Youth Services

Kids Stay Home 

While we are not able to run our regular programs, check out our Kids Stay Home page for other great ways we are keeping kids engaged in fun reading and activities.

You can watch our YouTube channel for online sessions of some of our programs and register for Beanstack for great reading challenges and book recommendations.

Children's Book Week

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.

Children's Book Week Cake Competition Entries



1st Prize - Stanley Cowles: My Dead Bunny by Sigi Cohen and James Foley

2nd Prize - Zahra Houderrani: Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm

3rd Prize - Erin & Gwen Corson: The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie by Mae Gibbs


All the cake entries were amazing and will each receive Children's Book Week 2020 themed Curious Creatures Curious Minds merchandise.

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.

Rhyme and Storytime

Better Beginnings 

Lego Club

An hour of Lego fun! Lego club will provide challenging builds for you individually, in groups and teams. Challenging your design and thinking skills while working under pressure. It promises to be an hour full of fun learning and experiences. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 4pm-5pm. Suitable for children 6-12 years. All Lego supplied (donations of Lego are very welcomed).
Register HERE for available sessions. Bookings usually open 21 days prior to the session.

Paws for Reading

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? I 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
 Book Online for a 15 minute reading session with our pooches or contact the Library on 6820 3600 for more information.

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

Summer Reading Club

City of Albany kids can now pre-register for the Summer Reading Club using Beanstack!

Now is a great time to join the Summer Reading Club and Imagine your own adventures! 

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.

Story Playground

The Library has awesome holiday activities at our Story Playground sessions during the school holidays! These include great stories, jokes, fun facts, Nature Play missions and Lego Club.

Story and activity sessions are FREE and start at 10:30am. They are suitable for primary school aged children 5+.

You can now Book Online when the program is available (usually two weeks prior to the holidays) or contact the Library on 6820 3600 for more information.

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.

Homework help and other online resources

Looking for homework help and other fun resources you can access from home? We have eResources available to Library members; all you need is your Library card!

Find our complete list here of eResources here

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!