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Book Sale - Inner West Council Libraries

Book lovers are in for a treat when Inner West Libraries host their annual book sale at Marrickville Town Hall on Sunday 22 October, from 10am until 5pm– the same day as Marrickville Festival.

Thousands of pre-loved books collected from eight libraries across the inner west will be available for sale. Titles cover all genres including cooking, gardening, art, picture, children’s, fiction and non-fiction.

The book sale is a favourite amongst locals - the most dedicated line up before doors open at 10am. But with the sheer number of books expected to fill the Town Hall, everyone can find a bargain.

The books are priced at $1 per book for Marrickville Library members and $2 each for non-members.

Non-members can join Marrickville Library either on the day of the book sale or join online at

Inner West Council eight libraries are located at:

• Ashfield Library, Level 3, 260 Liverpool Road Ashfield

• Balmain Library, 370 Darling Street Balmain

• Emanuel Tsardoulias Community Library, 362-372 New Canterbury Road Dulwich Hill

• Haberfield Library, 78 Dalhousie Street Haberfield

• Leichhardt Library, Piazza Level, Italian Forum, 23 Norton Street Leichhardt

• Marrickville Library, corner Marrickville and Petersham Roads Marrickville

• Stanmore Library, Stanmore Reserve, Douglas Street Stanmore

• St Peters Library, Unwins Bridge Road Sydenham

The proceeds raised from the Book Sale are used to fund library programs and purchase new books


Mother's Day Celebration at Annandale Children's Centre 


May 2017- This morning was a special morning at Annandale Children’s Centre as we invited all Mums, Nans, and special friends to join us for a lovely morning tea.  Families from across the week joined us on the Friday morning to enjoy delightful nibbles and treats as they mingled with one another and the Educators in a more relaxed setting. 

The children, whose mums/special friends were in attendance, were delighted by the opportunity to show their loved ones around the learning environments and have a bit of a play together. 

 These types of centre events are a beautiful example of the close community characteristic of ACC, as it provides families the opportunity to simply ‘be’ with one another in the Centre without the mad dash characteristic of drop-off/pick-up in the mornings and afternoons.  It provides families the opportunity to connect on a more personal level with the Centre staff as well as build and strengthen relationships with other families creating the close-knit network we so pride ourselves on.

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Fire and Rescue - Leichhardt At Annandale Children's Centre 

April 2017- Today, the children of Annandale Children’s Centre were very fortunate to experience a visit from the Firefighters of the Leichhardt Fire Station.  The Explorers Room (0-3s) and the Inventors Room (3-5s) congregated on the outdoor veranda to listen to the Fire Fighters explain the importance of fire safety and how to keep themselves safe within an emergency situation.
Firemen Cody, Mitchell, and Nathan, and Station Officer Chris, demonstrated to the children the commonly known ‘Stop, drop, cover, and roll’, ‘Get down low and go, go, go’, and of course, the number to ring in the case of an emergency situation- ‘000’.  The children relished the opportunity to get low to the ground and practice the important movements alongside the fire fighters.
Before finishing off the exciting visit, each child had an opportunity to hold and aim an open fire-hose down Trafalgar Street experiencing the strength and weight of these hoses in action.  They were also able to explore an open fire truck to see all of the different elements that comprise these intricate emergency vehicles.  As they sped away, the Fire Fighters waved goodbye to the Explorers and Inventors whilst turning on the familiar siren which was the icing on the cake for the children of ACC.

Inviting the Leichhardt Fire Dept for a visit is the perfect example of the importance we place on the reciprocal relationships between the Centre and the local community.  Visits such as this one help the children to develop their sense of identity within their community and to develop an understanding of the different roles of the bodies within it (i.e. understanding the role the Fire Dept play in the local community and when/how to access them in the case of an emergency). We look forward to our next visit from the Leichhardt Fire and Rescue Station!

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YOGA 4 KIDS @ John McMahon Children's Centre

December 2016  

We are pleased to announce we are in our third term of implementing Yoga Monday, run by Yoga 4 Kids.

The Yoga 4 Kids program is specifically designed to expose your child to yoga from an early age, delivering it in a fun, educational, safe, nurturing, non-competitive manner. A program that embraces and fosters the natural yoga ability of your child and provides them with the opportunity to improve their entire well-being in a non-competitive, all-inclusive environment, all while having fun!

The goal is to make a positive difference for your child through yoga. We want them to shine from the inside out. Our program focuses on all aspects of your child’s development while instilling resilience, mindfulness and a sense of calm. Because of our background in early childhood, we believe connect kids YOGA understands the needs of your little one’s mind, body and emotional well-being and can help them create happiness, strength and confidence.

Please click here for more information about John McMahon Children's Centre

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22nd November 2016

Ongoing advocacy for Early childhood professionals is essential ….

The following article outlines the need for Early childhood professionals to be granted the ongoing respect they deserve as they are tasked with looking after our most precious beings.

Inner West Council, Leichhardt’s Long Day Care services have been rated “Meeting and Exceeding” in the Government’s Assessment and Rating program.




School Readiness evening for parents

On 15th September 2016 a Transition to School evening for local families was held at our John McMahon Children's Centre .
The evening was designed by Inner West Council - Leichhardt Children's Services to allow Parents and carers to obtain some further information and clarification regarding the requirements for starting school. It also allowed a chance for parents to meet and discuss the challenges they are currently facing in terms of getting " prepared " for school in 2017. We were pleased to welcome school principal, Marco Ianni along with the current Kindergarten teachers from Father John Therry Catholic School, Balmain whom attended on the evening to provide some further information to parents on ways their family can be prepared for school over the coming months .

Inner West Council - Leichhardt Children's Services has developed a " Transition to School handbook " which will be provided to families at our services as a part of our transition program to ensure families and children have the most smooth start to formal schooling as possible.


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