For parents

Our experienced children’s librarians offer a variety of services and resources. Here are some guides and resources for helping preschool children at different stages in their early learning.

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Introduce your child to a love of reading

  • Read aloud to your child every day
  • Make it a special time to enjoy
  • Talk to your child about the pictures or the story
  • Read with expression and enjoyment
  • Have fun and laugh together
  • Use nursery rhymes, songs and finger play to introduce early awareness of speech sounds

Regular library programmes

All sessions are free. You don't need to book - just come along!

Babytimes

Enjoy songs, stories and rhymes with your baby. Afterwards, an opportunity to meet with other parents.

Babytime is not on during the school holidays.

  • Rangiora - Monday 10.30 am  - 11 am
  • Rangiora - Wednesday 10.30 am - 11 am
  • Kaiapoi - Friday 11.00 am - 11.30 am
Toddlertimes

Toddlertime is not on during the school hoildays.

Come and join the fun with puppets, songs and poems for 2-4 year olds. There is a new theme every term!

  • Kaiapoi - Wednesday 10.30 am - 11 am
Storytimes

Storytime is not on during the school holidays.

Preschoolers learn a love of books and language with the magic of story. Afterwards, an opportunity to meet with other parents.Rangiora

  • Tuesday 10 am - 10.30 am
  • Thursday 10 am -10.30 am

Oxford

  • Friday 10 am -10.30 am

Kaiapoi

  • Saturday 11.00 am - 11.30 am
Helpful hints

Holiday events

Watch for advertised special events in the school holidays.

Books about parenting

We have lots of books to help you with your challenging job.