Learning at the library

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School students & teachers

Classroom ready, curriculum-linked learning programs and resources promoting engagement, creativity and intellectual growth.




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Onsite excursions
School programs for Imagine… the Wonder of Picture Books
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Bring your class to the Library to experience the wonder and joy of picture books in one of our curriculum-linked excursions.

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Imagine… the Wonder of Picture Books website

Discover the inspiration and creative process behind the finished product and learn how to ‘look closely’ and uncover the hidden meaning in the illustrations. 

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Learning activity
Analysing picture books: Out of the Egg

Students respond critically and creatively to Tina Matthew’s picture book, Out of the Egg. Through this close analysis, students explore the role and purpose of picture books in society.

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Learning activity
Journey of the First Fleet

This comprehensive unit of work covers the journey of the First Fleet, the early days of the colony, Aboriginal perspectives, and the profiles of two little-known convict women.

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Family Sunday

Join us for a full day of family fun at the State Library. Enjoy music, writing and art-making workshops, meet authors and illustrators, and join a tour of our popular exhibition Imagine … the Wonder of Picture Books with curator Sarah Morley. 

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Exhibition: Imagine…. the Wonder of Picture Books

Explore this child-friendly exhibition to find some old and new favourites.

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Storytime online

Featuring some of Australia’s greatest picture book authors and illustrators, these monthly virtual sessions are the perfect way to bring your favourite authors into your lounge rooms, classrooms and early learning centres.  

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Book Lovers Club

Join our new online after-school club, a book-loving community for enthusiastic young readers.

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Explore more learning opportunities

Work and employment
Tertiary student groups

Free research orientation, self-guided programs, and tailored sessions for coursework or research degree help.

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Lifelong learners

An exciting range of courses, talks and workshops for people of any age and stage of learning. 

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Professional learning

Develop your knowledge and skills with our teacher professional learning programs. Workshops are available online, onsite and around NSW.