For children and families

Children listening at a Library activity

For more information about the Library's program of fun school holiday events, children's films, games and activities for families, join our subscriber e-mailing list

Explore by yourself

Become a library detective!

During the school holidays, the Library's Find it! trails will lead children and families through the Library’s artworks and the reading rooms, and the exhibition Mapping Our World. Collect your free copy at reception. Use the Treasures Trail and Activity Book to find out about displays in the Treasures Gallery.

Dreaming Animated Short Films

Enjoy animated short films exploring Dreaming stories. Includes Lurujarri Dreaming (2013,30 min, G), a beautiful exploration of Goolarabooloo song lines from Western Australia, and Wadu Matyidi (2011, 40 min, G), where three Flinders Ranges children tell tales of the ancient creatures of their country.
Tuesday 15 April, 1 pm
Theatre, free
The Library acknowledges the assistance of Ronin Films and Black Screen, an initiative of the National Film & Sound Archive

Creative Meditation Workshops

Explore the Luminous World exhibition through discussion, meditation and creative responses. Children can reflect on artworks, music and objects in a conversation about light.
Thursday 17 April
Ages 5–7: 10.30–11.30 am
Ages 8–12: 2–3.30 pm
Meet in the Foyer, $10 per child

Alexander Bunyip’s Under the Lake (75 min)

Celebrate Lake Burley Griffin’s 50th anniversary with author and illustrator Michael Salmon. Hear entertaining histories, mysteries and legends, on, around, and under the lake. A family performance suitable for all ages.
Sunday 25 May, 2 pm
Theatre, $5 per child

National Simultaneous Storytime

This annual event encourages young Australians to read and enjoy books. Bring along the children for storytelling with 2014 Children’s Laureate Jackie French. Suitable for all ages.
Wednesday 21 May
11–11.45 am
Foyer, free

Further enquiries: or 02 6262 1271 

Children must be accompanied by an adult for all events.