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Free activities for primary school children are held at Merri-bek Libraries.

Lego builders

Come along and build, build, build! One hour of fun-packed free-play LEGO!

This session is for primary school aged children only. ALL children need to be accompanied by a parent/carer.

Fawkner Library, 2nd Tuesday of the month, 4pm

Curiosity Crew

A weekly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program encouraging children to learn through play and exploration, with the use of robotics, programming, digital technologies and creative arts.   

This program is for children aged 8 years and over

For more information on sessions see our events on our Merri-bek Libraries Eventbrite page


Reading Challenges

BIG Summer Read

BIG Summer Read is a summer reading program aimed at primary school children, but anyone under 18 is welcome to enter.  It encourages children to keep reading over the summer holidays. 

A big congratulations to our 2021/2022 winners who were: 

  • Biana McFeeters who won our Nintendo Switch prize 
  • Warda Mustafa who won our Family Zoo pass prize 

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

The Premiers’ Reading Challenge is a fun way of encouraging children to read. Premiers Reading Challenge books are easy to find. Just look for the colour coded stickers on the book spine. You can also search for books, by age category, using the library website or on the Education Victoria website.

Short story competition 2022

My happy place

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2022 Merri-bek Libraries short story competition.

2022 Short Story Competition Winners

Winner of 8 years and younger section - Romy S

Read "My Happy Place" by Romy S

Achievement award - Francesca D

Read "The Red Panda Rebels" by Francesca D

Winner of the 9 – 12 year-old section - Maryam M

Read "Where I Feel Happy" by Maryam M

Achievement award - Evie C

Read "Pranks for Peace" by Evie C

Winner of the young adult section (13 – 17-year-old) - Harper H

Read "My Happy place" by Harper H

Achievement award - Warda M

Read "The Paradise Garden" by Warda M

Winner of the adult section - Geetha P

Read "Mrs Pillai's Aviary" by Geetha P

Achievement award - Amy T

View Amy T's graphic story

Congratulations to all our award winners. Please contact your local library to pick up your prize.

And a big thank you to our judges:

Guest Judges
Authors: Hugh McGinlay & Anna Walker
Scribe Publications:
David Golding (senior editor)
Marika Webb-Pullman (publisher)
Miriam Rosenbloom (Scribble publisher)

Up to 8 years old 
Winner: $100 LEGO pack
Achievement: $50 book voucher*

9 - 12 years old
Winner: $100 LEGO pack
Achievement: $50 book voucher*

13 - 17 years old 
Winner: $150 JB Hi-Fi voucher 
Achievement: $50 book voucher* 

Winner: 1 year membership to Writers Victoria + $100 book voucher*
Achievement: $100 book voucher*
*Book vouchers are redeemable at most Australian book stores.

CBCA Awards

The Children’s Book Council of Australia presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature. Every year Merri-bek Libraries celebrates these books at storytimes.

Watch the special Shortlist announcement on the Children's book council of Australia Youtube channel.

Winner and Honour Books: Announced at noon AEST on Friday 20 August 2021.

For more information visit the Childrens Book Council of Australia website.