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Great Book Swap: State Library event to help children living in remote Indigenous communities to access books

On Wednesday September 6, the State Library, in partnership with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, is hosting a Great Book Swap as part of Indigenous Literacy Day celebrations.

Feature image credit: Wayne Quilliam. Broome, 2022.

On Wednesday September 6, the State Library, in partnership with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, is hosting a Great Book Swap as part of Indigenous Literacy Day celebrations. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., everyone is invited to visit the Library and take a book in exchange for a note or gold coin. All money raised helps the Indigenous Literacy Foundation provide new and culturally relevant books (around 50% of which are by Indigenous authors and illustrators) to remote Indigenous communities.

“We are proud to be a part of Indigenous Literacy Day and promote and celebrate reading in the community,” says State Library of South Australia Director Geoff Strempel. “The State Library has a First Nations focus and is committed to reconciliation, including supporting literacy programs that help Indigenous people.”

Due to the lack of libraries and bookstores in remote communities, there is limited access to books. With access to culturally relevant titles, children in the communities can build a sense of connection, belonging, and pride after seeing themselves and their culture reflected in the stories.

“Literacy is one of the key ingredients to success in most aspects of a person’s life,” says Indigenous Literacy Foundation Ambassador Dr Jared Thomas. “Indigenous Literacy Day gives us all the opportunity to ensure that Aboriginal people, especially families in remote communities, have the best opportunity to celebrate and develop their literacy.”

If you aren’t able to make it to the Great Book Swap in person, you can still help by making a donation on the State Library of South Australia Great Book Swap donation page.

Event Details

Event: Great Book Swap on Indigenous Literacy Day
Location: State Library of South Australia, glass foyer, Cnr North Terrace and Kintore Avenue
Time: Wednesday 6 September 2023, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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