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What’s happening for students and teachers in Term 3?
You may have noticed that we've been a little quiet on Instagram and Twitter lately. After careful consideration, we've decided to move over to the State Library social media channels, which means our old accounts will become inactive. We hope you will join the conversation @statelibrarynsw and keep in touch with everything that's happening at the Library. We will be using the hashtag #SLNSWLearning to highlight content for teachers and students.
NEW Learning Centre and launch event
The day has finally arrived when we can throw open the doors to our gorgeous new Learning Centre. We just can't wait to share it with you, so please save, Thursday 25 October 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm and join us for our teachers' launch event. Why not also consider booking a term 4 excursion, for your students to be one of the first school groups to enjoy this new space. Designed to be a bright, flexible, exciting, digitally rich, hands on learning environment, we are very grateful to all the students and teachers who contributed to the design.
Drop in space for families and Sunday programs
With our expanded learning spaces, the Library will have a designated, welcoming space for kids and families. Books, puzzles, toys and activities will be available to introduce our youngest visitors the Library. We also have a regular family program on the last Sunday of each month featuring children's authors and themed activities to engage kids and families with Library collections. Coming up in 2018 we look forward to welcoming Leigh Hobbs, Matt Cosgrove, Libby Hathorn and Kate and Jol Temple to share their stories and the joy of a jolly good book.
Organising buses, permission notes and collecting payment is an enormous extra job for teachers who want their students to engage with cultural organisations, so why not take advantage of our virtual excursions? From the comfort of your school, students can engage with original collection items in a highly interactive learning experience. Our educators reveal the stories behind the items and best of all, this program is FREE. Please contact us if you would like any further information.
We have recently launched a new research guide for HSC Society and Culture. It leads students through using Library resources specifically for this subject, including finding books via the Library catalogue, accessing eresources, information on PIPs, and writing and citation skills. They will discover relevant databases to access academic journal articles, newspapers, eBooks and useful websites. The research guide features database descriptions, search tips, video demonstrations, and award-winning PIP extracts and videos from the Library website.
We have a strong commitment to students and teachers in regional communities and we are delighted to be able to offer an expanded program for HSC students in Term 4. In November, we will be running student seminars for History Extension and English Extension 2 students in Albury and Orange as well as professional learning opportunities for teachers. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with highly skilled and experienced professionals and get your 2019 HSC students off to a flying start.
NEW Face to Face
One of our fabulous new exhibitions, Paintings from the Collection, showcases more 300 artworks and we have designed a new learning program to engage students. In this program students will be engaged in fun, interactive activities focusing on the development of visual literacy and source analysis skills. This one hour program can be tailored for all stages of learning and will be available from Term 4 2018.