When did libraries get so cool?
Libraries across South Australia have seriously stepped up their game at the hub of all things community and have moved way beyond just books and encyclopedias!
Libraries aren’t just bricks and books anymore. They are community hubs, they are a place to escape, a place for fun, a place to learn, a place to sit quietly and a place to sit not so quietly. There’s libraries with virtual reality, libraries with baby rhyme time, story telling, classes, school holiday programs, book clubs and SO MUCH MORE. Also – they are free!
We’ll be doing the rounds of some of Adelaide’s best libraries for kids and families and featuring them right here on our website. Please let us know in the comments below if you know a great library or you’d like us to feature your local library next.
*Please note that due to COVID-19, most libraries require bookings for their programs. Please check with your library for details*
Marion Cultural Centre Library is fantastic! It has Story Telling sessions for pre-schoolers, Baby Bounce for bubs, Storytime Pods, Kids iPads & more! Kids can even loan Xbox Consoles & games as well as Nintendo Switches for use in the library. How cool!
As usual, they have a wonderful range of books for the kids to borrow, or why not stay at the library awhile & read some books at one of the tables or lounges with your little one? For opening hours & details on all their programs, head to their website.
The Seaford Library has such a fantastic kids area. Want to read a book inside a shark tent? You got it! Want to borrow DVDS or from the Toy & Sports Library? Done! Be warned, it will take you a LONG TIME to get inside, because your kids will want to climb all over the mosaic wall that is outside first. Once you are inside however, your kids can browse books, toys, DVD & play in the kids space. As with all City of Onkaparinga libraries, it also runs the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club, craft sessions. movie matinees, Toddlertime, Storytime & Babytime programs. Find out more via their website.
Port Adelaide Enfield Libraries
There are five libraries in the Port Adelaide Enfield Council Region – Semaphore, Port Adelaide, Parks (Angle Park), Greenacres & Enfield. All have a fantastic selection of books, DVDs, toy collections, community spaces, kids programs & more. However our favourite thing is in the Parks Library – the Makerspace! It is filled with equipment for creating – crochet, painting, hot glue guns, soldering irons, hammers and HEAPS MORE. There is even a Media Room with a recording studio! Check out the details here.
Image: City of Port Adelaide Enfield website
SA State Library
It would be remiss of us not to include this one, wouldn’t it?! Located smack bang on North Terrace in Adelaide, the Mortlock Wing of the State Library is like stepping into Hogwarts…the kids are guaranteed to love exploring & we’ll bet they will learn something along the way. Make sure you visit at Christmas to see the giant tree in all it’s glory. Check out their website for What’s On.
Hamra Centre Library – City of West Torrens
Hamra Centre runs some pretty cool programs for kids & youth, including movie nights & homework help sessions (ok, the kids might not think that’s cool, but those of us who are TERRIBLE at Year 8 Maths do). Kids can also get involved in Book Week, Reading Challenges & School Holiday Programs. Check out their website.
Cove Civic Centre Library
The Cove Civic Centre Library is across the road from the Hallett Cove Shopping Centre & is part of the City of Marion libraries. It has a great kids area including iPads Nintendo Switches and a Toy Library – this is a great option if your kids get bored of toys after a week or two, just take them back & borrow new ones!
They offers weekly Baby Bounce and Storytime sessions for littlies and various after school activities for older kids which change each term. The Cove Civic Centre Library also runs school holiday programs such as short story competitions. They also have a range of ideas for things to do with kids at home through a program called Little Library Monsters. Jump onto the Cove Civic Centre Library website to find out more about what the libray offers & get involved.
Mount Barker Library
Comfy lounge seats, kids programs, tons of kids books & a toy library? WE ARE THERE!
Mount Barker Library is a lovely spot to pop into, whether you just want to read some books quietly with your kids or get involved in one of their activities. They run regular Baby Giggle & Story Time sessions, along with school holiday activities. They also provide the Busy Things program online which is an award winning educational game for ages 3-7.
Plus a toy library – woohoo! Toy Libraries are a fantastic idea if you want to be sustainable or if your kids get bored of their toys quickly. Borrow up to 15 toys every fortnight! For more info on the Mount Barker Library, go to their website.
Civic Library, Woodville
Civic Library in Woodville is one of the largest libraries in the Charles Sturt area & just happens to be right by some great cafes & playgrounds. It features a Kids Tech Zone, Home Library Service, Digital Hub, Babytime, Toddlertime & Storytime & Art In The Library which is a gallery space for local & visiting artists. Oh and BOOKS of course! But what we love the most about Civic Library is GEEK SCHOOL! It’s run during Term time for kids aged 8-14 years & is where they can experiment & learn about new gadgets & gizmos, including coding & the latest tech. Find out more here.
The Burnside Library has a LOT going on for kids & families so if you’re local to the area, make sure you are popping in regularly. They have some fantastic school holiday activities, Baby Chat, Toddler Tales & Storytime for Pre-Schoolers. Plus a wonderful selection in their Toy Library makes it easy to be sustainable & make sure your kids are never bored at home! Check out their website.
Image: Burnside Library
Coventry Library – Stirling
Giant games, interactive activities, kids programs, craft & oh yeah, books! The Coventry Library in Stirling is a lovely spot to escape & just relax for awhile. Plus there are plenty of great cafes nearby! Keep an eye out for their Winter Weekend program which runs between June – August. Find out more.
City of Holdfast Bay Libraries
In this council area you’ll find the Glenelg & Brighton Libraries. Perfect to pop into after a visit to one of the many cafes & playgrounds in the area. They have all the usual kids programs, but the one we love is “Stay & Play” where you & your child move through self guided stations, cause let’s be honest getting kids to sit still is often a challenge! Visit their website for program times.