Children and families

Here you'll find resources to activate State Library's programs for children and families in your homes and spaces. Discover themed book-lists and art-making resources connected with The Corner programming; tools and suggestions for supporting early literacy through the First 5 Forever program; The Summer Reading Club program to support a love of recreational reading through the summer; StoryLab workshop plans and a showcase of content created by children during our holiday festivals.

The Corner

The Corner is our interactive environment carefully prepared for children from birth through to eight years. Discover themed book-lists and art-making resources to support the serious business of play in your homes and spaces.

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. 

Holiday festivals

During summer and winter school holidays State Library hosts a choose-your-own adventure program of free activities and our popular Story Lab workshop series. Holiday Festivals are always bursting with fabulous imaginative fun for children, young people and families. Discover workshop plans and a showcase of content created by participants here.

Summer Reading Club

The Summer Reading Club is a free public program for children, young people and families. It runs nationally in libraries and online from 1 December to 31 January each year. Activities are designed to target the ‘summer slide’ to prevent loss of academic gains made during the school year. Participation at local libraries and online encourages children, young people and families to read all summer long to nurture an ongoing love of reading for fun. 

Children's Voices

Children’s Voices is 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, now held at State Library of Queesnland.  Discover more about the Rights of Children and the Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM Children's Art Archive.

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 links below:

Children using iPad at the State Library of Queensland's Summer Festival event. Photo by Josef Ruckli.

Kanopy Kids

An extensive range of film and television series, language learning, animated storybooks and anime, favourites for pre-schoolers and up. 

Girl using iPad at the State Library of Queensland's Summer Festival event. Photo by Josef Ruckli.


Tumblebooks provides eBooks for kids, created in Flash animation. Includes interaction and fun with quizzes, games and puzzles as well as stories for a range of ages and interests

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.

Spaces for children and families

The State Library of Queensland is a great place for families to visit. With friendly staff and a great program of activities to explore, places to visit, spaces to enjoy you'll be sure to find something for children of all ages:

Mother and child playing at Summer Festival in State Library of Queensland. Photo by Joe Ruckli.

The corner

Come down to The Corner and play your way through our interactive environment, carefully prepared for children to make discoveries and experience new things. 

kuril dhagun – The Reading Nook

This area acts as a space for the whole family to interact with reading material and storytelling and is a place of significance for visiting elders and community.

Carers' room

Parent and carers facilities

The Carers' Room is equipped with baby change facilities, toilet facilities, feeding chairs, sinks, microwave, television and all the comfort you need to take care of your little ones.

Families are welcomed at State Library with onsite parkingfamily friendly cafe and a bookshop full of great reads for children. State Library is conveniently located near many other attractions for families in the Cultural Precinct and we're a easy walk away from Southbank and the Brisbane CBD, so come and make a day of it.