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

The Corner

Hello families

We are excited to announce that from 9 November, we are welcoming our families back onsite!  

State Library has worked with Queensland Health to develop a specific COVID-Safe Site Plan that governs how we are managing safe practices onsite. Bookings are essential to attend children and families activities. Please read the FAQs below for more information, and check the conditions of entry before booking your visit. 

Join us for Play Time in The Corner every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday for two free, bookable sessions from 10–11.30am and 12noon–1.30pm. Families will be supported with open-ended play opportunities and curated resource packs to encourage fun and creativity.  

You can also book free sessions to Baby Play in The Parlour, every Tuesday from 10–11am and Rhyme Time in The Parlour each Saturday from 10–11am.  

Bookings are able to be made up to 14 days in advance – these are released daily for the following 14 day period. 
As bookings are limited, if you are unable to make your session time please cancel to free your booking for another group.

You can still find us online! We encourage you to be inspired 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 on Mondays, Wednesdays 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. 

Play in The Corner

Join us every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday from 10am-11.30am and 12pm-1.30pm.

Rhyme Time in The Corner

Join us every Saturday from 10am-11am.

Baby Play in The Parlour

Join us every Tuesday from 10am-11am.

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 travel

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Join Tom as he creates a magical train ticket using collage and paint materials. Use your imagination to work out where your ticket is going to take you.

TCAH shapes

Enjoy the magic of The Corner at Home Activities. Join Tim on a discovery shape challenge around the State Library!

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. 

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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. 

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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

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

Free with State Library membership

Frequently asked questions

We can’t wait to provide safe and engaging experiences for children and families at State Library.

Mondays:
Play Time in The Corner | 10–11.30am & 12noon–1.30pm | Bookings essential

Tuesdays:
Baby Play in The Parlour | 10–11am | Bookings essential

Thursdays:
Play Time in The Corner | 10–11.30am & 12noon–1.30pm | Bookings essential

Saturdays:
Rhyme Time in The Parlour | 10–11am | Bookings essential

Sundays:
Play Time in The Corner | 10–11.30am & 12noon–1.30pm | Bookings essential

Yes. 

Numbers are limited in the space according to the Queensland Government’s Roadmap to easing restrictions. Please book for each person in your group (including infants and children) before you visit. Bookings are not transferrable to other people.

If you are no longer able to attend your booking, please cancel it online. Contact us at (07) 3840 7927 or ypf@slq.qld.gov.au if you need assistance.
 

Enter through the Infozone doors from the Knowledge Walk. Staff will help you check in there.

We recommend you arrive 10 minutes before your booking time to check in and collect your play pack.

Families will be supported with open-ended play opportunities and curated resource packs to encourage fun and creativity for Play Time in The Corner.

Play resources will be quarantined after use, and our spaces will be sanitised in accordance with our COVID-Safe Site Plan, which is approved by Queensland Health. 

If you’re coming for Baby Play and Rhyme Time sessions, you will need to bring your own floor blanket for your family. And, don’t forget your most important personal resources — your voice to sing, and your hands for actions! 

If you or your child or children have any specific needs in order to participate in the session, contact the event supervisor prior to the session on (07) 3840 7927 or email ypf@slq.qld.gov.au to discuss your requirements.

Yes.

While you’re visiting State Library, take a journey into young artists’ worlds in our Big Voices: children’s art matters exhibition (Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, level 4). Simply book a ticket for each person in your group (including infants and children).

We also have a great family program for the summer holidays lined up for the start of the new year. Keep an eye out for more details coming soon.

Join First 5 Forever on Facebook for live sessions every Wednesday from 10am. These sessions are hosted online with your and your child’s participation in mind!

You can also watch Story Time, Rhyme Time and Baby Play sessions online, updated on Mondays and Fridays at 10am on slq Play Facebook.

First 5 Forever

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