26 September 2023

State Library to share Mem Fox magic

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The State Library of South Australia (SLSA) is to create a dedicated space for children and families in the Library’s Institute Building.

Director of SLSA, Geoff Strempel said the State Library was working with Author of Possum Magic and Where is the Green Sheep?, Mem Fox to create a special place where families could come to read and play together, engage in creative activities, and attend children’s programs and events.

“We are looking forward to welcoming children into this space and introducing them to their State Library,” Mr Strempel said.

“Libraries play an important part in encouraging children to read, play and explore, sparking their imagination,” he said.

“Connecting children with libraries from an early age shows them they have access to a world of valuable print and online resources.”

Mr Strempel said that along with celebrating contemporary children’s literature and authors, the area would showcase the SLSA’s renowned Children’s Literature Research Collection.

“Established in 1959, this collection contains books, magazines, toys and games played with by South Australian children from European settlement up to the present day,” he said.

The Director said the Library aimed to provide a space for children and families to explore stories and storytelling in an inclusive and inspiring environment.

“The Institute Building has long been a place to celebrate literacy, history and culture,” he said.

“It is fitting that it is to be revitalised as a child and family friendly space, celebrating children’s literature.

“Though in its early stages, the Library looks forward to working with our public libraries colleagues, child development experts, designers and others to make sure that this dedicated area is enchanting, engaging and appropriate for children of all ages,” Mr Strempel said.

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