Welcome to The Place

There's always plenty to do at The Place!

Storytime and Rhymetime are scheduled each week, and there are lots of books to share and borrow. 

Big stories for little people

Storytime happens every Wednesday at 10.30am, full of interactive story fun for pre-schoolers and their carers. The last storytime for 2014 will be held on 17 December.

Storytime at the Beach!

Storytime at the Beach

Wednesday 7 and 14 January 2015
10.30 11.00am
Urban Beach at the Perth Cultural Centre

Join storytellers from the State Library under the big tree by the Urban Beach for a special summer storytime and share stories, songs and rhymes.

Baby Rhymetime at The Place

Come and enjoy Baby Rhymetime, every Tuesday at 10.30am at The Place with Songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their families. The last baby rhymetime for 2014 will be held on 16 December, and it will begin again on 6 January 2015.

Celebrations @ The Place

We invite you to visit The Place as we celebrate five years of The Place, ten years of Better Beginnings, 125 years of the State Library of Western Australia, and finish off the term with Christmas celebrations.

Activities for children up to 5 years will be held on Mondays and Thursdays between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm beginning on Monday, 20th October.

Enjoy the  listening station, play mats and puppet theatres plus a special new activity each week:

1 & 4 December: Birthday Cake Collage

8 & 11 December: Christmas Discovery Boxes

Please note time change for Thursday 11th Dec session: 10 am - 12.15 pm

15 & 18 December: Bon-bons and Christmas cards

All activities require parent or caregiver supervision at all times. 

All activities are FREE, no bookings required.

Books From Your Backyard

Come and listen to your favourite children's book authors read, perform and create drawings before your eyes! Twelve different authors from SCBWI WA (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators of Western Australia) will present at this family fun day in 30 minute timeslots.  Listen to one author or stay for all twelve! You will be amazed by the local talent that we have in Western Australia.  Books will be for sale in the State Library Shop and all sessions will be followed by book signings at the signing table.

Saturday 10 January, 2015

Time: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Ages: 0-12 years

Location: The Place, State Library of Western Australia

10.00 am -  Karen Blair - 0-4 years

10.30 am - Elaine Forrestal - 0-8 years

11.00 am - Briony Stewart - 4-7 years

11.30 am - Samantha Hughes - 5-12 years

12.00 pm - Chris Owen - 4-7 years

12.30 pm - Wendy Binks - 4-8 years

1.00 pm - Teena Raffa-Mulligan - 4-7 years

1.30 pm - Meg McKinlay - 4-8 years

2.00 pm - James Foley - 5-12 years

2.30 pm - H.Y. Hanna - 8-12 years

3.00 pm - Cristy Burne - 8-12 years

3.30 pm - Frane Lessac - 5-12 years

No bookings required.  Parents need to attend with their children.


The Books Moove Me cow

You can visit the Books Moove Me cow on the mezzanine bridge, just before the entrance to The Place. Find out more about the cow here.

What else can I do at The Place??

The Place is for children and families and is located on the mezzanine level. Discover the puppets, dress ups and toys designed to stimulate young minds and imaginations. Select a book to share together from our vast range of titles.

The Place is all about stories and you can visit any time the Library is open.

READ   new books are added all the time. You can borrow these using a State Library card.

EXPLORE displays, activities and online stories with TumbleBooks.

LOOK in the gallery at the original picture book art. See if you can find your name on a pencil in the pencil sculpture located on the wall just outside The Room With a View.

FIND - a book you have read in the book totem pole. This totem pole is very safe - it has a steel pole through the middle of the books, and is securely bolted to the floor.

Visiting The Place

The Place is open any time the library is open. The mezzanine level can be found up one flight of stairs, or by pressing M in the lift.

Prams and bags are fine in The Place, but if you are visiting any other floors in the library, you may need to put your bag in a locker on the Ground Floor.

There are no toilets at The Place - baby change rooms are located on the Ground Floor in the Discovery Lounge. Ask for the key from the friendly Welcome Desk staff. Toilets are also located on the ground floor in the foyer near the coffee shop, and on other floors of the library.

Snacks for children can be eaten at The Place, but no nuts please. If you would like to eat lunch, please find a spot on the Ground Floor in the Discovery Lounge or outside the building.

Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Please leave The Place tidy when you leave.

In general, we ask that any adults that wish to visit The Place are accompanied by a child, however if you would like to look at the books or the artwork, and do not have a child with you, please inform the Welcome Desk staff.

Computers at The Place

Priority is given to children, or parents and children using the computers to explore online stories together.  If you wish to use the computers for a longer period of time, please use one of the computers in the Discovery Lounge.

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