Make your own book workshop – secondary

Secondary students make their own hardcover book in a fun, hands-on workshop.

Creative activities during a school workshop
60 minutes
Year level
Year: 7–9
$130 per group (up to 25 students)
50 students

After a brief visit to the Mirror of the world exhibition and the beautiful La Trobe Reading Room, secondary students construct and decorate their own book in a fun, hands-on workshop. Each step in the creative process is guided by a Library facilitator.

Students also gain an understanding of the Library's role in collecting rare historic books, and experience first-hand our heritage building's unique architecture and legacy.

Student experience

Students will:

  • take a brief guided tour of the Mirror of the world exhibition
  • gain insights into the Library's rare book collection
  • learn about the history of the book
  • visit the Dome Education Studio/Activity Lab to attend a book-making workshop
  • be inspired by the domed La Trobe Reading Room from the level 5 gallery level

Curriculum information

This program links strongly to the Victorian Curriculum, history and art, and is relevant to Years 7–9.

Skills development

This program assists students to:

  • identify the origin and content of primary sources
  • explore ideas, experiences, observations and imagination to create a book
  • experiment with different materials and book-making techniques

Embark on a journey of discovery at the State Library

Held in the inspiring heritage setting of Australia's oldest public library, our school excursions offer students a uniquely immersive, enriching experience, encouraging return visits and life-long learning. The Library has provided free access to information and education since 1856, and we invite students to become part of history as they tour the breathtaking dome and view our historic collections. All tours and workshops are developed by experienced teachers, aligned to the Victorian Curriculum and facilitated by expert staff.