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
Summer Reading Club
A free club for both ADULTS & KIDS that rewards you for reading!
Why not be rewarded for reading over Summer? Alice Springs Public Library’s Summer Reading Club is back and stronger than ever now that it will be open to ALL AGES! Yes you heard right, whole families can register and join in the fun. Club benefits include:
- A prize for all members for their first 5 hours of reading, plus
- Weekly prize draws
- Major prizes at the end of summer
- A free pool party & BBQ celebration
The Summer Reading Club launched 6 December 2019 and culminates with a party, BBQ & major prize draws at the Alice Springs Aquatic & Leisure Centre on the 25 January 2020.
Come see the friendly staff at the Library to sign up at any time. Going away? You can still join the participate and win prizes. Talk to one of our friendly Library staff at the Library before you go or give us a call on (08) 8950 0555.
Reading makes your mind stronger, broadens your perspective, stimulates literacy development, helps you relax and is the perfect way to beat the summer heat!
It is an essential skill for people of all ages.
Alice Springs Public Library is not only invested in supporting the development of early literacy skills of children from birth, they are also keen advocates for sustaining literacy and promoting the importance of recreational reading across all ages.
A loss of learning over the summer months is often referred to as the ‘Summer Slide.’ As free, public, community spaces, with access to a variety of reading materials and resources for all interests libraries are best placed to help families combat the Summer Slide.
Adults: Dinner & Show for two at Earth Sanctuary- valued at $350!
Secondary: Tech Box of Goodies including: universal air buds, microphone, virtual reality headset, bluetooth party speaker, portable charger & desktop power station
Primary: Huffy Green Machine vehicle
Preschool: LeapPad, educational tablet -incl. $150 of apps
Summer School Holidays @ the Library
It’s nearly school holiday time again in Alice Springs. Here at the Library we are delighted to bring you a Summer soaked School Holiday Program!
So join us as we get crafty, relax with a movie or two and play some games…all in air conditioned comfort!
Some of the events require bookings, so make sure you get in quick — bookings open now!
Download the complete Summer School Holiday Program * here *
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 Club
- LEGO Club
- Chess Club
- Author visits
- Scribe & Sketch Club
- Youth Week events
Please note: Lego Club is currently resting and will return Monday 3rd of February 2020.
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.
- Kids (with guardian): 6 – 7 pm
- 14+ and adults: 7 – 9 pm
Love a game of chess?
We’re a club for players from every age and level.
Whether you play professionally or just enjoy a casual game, you’re welcome to come along!
Free. No bookings required. Tea & coffee provided.
After hours entry: old Library foyer, Gregory Terrace side entry.
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!