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We are thrilled to announce that the Children's Library Appeal has been the most successful public fundraising appeal in the Foundation’s history. Through the generosity of our donors, we have raised over $480,000 for this important project.
This extraordinary result is well over our initial target. We extend our warmest thanks to all of you who showed enthusiasm for this important project.
The Children's Library Opening
The Children's Library will be launched at our annual Open Day on 12 October 2019.
Join us at the Open Day to explore the new space, and to experience all the Library has to offer.
The Wonder of Reading
The new Children’s Library will be an engaging, browsable area for children and families to explore the breadth and diversity of our unique children’s literature collection. Located in the Macquarie Street building, the Children’s Library will offer direct access to the best works for children and young adults written and published in Australia, with a representative sample of classic works from beyond our shores.
Families, children, scholars and writers of children’s literature alike will have the opportunity to nurture their curiosity, develop new ideas, and discover the wonder of reading.
Explore our Children’s Literature Collection
The Library’s collection of children’s literature is one of the most significant in Australia. In our stacks we hold manuscripts and illustrations from authors like May Gibbs, Pixie O’Harris, Norman Lindsay, Ethel Turner, Ruth Park, C.J. Dennis, Alison Lester, Bronwyn Bancroft to name a few.
The new Children’s Library will allow browsable access to modern editions of the works of all these people, and others. It will also provide a glimpse of the riches of our own collection, and the contribution of Australian writers and illustrators to this important literary genre.
Support the State Library
For a confidential conversation please call the Foundation at 02 9273 1529give now