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.
Come and enjoy Baby Rhymetime, every Tuesday at 10.30am at The Place with Songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their families.
Big Stories for little people
Storytime happens every Wednesday at 10.30am, full of interactive story fun for pre-schoolers and their carers
International Storytime Series
Come and enjoy stories and activities from different countries:
8 July Brazil
5 August Vietnam
Winter Wonderland Storytime with Fairy Queen Caroline
Wednesday 15 July
10.30 – 11.30 am
The Lodge, Perth Cultural Centre (out the front of the Library)
Join Fairy Queen Caroline for a Winter Wonderland storytime. Then take the opportunity to ‘discover your creativity’ as we create a group art work based on the theme the ‘Right of the Child to Discover,’ which will be entered in the Children’s Week WA art awards.
Term 3 Activity Time
Days: Monday and Thursday
Time: Drop in between 10 am – 2 pm
Ages: Suitable for children up to 5 years
We invite you to visit The Place at the State Library to light up with books. Enjoy a new special activity each week to celebrate some of the best Australian Early Childhood books.
20, 23 July – ‘B is for Bedtime’ – Make a name plaque
27, 30 July – ‘A House of her Own’ – Tell us about your house
3, 6 August – ‘Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach’ – Count with Noni
10, 13 August – ‘Baby Beats’ – Make a musical instrument
17, 20 August - Science Week fun with ‘Whale in the Bath’
24, 27 August- Book Week – Make your own book
31 August, 3 September – ‘My Dad is a Bear’ – Father’s Day craft
7, 10 September - ‘Pig the Pug’ – Play dough fun
14, 17 September – ‘Scary Night’ - Obstacle course
21, 24 September – ‘Max’ - Bird collage
All activities are FREE, no bookings required.
National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. At the State Library we will be celebrating Science Week with a range of activities.
Family friendly events include:
Listen to stories on the big stage in the Cultural Centre
Saturday 15 August, 2015
Times: 10.15 am – 10.45am / 11.30am – 12 noon (repeat)
Ages: Suitable for 3 – 7 year olds
Become your own space hero on the green screen in The Place
Sunday 16 August, 2015
Time: 11 am – 1.30pm
Ages: Suitable for 3 – 12 year olds
All around Australia libraries, schools and individuals will be celebrating the Reading Hour by taking the time to share a story. Join us at our regular Rhyme Time session to share a book with your child.
Tuesday 18 August, 2015
Time: 10:30 am
Ages: Suitable for 0-2 year olds and their care givers
Children’s Book Week – Books Light up our World
Book Week is run by the Children's Book Council of Australia and celebrates outstanding books for children. To launch Children's Book Week, join us at The Place in The State Library of Western Australia for a performance by Red Foot Theatre which brings children’s picture books to life.
Sunday 23 August 2015
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Ages: Suitable for 4 – 12 years
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.
The Book Totem
The Book Totem was created during the summer school holidays at the beginning of 2009 by local sculptor Graham Hay. It is firmly bolted to the floor and has a steel pole running through the middle of it, so it is safe.
The books used were discarded from public libraries and were turned into art. Children selected the books they wanted to use in the sculpture.
Graham also created the Eye pencil sculpture at the same time. Staff at the library and all the families involved in the workshop signed the pencils.
For more about how it was created, have a look at Graham Hay’s web pages.
What else can I do at The Place??
The Place is for children and families and is located on the mezzanine level. The Place is all about stories and you can visit any time the Library is open.
The Place Gallery showcases original illustrations from Western Australian picture books. Displays are regularly updated. Find out more on our exhibitions page.
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.
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Page last updated: Monday 6 July 2015