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Monday to Friday (odd weeks in term 2 and 3)
10.30am to 12pm
12.30 to 2pm
Up to 30 learners
Meeting point

State Library forecourt

$0.00 per person
Supervision ratios
1:5 Years R to 2
1:6 Years 3 to 7

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About the presenter

Co-designed with Phil Cummings and children from Peterborough, and facilitated by an experienced primary years teacher.

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

These secrets will be revealed in an interactive exhibition featuring his award-winning books through to copies of his original manuscripts. Learners will be inspired to create their own literary responses. Video conference opportunities will be on offer for regional schools.

Find out more about the Phil Cummings exhibition: Stories behind the books.


Teaching for Effective Learning principles strongly underpin this learning experience, which is 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, numeracy, critical and creative thinking.

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

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.
  • 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.


Term 3 - 22 July to 27 September

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  • Education program
  • Early learning

Phil Cummings: Stories behind the books
Self managed experience for schools

Your State Library holds in its collection many of the secrets and stories of award-winning South Australian author, Phil Cummings which will be revealed in an interactive exhibition featuring his award-winning books through to copies of his original manuscripts.