First 5 Forever
First 5 Forever, a project funded by the Queensland Government and the State Library of Queensland, aims to improve the educational outcomes of all Queensland children by encouraging learning through everyday experiences from birth to the age of five. Simple activities including storytelling, songs and rhymes help to build children's confidence around communication and basic literacy skills.
ReadUp is a library loyalty scheme for library members aged 8 and under. Every six library visits earns them one of five unique certificates created by award winning Queensland children's book illustrators, including Narelle Oliver and Gregory Rogers. ReadUp aims to encourage library membership for children; to encourage regular library use by children and families; and to promote reading and literacy. ReadUp is for children aged up to 8 years who have a Scenic Rim region library card. No card? No worries - it's FREE to join.
- sign up for ReadUp at participating library branches
- get your ReadUp Card stamped every time you visit the library and borrow a book
- six stamps wins you one of five special ReadUp certificates by famous Queensland children's book illustrators.
Storytime (for under 5s)
Scenic Rim Libraries run regular storytime sessions for preschool aged children throughout the year. Storytimes are designed to encourage children to have a life-long love of books and often include songs, rhymes, arts and crafts and activities. Our special event Storytimes are held throughout the year to acknowledge and celebrate events like Christmas and Easter through children's books.
Beaudesert Library: Wednesdays 9.30am-10.30am
Tamborine Mountain Library: Mondays 9.15am-10am
Boonah Library: Fridays 10am-11am
Canungra Library: Mondays 10.30am-11.30am
Summer Reading Club
The summer reading club runs from December to January each year. The program is a Queensland Government initiative and provides materials and activities to encourage children and young adults to discover great authors and illustrators of picture books, junior and young adult fiction and non-fiction. Literary and creative activities, both online and in your library, aim to encourage a love of reading and ongoing multi-literacy skills development amongst Queensland children, young people and their families. There are also some great prizes to be won from the State Library of Queensland as incentives to get kids motivated to read.
The program is strongly supported by:
Scenic Rim Regional Libraries
YPLG (Young Peoples Librarian Group)
Children and families
Queensland authors and illustrators
Aims of the Summer Reading Club include:
- Engaging children, young people and their families in a fun, interactive and relevant reading program during the summer holidays.
- Supporting multi-literacy development in children and young people including reading, writing, creative arts and multi media technology skills.
- Promoting the State Library of Queensland and Queensland public libraries to the wider community.
- Increasing state-wide membership and use of public libraries by children, young people and their families.
- Fostering a love of books, reading, literature and the library habit.
For further information visit your local library or mobile library. Alternatively, you can visit the Summer Reading Club website for direct access to the program, book reviews, interactive activities and to register.
Scenic Rim Libraries offer Institutional Membership for schools and early childhood centres. Institutional members may participate in our bulk borrowing scheme – enjoying more resources for longer loan periods. Institutional members, as well as teachers and early childhood educators, are also able to borrow from our range of storytelling resources.
Download institutional Membership Application
Bulk Loan Scheme
Institutional members may participate in our bulk loan scheme. Loans of up to 50 items are available and may be borrowed for an entire term. Resources can be collected and returned to your nearest branch. Contact you nearest branch for further information.
Visiting the Library
Bringing a class to your local library is an ideal opportunity for you and your students to:
- find out what the library has to offer;
- develop information literacy skills;
- engage in participatory storytelling and stimulating poetry;
- participate in library skills sessions;
- browse, select and borrow from the wide range of children's books.
Scenic Rim Libraries run regular storytime sessions across our services. Schools and childcare groups are always welcome to attend. Please let us know in advance so we can make sure we have enough space and resources to accommodate your group. Storytelling sessions may also be arranged at times to suit your needs and to link with class themes or topics. Please contact your nearest branch for more information.
Our libraries have a collection of puppets, toys and storyboards available to support storytelling. Kits are available for loan to schools, teachers and early childhood educators.
Queensland Museum loans
Beaudesert Library is a depot for Queensland Museum kits. QM Loans kits contain museum specimens and artefacts with resources that support:
- the Australian curriculum
- early years learning
- aged care
- community displays
Kits can be sent to your nearest branch library. Download the current schedule from the Queensland Museum's website
Scenic Rim Libraries acknowledge the valuable contribution of Teacher Librarians to education and young people. We are always keen to hear from school library staff interested in partnering with libraries or suggestions of how we might support school libraries.
For further information on our programs for young people and schools please contact:
07 5540 5142