Library programs and services

City of Canada Bay Libraries provide regular programs and services for all ages and interests throughout the year. For upcoming special events and workshops such as school holiday activities for children and youth or exhibitions, author talks, workshops and multicultural events, check out What's On and search the Library tag.

Want to stay in the loop of our latest updates? Sign Up to our monthly eNews and follow @canbaylibraries on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. For youth, you can follow @youthcanadabay on Instagram. Also, visit The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes and follow @theconnectionrhodes on Instagram.

Children

Regular Children's programs

City of Canada Bay Libraries run regular programs during school terms for children and their parents/carers across all our three locations during school terms to stimulate early learning and literacy focusing on babies (0-1 years), toddlers (1-2 years), preschoolers and children in school age (K-Year 6).

As part of our weekly regular programs at Concord Library, Stay and Play is an exciting component added to the end of each session of our Toddlertime and Preschool Storytime. Designed to deliver play-driven language development. The intereactive play activities are set up for little ones and their parents/carers to explore. Play tips are displayed at each station with suggestions for parents/carers on how to best play with your child to promote language development.

Click here and browse the 'Children' tag for school holiday activities and other special events. 

Children's Programs When Where

Baby Rhymetime
For 0 to 1 year olds

Mondays (10.30-11am)

Wednesdays (10.30-11am)

Thursdays (10.30-11am)

Five Dock Library

The Learning Space

Concord Library

Toddlertime
For 1-2 year-olds

Mondays (11.15-11.45am)

Wednesdays (11.15-11.45am)

Thursdays (11.15-11.45am)

Five Dock Library

The Learning Space

Concord Library

Preschool Storytime
For Preschool Children

Tuesdays (10.15-11am) - Session 1
Tuesdays (11.15am-12pm) - Session 2
Thursdays (10.15-11am) - Session 1
Thursdays (11.15am-12pm) - Session 2

Concord Library
Concord Library
Five Dock Library
Five Dock Library

After School Book Group
For K-Year 6

Wednesdays (4-5pm) Concord Library

Want to help children with their homework or show them fun ways to learn online?

Discover our resources available under Interactive learning for children within our eLibrary.

For more information, please email our Children's Librarian or phone 9911 6348.

Youth

Follow @youthcanadabay on Instagram to stay in the loop.

Youth Summer Reading program

Want to win a JB Hi-Fi Voucher? Every December and January City of Canada Bay Libraries invite youth to take part in the Youth Summer Reading Program and be rewarded for their reading over the summer holiday period. Check out What's On and browse the Youth or Library tags. 

Please click here to read the Youth Summer Reading Program 2018-2019 Terms and Conditions.

Regular Youth programs

The Youth Space and Youth Drop-in programs for youth in Years 6-12 during school terms, provide a safe and friendly environment for young people to connect with their peers. These sessions are fully supervised by at least two staff members and are a drug and alcohol free service.

These programs are run according to a set of Youth Outreach Program Guidelines to ensure a safe space for all youth to chill out. The names and addresses of the youth are not recorded and they are free to exit the program at any time.

Youth programs When Where

Youth Space 
For Years 6 and above
School terms

Tuesdays (3.30-4.30pm)

Concord Library

Youth Drop-in
For Years 6 and above
School terms

Mondays (3.30-5pm)

Wednesdays (3.30-5pm)

Five Dock Library

Five Dock Library

HSC and high school students

eResources

Search for articles and information in thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, encyclopaedias and reference books. These eResources provide you with quality, reliable information to make your bibliography look great!

Student eResources Guide

HSC Study Lab

School and HSC collections

The school and HSC collection has everything you need to prep for your exams, including study guides, revisions, exam tips and past papers. The collection caters for years 7-12. Only four books from this collection can be borrowed at one time, with a three week loan period, and no renewals. If you cannot find what you need, our library staff can help you find information and resources to get your assignments and study completed. 

HSC Resources Fact Sheet

Reading lists to support school projects 
Gothic fiction  
Refugees texts

Programs 

Inner West HSC program

To help you prepare for the HSC, City of Canada Bay, Burwood and Inner West libraries put together a range of free workshops for students in the lead up to the exams every year. All events are free and aimed at Year 11 and Year 12 students. 

HSC eNewsletter

Each year, City of Canada Bay Libraries present a series of HSC extended hours events and lectures by experienced speakers. Sign Up for our HSC eNews to be the first to receive information on our special programs and resources. Free events and workshops will be updated on What's On under the Youth tag.

Follow @youthcanadabay on Instagram to stay in the loop.

For more details, please Contact Us.

Home Library service

Are you unable to access the Library due to illness or disability? Our Home Library Service provides a personal service to individuals in need.

  • Bulk loans to residential homes, hostels, nursing homes and aged care facilities
  • Service to residents who provide full-time care
  • A temporary service for residents convalescing.

No age restrictions apply. New clients may need to provide a doctor’s certificate confirming his or her eligibility for the service.

We will select items based on your interests and deliver them to your home every four weeks.

If you are interested in this service, please contact our Home Library Officer on 9911 6211. You may also read the Home Library Policy and print out the Home Library Membership form for next steps.

Interlibrary loans

Items that are not held at City of Canada Bay Libraries can be requested from other libraries via Interlibrary Loans. A service fee will be charged per item as per City of Canada Bay Council's schedule of fees and charges. 

The Library is often not able to borrow high demand items or recently published works. Please be aware that there might be a time delay in sourcing and receiving items from other libraries.

For more information on this service, please read Library's Interlibrary Loans Policy.

Requests can be forwarded personally at the Library, by phone on 9911 6352 or via email.

Justice of the Peace

The New South Wales Justices Association provides JP services at our following locations and times:

  • Concord Library: Mondays and Thursdays at 10am-noon
  • Five Dock Library: Wednesdays at 10am-noon.

JP services are also available at the Civic Centre, 1A Marlborough Street, Drummoyne. JPs may also be located via the Justices of the Peace Register.

Multicultural groups

Multicultural collections

Would you like to borrow books, magazines, DVDs and music in other languages? The library has a range of material in Chinese, Greek, Italian and Korean. Other languages can be borrowed on request from the State Library of NSW.

Newspapers in other languages are also available for you to read in the library.

Multicultural services

Multicultural Health Communication Service - provides up to date information on a large range of health issues, presented as fact files in over 60 languages. 

For more information, please contact the Multicultural Services Library Officer on 9911 6318.

Regular Multicultural programs 

Greek Friendship group  

Do you speak Greek? Would you like to join a group to talk about Greek news, discuss Greek books or other matters of interest? Come along to our Greek Friendship Group for morning tea and great conversations.

When:      First Friday of each month at 10am–12pm 
Where:     Concord Library, 60 Flavelle Street, Concord
Cost:        Free
Booking:  Not required, just come

For more information, please contact our Multicultural Services Library Officer on 9911 6318.

Italian Bingo

Do you speak Italian? Would you like to try Italian Bingo and some prizes? You and your friends are welcome to come along to our Italian Friendship Group for some fun bingo and enjoy an Italian morning tea. Bingo calls will be made in both Italian and English, so everyone's welcome!

When:      Last Friday of each month from 10am–12pm
Where:     Five Dock Library, Level 1, 4-12 Garfield St, Five Dock
Cost:        Free
Booking:  Not required, just come

For more information, please contact our Multicultural Services Library Officer on 9911 6318.   

Multicultural Preschool storytime

Multicultural storytime includes an interactive mix of songs, stories and craft in Korean or Chinese language for children aged up to 5 years and their parents and carers.

Chinese:

When:      Every second Monday from 10.15–11.15am (re-starting 4 February)
Where:    The Learning Space @ The Connection, 30 Shoreline Drive, Rhodes
Cost:        Free
Booking:  Not required, just come 

Korean:

When:      Every second Monday from 10.15–11.15am (re-starting 11 February)
Where:    The Learning Space @ The Connection, 30 Shoreline Drive, Rhodes 
Cost:        Free
Booking:  Not required, just come

Chinese and Korean Storytime brochures:

For more information, please contact the Multicultural Library Services Officer on 9911 6318.

Book groups

Five Dock Library:

Drummoyne Book Club 

Self-run book club where members select the books and share their reading experiences as well as reflections on the book and its author(s).

  • Third Thursday of each month at 10-11.30am

For further details or to join, please email Co-ordinator, Five Dock Library or phone 9911 6351.

Afternoon Book Group 

Self-run afternoon book group for a friendly and lively discussion of printed, audio and e-books selected by members of the group. Each member takes responsibility for contributing to and leading book discussions.

  • Second Tuesday of each month at 1.30-3pm

For further details or to join, please email Co-ordinator, Five Dock Library or phone 9911 6351.

Evening Reading Group 

Self-run evening book group for animated discussions on selected titles. Members are invited to share their passion about the author and title nominated for the month.

  • Second Tuesday of each month at 6-7.30pm

For further details or to join, please email Co-ordinator, Five Dock Library or phone 9911 6351.

Concord Library:

Reader's Café

Do you love reading books and like talking about them? Join us for an interesting discussion about the books selected by the group. Members are encouraged to share their thoughts about the book and the author's writing.

  • Third Wednesday of each month at 10-11.30am

For further details or to join, please email Co-ordinator, Concord Library or phone 9911 6313.

Fantasy and Science Fiction Discussion Group 

Come and join in for a fun and friendly discussion on all matters Fantasy and Science Fiction - ranging from Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings and Dune to Blade Runner. Tell us about your favourite book, author or film from whichever universe you are from. Let your imagination run wild.

  • First Monday of each month at 2-4pm.

For further details or to join, please email Library Officer, Concord Library or phone 9911 6342.

The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes:

Chinese Reading Groups

Do you want to share the joy of reading with a group in Chinese? Come along and join the weekend reading groups 'Our Steps' or 'Echo' at The Connection, Rhodes.

Our Steps Book Club

  • Saturdays at 2-4pm

Echo Reading Group

  • Sundays at 2-4pm

For more information, contact our Multicultural Library Officer on 9911 6318.

 

Start a book group

Interested in starting a book group? Follow these simple steps:

STEP 1

  • Find some other people to join (friends, colleagues, locals) 
  • Choose a book. If you don’t know what to read, click on one of the reading lists at the bottom of this page. 
  • Read the book and make some notes while you read 
  • Give other people enough time to read the book 
  • Set a convenient meeting time for everybody 
  • Decide on where you will meet and how (e.g. over coffee/tea or dinner). 

STEP 2

  • At your first meeting, introduce each other and your reading interests 
  • Lead the first book discussion to get things rolling 
  • Volunteer some information about the book and the author.
    Literary Reference Centre Plus is a good source for author information.
  • Prepare some questions  for discussion. You might find some 
    book discussion questions at Good Reading Online.
  • Give everybody a chance to voice their views and reading experience
  • Relax and have a good time. 

STEP 3

  • Decide on a regular meeting time (e.g. Second Tuesday of each month at 10am) 
  • Set some simple rules for your meetings (how much to read, politeness, talking in turns, etc.) 
  • Choose some future books for discussion (consider genre, era, place, style, writers, plot) 
    You can find similar authors and 'read alike' books at Novelist Plus and Who Else Writes Like.
  • Select a way to remind people of your next meeting (phone message, e-mail, SMS, etc.) 

STEP 4

  • Keep some records of books discussed, members contact details and how things went 
  • Select a club secretary who sends out reminders, keeps notes on meetings and books read 
  • Choose a leader for your book discussions or take turns on the leadership 
  • Contact us or your local library for further information and resources 
  • Send us your reading list via email and we will help with sourcing of books.

Which book can we read next?

Workshops and Drop-ins

Tech Drop-in

Tech Drop-in is a free service provided by skilled volunteers to help people looking for assistance with basic technology enquiries.

Get guided troubleshooting and basic 'how to' advice for issues relating to Android, Apple and Windows devices including smartphones, iPads, tablets and PCs. Bring your own device or get help on a library computer.

Please note that this service is for basic tech help only. We are not able to provide assistance with technical or commercial enquiries, structured training, and computer repair or design services.

When:     Wednesdays at 10am-noon during school terms
Where:    Concord Library
Cost:        Free

For more information, please visit The Connection, Rhodes  contact The Learning Space Coordinator on 9911 6439

Wrap with Love

Calling all knitters! Come along to Concord or Five Dock Library for a 'Wrap with Love' get together.

Wrap with Love is a not-for-profit organisation which organises volunteers to make wraps from knitted squares. The wraps are then sent to communities around the world to help those less fortunate.

Everyone is welcome to join whether you are an experienced knitter or a beginner.

  • Concord Library: Wednesdays at 2.30pm
  • Five Dock Library: Alternate Tuesdays at 10am

Please bring 8 ply yarn and no. 8 or 4mm knitting needles.

Concord and Five Dock libraries are drop off points for completed squares, wraps, donations of wool and knitting needles.

For further information, please email Concord Library or Five Dock Library.

Tech Shed

Weekly get-together for those who want to make things, learn new skills, meet people and contribute to the community. This project is funded by NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) as part of their Liveable Communities Grants Program.

When:      Thursdays from 10am-1pm
Where:     The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes
Cost:        Free

For more information, please visit The Connection, Rhodes or contact The Learning Space Coordinator on 9911 6439.

For other upcoming workshops across our three locations, click here.