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How to Self-Publish with Digital Platforms with young person Leah Braham

Thursday 17 January from 5-6pm at Alice Springs Public Library

FREE. All Welcome.

Book via: or 8950 0555

Young Local author, Leah Braham shares their experience and expertise gained through self-publishing two novels.

Leah Braham is a self-published author, born and raised in Alice Springs. She knew from a young age that she wanted to write

and wishes that she’d been encouraged more to do so. With the new age of publishing and distribution, Braham saw her chance.

She published her first novel, ‘The Golden Hour’, in April 2018 at 18 years of age, and her second title ‘Whatever Happened to Hillary’,

the following November. She hopes to share the knowledge of how much is possible with self-publishing.


Author Talk 'A Wise Water World Inspires Me' with Andrew Holt

Wednesday January from 5-6pm at Alice Springs Public Library

FREE. All Welcome.

Book via: or 8950 0555

"Kids have their own valuable perspectives on the world too- if only we'd listen..."

Andrew believes safe spaces and opportunities should be created for kids to explore their interests and apply their wisdom.

It is his mission to open the world for these wise kids and have as much fun as he can while doing so. Andrew is currently

teaching in the remote Barkley Region. His growing knowledge of modern neuroscience, positive psychology and daily interactions

in a variety of school communities over more than twenty years has inspired the creation of the ʻWise Kids Seriesʼ of books,

the ʻWise Kids Hero Questʼ workshops, and a classroom leadership program. Andrew Holt writes books for children of all ages.

He is passionate about providing them with tips and tools to become self aware and socially responsible and therefore grow in emotional wisdom.


School Holidays @ the Library

15 December 2018 - 27 January 2019

It's HOLIDAY time!

Click to download our complete School Holiday program here

We've got some great activities on offer these holidays - for everyone from babies through to young adults and best of all, they're ALL FREE!

If you can't make it down to the library for one of the set sessions, we still have you covered with a craft table available all school holidays.

We also have a Curious Creatures Challenge running all holidays. Walk in, sit down and challenge yourself and get crafty!

Also, don't forget about our huge selection of kids books, DVDs, talking books and more - there's something for everyone at the library.

Bookings are essential for the following set sessions:


Sphero Fun! (10+ years)

Come and play with the library’s Sphero robots and have a rolling good time!

Thursday 3 January: 2.00 to 3.30 pm  Click to book

Wednesday 23 January: 2.00 to 3.00 pm  Click to book


Curious Creatures Film Afternoons

Join us for the following film afternoons filled with popcorn and Curious Creatures

PG Film Afternoon - Friday 4 January: 3.00 to 5.00 pm  Click to book

G Film Afternoon - Friday 11 January: 3.00 to 5.00 pm  Click to book

PG Film Afternoon - Friday 25 January: 3.00 to 5.00 pm  Click to book


BUGtastic Time with Desert Park (5+ years) 

Wednesday 9 January: 2.00 to 3.00 pm  Click to book

It’s a BUGtastic fun time with the chance to get up and close with fascinating BUGS!


Critters Under the Scope with Desert Park (5+ years)

Wednesday 16 January: 2.00 to 3.00 pm  Click to book

Become a junior scientist and guess what species is under the scope. From fresh scats to delicate feathers, take the challenge!


Summer Reading Club - 'This Summer every hour of reading counts!'

Friday 7 December to Saturday 19 January

Take the challenge and win big this Summer!

  • Sign up at the Library from Friday 7 Dec to receive a FREE Summer Reading Book Bag & Club Pack
  • Read for 2 hours to claim your lucky dip prize!
  • Keep Reading for the chance to WIN more prizes!
  • Come to our Splash Party & Major Prize Draw!  Book Now

• Open to all kids aged 0-17 years •  
• Be a Library member to join the Club• 

 Will you be on Team Galah? Team Lorikeet? or Team Glider? 

Be rewarded for reading whatever you like, at whatever pace, whenever you like this Summer!
Magazines, novels. bedtime stories, audio books, ANY stories you read and listen to count with the Summer Reading Club!


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.

  • Preschool Storytime
  • Baby Rhyme Time for babies and parents
  • School holiday activities and workshops
  • Summer Reading Club
  • STEAM Corps
  • LEGO Club
  • Code Club
  • Author visits
  • Young Writers' Club
  • Youth Week events


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Regular Programs


Baby Rhyme Time

Friday mornings from 10.15am-10.45am

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.


Preschool Storytime

Monday afternoons from 2.00pm-2.30pm, and Tuesday mornings from 10.15am-10.45am.

Storytime will be moving from Tuesdays to Wednesdays from the 4th of February.

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.



LEGO Club returns Monday Feb 4, 2019 from 3.00 - 4.30pm.

The Alice Springs Public Library has its very own LEGO Club and you're invited to join in! All ages welcome.

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. 


Young Writers Club - Term 4 'Creative Writing and Expression' begins!

Young Writers Club returns for Term 1 on Wednesday Jan 30, 2019 from 3.00pm - 4.30pm in the Library Meeting Room 

For reading, writing and drawing enthusiasts aged 7 to 12.

Are you a keen reader? Do you love to draw? Do you like creative writing? Create and express your stories this term with the Young Writers' Club. 

Come develop your storytelling skills in a fun and social environment.

FREE. No Bookings Required. Snacks provided.


Monthly Recycled Arts Club

Next meeting: Friday 18 January 2019 from 3.30 - 5.00 pm in the Library Meeting Room

Join us every third Friday of the month at the Library as we show you some awesome tricks to turn trash into treasure.

Up next: Recycled Christmas craft, just in time for the big day.

FREE. All ages welcome. No bookings required. For more information call 8950 0555.


Check the Events Calendar for more library events.

Contact us on 8950 0555 or email 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


Youth Computers

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.


Contact us on 8950 0555 or email