Zoomobile shares stories of the land

Close encounters: The Taronga Zoomobile will be in Liverpool this school holidays.
Close encounters: The Taronga Zoomobile will be in Liverpool this school holidays.

COUNTRY singer Col Hardy will share his Aboriginal culture to children in Liverpool this school holidays.

As part of a series of free activities at Liverpool City Libraries, Hardy has teamed up with the Taronga Zoomobile to teach children about the importance of conserving Australia's native plants and animals.

"I think it is important to share my culture with all children," Hardy said.

"And to let them know how important animals are to Aboriginal people and how important it is to look after our environment for future generations."

The workshop includes Dreamtime stories.

"About 15 years ago one of the educators at the zoo thought up the idea of doing an Animals of the Dreaming workshop and asked me to be part of the program," Hardy said.

"As I like animals, I agreed to join the program and have been doing it ever since.

"Children can expect to see and touch native animals, such as a carpet python, a frog, a ring-tailed possum, an echidna, a lizard and sometimes a baby crocodile."

THERE is plenty of fun to be had this school holidays at Liverpool's libraries.

From now until July 17 there will be free activities scattered throughout the library branches, aimed at impressing children aged five to seven.

Here's what's in store:

■ Magic at the library with Joey Presto — Joey offers a high energy non-stop interactive magic show filled with lots of fun, excitement and audience participation.

When: July 2, from 10.30am at Moorebank Library and 1.30pm at Green Valley Library.

■ School holiday fun with origami — Dazzle your friends and try your hand at origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding.

When: July 3, from 10.30am-noon at Liverpool, Casula, Green Valley, Moorebank and Miller libraries.

■ Animals of the dreaming with Col Hardy — Animals of the Dreaming is an exciting program combining two fascinating aspects of Australia - native animals and Dreamtime stories.

When: July 8, 10.30am-11.30am at Liverpool City Library and 1.30pm-2.30pm at Moorebank Library; July 9, 10.30am-11.30am at Casula Library and 1.30pm- 2.30pm at Green Valley Library.

■ Build straw towers — Use your imagination to build a tower, or whatever your heart desires, from straws and tape.

When: July 10, 1pm-2.30pm at Casula, Liverpool, Moorebank, Green Valley and Miller libraries.

■ Hands-on cartooning workshop — Have fun learning to draw cartoons in this hands-on energetic workshop.

When: July 17, 3.30pm-4.30pm at Green Valley Library.

Bookings are essential. For more information go to mylibrary.liverpool.nsw.gov.au or call 9821 9460.