Stirling Libraries host activities for children and teens including coding clubs, Lego clubs and Storytime. All Stirling Libraries are now reopened with limited hours, to view our hours check here. For more information on an activity please view the events calendar or contact your local library.
Though some programs are still suspended due to Covid-19, many programs have resumed with social distancing and enchanced cleaning practices in place.
There may be limited places available and bookings may be required.
To access our fantastic online songs and stories sessions, visit the City's YouTube channelClick here
Rhymetime and Storytime programs
Stirling Libraries will bringing back our weekday Preschool Storytimes and Baby Rhymetimes together with our Saturday Songs and Stories. Due to social distancing, places will be limited and bookings are essential - People without bookings may be turned away.
These 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
If your session is fully booked, don't worry. We will still be offering these sessions online via Zoom. Virtual Baby Rhymetime will be on Wednesday 10.30am and Virtual Preschool Storytime is on Thursdays 10.30am.
Research shows that 75 per cent of brain development occurs between birth and the age of three. Better Beginnings is one of the best things you can do to develop your child's literacy from birth. Children who have a grasp of basic literacy elements by school age have been shown to develop reading and writing skills more readily, leading to improved outcomes later on in life.
Every newborn child in Western Australia is entitled to recieve a yellow newborn Better Beginnings pack - Ask at your Library or Child Health Nurse. Children also recieve a Sing and Play bag at two years of age and also a Kindy when they attend kindergarten. Each pack contains books, activities and information that helps you read to your child.
For more information about the importance of sharing books with your baby, visit the Better Beginnings website.
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.
Due to social distancing bookings are essential.
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.
Please note due to social distancing, bookings are essential.
Virtual Baby Rhymetimes
Virtual Baby Rhymetime is streamed live using Zoom and includes simple rhymes, action songs, stories and suggested activities that you can do with your child at home to help them to develop their early literacy skills. Sharing your video for these sessions is optional.
Wednesday mornings 10.30am - 11.00am
Virtual Pre-school Storytimes
Virtual Pre-school Storytime is streamed live using Zoom and includes songs, stories, and suggested activities that you can do with your child at home to help them to develop their early literacy skills. Sharing your video for these sessions is optional.
Thursday mornings 10.30am - 11.00am
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 4 LETS Program commences at Stirling Libraries - Dianella on Tuesday 20 October.
Term 4 LETS Program commences at Stirling Libraries - Mirrabooka on Tuesday 20 October.
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.
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.
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.
Drop into the Innovations Lab at Mirrabooka Library and have a play and experiment with a range of our new technologies:
- 3D Printer
- Virtual Reality
- Garage Band and Music
- Makey Makey kits
- LittleBits kits.
This program only runs during school term on Mondays, 3.30pm - 5.00pm. All ages are welcome, no bookings are necessary and staff will be available to assist and answer any questions that you may have.
The Lego Club is an informal group that meets to build, learn and have fun with a new challenge set each week.
Bookings are not necessary. Adult supervision is required for all children aged 12 and under. Lego and Duplo are supplied.
Sessions currently suspended. This page will be updated as new information is known.