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Students from NSW's most remote school, in Wanaaring, and two Sydney schools helped to launch our new John B Fairfax Learning Centre yesterday.
Thanks to the generosity of Mr John B Fairfax AO, we’ll be able to provide even greater learning opportunities and expand our offering to as many as 1.2 million school students across the state.
“And for students and teachers who can’t come to us, we’ll be using the latest technologies to go to them,” says State Librarian, Dr John Vallance.
The State Library’s Learning Services team consulted with students and teachers, who will be using the space, to inform the design.
“Consequently, we have created a light, bright, flexible, exciting, engaging, digitally rich, hands on learning environment for children and families, school students and young people,” said Megan Perry, the State Library’s Manager of Learning Services.
“Here, our Learning team will provide highly engaging and immersive experiences that can’t be replicated in a classroom.”
Located on the ground floor of the Library’s historic Mitchell Building, which is in the final stages of a complete transformation, the centre has been cleverly designed to enable a whole suite of engaging programs to be delivered in person and online.
The John B Fairfax Learning Centre will open for school programming in Term 4. For the first time, the Library will also offer a special drop-in space for families, from 6 October.