Children and families

Discover our programs and spaces for children and families, find out about First 5 Forever and explore eResources that make accessing library content and exhibitions easy from home. During the summer holidays you'll find information about State Library's holiday programs, exhibitions and events and The Summer Reading Club.

Discover The Corner

Welcome to The Corner - a creative space especially for children under 8 and their families, available both onsite and online! We offer a daily program of sessions full of stories, songs and awesome resources to inspire play so come and join the fun - no bookings required.! You can also drop into The Parlour anytime between 10am and 3pm every day to explore our browsing collection of books perfect for families. For those playing at home or connecting from across QLD, check out The Corner at Home for an inspiring range of creative activities.

First 5 Forever

First 5 Forever is a family literacy initiative delivered by public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres to support strong early literacy foundations. It is free for all Queensland children aged 0-5 years. Discover resources and support through the First 5 Forever website to help you build the best foundation for your child's language and literacy development. 

The Great and Grand Rumpus

This exhibition explored a wild world of wonder, wackiness and whimsy through large cardboard sculptures scaling more than 4.5 meters high and brought to life by interactive digital projections. Discover how the exhibition came to be, incorporating the ideas of over 1000 participants from ages six to sixty!

Big Voices: Children's Art Matters

Children's art is powerful. Through art, children give voice to their knowledge and experience of their world. To have your voice heard is a human right. But, to make art, to tell your own story and to share this with others takes courage. Drawings from the Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM Children's Art Archive Big Voices celebrates this courage and creativity of children sharing their stories through art.

Children's Voices

Children’s Voices was an exhibition of drawings, paintings and linocuts made by children of the Brisbane region in 1997 for the First Australasian Conference on the Rights of the Child, held in Brisbane at the Queensland University of Technology. The exhibition was hosted by State Library of Queensland and supported by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian. Find out more about the exhibition and the artworks that are now part of the SLQ collection in the Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM Children’s Art Archive

Summer Reading Club

The Summer Reading Club is a fun, free program to encourage children to keep reading through the summer! There are 20 challenges to complete which are suitable for all ages. Join The Club online or at your local public library to share book reviews and artwork, comment on other Club Member posts and earn digital rewards.


eResources for families

Access video content and digital books for children of all ages to a compatible portable device with your State Library of Queensland membership.

Find out more information from the link below:

Stories for Little Queenslanders

Spark your child's love of reading with our new series of picture books. Exclusive to First 5 Forever. Grab a copy from your local library, download online or listen to the audiobooks.  

For more eResources for children, check your local public library or check if your library is a member of the Rural Libraries Queensland service for more online options.

Additional eResources for families can also be accessed from the State Library of Queensland.