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.

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

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 7 November 2018 (Spanish) 11am to 12pm
    Wednesday 21 November 2018 (French) 11am to 12pm
    Wednesday 5 December 2018 (Spanish) 11am to 12pm
    Wednesday 19 December 2018 (French) 11am to 12pm
    Wednesday 9 January 2019 (Spanish)  11am to 12pm
     Wednesday 16 January 2019 (French) 11am to 12pm
     Wednesday 6 February 2019 (Spanish) 11am to 12pm
     Wednesday 20 February 2019 (French) 11am to 12pm
     Wednesday 6 March 2019 (Spanish) 11am to 12pm
     Wednesday 20 March 2019 (French) 11am to 12pm
     Wednesday 3 April 2019 (Spanish) 11am to 12pm
     Wednesday 10 April 2019 (French) 11am to 12pm
     Wednesday 1 May 2019 (Spanish) 11am to 12pm
     Wednesday 15 May 2019 (French) 11am to 12pm
     Wednesday 5 June 2019 (Spanish) 11am to 12pm
     Wednesday 19 June 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.

  • Summer Reading Club: Curious Creatures (1 Dec 2018 – 31 Jan 2019)

    1 December 2018 to 31 January 2019
    City of Perth Library
    FREE

    Join us on a reading adventure this summer. Explore the curious creatures of literature, real or imagined. Record your reading and go into the draw to win extraordinary prizes! Visit Level 4 at the City of Perth Library for more information and to register. 

    Recommended for ages 6 and above. Younger children may participate with assistance from an adult.

    How to take part:

    1. Register
    Visit level 4 to register and collect your Summer Reading Club pack.

    2. Get started
    Read any book or listen to an audio book. When you finish it, or have been reading for 1 hour, record it on your reading log. Every hour you spend reading or every book you read will earn an entry into the grand prize draw. 

    3. Submit
    Bring your reading log to the Library to show a librarian. You will get a bonus entry in the grand prize draw if you tell the librarian something interesting about a curious creature! 

    4. Attend
    Join us and guest author Cristy Burne for the Summer Reading Club closing party! There will be fun activities and the grand prize draw.
    Date: Thursday 31st of January
    Time: 2pm to 3pm
    Suitable for ages 6 and above
    Bookings are required, please email to book: childrens.library@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

    Note: You do not have to attend the party to win a grand prize. Any winners not at the party will be contacted the next day. 

  • Christmas Craft Workshops (17 Dec 2018)
    10am to 11am or 
    11.30am to 12.30pm
    City of Perth Library
    FREE
    Book: email childrens.library@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

    Learn how to make your own Christmas wrapping paper and gift tags. 
    Suitable for ages 4 and above. Bookings are essential as places are limited.
  • Storytime with Santa (21 Dec 2018)
    11am to 12pm
    City of Perth Library
    FREE
    Sorry, this event is fully booked.

    Join Santa and his elf for an hour of stories, songs and Christmas craft. 
    Suitable for ages 2 and above. Bookings are essential as places are limited.