First 5 forever, Babies & Toddlers


Speechie Library Talks


Meet your local speech pathologist, enjoy a reading of one of Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year winning books and find out more about how you can support your child’s language and literacy development at home.

Bookings essential.

Hervey Bay Library

Monday 1 November 10-11am

Hervey Bay Library Bookings


Rattle & Rhyme – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – 2yrs and under

mother holding baby

This is a family literacy program designed to encourage special interactions between you and your little one, under 2 years of age. Join us for a fun interactive 20 minute session full of stories, rhymes and finger plays. Learn those old traditional songs and some new ones too.

Hervey Bay Library

Tuesdays - 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:30am

Hervey Bay Library Bookings

Maryborough Library

Wednesdays - 9:30am and 10:30am

Maryborough Library Bookings

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. One ticket will accommodate up to 5 family members. Please name all attendees on ticket and we encourage you to BYO a blanket.

Numbers are limited so please be mindful of others and allow everyone the chance to attend.

The Fraser Coast Libraries are operating under Queensland Health Department COVID-19 regulations regarding contact tracing requirements, good hygiene practises and observing physical distancing.

We ask that you stay home if you are feeling unwell or are displaying COVID-19 or cold/flu symptoms, no matter how mild.


Under 5 Time - 5 Years and Under

Under 5 Time

Under 5 Time is an early literacy program designed for children under 5 years of age and their parents or carers.

Join us for a fun-filled program including stories, rhymes, music and movement for children 5 years and under.

This is a fun way to encourage language and listening skills, promote attention and curiosity and develop your child's manual ability and creativity.

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First 5 forever logo

The first 5 forever program aims to provide strong early literacy foundations for all children zero to five years by directly supporting parents and primary Caregivers as their child’s most important educator.

Up to 90% of a child’s brain development happens in the first five years. The more you talk, read, sing and play with your child the more their brain responds. 

A great start in life

A great start in life starts with you. In the first years of life, your child’s brain develops faster than any other stage. During this time, the simple things you do together each day can have an enormous impact.

Talk, read, sing and play

Sharing stories, rhymes, singing, talking and playing with your child from birth builds a foundation for your child’s future development that can last a lifetime.

First 5 forever brochure

For more ideas and resources visit  First 5 Forever ( and first 5 forever Facebook page


First 5 forever at Fraser Coast Libraries

Fraser Coast Libraries offers a range of activities for Under 5’s.

Stories for Little Queenslanders 

Spark your child's love of reading with State Library of Queensland’s new series of picture books which are exclusive to First 5 Forever.  Follow this link to download or listen to each book.

Here at Fraser Coast Libraries we will be focusing on one of these titles each fortnight. 

Why not try our escape room challenges based on the Little Queenslander Titles?

Engage with our videos on YouTube and visit one of the Fraser Coast Library’s branches to collect a take home pack with loads of fun playtime and STEAM activities that you can do at home. 

Under 5s Stories & Activities Playlist


eLibrary resources for children