Children & families

Child reading Baby Ways at Better Beginnings Rhyme Time session

Better Beginnings

Every child should have the very important experience of sharing books with the adults in their life from the time they are born.

Activity panels in The Story Place
A special and colourful space for children aged 0-8 and their parents or carers. Located on the Mezzanine Level find a great selection of books, see original artwork, sing a song and play games.
Father reading to daughter
Did you know that it's never too early to read to your child?
2023 Premiers Reading Challenge hero image boy reading book in the sky
Students from Kindergarten to Year 10 are invited to read and log 12 or more book titles during the challenge. This year there are new and more extraordinary prizes for the readers.

Upcoming Events

Ella and Faulkner Mackay looking at photograph album
Cherished Family Mementos from the Collection
The Keepsake exhibition examines why mementos and everyday objects often hold the key to family history and ultimately shape who and how we identify ourselves. Showcasing cherished family moments from the State Library’s collection.
Better Beginnings Rhyme Time
Weekly on Friday, 10:30am - 12pm until Fri, Sep 20 2024
Songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their families, followed by an hour of Play Time to help develop early literacy and learning skills.
Better Beginnings Rhyme Time
Weekly on Monday, 10:30am - 12pm until Fri, Sep 20 2024
Interactive story fun for pre-schoolers and their carers. Followed by a half hour Play Time where families can explore literacy and learning through reading, talking, singing, writing and playing together.

Better Beginnings YouTube Channel

If you are looking for fun rhymes, stories and activities for kids, then head on over to the Better Beginnings YouTube channel.

Young girl asleep in pram at the Royal Show 1938
Amenities, baby changing room and public toilets.
Fun with Fairytales with school children
Access video content and digital books for children of all ages.