Children and youth library programs

Babytime

Read stories and sing songs in a fun and interactive session for babies aged birth to 18 months.  

Aldinga Library

  • Fridays 10am

Hub Library

  • Thursdays 10am

Seaford Library

  • Tuesdays 10am

Noarlunga Library

  • Wednesdays 10am 

Willunga Library

  • Thursdays 10am 

Woodcroft Library

  • Wednesdays 2pm

Please contact your local library for more information.

 babies playing with bubbles and shakers at babytime

Toddlertime

Read stories and sing songs in a fun and interactive session for children aged 18 months to 3 years.  

Aldinga

  • Mondays 10:00am

Hub Library

  • Fridays 10am

Noarlunga Library

  • Thursdays 10am 

Seaford Library

  • Mondays 10.30am

Willunga Library

  • Tuesdays 10am

Woodcroft Library

  • Tuesdays 10am

Please contact your library for more information. 

 Child playing under parachute at Toddlertime

Storytime

Read stories and sing songs in a fun and interactive session for children aged 3 to 5 years.  

Aldinga Library

  • Mondays 10am

Hub Library

  • Wednesdays 10am

Noarlunga Library

  • Thursdays 10am

Seaford Library

  • Wednesdays 10.30am 

Willunga Library

  • Tuesdays 10am

Woodcroft Library

  • Tuesdays 10am

Please contact your library for more information.

Children listening to a story at Storytime 

 

Words Grow Minds

Talk, Play, Read and Sing! This is a fun and interactive program for babies, toddlers and their parent/caregiver, supporting the South Australian Government Words Grow Minds campaign. For ages 0-3. 

Woodcroft Library

  • Thursdays 10am

Visit Words Grow Minds for information on the campaign and for family resources.

 

Auslan Storytime & Toddlertime

Enjoy stories, songs and activities, which will be interpreted by Auslan interpreters. These sessions aim to support your child’s early literacy and language development, while introducing them to sign language communication. All children and families are welcome.

Please contact your library for more information

Watch the recordings of our past Auslan-interpreted Storytime and Toddlertime sessions!

 

Virtual Storytime

Check out our pre-recorded picture book readings with our library staff.

Homeschooling with DOMSTEM

Woodcroft Library

  • Mondays 10.30am-12pm during school term time

This is a program for homeschooling families and focuses on science and technologies, alongside Engineering and a little Mathematics where needed. The content reflects multiple year levels according to the curriculum. The class is taught by Dominic McNamara, an electronics engineer with extensive experience as a STEM tutor instructing in schools and libraries, focusing on real-world problem solving. Cost is $11.50 per child per session. For bookings, visit www.domstem.com/classes. For more information, contact Dominic at www.domstem.com/contact

 

After School Activities

Maker Groups

A place to have fun and be creative! Enjoy activities including science experiments, robots and other technology, craft and more!

Runs during the school term. Please contact your library for more information. 

Hub Library

  • Tuesdays 3:45-4:45pm

Noarlunga Library

  • Tuesdays 4-5pm 

Seaford Library

  • Once a month on Wednesdays 3.30-4.30pm

Woodcroft Library

  • Wednesdays 3:45-4:45pm


Minecraft Clubs

Calling all Minecrafters! Join us each week to create and explore in Minecraft. Runs during the school term. Beginners welcome. For ages 8+.  

Please contact your library for more information. 

Aldinga Library

  • Monday 3:30-4:30pm

Seaford Library

  • Thursday 3:30-4:30pm

Woodcroft Library

  • Fridays 3:45-4:45pm

Lego Club

Build and create with Lego! Suitable for ages 5+ (due to small pieces). Runs during the school term. Parent/caregiver supervision required. Lego supplied. 

Please contact your library for more information. 

Aldinga Library

  • Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm 

Hub Library

  • Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm 

Seaford Library

  • Mondays 3:30-4:30pm   

Willunga Library

  • Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm 

 


Chess Champions

Learn how to play chess with elite chess master Matthew Juszczynski. For existing chess players and those who are interested in learning, join us at this pilot program during term 2, held in conjunction with Onkaparinga Youth. Bookings essential.

Please contact your library for more information.

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Woodcroft Library

  • Thursdays 5-6:30pm

 


The Discovery Hub

An after-school club to try something new every month. It could be a craft, playing games, or even a challenge? What will you discover today? For ages 5-10. 

Please contact your library for more information. 

Hub Library

  • First Friday of the month 3:45-4:45pm

Inky Fingers Comic Book Gang

Inky Fingers Comic Gang is a monthly comic group led by local Adelaide comics artist George Rex for young humans who love drawing. Held on the fourth Monday of the month, each session stands alone and is open to all drawing levels. All materials supplied. Suitable for ages 8-14. Supported by Onkaparinga Youth.

 Please contact your library for more information.

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Noarlunga Library

  • Fourth Monday of the month 4-5pm

School Holidays

Onkaparinga Libraries offers a variety of children's activities during the school holidays. Bookings are available 2 weeks prior to the holidays.

Bookings are essential for all school holiday activities.

Download the full program here.

Contact your library for more information. 

Children's University

Children's University offers educational experiences for children aged 5 to 14 years and volunteering opportunities for 15-18 year olds outside of school.

Students who complete the program receive a formal certificate and participate in a graduation ceremony.

Onkaparinga Libraries offer approved activities for students in the Children's University program.

For more information visit childrensuniversity.com.au or contact Woodcroft Library on 8384 0050.  

Ngaityu Muiyu Tantu

The Ngaityu Muiyu Tantu (My Feelings Bag) was designed by a team from all over Adelaide to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to read, sing and yarn with their little ones. 600 bags are being proudly distributed via Taikurrendi Children’s Centre, Kalaya Children's Centre and other centres across Onkaparinga and Port Adelaide Enfield.

The project aims to use storytelling and language to:

  • improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s emotional and social outcomes
  • increase access to books and reading at home and
  • help children to self-regulate their emotions when big feelings arise.

 

Each pack contains:

  • A book written by a First Nations author and illustrator
  • A book Ngaityu Muiyu (My Feelings) in Kaurna language
  • Australian animal finger puppet
  • Clapping sticks for singing songs and rhymes
  • Deadly Parenting information from Parenting SA and Families Growing Together
  • Links to websites and videos
  • A bag designed by local artist Lawson Dodd

 

Developed by Kalaya Children’s Centre Staff and Management Committee, in collaboration with City of PAE Libraries and City of Onkaparinga Libraries. Funding was available through the Department for Education’s Local Government Early Childhood Community Innovation grants, administered by the Local Government Association of South Australia.