Resources for Kids

COVID-19 Update – 29 January 2021

It is now mandatory to sign in on the NSW Government COVID Safe QR Code app each time you visit our facilities.

In accordance with NSW Health’s Public Health Orders, as of midnight Friday 29 January 2021, face masks are strongly recommended for patrons attending Council's libraries and the Customer Service desks at Council Chambers and the Waste Management facility in Thornleigh. If you do not have a face mask, our friendly team will supply you with one free of charge. Patrons attending Hornsby Shire Aquatic & Leisure Centres and the Thornleigh Brickpit are not required to wear a mask. Further information is available on the NSW Health website here.

Our libraries are operating with limited hours, and we encourage you to use our Click & Collect service to keep your visit as brief as possible.

We are progressively increasing services and opening hours over the coming months based on advice from state and federal government.

Hornsby Shire libraries have lots of great resources and services for kids.

1000 Books Before School
The 1000 Books Before School program is an early literacy program designed to build important literacy skills prior to starting school. The program will commence on Tuesday 28 January, 2020.

Summer Reading Club
The Summer Reading Club is a free program run by Hornsby Shire Libraries throughout December and January to promote recreational reading over the school holidays. This year’s Summer Reading Club will be completely online and available through the Beanstack app.

Beanstack is the online gateway to Hornsby Library's reading programs, including the 1000 Books Before School and Summer Reading programs.

Bilingual Storytime
Bring your pre-schooler along and enjoy stories and rhymes in Chinese/English and Korean/English followed by a fun craft activity.

Holiday Activities
Hornsby Shire Libraries run special activities during school holidays. Details of these events are provided on the Library Events webpage prior to each school holiday period.

Internet access
Available at all Library branches

Junior Fiction Series Genre List
Use this list to broaden your reading habits. Browse junior fiction series by genre.

Launchpads, Discovery Boxes and VOX Books
Discover a new learning adventure at Hornsby Library with three stimulating and exciting collections introduced for kids.

ebooks for young readers
The Kids and Youth eReading Room is a section of Hornsby Shire Library’s existing OverDrive website that displays eBook and eAudiobook content for children and young adults. View our online guide for help getting started with OverDrive/Libby.

Story Box Library
See and hear your favourite stories come to life read by Nick Cave, Justine Clarke, Eddie Perfect, Kate Ritchie, Andrew Hansen, Missy Higgins, Shane Jacobson and many more. View our online guide for help getting started with Story Box Library.

Premier's Reading Challenge
The Premier's Reading Challenge is open to children in years K-9.

Preschool Storytime sessions
Storytime sessions are designed for children aged 0-5 years. Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and simple craft activities.

Keep your children safe online
Learn more about keeping your children safe online.

Kids Online Counselling Helplink
Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

This government website contains information on reporting, talking about and stopping cyberbullying.

Mid Term Science Programs in collaboration with theChildren’s Discovery Museum

Junior Science Club

A four week program aimed for 6 to 8 years young scientists. Participants will be able to learn and explore themes from different branches of science through numerous practical experiments.

Bookings for these sessions can be made at

Coding Courses with Code4Fun

Sessions for Year 2 – Year 4 students and Year 4 – Year 7 students.

Students learn the main programming concepts while creating their own computer games and interactive animated projects.

Bookings for these sessions can be accessed through the library events page at