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    Tickets and bookings are available for the July school holidays from Tuesday 12 June 2018. For more information and to see what is on for kids and students during the school holidays download the Children's Library Newsletter Issue 98 Winter 2018 (pdf 516kb).

    Children's Newsletter 

    Email us at with your name and email to receive the our e-newsletter directly to your inbox with information about all of the Children’s and Teen programs at Penrith Library.

    Download the Children's Library Newsletter Issue 98 Winter 2018 (pdf 516kb).

    After School Activities, Term 3

    With Raymond Hicks

    Learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons in this five week game for beginners. Create your own character and embark on a fantastical quest with fellow players. Use your ingenuity and imagination to take on challenges, overcome obstacles, and work together to be victorious. No prior experience required.

    WHO: Students aged 12+yo
    WHEN: Thursdays (26 July - 23 August), 5.45 - 7.45 pm
    COST: $25 for a 5 week term. Limited places. 

    With Matt Lin

    Join artist, Matt Lin and learn the drawing techniques to bring anime and manga characters to life. Step-by-step, Matt will teach you how to create faces, hands, feet and full manga characters from the ground up. You’ll learn about different manga styles including Chibi characters and create your own full head-to-toe characters. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced drawer, Matt will help you to take your manga drawing to the next level.

    WHO: Students aged 10 - 15 years
    WHEN: Tuesdays (4 - 25 September), 4 - 5pm
    COST: $80 for 4 weeks. Limited places. 

    Back by Popular Demand!

    Chess develops lateral thinking, problem solving skills and improves concentration. But we love it because it’s a load of fun. No matter if you’re a beginner or a pro you’ll have a blast at our Chess Club. Presented by the Sydney Academy of Chess. 

    WHO: Students in Years 1 and above
    WHEN: Thursdays (26 July - 27 September), 4.30 - 5.30pm 
    COST: $80 for a 10 week term

    Story Time

    Story Time for preschoolers is the ideal way to nurture young children's love of stories and reading skills. It runs during school terms at Penrith, St Marys and St Clair Libraries. Sessions consist of theme-based, social activities including singing, listening to stories and doing art and craft.

    Penrith: Wednesdays 10.30 - 11.30am
    St Marys: Tuesdays 10.30 - 11.30am
    St Clair: Thursdays 10.30 - 11.30am

    Baby Time

    Baby Time sessions include songs, games and activities to share with your baby. Guest speakers talk on interesting topics once a month. 

    10.30 - 11.30am Penrith Library Theatrette on Mondays during school terms.

    Toy Library

    A boy using dinosaurs at Penrith Library's toy library

    Our toy library includes study toys for under 8s and a range of family board games. There are baby toys, construction sets, puzzles, vehicles, food, animal and house play sets.
    Toy Library does not run during school holidays.
    Find a session at a branch near you:

    • Penrith: Wednesday 10am-Noon and Saturday 10am-Noon
    • St Marys: Tuesdays 10am - Noon and Saturday 10am - Noon (Saturday session temporarily unavailable due to lack of volunteers. Click here to learn how to become a toy library volunteer.)
    • St Clair: Thursday 10am-Noon and Saturday 10am-Noon.

    Toy library conditions of use:

    • If you bring a child to a toy library session be sure to supervise and accompany them at all times.
    • Toys in the cupboards are for browsing and borrowing. Toys are made available for play during Toy Library sessions.
    • Care for the toys and return them in a clean condition.
    • Return damaged toys and parts as toys are repaired wherever possible.
    • A replacement cost may be charged for lost toys when negligence results in damaged toys.
    • The library is not liable for damage/injury resulting from borrowed toys.

    Toy Library Outreach Service

    We specialise in providing toys for children with disabilities and high support needs. Featuring switch-adapted, sensory and educational toys, children will delight in making them function through lighting up, playing sounds and movement. Through hands-on play, they can build valuable problem-solving, coordination, reasoning, numeracy, literacy and fine motor skills.

    A specialised outreach service is available, with the Library Children’s Inclusion Officer providing home visits for families living in the Penrith area or one-on-one borrowing sessions by appointment and opportunities for extended loan periods. Referrals are required to access this service.

    For details on the referral process for the Toy Library Outreach Service , or call 0418 664 879


    Studiosity is an online service providing live homework and study help for years 3-12.

    Go to Studiosity and log on from home with your Penrith City Library card. Membership is free for all students living or going to school in the Penrith Local Government Area. Studiosity provides one-to-one academic support in English, Maths, Science, assignment research, and study skills.

    Tutors are online Sunday to Friday between 3pm and 10pm.

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