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Summer School Holiday Program - State Library of Queensland

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Find out why the State Library is cool for kids this summer
There's plenty to see, imagine and create at the State Library of Queensland these summer school holidays. Workshops, craft, story time and free play activities in the summer program have drawn inspiration from some of our most loved Australian children's books. Kids can travel the world with aware hare Ruby Red Shoes, use creative engineering solutions just like friendly bear Engibear, or work on their own songwriting skills with the help of local musicians. There is something here for babies to teens and all ages in between, with most activities free.

At the entrance to SLQ (Knowledge Walk) visitors will see books come to life and experience that special way in which books can transport the reader to another time and place. Storytime in the Storytent will be running three sessions daily with arts workers and guest authors. No bookings are required although spaces are limited per session. For the full list of guest author appearance dates check the SLQ calendar.

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Join Lucy and Angus, the children who loved books, in their little green caravan


A number of free play areas have popped up allowing kids to step into their favourite story books. Jump on board the caravan and get going with The Children Who Loved Books (Peter Carnavas). Kids can illustrate their own postcard to mail to Ruby Red Shoes (Kate Knapp) as she makes her way through London. Don't forget to check off your photo bucket list – a ride on the big red bus, a curtsey to the Queen and her corgi, and sending that all important mail.

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Explore London with Ruby Red Shoes


Craft activities at the creation stations these school holidays focus on character construction and costuming. On the day of our visit the kids created beautiful butterflies, just like the garden creatures found in Sylvia (Christine Sharp).

Inside the library is just as much fun as outside. In the parlour, you'll find Imagination Playscape. This is a world fun of odd bobs and bits, tubes, tunnels, pipes and pins which can be built into anything imaginable. Free guided workshops will be held daily from 10-11am (bookings required) and free play is encouraged from 11.30am – 3pm.

StoryLab workshops return this summer. Activities include robotics, coding, gaming, creative writing skills and songwriting, where children learn from the experts in these fields. These sessions generally run from morning until after early afternoon, and often fill quickly. Check the website for the full StoryLab Summer program including workshop dates, times, costs and booking details.

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Storylab workshops for creative hands and minds are suitable for 8-14 year olds, image from SLQ play Facebook page


Specially designed for children aged 0-8 years, The Corner never fails to impress. Currently the engineering/construction theme from Engibear's Dream (Andrew King) features in this play space too, with books, props, toys, and craft activities ready for mini-makers to get building.

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The Corner has become a construction-themed site these holidays, image from SLQ play Facebook page


The SLQ auditorium will be hosting the Family Film Fest program this summer. Several sessions will be running each day screening a variety of family-friendly flicks.

Can't make it to the library? Not to worry, because you can still get involved by joining the Summer Reading Club. Preschool, primary and secondary school students can register to participate and to collaborate with kids from all over Australia. The Summer Reading Club runs until January 31st 2017.

The summer school holiday program at the State Library of Queensland is on now and runs until January 20th 2017. It's a great day out for families, especially those with a large age range, with so many different things on offer. For details on all activities and sessions on at The State Library of Queensland these summer school holidays check the SLQ website.
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Why? Keep the kids challenged and entertained these school holidays.
When: 10am-3pm daily
Phone: 3840 7666
Where: State Library of Queensland
Cost: Most activities free, some activities from $35 per child
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Good to see there is such a wide range of activities! Congrats on the bronze
by Lucinda (score: 2|342) 809 days ago
I loved the library as kid! Great place for them to learn
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