Children and Youth
The Alice Springs Public Library has a range of resources for children and youth, including:
- Children’s books, DVDs, CDs
- Young adult fiction
- Graphic novels
- Baby board books
- Read-along kits
- Beginner readers
- Baby change room
- Toys and colouring
Programs for Children & Youth
We run regular FREE programs for children aimed at developing literacy, promoting reading and use of the library resources, contributing to community devlopment and the sharing of culture and knowledge.
Check out all our events in our online events calendar here.
Summer Reading Club
Join the Club from Friday 1 December for the chance to WIN some awesome prizes!
This summer every hour of reading counts. Take the challenge and win big this summer with the Summer Reading Club!
- Sign up at the library to receive FREE Summer Reading Club Pack including a library bag, activity booklet and MORE!
- Read for 2 hours and come claim your lucky dip prize at the library
- Keep reading for more chances to WIN in weekly prize draws OR the major prize draw!
- Come to our Library Splash Olympics Party on Saturday 20 January for fun, games and the Major Prize Draw
Be rewarded for reading whatever you like, at whatever pace, whenever you like this summer. Magazines, novels, bedtime stories, audio books, whatever stories you read and listen to count with the Summer Reading Club!
The Summer Reading Club is open to all kids aged 17 and under.
Visit the Info Desk to join FREE from Friday 1st December!
Weekly Reading Rewards Club
Earn rewards for reading! Join us for the Summer Reading Club weekly prize draw get the first look at new library books and chat about your favourite reads!
- Monday 11 December, 3.30pm-4.30pm
- Monday 18 December, 3.30pm-4.30pm
- Tuesday 2 January, 3.30pm-4.30pm
- Monday 8 January, 3.30pm-4.30pm
- Monday 15 January, 3.30pm-4.30pm
FREE. No bookings required.
Library Splash Olympics Party
After a full summer of reading, reading, reading you deserve to cool off and GAME ON! Summer Reading Club participants and their families are invited to our end-of-program Splash Olympic Party where we'll be drawing the MAJOR PRIZE!
Major Prize Winners from the 3 age categories will walk away with a limited edition BB-8 Sphero robot!
There will be heaps of lucky-door prizes as well - including the chance for your Reading Team to be crowned Summer Reading Club Champions!
Date: Saturday 20 January
Location: Alice Springs Aquatic & Leisure Centre
● FREE entry to the pool ●
● FREE food & drinks ●
● Games & Races ●
● SRC Major Prize Draw ●
Open to all Summer Reading Club members and their families.
FREE. Bookings essential.
Baby Rhyme Time
Friday mornings from 10.15am-10.45am
Last 2017 session: Friday 15 December
Resumes: Friday 5 January 2018
For 0-2 year olds. Songs, rhymes, stories and play are a wonderful way to develop a love of language. This interactive session is designed to support pre-literacy education in a fun and social way.
FREE. No bookings required. 0-2 year olds.
Monday afternoons from 2.00pm-2.30pm, and Tuesday mornings from 10.15am-10.45am
Last 2017 session: Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 December
Resumes: Tuesday 2 & Monday 8 January 2018
For 2-5 year olds. Learning can be as simple as one book. Preschool Storytime is a fun and interactive session using books, rhymes, songs and play to stimulate literacy development.
FREE. Bookings not required. 2-5 year olds.
Monday afternoons from 4.00pm-5.30pm
Last 2017 session: Monday 11 December
Resumes: Monday 29 January 2018
The Alice Springs Public Library has its very own LEGO Club and you're invited to join in!
LEGO is supplied (although donations are always appreciated). All you need is a willingness to have fun and create! Create something yourself, in a team or try out our Challenge Cards. There is something for everyone at the LEGO Club.
FREE. No bookings required during School Term time. All ages.
Tuesday afternoons from 3.30pm-5.00pm during term time.
Last 2017 session: Tuesday 12 December
Resumes: Tuesday 6 February 2018
Code Club is a free after school program for boys and girls aged 9-11 years and teaches children the skills, confidence and opportunity to shape their world using coding, robotics and game-design.
FREE. Bookings essential. 9-11 year olds.
Young Writers' Club
Last 2017 session: Wednesday 13 December
Resumes: Wednesday 7 February 2018
This program is designed for budding young writiers and story tellers with a new theme is chosen each term to explore different ways to write and tell stories.
Afternoon snacks are provided.
FREE. No bookings required. 7-12 year olds.
Thursday afternoons from 3.30pm-5.00pm during term time.
Last 2017 session: Thursday 14 December
Resumes: Thursday 8 February 2018
Discover the library’s robotics collection and skill yourself up for the future at our new weekly STEAM Corps program for boys and girls ages 8 to 14.
Learn new skills and rise through the ranks of STEAM Corps!
FREE. Bookings essential. Places strictly limited. 8-14 year olds.
Check the Events Calendar for more library events.
Contact us on 8950 0555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on any of the events listed above.
Community Events and Organisations
In addition to the programs run within the library, we also visit other organisations such as:
- Local schools - contact us if you would like to bring your class for a visit!
- Territory Parents Support Group at the Flynn Drive Community Health Centre
- Yipirinya School Storytime
We also take part in community events such as:
- Children’s Week Celebrations
- Alice Desert Festival events
- Bangtail Muster and School Fetes with Booka the dog, the Library’s mascot
In our Youth area, we have a range of PCs and Macs for use by 12-17 year olds. These provide access to filtered internet, online resources and music software.
Youth can access these computers for FREE from 3pm on school days and all day on weekends and school holidays.
Special access during school hours will only be granted if a parent or guardian is present.