2022 Reading Challenge

How are you progressing with the City of Joondalup Libraries’ 2022 reading challenge?

It’s not too late to get started if you missed the launch in the summer event and programs booklet. Download your copy and get reading. Not matter how you like it, books, eBooks, audiobooks, it all counts.

Take the challenge

Book clubs

Add another layer of interest to your regular reading by joining in a book club. Joondalup Libraries have a variety of online options you can join as you have time in your busy schedule.

  1. OverDrive using the Libby app offer quarterly Together We Read / Big Library Read titles which are promoted through the Libby app and our Facebook page.
  2. Online Book Club uses the Freading app to deliver three concurrent titles every 10 weeks for you to read and discuss.
  3. Ben’s Book Club is a digital online book club available exclusively to Australian and New Zealand libraries using Libby, hosted by best-selling author Ben Hobson. Follow Joondalup Libraries on Facebook to stay up to date with recent titles being offered.

Literacy for beginner readers

Joondalup Libraries’ Beginner Reader collection supports your child while they’re learning to read with books that are age and ability appropriate, as well as entertaining. Each level is designed to gradually increase your child’s reading ability and confidence. Being at ease with letters, sounds, and words is an important foundation for learning throughout life and reading with your child each day will help them to become great readers.

This specially chosen collection is found in your library’s junior reading area. Each reading level is given a coloured star, making it easy to browse and choose books to meet your child’s reading abilities.

Red Star

Starting to read – Simple repetitive words with lots of colourful illustrations.

Blue Star

Reading with help – Simple sentences with more complex words to increase your child’s vocabulary and confidence.

Yellow Star

Reading independently – Chapter books with small paragraphs and less illustrations.

Green Star

Reading proficiently – More challenging stories with longer chapters and engaging characters and plots to challenge your child’s growing interests.

Once your child has developed their reading abilities and confidence, there are thousands of fiction and nonfiction books, eBooks, audiobooks, comics and magazines for them to choose from in the dedicated junior area of their library or online through the kid friendly website for Overdrive and Borrowbox.

If you need help finding books suitable for your beginner reader or reluctant reader, don’t hesitate to ask the library staff for recommendations.

Learn computer coding

CoderDojo

CoderDojo is a volunteer led, worldwide movement running free coding clubs (Dojos) for young people. Come along to learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and much more. CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun and sociable experience.

  • Learn from others and provide peer support
  • Develop 21st century computer skills
  • HTML, Scratch, Python programming
  • Improve your skills in the language of code
  • Suitable for ages seven to 17.

Get involved

  • Sessions run 4.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Sessions held during school term
  • No bookings are required and sessions are free. Due to social distancing requirements, attendees will be limited to 25 ninjas at each session.

COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 safety requirements, it is recommended that students bring their own laptops.

Dojos

Day Library
Monday Whitford
Wednesday Joondalup

 

To keep up to date with CoderDojo and other Library events and programs:

Toddler Time

Come along for stories, songs and rhymes with lots of action for your energetic toddler. Toddler Time is designed for children 18 to 30 months and their parents.

Benefits

  • Encourage the love of books and language
  • Allows your child to move about
  • Develop your child’s pre-literacy, communication and social skills
  • Learn to value the enjoyment of reading together
  • Develop creativity and dexterity through play.

Where and when

Sessions commence at 10.00am and only run during school term.

A parent or guardian must accompany the child and participate in the Toddler Time session.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Whitford Duncraig Woodvale Joondalup Woodvale
(Family Time)

Family Time

Family Time is an action-packed program full of stories, songs, rhymes and making noise in the library. Aimed at children from 18 months to four years, the songs and actions will grab the attention of younger children, while the older children will be entertained by the fun-filled stories.

STEAMing into Stories

Saturday STEAMing into Story Time program combines encouraging a love of reading with STEAM activities. Sessions are suitable for children from two to seven years old.

Please check the events calendar.

Younger children aged 0-18 months may prefer Baby Rhyme Time, or Story Time for preschool kids aged two to four years.

To keep up to date with Library events:

Story Time

Story Time sessions are designed for children aged two to four years. Come and enjoy the stories, songs, and creative play.

Benefits

  • Encourages a love of reading
  • Stimulates the imagination
  • Develops literacy and social skills
  • Relaxed and fun environment
  • Develop creativity and dexterity through play.

Where and when

  • No bookings required
  • Free library activity
  • A parent or guardian must accompany the child and participate in the Story Time session.

Current sessions

All sessions are at 10.00am

 Monday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Duncraig Joondalup Duncraig
Joondalup
Woodvale Whitford Whitford
(STEAMing into Stories)

STEAMing into Stories

Saturday STEAMing into Story Time program combines encouraging a love of reading with STEAM activities. Sessions are suitable for children from two to seven years old.

Family Time

Family Time is an action-packed program full of stories, songs, rhymes and making noise in the library. Aimed at children from 18 months to four years, the songs and actions will grab the attention of younger children, while the older children will be entertained by the fun-filled stories.

Stories in the Park

Stories in the Park occur in March and November. Join City of Joondalup Libraries staff in one of your favourite parks.

Other options

Check out the Online Story Time sessions.

Younger children aged 0 – 18 months may prefer Baby Rhyme Time, or Toddler Time for 18 – 30 months.

To keep up to date with Library events:

English conversation group

The City of Joondalup Library has free, regular sessions to help you improve your English conversation skills in a relaxed and supportive group.

Sessions are held once a week on Wednesdays, 1.00pm – 2.30pm.

  • Sessions are held during school term only
  • You can come to as many sessions as you need
  • No bookings required, just turn up
  • Sessions are very relaxed with no written work, just conversation.

IELTS Testing

City of Joondalup Libraries also provides free access to Road to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) practice tests for library card holders. Over 100 hours of activities, training and practice tests for General Training and Academic Entry.

To keep up to date with library events:

Baby Rhyme Time

City of Joondalup libraries, in association with Better Beginnings, are pleased to offer Baby Rhyme Time for babies 0 – 18 months and their parents.

Connect with your baby while singing your favourite rhymes and songs.

Benefits of joining in Baby Rhyme Time

  • Learn new rhymes and songs
  • Develop your baby’s pre-literacy and social skills
  • Relaxed and fun environment
  • Learn the value of reading to your baby from birth
  • Supports parents as their child’s first teacher
  • Free library activity.

Sessions commence at 10.00am and run during school term.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Joondalup Duncraig Woodvale Whitford

 

Children aged 18 – 30 months may prefer Toddler Time or Story Time for preschool kids aged two to four years.

To keep up to date with Library events:

Children’s Book Week

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Established in 1946, it is the longest running national literacy initiative in the country.

Each year, students and libraries from all over Australia spend a week celebrating Australian books, authors and illustrators. Events hosted by the Libraries give children the opportunity to meet with their favourite authors and illustrators.

City of Joondalup Libraries will host Children’s Book Week events over a two week period from Saturday 13 August – Friday 26 August 2022. The theme for 2022 is: Dreaming with Eyes Open… Join in the fun at your library.

Please check the events calendar for regular events as some sessions may be cancelled due to this program.

Public event

  • Each year City of Joondalup Libraries host an event for the public to celebrate Children’s Book Week
  • This event is designed to expand literacy knowledge and entertain
  • We are delighted to host Justin Martin from Djurandi Dreaming this year. Details for this event will be available soon.

Schools

  • Sessions are made available to local school students
  • The City of Joondalup Libraries host 12 presenters including authors, illustrators and storytellers to entertain and educate
  • Students will develop their literacy knowledge and be inspired to read and write
  • Check the program for information about each session.
  • Bookings open on Wednesday 27 April 2022.

Children’s Book Week 2022

Home-schoolers

  • Home-schooling students are encouraged to attend any of the City’s Children’s Book Week sessions
  • Contact City of Joondalup Libraries to book.

Find out more information about Children’s Book Week from the Children’s Book Council of Australia. The Children’s Book of the Year Award Shortlist announcement can be viewed here. The Award Winners will be announced on Friday 19 August 2022.

2021 Photos from Children’s Book Week