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!


Children's Book Week - August 2021

Time to get excited for the new theme: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.

Head to our dedicated Book Week page for more info and to enter our Book Week competition. 

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.

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 welcomed).

Register HERE for available sessions. Bookings usually open 21 days prior to the session.

Can't make it to a LEGO Club session? Check out our LEGO Club 2021 Monthly Challenges! Complete a challenge and CLICK HERE to submit it to us.

Take a look at some of the previous entries from our Master LEGO Builders below. 

 

Rhymetime and Storytime

We are very excited to recommence our in-house Rhymetime and Storytime sessions for 2021!  

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Summer Reading Club - 2021 Wrap-up

We had a great time over summer imagining our own adventures in many different ways, like reading at the beach or building with summer-themed LEGO. Well done to all the kids who completed their challenges it has been great to have you all in the Library collecting your challenge awards, books and prizes.

113 Children participated in this year’s challenge, with over 650 badges earned and 97 rewards collected!!!  You can still come and collect yours if you didn’t get a chance during the holidays.

Big thank you to all the kids who wrote book rave reviews, the staff loved reading them! Make sure you join BEANSTACK where you can log your books and keep those reviews coming. All the registrations and book rave entries were entered into various prize draws with books, vouchers, tablets and other wacky stuff, and the kids were thrilled to win these amazing prize packs.

Keep an eye out for new reading challenges like the Mindfulness and Bookwork challenges currently open and happy reading from all of us here at the Library.

Congratulations to our Summer Reading Club major prize winners!

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Felix Damon

Prize Packs (Valued at $50)

Levi Bell

Fulin Wang

Tessa Hartley

Most Books Read Prize (Valued at $50.00)

Phoebe Miller 2.5yrs and her great parents!

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Summer Reading Club has finished for season 2020-2021 but will be back in December. Don't despair! Our Beanstack reading challenges continue throughout the year. 

All Beanstack Summer Reading Club participants who complete the 10hr challenge will receive a free book and go in the draw to win from our suite of great prizes including an android tabled, books, vouchers and other wacky merch!

Prefer a paper log? We have got you covered, paper logs are available to collect in the library.  You can enter as many times as you like, just complete a new log for every 10 hours read.

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 - Coming Sept/Oct School Holidays

The Library has awesome holiday activities at our Story Playground sessions during the school holidays! Watch this space for the full program.

All Story Playground sessions are FREE and start at 10:30am. Most sessions are suitable for primary school aged children 5+ but please check the program for details.

Paws for Reading - Coming Soon!

Paws for Reading is currently on hold but will hopefully be back soon.

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

National Simultaneous Storytime - Coming July 2022!

The Library supports and celebrates Library and Information Week and National Simultaneous Storytime each year with special events! Watch this space to find out new years theme and what we have planned.