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  • Aberdeen Library >

    Phone: 02 6540 1303

    Moray St, Aberdeen NSW 2336

    Fax: 02 6540 1303

    Email: aberdeenlibrary@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au


    Monday closed
    Tuesday 10.00am - 2.30pm
    Wednesday 2.00pm - 6.00pm
    Thursday closed
    Friday 11.30am - 1.00pm & 2.00pm - 5.30pm
    Saturday closed
    Sunday closed

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  • Cassilis Library >

    Phone: 02 6376 1295

    Community Centre, Cassilis

    Fax: 02 6376 1295

    Email: cassilislibrary@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au



    Monday closed
    Tuesday closed
    Wednesday 9:30am - 2:30pm
    Thursday closed
    Friday closed
    Saturday closed
    Sunday closed

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  • Denman Library >

    Phone: 02 6547 2208

    7 Ogilvie Street, Denman

    Fax: 02 6547 2485

    Email: denman@muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au




    Tuesday 2:00pm-4:30pm
    Wednesday 2:00pm-4:30pm
    Thursday 10:30am-1:30pm
    Friday 10:30am-1:00pm 
    Saturday closed
    Sunday closed


  • Merriwa Library >

    Phone: 02 6521 7007

    34-40 Vennacher Street

    Fax: 02 6521 7080

    Email: merriwalibrary@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au


    Monday 3.00pm - 5:00pm
    Tuesday 9.00am - 12.00pm
    Wednesday closed
    Thursday 3.00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday 8:30am - 11.30am
    Saturday closed
    Sunday closed

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  • Murrurundi Library >

    Phone: 02 6540 1363

    47 Mayne Street, Murrurundi

    Email: murrurundilibrary@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au


    Monday 9.30am - 5.00pm
    Tuesday closed
    Wednesday 10.00am - 5.00pm
    Thursday 1.00pm - 5.00pm
    Friday 11.00am - 5.00pm
    Saturday closed
    Sunday closed

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  • Muswellbrook Library >

    Phone: 02 6543 1913

    126 Bridge Street, Muswellbrook

    Fax: 02 6543 1325

    Email: library@muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au


    Monday 10:30am - 5:00pm
    Tuesday 10:30am - 5:00pm
    Wednesday 10:30am - 5:00pm
    Thursday 10:30am - 5:00pm
    Friday 10:30am - 5:00pm
    Saturday 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Sunday closed

  • Scone Library >

    Phone: 02 6540 1183

    130 Liverpool Street

    Fax: 02 6540 1370

    Email: sconelibrary@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au


    Monday 10:00am - 5:30pm
    Tuesday 10:00am - 5:30pm
    Wednesday 10:00am - 5:30pm
    Thursday 10:00am - 5:30pm
    Friday 10:00am - 5:30pm
    Saturday 9:10am - 12noon
    Sunday closed

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A one thousand book target before your child starts kindergarten may seem like a huge challenge, however it can easily be achieved in less than three years with a little effort. The Upper Hunter Shire Libraries invites you to start the 1000 books before school program with your children and set them up for a lifetime of reading!

That seems like a lot of books right? Not really, if you actively attend story time at your local library and make a habit of reading to your child every day you which reach this goal in no time! There’s lots of library books to choose from or read from your own collection - all it takes is one book a day, 3-4 minutes, to open your child’s mind to a lifelong love of books and learning.

“Parents often ask me what they ought to do to prepare their children for a future they can scarcely imagine, in a world that's changing before their eyes.
I say that there's a brilliant learning technology already on the shelf.
It builds vocabulary, conveys knowledge, fosters creativity, improves concentration, develops skills of reasoning and pattern recognition, calms anxiety and opens discussions … all this, while nurturing love and bringing joy

The batteries last forever. It's cheap, and sometimes even free. And it's widely available in libraries, shops and homes.”

    Dr Alan Finkel AO, Australia’s Chief Scientist

Rewarding milestones
Register your child with the 1000 Books Before School program and start reading! Each time a book has been read, tick off the tally sheet you will be issued. Bring your tally sheet to the library and your child will receive a certificate at 50, 100, 250, 500, 750 and 1000 book milestones.

When your child starts school or preschool they will not only have a handful of awards to show their teachers and classmates, they will also have a head start in learning to read and write.

About the program
The award winning 1000 Books Before School reading program was implemented by Gunnedah Shire Library in 2014. This innovative program has since been rolled out to many other libraries with great success. Upper Hunter Shire Libraries are proud to introduce this program to the Upper Hunter Shire community.

Pop into your local Upper Hunter Shire library branch today and pick up your 1000 Books Before School Reading Pack.

Need a new tally sheet?
   Download your next tally sheet here or pick one up the next time you visit the library.