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Storytime & Rhymetime

Rhyme Time

“Rhymetime” Mondays 11am

Enjoy a special time with your baby to share songs, rhymes and a simple story

“Storytime” Thursdays 11am

Designed for older children with songs and stories.

Join us for clapping, singing, stories, activities, wiggling, jiggling and giggling.

The Toy Library

The aim of the Toy Library is to provide  toys, games and puzzles of an educational nature that provide pleasurable learning experiences and promote child development in language, numeracy, social interaction, muscle development, imagination and creativity. All Library members are eligible to join and there is no joining fee!

The Toy Library will operate during normal library hours

Toy Library Brochure

Play in the Park

Play in the Park is a free outdoor play based activity which gives children the chance to learn through play in a supported, engaging and safe environment. Play in the Park activities include games, toys, story/rhymetime, craft activity and fruit time.

The aim of Play in the Park program is to improve child development through play, plus a great way for parents to meet. This is also an opportunity for families new to town and visitors make a connection with the library.

Play in the Park, Denmark will be held at Berridge Park on the second Wednesday of the month from 10am-12pm.

Parents, grandparents and carers of children 0 - 5 years old, whether local families or visitors to Denmark, will love Play in the Park.

Play in the Park is supported by YMCA WA (Albany) and the Albany Public Library

2017 Regional Play in the Park Locations

Better Beginnings

Better Beginnings aims to support parents of new born babies by encouraging them to enjoy books, rhyme and song with their young children, and to give their children a love of reading and language.

Research has shown that seventy-five per cent of brain development occurs between birth and the age of three. Being read to from the day they are born helps children develop essential pre-literacy skills needed to learn to read and this is one of the most important factors in school success.
Better Beginnings has been developed by the State Library of WA as a family literacy program that aims to support parents as their children’s first teacher.

It works through strong partnerships with health professionals, local governments and public libraries to:

  • Build awareness in the whole community, particularly amongst parents and other adults who care r children, of the value and pleasure of reading and sharing stories with young children
  • Encourage and support parents in sharing books and activities that foster language and a love of reading with their young children
  • Assist parents in selecting and getting books and activities suited to their young child’s age and needs
  • Promote the vital role of public libraries as community hubs that provide ongoing support to parents and caregivers in giving their children a love of reading.

Each child born in the Denmark region receives a Better Beginnings Kit soon after they are born.

The pack includes a book and information for parents on the importance of reading to their child.
The Library continues support of the families by providing Rhymetime and Storytime each week.

A Smart Start

The “A Smart Start” program is a nationally recognised community development program which targets families with children aged from 0-4 years. It has two primary areas of focus, the home environment and the community environment that these young children will grow up in.

A Smart Start aims to empower parents with skills and knowledge in recognition that they play a key role in providing their children with an optimal learning environment. It aims to develop links between agencies and organisations and to increase the accessibility of all families to community based networks.

Its strategies include personal contact made by the child health nurse with each family at the time of the child’s birth and further contact at regular intervals during the child’s first four years of life. Age-appropriate books are given to the child at birth and subsequently at each birthday, and useful information including developmental milestones, activities to promote the child’s development, the immunisation schedule and support services available is given to families in the form of a resource manual

Staff from the Library and some local volunteers has taken responsibility for delivering resource manual updates and books to families. Informal morning teas are held in to greet the new babies and introduce child friendly activities to families.

The Library has increased its stocks of books and resources for families with young children and is working well in conjunction with the State Library’s Better Beginnings program. A Smart Start is supported by Royalties for Regions funding through the Great Southern Development Commission Great Southern Regional Grants Scheme. The “A Smart Start” folder and gift books are provided by the Shire of Denmark and also supported by the Denmark Early Years committee and YMCA Albany.