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Sunday at the Library

Last Sunday the Library was filled with families enjoying a day of author talks, drawing workshops, kid’s tours, craft activities and more.

James Foley kicked off the day with a fascinating talk detailing his journey as a writer and illustrator of children’s books. We all then drew our unique room for the Toffle Towers hotel, James latest collaboration with author Tim Harris. 

Emerging author Amelia McInerney, published two beautiful picture books in 2019 and she delighted our youngest visitors with an introduction to The Book Chook and Bad Crab. We even had a lobster in the crowd and there were quite a few crabs wandering the building for the rest of the day.

Christina Booth shared her latest picture book One Careless Day, a heartbreaking story of the last thylacine in captivity who died on 7 September 1936. Christina then taught us how to draw a thylacine. Look at the many fabulous results!

A very special guest for Family Sunday was Josh, the author of Oliver from Orange. Josh is a Year 11 student at Lawrence Hargraves School and his book has a strong anti-bullying message. It was great to see Josh supported by his teachers and Department of Education staff who filmed the presentation to share with schools in NSW.

Andrea, our resident art educator, hosted two packed workshops on the art of perspective drawing and the Learning Centre was buzzing with activity all day.

Family Sunday

Children's author James Foley
Children's book author and illustrator James Foley
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Children's author Amelia McInerney signing a book
Children's book author Amelia McInerney with her book 'Bad Crab'
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Children's author Christina Booth
Christina Booth sharing her latest picture book 'One Careless Day'
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Student author Josh reading his story Oliver from Orange
Story time with Josh – author of 'Oliver from Orange'
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Kids drawing a thylacine
Kids learning how to draw thylacines
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A child and grandfather posing together
Our youngest visitor (2 weeks old) with her grandpa
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Mother and daughter making craft together
Arts and crafts in our beautiful John B Fairfax Learning Centre
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Children and parents on a tour of the paintings gallery
Family tour through our paintings gallery
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The family audience is growing steadily and the Learning team love to welcome back regular visitors, as well as families visiting the Library for the first time. 

When asked what they enjoy the most about Family Sunday, visitors replied:

Bring friends and family together, learning and having fun.

Sessions with authors. Quality family time

Amazing library spaces and very attentive helpers

Great variety of activities - loved author talks.

What’s next at the Library for families?

Our school holiday program offers drop in activities, tours, a workshop with the amazing Louise Park and art making workshops in the beautiful Paintings Gallery. Programs  will run from Monday 30 September to Friday 11 October.

Also, don’t miss our next Family Sunday on 24 November which will feature Leigh Hobbs and Liz Anelli. More details to come!

Be sure to save the date to celebrate the launch of the Children’s Library at our Open Day on  Saturday 12 October. We have a full day of FREE activities planned for the whole family!