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. 

Location Time Day/Date
Boyne Island Library 10.30am-11am Mondays 
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.

Location Time Day/Date
Miriam Vale Library 9.30am-11am 2nd Wednesday of each month (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.

Location Time Day/Date
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.

Location Time Day/Date
Agnes Water Library 10.30am – 11.30am Thursdays 
Boyne Island Library 10.30am-11.30am Fridays
Calliope Library 10.30am-11.30am Wednesdays (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