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Children's services

Public Library Services provides state-wide consultancy and advice on library services for children to library staff and local government.

Children make up a significant component of library clientele, and are the future adult clients and supporters of our library services. For more information, contact Public Library Services

Early literary programming framework research project

Libraries play an active role in developing and delivering early literacy programs to the community. The State Library worked with The Institute of Early Childhood at Macquarie University on a research project to investigate best practices in delivering early literacy programs in libraries and to develop an early literacy programming framework for NSW public libraries. 

Further information is available on the Early Literacy project page.

Child safe NSW public libraries

Selected resources

Office of the Children's Guardian: Child-safe resources
NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge
Summer Reading Club
National Simultaneous Storytime
Children’s Book Council of Australia

Networking and forums

Elist: Youngpeople is the elist for library staff providing services to children and young adults in New South Wales public libraries.
Working Group Wiki: Committee members, agendas, minutes and other information is availabe on the wiki
ALIA Children’s and Youth Services NSW