Turning pages and forging bonds at the State Library

Lit – shush desk

The Literacy team’s Connect Week event at the State Library was a wonderful reminder of the importance of both literacy and human connection.

The event marked the first time that not just students, but also some teachers, met for the first time in-person.

The group participated in a publishing workshop and visited the World of Books exhibition. They also toured the library and learned about the infamous “shushing desk” – where librarians of yesteryears used icy stares to maintain an atmosphere of silent study.

Highlights of the day included students playing games in the beautiful spaces of the State Library and seeing one of the world’s oldest teeny tiny books. Another intriguing artefact showcased ancient Egyptian cat pawprints imprinted on a book, reminding us of the long-standing connections between humans and animals.

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