Council Library Programs for Babies, Children and Teens


Explore a range of programs for babies, toddlers, children and teens at your local council library

South Australia’s local council libraries have cosy corners for quiet reading and an ever-changing range of books, magazines and DVD’s to explore across the One-Card system. They also provide wonderful, safe spaces for families and children of all ages to gather, make some noise and connect through a great range of programs. 

Many council libraries also offer spacious and modern meeting rooms, kids zones with a range of books, toys and computers for kids to use. Some council libraries even offer outdoor seating areas and cafes.

Burnside library cafe


Programs for Babies and Parents

Council libraries offer fun and interactive nursery rhyme time for parents with babies and toddlers up to 2 years. These sessions are a lovely way for parents to bond with their children and also get to know other parents. Sessions usually incorporate nursery rhymes, action songs and percussion instruments. 


Preschool Story Time

The ancient art of storytelling continues weekly in council libraries all around SA with Story Time for children aged 2-5 years. These sessions are usually free and bookings are generally not necessary. 

Reading to children from the day they are born is still the greatest way to shape future literacy and development in children. These 30-45 minute sessions may include stories, songs, craft and rhymes. 

Attending a storytime session at the library is a great way to make friends and start a life-long love of reading in little ones that will benefit them for their whole life. 


After School Council Library Activities for Children

Your local council library may offer:

  • STEM programs for kids who want to learn more about science, technology, engineering and maths. 
  • Sustainable Green Groups for kids who want to learn about the environment, be involved in sustainable  activities and enjoy excursions.
  • Children’s University 
  • Little Big Bang Discovery Science Club online
  • Lego Club
  • Chess Club
  • Creative Literacy Groups – public  speaking, writing, drama



Council Library Activities for Teens

For kids who catch the bus or may wait for their parents to collect them, your local library offers a safe place for them to meet with friends and join a workshop.

Your local council library may offer:

  • Animation Workshops
  • Writing Groups for teens who love writing. A great way for them to encourage each other in their passion for creating stories.
  • Anime Clubs for teenagers who love anime and manga.

Online Resources and Groups for Children & Teens

South Australian council libraries also offer a range of online activities and resources for kids of all ages:

  • Virtual Story Time
  • Coding Clubs online
  • Kids online magazines
  • Access to e-movies
  • Digital Drawing Groups

School Holiday Activities

More and more council libraries are now offering free or low cost school holiday activities for school-aged children. These may include:

  • Craft Activities and take-home craft activity packages
  • STEAM activities
  • Coding
  • Fun with Virtual Reality
  • Colouring competitions
  • Lego building challenges
  • Teen Book Clubs

Libraries SA App

This is such a fabulous tool for library users:

  • Use your phone as a library card – store your membership number and barcode on your phone
  • Search the catalogue – locate items on the catalogue and place holds with just a few clicks
  • eBooks & audiobooks – read a massive range of titles on your tablet or phone
  • Digital magazines – free access to more than 400 big name magazine titles like Women’s Weekly, Top Gear, Men’s Fitness, Elle, Vogue and Better Homes & Gardens
  • Online learning – free access to thousands of courses covering topics like design, business, animation, photography, digital and technology
  • Scan any book, DVD or CD barcode to see if it’s in any SA  council libraries 
  • What’s on – see which events are happening at a library near you
  • My account – manage your checkouts and loans (e.g. extend loan) with a few clicks.

Click here to get the link and download for Apple and Android

libraries sa app

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