If your kids just can't get enough of reading, a visit to the new City of Perth Library is a must. With an entire level dedicated to children, and another to young adults, it's a community space for everyone to enjoy.
Located on Hay Street in the Perth CBD, the library opened in early 2016 and has quickly become a welcome space for families. The children's level is the perfect spot to introduce your child to a new book or character.
The children’s space takes up the entire fourth level. Perhaps the most stunning feature is the live tree at the centre, known as the Tree of Knowledge, a beautiful space where kids can relax with a book.
They are bound to find a new favourite, with thousands of children’s books on offer for all ages. There’s a large, comfortable space with couches and cushions where they can plonk themselves and read, or simply throw themselves on the cushions, as my toddler did – just make sure they aren’t jumping on the other kids. That could get awkward and painful.
For me, the best part about the library (apart from the fact my daughter was having fun, of course….) was that I could bring my lunch and coffee in and enjoy it while my she played and looked at the books. There is even a café on the ground floor, so it’s perfectly acceptable to take food in, as long as it doesn’t omit a strong odour. The café is open Monday to Friday.
The library also runs various children’s activities, including Storytime for children aged 2 to 4 years every Tuesday at 10:30am. Parents of children aged up to 2 years can bring them along to Rhymetime on Tuesdays at 2pm and on Thursdays at 10:30am.
If you’re looking for a Saturday morning activity for young children, the library also has an ‘Educated by Nature – Nature Storytime’ program that runs on the third Saturday of each month at 11am. Children aged 2 – 7 years can hear stories and music about the Australian bush.
Alternatively, if your children are a little bit older, they can head up to level five, which is known as ‘The Attic’ – a dedicated space just for young adults and students. There are study areas and a huge range of young adult literature.
The library also stocks a huge range of DVDs and audio books, along with fiction, non-fiction and so much more. It’s a truly wonderful space for children to let their imagination run absolutely wild.
Essential Information City of Perth Library
573 Hay Street, Perth 9461 3500 Website: www.perth.wa.gov.au Open weekdays 8am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 12pm to 4pm, closed public holidays