Tasmanian Archives on the move: from Berriedale to the new Geilston Bay Repository

The Tasmanian Archives collection will be relocating from Berriedale to a new facility at Geilston Bay – the Geilston Bay Repository – from September to November 2022.

While we move there will be a period of time when records may not be available.

Have you seen the new mural at the Geilston Bay Repository?

Contemporary artist Josh Foley, based in Launceston, Tasmania, has recently made his artwork Waves of Time on the new archives building. Josh describes his work as relating to “a kind of ocean of space/time whereby we are mapping and co-ordinating our current perspective based upon all the data we choose to keep”.

The mural was commissioned as part of the Arts Tasmania and Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme.

We are looking forward to working in our brand-new archive space!

Indigenous Literacy Day

Indigenous Literacy Day 2022 is on 7 September. 

Indigenous Literacy DayCelebrating Stories, Cultures and Languages – is proudly presented by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, supported by the Australian Publishers Association, the Australian Booksellers Association, the Australian Society of Authors, and the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation supports remote communities by providing new, culturally relevant books and learning resources to children and families across Australia in their Book Supply Program.

Special event! George Town Community Hub will be celebrating National Indigenous Literacy Day on Wednesday 7 September from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at our Bush Kinder program with families and children aged 0–5 years. Sammie-Jo will be sharing cultural stories and language followed by exploring the environment with nature play. 

Libraries across Tasmania will be celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day. Get in touch with your local library to join the celebration, or join the national event online from your own device.

What’s on at Libraries Tasmania in September

What will you learn today? Lifelong learning opportunities abound at Libraries Tasmania.

Time for a spring change? Libraries Tasmania offers more than you expect. Try:

Dreaming with eyes open… the Libraries Tasmania Book Week Bookmark Competition

The Libraries Tasmania Book Week Bookmark Competition has now closed. Thank you to all the children who submitted a bookmark, your designs are brilliant.

If walls could talk: researching the stories and histories of Tasmanian buildings, now open!

Have you ever wondered about the origins of your own home or familiar and loved buildings in your area?

The Tasmanian Archives is your doorway to the history of buildings in Tasmania, including perhaps your own home. You could find out who lived there before you, who designed it, and exactly when it was built.  

Does architecture spark your interest? Visit If walls could talk: researching the stories and histories of Tasmanian buildings, a display now on at the State Library and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room. These historic photographs, films, maps, deeds and house plans all reveal a rich insight into the significance of place.

Enjoy the rich photography of Cecil Percy Ray in the online album or in person. His beautiful images capture not only the variety of house styles in early twentieth century Tasmania, but also quirky moments in the everyday life of the building inhabitants.

In November you will be able to take a behind the scenes tour of the State Library and Archives building in Hobart as part of Open House Hobart. Stay tuned…

A deliciously chocolatey exhibition arrives at Burnie Library this month

Did you sample the Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory exhibition ‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont in Hobart or Glenorchy? If not, there is another chance.

Explore the history of chocolate making in Tasmania at Burnie Library for the whole month of September. Visit in person at Burnie Library, 30 Alexander Street Burnie.

Still can’t make it in person? Go online to see some incredibly rich images from our collection and read the story behind the photos on the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage blog.

Grabbing everything online these days?

Get your hands on the most popular new release titles on your device for free via the eLibrary. Visit our free online catalogues for children and youth. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, keeping you up to date with events, exhibitions, and the latest news.

Go to Eventbrite, and search ‘Libraries Tasmania’ for spring school holiday activities, Adult Learners Week sessions and more.

Register for activities at our libraries around the state on Eventbrite, including:

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

Adult Learners Week 2022 – connect with learning at your local library

There are so many opportunities to learn at Libraries Tasmania. Learning something new can help you to create connections, keep your brain healthy, and of course, allow you to upskill.

Although learning as an adult can sometimes feel daunting, we’re here to help you along the way.

There is so much on offer at Libraries Tasmania, and what better time than Adult Learners Week 1 to 8 September to explore the options. Visit your local library to pick up a program and keep an eye on Eventbrite for workshops, classes or sessions.

A taster of Adult Learners Week sessions ahead:

If you’re looking for something specific to help you achieve your learning goals, the Lifelong Learning Information Service, available at all libraries across Tasmania, can help you find the learning opportunity you are looking for. You can visit or contact your local library, or call 1800 808 303 to receive help finding information about learning opportunities. 

Join Adult Learners Week events at any of our libraries around Tasmania.

Travelling around Tasmania? Check what’s happening at your destination – visitors are always welcome. If you’re on the move don’t forget our eBooks, eAudiobooks, online newspapers and more for online learning, and research and reference materials – a wealth of knowledge awaits you.

Children’s Book Week Award winners

CBCA have announced the 2022 Book of the Year winning titles! Congratulations to these very talented Australian authors and illustrators.

Want to read the shortlisted and winning titles? Click the links below to browse our catalogue, and use your library card to place a hold today, or visit your local library.

  • Older Readers: Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim – book or eBook
  • Younger Readers: A Glasshouse of Stars by Shirley Marr – book, audiobook or eBook
  • Early Childhood: Jetty Jumping by Andrea Rowe illustrated by Hannah Sommerville – book and on StoryBox Library read by Angourie Rice
  • The Picture Book of the Year: Iceberg illustrated by Jess Racklyeft and text by Claire Saxby – book, eBook and on StoryBox Library read by Angourie Rice
  • The Eve Pownall Award: Still Alive, Notes from Australia’s Immigration Detention System by Safdar Ahmed – book
  • CBCA Award for New Illustrator: The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name illustrated by Michelle Pereira, written by Sandhya Parappukkaran – book and on StoryBox Library

To view the full list of winners and honourable mentions, visit the CBCA website

What’s happening for Children’s Book Week at Libraries Tasmania?

To see what’s happening at your local library, go to www.eventbrite.com.au and search ‘Libraries Tasmania’, or simply call your local library.

To watch authors and actors read some of the CBCA Book Week shortlisted titles on Story Box, log in to Story Box using your library card details and choose your title.