Not only was it an enjoyable and informative day, our learning goal was achieved: Students will gain deeper understanding and knowledge of the services available to support them in future inquiry work and to be able to locate and select relevant resources.
Today, the Hub Leaders Group – Hubworts, went on an excursion to the State Library of South Australia, the University of Adelaide and we even popped to the museum.
While we waited for our library tour to start, we went to the museum’s Ancient Egyptian room. We read about how they mummified animals and human bodies.
At the State Library, we got to hold a 900 hundred-year-old page of a book. The page was from an ancient guide describing the treatment of drunken monks! Also, we got to see two books with beautiful illuminations from 500 and 700 years ago.
Our guide, Karen, then gave us a private tour of the underground archives area where books are stored and preserved. We then went to the Mortlock Wing. This three-storey section of the library looked amazing.
We also visited the University of Adelaide’s Hub where we had lunch and spent time reading in the beautiful Barr Smith Library. To end our excursion, we visited the university’s rare book collection that included a penguin from the Mawson collection.
After a great day out, we returned to school with our learning goal achieved.
We had a great day. I would definitely recommend a visit to the State Library to anyone who loves books and interesting old stuff!!
The Mortlock Wing was the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen.
We saw many books including ancient ones. I will definitely be going back there to read more and research.
We learned a lot about life and books from the past.
When I’m at university, I will go there to do research.
We did so many things that regular visitors don’t have access to.
Due to arriving in town early, we thought we might as well pop to the museum too. We visited the Egyptian display. I found that to be really cool.
Next, we headed to the State Library – there were so many books! We learned so much. We explored the State Library’s website then we got to hold some REALLY old books - books and pages between 500 and 900 years old made from vellum!!
We had a big behind-the-scenes tour of the library during which we saw old diaries, captain’s logs and much more! Then, my highlight, the Mortlock Wing. It was an amazing, historic building to see. I was in awe when I saw the space and how good the condition of the collection was considering how old the books are.
After that, we went to the University of Adelaide’s Hub including the Barr Smith Library. We read there then we went downstairs to see the rare book collection. We found a random penguin in a glass case that I named Jeremy.
Overall, I had an amazing time looking at all of the books and learning how to research better. We completed our learning goal and I know I will go back to those places and have a good time.