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Bilingual Storytimes in Melbourne

As a bilingual family, I searched and researched for bilingual storytimes for my children when they were babies and toddlers. It turns out that many Melbourne council libraries offer bilingual storytime! These sessions tend to be free drop-in sessions which run during the school term. They give you a chance to meet other bilingual families and children, help your child develop language and motor skills and provide a chance to hear and practice another language.

If you would like to check out the standard storytimes, check out our Melbourne Library Storytimes post for all sessions from babies and toddlers, right through to pre-schoolers.

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By Council Area

Council 
BanyuleCHINESE

First Monday of the month 10.30-11.00am at Ivanhoe Library
275 Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe VIC 3079, (03) 9497 5780
BaysideGERMAN / PORTUGESE

One-off events at Brighton Library, check website for latest info 14 Wilson St, Brighton VIC 3186, (03) 9261 7125
BoroondaraCHINESE (MANDARIN)

Wednesday 11am at Balwyn North / Greythorn Library Lounge 2 Centre Way, Balwyn North VIC 3104, (03) 9278 4666

GREEK

Tuesday 11-11.30am at Hawthorn Library
584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122, (03) 9278 4666
BrimbankBURMESE

Wednesday 10-10.30am at Deer Park Library
4 Neale Rd, Deer Park VIC 3023, (03) 9249 4660

VIETNAMESE

Every Monday 11.15-11.45am at St Albans Library
71A Alfrieda St, St Albans VIC 3021, (03) 9249 4650
HumeARABIC

Wednesday 10.15-11am at Craigieburn Library
75-95 Central Park Ave, Craigieburn VIC 3064, (03) 9356 6980

Wednesday 1-1.45pm Broadmeadows Library
1093 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows VIC 3047, (03) 9356 6900

ASSYRIAN

Thursday 11-11.45am at Broadmeadows Library
1093 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows VIC 3047, (03) 9356 6900

Friday 1-1.45pm at Cragieburn Library
75-95 Central Park Ave, Craigieburn VIC 3064, (03) 9356 6980

HINDI

Thursday 11-11.45am at Craigieburn Library
75-95 Central Park Ave, Craigieburn VIC 3064, (03) 9356 6980

PUNJABI 

Monday 10-11am at Mickelham North Community Hub
82/90 St Georges Blvd, Mickleham VIC 3064, (03) 9356 6440

Thursday 1.30-2.30pm at Kalkallo Community Centre
33 Toyon Rd, Kalkallo VIC 3064, (03) 9356 6420

SINHALESE

Monday 11-11.45am at Cragieburn Library
75-95 Central Park Ave, Craigieburn VIC 3064, (03) 9356 6980

TURKISH

Monday 11.30am-12.15pm at Broadmeadows Library
1093 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows VIC 3047, (03) 9356 6900
Knox CityCHINESE

Thursday – Family (0-6 years) – fortnightly 11am at Bayswater
7-13 High Street, Bayswater VIC 3153, (03) 9298 8000

Friday – Tiny Tots (0-1 years) – fortnightly 10am at Rowville Library
Friday – Family (0-6 years) – fortnightly 11am at Rowville Library
Stud Road, Rowville VIC 3178, (03) 9298 8000

Friday – Family (0-6 years) – fortnightly 11am at Knox Express
425 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South VIC 3152, (03) 9298 8000
MaribyrnongARABIC

Every second Wednesday of the month 11am at Braybrook*

BURMESE

Last Tuesday of every month 2.30pm at Braybrook*

CHINESE

Third Wednesday of every month 11am at Braybrook*

HINDI

First Friday of every month 2.30pm at Braybrook*

SPANISH

Friday 11am-12pm at Maribyrnong Library
200 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong VIC 3032, (03) 9688 0231

VIETNAMESE

Last Wednesday of the month 11am at Braybrook*

*Braybrook Community Hub: 107-139 Churchill Ave, Braybrook VIC 3019, (03) 9188 5800
MaroondahAUSLAN

First Friday of every month 11am at Croydon Library
Civic Square, Croydon VIC 3136, (03) 9800 6448

HAKHA CHIN

Wednesday – fortnightly 11am at Croydon Library
Civic Square, Croydon VIC 3136, (03) 9800 6448

CHINESE

Friday – fortnightly 11am at Realm Library
179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood VIC 3134, (03) 9800 6430
Merri-bekFRENCH

1st Tuesday of the month 10.30 at Brunswick Library
Sydney Rd & Dawson St, Brunswick VIC 3056, (03) 9389 8600

ITALIAN  

1st Tuesday of the month 10.30 am at Coburg Library
Victoria St & Louisa St, Coburg VIC 3058, (03) 9353 4000

GREEK

Last Friday of the month 10.30 am at Glenroy Library
50 Wheatsheaf Rd, Glenroy VIC 3046, (03) 8311 4100

SPANISH

3rd Tuesday of the month 10.30am at Brunswick Library
Sydney Rd & Dawson St, Brunswick VIC 3056, (03) 9389 8600

TURKISH

1st Thursday of the month 10.30am at Glenroy Library
50 Wheatsheaf Rd, Glenroy VIC 3046, (03) 8311 4100

URDU

Selected Saturdays, check website for details
MonashCHINESE (MANDARIN)

1st Monday of the month 11.30am at Mulgrave Library
36 – 42 Mackie Road, Mulgrave 3170, 03 9518 3502

1st Wednesday of the month 10.30am at Glen Waverley Library
112 Kingsway Glen Waverley, 3150, 03 9518 3030

2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month 10.30am at Clayton
9-15 Cooke Street Clayton 3168, 03 9541 3120

3rd Thursday of the month 10.30am at Mount Waverley
41 Miller Crescent, Mount Waverley 3149, 03 9518 3950

1st Saturday of the month 10.30am at Wheelers Hill
860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill 3150, 03 9265 4877

3rd Saturday of the month 10.30am at Mount Waverley
41 Miller Crescent, Mount Waverley 3149, 03 9518 3950

GREEK

Monday 10.30am at Oakleigh Library
148 Drummond Street, Oakleigh 3166, 03 9518 3970

ITALIAN

1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 10.30am at Clayton
9-15 Cooke Street Clayton 3168, 03 9541 3120
Port PhillipRUSSIAN

1st Monday of the month 11am at St Kilda Library
150 Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182, (03) 9209 6655

SPANISH

1st Wednesday of the month 2pm at St Kilda Library
150 Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182, (03) 9209 6655
Whitehorse Manningham

GREEK

2nd Tuesday of the month 11am at Doncaster Library
MC Square 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster 3108, (03) 9877 8500

MANDARIN

1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month 10.30am at Doncaster Library
MC Square 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster 3108, (03) 9877 8500

2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month 10.30am at Box Hill Library
1040 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill 3128, (03) 9896 4300

PERSIAN

Every 4th Monday of the month 1.30pm at Doncaster Library
MC Square 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster 3108, (03) 9877 8500
Wyndham

CHINESE

2nd Monday of the month 11.30am at Williams Landing Library
1/101 Overton Rd, Williams Landing VIC 3027, (03) 8754 4978

2nd Friday of the month 11am at Point Cook Library
1-21 Cheetham St, Point Cook VIC 3029, (03) 9395 7966

ITALIAN

1st Friday of the month 10.30am at Hoppers Crossing Library
Shop MM11 Derrimut Rd, Werribee VIC 3030, (03) 8734 2600

KAREN

1st Monday of the month 10.30am at Manor Lakes Library
86 Manor Lakes Blvd, Wyndham Vale VIC 3024, (03) 8734 8930

PUNJABI

4th Thursday of the month 2.30pm at Julia Gillard Library
150 Sunset Views Blvd, Tarneit VIC 3029, (03) 8734 0200
Yarra City GREEK

Wednesday 11am at Richmond Library
415 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121, 1300 695 427
Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St, Carlton

By Language

ARABICWednesday 10.15-11am at Craigieburn Library  
75-95 Central Park Ave, Craigieburn VIC 3064, (03) 9356 6980

Wednesday 1-1.45pm Broadmeadows Library
1093 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows VIC 3047, (03) 9356 6900

Every second Wednesday of the month 11am at Braybrook
Braybrook Community Hub: 107-139 Churchill Ave, Braybrook VIC 3019, (03) 9188 5800
ASSYRIANThursday 11-11.45am at Broadmeadows Library
1093 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows VIC 3047, (03) 9356 6900

Friday 1-1.45pm at Cragieburn Library
75-95 Central Park Ave, Craigieburn VIC 3064, (03) 9356 6980
AUSLANFirst Friday of every month 11am at Croydon Library
Civic Square, Croydon VIC 3136, (03) 9800 6448
BURMESEWednesday 10-10.30am at Deer Park Library

 4 Neale Rd, Deer Park VIC 3023, (03) 9249 4660

Last Tuesday of every month 2.30pm at Braybrook
Braybrook Community Hub: 107-139 Churchill Ave, Braybrook VIC 3019, (03) 9188 5800
CHINESEFirst Monday of the month 10.30-11.00am at Ivanhoe Library
275 Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe VIC 3079, (03) 9497 5780

Thursday – Family (0-6 years) – fortnightly 11am at Bayswater
7-13 High Street, Bayswater VIC 3153, (03) 9298 8000

Friday – Tiny Tots (0-1 years) – fortnightly 10am at Rowville Library

Friday – Family (0-6 years) – fortnightly 11am at Rowville Library
Stud Road, Rowville VIC 3178, (03) 9298 8000

Friday – Family (0-6 years) – fortnightly 11am at Knox Express
425 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South VIC 3152, (03) 9298 8000

Third Wednesday of every month 11am at Braybrook
Braybrook Community Hub: 107-139 Churchill Ave, Braybrook VIC 3019, (03) 9188 5800

Friday – fortnightly 11am at Realm Library
179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood VIC 3134, (03) 9800 6430

2nd Monday of the month 11.30am at Williams Landing Library
1/101 Overton Rd, Williams Landing VIC 3027, (03) 8754 4978

2nd Friday of the month 11am at Point Cook Library
1-21 Cheetham St, Point Cook VIC 3029, (03) 9395 7966
CHINESE (MANDARIN)Wednesday 11am at Balwyn North / Greythorn Library Lounge

2 Centre Way, Balwyn North VIC 3104, (03) 9278 4666

1st Monday of the month 11.30am at Mulgrave Library
36 – 42 Mackie Road, Mulgrave 3170, 03 9518 3502

1st Wednesday of the month 10.30am at Glen Waverley Library
112 Kingsway Glen Waverley, 3150, 03 9518 3030

2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month 10.30am at Clayton
9-15 Cooke Street Clayton 3168, 03 9541 3120

3rd Thursday of the month 10.30am at Mount Waverley
41 Miller Crescent, Mount Waverley 3149, 03 9518 3950

1st Saturday of the month 10.30am at Wheelers Hill
860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill 3150, 03 9265 4877

3rd Saturday of the month 10.30am at Mount Waverley
41 Miller Crescent, Mount Waverley 3149, 03 9518 3950
FRENCH1st Tuesday of the month 10.30 at Brunswick Library
Sydney Rd & Dawson St, Brunswick VIC 3056, (03) 9389 8600
GERMAN One-off events at Brighton Library, check website for latest info

14 Wilson St, Brighton VIC 3186, (03) 9261 7125 

GREEKTuesday 11-11.30am at Hawthorn Library

584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122, (03) 9278 4666

Last Friday of the month 10.30 am at Glenroy Library
50 Wheatsheaf Rd, Glenroy VIC 3046, (03) 8311 4100

Monday 10.30am at Oakleigh Library
148 Drummond Street, Oakleigh 3166, 03 9518 3970

2nd Tuesday of the month 11am at Doncaster Library
MC Square 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster 3108, (03) 9877 8500

Wednesday 11am at Richmond Library
415 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121, 1300 695 427
HAKHA CHINWednesday – fortnightly 11am at Croydon Library
Civic Square, Croydon VIC 3136, (03) 9800 6448
HINDIThursday 11-11.45am at Craigieburn Library

75-95 Central Park Ave, Craigieburn VIC 3064, (03) 9356 6980

First Friday of every month 2.30pm at Braybrook
Braybrook Community Hub: 107-139 Churchill Ave, Braybrook VIC 3019, (03) 9188 5800
ITALIAN1st Tuesday of the month 10.30 am at Coburg Library
Victoria St & Louisa St, Coburg VIC 3058, (03) 9353 4000 

1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 10.30am at Clayton
9-15 Cooke Street Clayton 3168, 03 9541 3120

1st Friday of the month 10.30am at Hoppers Crossing Library
Shop MM11 Derrimut Rd, Werribee VIC 3030, (03) 8734 2600
KAREN1st Monday of the month 10.30am at Manor Lakes Library
86 Manor Lakes Blvd, Wyndham Vale VIC 3024, (03) 8734 8930
PERSIANEvery 4th Monday of the month 1.30pm at Doncaster Library
MC Square 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster 3108, (03) 9877 8500
PORTUGESEOne-off events at Brighton Library, check website for latest info

14 Wilson St, Brighton VIC 3186, (03) 9261 7125

PUNJABIMonday 10-11am at Mickelham North Community Hub
82/90 St Georges Blvd, Mickleham VIC 3064, (03) 9356 6440

Thursday 1.30-2.30pm at Kalkallo Community Centre
33 Toyon Rd, Kalkallo VIC 3064, (03) 9356 6420

4th Thursday of the month 2.30pm at Julia Gillard Library
150 Sunset Views Blvd, Tarneit VIC 3029, (03) 8734 0200
RUSSIAN1st Monday of the month 11am at St Kilda Library
150 Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182, (03) 9209 6655
SINHALESEMonday 11-11.45am at Cragieburn Library

75-95 Central Park Ave, Craigieburn VIC 3064, (03) 9356 6980

SPANISHFriday 11am-12pm at Maribyrnong Library
200 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong VIC 3032, (03) 9688 0231

3rd Tuesday of the month 10.30am at Brunswick Library
Sydney Rd & Dawson St, Brunswick VIC 3056, (03) 9389 8600

1st Wednesday of the month 2pm at St Kilda Library
150 Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182, (03) 9209 6655
TURKISHMonday 11.30am-12.15pm at Broadmeadows Library
1093 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows VIC 3047, (03) 9356 6900

1st Thursday of the month 10.30am at Glenroy Library
50 Wheatsheaf Rd, Glenroy VIC 3046, (03) 8311 4100
URDUSelected Saturdays, check website for details
Merri-bek Libraries
VIETNAMESEEvery Monday 11.15-11.45am at St Albans Library
71A Alfrieda St, St Albans VIC 3021, (03) 9249 4650

Last Wednesday of the month 11am at Braybrook
*Braybrook Community Hub: 107-139 Churchill Ave, Braybrook VIC 3019, (03) 9188 5800

Events are subject to change, so make sure you check the website for the latest info and times.

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