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Woman and child playing in the Corner window. Photo by Jeff Camden.

The Corner

Hello Families

The Corner is currently closed and we miss you at the library. However, we look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

In the meantime, we encourage you to be inspired online by a range of creative activities for family play and learning with The Corner at Home Activities. 

Join us for online Story Time, Rhyme Time and Baby Play sessions, updated weekdays on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 10am on our Facebook page.

Don’t forget to visit First 5 Forever for tips and resources to support early literacy and providing opportunities for children and their families to talk, read, sing and play together every day.

Frankie and Jac Baby Play

Frankie and Jac sing songs while looking at board books Where is Mr Lion? and Incy Wincy Spider. They also use balloons to sing the Popcorn song. 

The Corner at Home Activities

Join your favourite State Library, The Corner staff for an exciting new addition to our digital programming. Be inspired by The Corner at Home Activities, encouraging creative open-ended adventures for family play and exploration at home.

TCAH hats

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Join Vanessa and start experimenting with different materials to construct your own hat!

TCAH Frankie

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Join Frankie and explore the magic of weaving with items found in and around the house.

TCAH boxes

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Join Walter and experiment with different construction and play activities, it’s amazing the things you can do with a simple box!

TCAH soft sounds

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Join Tiffany as we listen to, and explore soft sounds using everyday items. Experiment with your little people by using rhyming words and describing what you can hear in this open-ended play activity.

TCAH Tim J

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Today’s activity is inspired by musical instruments! Join Tim as we search for ways to make musical instruments from household items and experiment using different sounds with the little people in your home.

TCAH outer space

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Today’s activity is inspired by outer space! Join Tom as we explore the world around us and decorate your very own telescope. Telescopes are used to make things really far-away look really close and easy to see.

TCAH on the line

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Today’s activity is inspired by an everyday chore - the washing! Join Frankie and Iris in a simple backyard activity. Listen for clues in a fun game that will have your little ones hopping to help bring in the washing!

TCAH science week

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Today’s activity is inspired by National Science Week. Are you feeling curious? Join Walter on a backyard science expedition at The State Library of Queensland and discover who or what we can find!

TCAH action

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Today’s activity is inspired by action. Join Tim on an action-packed adventure challenge, to encourage movement and creative play for the little people in your home.

TCAH map my world

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Today’s activity is inspired by map-making. Join Deanna and follow the steps so that you can become a confident cartographer, that’s the really fancy way to describe someone who draws maps. 

TCAH in the kitchen

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Today’s activity is inspired by what you can find in the kitchen. Join Tiffany on a kitchen discovery to see what a little imagination and a collection of food containers can create!

Scavenger Hunt

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Today, join Mari in a game of scavenger hunt using photographs taken around the library. She was inspired by the exhibition, Twenty: Two decades of Queensland photography, online now at The State Library of Queensland.

Paperclip Train

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Today’s activity is inspired by a very popular mode of public transport that people use to travel every day - trains! Join Tom as he creates a paperclip train as impressive as it is long.

TCAH twenty

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Inspired by the exhibition Twenty, join Alarna to explore photography with your little ones by learning to capture a still picture or moment in time together.

Ephemeral Art

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Today Mari is encouraging you to play outside finding objects that you could use to make art. She was inspired by the exhibition, Big Voices: Children’s Art Matters in celebration of Under Eights Week here at the State Library of Queensland.

Shadow Art

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Today Nat is encouraging you to find shadows that you could use to make art. She was inspired by the exhibition, Big Voices: Children’s Art Matters in celebration of Under Eights Week here at the State Library of Queensland.

Colour Exploration

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Today, join Alarna on a colourful exploration in her backyard and at home, to learn about all the colours of the rainbow.

Resources

Parents and caregivers play a vital role as your child’s first and most important educator. We encourage you to talk, share stories, sing and play at home every day and give young children the best chance to build strong early literacy skills. 

Kindergo

Download the Kindergo app for FREE now! Kindergo is a reading app for children aged 2-7 years, featuring curated picture books and learning games.

Mother and two children sharing a book outside

Keep up to date with articles and news for children and families of the State Library of Queensland.

Baby on mat in The Corner

Visit First 5 Forever for simple ways to include early literacy in your everyday. 

Animalia app

Engage digitally with Graeme Base’s ‘Animalia’ and ‘The ABC of Flying’ – read the stories and have fun with the interactive activities.  Available for download on your favourite platform.

Free with State Library membership

Screenshot of film streaming service Kanopys kids database

Unlimited access to quality children’s films and documentaries including ABC series such as Play School, popular titles and classics such as Where the Wild Things Are and Cinderella.

Free with State Library membership

Image of National Geographic Kids database home page

Get ready for amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

Free with State Library membership

First 5 Forever

Talk, read, sing and play together every day to build a strong foundation for your child’s future development.