Children's activities

Stirling Libraries host a wide range of activities for children and teens that include coding clubs, Drop In and Play sessions and Storytime and Rhymetimes.

To view library activities, visit the events calendar or contact your local library. The Digital library is available for kids for eBooks, eAudio and a variety of online activities. 

Though some programs are still suspended due to Covid-19, many programs have resumed with social distancing and enchanced cleaning practices in place. Limited places available and bookings may apply.

To access our fantastic online songs and stories sessions, visit the City's YouTube channel
Click here

Better Beginnings

For over ten years Better Beginnings has been improving the lives of young West Australians and their families. 

Better Beginnings focuses on developing literacy skills in children 0-4 by fostering a love of stories, rhymes and being read to.  Through Better Beginnings, children pick up many of the concepts relating to reading and writing before age five, and this gives them a head start once they start school.  Good Literacy skills are clearly linked to better life outcomes in later life.

Every child born in Western Australia is entitled to receive a Yellow book bag at birth containing a their first board book and helpful information about reading to your child.  At the age of two your child receives an Orange Sing-and-Grow book bag and another Green bag once they reach Kindergarten. Better Beginnings is delivered by the State Library of Western Australia through public libraries throughout the state, together with Child Health Nurses and schools. 

Our Baby Rhymetime and Pre School Storytime sessions have been developed alongside Better Beginnings with special focus on delivering these early learning concepts.  Librarians that conduct these sessions have regular training in early years program delivery.

Better Beginnings is funded via a tri-partite alliance between the Government of Western Australia (including Royalties for Regions), Western Australian local governments and Rio Tinto.

An independent evaluation of the initial pilot program by Edith Cowan University demonstrated the program's positive impact on the attitudes, behaviours and practices of parents around early literacy. Their longitudinal evaluation of the Better Beginnings program demonstrates that Better Beginnings is having a significant positive impact on early reading practices, attitudes and beliefs across Western Australia.

Baby Rhymetime

Our Baby Rhymetime sessions focus on improving essential Early Development Social, Communication and Literacy skills in your child, promote bonding and are fun for both parent and child. Our Pre-School programs are created to perfectly compliment the state-wide Better Beginnings program.

For children aged 0 to 2 years, Baby Rhymetime sessions offer a fun and educational experience for both young ones and parents.

Each Baby Rhymetime session will help your child to develop early literacy skills through simple rhymes, action songs and stories.

Sessions subject to public holidays or library closure. No bookings required.

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Dianella    

Baby Rhymetime 10:30am

Baby Rhymetime 1.30pm

Inglewood Baby Rhymetime 10:30amBaby Rhymetime 10:30am  
Karrinyup  Baby Rhymetime 10:30am Baby Rhymetime 10:30am
Mirrabooka  Baby Rhymetime 10:30am Baby Rhymetime 10:30am
Osborne

Baby Rhymetime 10:30am

Baby Rhymetime 2.30pm

    
Scarborough Baby Rhymetime 10:30am Baby Rhymetime 10:30am 

Pre-school Storytime and Saturday songs and stories

These sessions are suitable for children aged 2 to 5 years and include stories, songs and colouring. Pre-school Storytime is a fun way to introduce your child to books, stimulates their imagination and is a great way for your child to make new friends. 

Can't make a weekday? We also have Saturday Songs and Stories, every Saturday from 10.00am for children 0 to 5 years.

Sessions subject to public holidays or library closure. No bookings required.

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
DianellaPreschool Storytime 10.30am   

 

Saturday songs
and stories 10.00am

Inglewood    Preschool Storytime 10.30amSaturday songs
and stories ​10.00am
Karrinyup   Preschool Storytime 10.30am

 

Saturday songs
and stories ​10.00am
Mirrabooka Preschool Storytime 10.30am   Saturday songs
and stories ​10.00am
Osborne

 

Preschool Storytime 10.30am   Saturday songs 
and stories 10.00am
Scarborough  Preschool Storytime 10.30am  Saturday songs
and stories 10.00am

Learn English through Storytime (LETS)

The LETS program helps children and their families to improve and practise English in a fun, educational environment.

LETS includes songs, rhymes and stories which develop children's confidence. LETS helps children develop skills they will need when they start school.

The LETS program runs for eight weeks, with a different theme each week. Parents and Children participate and improve their English together!  Dianella, Osborne and Mirrabooka offer LETS, alternating during school terms.

Term 3 LETS Program commences at Stirling Libraries - Osborne on Tuesday 27 July 2021.

Book now

CoderDojo

This is a free, peer-based club for those who want to learn how to code. Coding is a fun and great way to meet people, and is quickly becoming an essential life skill. You can play games, work out puzzles and write your own programs.

Suitable for ages 7 - 17.

CoderDojo is being run in the Innovations Lab at Mirrabooka Library every Wednesday during school term. Term 3 program commences on 28 July 2021.

Bookings essential

Book now

Sensory Sing and Play

Sensory sing and play is an inclusive program of songs and sensory play based learning in a small group setting.

During the session you and your child will experience a variety of sensory play activities and rhymes to help build a foundation of early literacy skills.

Suitable for babies 6-18 months and their caregiver.

Bookings essential

Book now

kids coding

Coding, programming and STEAM skills

Stirling Libraries provide opportunities for children and teens to learn how to code and gain skills in programming languages. STEAM learning focuses on teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics in a a way that is practical and engaging.  Look out for various STEAM focused workshops at Stirling Libraries.

Creative Clubs

A series of creative clubs and activities are run across our libraries to help foster cognitive and social development.

  • Do you love Minecraft? Minecraft is a ‘sandbox’ game offering players almost limitless possibilities in a almost limitless world. Stirling Libraries have now joined with City of Fremantle, and other public libraries to offer Librarycraft.net. LibraryCraft is a safe, secure, moderated online environment for Minecraft players aged 7 - 17. 
    There are weekly competitions and prizes, but players also:

    • Strengthen their social, creativity and teamwork skills whilst learning to solve problems together
    • Learn about resource management and basic economics through the in-built Economy system
    • Exercise their spatial awareness through navigating expansive worlds and cave systems
    • Build on all of the STEAM skills, science, engineering and maths with coding and redstone creations.
  • The Innovations Lab in Stirling Libraries - Mirrabooka features a range of new technologies including:

    • 3D Printer
    • Virtual Reality
    • Music Recording
    • Laser Cutter & Engraver
    • Robots and STEAM focused educational devices
    • Public PCs, Projector and Edutouch interactive screen

    The Innovations Lab is available for:

    • Room for hire for talks and seminars, including computing classes
    • Be Connected Computer Skills classes
    • Mirrabooka Craft group
    • Coderdojo Coding groups

    For more information ask our friendly staff.

  • Drop into Stirling libraries - Mirrabooka or Scarborough on Monday afternoon to have a play and experiment with a fun range of technologies, including coding games and robots!

    All ages are welcome, no bookings are necessary, and staff will be available to assist and answer any questions that you may have.

    Mondays 3.30pm - 5.00pm (term times)

    Stirling Libraries - Mirrabooka

    Mondays 3.30pm - 4.30pm (term times)

    Stirling Libraries - Scarborough