Mural project with Sioux Tempestt

The Whitford Library foyer is being transformed by artist in residence, Sioux Tempestt. Sioux creates abstract, mural, sculptural and digital art and several of her large-scale murals can be found throughout Perth.

Community workshops were held with seniors, schools and children throughout June to develop concepts for the mural. In the next phase of the project, Sue will set up her workshop as Artist in Residence in the Whitford Library meeting room from Monday 27 June to Tuesday 12 July.

You are invited to drop in and visit Sioux every Monday and Tuesday between Monday 27 June and Tuesday 12 July. Sioux will be developing the ideas from the workshops into her distinctive style. See how the project goes from a concept to the finished piece, and what it looks like ‘in the middle’ when the magic is being created. The  developing designs of the project will be on display as well as some examples of her previous work in an impromptu gallery.

Sioux will be holding a free Discovery Session to share the creative process she engages, her inspiration and artistic achievements.

Book Discovery Session

About Sioux Tempestt

Transcending creative disciplines Sioux creates abstract, mural, sculptural and digital art which meaningfully contributes to its context. Her work aims to create a narrative and connection as Sioux believes art plays an intrinsic contribution to our wellbeing, health, and happiness – more so now than ever.

Sioux is passionate about working with the community – young people in particular, mentoring and facilitating creative workshops for local governments and schools. She constantly pushes the boundaries of her practice to communicate and share her tremendous positivity and energy for life.

Large scale murals form part of Sioux’s practice and you’ll find several painted throughout Perth. Among other clients, Sioux has produced artistic projects for Curtin University, the City of Perth, the City of Melville, the City of Stirling, the City of South Perth, the City of Vincent, the Town of Victoria Park, the City of Subiaco, the Town of Claremont, Coles, Dale Alcock and Hawaiian.

Sioux has delivered 10 solo exhibitions and exhibited in numerous group shows. Among other achievements Sioux’s ‘Dirty Beats’ music video is an official selection of the 2022 Revelation Perth International Film Festival. Sioux received a Highly Commended, City of Bayswater Art Award, 2021; was a Finalist, City of Busselton Art Award, 2021; Finalist, Perth Royal Art Prize, 2019; Finalist, City of Rockingham Castaways Sculpture Awards, 2019; Finalist, Minnawarra Art Awards, 2021; Finalist, Town of Claremont Art Awards, 2021; Highly Commended, City of South Perth Emerging Artist Award 2018; Highly Commended, Town of Bassendean Visual Art Award 2018; Finalist, City of Joondalup 2018 Community Invitation Art Award.

Sioux is curator of the Darlington Arts Festival Sculpture on the Scarp 2022. Her work is held in public and private collections.

 

This project was made possible with assistance of DLGSCI and Lotterywest.

National Simultaneous Story Time

National Simultaneous Story Time is back for its 21st year on Wednesday 19 May. Join us as we blast off into space.

Every year a picture book, written by an Australian author is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places across Australia.

The book chosen for 2021 is Give me Some Space! written and illustrated by Philip Bunting.

This year is extra special because the book is read by the astronaut Dr Shannon Walker from the International Space Station.

Watch the broadcast of  Dr Shannon Walker reading from space.


Get involved – Monday 17 May to Saturday 22 May

Come along to Story Time at Duncraig, Whitford and Woodvale Libraries to listen to the story and then watch the broadcast from space. All sessions begin at 10.00am.

Monday Thursday Friday Saturday
Duncraig Duncraig Woodvale Whitford Whitford
(STEAMing into Stories)

 

Can’t make it to Story Time?

You can enjoy Story Time at home, at any time with Story Box Library. Your library membership gives you access to hundreds of free story books for children read as a story time presentation.

You can also check out storytimefromspace and watch Astronauts on board the International Space Station conducting science experiments and reading space-themed stories.

Lego® Club

Challenge, create, construct. Join in the fun of creative Lego® play. Each week there will be a different theme to inspire the creativeness in every builder.

Get involved

  • Suitable for ages five to twelve
  • Sessions run during school term
  • No bookings are required
  • Cost is $2.00 per child.

Where and when

Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday
Whitford Woodvale Duncraig Joondalup
4.00pm to 5.00pm 4.00pm to 5.00pm 4.00pm to 5.00pm 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Benefits

  • Understanding of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) concepts
  • Cooperation and social skills are strengthened
  • Problem solving skills are utilised
  • Literacy and fine motor skills are developed
  • Creativity is enhanced.

To keep up to date with Lego® Club and other Library events and programs:

Children’s online events

It is not always possible to get to the Library, so now the City of Joondalup Libraries can come to you. Staff have created a range of online alternatives you and your children can enjoy at home.

  • Story Time Online – encourages a love of reading and develops literacy and social skills.
  • Toddler Time Online – sing songs and rhymes that include lots of action for your energetic toddler. Sessions encourage the love of books and language.
  • Chop Chop Stories – a fresh, colourful and interactive program of laughs and storytelling.
  • Read, Learn, Grow – Sing it, Read it, Imagine it and Make it. Develop your child’s early literacy skills.

Each video has been specifically crafted to convey a love of reading to your children. With these videos your children will associate learning to read with laughter and fun.

Start watching

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss

 

 

Learn computer coding

CoderDojo

CoderDojo is a volunteer led, worldwide movement running free coding clubs (Dojos) for young people. Come along to learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and much more. CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun and sociable experience.

  • Learn from others and provide peer support
  • Develop 21st century computer skills
  • HTML, Scratch, Python programming
  • Improve your skills in the language of code
  • Suitable for ages seven to 17.

Get involved

  • Sessions run 4.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Sessions held during school term
  • No bookings are required and sessions are free. Due to social distancing requirements, attendees will be limited to 25 ninjas at each session.

COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 safety requirements, it is recommended that students bring their own laptops.

Dojos

Day Library
Monday Whitford
Wednesday Joondalup

 

To keep up to date with CoderDojo and other Library events and programs:

Little Feet Festival

Little Feet Festival is the region’s most popular free cultural event for young families with children aged 12 and under. This festival is held in October each year alongside Children’s Week, under the picturesque pine trees of Edith Cowan University in Joondalup. The festival features a diverse program of interactive workshops, art activities, roving performers and entertainment for the family.

Each year the Little Feet Festival explores a theme and in 2022 leading into the Festival of Motoring, the festival will be inspired by ‘Things That Go!’. Featuring a range of transport methods including a replica steam train, scale electric cars, vintage cars and more.

Little Feet Festival
Sunday 23 October 2022
11.00am – 4.00pm
Pines Picture Gardens, ECU Joondalup

To keep up to date on program announcements sign up to the Arts in Focus eNewsletter.

Dynamic Flame Badminton Club

DFBC was founded in March 1977 and was incorporated with the Department of Commerce in May 1985. Primary role is to promote “Keep Fit FUN Badminton Activities” to increase the participation rate in badminton through leadership and support and by also encouraging young and diversified people to be involved in decision making and creating pathways through learnings.

DFBC / LGBA is “NOT for PROFIT” is a culturally diversified club for families, juniors, adults and seniors supporting participation by various nationalities. DFBC as a local community club continues to grow the sport by promoting badminton at grass roots level, schools and various community groups with the support of Dr Anne Aly (MP), Federal Member for Cowan, Emily Hamilton (MLA), Member for Joondalup, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Local Councils and Ashaway Pacific Sports (Singapore).

DFBC is an inclusive Act Belong Commit club involving partnerships with Mercy Care, Multicultural Services, Edmund Rice Centre and Communicare to provide and promote Keep Fit Fun Badminton Activities to low socio groups, ethnic groups and the communities in the City of Joondalup and City of Wanneroo.

Volunteering WA and various Local Councils provides upskilling of our volunteers so that we can provide communities with better services.

The vision is to create and establish pathways that provides Keep Fit FUN Badminton Activities and Social Development and to build a Badminton FUN Activity network that provides satisfying experiences for players in communities from different backgrounds.

Come meet us on Saturday at Heathridge Community Centre, corner of Siren Road & Sail Terrace, Heathridge
1.00pm to 2.30pm – Juniors
2.00pm to 4.00pm – Adults Social Games

DFBC provides free badminton coaching by Nationally Qualified Coaches all with Working with Children Certificates.

Cost to participate varies from pay if you can – free – a Gold coin donation to $8.

The club is proud to be a KIDSPORT club and can support applications for the receipt of $150 to participate in badminton.

Toddler Time

Come along for stories, songs and rhymes with lots of action for your energetic toddler. Toddler Time is designed for children 18 to 30 months and their parents.

Benefits

  • Encourage the love of books and language
  • Allows your child to move about
  • Develop your child’s pre-literacy, communication and social skills
  • Learn to value the enjoyment of reading together
  • Develop creativity and dexterity through play.

Where and when

Sessions commence at 10.00am and only run during school term.

A parent or guardian must accompany the child and participate in the Toddler Time session.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Whitford Duncraig Woodvale Joondalup Woodvale
(Family Time)

Family Time

Family Time is an action-packed program full of stories, songs, rhymes and making noise in the library. Aimed at children from 18 months to four years, the songs and actions will grab the attention of younger children, while the older children will be entertained by the fun-filled stories.

STEAMing into Stories

Saturday STEAMing into Story Time program combines encouraging a love of reading with STEAM activities. Sessions are suitable for children from two to seven years old.

Please check the events calendar.

Younger children aged 0-18 months may prefer Baby Rhyme Time, or Story Time for preschool kids aged two to four years.

To keep up to date with Library events:

Story Time

Story Time sessions are designed for children aged two to four years. Come and enjoy the stories, songs, and creative play.

Benefits

  • Encourages a love of reading
  • Stimulates the imagination
  • Develops literacy and social skills
  • Relaxed and fun environment
  • Develop creativity and dexterity through play.

Where and when

  • No bookings required
  • Free library activity
  • A parent or guardian must accompany the child and participate in the Story Time session.

Current sessions

All sessions are at 10.00am

 Monday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Duncraig Joondalup Duncraig
Joondalup
Woodvale Whitford Whitford
(STEAMing into Stories)

STEAMing into Stories

Saturday STEAMing into Story Time program combines encouraging a love of reading with STEAM activities. Sessions are suitable for children from two to seven years old.

Family Time

Family Time is an action-packed program full of stories, songs, rhymes and making noise in the library. Aimed at children from 18 months to four years, the songs and actions will grab the attention of younger children, while the older children will be entertained by the fun-filled stories.

Stories in the Park

Stories in the Park occur in March and November. Join City of Joondalup Libraries staff in one of your favourite parks.

Other options

Check out the Online Story Time sessions.

Younger children aged 0 – 18 months may prefer Baby Rhyme Time, or Toddler Time for 18 – 30 months.

To keep up to date with Library events:

Baby Rhyme Time

City of Joondalup libraries, in association with Better Beginnings, are pleased to offer Baby Rhyme Time for babies 0 – 18 months and their parents.

Connect with your baby while singing your favourite rhymes and songs.

Benefits of joining in Baby Rhyme Time

  • Learn new rhymes and songs
  • Develop your baby’s pre-literacy and social skills
  • Relaxed and fun environment
  • Learn the value of reading to your baby from birth
  • Supports parents as their child’s first teacher
  • Free library activity.

Sessions commence at 10.00am and run during school term.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Joondalup Duncraig Woodvale Whitford

 

Children aged 18 – 30 months may prefer Toddler Time or Story Time for preschool kids aged two to four years.

To keep up to date with Library events:

School holiday activities

City of Joondalup Libraries host events for children every school holidays. The sessions are fun, interactive and educational. A variety of presenters and creative sessions are included.

Events are suitable for children aged five to 12 years. Each event costs $4.00 and must be paid online. Bookings are essential and open two weeks before the start of the holidays. Bookings can be made direct on the City’s events calendar or by calling the Library.

Book July 2022 activities

To keep up to date with school holiday activities and other library events:

Leisure clubs and groups

Join a club and spend your leisure time with like-minded people.

  • Learn a new skill
  • Make new friends
  • Share a common interest.

The City’s Community Directory lists useful information on local groups who meet to enjoy a variety of leisure activities, including:

  • Arts and crafts of all kinds
  • Painting and drawing
  • Embroidery and knitting
  • Mah-jong, bridge and chess
  • Pottery
  • Gardening
  • Singing and choirs
  • Dancing
  • Men’s Shed
  • Photography
  • Creative writing
  • Bingo.

If you would like to list your group in the Community Directory, please submit your details through the online form or call the Community Information Officer.

Register now

Groups and activities for children

The City’s Community Directory has a great deal of useful information for parents. Search the Community Directory for:

  • Local schools, kindergartens, playgroups
  • Toy libraries
  • Children and family activities
  • Child care
  • Child health services
  • Sports clubs.

Add your group

If you would like to add your group, club or service to the Community Directory, please submit your details via the online registration form, or call the Community Information Officer.

Register now

 

Events for children

The Joondalup libraries offer events for children all year round. These events are designed to be fun and educational.

Literacy events

Clubs

To keep up to date with Library events:

Children’s Book Week

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Established in 1946, it is the longest running national literacy initiative in the country.

Each year, students and libraries from all over Australia spend a week celebrating Australian books, authors and illustrators. Events hosted by the Libraries give children the opportunity to meet with their favourite authors and illustrators.

City of Joondalup Libraries will host Children’s Book Week events over a two week period from Saturday 13 August – Friday 26 August 2022. The theme for 2022 is: Dreaming with Eyes Open… Join in the fun at your library.

Please check the events calendar for regular events as some sessions may be cancelled due to this program.

Public event

  • Each year City of Joondalup Libraries host an event for the public to celebrate Children’s Book Week
  • This event is designed to expand literacy knowledge and entertain
  • We are delighted to host Justin Martin from Djurandi Dreaming this year. Details for this event will be available soon.

Schools

  • Sessions are made available to local school students
  • The City of Joondalup Libraries host 12 presenters including authors, illustrators and storytellers to entertain and educate
  • Students will develop their literacy knowledge and be inspired to read and write
  • Check the program for information about each session.
  • Bookings open on Wednesday 27 April 2022.

Children’s Book Week 2022

Home-schoolers

  • Home-schooling students are encouraged to attend any of the City’s Children’s Book Week sessions
  • Contact City of Joondalup Libraries to book.

Find out more information about Children’s Book Week from the Children’s Book Council of Australia. The Children’s Book of the Year Award Shortlist announcement can be viewed here. The Award Winners will be announced on Friday 19 August 2022.

2021 Photos from Children’s Book Week

 

 

Library events and programs booklet

The City of Joondalup will continue to be guided by the Federal Government and Department of Health WA in relation to appropriate responses relating to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) changes.

Print copies are available at all City of Joondalup Libraries and selected cafes and community facilities in and around the Joondalup region. Events are also listed on the City’s Event Calendar.

View Event Calendar

For further information call 9400 4751.

City of Joondalup Libraries uphold the companion card fair ticketing scheme. Ticket purchases made by a valid companion card holder are eligible to receive a second, complimentary ticket to an event for a carer or companion (subject to availability). For more information on booking a complimentary companion ticket, please call Adult & Senior Services Officer on 9400 4761 for adult events, or Youth and Children’s Services Officer on 9400 4759 for children’s events.

Winter 2022