Mon 7 Jan

Mana - The Spirit of Polynesia

Travelling through Polynesian cultures including Native American Indian, New Zealand Maori, Hawaiian and Samoan, Bernard discovers with each the idea of family, challenges and pride. His performance embodies dance, music, multicultural themes, history, geography, the importance of learning about heritage and the power of self-belief and respect.

2pm

4+

Wed 9 Jan

Little Red Reading Hood: Preschool storytime

Join us for fabulous fairy tales with a twist.

Older siblings welcome.

11am Preschool

Thurs 10 Jan

Rapunzel’s tree house                                         

Design your very own tree house for Rapunzel and let down your hair!

2pm School age

Mon 14 Jan

Vicious Vikings                                                      

Do you want to be Odin or Thor? Create your own Viking helmet and find out.

2pm School age

Wed 16 Jan

Hansel and Gretel: Preschool storytime

A good witch named Willow and a gingerbread house? Which story is this? Come and find out!

Older siblings very welcome.

11am Preschool

Fri 18 Jan

Classic fairytales with a twist

The fairytale characters are tired of witches, wolves and Prince Charming’s kiss, they’re bored with ‘happily ever after’ bliss! But what if they… swap stories? It could get crazy – what will happen next? You’ll have to come and see! Features The Little Red Hen and The Three Billy Goats Gruff and guest appearances from many famous fairytale characters!

11am

All ages

How to register for an activity

Registrations can only be made after 10am Monday 17 December.

You can register for a school holiday event:

  • online using the links above
  • in a person at your local library, or
  • by phoning Boroondara Libraries at 9278 4666.

 You will need an email address to receive your registration confirmation.

Registration conditions

  • Registrations cannot be made earlier than 10:00AM on the specified release date.
  • There is a maximum of 3 tickets per family registration (tickets only required for children). No group registrations are available.
  • Please observe the age limits for each event as specified on the program. Children outside these ages will not be admitted.
  • Bring your email ticket receipt to each event as it will indicate the number of tickets you have registered for.
  • Places may become available from time to time due to cancellations, so it is advisable to keep checking the activity's web page.
  • In fairness to others, if you cannot attend, please ring the library to cancel so that your tickets can be made available.

Supervision

Parents and carers must remain close by within the library while their children attend library activities and performances.

The library is unable to be responsible for any children attending activities unaccompanied by an adult.

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