Bookmark Design Competition


Due to COVID-19 our regular children programs have been moved online. View schedule

Our Collection

We have many resources available for children:

  • Picture Books: a wide range of picture books classified into different reading levels.
  • Junior Fiction: All your favourite authors and much more to read for pleasure.
  • Junior Readers: Bridging the gap between picture books and chapter books.
  • Junior Non-Fiction: Information books for school assignments or special interests.
  • Audiobooks: Listen to your favourite books at home or in the car.
  • Home education resources 
  • CDs
  • DVDs: Entertainment, information programs and movies.
  • Magazines: Titles such as K zone, Total Girl, PKmag and Scientific to name a few from our extensive collection.

We also offer a range of activities for children throughout the year:

  • Storytime – this event is held twice a month for children aged 2-5. There are stories, songs and craft, with a focus on literacy and numeracy.
  • Rhymetime
  • Book Clubs
  • Children's Book Week activities
  • School Holiday activities
  • Literacy programs
  • School visits and outreach
  • Preschool and Playgroup visits and outreach
  • Homework Help and Assignment Assistance
  • Readers’ Advisory
  • Premiers Reading Challenge titles and lists
  • Summer Reading Club is an annual event over the Christmas school holiday period jam packed full of activities and fun.

For more information, view our Children's Programs.


Junior Reader Rewards Program

  • This program is for Junior Shoalhaven Libraries members and participants must have their own library card
  • Once they have signed up to the program, participants will receive a Junior Reader Rewards card
  • Every time a child visits a Shoalhaven Libraries branch their card will be stamped
  • After 10 stamps they will receive a prize (prizes may differ between library branches)
  • After completing 5 cards children will receive a special bookmark - so hold on to your completed cards! 

Paws 'n' Tales

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Paws ‘n’ Tales is an innovative and exciting literacy initiative for children 4-8 years of age who may be experiencing reading difficulties, lack motivation or have other health issues impeding their learning. Our caring volunteers and loving dogs help make reading enjoyable in a non-judgemental and friendly environment. Reading to a dog reduces stress levels, boosts confidence and empowers children to take control of their learning…and it’s fun! Our dogs come in all shapes and sizes – from Kelpies to Puggles, Groodles to Goldies, but they have one thing in common – they all love kids. You can learn more about the program by watching this video or by contacting Nowra Library on 4429 3705 or via email


Building Brighter Babies

Reading is an enjoyable activity for a child, and it is also an opportunity for parents and babies to connect as a family. Shoalhaven Libraries invites you to join your newborn up at any branch and receive a library bag with a free book to keep, as well as information about reading to children, booklists and a calendar of our free children's events and programs. Activities include Rhymetime for 0-18 months, Toddler Time for 18 months - 3 years, and Storytime for 2-5 year olds. The library also has a digital collection of e-books and databases that cater for children. 


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