Create, play, discover… The September school holidays are here!

At Libraries Tasmania, we love the spring school holidays!

Our September school holiday program is brimful of exciting events for budding creatives, scientists, and those that want to learn and play!

Here’s a selection of the events and activities happening at Libraries Tasmania – to keep young and old busy…

  • Get creative with Pom Pom and Star Art Making or try no bake cooking at Devonport Library
  • Get lost in a Razzle Dazzle: Camouflage painting workshop at Scottsdale Library
  • Try a Spooky VR experience or make animal and mandala twirlers at Burnie Library
  • Craft paper flowers at Wynyard Library – pick up a free craft bag from 25 September
  • Learn to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle everyday items into a crafty masterpiece, join a Lego challenge, or play with the A-Maze-ing Dash at Rosny Library
  • Pick up a ‘Take & Make’ Craft Kit from Bicheno, Orford, Swansea and Tasman libraries
  • Try tie dye or ‘Barista for Teens’ and join in the Lego Olympics at George Town Library

There are a few different ways you can find out what your local library is offering during the September school holidays:

  • Search ‘Libraries Tasmania’ on Eventbrite
  • Check directly with your local library.
  • Download the southern libraries school holiday program here:

Australian Reading Hour… Stories that matter

Australia Reads is a national initiative to promote the many benefits of reading. Their big annual event, Australian Reading Hour, is set to happen on Tuesday, 14 September.

With events happening in libraries, schools and bookshops across Australia, we invite you to visit your local library, borrow a book and celebrate the joy of reading with us!

Queenstown, Strahan, Zeehan and Rosebery libraries will be:

  • Inviting prominent locals to share what they like to read, including reading their favourite story or a poem
  • Inviting students from local schools to write a story to be read on radio

Devonport Library will be hosting an Australia Reads Pyjama Party!

Kingston Library is having Special Saturday Storytime to celebrate Australian Reading Hour.

To find out what your local library is doing, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

#AustraliaReads #AustralianReadingHour #AustraliaReadsAtHome #StoriesThatMatter #MoreBooksMoreOften

150 Years of Tasmanian Railways

To celebrate 150 years of Tasmanian Railways, Libraries Tasmania is showcasing favourite photographs and plans that document the history of our state’s railways.

From staggering feats of engineering and the enabling of complex mining operations, to employment for men and women and family social outings, railways have played an important role in the economic and social history of Tasmania for 150 years. 

The story of the Tasmanian Railways is one of great successes, but also of hardships, economic failures, and disasters. It is a colourful and dynamic history.

The 150 Years of Tasmanian Railways photography exhibition is now open in libraries around Tasmania and online. Get in touch with your local library to find out more.

Click to access the full digital exhibition

For those who want to delve into those intricate technical drawings, expansive line plans and registers of rolling stock, we have also released a new and expansive Tasmanian Railway Guide to our railway records. Learn how to research Tasmanian rail records with Librarian, Ali Marchant, by watching her video below.

For more archives and heritage resources, head to the Libraries Tasmania website.

To read more about the history of Tasmanian Railways, and for more exciting articles, sign up to the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage blog.

SEPTEMBER IS… Learning something new!

September at Libraries Tasmania

From research to reading… What will you discover?

We’re passionate about lifelong learning, and our focus in September is all about supporting you to learn something new. From reading to researching, we have the experts and resources to get you started.


September is… Adult Learners’ Week

Libraries Tasmania is holding a series of engaging events across Tasmania to connect adults with learning and support their learning journeys during Adult Learners’ Week 2021.

Adult Learners’ Week is celebrated annually across Australia from 1 – 8 September. It is a great introduction to the learning support available in libraries for adults all year round.

Whether you are returning to learning after a long break or are wanting to develop a new skill, Libraries Tasmania is here to support you.

Join us for:

To find out what your local library is doing for Adult Learners’ Week, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.


September is… reading, writing, and research

Keen minds and lifelong learners are welcomed with open arms at Libraries Tasmania, with a range of creative and research-based activities on offer for those who want to extend their own writing skills, explore the writing of others – or refine their search for information.

Below is just a sample of what is on at your local library.

Bruny Library

Devonport Library

Glenorchy Library

Huonville Library

Kingston Library

Smithton Library

Ulverstone Library

To find out what your local library is offering, and to book, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

For your local library’s full list of events, don’t forget to check the What’s On link in our monthly newsletter.


September is… Rock & Rhyme and Storytime!

Learning something new is fun for the young ones, especially when it’s accompanied by music, narrative and movement! Our Rock & Rhyme and Storytime sessions are very popular with babies, pre-schoolers… and their parents and carers! Sessions are run regularly throughout the year at many of our libraries.

To find and book a session, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

Celebrate CBCA Book Week

Every year since 1945, schools, public libraries and children across Australia have celebrated their favourite books, Australian children’s authors, and illustrators during Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week.

This year’s theme for CBCA Book Week is ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’. Children are invited to celebrate through activities, dressing up, competitions and storytelling.

The CBCA Book Week Book of the Year winners for 2021 were announced on Friday 20 August, and we are thrilled to congratulate Tasmanian author Kate Gordon! Her book ‘Aster’s good, right things’ won the Younger Readers category for 2021.

Do you want to read the shortlisted and winning titles?
Click the links below to browse our catalogue, and use your library card to place a hold:

All shortlisted titles

Shortlisted titles for older readers

Shortlisted titles for younger readers

Shortlisted titles for early childhood

Shortlisted picture books

Shortlisted titles for Eve Pownall Award

Shortlisted titled for New Illustrator Award

What’s happening for CBCA Book Week at Libraries Tasmania?

To see what’s happening at your local library, go to www.eventbrite.com.au and search ‘Libraries Tasmania’, or simply call your local library.

You can also watch authors and actors read some of the CBCA Book Week shortlisted titles on Story Box. All you need to do is log in to Story Box using your library card details and choose your title.

National Family History Month

August is National Family History Month (NFHM), and Libraries Tasmania is once again holding its series of popular expert talks that will inspire and assist you to connect the dots of your family history.

The Libraries Tasmania NFHM expert talk series, at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts

Download your copy of the National Family History Month expert talks program (PDF). Can’t make it to an Allport talk? Keep an eye on our SoundCloud channel for the recordings.

Attend one of these family history events at a local library

Please note: Bookings, via Eventbrite or phone, are essential for all our NFHM events, as numbers are limited. 

AUGUST IS… Uncovering your past!

Everyone has a past… Can yours be found in the Libraries Tasmania archives and heritage collections?

August is… 91 Stories

August is the month when we proudly open the doors to 91 Stories – our community-curated exhibition.

From 9 August you can view a selection of the 91 treasures from this exhibition at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, in one of our libraries across Tasmania (where you can explore our fabulous roving exhibition cubes), or view the entire exhibition online in the evergreen 91 Stories Flickr gallery.

August is… Family history research

August is National Family History Month (NFHM), and Libraries Tasmania has a host of expert talks, online resources and in-library sessions to further your existing passion or spark your interest in all things family history!

Have you been interested in getting to know your family history, but are not sure where to start? Our librarians and archivists have done the hard work for you and offer their best advice and handy hints on how to get started.

  • We offer a range of different services that will help you connect to your ancestral roots, whether your family history lies in Tasmania, across Australia or overseas.
  • If you know you have Tasmanian heritage, the Tasmanian Names Index is a comprehensive database of Tasmanian records – all you need to do is search a name!
  • Search through the Tasmanian prison records, or our UNESCO Memory of the World-listed Tasmanian Convict Records.
  • You can use our specialised research guide to help identify whether you have Tasmanian Aboriginal ancestry.
  • And, if you’re looking beyond Tasmania, Ancestry lets you search across Australian census, birth, marriage and death records, or military and immigration records. Remote access for Ancestry is available to Libraries Tasmania members until December 2021, so you can research your family history without leaving your home.

For the full list of Libraries Tasmania family history resources, visit our Family History web page.  

August is… Getting back to library basics

August is… For the kids!

Contact your local library to find out what’s on near you. Or, visit www.eventbrite.com.au and search ‘Libraries Tasmania’.

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with a story

NAIDOC Week celebrations are being held across the state from 4 to 11 July. This year’s theme is ‘Heal Country!’, and the Libraries Tasmania collections team has put together their recommendations for your reading list.

We have a range of titles for both adult readers and younger readers and they can be accessed as an eBook on Libby or OverDrive, or borrowed from one of our libraries across the state.

Adult titles

Truth-telling: history, sovereignty and the Uluru Statement by Henry Reynolds.
Lending copies: https://stors.tas.gov.au/ILS/SD_ILS-1354051
OverDrive/Libby: https://librariestasmania.overdrive.com/media/6158412

Welcome to country: a travel guide to Indigenous Australia by Marcia Langton.
Lending copies: https://stors.tas.gov.au/ILS/SD_ILS-1262233
OverDrive/Libby. https://librariestasmania.overdrive.com/media/4003261

For the full list of OverDrive/Libby adult titles visit:
https://librariestasmania.overdrive.com/collection/1224966

Junior titles

Welcome to country: an introduction to our first people for young Australians by Marcia Langton.
Lending copies: https://stors.tas.gov.au/ILS/SD_ILS-1320979; OverDrive/Libby: https://librariestasmania.overdrive.com/media/5030863

Young dark emu: a truer history by Bruce Pascoe.
Lending copies: https://stors.tas.gov.au/ILS/SD_ILS-1309282; OverDrive/Libby: https://librariestasmania.overdrive.com/library/kids/media/5638238

For the full list of OverDrive/Libby junior titles visit: https://librariestasmania.overdrive.com/library/kids/collection/1224736

Coming soon: 91 Stories exhibition

Earlier this year, Libraries Tasmania did a call-out for the community’s favourite items in our cultural collections.

We wanted you to help us curate our major 91 Stories* exhibition.

We had countless fantastic responses from people all over Tasmania. The final 91 submissions have now been collated to form the exhibition, which opens in early August in the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts and online at a dedicated Flickr gallery (set to become a permanent feature in our collections).

This community led exhibition has been designed to showcase well-loved favourites and uncover some of the untold stories hiding in the collections housed in the Allport, the Tasmanian Archives and the State Library of Tasmania.

We can’t wait to show you what Tasmania loves!

*Named in recognition of our heritage-listed 91 Murray Street building in Hobart.


Buried in the collection!

What will you discover in our collections this month?

Libraries Tasmania is home to a wealth of Tasmanian stories – whether in our 22 linear kilometres of shelving devoted to archives, or on our lending shelves in our 46 libraries across the state.

We invite you to be a detective and look a little deeper at what we have to offer in our cultural collections…

  • Dive into our Archives and Heritage blog, where you’ll uncover the hidden story behind some of our most important items, such as this donated letterpress
  • Assist with our DigiVol projects and help turn historical Tasmanian information into digitised data.
  • Visit the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts (91 Murray Street, Hobart) to wander through its many ‘house’ rooms, where you’ll uncover exquisite objects, paintings and books that tell the story of Tasmania’s journey from yesterday to today.
  • Explore our two Flickr accounts… The Tasmanian Archives and State Library (Commons) account makes publicly available more than one thousand of our most-loved creative commons images; while our private exhibitions and collections can be accessed on this Libraries Tasmania Flickr account, where our team has curated albums for you to explore – including previous Allport exhibitions, Tasmanian convict and prisoner photos, Queen Elizabeth II in Tasmania, Cradle Mountain, early Hobart and so much more.

In addition to our cultural treasures, did you know we offer these lending library services?

  • Home Library Service: This is a free service for people who can’t visit a library due to incapacity. You tell us what you would like to receive, we pick it for you and then our volunteer couriers deliver these library items to you, either to your home or residential facility. To find out more, visit Home Library Service (libraries.tas.gov.au)
  • Bilingual Books: Is English your second language or does your family speak more than one language at home? We are proud to offer some beloved and classic children’s picture books told in both English and other languages. Titles include books by Eric Carle as well as David McKee’s ‘Elmer’ series. Available languages include Farsi, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Arabic, Vietnamese, Japanese, Nepali, Urdu, Hindi and Bengali. You can find these books at Burnie, Devonport, Glenorchy, Hobart, Kingston, Launceston and Rosny Libraries – you can place a hold now or contact our staff for assistance.
  • New Release Express Service: This service offers a selection of our most popular new books for immediate borrowing. You can take home a bestseller without having to wait! In addition to Hobart, Kingston, Rosny, Launceston, Devonport, Glenorchy and Burnie, the New Release Express Service has now expanded to St Helens, Ulverstone, Huonville and Sorell Libraries. For more information visit https://www.libraries.tas.gov.au/…/express-service.aspx