Play Space Pop-Ups set to spark imaginations

An exciting partnership between State Library and ten public libraries is delivering play spaces for children right across Queensland. After seeking Expressions of Interest in April, State Library is pleased to announce the first round of Play Space Pop-Ups, due to arrive in public libraries just in time for the winter holidays.

Strathpine, Cannonvale, Rockhampton, Longreach and Townsville libraries will host the first round with Dalby, Mossman, Birdsville, Weipa and Mackay set to come on board later in the year.

The three themes Let’s Build, Colour My World and Little Antarctic Division were previous installations in the State Library’s The Corner – a play space for children under 8 and their families. The Play Space Pop-Ups project aims to share these successful children’s play spaces with public libraries and stimulate ideas for future programming.

Queensland map outlining upcoming play space pop ups

Map outlining upcoming Play Space Pop-Ups

Each Play Space Pop-Up contains large play props, toys and literacy resources that encourage play and provide an immersive space for children and families to explore through construction, role play, sensory play and creative expression. Each kit is also designed to support early years’ development programs such as First 5 Forever – giving families more opportunities to have fun and get creative.

Child playing in the Play Space at State Library

Libraries participating in the project have the opportunity to further engage with community stakeholders, add to existing programming through the provision of additional resources and support local children and families in the development of language, social skills and a love of libraries.

The first stage pop-ups will arrive just in time for the school holidays and will be a ‘must do’ activity for families with young children. “It provides a free opportunity for local children to unleash their imaginations and engage in the serious work of play,” said Stella Read from the State Library.

“It also supports participating libraries to offer something unique to local families during the winter break.”

For information on this project contact the Young People and Families team at State Library of Queensland: ypf@slq.qld.gov.au