Children and Youth
The Encounter Kids' Space and Youth Area offer a range of activities to introduce to children and youth to the world of literacy and learning.
Each space can offer a range of:
- Picture books, board books and BIG books
- Colour coded readers and children's novels
- Children's non fiction
- Audio books
- Parenting resources
- Graphic novels
- DVD's and CD's
Regular special events and holiday activities are held for babies, children, young people, and their family and friends.
Encounter Rhyme and Storytime - Preschool Program
Encounter Rhyme and Storytime is a fun and interactive session designed for children from 0 - 6 years of age. This is a free program which includes a combination of singing, dancing, craft, activities and story time.
Please remember to wear your 'craft clothes' as craft and/or sensory activities are often full of messy fun!
The same weekly program content is run on Tuesday's at 9.45 am and Wednesday's at 10.30 am. Each session is approximately 45 minutes in length and it is a wonderful opportunity to socialise for both children and parents alike.
Baby Bounce is a program developed for parents and babies aged 0 - 30 months. It consists of 20 - 30 minutes of songs and rhymes with a sensory aspect. The sessions are interactive, fun and beneficial to both caregiver and child.
Singing and rhymes are a part of early literacy. Singing develops your child’s communication, voice development and helps with their emotional well-being.
Sessions are held Friday mornings from 10.45 am to 11.15 am.
Join the Book Crew and chill out after school with a free fruit box and biscuits! While enjoying our snack, we chat about our current reads with other members of the 'crew'. This is followed by group games and activities.
The Book Crew is an opportunity for primary school aged children to hang out in our Encounter Kids' Space with other like minded kids.
Suitable for ages 7 to 14 years (mid to upper primary age). Guardian supervision is required in the library during the session.
Teen Unwind is an opportunity for senior school students to 'unwind' after school in our youth area. Relax with a free drink from Chat 'n' Cino, while discussing your current read with like minded attendees. This is followed by light-hearted group games as selected by the group.
Suitable for ages 14 to 18 years as 'teen' concepts maybe discussed.
Lego Club: Where Books and Blocks Combine
Join us each Monday during the school term, to build a 'blocktacular' creation with other kids who love Lego. Each week is a different theme from flying machines to jungle creatures, the only boundary is your imagination!
Lego Club is an opportunity for school aged children to hang out and create with like minded kids.
Suitable for ages 5 to 18 years. Attendees under 15 years require guardian supervision in the library during the session.
Little Bang Discovery Club
Young children are already great scientists without even knowing it.
This fun-filled four week, hands on program combines everyday objects and experiences with genuine scientific enquiry methods that children and their accompanying parents will thoroughly enjoy. Best of all, everyone will have a Little Bang Discovery Box to take home each week with a load of exciting items and activities to explore between sessions. The program concludes in week four with a graduation ceremony for the junior discoverers.
The Little Bang Discovery Club four week program is run during terms two and three. The program is free but bookings are required via vhlibrary.eventbrite.com.au
Suitable for ages 3 to 6 years. Guardian supervision and participation is required for the duration on the session.
Encounter Kids' Club
Encounter Kids' Club is for children approximately 10 years and under. When joining, select that you wish to be a member of the Encounter Kids' Club on the membership form.
- a Kids' Club lanyard and sticker for your library card
- colouring booklet, character stickers, and a bookmark
- emailed invitations to all our kids' library events.
School Holiday Programs
The Victor Harbor Library runs an array of school holiday activities. The programs are listed on Eventbrite at least two weeks prior to commencement of each holiday break.
You can visit us all year round; there are always 'Stay & Play' activities in both the Youth and Encounter Kids' Space.
Children's University - Approved Learning Destination
Children cannot aspire to what they don’t know. The Children's University’s aim is to encourage children to try new experiences outside of school learning activities, and recognises their achievements through the award of formal certificates.
How to get involved
The Victor Harbor Library is an approved 'Learning Destination'. Qualifying learning activities held at the library will be promoted with the Children's University logo.For more information please or go to www.childrensuniversity.com.au
Mayor's Short Story Challenge
Mayors' Short Story Challenge is a local writing competition that is run through the local schools in conjunction with Alexandrina Library Services and the Yankalilla Library.
Select the link to view the most recent results and gather more information.