Launceston Library celebrated its 50th anniversary on Friday, 8 October 2021. Staff were thrilled to present a day of cake, music, plaque unveiling, exhibitions and more to its valued community.
At the centre of the celebration was an exhibition that showcased many fascinating photographs, newspaper articles from The Examiner, old membership cards, architectural drawings of the 1970s library and fascinating objects used to provide services over the past 50 years.
The original library was opened Former Governor-General, Lord Casey in Civic Square – to much hurrah! – on 8 October 1971.
A plaque organised by the Friends of the Launceston Library was unveiled to pay homage to the Launceston Mechanics Institute, the precursor to the Launceston Library. Coincidentally, Dr Cornelius Casey – Lord Casey’s grandfather – was the president of the Launceston Mechanics Institute when it opened next door to the library site, in 1860.
In November at Libraries Tasmania, we are trying out new things, engaging with different ideas, and developing skills!
Developing skills and thinking a little differently is a great way to keep your mind active and engaged. Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, rediscovering one of your passions or interested in meeting people, we can help you along the way.