Library programs and services

We are gradually reopening gradually from 1 June with virtual programs and online learning activities continuing online until further notice

Our facilities are currently operating under reduced hours with restricted capacity from Monday, 1 June at Five Dock Library and The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes, and from Monday, 29 June at Concord Library. Concord and Five Dock libraries also operate an exclusive seniors-only hour once a week respectively.

Concord Library (from Monday, 29 June)

Monday – Friday: 9:30am–5pm Seniors only: Thursdays 9:30am–10:30am
Saturdays: 9:30am–4pm
Sundays: 1–5pm

Five Dock Library (from Monday, 1 June)

Monday – Friday: 9:30am–5pm Seniors only: Tuesdays 9:30am–10:30am
Saturdays: 9:30am–4pm
Sundays: 1–5pm

The Learning Space (from Monday, 1 June)

Monday – Sunday: 10am–5pm.

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. The City of Canada Bay will be strictly following State and Federal health guidelines including contact tracing protocols. We will be continuously reviewing operations and progressively increasing services and opening hours as it is deemed safe to do so.

Explore our virtual library and look out for regular updates as we aim to keep you informed and entertained as we go through these uncertain times as a community. If you want to receive enews updates straight to your inbox, sign up here.

For updates on all City of Canada Bay Council facilities please visit: canadabay.nsw.gov.au/covid19

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City of Canada Bay Libraries normally provide regular programs and services for all ages and interests throughout the year. Scroll down and open the tabs below to find something that may suit your needs.

For upcoming special events and workshops such as school holiday activities for children and youth or exhibitions, author talks, workshops and multicultural events, check out What's On and search the Library tag.

Want to stay in the loop of our latest updates? Sign up to our monthly enews and follow @canbaylibraries on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Winter Reading Challenge 2020 for all ages and abilities

Let's get reading Canada Bay! Log your reading to earn badges, rewards, and entries in the Grand Prize draw. For all ages and all kinds of readers. Record what you read and review books. Each badge you earn increases your chances of winning a $50 book voucher in our Grand Prize draw. Read 15 books and contribute five reviews before Monday. 31 August to become a Canada Bay Winter Reading Champ, and pick up your reward from Concord Library, Five Dock Library, or The Learning Space, Rhodes. 

There are eight book vouchers to be won in our Grand Prize draw! Read and review to increase your chances of winning, each badge you collect earns you an extra entry into the Grand Prize draw. 

We're giving away two $50 book vouchers in each age group:

Ages 0-5

Ages 6-12

Ages 13-18

Adults 18+

Step 1: Create your account in our Beanstack reading log

Step 2: Sign up to the Canada Bay Winter 2020 Reading Challenge

Step 3: Earn badges and prizes by logging your reading and writing reviews. Terms and conditions apply.

Join us on Beanstack

Children

For great children's reads, check out the interactive website PK Mag, a fun and inspiring online magazine for primary kids, aimed at enabling creativity and encouraging a love of reading. Its full of writing, arts and crafts, book reviews, films and interactive activities. If you are aged 7-12 you can send us your stuff to get published in the magazine!

Regular children's programs

City of Canada Bay Libraries run regular programs during school terms for children and their parents/carers across all our three locations to stimulate early learning and literacy focusing on babies (0-1 years), toddlers (1-2 years), preschoolers and children in school age (K-Year 6).

As part of our weekly regular programs at Concord Library, Stay and Play is an exciting component added to the end of each session of our Toddlertime and Preschool Storytime. Designed to deliver play-driven language development. The interactive play activities are set up for little ones and their parents/carers to explore. Play tips are displayed at each station with suggestions for parents/carers on how to best play with your child to promote language development.

Click here and browse the 'Children' tag for school holiday activities and other special events. 

Children's Programs When Where

Baby Rhymetime
For 0 to 1 year olds

Mondays (10.30-11am)

Wednesdays (10.30-11am)

Thursdays (10.30-11am)

Five Dock Library

The Learning Space

Concord Library

Toddlertime
For 1-2 year-olds

Mondays (11.15-11.45am)

Wednesdays (11.15-11.45am)

Thursdays (11.15-11.45am)

Five Dock Library

The Learning Space

Concord Library

Preschool Storytime
For Preschool Children

Tuesdays (10.15-11am) - Session 1
Tuesdays (11.15am-12pm) - Session 2
Thursdays (10.15-11am) - Session 1
Thursdays (11.15am-12pm) - Session 2

Concord Library
Concord Library
Five Dock Library
Five Dock Library

After School Book Group
For K-Year 6

Wednesdays (4-5pm) Concord Library

Want to help children with their homework or show them fun ways to learn online?

Discover our resources available under Interactive learning for children within our eLibrary.

For more information, please phone Concord Library 9911 6210, Five Dock Library 9911 6310 or The Learning Space 9911 6332

Youth

For great youth reads, check out the interactive website SpineOut, a place where you can express your ideas and thoughts and to share your creativity in words, art, film or music.

Youth Summer Reading program

Want to win an EB Games Voucher? Every December and January City of Canada Bay Libraries invite youth to take part in the Youth Summer Reading Program and be rewarded for their reading over the summer holiday period. Check out What's On and browse the Youth or Library tags. 

Regular youth programs

The Youth Space and Youth Drop-in programs for youth in Years 6-12 during school terms, provide a safe and friendly environment for young people to connect with their peers. These sessions are fully supervised by at least two staff members and are a drug and alcohol free service.

These programs are run according to a set of Youth Outreach Program Guidelines to ensure a safe space for all youth to chill out. The names and addresses of the youth are not recorded and they are free to exit the program at any time.

Youth programs When Where

Youth Space 
For Years 6 and above
School terms

Tuesdays (3.30-4.30pm)

Concord Library

Youth Drop-in
For Years 6 and above
School terms

Mondays (3.30-5pm)

Wednesdays (3.30-5pm)

Five Dock Library

Five Dock Library

The Lab for ages 10-16 years with autism or Asperger's

The Lab is a network of technology clubs for young people diagnosed with high functioning autism who enjoy working with computers. The Lab offers mentoring by technology professionals in areas such as programming, digital design and gaming. At The Learning Space we add 3D modelling and 3D printing to the mix of activities. For ages 10-16 years.

When:      Tuesdays from 4-6pm
Where:     The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes
Cost:        Term fee applies

For more information, please contact The Learning Space on 9911 6332.

For more events and programs from youth across our three locations, click here

Please register as a participant on The Lab website. Once registered we will send you a private link to purchase tickets.

HSC and high school students

eResources

Search for articles and information in thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, encyclopaedias and reference books. These eResources provide you with quality, reliable information to make your bibliography look great!

Explore our eLibrary

School and HSC collections

The school and HSC collection has everything you need to prep for your exams, including study guides, revisions, exam tips and past papers. The collection caters for years 7-12. Only four books from this collection can be borrowed at one time, with a three week loan period, and no renewals. If you cannot find what you need, our library staff can help you find information and resources to get your assignments and study completed. 

Programs 

Inner West HSC program

To help you prepare for the HSC, City of Canada Bay, Burwood and Inner West libraries put together a range of free workshops for students in the lead up to the exams every year. All events are free and aimed at Year 11 and Year 12 students. 

HSC eNewsletter

Each year, City of Canada Bay Libraries present a series of HSC extended hours events and lectures by experienced speakers. Follow us on social media @canbaylibraries to be first to know. Free events and workshops will also be updated on What's On under the Youth tag.

For more details, please Contact Us.

Lifelong learning and volunteer services

3D Print Club

Interested in 3D printing, modelling and CAD? No need to register, just come along to our free meet ups on Monday evenings from 6.30-8.00pm. Get started with 3D modelling and printing straight away! You'll also have the opportunity to connect with our regular community of makers and designers. We'll provide laptops to use. 

When:      Mondays from 6.30-8.00pm
Where:     The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes
Cost:        Free meet up.

For more information, please contact The Learning Space on 9911 6332.

Open Maker

DIY tinkerer? Crafter? Budding engineer? Designer? Need some space and expertise for a passion-project? Join us on Wednesday evenings for Open Maker, starting from 1 April. Bring a project, idea or come see what other Makers are working on.

When:      Wednesdays from 6.30-8.00pm (starting 1 April 2020)
Where:     The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes
Cost:        Free meet up.

For more information, please contact The Learning Space on 9911 6332.

Crafting with Electronics

Join us on the fourth Tuesday of each month to explore the possibilities of combining handmade textiles with electronics. We'll get you started with simple projects using conductive thread or you can bring your own passion project to work on. Great for sewers, knitters, crocheters, or anyone who loves textiles! Activities suitable for 16+, children welcome if accompanied by an adult.

When:      Every 4th Tuesday of the month from 6.30-8.00pm (starting from Tuesday, 24 March 2020)
Where:     The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes
Cost:        Free meet up. Beginner crafting with electronics kits are available for $5.

For more information, please contact The Learning Space on 9911 6332.

Tech Help

Do you have any burning questions about your new device, or want to broaden your technology skills?

Our volunteers might be able to help and guide you along the way. This free service is available by appointment for Wednesday mornings at Concord Library, during school terms only. Bookings are essential. .

When:     Wednesdays at 10am-12pm during school terms
Where:    Concord Library
Cost:       Free service. Bookings are essential.

For more information or bookings, please contact Concord Library on 9911 6210 or select a date and book online.

Wrap with Love

Calling all knitters! Come along to Concord or Five Dock Library for a 'Wrap with Love' get together.

Wrap with Love is a not-for-profit organisation which organises volunteers to make wraps from knitted squares. The wraps are then sent to communities around the world to help those less fortunate.

Everyone is welcome to join whether you are an experienced knitter or a beginner.

  • Concord Library: Wednesdays at 2.30pm
  • Five Dock Library: Alternate Tuesdays at 10am.

Please bring 8 ply yarn and no. 8 or 4mm knitting needles.

Concord and Five Dock libraries are drop off points for completed squares, wraps, donations of wool and knitting needles.

For further information, please contact Concord Library on 9911 6210 or Five Dock Library on 9911 6310.

Tech Shed

The Tech Shed is a weekly get-together on Thursdays for those who want to make things, learn new skills, meet people and contribute to the community. Meet up for 3D printing, robots and electronics. Tech Shed is part of Harry's Shed (City of Canada Bay Men's Shed Inc). Membership of this organisation is required after initial attendance.

When:      Thursdays from 10am-1pm
Where:     The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes
Cost:        Free meet up.

For more information, please email techshedders@canadabayshed.com.

For other upcoming workshops across our three locations, click here.

Home Library service

Are you unable to access the Library due to illness or disability? Our Home Library service provides a personal service to individuals in need.

  • Bulk loans to residential homes, hostels, nursing homes and aged care facilities
  • Service to residents who provide full-time care
  • A temporary service for residents convalescing.

No age restrictions apply. New clients may need to provide a doctor’s certificate to confirm eligibility for the service.

We will select items based on your interests and deliver them to your home every four weeks.

If you are interested in this service, please contact our Home Library Officer on 9911 6211. You may also read the Home Library Policy and print out the Home Library Membership form for next steps.

Interlibrary loans

Items that are not held at City of Canada Bay Libraries can be requested from other libraries via Interlibrary Loans. A service fee will be charged per item as per City of Canada Bay Council's schedule of fees and charges. 

The Library is often not able to borrow high demand items or recently published works. Please be aware that there might be a time delay in sourcing and receiving items from other libraries.

For more information on this service, please read Library's Interlibrary Loans Policy.

Requests can be forwarded personally at the Library, by phone on 9911 6352 or via email.

Multicultural groups

Multicultural collections

Would you like to borrow books, magazines, DVDs and music in other languages? The library has a range of material in Chinese, Greek, Italian and Korean. Other languages can be borrowed on request from the State Library of NSW.

Newspapers in other languages are also available for you to read in the library.

Multicultural services

Multicultural Health Communication Service - provides up to date information on a large range of health issues, presented as fact files in over 60 languages. 

For more information, please contact Library Outreach Officer on 9911 6318.

Regular Multicultural programs 

Greek Friendship group  

Do you speak Greek? Would you like to join a group to talk about Greek news, discuss Greek books or other matters of interest? Come along to our Greek Friendship Group for morning tea and great conversations.

When:      First Tuesday of each month at 10am–12pm 
Where:     Concord Library, 60 Flavelle Street, Concord
Cost:        Free meet up.

For more information, please contact Library Outreach Officer on 9911 6318.

Italian Bingo

Do you speak Italian? Would you like to try Italian Bingo and some prizes? You and your friends are welcome to come along to our Italian Friendship Group for some fun bingo and enjoy an Italian morning tea. Bingo calls will be made in both Italian and English, so everyone's welcome!

When:      Last Friday of each month from 10am–12pm
Where:     Five Dock Library, Level 1, 4-12 Garfield St, Five Dock
Cost:        Free meet up.

For more information, please contact Library Outreach Officer on 9911 6318.   

Multicultural Preschool storytime

Join us for an interactive mix of songs, stories and craft in Korean or Chinese language for children aged up to 5 years and their parents and carers.

Chinese:

When:      Every second Monday from 10.15–11.15am (re-starting 4 February)
Where:    The Learning Space @ The Connection, 30 Shoreline Drive, Rhodes
Cost:        Free meet up.

Korean:

When:      Every second Monday from 10.15–11.15am (re-starting 11 February)
Where:    The Learning Space @ The Connection, 30 Shoreline Drive, Rhodes 
Cost:        Free meet up.

Chinese and Korean Storytime brochures:

For more information, please contact Library Outreach Officer on 9911 6318.

Book groups

Five Dock Library:

Drummoyne Book Club 

Self-run book club where members select the books and share their reading experiences as well as reflections on the book and its author(s).

  • Third Thursday of each month at 10-11.30am

For further details or to join, please email Five Dock Librarian or phone 9911 6351.

Afternoon Book Group 

Self-run afternoon book group for a friendly and lively discussion of printed, audio and e-books selected by members of the group. Each member takes responsibility for contributing to and leading book discussions.

  • Second Tuesday of each month at 1.30-3pm

For further details or to join, please email Five Dock Librarian or phone 9911 6351.

Evening Reading Group 

Self-run evening book group for animated discussions on selected titles. Members are invited to share their passion about the author and title nominated for the month.

  • Second Tuesday of each month at 6-7.30pm

For further details or to join, please email Five Dock Librarian or phone 9911 6351.

Concord Library:

Reader's Café

Do you love reading books and like talking about them? Join us for an interesting discussion about the books selected by the group. Members are encouraged to share their thoughts about the book and the author's writing.

  • Third Wednesday of each month at 10-11.30am

For further details or to join, please email Concord Librarian or phone 9911 6213.

Fantasy and Science Fiction Discussion Group 

Come and join in for a fun and friendly discussion on all matters Fantasy and Science Fiction - ranging from Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings and Dune to Blade Runner. Tell us about your favourite book, author or film from whichever universe you are from. Let your imagination run wild.

  • First Monday of each month at 2-4pm.

For further details or to join, please email Library Officer, Concord Library or phone 9911 6342. Alternatively, email Concord Librarian or phone 9911 6213.

The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes:

Rhodes Readers and Social Club

Come along to meet people and discuss a popular book! Join the self-run Rhodes Readers and Social Club at our spectacular waterfront venue The Connection, Rhodes. Coffee and tea provided.

  • Every fourth Monday of the month at  7-8:30pm.

For more information, please contact The Learning Space Librarian on 9121 0015.

Chinese Reading Groups

Do you want to share the joy of reading with a group in Chinese? Come along and join the weekend reading groups 'Our Steps' or 'Echo' at The Connection, Rhodes.

Blue Visions Book Club

  • Saturdays at 2-4pm

For more information contact 0433 606 188   

Echo Reading Group

  • Sundays at 2-4pm

For more information, please contact Library Outreach Officer on 9911 6318.

Start a book group

Interested in starting a book group? Follow these simple steps:

STEP 1

  • Find some other people to join (friends, colleagues, locals) 
  • Choose a book. If you don’t know what to read, click on one of the reading lists at the bottom of this page. 
  • Read the book and make some notes while you read 
  • Give other people enough time to read the book 
  • Set a convenient meeting time for everybody 
  • Decide on where you will meet and how (e.g. over coffee/tea or dinner). 

STEP 2

  • At your first meeting, introduce each other and your reading interests 
  • Lead the first book discussion to get things rolling 
  • Volunteer some information about the book and the author.
    Literary Reference Centre Plus is a good source for author information.
  • Prepare some questions  for discussion. You might find some 
    book discussion questions at Good Reading Online.
  • Give everybody a chance to voice their views and reading experience
  • Relax and have a good time. 

STEP 3

  • Decide on a regular meeting time (e.g. Second Tuesday of each month at 10am) 
  • Set some simple rules for your meetings (how much to read, politeness, talking in turns, etc.) 
  • Choose some future books for discussion (consider genre, era, place, style, writers, plot) 
    You can find similar authors and 'read alike' books at Novelist Plus and Who Else Writes Like.
  • Select a way to remind people of your next meeting (phone message, e-mail, SMS, etc.) 

STEP 4

  • Keep some records of books discussed, members contact details and how things went 
  • Select a club secretary who sends out reminders, keeps notes on meetings and books read 
  • Choose a leader for your book discussions or take turns on the leadership 
  • Contact us or your local library for further information and resources 
  • Send us your reading list via email and we will help with sourcing of books.
Justice of the Peace

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 and library closures, JP services are currently not available at our libraries.

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The New South Wales Justices Association provides JP services at our following locations and times:

  • Concord Library: Mondays and Thursdays at 10am-12pm
  • Five Dock Library: Wednesdays at 10am-12pm.

JP services are also available at the Civic Centre, 1A Marlborough Street, Drummoyne. JPs may also be located via the Justices of the Peace Register.

L.I.N.C.S Community Directory

L.I.N.C.S. is a community information directory database managed by the City of Canada Bay. It is a listing of local community services and groups within and around our area. You can search by suburb and it is handy for those looking for schools, childcare centres, scout groups, religious organisations and other community organisations. L.I.N.C.S. is free to use and is available to access at all times via our website.

Search the L.I.N.C.S. database now

Further information
If you have any questions regarding the L.I.N.C.S. Community Directory or would like to add your organisation to the L.I.N.C.S. database, please contact 9911 6342 or email comminfo@canadabay.nsw.gov.au.

All you need to do is provide proof of the organisation, association or services existence. The organisation must also be operating in our area. Once these details have been confirmed, an online form will be sent to you to fill out.