50 Years Young: 50 Years of Launceston Library

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.

November is… Trying something new!

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.

November events and workshops:

Learn something new online…

Are you keen to learn, but can’t come into the library in person? If so, you might be interested in reading the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage blog, viewing one of our online exhibitions or watching one of the incredible films from the Tasmanian Archives.

If you have a special interest that isn’t covered in one of our workshops, try searching the Libraries Tasmania catalogue and order a book on the topic via our holds service.

November for the kids…

The little ones are always learning, and as usual, we have something to engage the youngest to the oldest of the lot.

Our events do book out, so make sure you register today!

To find out what’s on offer, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

Author talk: Treasure & Dirt by Chris Hammer

On 29 October at 5:30 pm, Australian author Chris Hammer will be live in conversation with Tasmanian author Heather Rose, discussing Chris’ latest novel Treasure & Dirt.

Chris Hammer will be dialling in from Canberra, while Heather Rose will be in-person at Hobart Library… and you’re invited!

Chris is the bestselling author of Scrublands, and Treasure & Dirt centres around the story of small town, Finnigans Gap, where an opal miner is found dead and decaying in a mine.

A story of opals and redemption, Treasure & Dirt is a standalone thriller by a leading author in Australian Noir.

If you can’t make it to Hobart Library for the event, it will be livestreamed at select libraries across Tasmania.

Registrations for this event are essential, as capacity will be limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.

You can register online for a free ticket at your preferred location:

If you’re keen to read, borrow Treasure & Dirt from Libraries Tasmania today.