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Launchpads, Discovery Boxes and VOX Books

Discover a new learning adventure at Hornsby Central Library with three exciting new collections introduced for kids.

Spark! Discovery Boxes

Spark! Discovery Boxes are science and discovery kits from the Children’s Discovery Museum that will stimulate your child’s curiosity. The themed boxes are aimed at children between eight and twelve years of age to share and explore with adult supervision and participation. The themes are “Microscopic World” and “Sound and Music”. Each box is designed to provide an authentic scientific experience through provision of high quality tools and materials. An activity guide sheet is provided to get children started.


Playaway Launchpads

Playaway Launchpads are offline, secure learning tablets that have fun and educational pre-loaded applications to support and enhance your child’s various learning stages. The Playaway Launchpad applications are grouped by age, theme, grade and subject area such as English, Maths and Science.


VOX™ Audio-Enabled Book Readers

VOX™ Books combine picture books and non-fiction with audio recordings that capture children’s attention and make learning and literacy development fun. Inside of the front cover is a permanently attached 5mm VOX™ reader device which reads aloud at every flip of a page. Children simply push a button to listen while they read.

Your library’s new collection is available for loan only from Hornsby and Pennant Hills branches. There is a limit of two book readers per card.


How to Access these Collections

These collections can be borrowed on an adult’s library card by an adult for a period of two weeks. Items can be reserved but cannot be renewed. The collections are based at Hornsby Library (Spark! Discovery Boxes, Playaway Launchpads and VOX™ Books) and Pennant Hills (VOX™ Books only) but can be requested from any Hornsby Shire library branch. Standard reservation fees and overdue fines apply.