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It was a very special day for old friends and new, at Vision Australia Library’s recent intergenerational story time (Preschool Goes Old School).

Held on Indigenous Literacy Day (September 6) the group was honoured with stories from First Nations guests Peter, a storyteller from Wanyara and artist Holly McClennan Brown.

Both talked of their connection to Country.

Peter shared a range of beautiful tools while telling the story of his and his family's history. The children especially enjoyed the comforting feel of the possum skins.

Holly worked with all participants in creating a bright and colourful group painting on canvas.

Alongside this shared experience, the little ones also worked on their own impressive artworks from everything they learnt that day.

Indigenous Literacy Day

Taking place on the first Wednesday of September each year, the event raises awareness of the educational struggles facing many Indigenous groups in Australia, while also serving as a fundraiser to collect literary resources for children living in more isolated areas of the country.

Visit the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (external website) to find out more.

Join in the fun

Our next Preschool Goes Old-School intergenerational story time is:

November 23, at our Kooyong centre. For more information about the event and to register visit the information page on our website here.

Recent First Nations titles in the library

The Vision Australia Library is working to increase the representation of First Nations stories and voices in its collection.

Feelix has introduced a new kit: My Culture and Me by Greg Driesse.

Audio editions of the Bible has also been added in a number of Indigenous languages including:

  • Pitjantjatjara
  • Eastern Arrernte
  • Burarra
  • Garrwa
  • Ngaanyatjara
  • Wubuy
  • Kriol

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