State Library of South Australia

Early Learning | kindy to year 2

Designed for students in kindergarten through to year 2

Learning programs at the State Library are designed to be linked to key learning outcomes and complement the current Australian Curriculum. These programs have been created to connect learners with the rich history, collections, spaces and exhibitions of the State Library of South Australia.

Students will discover the stories of South Australia and the role of the State Library in collecting, preserving and sharing the history of South Australia and develop important life skills or research, inquiry and analysis techniques using a variety of sources.

Learning opportunities on offer

Students engaging in Community Learning programs at the State Library

My History [opportunity 2]

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Location: Meet in the forecourt under plane tree

Note: Free, bookings essential

History is made up of many stories. The My History program has been developed to engage children in examining their own personal stories and histories. During the program they will explore the State Library to uncover ways that the collection holds memories. The children will create take-home memory box to capture their own unique stories.

Suitability: Reception to year 2
Days: Monday to Friday
up to 30 students
experienced early years Teacher

Primary School SLSA_1765

Stories from our State [opportunity 2]

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Location: Meet in the State Library forecourt

Note: Free, bookings essential

Put on your explorer vest and discover the treasures, stories and spaces of your State Library.

Suitability: Kindy to year 2
Duration: 2 hours
Capacity: up to 30 students
Supervision: 1:6
Days: Monday and Tuesday only
Facilitator: experienced early years Teacher

Learning opportunities explained

Each learning opportunity offered, stands alone. We are offering several different opportunities but they are not a series.

  • Opportunity 1: Introduces groups of students to a range of State Library resources with a focus on specific curriculum subjects.
  • Opportunity 2: Designed to engage learners with the roles, stories and collections of the State Library. These programs are aligned to ACARA and the Teaching for Effective Learning Framework.
  • Opportunity 3: Guided experiences are designed to introduce groups of students to specific aspects throughout the library.
  • Opportunity 4: Unlock the past and discover the future with one of the State Library of South Australia's new Digital literacy programs

Prepare for your visit

Tips for students and teachers visiting the library

Adult to student ratio required for groups

Secondary students




Primary students




Early years




What to bring

Bring all food and drink in a group crate.

Medication may be carried by the adult supervisor in a backpack.

School bags

Preferred option is to leave school bags at school.

If it is necessary for students to bring their bags they will be required to leave these with Security staff for the duration of their program.


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