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.
Storytimes from the comfort of home!
Whether you are in isolation, or the weather is just dreary, you and your child can still enjoy the fun of Storytime from the comfort of your living room.
Stirling Libraries have uploaded some amazing Storytimes to our YouTube channel for those that are missing out in real-life, so that you can enjoy them online and at any time.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
- Stirling Libraries - Mirrabooka Starting Tuesday 26 July 2022, 9:00am - 10:15am
Book now at Mirrabooka
- Stirling Libraries - Dianella Starting Tuesday 18 October 2022, 10:30am - 11:30am
Book now at Dianella
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.
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.
Book now Stirling Libraries - Scarborough: every Thursday 9:30am - 10:00am
Book now Stirling Libraries - Dianella: every Friday 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Portuguese Storytime at Scarborough
Stirling Libraries - Scarborough hosts Portuguese Songs & Stories provided by Projeto Cabana and Musicando na Australia with the support of Livros for Kids Australia to the Portuguese speaking community or whoever wants to learn Portuguese. It's a great opportunity to gather with other Portuguese speaking families, expose children to Brazilian culture and language and hear some childhood stories. The sessions are mixed ages and held all in Brazilian Portuguese.
- Monthly, on the first Tuesday of each month 9:00am – 10:00am
- Venue Stirling Libraries - Scarborough
- Booking email@example.com
- Cost Free.
Children’s University Learning Destination
One of the best things in life is learning something new every day.
Children's University is a program that rewards kids for what they learn outside of the classroom in places like public libraries, zoos, museums and art galleries.
Students enrolled with the Children’s University get their ‘passports’ stamped when they visit recognised Learning Destinations, and are recognised for hours of activity through formal University certificates at on-campus graduation ceremonies - complete with official regalia!
Stirling Libraries - Mirrabooka is now a destination!
Stirling Libraries - Mirrabooka is proud to become a Learning Destination for Children’s University. Take out an item or attend one of our sessions to have your passport stamped. You can also get stamps when attending some of our awesome events during school holidays.
Children’s University in Western Australia is delivered by Edith Cowan University and The University of Western Australia through the Children’s University Western Australia Partnership (CU WAP). To learn more about the program and opportunities to be involved, you can contact members of the CU WAP team at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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.
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.
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Mondays 3.30pm - 5.00pm (term times)
Stirling Libraries - Mirrabooka
Mondays 3.30pm - 4.30pm (term times)
Stirling Libraries - Scarborough