Library Programs and Events

Library Programs - Children

Preschool Storytime is a time for you and your pre-schooler to share stories, songs, games and simple craft making activities. Each themed session comes with take-home ideas for you to continue with your family.

Craft-it! is an after-school program that aims to develop children's creative skills, encouraging participants to experiment with arts and crafts. Activities are designed for 5–12 year olds and may at times require adult assistance.

Bang Discovery is a science club that runs monthly on Wednesday afternoons at the Gawler Civic Centre. Each session will give children and their adult ‘lab assistant’ the opportunity to explore a new scientific theme or concept, practise using the scientific process, borrow books and equipment and take home an experiment to try.

Practical experiments in a supportive group environment provide fun interactive activities for curious minds. Suitable for 5 -10 year olds with a participating adult.

Interested in coding? Join us at the Gawler Public Library for our after-school sessions.  Using the BBC Micro:bits and our curiosity we explore coding & robotics to create our own cool creations.  FREE, 1 hour sessions for ages 9-12. Call 8522 9213 or click the link to make a booking. No equipment or prior knowledge of Micro:bit required.  Want to know more about Micro:bit? Check out this link.

Micro:bit Club

Are you keen on coding? Here at the Gawler Public Library, we are a Digital Destination Library for you to participate in the ‘Learn to Speak Robot’ portion of the Commissioner’s Digital Challenge. All our computers are FREE to use for up to 90 minutes each day with your library membership, so you can come in and practice your skills at either of our two locations. We also run holiday program sessions during the July School Holidays. If you’re interested check out the link for the Commissioner’s Digital Challenge or give us a call on 8522 9213 or click the link to see our events calendar.

Commissioner's Digital Challenge

Short, fortnightly, fun-filled hands-on science program, especially designed for early childhood learners and their accompanying adult ‘lab-assistant’.

During the School Holidays the Library provides a range of free activities for children and their families. Holiday programs and their booking details are available during the last week of each term via flyers in the library, Facebook and Wordpress promotions.

A state funded program that challenges young readers to read 12 books between April and September each year. Gawler Library supports the Premier’s Reading Challenge by providing an extensive collection of age-appropriate books from the PRC website lists. 
You can search our catalogue here for PRC titles by using the following keywords:

  • Premier’s Reading Challenge
  • PRC R – 2
  • PRC 3 – 5
  • PRC 6 – 9
  • PRC mature

National Simultaneous Storytime Is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy. It is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using a current Australian children's book The Gawler Library invites participation from local schools, kindergartens and child care centres. Please contact the library to get involved.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Each year the Children’s Book Council of Australia celebrates Australian authors and illustrators in Children’s Book Week. It is the longest running children’s literary event in Australia. Gawler Public Library offers special literature-based activities to local schools and preschools. Please contact the Library for more information and to get involved.

Children's Book Week 2020

The Summer Reading Club is a national Reading Program that encourages children to read and undertake literature-based activities around the annual theme. Gawler Library participates in the program by providing Reading Activity Packs, Reading Logs and support for individuals to enter State and National prize draws.

Library Programs - Adults

The Library will from time to time host visiting authors to speak and launch their books. Check our Social Media links for events.

Learning and information programs aimed at adults. Program includes community presenters, local service facilitators, interactive activities providing opportunities for learning and creativity. Occurs Monday mornings at 10.30. Contact the library for more information.


Library Programs - Digital Literacy

Be Connected at the Gawler Public Library!

An opportunity for keen older members of our community to learn about technology at their own pace with staff support. All sessions are free and there is no limit to how many you can attend. We use Be Connected, an Australia wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. This program contains a wealth of information, tutorials, videos, hints & tips to get you learning and keep you in the know. You don’t need any equipment or prior knowledge, just book in, choose the topics you’re interested in and learn at your own pace. You can choose to attend at either of our two locations, whichever is more convenient for you.

Give us a call at the library today 08 8522 9213 and we can find a session for you.  If you’d like to find out more about the Be Connected program click this link.

Be Connected Sessions

Be Connected at the Gawler Public Library with our Digital Literacy Information Webinars!
Would you like to know more about the digital world? Live technology presentations with knowledgeable and friendly staff. Topics available - All you need to know about data and public WiFi, Safer online shopping and banking, Can you spot a scam?, Staying safe on Facebook and more to come... No need to bring anything. Choose your topic, book your spot and get your technological questions answered.  If you’d like to find out more about the Be Connected program click this link.

Be Connected Webinars

Library Programs - for all

The Friends of Gawler Library host 2 biennial writing competitions; The Gawler Poetry Competition (even years) and the Gawler Short Story Competition (odd years). Both competitions are open to residents of South Australia and prizes are awarded in the categories of Adult, Youth and Children.


Library Lovers’ Day is an opportunity for you to celebrate all things Library with us through a range of activities that include ‘Blind date a Book’, raffles, competitions and displays.

Library Lovers Day

Library Facebook Page

Library BLOG

Library Event Calendar