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
- Beginner readers
- Baby change room
- Blocks and colouring
Pets on Parade Craft Competition
Visit the library between Monday 13 – Friday 24 May to craft a paper roll airplane for the chance to WIN.
Winners will be announced at Pets On Parade, Council lawns, Sunday 26 May.
National Simultaneous Storytime - Alpacas with Maracas
Wednesday 22 May from 10.15 - 10.45 am
Join us for a special Preschool Storytime where we will be reading Matt Cosgrove's Alpacas with Maracas, at the same time as the rest of Australia!
National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual event organised by the Australian Library and Information Association.
Each year on a nominated date and hour, children all over Australia read the same book. The event aims to promote the value of reading and literacy for young people.
FREE. Bookings not required.
The Book Doctor Workshop
Wednesday 22 May 2019, 12.00 pm-1.00 pm
Join us during Library and Information Week. In This workshop you can learn from the staff on how to repair damaged books and see all the ways to cover them, giving them lasting
If you have a beloved book you need help bringing back to life, bring it in and our book doctor will assist you.
FREE | All welcome | No bookings required
Get to know your Library
Friday 24 May 2019, 12.00 pm-1.00 pm
Join us during Library and Information Week we will show you how
libraries organise all the worlds knowledge!
Our Chief Collections Librarian will explain the system and how we
decide which books to keep and why
FREE | All welcome | No bookings required
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.
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.
Wednesday mornings from 10.15am-10.45am.
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.
Mondays 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.
Scribe & Sketch Club (Formerly Young Writers Club)
Every Wednesday during the school term from 3.30 pm - 4.30pm in the Library Meeting Room
For reading, writing and drawing enthusiasts aged 7 to 12.
This term the Scribe & Sketch Club are working on creating books! Kids aged 7-12 are invited to come along to be mentored throughout the whole book creation process- everything from writing, editing, illustrating and finally book making.
Finished books can then be entered into the Young Territory Author Awards for the chance to win $500.
FREE. Snacks provided.
Monthly Recycled Arts Club
Next meeting: Friday 21 May 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.
Alice Springs Chess Club
Every Friday from 6 - 9 pm. Children are required to be accompanied by a guardian.
Love a game of chess? From social players to more serious competitors, all are welcome. Please bring along a chess set if you have one. Refreshments provided.
FREE. No bookings required.
NOTE: Chess Club does not meet during the School Holidays.
Check the Events Calendar for more library events.
Contact us on 8950 0555 or email email@example.com for more information on any of the events listed above.
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.
Young people 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.
Geek In Residence
Part of the Library’s role in the community is collaborating with community services to provide opportunities for youth engagement using healthy and positive diversionary activities, which in turn can deter young people from engaging in risky or problematic behaviours.
The program aims to provide positive youth development activities to:
- Increase print, social and digital literacies
- Build resilience and confidence
- Provide a safe space for young people to meet and share stories
- Form a constructive relationship between disadvantaged Aboriginal young people and the library
With the support of local contributors; Centrecorp Foundation, Territory Families & CAYLUS, the library provides experienced Youth and Arts Workers as 'Geeks in Residence' in the Youth Space during the following times:
- School Term: 3pm-6pm weekdays and 10am-1pm Saturdays
- School Holidays: 10am-6pm weekdays and 10am-1pm Saturdays and Sundays
For more information about the Geek in Residence Program, please contact the Library's Youth Engagement Officer.
Community Events and Organisations
In addition to our regular programs, we also conduct FREE outreach sessions and welcome group visits to the library!
- Local schools - contact us if you would like to book a special library tour
- Territory Parents Support Group at the Flynn Drive Community Health Centre
- Yipirinya School Storytime
- YMCA Early Learning Centre
We also take part in community events such as:
- Children’s Week Celebrations
- Big Day Out in Harmony, NAIDOC Week and Reconcilation Week
- Pets On Parade and School Fetes with Booka the dog, the Library’s mascot
Contact us if you would like the library to host a stall at your event!