Alice Springs Public Library

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

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.

Major Prizes:

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 Hol­i­day bookings

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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

Reg­u­lar Programs

LEGO Club

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.

Chess Club

Please note: Chess Club will not be meet­ing on Christ­mas Eve 24 Decem­ber 2019 or New Years Eve 31 Decem­ber 2020.

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!

- Kids (with guardian): 6 – 7 pm

- 14+ and adults: 7 – 9 pm

Free. No book­ings required. Tea & cof­fee provided.

After hours entry: old Library foy­er, Gre­go­ry Ter­race side entry.

Preschool Sto­ry­time

Please note: Preschool Sto­ry­time will not be run­ning on Wed 25 Decem­ber 2019 or Wed 1 Jan­u­ary 2020. The first ses­sion for the new year will be on 8 Jan­u­ary 2020.

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

Please note: Baby Rhyme Time will not be run­ning on Fri 27 Decem­ber 2019 or Fri 3 Jan­u­ary 2020. The first ses­sion for the new year will be on 10 Jan­u­ary 2020.

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.

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

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!