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 and non-fiction
- Graphic novels
- Baby board books
- Read-along kits
- Beginner readers
- Playstation 2 and Wii
- Baby change room
- Toys and colouring
We also hold regular events for children and youth:
- Baby Rhyme Time for babies and parents
- School holiday activities and workshops
- Summer reading program
- Author visits
- Movie nights
- Youth Week events
We run regular 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.
Baby Rhyme Time
This is a program for parents and babies up to 2 years of age and is on every Friday at 10.15am.
This program aims to assist parents in interacting with their child to develop their literacy skills from a young age using songs, rhymes and finger plays.
This is for preschool children, which runs every Tuesday at 10.15am.
This program is aimed at stimulating children’s listening skills, imagination and interest in reading, through the use of picture books, music, puppets and felt board stories and other activities.
Young Writers' Club
This program is designed for budding young writiers and story tellers. A new theme is chosen each term to explore different ways to write and tell stories. Afternoon snacks are provided. This program runs during school terms, each Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:00pm
Call us on (08) 8950 0555 for more information. Bookings are required.
One Million Stories
We want to build a culture of "a story a day for every child", to develop early literacy and storytelling skills. Parents and organisations can join and begin tallying up the number of stories shared with children aged 0-8. Click here for more information on One Million Stories.
Community events and other organisations
In addition to the programs run within the library, we also visit other organisations such as:
- The Toy Library
- 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
Computers, Wii and PlayStation
We provide computers specifically for use by people aged 12-17, and these provide access to filtered internet and online resources.
However, within that age group, school-aged people can only access them after school (during school terms) or on weekends, or during school hours if companied by a parent or guardian.
There is a range of games that can be played on the Wii and PlayStation.
These games are open to all young people up to 17 years of age.