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Too Many Elephants in this House

Too Many Elephants in This House

Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. This year’s National Simultaneous Storytime takes place on Wednesday 21 May at 11am and we would love it if you could join us by sharing Too Many Elephants in This House written by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Andrew Joyner. 

National Simultaneous Storytime

When: Wednesday 21 May at 11am
Where: Customs House Library

Customs House Library will host a special Storytime event featuring author Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrator Andrew Joyner.

Come along and hear the story Too Many Elephants in This House, read by the author and colour in with the illustrator.


Featured events

kids create: jewellery @ kings Cross Library

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Join us for an afternoon of fun making cool and easy crafts or no-bake cooking to take home

wizards of waterloo

Thursday 24 April to Thursday 24 April 2014

Wizards of Waterloo (WOW) is a new after-school reading and activity program. Interested in books and having fun? Then join the Wizards of Waterloo.

science 101 @ waterloo library

Thursday 24 April 2014

Create quicksand and tornadoes with household items. Goggles provided.

Architecture On Show: architecture and sustainable housing

Saturday 26 April 2014

Join Matt Day, director at Day Bukh Architects as he discusses Day Bukh Architects’ attempts to design pre-fabricated sustainable housing and how this relates to a society that lives in general in a house for no more than 10 years.

Better Read's talking heads: Peter Oxley @ newtown library

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Aimed at kids Teenage Kitchen Rampage has 45 recipes from boiling an egg to roasting vegies and mashing potatoes, as well as entertaining and shopping tips.

Internet basics (mandarin) @ haymarket library

Wednesday 30 April 2014

基础网络课程(苹果电脑)学习如何浏览网络查索资料!我们 将用浏览器浏览不同网页,并使用谷歌(Google)熟悉在网上查寻资料。参加此课程,你必需会使用滑鼠器及键盘,并有操作电 脑的经验。本课程是使用苹果手提式电脑教学

Mandarin mac basics @ haymarket library

Wednesday 30 April 2014

苹果电脑基础班 从来没有用过苹果手提式电脑吗?没问题!我 们将教你所有的基础常识及操作,包括如何使用触碰板、打开 应用程式找寻档案。你将会了解苹果电脑的最新操作系统。本 课程是使用苹果手提式电脑教学。

Internet basics @ customs house library

Thursday 01 May 2014

Learn to navigate and search the Internet! We will use Internet Explorer to navigate websites and use Google to become good online searchers. Basic mouse/keyboard skills and some experience using a computer are required.

wizards of waterloo

Thursday 01 May 2014

Wizards of Waterloo (WOW) is a new after-school reading and activity program. Interested in books and having fun? Then join the Wizards of Waterloo.

Late Night Library @ Surry Hills

Thursday 01 May 2014

More colourful, more controversial and more unpredicatable than ever.