Youth Services

In addition to our extensive collection for the young people in the community, we run programs aimed at developing literacy, creativity and improving youth engagement.

Sign up to our newsletter to stay up-to-date with other exciting youth and literacy related activities such as:

  • National Simultaneous Storytime
  • Children’s Book Week
  • Children’s Week

Couldn’t find the youth program you were looking for? Please use our contact form and we'll get back to you!

Rhymetime and Storytime

We are very excited to recommence our in-house Rhymetime and Storytime sessions for 2022!  

Head to our Rhyme and Storytime page for more info.

Better Beginnings is a Western Australian family literacy program that connects families with books through free reading packs. The goal of Better Beginnings is to inspire a love of literacy and learning for all W.A. children by encouraging families to read, talk, sing, write and play with their child every day. 

LEGO Club

An hour of LEGO building fun! LEGO Club will provide challenging builds for you individually, in groups and teams whilst challenging your design and thinking skills as you work under pressure. It promises to be an hour full of fun learning and experiences.

Join us on every 2ND & 4TH Wednesday of each month from 4.00pm until 5.00pm. 

LEGO Club is suitable for children 6-12 years and all LEGO bricks supplied (donations of LEGO are very welcome).

BOOK ONLINE HERE!

Can't make it to a LEGO Club session? See our list of online monthly challenges and submit your design.

VIEW MONTHLY CHALLENGES

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PHOTO GALLERY - Take a look at previous entries from our Master LEGO Builders!

Splish Splash Storytime

Join our library staff in the pool for fun splashy rhymes and stories to share with your little ones while introducing them to the water. 
Splish Splash is suitable for babies and toddlers 0-4. 
  • Please remember to cancel your booking if you are unable to attend, there may be a very keen little person eager to attend.
  • Please stay home if you or your child are unwell.
Registration includes entry for one child & one adult.
Please book via the Albany Public Library website.

National Simultaneous Storytime 

The Library supports and celebrates Library and Information Week and National Simultaneous Storytime each year with special events! This year we are hosting storytime, craft and a picnic.

STORYTIME -- CRAFT -- PICNIC
Wednesday 25 May
11:00am


This year hundreds of libraries across Australia will be reading the book “Family Tree” by Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh.  We will be holding a fabulous Storytime to celebrate reading and families. Come and enjoy being involved in this National Storytime event with a delicious morning tea picnic provided. 

Bookings are now open and you can register online or call the library on 6820 3600.

Please contact Dora on 6820 3611 for group bookings.

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 22nd successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

Beanstack - Reading Programs and Recommendations

The Albany Public Library welcomes you to reading challenges throughout the year.  Beanstack is a free online service for City of Albany residents that offers an innovative new way to connect readers of all ages with books, engaging reading activities and reading recommendations. 

It includes book and activity logging, badges and registration for all members of the family under one account.  You can view the available activities, enter the books you have read, write book reviews and more.

We have a new Genre Challenge starting 14 February! Challenge yourself to read beyond what you can imagine. Stretch your reading skills and explore new genres, or specific types of books. Expanding what you read can strengthen your reading comprehension and spark your imagination! Read new books and complete activities to earn badges.

Click here for Beanstack

LibraryCraft 

Do you love Minecraft?  Click here to find out HOW TO JOIN the LibraryCraft server.

LibraryCraft is a free online 24/7 Minecraft Server for all WA kids aged 7 to 17!

For the Minecraft savvy, there are both Survival and Creative worlds to build on, minigames like Parkour, Spleef and PVP, and competitions galore.

COMPETITIONS: Join in with monthly build competitions and mini-games for your chance to win some great prizes including JB HiFi vouchers.

IMPORTANT: Library craft requires a Java Edition of Minecraft for use on PC or Mac, you must own the game and have logged into the game on PC or Mac. The Java Edition runs on PC, Mac or Linux and can be purchased from the Minecraft website for approx $35.  Make sure you select Computer when choosing the platform.  

Bedrock Edition is now also available for iOS, Android, Xbox or Nintendo Switch!  There are a few differences here and there, but for the most part, it's the same fun experience.

LibraryCraft is supported by the City of Fremantle, City of Canning, City of Bunbury, City of Busselton, Town of Victoria Park and City of Melville.


Children's University

We are a proud to be a Children's University Learning Destination! Through a ‘Passport to Learning’, children aged 7-14 from partner primary schools participate in learning activities of their choice beyond the classroom. Their achievements are recognised each year with a formal graduation and certificates, where children wear caps and gowns just like older students do at university graduations. Families are closely involved in the program, joining children in their learning journey and supporting their goals. Head to the Children's University website to find out more. 

In the Albany area, the following are partner primary schools:

  • Flinders Park Primary School
  • Great Southern Grammar
  • Little Grove Primary School
  • Spencer Park Primary School

The Albany Public Library currently has four activities for participating students:

  • Read & Review
    • Borrow a book to read from the Albany Public Library, it may be fiction or non-fiction. For non-fiction books, it's a great idea to choose a topic that you are interested in learning more about! For fiction books, try a new author whose books you haven’t read before! Chat to one of the library staff for suggestions about what to read next. Once you have read your book, complete the questions and activities on this form and take it to the friendly library staff to receive 2 hours in your Passport to Learning. You can claim up to 10 hours (5 reviews) each year.
  • LEGO Club Online Challenges 
    • Lego loving kids can be inspired to build some great designs as the Albany Public Library sets a monthly challenge with ideas and concepts to stimulate the imagination! Each challenge card has two categories for you to choose from. You can complete both categories for each monthly challenge. For each category you complete, you will earn 1 hour in your Passport to Learning. You can receive Passport hours for a maximum of 10 categories within the challenges.  You can take a photo of your Lego creation, or, bring the Lego creation into the Library to show the friendly staff & receive time and a stamp in your Passport to Learning
  • Birds in the Backyard (activity overview), Bird Watching around Albany (pamphlet) and Bird Watching Fact File (activity record).
    • Sitting, watching and recording what birds you see can earn you from 30 minutes up to 6 hours of time and stamps in your Passport to Learning, depending on the activities you choose. Drop into the Albany History Collection upstairs in the Albany Public Library to collect a free Birdwatching around Albany brochure, Species List and Birdwatching fact file.
  • Once Upon a Time 
    • Choosing one image from the options, write or record (on a device) a story of up to 200 words. This will earn you 2 hours of time and stamps in your Passport to Learning for each activity you choose. You can do all of the images if you love writing stories! Drop into the Albany History Collection upstairs in the Albany Public Library and pick up a copy of one historic image.

Study and Homework Help - Online 24/7

Feeling overwhelmed, stuck on a study question or not sure where to even start with an assignment?

With your library membership, you get free access to Studiosity: online study help from real people. View the GETTING STARTED VIDEO to find out about how we can help with:

  1. Connect Live: Select a subject (like writing, maths, science, economics, assignment research and more), type your question and you’ll be connected with a friendly Subject Specialist for live, one-to-one help in real time. It’s a typed chat, interactive whiteboard and you can even share files.
  2. Writing Feedback: Submit your draft essay or written assignment, and in less than 24 hours one of the writing specialists will send it back to you with detailed feedback on how you can improve your own work. They’ll comment on your spelling/grammar, structure, language and more.
  3. Practice Quizzes: Access a database of over 750 practice tests in all core curriculum subjects, including maths, english, chemistry, biology, and physics with year levels from 7-12. If you get stuck on a quiz question you can connect straight through to a Specialist.

Access Studiosity with your library card number and pin.  Don’t worry if you are not already a member, if you live in Albany it’s free to JOIN ONLINE.

Work Placement

We are committed to delivering engaging work placements for young people.  Workplace learning enables students to gain workplace knowledge and develop competencies to transition from school to work. To find out more, please use our contact form.

More eResources

Find our complete list here of eResources here. 

Story Playground (Back in July School Holidays)

Our School Holiday Story Playground will be back in April, with loads of super fun and FREE activities for the kids and families! Please book early to secure a place, these sessions always fill up very fast.  Some sessions also cater for younger children, please check the full program details for more information. 

Here are some of the previous activities:

  • Week 1: Garden Grubs, Sun Catchers, Party Time, Family Movie
  • Week 2: Let's Cook K-Pow Fritters, Make a Zine, Story Walk, Family Games Night
  • Week 3: Book End Designs, Author Talk.

Children's Book Week - Coming August 2022

The new theme will be: Dreaming with eyes open... take a look at the Book Week theme announcement here.

Bookmark our dedicated Book Week page for more info. 

Each year since 1945 the CBCA has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children's authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians create colourful displays, develop activities, run competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading. You will often see parades with students dressed as their favourite book character. 

Summer Reading Club - back in summer school holidays!

We had a great time reading over summer with the Level Up challenge; to read as many days as you could this summer. Some children read every day while others read consistently across the holidays to stay inspired exploring fun facts and great books. Well done everyone for challenging yourself!
 
Thank you and well done to all the kids who wrote book reviews, the staff loved reading them!
 
Check out BEANSTACK  to find out more about reading challenges or join now to enjoy other great challenge we have available for kids and adults.
 
All the registrations and book review entries were entered into various prize draws with books, Lego and other wacky stuff, and the kids were thrilled to win these amazing prize packs.
 
Congratulations to the following Prize Winners:
Lenovo Tablet Prize Winner: Jodie Hall
Book Review Prize Winner: Annabelle Reddington
Book Pack Winners:
Babies & Toddlers – Freya Williams
Kindy/Prep – Lyla Sims
Primary – Sullivan Nouchy
 
Level Up Challenge Achievements:
93 Readers Registered
68 Active Readers Participated
77 Completed Activities
385 Badges Earned
56 Reviews Written
And a whopping 1605 Days Read!!
 
Keep an eye out for new reading challenges and happy reading from all of us here at the Library.

Paws for Reading - Watch this space!

Paws for Reading is currently on hold but we are working on it.

Reading with Dogs!  Develop reading confidence while reading with Dogs.  Bring a favourite book to read or choose one in the Library. Great for children struggling with reading, children who need to build reading confidence and children with Dyslexia.

Why dogs, we hear you ask? Dogs don't judge, they won't interrupt the flow of reading even when there is a mistake, dogs are great listeners and can reduce stress, embarrassment and anxiety of reading to others.

Three tips for children from our dogs:

  • Choose an easy book to read with me
  • We love to be patted while you read to us
  • I might look sleepy but that's how I listen

Scribblers Festival

Welcome to the Scribblers Festival Writing Journal. Over the years the number one question young people have asked our guest writers and illustrators is, ‘what does it take to become a published author?’ And more often than not the answer is, ‘to practice every day!’
 
The journal is a place for you to do just that. We asked the fantastic children’s book writer Deb Fitzpatrick and amazing illustrator Gavin Aung Than to share their top tips and creative prompts here, to help you get started.
So what are you waiting for? Pick up a pen and start writing!

Journals are now available to collect from the Albany Public Library, just ask the friendly staff at the front counter. 
 
For Scribblers Festival program details, check out their website here.
The Golden Pen Writing Award is back! This year the theme is Everyday Magic.

Are you a young writer, keen to share your stories with the world?  This writing competition is the perfect place to start flexing your creativity. We can’t wait to read the stories you have bubbling away in your brains... Perhaps it’s about a magical creature? Or an everyday object, which is actually a portal to a new world? Maybe you find magic in the beauty of nature, such as a rainbow on a stormy day, or a dandelion full of wishes waiting to be blown into the breeze. The options are as limitless as your imagination.  

Open across three age categories and blind judged by a star panel of authors, winners will be announced at a special event at Scribblers Festival Family Weekend on 7 May and could win up to $500 in cash and more amazing prizes. 

To enter, create a story no more than 3000 words in any format you like, from poetry to prose to comics responding to this year’s theme, and submit by 20 March 2022.
 
To submit your work visit the Scribblers Website.