A $2 million donation to the State Library Victoria will fund an innovative project aimed at hands-on literacy development for children.
The donation from Gandel Philanthropy will deliver free literacy programs created by and for kids. It will also support the development of the Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter – due to open in late spring.
Workshops with children’s authors and five to 12-year-olds have already started as part of the early stage of program development.
“With the vision and generosity of Gandel Philanthropy, State Library Victoria is putting kids in the driver’s seat to help shape a new era of creative and exciting literacy programs,” Minister for Youth Gabrielle Williams said.
“When this amazing new Children’s Quarter opens at our State Library later this year, it will offer a range of kid-designed programs that will boost literacy skills, build confidence and spark imaginations.”
The Quarter will be six times larger than the library’s previous children’s programming space, and will include a new children’s book collection.