For young people
The library provides numerous services for youth and children. Activities are run at different times throughout the year.
During the school term, storytelling sessions for pre-schoolers are held on Tuesdays at 10.30am and repeated on Fridays at 10.30am. During school holidays Storytime is held on Fridays at 10.30am. On the first Wednesday evening of every month a Pyjama Storytime session is held at 6.30pm for pre-school and primary school aged children.
Baby Rhyme Time
Baby Rhyme Time is for parents and their babies (aged two months to two years). These sessions will introduce the benefits and fun ways of sharing nursery rhymes and action songs with your baby. Baby Rhyme Time is held at the library on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am.
A reference service is available for students to provide assistance with school assignments.Online resources
and internet safety information
are also available. For further information please contact the library on 9381 5088.
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Better Beginnings is an early literacy program coordinated by the State Library of Western Australia that aims to promote the importance of reading, rhyming and talking to your baby. Subiaco residents with children aged one year and under can collect a free book and parent kit from the library if they have not already received one from their local community child health nurse.
Sue Bee's Reading Hive
The Sue Bee Reading Hive is a fun way to encourage reading among year one children and recognises the importance of developing literacy skills to assist with their future. Reading hive members receive a stamp on their reading hive card each time they visit the library and borrow library material. After ten visits members are rewarded with a book that is theirs to keep.
The program also includes newsletters and special surprises. All year one students are welcome to join. Sue can be seen in the library – next time you’re in, see if you can spot her buzzing around!
Children's Book Week
Children's Book Week, a comprehensive program encouraging literature appreciation, is organised in conjunction with local schools. Sessions with authors, illustrators and storytellers are conducted in the children's area of the library during this week.
The library encourages children to be involved in the Premier's Reading Challenge and Six Great Genre Reads competition run during the December and January school holidays. Information about these programs is available at the library during this time. Parents seeking reading recommendations for their children are always welcome to consult the children's librarian.
TEE revision and study guides
Young adult computer
A computer dedicated for youth usage is provided in the Young Adult area, including access to the internet and Microsoft Office suite. Bookings are essential.
Awards for young people
The library conducts The Tim Winton Award for Young Writers and The Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists annually. The aim of these competitions is to encourage the development of creative skills of school aged students.
Subiaco toy library
The Subiaco Toy Library operates within the library and is open on Saturday mornings from 9.30am to 11am. For more information please ask staff at the desk or email the toy library on firstname.lastname@example.org