MidCoast Libraries will be able to run its traditional face-to-face school holiday program

Packed with almost endless possibilities

What's better than 500 paper aeroplanes?

Five hundred paper art packs, going out to 500 families in the Mid Coast for the September school holidays.

Each pack contains:

  • A tunnel book project: part picture book, part sculpture, part accordion. This project is composed of a series of frames arranged in sequence to create, through the front window on the cover, a three-dimensional scene. The pack includes six templates and an instruction sheet, plus a link to a video tutorial.
  • A colourful cut-out project: inspired by the drawing-with-scissors technique and wild colourism of early 20th century French artist Henri Mattisse, with step-by-step instructions and a selection of coloured papers.
  • An A3 colouring in sheet created by local author/illustrator Stephen Michael King, running with the Children's Book Council of Australia book week theme 'Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds'.

The initiative is a collaboration between Manning Regional Art Gallery and MidCoast Libraries which began three years ago celebrating The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the Manning Entertainment Centre.

Since then it has blossomed into a series of activity packs and video tutorials as part of the Make@Home series.

"This collaboration has been supercharged by the lockdown closures over the last couple of years and it's our way of staying connected with our community," Manning Regional Art Gallery public programs and education engagement officer, Ali Haigh said.

"During lockdown, families had been finding themselves cooped up and these packs were created with them in mind, to provide fun activities without the need for technology," she said.

"During lockdown, families had been finding themselves cooped up and these packs were created with them in mind, to provide fun activities without the need for technology.

Manning Regional Are Gallery public programs and education engagement officer,Ali Haigh!

"We'd love to get feedback from the families who use this service so we can ensure we're continuing to engage the kids.

"We're always happy to evolve."

With the news that lockdown has lifted, MidCoast Libraries also will be able to run its traditional face-to-face school holiday program, complementing the take home packs.

This year there will be a wide variety of events happening, from DIY garden gnomes and bee hotels to tunnel books, and families are encouraged to book in for the events, as well as taking advantage of the take-home packs.

Families are also invited to take photographs of their completed projects from these September packs and share them on social media, tagging Manning Regional Art Gallery and MidCoast Libraries.

This school holidays' art packs will be available on through the MidCoast Libraries click and collect service and a list of events can also be found on the website https://library.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Home OR pick up your pack from Manning Regional Art Gallery.