Imagine a library created especially for the little people in your life… well it exists! With a very special collection of books, and opportunities for play, Gold Coast City Libraries’ Book Box at Ormeau is the place you’ve been looking for!
Book Box is an initiative between the Queensland Government, State Library of Queensland and City of Gold Coast Libraries. It’s a part of the First 5 Forever initiative and is a welcoming community space supporting language development of our little ones. Basically, it’s a library completely designed for those aged 0-5, and it’s the best thing ever!
The librarians who run it have created a welcoming and friendly space for children and their carers to spend some time browsing books and playing games. Carers are able to get advice about assisting their children to learn to read, and there are a number of early learning resources such as activity packs aligned to different books that you can borrow. You’ll also find some of the big story books, and learn to read books. For babies, you can access a heap of great black and white contrast books for the early image recognition. There is always a few games or toys set up for you to play with, and everything is kept clean between users.
Ormeau Book Box is open each week day from 9am -12pm and is the perfect spot for spending a few hours with the kids! The librarians have a chat to the kids, carers get a moment to pick out some books (knowing that your child isn’t running around a big library where all sorts of mischief could occur!), and it’s also a great opportunity to connect with other parents. Every time we’ve been there has been at least one other family and it really has a great community feel – mums chatting to each other and kids playing together, all the while you can feel comfortable that the kids are actually learning in this incredible play-based learning space!
If you’re a parent of a child aged 0-5 I highly encourage you to check out Book Box – whether it be just to borrow some books or have an hour of play. It really is a great hidden gem that has made such a difference in our week of activities and outings! Be sure to check out the other happenings in the Ormeau Community Centre while you’re there, or have a play in the fenced playground outside.
Need to know:
- Address: Ormeau Community Centre, Cuthbert Drive, Ormeau
- Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 9am-12pm
- Facilities: early years library, fenced playground, toilets, pram friendly