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Monday to Friday

10.30am to 2pm
Up to 30 learners
Meeting point

State Library forecourt

Free, no bookings required
Supervision ratios
1:5 Years R to 2
About the presenter

Co-designed with primary learners and facilitated by an experienced Educator for school groups.

For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Community Learning Team:
Phone: (08) 8207 7239

Learners can delve into this collection, investigate the art of paper engineering, and then design and make their own pop-up or moveable page.

This engaging experience includes an interactive eBook that can be freely downloaded to support ongoing learning.

To enhance this learning program a free interactive eBook is available for download.


  • How have historic and contemporary paper engineers incorporated moveable mechanisms to help tell a story or convey and idea?
  • How will I generate and communicate my own design ideas in both written and graphic form?
  • What materials and tools will assist me to achieve my intended design solution?


The learning experiences are aligned with the Australian Curriculum, with a particular emphasis on the learning area of Technologies: Design and Technologies, and the general capabilities of literacy, and critical and creative thinking.

This learning program has been co-designed with children, for children, to provide relevant learning experiences that effectively engage primary learners.

Teaching for Effective Learning principles strongly underpin the learning design.

All tools and materials are provided free of charge by the State Library of South Australia.


Please take a few minutes to complete a survey:

Have you considered free metro travel for primary school groups?

Adelaide Metro provides FREE travel for primary school groups.

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.
  • Early years and primary programs will also receive an email invitation for 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 in or near the main entrance (refer to your program booking).

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.