Welcome to Rhymetime & Storytime at Wimmera Libraries!

We are devoted to helping your child in every way possible. With our Storytime and Rhymetime programs, you are introducing your child to early literacy through stories, nursery rhymes and music.

Our library staff and volunteers utilise industry researched methods that have shown to increase cognitive and imaginative thinking, as well as gross and fine motor skills.

Our early years programs run exclusively during school terms and pause over school holidays.

We recommend our programs based on stages of development rather than age.

Rhymetime is best suited for a child in the crawling stage, and Storytime is best suited for a child in the walking stage.

Our Rhymetime & Storytime Schedules

We aim to provide constant and comprehensive early years programs across our five branches in Horsham and West Wimmera. Due to operating hours, we will sometimes change the date and time of our early years programs at the end of a term or semester.

Be sure to check back frequently to see what we offer!

Horsham Library

Rhymetime: Wednesdays, 10.30am-11am.

Begins February 7, 2024.

Storytime: Fridays, 10.30am-11am.

Begins February 9, 2024.

Edenhope Library

Rhymetime: Fridays, 11am-11.30am.

*Currently unavailable – check back soon for updates!*

Kaniva Library

Rhymetime: Thursdays, 10am-10.30am.

Storytime: Last Thursday of the month, 1pm-1.30pm.

Harrow & Goroke Libraries

Our libraries hold Rhymetime and Storytime sessions per community need and request. Please contact Harrow or Goroke for upcoming dates.

Resources

Abecedarian Approach Australia

Our library staff and volunteers often draw inspiration for their Rhymetime sessions from the Abecedarian Approach, developed by The University of Melbourne.

This approach includes conversational reading, a back and forth approach to reading that encourages language develop skills.

The approach also includes enriched caregiving which encourages parents to incorporate the same back and forth approach into their daily routines with rhymes.

Learn more about the Abecedarian Approach here.

Serve and Return

Serve and Return revolves around how children gain our attention through ‘bids.’ Serve and Return encourages parents to respond to these bids with different interactions that help to grow a childs communication skills.

Centre on The Developing Child, Harvard University has beneficial resources on Serve and Return that you can find here.

Unable to Attend Storytime?

We understand that our scheduling cannot always fit into your busy lives so we have developed some storytime activities for you and your family to do from home!

You can view all of our activities here.