Welcome to Kids Connect, where we connect you with all the things the library is doing for kids.
Libraries are the place to connect with your kids and to encourage reading, imagination and a space to feel connected.
We hope you enjoy what the library has to offer online and face to face and to help reinforce the joy of reading and finding activities you can do together.
Need book suggestions?
Have a look at what our Summer Reading Club participants were reading over the Summer. You will also find plenty of interesting new books and activities in our All About Kids Books magazine.
DIY Craft Kits to Take Home
Don’t forget to browse the shelves and borrow books while you’re collecting your kit!
Halloween Trick Basket DIY Craft
Halloween is such a fun time to create a Trick Basket for all your treats.
Follow our instructions and put the pieces together to see your basket come to life....so easy! Halloween Craft Kit includes paint, and all you will need to have is a paint brush and glue at home. Create your craft at home, take a photograph and share it with us on Facebook and Twitter using #coplcraftclub. While stocks last.
Where: Parramatta Library - during opening hours to pick up your craft bag.
Date: Monday 26 October and Friday 30 October
NAIDOC Week DIY Craft
Celebrate Indigenous culture with our NAIDOC Week craft activity by making your own Australian animal mosaic. The kit contains everything you need to create your foam mosaic animal plus a NAIDOC-themed activity book. Create your craft at home, take a photograph and share it with us on Facebook and Twitter using #coplcraftclub.
While stocks last.
Where: Parramatta Library and Branch Libraries
Date: Monday 9 November – Friday 13 November
Children's Book Week
Celebrate Children’s Book Week 2020 with us by participating in our Children’s Book Week Competition for a chance to win a $50 Dymocks book voucher! Collect your competition booklet from any City of Parramatta Libraries branch during opening hours or download the booklet.
The competition is open to all children aged 2 to 16 years, from 1 October to 31 October 2020. To enter, be inspired by one of the CBCA book week shortlisted books and fill in the appropriate template!
View the complete list of shortlisted books. We can’t wait to see your entries. Good luck!
Plastic Free July
Want to know more about recycling your rubbish?
We have all you need to find out how to better use the items you might throw away. Stories, craft and educational titles for all ages.
It’s Plastic Free July! We have selected some of our favourite recycling themed books in the library.
Plastic Free July Craft:
Learn how to make jewellery and handbags out of leftover plastic bags! Inspired by the book “One Plastic Bay” by Miranda Paul.
Parra Reads Match can help! Simply fill in the online form including what you like and dislike reading and we will send you a selection of books, catered to you.
The more information you provide, the better your selection will be.
Activity Sheets for Kids – 3 to 6 years
Looking for something to do?
Check out our latest activity book, packed full of pages for kids aged 3-6, including a special Mother’s Day feature!
All About Kids Book
This is the Library’s quarterly magazine created by staff for children and their carers.
It includes book recommendations and reviews, author interviews, activities, special events and features different collections. Don't miss it!
Do You Have an Avid Reader at Home?
Why not jump onto the Premier Reading Challenge and borrow eBooks to keep children entertained.
We now have close to 1000 eBook titles from the official book lists covering the 4 different class levels:
- K -2
- 3 - 4
- 5 - 6
- 7 - 9
All you need is your Library Card number and your password.
Story Box Library
Watch your favourite stories read by great Australian storytellers.
Story Box Library is suitable for preschool and primary aged children. It really is Storytime, Anytime!
Don't forget to click Log In to see the stories. Have a temporary library card? Call us to find out how to get access.
Learn & play with Literacy Planet, an Australian online resource for children in primary school.. Fun and engaging games, challenges and activities that encourage the learning of essential literacy skills.
We have many eResources for preschool children through to University.
We also provide an online homework help service, called Studiosity where you connect in real-time with the experts.
For these and many more eResources click here.
Introduction to Babylab at MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development
Presented by Babylab at MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University to help Australian parents understand how babies learn to communicate.
More information register to Babylab, click here.
Learn more about the ground-breaking research from Western Sydney University experts in psychology, linguistics, speech and language.
The podcasts explores topics such as baby talk, bilingualism, learning to read, first words and play. Click here to learn more.