Everyone deserves the opportunity to safely participate in our digital world and no-one should be left behind, so we’re proud to be supporting this initiative again this year. To find out what your library is offering, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.
This month we’re celebrating literacy in all its forms: reading and writing, numeracy, digital literacy, and media and information literacy!
Supporting the literacy skills of Tasmanians and encouraging everyone to keep learning throughout life is one of our main aims at Libraries Tasmania. We foster this activity in the community through coordinated workshops, one-to-one and group tuition and by providing access to information and resources to help people at all stages of their learning journey.
While we focus on this important work all year round, in October specific events such as Get Online Week and 26TEN Week really shine a light on this incredibly important topic and remind us all that there’s always something new to learn.
So, to inspire you, here’s a snapshot of the literacy activities on offer at our libraries this month:
Staying Connected While Being Apart @ Ulverstone Library
Digital Mentors @ Sheffield Library and Latrobe Library
All You Need to Know About Data and Public WiFi @ Devonport Library
Literacy, Learning and Libraries Celebration Morning Tea @ Penguin Library
Rock & Rhyme and eSafety Awareness Session @ Devonport Library
Across our libraries, you’ll find activities and resources for the following important events:
Mental Health Week: 4 to 11 October
Anti-Poverty Week: 11 to 17 October
Seniors Week: 11 to 17 October
Get Online Week: 18 to 24 October
26TEN Week: 25 to 29 October
Media and Information Literacy Week: 24 to 31 October
Through Libraries Tasmania, you have access to so many pathways to improve your literacy skills (or those of someone you know), whatever your age or situation – it’s as simple as contacting a library and asking what they have on offer to support your needs.
As a major contributor to 26TEN, and in our role as member of the 26TEN Network, Libraries Tasmania is proud to be part of the coordinated efforts to raising awareness of adult literacy and numeracy in our state.
26TEN Week runs from 25 to 29 October. This year’s 26TEN Week celebrates the ‘small steps, big changes’ that can occur for anyone when they start their journey towards better literacy and numeracy skills.
Read about what’s planned during 26TEN Week, and access resources and tools here: 26TEN Week 2021
Libraries Tasmania supports Tasmanians with their literacy and numeracy all year round.
Every year since 1945, schools, public libraries and children across Australia have celebrated their favourite books, Australian children’s authors, and illustrators during Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week.
This year’s theme for CBCA Book Week is ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’. Children are invited to celebrate through activities, dressing up, competitions and storytelling.
The CBCA Book Week Book of the Year winners for 2021 were announced on Friday 20 August, and we are thrilled to congratulate Tasmanian author Kate Gordon! Her book ‘Aster’s good, right things’ won the Younger Readers category for 2021.
Do you 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:
August is National Family History Month (NFHM), and Libraries Tasmania is once again holding its series of popular expert talks that will inspire and assist you to connect the dots of your family history.
The Libraries Tasmania NFHM expert talk series, at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts
Everyone has a past… Can yours be found in the Libraries Tasmania archives and heritage collections?
August is… 91 Stories
August is the month when we proudly open the doors to 91 Stories – our community-curated exhibition.
From 9 August you can view a selection of the 91 treasures from this exhibition at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, in one of our libraries across Tasmania (where you can explore our fabulous roving exhibition cubes), or view the entire exhibition online in the evergreen 91 Stories Flickr gallery.
August is… Family history research
August is National Family History Month (NFHM), and Libraries Tasmania has a host of expert talks, online resources and in-library sessions to further your existing passion or spark your interest in all things family history!
Have you been interested in getting to know your family history, but are not sure where to start? Our librarians and archivists have done the hard work for you and offer their best advice and handy hints on how to get started.
We offer a range of different services that will help you connect to your ancestral roots, whether your family history lies in Tasmania, across Australia or overseas.
If you know you have Tasmanian heritage, the Tasmanian Names Index is a comprehensive database of Tasmanian records – all you need to do is search a name!
And, if you’re looking beyond Tasmania, Ancestry lets you search across Australian census, birth, marriage and death records, or military and immigration records. Remote access for Ancestry is available to Libraries Tasmania members until December 2021, so you can research your family history without leaving your home.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are being held across the state from 4 to 11 July. This year’s theme is ‘Heal Country!’, and the Libraries Tasmania collections team has put together their recommendations for your reading list.
We have a range of titles for both adult readers and younger readers and they can be accessed as an eBook on Libby or OverDrive, or borrowed from one of our libraries across the state.