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Delivering FAR Out! our regional schools program, is a huge privilege for Learning Services staff as we have the opportunity to travel around the state, meet wonderful students and enthusiastic teachers and most importantly connect them to the extraordinary collections of the State Library.
We know that getting up close to original collection items such as Captain Cook’s shoe buckle and finding out about the life story of the woman on the $20 note has a huge impact on students and can be the beginning of a long term relationship with the Library. Over the years we have had several families visit us in Macquarie St after experiencing the FAR Out! tour in their school.
Last week we were thrilled to meet the Morris family who were visiting from Port Macquarie. When planning their visit to Sydney, the boys were asked what they would like to do and visiting the State Library was high on the list because they had so enjoyed the FAR Out! workshop in their school in the previous term. They joined one of our free kid’s tours and I was delighted to have the opportunity to show them around and build on their interest in the collection items they had seen in their school. The boys wanted to visit because they thought they might see even more amazing things in the Library. I think the biggest book in our collection, the Captain Cook realia and the building itself fulfilled that desire and I have no doubt the boys (and their teacher-parents) will be making use of the online collection for years to come.