Stories After Dark in 2022… Did you go?!

The Stories After Dark event that lit up the State Library and Archives building in Hobart on Saturday 18 June had an amazing vibe, with the doors staying open after dark for a second time after the successful inaugural event in 2021.

Over two thousand people came through the doors to experience the images, displays and performances. The combination of light, sound and film, the warm welcome and encouragement to explore, and the excitement of being backstage at the State Library and Archives building at night drew crowds in to view the digital canvas that the building became.

People from near and far had the opportunity to experience projections, visualisations, and artworks from the rich cultural collections of your State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives collections, weaving across and around 91 Murray Street, Hobart.

This year Libraries Tasmania collaborated with the City of Hobart’s Youth Arc for Stories After Dark. Curator Yumemi Hiraki and artist mentors Will Nicolson and Sara Wright worked with 19 emerging young artists to create new works in response to the Tasmanian Archives collection.

Dance, music, sculpture, projection, paintings, drawing, photography, animation and live storytelling were all on show for the public to explore and see what interpretations the young Tasmanians formed.  The live visual and performance art by the City of Hobart’s Youth Arc was not to be missed!

View the images and photographs exhibited online via the Stories After Dark Flickr gallery.

What’s on at Libraries Tasmania in July

Midwinter is upon us, and we are getting ready for an exciting and fun-filled program this July.

Learn something new in NAIDOC Week this year

Recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during NAIDOC Week from 3 –10 July 2022.

Discover a wealth of compelling NAIDOC Week posters. Share a book with a friend – follow the links here for NAIDOC week titles from Story Box Library.

Get to know Tasmanian Aboriginal culture with The Orb, a fantastic learning resource, where Tasmanian Aboriginal people are sharing their stories about Country and culture on an interactive website.

Visit Trove for a national collection of images and objects with connections to Aboriginal Australian life and culture, and view the Indigenous documentary stream on Beamafilm to learn about Indigenous peoples’ culture and perspective. 

Read more about NAIDOC week.

Wanting to read a popular eBook without a hold?

Libby’s next Big Library Read runs from Wednesday 13 to Wednesday 27 July. Enjoy a global book club and online discussion with the Big Library Read from the comfort of your couch.

Read the featured title “The girl in his shadow” by Audrey Blake – as an eBook or eAudiobook available with no holds or waitlist from 13 July on the Libraries Tasmania website; or on our lending app or your Libby app.  

It’s Library and Information Week from 25 – 31 July!

Library and Information week is the time to celebrate the important roles library staff play in our local community, work and personal lives.

Celebrate not only our 45 public libraries around the state and the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, but also school libraries and specialist libraries like the Aboriginal Education Services Library supporting teachers and learners in Tasmanian schools.

International Non-Binary People’s Day

14 July is International Non-Binary People’s Day, and it is a day to celebrate and acknowledge the diversity in gender and those who may not fit within the traditional gender binary.

Non-binary is an umbrella term for gender identities that sit within, outside of, across or between the spectrum of the male and female binary.

We will also be celebrating International Non-Binary People’s Day on our Facebook page and in library displays.

State Library and Archives building information screens

Have you noticed the new information screens in our State Library and Archives building in Hobart? We now have digital information screens to make it even easier for you to understand and navigate what is happening in our libraries and archives when you visit.

The last piece of chocolate, anyone?

Snaffle the last of the Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory display “By Mountain and Sea”: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont, now on at the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room (Level 2) until 31 July. If you can’t make it, go online to see some incredibly rich images from our collection or read the blog.

Exhibition changeover at the Allport

The Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts will be closed from Monday 27 June until Wednesday 6 July for an exhibition changeover. We will reopen on Thursday 7 July 2022. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to sharing the next exhibition, Chilled, with you. 

Register for activities at your public libraries around the state on Eventbrite:

If you need help discovering our resources, contact your local library.

The winter school holidays are just around the corner

The winter solstice has been and gone, so it’s time to rug up and get ready for the school holidays!

Our school holiday program is full of exciting and fresh challenges for those who want to try something new! Keep an eye on Eventbrite for sessions near you and the chance to take part at your local library.

Some of the highlights include:

If you’re in Southern Tasmania, check out the Southern Libraries School Holiday Program.

Don’t forget to register your child’s spot as our activities do book out.

Get up! Stand up! Show up! this NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week celebrations are being held around the country from 3 July to 10 July. This year’s theme is Get up! Stand up! Show up! and Libraries Tasmania want you to celebrate with us!

NAIDOC Week is an important time to recognise and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is a reminder to everyone to continue pushing for progressive changes that support and represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – by working together.

To share the stories and experiences of First Nations peoples across Australia and the Torres Strait, we have put together a collection of NAIDOC Week titles from our catalogue. The titles can be accessed as an eBook or eAudiobook on the Libby app or OverDrive website, or you can borrow the titles from libraries across the state.

Adult titles

Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now by Ellen Van Neerven

Curated by award-winning author Ellen van Neerven, Flock roams the landscape of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling, bringing together voices from across the generations.

Borrow Flock today.

Hard copies:

eBook: Flock – Libraries Tasmania – OverDrive

Too much lip by Melissa Lucashenko

Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things – her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she’s an inch away from the lockup, so she takes a Harley and heads south to Durrongo.

Borrow Too Much Lip today.

Hard copies:

eBook: Too Much Lip – Libraries Tasmania – OverDrive

For the full list of OverDrive/Libby adult titles visit:  NAIDOC Week 2022 – Libraries Tasmania – OverDrive

Children’s titles

Shake a leg by Boori Pryor

From pizza shop to bora ground, here is a joyous celebration of food, dance and cultural understanding. When three young boys go to a pizza parlour and meet an Aboriginal chef who can speak Italian and make a deadly pizza, they’re in for a surprise!

Hard copies:

eBook: Kids – Shake a Leg – Libraries Tasmania – OverDrive

Ceremony by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy

Welcome, children! Nangga! Nangga! Yakarti!

Tonight will be our Ceremony. Our family gathers as the fire burns. The smoke rises up as we take it in turns . . . Then clapsticks tap – one, two, three – but a stick is missing! Where could it be?

Borrow Ceremony today.

Hard copies:

eBook: Kids – Ceremony – Libraries Tasmania – OverDrive

More NAIDOC week titles

If you’re looking for more children’s titles, don’t forget Story Box Library. Story Box Library have NAIDOC Week inspired titles read by Aboriginal and Torres Strait people from around Australia. Discover the Story Box website and app!

For the full list of eBook titles visit: Kids – NAIDOC Week 2022 – Libraries Tasmania – OverDrive

The Orb

Have you discovered The Orb? The Orb is an interactive website all about Aboriginal culture, history and practices. From the connection to the land, song, dance and foods, The Orb tells the story of Tasmania’s Aboriginal community and practices. “Walk in our shoes, see through our eyes and journey alongside us… the Tasmanian Aboriginal community” – Gumnuts to Buttons.

Historical NAIDOC Week posters

The history of the NAIDOC Week poster shows the journey of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples from the 1970s to today. Discover how the posters show the changing themes and messages of NAIDOC Week.

Looking for more images, photographs or objects? Visit Trove for a national collection of images and objects with connections to First Nations Australians’ life and culture.

Discover stories in film. Beamafilm tells indigenous stories through movie and TV series. Discover some of Australia’s great Aboriginal actors and award-winning visuals.

91 STORIES… the Mt. Wellington Park: Map of roads and tracks!

Let’s take a closer look at the Mt. Wellington Park: Map of roads and tracks! Read the full story behind the original Mt Wellington map and its creator on the State Library and Tasmanian Archives blog.

Find your favourite and familiar walking tracks. The Fingerpost Track, Crocodile Rock, and the Mount Arthur Ski Slopes are just some of the many features that can be found on a stunning map of kunanyi/Mount Wellington produced in 1935 by the Hobart Walking Club.

The map, drawn by renowned Tasmanian artist Vernon Hodgman (1909-1984) and created to make the mountain more accessible, is a snapshot in time and features the unfinished road to the pinnacle as well as the main walking trails and huts.

Two walkers and a skier stride around the outside – Vernon Hodgman’s original mock-ups of these three figures appear in the display ‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 years of Cadbury’s at Claremont, which showed at the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room from January to July.

Read the full story behind the original Mt Wellington map and its creator on the State Library and Tasmanian Archives blog on The Art of Mapping kunanyi/ Mount Wellington or by visiting

View the 91 STORIES online exhibition

Hungry for more stories? This year we are digging deeper into a selection of the 91 Stories exhibition.

Curated from selections by the Tasmanian public, the exhibition includes your favourites from the State Library of Tasmania, Tasmanian Archives and the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts.

#GetCurious #91Stories #GetTheFullPicture