Kids and teens

  • What’s on
  • Mandarin rhymetime @ Green Square
    Monday 20 August 2018
  • Event details

    Come along to our animated sing-a-long session for babies and toddlers.

    Songs and rhymes are sung in Mandarin to support literacy development, nurture language and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

    For 0 to 2 year olds.

    Bookings are not required, but session numbers are limited to 50 participants so be sure to arrive early to secure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Green Square Library
    Mondays, 10am to 10.30am

    Monday 5 February to Monday 27 August 2018

    Except Easter Monday, Monday 16 April, Monday 23 April, Queen's Birthday, Monday 9 July and Monday 16 July

  • Rhymetime @ Newtown
    Monday 20 August 2018
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies. The sessions combine rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0 to 2 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Unfortunately, Newtown Library’s Gallery is not wheelchair accessible. We apologise for this inconvenience.

    Newtown Library
    Mondays, 10am to 10.30am

    Monday 12 February to Monday 17 December 2018

    Except Easter Monday, Monday 16 April, Monday 23 April, Queen's Birthday, Monday 9 July, Monday 16 July, Monday 24 September, Labour Day and Monday 8 October

  • Maker and creator after-school workshops (8-12 years)
    Monday 20 August 2018
  • Event details

    Kids will play and create with the latest robotic toys and digital and electronic gadgets. They’ll build different digital and making skills. Sessions suitable for 8 to 12 years old.

    Surry Hills Library

    Junkbots: 30 July
    Combine recycled materials and a DC motor to create a moving junkbot.

    Wind tube: 13 August
    Make a flying machine from recycled materials and watch it soar.

    Edison robot construction: 27 August
    Explore engineering challenges with our new EdCreate extension construction kits. Make a crane, tank, drawing machine, robo claw or digger.

    Lift machine: 10 September
    Create a simple machine which uses compressed air to lift a load.

    Newtown Library

    Junkbots: 31 July
    Combine recycled materials and a DC motor to create a moving junkbot.

    Steady hand game: 14 August
    Learn simple electronics and have fun testing your hand-eye coordination.

    littleBits: 28 August
    Combine our electronic building blocks to create fun electrical circuits

    Extending grabber: 11 September
    Make a simple extendable arm to pick up small objects.

    Glebe Library

    Junkbots: 1 August
    Combine recycled materials and a DC motor create a moving junkbot.

    Edison robot construction: 15 August
    Explore engineering challenges with our new EdCreate extension construction kits. Make a crane, tank, drawing machine, robo claw or digger

    Wind tube: 29 August
    Make a flying machine from recycled materials and watch it soar.

    Lift machine: 12 September
    Create a simple machine which uses compressed air to lift a load.

    Ultimo Library

    Shadow puppet making: 2 August
    Use a die cutter to create puppets and a background scene to explore light and shadow.

    Kaleidoscopes: 16 August
    Design and create a simple kaleidoscope using craft materials.

    Steady hand game: 30 August
    Learn simple electronics and have fun testing your hand-eye coordination.

    littleBits: 13 September
    Combine our electronic building blocks to create fun electrical circuits.

    Sessions are free and run for 1 hour fortnightly from July to September. Bookings are recommended as places are limited.

    Parents or guardians are required to stay during the session.

    City of Sydney Library
    Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9am to 6pm

    Monday 30 July to Thursday 13 September 2018

    Read listing for details.

  • Bilingual storytime @ Green Square
    Monday 20 August 2018
  • Book now

    Come along to our bilingual storytime. It’s a fun session of storytelling, rhymes, music, singing and craft activities for pre-schoolers. Stories are read aloud in both English and Mandarin to support literacy development, foster a love of reading and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Bookings are not required, but session numbers are limited to 50 participants per session.

    Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Green Square Library
    Mondays, 11am to 11.45pm

    Monday 12 February to Monday 27 August 2018

    Except Easter Monday, Monday 16 April, Monday 23 April, Monday 30 April, Queen's Birthday, Monday 9 July and Monday 16 July

  • Maker and creator after-school workshops (5-8 years)
    Monday 20 August 2018
  • Event details

    Kids will get to play and create with the latest robotic toys and digital and electronic gadgets. They’ll develop different digital and making skills. Sessions are suitable for kids 5 to 8 years old.

    Junkbots: 6 August
    Combine recycled materials and a DC motor to create a moving junkbot.

    Wind tube: 20 August
    Make a flying machine from recycled materials and watch it soar.

    Edison robot construction: 3 September
    Explore engineering challenges with our new construction kits. Make a crane, tank, drawing machine, robo claw or digger.

    Lift machine: 17 September
    Create a simple machine which uses compressed air to lift a load.

    Sessions are free and run for 1 hour. Bookings are recommended as places are limited.

    Parents or guardians are required to stay during the session.

    Surry Hills Library
    Fortnightly on Mondays, 4pm to 5pm

    Monday 6 August to Monday 17 September 2018

  • Storytime @ Newtown
    Monday 20 August 2018
  • Event details

    Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft for pre-schoolers. The sessions foster an early love of reading and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Bookings are not required but session numbers are limited so please ensure you arrive early to secure your place.

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Newtown Library
    Mondays, 11am to 11.45am

    Monday 5 February to Monday 17 December 2018

    Except Easter Monday, Monday 16 April, Monday 23 April, Queen's Birthday, Monday 9 July, Monday 16 July, Labour Day and Monday 8 October

  • Bi-lingual storytime @ Ultimo
    Tuesday 21 August 2018
  • Book now

    Come along to our bi-lingual storytime. It’s a fun session of storytelling, rhymes, music, singing and craft for preschoolers. Stories are read aloud in both English and Mandarin to support literacy development, foster a love of reading and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year-olds.

    Bookings are not required, but session numbers are limited.

    Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Ultimo Library
    Tuesdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Tuesday 6 February to Tuesday 18 December 2018

    Except Tuesday 17 April, Tuesday 24 April, Tuesday 10 July, Tuesday 17 July, Tuesday 2 October and Tuesday 9 October

  • Storytime @ Glebe
    Tuesday 21 August 2018
  • Event details

    Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft for pre-schoolers. The sessions foster an early love of reading and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Bookings are not required but session numbers are limited so please ensure you arrive early to secure your place.

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Glebe Library
    Tuesdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Tuesday 6 February to Tuesday 18 December 2018

    Except Tuesday 17 April, Tuesday 24 April, Tuesday 10 July, Tuesday 17 July, Tuesday 2 October and Tuesday 9 October

  • Rhymetime @ Glebe
    Tuesday 21 August 2018
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies. The sessions combine rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0 to 2 year olds.

    Two sessions available:
    10am – 10.25am
    1.30pm – 1.55pm

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Glebe Library
    Tuesdays, 10am to 10.30am

    Tuesday 6 February to Tuesday 18 December 2018

    Except Tuesday 17 April, Tuesday 24 April, Tuesday 10 July, Tuesday 17 July, Tuesday 2 October and Tuesday 9 October

  • Storytime @ Kings Cross
    Wednesday 22 August 2018
  • Event details

    Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft for pre-schoolers. The sessions foster an early love of reading and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Bookings are not required but session numbers are limited so please ensure you arrive early to secure your place.

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Wednesday 7 February to Wednesday 19 December 2018

    Except Wednesday 18 April, Anzac Day, Wednesday 11 July, Wednesday 18 July, Wednesday 3 October and Wednesday 10 October

  • Code Club: MIT Scratch and Makey Makey
    Wednesday 22 August 2018
  • Book now

    Bring your keen coders to our free 4-week coding series. They’ll gain confidence using the coding environment, MIT Scratch, and find out how to build games and animations.

    MIT Scratch offers a fun introduction to block coding. It encourages creative thinking, systematic reasoning and collaboration. In this series, our young coders will develop a project with the Makey Makey invention kit to bring their ideas to the next level.

    Makey Makey turns everyday objects into touchpads. A banana can become a keyboard or a game controller. It’s part of our makerspace kit collection available to borrow. Your coder can continue to explore and work on their project at home.

    These hands-on workshops are suitable for 9 to 12 year-olds. Prior experience with MIT Scratch is recommended.

    Places are free, however, you must book and attend all sessions. The workshops have a capacity of 8. Everything is provided. Parents or guardians need to stay in the library during Code Club.

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesdays, 4pm to 5pm

    Wednesday 8 August to Wednesday 29 August 2018

  • Rhymetime @ Green Square
    Wednesday 22 August 2018
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies that combines rhymes, music, singing and puppets. The sessions aim to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0 to 2 year olds.

    Two sessions available:
    10am – 10.25am
    11am – 11.25am

    Each session is limited to 50 participants. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Green Square Library
    Wednesdays, 10am to 11.25am

    Wednesday 7 February to Wednesday 29 August 2018

    Except Wednesday 18 April, Anzac Day, Wednesday 11 July and Wednesday 18 July

  • Rhymetime @ Kings Cross
    Wednesday 22 August 2018
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies. The session combines rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0 to 2 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesdays, 10am to 10.30am

    Wednesday 7 February to Wednesday 19 December 2018

    Except Wednesday 18 April, Anzac Day, Wednesday 11 July, Wednesday 18 July, Wednesday 3 October and Wednesday 10 October

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

  • Storytime @ Ultimo
    Thursday 23 August 2018
  • Event details

    Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft for pre-schoolers. The sessions foster an early love of reading and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Bookings are not required but session numbers are limited so please ensure you arrive early to secure your place.

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Ultimo Library
    Thursdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Thursday 8 February to Thursday 13 December 2018

    Except Thursday 19 April, Thursday 26 April, Thursday 12 July, Thursday 19 July, Thursday 4 October and Thursday 11 October

  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 23 August 2018
  • Event details

    Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft for pre-schoolers. The sessions foster an early love of reading and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Bookings are not required but session numbers are limited so please ensure you arrive early to secure your place.

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Auslan Storytime is now offered at 2pm at Glebe Library on Saturday afternoons during school term.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Thursday 8 February to Thursday 13 December 2018

    Except Thursday 19 April, Thursday 26 April, Thursday 12 July, Thursday 19 July, Thursday 4 October and Thursday 11 October

  • Rhymetime @ Ultimo
    Thursday 23 August 2018
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies. The session combine rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0 to 2 year-olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Ultimo Library
    Thursdays, 10am to 10.30am

    Thursday 8 February to Thursday 13 December 2018

    Except Thursday 19 April, Thursday 26 April, Thursday 12 July, Thursday 19 July, Thursday 4 October and Thursday 11 October

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

  • Rhymetime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 23 August 2018
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies. The sessions combine rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0 to 2 year-olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursdays, 10am to 10.30am

    Thursday 8 February to Thursday 13 December 2018

    Except Thursday 19 April, Thursday 26 April, Thursday 12 July, Thursday 19 July, Thursday 4 October and Thursday 11 October

  • Rhymetime in Mandarin @ Haymarket
    Friday 24 August 2018
  • Event details

    Come along to our animated sing-a-long session for babies and toddlers.

    Songs and rhymes are sung in Mandarin to support literacy development, nurture Mandarin knowledge and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

    For 0 to 2 year olds.

    Bookings are not required, but session numbers are limited so be sure to arrive early to secure your place.

    Haymarket Library
    Fridays, 10am to 10.30am

    Friday 9 February to Friday 14 December 2018

    Except Good Friday, Friday 20 April, Friday 27 April, Friday 13 July, Friday 20 July, Friday 5 October and Friday 12 October

  • Code Club: MIT Scratch for beginners
    Friday 24 August 2018
  • Book now

    Bring your keen coders to our free 4 week coding series. They’ll gain confidence using the coding environment, MIT Scratch, and find out how to build games and animations. Watch them grow their competence as new skills and concepts each week build on previous activities.

    MIT Scratch offers a fun introduction to block coding. It encourages creative thinking, systematic reasoning and collaboration.

    These hands-on workshops run for 1 hour each week and are suitable for 9 to 12 year olds with no prior experience necessary.

    Places are free, however, you must book in and attend for all sessions. The workshops have a capacity of 8, so bookings are recommended.

    Everything is provided and parents or guardians need to stay in the library during Code Club.

    Ultimo Library
    Fridays, 4pm to 5pm

    Friday 10 August to Friday 31 August 2018

  • Bilingual storytime @ Haymarket
    Friday 24 August 2018
  • Event details

    Come along to our bilingual storytime. It’s a fun session of storytelling, rhymes, music, singing and craft activities for preschoolers. Stories are read aloud in both English and Mandarin to support literacy development, nurture Mandarin knowledge and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Bookings are not required, but session numbers are limited.

    Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Haymarket Library
    Fridays, 11am to 11.45am

    Friday 9 February to Friday 14 December 2018

    Except Good Friday, Friday 20 April, Friday 27 April, Friday 13 July, Friday 20 July, Friday 5 October and Friday 12 October

  • Rhymetime @ Waterloo
    Friday 24 August 2018
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lap-sit program for babies. The session combines rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0 to 2 year-olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Waterloo Library
    Fridays, 10am to 10.30am

    Friday 9 February to Friday 31 August 2018

    Except Good Friday, Friday 20 April, Friday 27 April, Friday 13 July and Friday 20 July

  • Friday Rock 'n Rhyme @ Glebe
    Friday 24 August 2018
  • Event details

    Rock ‘n Rhyme is for toddlers who are ready for action with music, rhymes, movement and stories but too wiggly for storytime.

    For 2 to 3 year olds.

    Join us on Fridays at 1.30pm.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Glebe Library
    Fridays, 1.30pm to 2pm

    Friday 9 February to Friday 14 December 2018

    Except Good Friday, Friday 20 April, Friday 27 April, Friday 13 July, Friday 20 July, Friday 5 October and Friday 12 October

  • Storytime @ Waterloo
    Friday 24 August 2018
  • Event details

    Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft for pre-schoolers. The session fosters an early love of reading and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Bookings are not required but session numbers are limited so please ensure you arrive early to secure your place.

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Waterloo Library
    Fridays, 11am to 11.45am

    Friday 9 February to Friday 31 August 2018

    Except Good Friday, Friday 20 April, Friday 27 April, Friday 13 July and Friday 20 July

  • Rhymetime with the Fireflies
    Friday 31 August 2018
  • Event details

    Rhymetime presenters from Myanmar will teach stories, traditional songs and finger rhymes in our new fortnightly rhymetime sessions. The sessions are designed for babies and toddlers up to 2 years and their families or carers. Learn words and phrases in Kareni, explore your curiosity and connect with diverse cultures.

    These presenters have recently completed The Fireflies Program, a collaboration between City of Sydney Library, Red Room Poetry and Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families. This project supports employment pathways for people with refugee backgrounds. It supports them to present early literacy programs in organisations like public libraries and early childhood educational institutions.

    The Fireflies celebrate the idea that uniqueness comes from what we carry on the inside. Made of newly arrived people, they’ve each worked with a professional storyteller to develop their content and presentation.

    Join us every second Friday morning during school term only. This is a free event. No bookings are necessary. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair accessible.

    City of Sydney is proud to be an official refugee welcome zone.

    Surry Hills Library
    Fortnightly on Fridays, 10am to 10.30am

    Friday 8 June to Friday 31 August 2018

  • Micro:bits coding with Code Rangers
    Wednesday 5 September 2018
  • Book now

    Learn block coding and interactive electronics by exploring the micro:bit. Each week, you’ll build skills by creating and designing animation and games. Perfect for participants who’ve already tinkered with block coding environments. These workshops will extend skills into the physical world with an introduction to making interactive electronics.

    Even though the micro:bit fits in your hands, it’s a fully programmable computer that can be used to build cool creations. From robots to musical instruments, the possibilities are endless.

    This little device has big features, like 25 red LEDs that can blink messages. 2 programmable buttons can be used to control games, pause and skip playlisted songs, detect motion and perceive direction.

    Code Rangers
    Coding is a new literacy. That’s why we put kids in charge of technology and teach them to code. As a key skill for this generation, the sooner kids learn, the easier and more intuitive it is.

    This free series is suitable for 10 to 13 year olds. Bookings are recommended as places are limited to a maximum of 8. Participants must attend all sessions.

    Prior block coding experience like MIT Scratch is beneficial to get the most out of this series.

    Parents or guardians are required to stay in the library during the workshop.

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesday 5 September 2018 from 4pm to 5pm

    Every week until Wednesday 26 September.

  • Code Club: MIT Scratch and Makey Makey
    Friday 7 September 2018
  • Book now

    Bring your keen coders to our free 4 week coding series. They’ll gain confidence using the coding environment, MIT Scratch, and find out how to build games and animations.

    MIT Scratch offers a fun introduction to block coding. It encourages creative thinking, systematic reasoning and collaboration. In this series, our young coders will develop a project using the Makey Makey to bring their ideas to the next level.

    Makey Makey is an invention kit that turns everyday objects into touchpads. Make a banana keyboard or draw your own game controller. It’s part of our makerspace kit collection available for members to borrow, so your coder can continue exploring and working on their project at home.

    These hands-on workshops run for 1 hour each week and are suitable for 9 to 12 year olds with no prior experience necessary.

    Places are free, however, you must book in and attend for all sessions. The workshops have a capacity of 8, so bookings are recommended. Everything is provided. Parents or guardians need to stay in the library during Code Club.

    Ultimo Library
    Fridays, 4pm to 5pm

    Friday 7 September to Friday 28 September 2018

  • Australian Poetry Slam: Workshop and heat
    Sunday 16 September 2018
  • Event details

    Sharpen your skills at our spoken word performance workshop run by Word Travels. Then, stick around for 1 of only 2 high school heats of the Australian Poetry Slam. Join the competition or click your fingers along as performers speak, scream, howl, whisper or even sing their pieces.

    Spoken word workshop: 1pm – 3pm
    Word Travels’ Australian Poetry Slam Workshop will inspire and encourage you to create your own performance piece. Jesse Oliver, the 2017 APS Adult Champion, will share his own material, then help you find new ways to express your ideas. Join in some theatre and writing games to spark your imagination.

    Australian Poetry Slam heat for high school students: 4pm
    Sign up at 3:30pm to perform in the high school heat of the Australian Poetry Slam. Heat starts at 4pm. Writers and performers are given a mic and 2 minutes to share their original piece and impress the judges chosen from the live audience. 2 writers from the slam heat will go on to perform at the Sydney Final of the Australian Poetry Slam.

    Facilitator bio: Jesse Oliver is a wholesome Perth poet who is best known for his casual conversational style of slam. In 2017, he appeared on national platforms including the National Young Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers Festival, the Digital Writers Festival and the Australian Poetry Slam National Final. In 2018, Jesse will be launching rap/poetry show Star-Crossed Poetry at Perth Fringe World, joining the Spoken Word Perth team, jumping on an international tour and returning to the National Young Writers Festival as Co-Director.

    To participate or watch the heat, make sure to book a seat in the audience. You can sign up on the night to perform.

    Presented with Word Travels.

    Glebe Library
    Sunday 16 September 2018 from 1pm to 6pm

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