HOT: Baby Bounce, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne


Lots of local libraries run storytimes but for a fun trip into the city the State Library of Victoria hold Baby Bounce sessions.

Baby Bounce is a baby story time session for kids under 2 years. A couple of the librarians run it and they go through stories, songs and rhymes which are designed to help young children explore language. The library also hold Toddler Tunes, Toddler Tales and Storytime for 3-5 year olds, though I noticed some older kids at Baby Bounce as well so I don’t think the age limits are strict.

We were running a little late so arrived to see a surprisingly large crowd of about 40 carers and kids. I’m not sure whether that class size is typical for storytimes run by public libraries because they’re free, or whether it’s only so big at the State Library because it’s central or whether it was a particularly large group because of school holidays.

Anyway, while the group was big, what I did love about it was that it seemed to be a particularly multicultural group of kids – lots of Indian and Asian families. Little Eurasian NKOTB fit right in.

During the 30 minute session we sang nursery rhymes and read a couple of short books, with lots of accompanying actions. NKOTB seemed to enjoy looking around at other people and the mass singing even though I’m not sure she was able to see the books or librarian from where we were sitting at the back.

State Library Of Victoria Children's Quarter

After going to Baby Bounce check out the Children’s Quarter for toys, craft and more reading fun. The library also has disabled toilets that you can wheel your pram into and a parents rooms with a change table and toilet. It’s the ideal place to stop with kids if you’re doing a trip into the city.

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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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