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

Children's author and illustrator James Foley

James Foley

10.30am - 11.15am

James Foley makes books for kids. He writes and illustrates the S.Tinker Inc series of junior graphic novels - including Brobot, Dungzilla and Gastronauts - and he drew the pictures for a creepily funny book called My Dead Bunny. His latest is a chapter book series called Toffle Towers, written by the wonderful Tim Harris, in which a 10-year-old boy inherits a hotel filled with ridiculous rooms and silly staff. Join James to hear how he wrote his first books in primary school, learn all about what makes Toffle Towers tick, and design your own wacky room to add to the hotel. 

Images by Jessica Wyld Photography



Children's author Amelia McInerney

Amelia McInerney

12.00pm - 12.45pm

Rising star Amelia McInerney has had not one, but two books published this year! Join Amelia as she shares the delightful tales of Bad Crab and the Book Chook. This session is specially for 1- 8-year olds and there will be plenty of playful interaction to delight our youngest readers.





Student author holding his book

Special Guest Author

1.00pm - 1.20pm

Josh, a student at Lawrence Hargraves School, has written a story called Oliver from Orange. Oliver From Orange tells the story of a young boy who was bullied because he has orange hair. Oliver dyes his hair in an attempt to 'fit in' but the bullying continues until Oliver accepts and celebrates his difference. Josh’s story has been picked up by the Department of Education and is used as an anti-bullying resource in schools.

We are delighted that Josh, along with his teachers will be joining us to share a story with a very important message.


Children's author Christina Booth


Christina Booth

1.45pm - 2.30pm

An award-winning author of seven, and illustrator of over twenty books, Christina loves that she makes up stories and colours in for a living. Awarded a CBCA Honour Book Award for her book, Kip, Christina has won numerous notable Book Awards and the Environment Award for Children’s Literature for her story, Welcome Home. Her latest book, One Careless Night, tells the poetic and sad story of the last known thylacine, encouraging us to consider how we can learn from the mistakes of our past.





A mother and son drawing

Sketching Workshops

Join us for half an hour of drawing and try your hand at one-point perspective. Look at built spaces in a different way and apply it to your own drawing. This workshop will be delivered by an art educator in the Gallery room.

There will be two sessions, with limited spaces available. 

Session One Session Two
11.30am - 12.00pm 1.30pm - 2.00pm



A group of children going on a tour of the Library

Exhibition Adventure Tours

We’ll explore the amazing Mitchell building and visit the Paintings Gallery to discover the buildings that make up our beautiful city. This tour is suitable for the whole family.

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

Tour One Tour Two
Departing 12.15pm Departing 2.30pm




A boy making a house with wooden blocks

Fun and Games in the John B Fairfax Learning Centre

These events are available all day, so drop in and linger as long as you like.

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 all the marvellous building materials available for design and construction, do some sketching or climb into the cubby house and relax with a good book.