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

 

Special Events

 

STEAM Club - FIRST LEGO League Jr (AGES 8-10)

 

Do you love all thing Sciencey, Engineering or Technological?

STEAM Club is coming to Alice Springs Public Library and we want you to be involved!

This free after-school program is for boys and girls aged 8-10 years who have a passion for all things STEAM.

Sign up to learn about science and new technologies in a fun and creative environment. Students will be submitting an entry into Alice Springs' own FIRST LEGO League Jnr Expo! We will learn how to  use Lego and WeDo robotic kits to program and create our very own Moon Base, completing the challenges of Mission Moon.

Please note that if students participate in STEAM Club teams, they will be unable to compete with their school. They are welcome to attend the FIRST LEGO League Jnr. Expo with their school and support their entry .

Bookings are vital and places are limited.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/steam-club-first-lego-league-jr-ages-8-1...

Commitment from participants to attend all 8 sessions is strictly required. 
STEAM Club will run from 28 May - 16 July 2019

Held in the Library Meeting Room.

 

It's Rocket Science! 

Calling all budding scientists, astronauts and space fanatics. Be a rocket scientist for the day and explore the wonders of rockets, flight and space technology. 

Connecting curiosity and imagination with play-based learning experiences, young rocketeers create and control the launch of their very own water propelled rockets to altitudes over 60 metres high … all from a simple soda bottle!

Sessions:
5-8 years: Tuesday 4 June 2019, 3.30pm-5.00pm
9-12 years: Wednesday June 2019, 3.30pm-5.00pm

Where: Andy McNeill Room & Council Lawns (at the back of the library carpark)

Limited Numbers - BOOKING ESSENTIAL via aspl.eventbrite.com.au

FREE. Children under 10 years MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Call 8950 0555 for more information.

Proudly brought to you by the Polly Farmer Maths and Science Centre of Excellence and the Alice Springs Public Library.

 

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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

 

Regular Programs

 

LEGO Club

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. 

 

Preschool Storytime

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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 library@astc.nt.gov.au for more information on any of the events listed above.


Young People

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 Program

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!

 

Contact us on 8950 0555 or email library@astc.nt.gov.au.