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For Parents

The Place - a place for children and families at the Library

The Place is now open on the mezzanine level of the library, and it's a vibrant and colourful place with plenty for kids to do. There's a gate so parents can relax while children dress up in costumes, colour in some pictures, or play with puppets. It's all about discovering stories on different ways, through play and, of course, through books.

Check under What's On, The Place for information about any special events - butThe place is open when the library is open, and you're welcome to come and look at the original artwork, share the great selection of books for children from 0 - 12 years, and explore the online stories on the computers.

Family reading together

@ Your Public Library

Most public libraries throughout Western Australia run a wide range of activities and are able to provide you with a lot of support in reading to and enjoying language with your children.

Many libraries hold Baby Rhyme Times or  Story times on a regular basis - weekly, fortnightly or monthly - that you can attend with your baby and/or other children.

Here is a short description of what you might expect from one of these sessions:

  • Baby Bounce or Rhyme Times  focus on very young babies from 0 to 2 years old. The sessions often include nursery rhymes and action songs as well as simple picture books. Often libraries provide print copies of the rhymes, songs and actions learnt.

    For many parents it’s a chance to re-learn these and share others you might know. You will find your baby will love hearing you repeat these rhymes and songs at home and will soon be joining in.
  • Story Time Sessions focus on young toddlers from about 2 to 5 years old. They  build on the range of rhymes and action songs learnt -by this time the children are very active participants and these sessions are loud and fun events.

Librarians choose picture story books more suited to this age group and they will often bring the stories to life with puppets, felt story boards or dress up costumes.

Never too young for a library card!

 A library card is one the best gifts a parent can give their child. It allows free access to books to feed their imagination and knowledge of the world. Children can discover favourite authors and illustrators, and follow up their interests and hobbies - as well as finding information to support their school work. Get your child their own library card today - they can join at any age, even as a baby!

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Page last updated: Sunday 10 January 2010