The Place to be

Miss Llewellyn-Jones Goes to Town in The Place

There has been a dramatic transformation, in recent years, within the State Library of Western Australia. No longer simply a fabulous place for researchers and students of roughly adult size and shape, the mezzanine floor has been turned into the most vibrant, colourful and interesting Place for kids. Big ones, little ones, even middle aged and older – there is something there for everyone. Step out of the lift or walk up the stairs. Cross the bridge and open the gate. Enter the world of children’s books with stories, illustrations, art and craft activities and live performances. As well as dress-up clothes, puppets, books and games for children to use there is a weekly Story Time. Art and craft activities are organized regularly and in the mid-year school holidays a very professional children’s opera entertained and encouraged participation from a huge audience.

Then, last Friday, Miss Llewellyn-Jones and Teddy appeared. With the scooter safely parked in the underground car park they went upstairs where a whole row of shops had been set up in The Place. She and Teddy did all their shopping, Teddy was lost and found and even the little girl got her horse back – with the help of members of the audience who dressed up, became the characters and performed the play Miss Llewellyn-Jones Goes to Town. 

The Place is also home to the Peter Williams Collection. Put together over many years by Peter Williams, the collection contains original artwork from Australian illustrators, in particular those who have been represented in the annual Australian Children’s Book Council Awards. What a treasure it is! And congratulations to the State Library on their foresight, imagination and commitment to future generations of readers young and old.



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