Mr Chicken comes to State Library

State Library of Queensland (SLQ) will be a-buzz with little people from tomorrow, kicking off with workshops by Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs.

As part of Out of the Box children’s festival, Hobbs, a popular children’s author and illustrator, will deliver character development workshops for children eight years and younger bringing his well-known Mr Chicken character as inspiration.

Original artwork featuring Mr Chicken at iconic Queensland landmarks will form a playscape in SLQ’s Knowledge Walk for the duration of the festival.

Through Hobbs’ illustrations, the almost lovable Mr Chicken can be seen on tour around the state – from the Wheel of Brisbane and the Big Pineapple to the Great Barrier Reef and tropical rainforest.

State Librarian, Sonia Cooper said SLQ’s involvement in Out of the Box sees thousands of the smallest members of the community flood through the precinct for fun, free and affordable activities.

“State Library will be bustling with activities and workshops not only for Out of the Box, but right through to until the end of the winter school holidays,” Mrs Cooper said.

“This is a great opportunity to fire up young imaginations and expose children and their families to high quality literary and creative experiences,” she said.

Children’s activities will run over the eight day festival and throughout the winter school holidays.

Parents and children can craft their own puppet characters and learn tips and tricks to make them come to life at the puppet-arium workshop (for all ages, bookings required); or drop by the puppet paper town (for all ages) to craft and play with their own puppet characters.

SLQ’s Asia Pacific Design Library is also getting involved with a Little Designers workshop (for ages 4–8, bookings required), which will introduce young minds to special and interior design through play.

Plus, Story Lab workshops (for ages 8–16, bookings required) are back for another jam-packed program of hands-on, minds-on fun and creativity. Workshops range from filmmaking, LED and origami art to robotics.

Bookings are required for some workshops. For more information and to book, visit

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