Summer Festival:
art + stories + play

31 Dec 2018 – 27 Jan 2019 | Throughout SLQ | For all ages | Free and ticketed activities

Make your summer a story to remember at State Library of Queensland!

Boasting a choose-your-own adventure program of free activities and our popular Story Lab workshop series, Summer Festival is bursting with fabulous imaginative fun for children, young people and families. View our full program and book early to avoid disappointment. Add multiple sessions to your cart to book in one transaction.

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Enquiries: Young People and Families Service | 07 3840 7927 |



Summer Festival Home Base

31 Dec – 27 Jan, 10am–3pm | The Knowledge Walk, level 1 | For all ages

Home Base is the ideal place to start your Summer Festival adventure. With information on what’s on across the library, this is where you can join the fun, be inspired and get creative.


Story Salon

31 Dec – 27 Jan, 11am–3pm | The Edge Auditorium | For all ages

Open the door to an amazing world of words and pictures in the Story Salon, a creative space to let your imagination soar. With daily artist-led sessions, free play installations, and comfy spots to share stories, this is a space where the whole family can kick back, explore, and imagine.


The Cadillac

31 Dec – 27 Jan, 10am–3pm | The Infozone, level 1 | For all ages | Free, no bookings required

Frank and Eunice are collecting your colourful designs. Stamp a drawing of your dream home, don’t stop there get creative! Glue your artwork to the car. Go inside and find yourself on camera. Make some Cadillac TV. Frank and Eunice Corley drove their pink Cadillac around the streets to take black and white photos of all the homes in Brisbane in the 1970’s. Colour their black and white world! The Cadillac interactive installation has been created by artist Sue Loveday.


Story Salon: Interactive Stories

31 Dec – 27 Jan, 10am– 11am | The Edge | For all ages | Free no bookings required

Explore the infinite and imaginative ways you can create stories in these daily artist-led activities at the Story Salon! Cut, stick, sing, dance, mime, jump and jig your way through the morning, and contribute to the creation of new and exciting stories starring…you! Each session has a limited capacity so arrive early to secure a place.


Cardboard Castles in The Corner

31 Dec – 27 Jan, 10am–3pm | The Corner, level 1 | For under 8s

Come down to The Corner and play your way through our interactive environment carefully prepared for children from birth through to eight years. Through art making, facilitated play, sharing stories and creative conversations, children and families can interact with artists and each other to creatively engage in the serious business of play.


Hickory Dickory Rock

Tue, Thu & Sat, 11am–12noon | Queensland Terrace, level 2 | For under 8s | Free, no bookings required

Tim Jackman is hickory dickory rocking the Terrace! Join him for a Woodstock-like ride of nursery rhymes.

Please Note: All children under 12 must be supervised by a parent/carer.

Enjoy imaginative and creative family time with these free, bookable workshops.
Spaces are limited so secure your spot to avoid disappointment.


Drawing Room Workshops: Kids’ Own Publishing

Tue 15 Jan – Sat 19 Jan, 10.30am & 1pm | Meet at The Edge | For all ages | Free, bookings required

Every family has their own library of stories to share and the Drawing Room is the place for families to create, publish and bring these stories to life. With our friends from Kids’ Own Publishing, you will imagine, write and illustrate a very special picture book to be published by State Library as part of the Summer Festival. Morning sessions will welcome all but have a special focus for families with children under five.


Drawing Room Workshops: Digital Stories

8 – 12 Jan & 22 – 26 Jan, 10.30am & 1pm | Meet at The Edge | For all ages | Free, bookings required

Our Digital Story sessions combine super simple technology with your supersized imaginations to make a book that is easy and fun. Morning sessions will welcome all but have a special focus for families with children under five.


Home: a suburban obsession – Guided tours

Mon 7, 14 & 21 Jan | 11.30am & 1pm | Meet at the Welcome Desk, level 1 | For ages 7+ | Free, no bookings required

Home: a suburban obsession is a State Library exhibition about the allure of home and the stories found within, inspired by one of the largest digitised photographic collections of Queensland houses.
On this special guided tour for families, experience incredible artworks, discover the Corley's story and listen to a soundscape to imagine what the suburbs may have sounded like.

For ages 8–16

The ever-popular Story Lab program is happening at The Edge for Summer Festival, with a series of mind stimulating workshops at the frontier of creativity, storytelling and technology. Places are limited and tickets sell fast, so be quick to book! Bookings essential.

Workshops are fully supervised, with all equipment and materials supplied.

Please download the Story Lab workshop information guide and consent form here.


Virtual Reality Club

Mon 7 – Wed 9 Jan, 9am–2pm | For ages 8–16 | $120

Take a leap into the virtual in this three-day workshop with Immerse Academy! Develop, build and explore a virtual reality environment for the HTC Vive using Industry-standard software, Unity 3D.


Flash Fiction

Mon 14, Tue 15 & Wed 16 Jan, 9am–2pm (for 8–11 years) & Thu 17 Jan, 9am–2pm (for 12–16 years) | $35

Write a series of ultra-short stories inspired by the evocative photography of Frank and Eunice Corley as featured in the exhibition Home: a suburban obsession. Work alongside a professional writer to explore the flash fiction format and let your imagination run wild.

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Digital Dioramas

Thu 10, Mon 21, Tue 22 Jan, 9am–2pm (for 8–11 years) & Fri 11 Jan, 9am-2pm (for 12–16 years) | $40

Using the Sketches app for iPad, re-colour and remix photography featured in the Home: a suburban obsession exhibition along with other digital materials from the Heritage Collections. Then, using the Tagtool app, arrange and animate a digital diorama.

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Interactive Story Maps

Wed 23 – Fri 25 Jan, 9am–2pm | For ages 8–12 | $40

Using images from Home: a suburban obsession exhibition, and original stories created in the Flash Fiction workshop, craft a streetscape collage then wire it up to interactive electronics and conductive materials.

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Robot Racers

Tue 15 – Wed 17 Jan, 9am–2pm | For ages 8–12 | $40

Using a custom-made robotics kit designed by volunteers at The Edge Fabrication Lab, engineer a robot racer using Arduino circuits, motors, and Lego. Once your racers are complete, design and fabricate a large scale race track.


Future Architecture

Tue 8 – Fri 11 Jan, 9am–2pm | For ages 8–12 | $40

In this workshop, design a contemporary architectural creationand work with a professional architect to build a scale model of a home fit for the future.


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