Five things to do at SLQ in National Families Week

15-20 May is National Families Week, a time to celebrate the vital role that families play in our society. The theme this year is “Stronger Families, Stronger Communities”.

National Families Week provides an ideal opportunity to spend time with your family, reach out to extended family, and enjoy activities together to celebrate the meaning and importance of family. It is also a time to reflect on the important role of the family in teaching and nurturing children, and in supporting older or disadvantaged family members.

SLQ provides a host of services, resources and fun activities for children and families to enjoy together. Here are just five great ideas to get you started:

  • Bring your little ones down to The Corner and enjoy our interactive astronomical environment, carefully designed for children up to eight years old. The Corner is open daily from 10am-3pm, allowing children to creatively engage with each other and arts-workers through art, facilitated play and sharing stories.
  • Discover the secret world inside SLQ with the Secret SLQ app. Created for ages 8-14, this popular app gets you exploring the library and following a learning trail - hunting for hidden clues, winning challenges and earning points as you go. You can download the free app via the App Store to your iPhone or iPod touch, or borrow a device from the Welcome Desk on level 1.
  • Drop in to the Reading Nook on level 1. This space encourages families to read, create and learn about Australia’s Indigenous peoples. Autumn sees us exploring reflections, features, imagery and portraiture as part of the A Thousand Words program.
  • Tour the Distant Lines exhibition to learn about the Queensland experience of World War One, at home and on the war front. The exhibition tells the intimate stories of a number of Queenslanders, as well as featuring many of the soldier portraits that were published in The Queenslander newspaper at the time. You can also compose your own message on one of the reproduction World War One postcards.
  • Make a start on researching your own family history – a wonderful way to connect family past and present, discover fascinating family stories and preserve your individual piece of history. Visit our family history desk on level 3, or make a start by reading our online guide.

Check our website for more information about these activities. To find out more about National Families Week, visit the Families Australia website.


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