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
Haunting Holidays- Join the Library School Holiday Program, if you dare!
It’s nearly school holiday time again in Alice Springs. Here at the Library we are delighted to bring you a spook-tacular October School Holiday Program!So join us as we don our mad scientist caps, celebrate reknowned Goosebumps author R.L.Stines birthday with SLIME, create creepy crafts and play some beastly boardgames and more…if you dare!Some of the events require bookings, so make sure you get in quick– bookings are open now!
Steam Club Term 4
Bookings open now!
or call the Library on 08 8950 0555
This term at STEAM Club we will build real computers from start to finish, while learning about coding using the Raspberry Pi edition of Minecraft.
Students will work together to assemble fully functional computers following a detailed blueprint. Once built, they will proceed through a series of Minecraft story mode levels, connecting different pieces of hardware to beat the levels. Students will learn about electronics, coding and programming through a combination of engaging storyline, hands-on building, circuitry challenges and coding projects.
Bookings essential, limited to 10 people
Dates 22nd October – 10th December (8 weeks)
Commitment to the term is preferrable.
Every Tuesday afternoon @ 3.15 – 4.30pm
FREE. For Ages 10+
The Alice Springs Public Library proudly presents “Storybook Saturday”; bringing all of your favourite books to life every second Saturday.
Each session includes a fun craft activity. Come along for as little or as long as you like!
FREE. No bookings required. Every second Saturday @ 10.30 to 11.30 am. Next session: 19 October.
Subscribe to our Monthly eNewsletter!
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
- School Holiday Programs
- Summer Reading Club
- STEAM Corps
- LEGO Club
- Code Club
- Author visits
- Scribe & Sketch Club
- Youth Week events
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.
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.
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.
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!