The library also offers a range of programs for the community. Contact the library for more information on any of these programs.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10.30 – 11.30am
Book Buddies is designed for children from birth to school-age and aims to introduce children to language at an early age, engaging them for life. Participants will benefit from the socialisation and structured environment. Sessions might include several stories, rhymes, rhythm and simple craft.
1,000 Books Before School
1,000 Books Before School can be started at any time during the year and children will progress at their own rate. The intention is to make reading a fun and enjoyable activity, as children mark on the tally sheet each book that is read to them. Sheets can be handed in and participants will receive certificates at a public presentation as they pass the 50, 100, 250, 500, 750 and 1,000 book milestones. Books read while attending Book Buddies can also be counted on the tally sheet.
1,000 Books After School
1,000 Books After School is designed to extend upon the Before School program to encourage children to continue reading. Children mark off books that they read to reach milestones and receive certificates. School readers can also be counted. The After School program can also be started independent of the Before School program.
Bookends Literacy Assist
Tuesday & Thursday, 3.00pm – 5.00pm; Friday, 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Another option to build literacy skills is Bookends Literacy Assist, a reading program where participants ‘borrow’ a senior from our community and read to them, one-on-one. Sessions run for 20 minutes apiece and books can be selected from the library shelves, or brought along. Participants will gain confidence in reading aloud and cross-generational relationships will be built. Seniors can also be borrowed for one-off reading sessions to prepare for special events or speech days.
Junior Brain Games
Every First and Third Wednesday 3.30pm – 4.30pm
For school-age children we have a fun and education after-school program, designed to help your child use their imagination through stories, puzzles, games and other activities. New topics are explored every session and participants will develop their problem-solving skills, literacy and numeracy skills and have a great time doing it!
Every Second and Fourth Wednesday 3.30pm – 4.30pm
An exciting program for all the family! If you are aged 8 years and up, come along and take part in any number of crafty, creative activities such as paper craft, drawing, zentangling, collage, rock painting or fabric painting. Cost per person is $3.
Family History Group
Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month
A Family History Group meets at the library every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, and can help you get started with your research. The library has books to help you researching family history and a range of resources such as how-to guides, newspaper microfiche, local history collection and access to Proquest Ancestry Library. Staff can provide some assistance.
Monday 10.30am – 11.30am; 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Brain Training @ the Library is a fun session run at the library for adults whose brains need a little training. It is open to all interested people who enjoy having a laugh, learning new skills and making new friends. Stimulating activities include quizzes, find-a-word, memory puzzles and non-dominant hand tasks. Two sessions are run each Monday, ensuring that all participants are catered for. Morning/afternoon tea is provided and laughter is compulsory.
Brain Training @ Oaktree
Monday 11.00am – 12.00noon
Gunnedah Library has taken their Brain Training program to the Oaktree Retirement Village! Come along and join village residents for all the laughter, activities and friends that you enjoy at the Library-based program.
Brain Training @ Nursing Home
Tuesday 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Gunnedah Library has taken their Brain Training program to the residents of Alkira and Lundie House! Residents can enjoy a modified Brain Training program with puzzles, quizzes and stories. Friends are welcome to come and join in the games and assist the residents.
Knit and Natter, Colour and Chatter
Saturday 9.30am – 12.30am
Visit the library on Saturday mornings and enjoy craft, colouring, conversation and compare handiwork. Bring your knitting, crochet or craft project and, with a cup of tea or coffee, swap ideas, solve problems or learn where to start. This group is open to all ages and abilities. Join in each week, each month or whenever the need takes you. Tea and coffee is available, as well as colouring books, pencils, textas or crayons, and craft books to borrow.
School Holiday Program
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 3.30pm – 4.30pm (School Holidays only)
If the children are looking for something to do during the school holidays, the library offers a program to keep them amused. With craft, puzzles, games and other activities, they can explore their creative side within a safe environment. This program is for children aged 8-12 years. Parents are encouraged to not ‘drop and run’ with younger children.