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

At Libraries Tasmania, we love the spring school holidays!

Our spring 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.