Children & Young People

Children & Young People

Orbit Newsletter

Our Orbit Newsletter contains a full list of school holiday activities. You can download the newest issue here Orbit Newsletter - Spring 2019 For more information contact Barjinder on 4732 7891 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Holiday Activities

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2019 – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL!

Book tickets online at http://penrith-city-library.eventbrite.com.au

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

TONY’S MAGIC SHOW with Tony Finch

“Voted No.1 Most Popular Kids Entertainer in Australia 2018”*, Tony the magician will captivate and amaze kids of all ages with his hilarious magic show with one side-splitting laugh after another! See the workshops list to book a place in Tony’s magic and balloon workshop after the show. 
WHO:         For the whole family
WHEN:       Wednesday 2 October, 10am-11am
TICKETS:  $7 per person (children under 2 free). Book tickets for Tony's Magic Show on EventBrite
* Awarded by ActiveActivities for entertainers that have the highest levels of visits, engagement and positive reviews from their website users, by location for each calendar year.

WAKE UP AND READ with Frank Ozo

This funny comedy show combines music, drama, mime, puppetry, magic and circus all linked with short charming tales. Every tale is a piece in a story puzzle about how Frank the comedian became an avid reader, how reading is cool and can change your life. Frank’s tales are full of real world fun, laughter, colour and fantastic tricks.
WHO:         For the whole family
WHEN:       Wednesday 9 October, 10.30-11.30am
TICKETS:   $7 per person (children under 2 free). Book tickets for Wake up and Read on EventBrite

YOUNG PEOPLE

HENNA WORKSHOP with Ranjeeta Saini

Have fun with henna in a hands-on workshop. Create your own designs, get tips on handling a henna cone and learn the secrets to make your own henna paste at home. Practice a range of motifs then decorate yourself in your own henna style.
WHO:
             10-16 year olds
WHEN:  
         Wednesday 9 October, 2-4pm
TICKETS:  
    $18 per student. Book tickets for Henna Workshop on EventBrite

CHILDREN

ZANY SCULPTURE with Na’ama Atzmon-Simon

Use wire, clay, paint and colourful materials to create a 3D clay and wire sculpture that can hold your favourite photos and postcards. Use wire-bending, construction and decoration techniques to make your zany sculpture unique.
WHO:          7-12 year olds
WHEN:       Tuesday 1 October, 10.30am-12.30pm
TICKETS:   $18 per child. Book tickets for Zany Sculpture on EventBrite

MAGIC TRICKS & BALLOON TWISTING with Tony Finch

Join the magician Tony for a great hour of fun entertainment with a hands-on balloon and magic workshop. Tony teaches you amazing magic tricks and shows you what you need to perform them at home. Learn how to twist balloons and take home your balloon creations too. Tony describes this event as “engaging, a lot of fun, hands-on and very magical.”
WHO:        7-12 year olds
WHEN:      Wednesday 2 October, 11.15am-12.15pm
TICKETS:  $15 per child. Book tickets for Magic Tricks & Balloon Twisting on EventBrite

WILD HULA HOOP CRAFTSHOP with Suzy Spindoll  

Each child decorates their own professional and durable hula hoop to take home. Children enjoy 60 minutes of crafting time using a variety of art supplies and 30 minutes for a hoop dance party and games to learn how to use your new hoop.
WHO:         7-12 year olds
WHEN:      Thursday 3 October, 10.30am-12pm
TICKETS:  $20 per child. Book tickets for Wild Hula Hoop Craftshop on EventBright


WEARABLE ART! DESIGN A CAP with Donna Gilbertson  

Design and decorate your own personalised cap for summer! Create a painting, slogan or an abstract picture then use high quality, non-toxic fabric paints to create your own unique piece of wearable art to take home. Loads of colours, loads of fun!
WHO:          7-12 year olds
WHEN:       Thursday 10 October, 10.30am-12.30pm
TICKETS:   $20 per child. Book tickets for Wearable Art! Design a cap on EventBright

Term 4 Activities

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2019 – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL!

Book tickets online at http://penrith-city-library.eventbrite.com.au

Young People

INTRODUCTION TO DUNGEONS & DRAGONS with Ian Zammit

Join us for a weekly D&D game series played out over 5 sessions. Create your own game character, learn how to adventure with team players and jump into a storyline! Open to all girls and boys keen to join a new party of D&D players in a bold new adventure.
WHO:           2-16 year olds
WHEN:         Mondays, 4.30-6.30pm (4, 11, 18, 25 November, 2 December)
TICKETS:    $90 per student for 5 sessions. Book tickets for Introduction to Dungeons and Dragons on EventBrite

TEEN BOOK CLUB at Penrith City Library

The teen book club meets once a month to chat, snack, make new friends and connect around reading, writing and books we love. Guest authors are invited to visit from time to time too.  Places are strictly limited and bookings are essential – register at 4732 7891 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
WHO:           12-16 year olds
WHEN:         Saturdays, 11am-12pm, (21 September, 26 October, 16 November)
TICKETS:     FREE – but bookings essential! Ph: 4732 7891 to book a place

Children

ART CLUB with Na’ama Atzmon-Simon

Get bright and bold at art club and create a range of 2D and 3D artworks that pop! Using a wide variety of art techniques and materials, create your own vivid and funky self-portraits, landscape sculptures, prints and much more. Each piece will be inspired by some of the greatest artists of the pop art era!

WHO: 8-12 year olds
WHEN: Thursdays, 4-5.30pm (24, 31 October, 7, 14, 21, 28 November)
TICKETS: $100 per student for a 6 week term. Book tickets for Art Club on EventBrite

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 

Storytime Term 4 themes

Last sessions for 2019 – 3, 4, 5 December 2019

Baby Time

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

Penrith: Mondays 10.30 - 11.30am

Last session for 2019 – 2 December 2019

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  
  • St Clair: Thursday 10am-Noon and Saturday 10am-Noon. 
  • Apply to become a toy library volunteer.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 0418 664 879

Fox Tales

‘Fox Tales’ was developed by the DIG Creative Maker Space Program, a creative and professional development program for Greater Western Sydney digital artists/designers within their first 5 years of professional practice. Penrith Library sponsored the 2nd DiG project which was completed in late 2018, to encourage teens to visit our library and use our collections: visit penrith.city/foxtales

Studiosity

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.

View the Library Catalogue