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Family Sunday

Join us for a full day of family fun at the State Library!

A single ticket gets you access to all the great events on the day.

Workshop with your favourite authors

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

Children's author R. A. Spratt

R. A. Spratt

10.30am to 11.15am

R. A. Spratt is the best-selling author of Friday Barnes, Girl Detective, a school-based mystery series. She enjoys getting hate tweets from exasperated readers who claim to be dying of frustration due to the cliff-hanger endings.  

R. A. Spratt also wrote The Adventures of Nanny Piggins. This is a nine-book series about an impossibly glamorous flying pig who ran away from a circus to become a childcare worker, and flagrantly ignored all contemporary theories about healthy eating.  Her latest series, The Peski Kids, is a hilarious adventure series featuring April, Joe and Fin and their eventful lives in not-so-sleepy Currawong. 

R. A. has written for 32 different television shows. Even she has trouble remembering what they were all called.

This author talk promises to be like no other as R. A. Spratt introduces us to her colourful characters and their extraordinary adventures!  Suitable for 8 years plus. 


Children's author Catherine Pelosi

Catherine Pelosi

1.30pm to 2.15pm

Catherine Pelosi is a Sydney based children’s author. Her debut book Quark’s Academy was published in February 2018 and her picture book Something for Fleur was published in August 2018.

Quark’s Academy is all about science, inventions ​and children with curious minds. In this interactive workshop you will learn more about storytelling, coming up with ideas as well as some interactive science displays. Suitable for 8 years plus.


Sketching workshops

Have some fun drawing portraits from the inside out! Check out the real shapes behind the features of the faces you know and love and some that you’ve probably never seen before!

child drawing a face

Join us for half an hour of drawing that may change the way you look at the faces around you!

 This workshop will be delivered by an art educator in the Gallery room.

 There will be two sessions, with limited spaces available. 


Session One

11.30am to 12.00pm

Session Two

1.00pm to 1.30pm



Exhibition adventure tours

Pack your camera and join the papparazzi for this fun, interactive tour where you will meet some Library superstars!

woman wearing pink hat explaining art work to a group of small children

We’ll  explore the building and visit beautiful exhibitions as we meet and mingle with some personalities from the past 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


Fun and Games in the John B Fairfax Learning Centre

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

preschool children running down a wood lined  tunnel


Open 10.30am to 3pm

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

Tons of fun for old and young!


Storytime for little people

woman and group of small children looking at paintings in a gallery


12.15pm to 12.45pm

Bring the youngest members of the family to meet Susan the storyteller in the Paintings Gallery.

Susan will share fabulous stories and introduce you to the beautiful paintings on display in this 30 minute storytime session.