Story Time

07 May 2021

For many Canberrans, a library isn’t just a place to borrow a book.

Over the years, local libraries have been a place for young families to gather to enjoy popular programs such as Giggle and Wiggle and Story Time. Ask around and many people will say one of their earliest memories is being read classics like “Possum Magic” in a cosy corner at Story Time.

After having to move online for most of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person programs have returned to Libraries ACT. It’s news that has been embraced by the community, said Libraries ACT Director of Content and Engagement Sarah Steed.

“I think for many people programs like these at libraries are a rite of passage,” Sarah said.

“People have been really happy to be back. Some of the babies at Giggle and Wiggle - which is aimed at 0-2 year olds - were born just before or during COVID, and the parents had not been able to bring them up to now.”

To meet COVID-safe requirements, bookings are now essential via the Libraries ACT website for all programs and participant numbers are smaller.

“Bookings open three days before each session, so we encourage people to be ready as they have been filling up fast,” Sarah says.

As well as being gateways to knowledge and culture, Sarah believes libraries play a fundamental role in bringing people together in an all-inclusive, safe and friendly environment, and one that supports children developing and being exposed to words and languages.

“I think it does allow parents to spend quality time with children and you see them really connecting, for example through the songs we might sing at Giggle and Wiggle or the books we read at Story Time,” Sarah said.

“Even young babies only a couple months old can really connect with a page in a book or their parents’ faces.

“The library itself is a very social place. Not just for the parents, but the kids can learn about being with other kids. There are so many benefits to it.”

Learn more about the programs on offer for all ages at Libraries ACT: Programs | Libraries ACT (

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