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

July school holidays at your local library

The school holidays are just around the corner, and Libraries Tasmania has plenty planned to keep the kids busy!

Ideas to get you started:

Check out the full Libraries Tasmania Southern July School Holidays Program.

To find out more about what’s on during the July school holidays at Libraries Tasmania, including in the north and north-west of the state, get in touch directly with your local library via phone or Facebook, or search Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite

What a night!

The Stories After Dark event that lit up the Libraries Tasmania 91 Murray Street building in Hobart was a sight to behold, with the experience enjoyed by thousands of people, young and old.

Held on Saturday 19 June, the inside and outside of our heritage-listed building was – for the very first time – activated through a digital canvas, with audio and visual technology showcasing the archival treasures that lie within our cultural collections.

Curated as a new way for the community to explore the State Library of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Archives and the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, locals and visitors alike loved the chance to get up close with convicts and prisoners, the Tasmanian railways, Gould’s fishes, botanical blooms, costumed dancers from days gone by… and much, much more!

The exhibited images (and photographs from the night) can be viewed at the Stories After Dark Flickr gallery

Images: photos from the inaugural Libraries Tasmania Stories After Dark event.