Celebrating Books Together: Family Sunday at the State Library of New South Wales

Celebrating Books Together: Family Sunday at the State Library of New South Wales

If you’re in Sydney and looking for something to do with the kids this weekend then maybe a trip to the State Library of New South Wales is the answer? Not only is there the beautiful new Children’s Library to explore but on Sunday February 23, there will be a full day of family fun. From 10am – 3pm there will be storytelling, author workshops, arts and crafts and much more.  You can take a look at the full event program on the State Library of New South Wales website here.

Author Tania McCartney will introduce you to Evie and Pog, the two main characters in her new beginner reader series. This will be an interactive session and kids will enjoy a story from the book, eye-popping videos of the books’ illustrations in process, draw their own versions of Evie and Pog, and make finger puppets to take home.

Sue Whiting will also host a session where participants will be taken on a wild story journey: on an icebreaker ship traversing the Southern Ocean, trekking across ice fields and glaciers in Antarctica, battling through a raging blizzard, and finally taking shelter in an ice cave … Along the way, they will discover what it takes to make a story both authentic and gripping, and will explore the special tools writers employ to make their stories sparkle. The session will involve interactive storytelling and audience participation.

For very young visitors there will be two sessions where they can listen to stories, rhymes and have lots of interactive fun.  Kids will also be creating a garden full of paper flowers and insects, there will be books to share, puzzles to do and lots of bookish fun to be had.

Along with all of that, the whole family will enjoy The Exhibition Adventure Tours that reveal some the fascinating stories behind the library’s collection and you can linger in the Children’s Library and catch up on some reading.

Sounds like the perfect way to spend the weekend with your little booklovers!

What: Family Sunday

When: Sunday, 23 February 10am – 3pm

Where: State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street, Sydney

If you can’t make it this Sunday then you will be pleased to know that there is Storytime in our new Children’s Library every Monday (during term time) from 10.30am to 11am. Pre-schools and parent groups can also book an onsite excursion Stories in Surprising Places, a fun-filled themed program where pre-schoolers hear fascinating stories and make craft to take home.

To book and for more information about the event please visit the website: sl.nsw.gov.au

 

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Publisher details

Evie and Pog: Puppy Playtime!
Author
Tania McCartney
Publisher
HarperCollins
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
20 January, 2020

Synopsis

In the bestselling tradition of Ella and Olivia, comes another book in this new series for early readers about best friends, Evie and Pog.Evie and Pog are very best friends. They live in a tree house over a daisy-spot lawn.Evie is six years old. She likes books and cake and playing with her friend Noah.Pog is a pug. He is two and likes to drink tea and read the newspaper. He also likes vegetables.But most of all, Evie and Pog love to have fun. Join them, and some very cute puppies, on three more adventures - Reno Rumble, Classroom Contraption and Puppy Park!

Publisher details

Evie and Pog: Take Off!
Author
Tania McCartney
Publisher
HarperCollins
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
20 January, 2020

Synopsis

In the bestselling tradition of Ella and Olivia, comes the first book in a new series for early readers about best friends, Evie and Pog.High in a tree house live two very best friends. One is a girl and one is a dog. And everyone knows them as Evie and Pog.Evie is six years old. She likes knitting and jumping and books and cake.Pog is a pug. He is two and likes to drink tea and read the newspaper.Evie and Pog also love to have fun! Join them as they take off on three happy adventures - Puppy School Mess, School Play Drama and Cake Stall Chaos.
Tania McCartney
About the author

Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney is an author, illustrator and editor with experience in magazines and book publishing. Her first author-illustrated book, Australia Illustrated, was released in November 2016 and she has gone on to illustrate two maps and five books, including a collaboration with Jackie French for the National Library of Australia.The founder of Kids' Book Review and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge, Tania is a past ambassador for the National Year of Reading (2012) and a current ambassador for the Chief Minister's Reading Challenge (ACT). She is also an experienced speaker and presenter, running workshops for schools and organisations such as the ACT Writers Centre, the ASA, CBCA and SCBWI.Tania's books have won awards and shortlistings, and have been released in Australia, NZ, the UK, the US, Canada and China. Recent awards include several CBCA Notable books, the Laurie Copping Award for Distinguished Service to Children's Literature 2017, and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2017 for Smile Cry.Now a HarperCollins author, Tania's picture book, Mamie, was released in December 2018. Tania has lived in France, England and China, and currently lives in Canberra with her family.Photo credit: Christine Pobke

Books by Tania McCartney

Sue Whiting
About the author

Sue Whiting

Sue Whiting lives and works in a small coastal village south of Sydney. She has written numerous books in a variety of genres: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA, including the best-selling The Firefighters, and the award-winning A Swim in the Sea. Her latest book, Missing, is a middle grade mystery/suspense novel for readers 10+.Sue was Publishing Manager and Senior Commissioning Editor at Walker Books Australia for ten years, before leaving in 2016 to concentrate on her writing and to work from her home as a freelance editor, writing coach and mentor.A former primary school teacher with a special interest in literacy education and children’s literature, Sue is a highly experienced speaker who loves sharing her passion for story and storytelling, reading and writing with people of all ages.

Books by Sue Whiting

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