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29 January 2019

More than 75,000 children each year will enjoy their own purpose-built space at State Library Victoria thanks to the generosity of local philanthropists.

Gandel Philanthrophy

Children have their say on the Library's development at a series of workshops

Part of the Library’s Vision 2020 redevelopment, and designed to appeal to children’s imaginations, the Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter will include reading nooks, a storytelling area, a creative maker’s space, updated children’s literature collection focused on Victorian and Australian authors, lounge and learning areas, designated zones for school groups and livestreaming capabilities to reach children right across the state.

The $2 million donation from Gandel Philanthropy includes funding for a range of free programs that will take place at the Children’s Quarter especially for children aged 5-12 years old. As part of the donation, the programs will be co-designed by expert educators, authors and kids, making sure the programs enhance literary skills while engaging as many children as possible.

Today marked the first of a series of workshops, with Australian children’s authors Andy Griffiths, Leigh Hobbs, Gabrielle Wang and Ailsa Wild working with children to develop ideas for the programs that will be offered.

The Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter opens late spring 2019 as part of the State Library Victoria’s Vision 2020 redevelopment.