Family Sunday

Escape the heat with the first Family Sunday at the Library this year! A single ticket gets you access to all the fun events on the day.

Workshop with your favourite authors

Three celebrated children's authors are coming to the Library, and you're invited!

A photo of author Alexa Moses.

Alexa Moses

10.30am to 11.15am

Alexa Moses, children’s author and TV writer, will join us to share her delightful new rhyming picture book BAT VS POSS about dealing with difficult friends, as well as other poems. Children will have a chance to learn about the rhymes and poetry they’re surrounded by every day, to write or contribute to an animal poem, and illustrate their work. Suitable for 3-8 year olds.

Woman smiling to camera, resting head and hands on top of a row of books

Jacqueline Harvey

12.00pm to 12.45pm

Jacqueline is one of Australia’s most popular authors, having sold over a million copies of her Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series in Australia and New Zealand. Jacqueline is back at the Library to share the continuing adventures of the hugely successful Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose as well as her latest series about super spies, Kensy and Max

Woman smiling, leaning on pole.

Elizabeth Cummings

1.30pm to 2.15pm

Elizabeth will share her Verityville series about ordinary, everyday people - the people that make our lives the way they are, those who help us, care for us, look after our town and do the little things that make a difference to our lives.


Sketching workshops

Do you see interesting things every day? Do you like drawing them? Come join us for a sketch or three.

child sitting in front of display case with pencil on sketchbook

In this 30-minute workshop you will look carefully at collection items and develop tips and tricks for sketching. This workshop will be delivered by an art educator.

Meet at the Collectors Gallery on LG1. There will be two sessions, with limited spaces available. 


Session One

11.30am to 12.00pm

Session Two

1.00pm to 1.30pm


Exhibition adventures

Do you like going on picnics? Join us for an exhibition adventure and discover the differences between the picnics we have today and how they were in the past.

toys sitting on a rug with a picnic

We’ll visit beautiful exhibitions and look carefully at a selection of artworks featuring picnics. We'll take a rug and our picnic basket on this entertaining, interactive tour.  This tour is suitable for the whole family.

There will be two tours on the day, departing from the Mitchell vestibule.


Tour One

Departing 11.30am

Tour Two

Departing 2.30pm


All-day family fun

These events are available all day, so drop in whenever you like.

Stuffed toys

Hunt For the Book Characters

The characters have escaped from the pages of your favourite books and we need you to help us find them. Find all eight of the missing characters and name the books they’re from to win a prize!

To join, pick up your character hunt card from the John B Fairfax Learning Centre.

3 children making monster faces

Fun and Games at the John B Fairfax Learning Centre

Open 10.30am to 3pm

Our beautiful new learning centre will be full of fabulous activities and open all day. Come on in and enjoy dressing up, solving puzzles, drawing, building with blocks, dancing on the interactive floor or just relaxing with a good book.

Tons of fun for old and young!