Children sitting on beanbags

Children

The Children’s Floor is located on Level four of the Library.  This space houses our specialised collections for ages zero to 11 years, dedicated presentation spaces, the Tree of Knowledge outdoor play space, bathrooms equipped with baby changing tables and many comfy spots to curl up with a good book.

The Tree of Knowledge (Kaartdijn Boorn)

In celebration of Reconciliation Week (2019) local Aboriginal artist Lea Taylor was commissioned to ‘yarn
bomb’ the Tree of Knowledge on Level 4. Yarn bombing is a popular street art movement that involves beautifying an area by covering objects in knitted or crocheted yarn. In this version, Lea used ancient weaving techniques to create coil ropes of natural and hand dyed raffia. The ropes were then hand stitched around the trunk and lower branches of the Tree of Knowledge.

About Lea Taylor

Lea Taylor is an award-winning weaver and artist from the Wadandi/Minang Nations of South West Western Australia. She was taught basic basket weaving by noted Aboriginal artist Sharyn Egan, and now works full-time as an artist and weaver. Lea shares her culture through her art and through the weaving, art and culture workshops she runs in schools, youth groups, community centres and independently.

Visiting the Library

Supervision of children

For their own security and wellbeing, children 11 years and under must be accompanied by a responsible guardian. Children five years and under must be within sight of a responsible guardian at all times. 

Parents sometimes leave children in the care of their older siblings (aged 12 or above). We strongly suggest that if this decision is made, all children are registered as Library users so we may access contact details if necessary. Please be aware that parents/guardians remain responsible for the safety of all of their children at all times. Library staff are not equipped to watch or care for children or teenagers in the Library. 

Adults visiting the children’s floor

The children’s floor is dedicated to children’s services. To ensure the safety and comfort of families we ask that any adults visiting the space are accompanied by a child, however if you wish to see the space and facilities on offer, or to browse or borrow from the collection, you are welcome to do so. 

Groups visiting the children’s floor

The children’s floor is intended for general use only. Groups who wish to use the space to meet should email at least one week prior to request permission, please contact: childrens.library@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

Information for schools is available on our School Visits page. 

No private events (e.g. birthday parties) can occur on the children’s floor. If you are interested in hiring a suitable space for your next event, please contact the Library Events Team on library.events@cityofperth.wa.gov.au or visit the Event Spaces page. Please note there are costs associated with venue hire.

Food and drink

Cold food and covered or bottled drinks are permitted (no strong smelling hot food). Please eat at one of the tables available or in the outdoor space. 

Children's programming

Grow your child’s love of learning with our free children’s programs. 

  • What do I need?

    To ensure you, your child and all Library visitors have a pleasant and satisfying experience, we suggest you:

    • Arrive a little early to get settled. Collect a Storytime or Rhymetime pass from the Concierge Desk on the Ground Floor
    • Sit comfortably to participate in the songs, stories and activities with your child
    • Resist the urge to chat with other adults during the session
    • If your child becomes tired, restless or unhappy, you are welcome to take them from the room and return when they have settled
    • Allow some time at the end to browse or borrow items from the City of Perth Library collection
    • Enjoy! 
  • Rhymetime (for children zero to two years) 

    Tuesdays at 2pm, Thursdays at 11am
    (excluding school holidays)

    Half an hour of songs and rhymes for children up to two years.

    Places are limited, so please collect a Rhymetime pass at the Concierge Desk on the Ground Floor when you arrive. Rhymetime is very popular, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Rhymetime does not run during school holidays.

  • Storytime (for children two to four years)

    Tuesdays at 11am, Thursdays at 2pm
    (excluding school holidays)

    Enjoy an hour of stories, songs, and craft for children aged two to four years.Places are limited, so please collect a Storytime pass at the Concierge Desk on the Ground Floor when you arrive. Storytime is very popular, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Storytime does not run during school holidays.

  • Storytime in French or Spanish (for children two to four years)
    Date Time
     Wednesday 15 May 2019 (French) 11am to 12pm 
     Wednesday 5 June 2019 (Spanish) 11am to 12pm
     Wednesday 19 June 2019 (French) 11am to 12pm 
     Wednesday 3 July 2019 (Spanish) 11am to 12pm
     Wednesday 17 July (French) 11am to 12pm 
     Wednesday 7 August 2019 (Spanish) 11am to 12pm
     Wednesday 21 August 2019 (French) 11am to 12pm

    Join Le Toboggan for an hour of stories, songs, and craft presented in French or Spanish. Suitable for children aged from two to four years.

    Places are limited, so please collect a Storytime pass at the Concierge Desk on the Ground Floor when you arrive. Storytime is very popular, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

  • National Simultaneous Storytime (22 May 2019)
    Suitable for ages 2 to 4 | 11am to 12pm
    Wednesday 22 May 2019
    Join us and children all over the nation for the 19th annual National Simultaneous Storytime! This year we are reading Matt Cosgrove’s Alpacas with Maracas. Join us and get ready to shake! Dress up for a chance to win a copy of the book. Book now: childrens.library@cityofperth.wa.gov.au
  • Drag Queen Storytime (26 Jun 2019)

    Suitable for ages 2 to 6 | 2pm to 3pm
    Wednesday 26 June 2019

    Join Perri Oxide for an extra fabulous hour of stories, songs and craft. Perri will be reading books that encourage diversity and inclusion.
    Book now as places are limited: childrens.library@cityofperth.wa.gov.au.

  • Create a Storm (6 July 2019 - 21 July 2019)
    Suitable for all ages
    Any time during Library opening hours
    Saturday 6 July 2019 to Sunday 21 July 2019
    This school holiday we’re bringing the stormy weather inside. Create your own craft weather phenomenon. No bookings required.
  • Cyclones and Shadows with Laura Dudgeon (9 Jul 2019)
    Suitable for ages 6 to 12 | 11am to 12pm
    Tuesday 9 July 2019
    Hear author Laura Dudgeon read from her book Cyclones and Shadows, and listen as she shares her writing secrets. Book now: childrens.library@cityofperth.wa.gov.au
  • Destination Moon (12 August 2019 - 16 August 2019)

    Suitable for ages 3 to 11 | 3pm to 5pm
    Monday 12 August to Friday 16 August 2019
    Celebrate National Science Week at the Library. Build a rocket, alien or space themed LEGO creation.
    No bookings required, but places are limited.