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Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
9.30 to 10.30 am
11.30 to 12.30 pm

By Negotiation
Up to 32 learners
Online, link will be provided
Free, no bookings required
About the presenter

Leisel, Sharon and Maureen

For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Community Learning Team:
Phone: 82077239

A Playful Past will allow learners to explore the concept of play and why people play. They will uncover similarities and differences in the way people play in different cultures and different moments in history. Learners will study images of historical toys and games from the State Library’s Children’s Literature Research Collection and learn more about the role of their State Library in collecting, preserving, and sharing the histories and stories of South Australia.

Key inquiry questions include:

  • What is play and why do people play?
  • How is the present different from and similar to the past?

Many elements of this program have been created for, by and with children to provide relevant learning experiences that effectively engage early years learners.

The learning experiences are aligned with the Australian Curriculum, with a particular emphasis on the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences: History and the general capabilities of literacy, critical and creative thinking. Effective Learning principles strongly underpin the learning design.

Pre-Visit package

This welcome video has been created for Kindergarten to year 6 school students. It provides an overview of the State Library of South Australia's buildings and collections. It talks about the stories and memories held and preserved within the collection for current and future generations.



Please assist us by completing the appropriate survey after you have been part of our program.

Learner survey - A playful past (digital visit)

Educator survey - A playful past (digital visit)

Univeral Games

View South Australian school children talking about games that are played throughout the world such as spinning games, knuckles and bones, drawing and nature play, and string games.

What is play?

View  South Australian school children talking about what play means to them.


What is the cost of a digital visit? 

All State Library Digital Visits are provided to participants free of charge.

What pre-visit information will we receive?

A confirmation email will be sent from Eventbrite to the person that booked the Digital Visit.

This email will point to Information for the Educator and the Information for the Supporting Adults and Pre-Visit information on the Description page of the relevant program on the website.
The booking contact person is required to distribute appropriately to all the attending teachers and adults.

All pre-visit information can be found within the corresponding Education program on this website.

What technology is required for a digital visit?

The SA Government’s recommended online platform is Microsoft Teams. You will be emailed a link that enables your Digital Visit to be opened in the MS Teams app or in a web browser.

Participants will require internet access, a web camera, microphone and speakers.

Information, Communications and Technology (ICT)  protocols will be highlighted with all participants at the start of the Digital Visit to ensure safety, access and participation is managed effectively.

Please email us prior to your Digital Visit if you have additional questions regarding ICT requirements.

What do I need to do before the digital visit?

View the short pre-visit Welcome Video with all participants prior to the Digital Visit. This is designed to:

  • build positive relationships
  • provide background information about the role of the State Library of South Australia.

Print Information for Supporting Adults letter to share with adults that may be assisting.

Organise learners into groups if specified in the pre-visit information.

Organise or print any specified resources necessary for the Digital Visit.

For research related programs we recommend that students Join the State Library and receive a library card if specified in the pre-visit information and request that the card be mailed to their private email address (not their school address) and have it mailed to them prior to the Digital Visit.  

Are there tips for accessing the State Library for research?

Discuss research topics with your students and the types of credible resources that might be relevant.

Students may wish to access research tips for students.

Involve the school librarian in your students' research projects.

Join the State Library and receive a library card to access e-Resources from home.

Check the Additional Information tab on the website page of the program you are going to attend to find More To Explore links, tips and suggestions.

How do I get to the State Library by public transport?

The 'State Library, Art Gallery, Museum' tram-stop is just outside the State Library. There are bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.

You can plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.

Is there car parking near the State Library?

The nearest car park is Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace, next to David Jones.

There is paid metered street parking along Kintore Ave and Victoria Drive.

Where is the wheelchair and stroller access?

Access to the Spence Wing first floor and the Mortlock Chamber is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.

There is on-street disabled parking available in the nearby roads. View more information and maps of Adelaide City Council's Disability parking for permit holders.

How do I check if the Mortlock Chamber is open when I plan to visit?

You can visit the Mortlock Chamber on the ground floor to look at the exhibition bays.  The upper levels of the Mortlock Wing include quiet study areas.

Is there a cafe at the State Library?

Yes, the State Library Cafe by St Raphaels located on the ground floor in the glass foyer.