COVID-19 update

City of Prospect has taken a number of important and proactive steps to protect our community and staff as we face this unprecedented situation of the global COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide Public Health Emergency.

We need to take all reasonable steps available to protect our community, our Elected Members, our staff and volunteers (and their families) against the spread of this infection while ensuring we deliver services as close to ‘business as usual’ as possible.

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Children's Services

Prospect Library's Rhyme Time and Story Time have currently been suspended in response to the global COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Council cares for its community and this change of service comes as part of our local response to this global issue.  Naturally, we apologise for any inconvenience caused but trust you understand this position.

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Services at the library for children

Prospect Library is for residents of all ages, and as such we offer a range of activities specifically designed for kids. All children should be encouraged to read from a young age, and a fun library environment can be the best way to introduce them to reading.

Our children's activities include Story Time for pre-schoolers, Rhyme Time for babies and toddlers, the 1001 Books Before School program, and school holiday programs.

Story Time

A session of story telling and craft for preschoolers on Wednesdays at 11am at Prospect Library, Payinthi, 128 Prospect Road.

* Bookings not required. The program runs during school terms only.

Rhyme Time for Babies and Toddlers

Nursery rhyme, singing and music for babies and toddlers on Thursdays at 11am at Prospect Library, Payinthi, 128 Prospect Road.

* Bookings not required. The program runs during school terms only.

1001 Books Before School program

Commonly accepted as one of the most valuable activities you can do to set your child up for success, reading aloud with your children also helps parents and children form stronger bonds and affection. It also encourages children to develop a life-long love of reading. The 1001 Books Before School program is a great way for families to participate in shared reading experiences at a young age, before the transition to school.

Can you complete the challenge? Frequently Asked Questions

Can I read the same book more than once to my child?

Yes, you can read the same books as many times as your child requests. Repetition is important for learning. Just mark or colour in a square on your reading record every time you read a book. If you read the same book 10 times, you mark or colour in 10 squares.

Do I need to write the titles of the books in the squares in the passport?

You can write the title of the book if you would like to keep a record of the books you read to your child. Otherwise you can colour in the square or use a tick or cross to mark the square.

What is the final prize for completing the program?

Every child will receive a book and a certificate on completion of the program.

What if my child starts school before completing the program?

You have until the end of term 1 of the year your child starts school to complete the program.

Can I count books that are read to my child by others or at programs like Storytime?

Every book that your child completes or actively listens to count. This includes stories read at Storytime sessions, daycare, playgroup and kindergarten, and by all family members, as well as reading the same book over again.

School Holiday Programs

Through-out the School Holidays, Prospect library offers a range of age-appropriate activities for student residents of the Prospect Council area. School Holiday activities require registration at the counter on the day of the activity.

Grow a Head
Tuesday 7 July
All ages
Kids can make a hairy caterpillar and watch him grow. A hairy caterpillar is so quick to make and fun to take care of. It is a fascinating process to plant a small seed and with a little sunshine and water, watch it transform!

Storytime – When Billy Was A Dog/ My Friend Fred + Frog Origami Craft
Wednesday 8 July, 11am
All ages
Who doesn’t love dogs? Storytime this week is all about our favourite friends – with a fun origami craft to follow. Enjoy!

Friday 10 July, 2-3pm
Suitable for 8+
Orienteering is a sport where competitors visit a number of points marked on the ground, controls, in the shortest possible time aided by a map and compass. We’re running a 1 hour session to learn this new skill.

Slime workshop
Tuesday 14 July
All ages
Let us guide you through the slime making process and create that perfect slime you’ve always dreamed of! Playing with slime is a sensory play activity. Sensory play allows children to utilize and understand all five senses. When several senses are stimulated at once, children build their creativity and learning through exploration. Sensory play also encourages the development of fine motor skills and coordination.

Blip - Felt treasure hunting bag
Friday 17 July
All ages
Felt is a great way to start children off on sewing as it doesn't fray. Most you can still carry out successfully with just glue if your kids aren't interested in sewing. Join us today as we make a felt treasure hunting bag. Run by Blip Art School