First 5 Forever Programs
First 5 Forever is an initiative of the Queensland Government, coordinated by State Library of Queensland and delivered in partnership with local government.
First 5 Forever is an early literacy program with the primary aim of providing strong early literacy foundations for all Queensland children aged 0-5 years. First 5 Forever connects families to the information, resources and support they need to build the best foundation for their child’s future language and literacy development.
The first5forever website has information about interacting with children aged five and under; including reviews and recommendations for books and activities. There are articles and videos to help you with your interaction with 0-5 year olds.
Programs for Children 5 Years and Under
Choose from StoryTime, PlayTime, ToddlerTime, and BabyTime to enjoy some library time with your youngster.
Discover ways to help young children learn and develop via talking, playing, singing, and reading.
Gladstone Regional Libraries offers a variety of programs at all branches.
The four main First5Forever Programs run across the region include:
BabyTime & Bubs Club: Has rhymes and movement for babies. BabyTime is aimed at babies at the pre-walking stage while Bubs Club is aimed at ages 0-3 and includes a morning of chatting, cuddles, rhymes session and outdoor play for the older siblings. These sessions only run during the school term time.
|Boyne Island Library||9.30am-11am||Mondays (not during school holidays)|
|Calliope Library||9.30am-10.30am||Every 2nd Wednesday (not during school holidays)|
|Gladstone City Library||11am-11.30am||Fridays (not during school holidays)|
PlayTime: Includes songs, craft, and play for babies and children 0-5 years. PlayTime only runs during the school term time.
|Miriam Vale Library||9.30am-11am||2nd Wednesday of each month (not during school holidays)|
|Philip Street Precinct||10am-11.30am||Fortnightly on Mondays (not during school holidays)|
ToddlerTime: Includes songs, rhymes, and movement suitable for children who can walk and up to 4 years. ToddlerTime only runs during the school term time.
|Boyne Island Library||9.30am-10am (Session 1)
10.30am-11am (Session 2)
|Wednesdays (not during school holidays)|
|Gladstone City Library||10am-10.30am||Fridays (not during school holidays)|
StoryTime: Has stories, songs, and craft ideal for children aged 3-5 years.
|Agnes Water Library||10.30am – 11.30am||Thursdays|
|Boyne Island Library||10.30am-11.30am||Fridays|
|Calliope Library||10am-10.30am||Tuesdays (not during school holidays)|
|Gladstone City Library||9.30am-10.30am (Session 1)
11am-noon (Session 2)
|Thursdays (not during school holidays)|
|Gladstone City Library||10.30am-11.30am||Saturdays (not during school holidays)|
|Mount Larcom Library||9.30am – 10am||Tuesdays (not during school holidays)|
|Millennium Esplanade (Creek Road stage end)||10.30am-11am||Last Tuesday of each month|
|After School Programs|
|For a full list of events or to check a specific date check our What’s On page