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18 April to 29 September 2019
Monday to Wednesday: 10am to 7.45pm
Thursday and Friday: 10am to 5.45pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 4.45pm
State Library Gallery
Free, no bookings required
For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Community Learning Team:
Phone: (08) 8207 7239

Be immersed in the world of celebrated South Australia children’s author Phil Cummings in this free exhibition, Phil Cummings: Stories Behind the Books.  Follow Wilbur on labels throughout the exhibition to explore with many of your senses. Discover a little more about Phil, how he writes and how stories can start as an idea on a vomit bag and end up in your hands as a published book! You can read one of Phil’s books in a chook shed, create your own stories in the sand … and much more.

This exhibition has been co-designed with children from Peterborough to provide exciting experiences for children of all ages.

Collect a Phil Cummings bookmark before you leave the exhibition. Show it to your school coordinator for a stamp in your Children's University passport.

What do the programs cost?

  • All State Library education programs are provided free of charge.
  • All equipment and materials costs are covered by the State Library.

What pre-visit information will we receive?

  • An email will be sent to the booking contact person to be distributed to all the attending teachers and adults. This will include all pre-visit information relevant to the booked program.
  • Some early years or primary programs will also receive a posted invitation addressed to the children.

What happens on arrival?

  • Arrive prior to the start of the program, so that students can eat and access toilet facilities located on the ground floor behind the lift.
  • If the weather is inclement a shelter area is located on the eastern side of the building between the State Library and the Museum’s armoury building.
  • A staff member will meet your group near the main entrance.

What should we bring to an education program?

  • Medication may be carried by the adult supervisor in a backpack.
  • Please arrange name tags for early years and primary students.
  • Devices are provided by the State Library, but we encourage senior secondary students to BYO devices.
  • Students who wish to join the State Library and receive a library card need to do so before visiting the library and request the card to be mailed to them.
  • Students wishing to access photocopying services will need to bring money.
  • Storage is available to accommodate school bags or food/drink crates.

Do you have teacher tips for visiting the State Library for research?

  • Discuss research topics with your students and the types of resources that might be useful.
  • Students may wish to access a Library Guide relevant to research topics.
  • Involve the school librarian in your students' research projects.
  • Allocate sufficient time at the State Library for your research.
  • Some collection items are in storage but you can request an item to be retrieved from storage via the catalogue before your visit. Find out more about the retrieval service.
  • If you are intending to stay to use the resources after your program, you will need to book electronic database computers for your students to use.


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Danny Allen, Illustration courtesy of David Cox and Pan Macmillan Australia
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Phil Cummings

Stories behind the books

18 April to 29 September 2019

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Free entry