Get Online Week

Get Online Week is a week-long annual campaign supporting people to improve their digital skills and close the digital divide.

This year’s Get Online Week campaign will take place from 18 – 24 October 2021.

Some of our special Get Online Week events include:

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.

October is… Celebrating literacy!

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

You can also find literacy tutorials, eResources and tools through our Niche Academy portal and through our Learning Support hub on our website.

October is also… a big community events month!

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.

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

26TEN Week

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.

If you would like help with your literacy or numeracy skills, or would like to help others with theirs, please visit the Libraries Tasmania literacy website.

Celebrate CBCA Book Week

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:

All shortlisted titles

Shortlisted titles for older readers

Shortlisted titles for younger readers

Shortlisted titles for early childhood

Shortlisted picture books

Shortlisted titles for Eve Pownall Award

Shortlisted titled for New Illustrator Award

What’s happening for CBCA 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.

You can also watch authors and actors read some of the CBCA Book Week shortlisted titles on Story Box. All you need to do is log in to Story Box using your library card details and choose your title.

National Family History Month

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

Download your copy of the National Family History Month expert talks program (PDF). Can’t make it to an Allport talk? Keep an eye on our SoundCloud channel for the recordings.

Attend one of these family history events at a local library

Please note: Bookings, via Eventbrite or phone, are essential for all our NFHM events, as numbers are limited. 

AUGUST IS… Uncovering your past!

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!
  • Search through the Tasmanian prison records, or our UNESCO Memory of the World-listed Tasmanian Convict Records.
  • You can use our specialised research guide to help identify whether you have Tasmanian Aboriginal ancestry.
  • 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.

For the full list of Libraries Tasmania family history resources, visit our Family History web page.  

August is… Getting back to library basics

August is… For the kids!

Contact your local library to find out what’s on near you. Or, visit www.eventbrite.com.au and search ‘Libraries Tasmania’.

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with a story

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.

Adult titles

Truth-telling: history, sovereignty and the Uluru Statement by Henry Reynolds.
Lending copies: https://stors.tas.gov.au/ILS/SD_ILS-1354051
OverDrive/Libby: https://librariestasmania.overdrive.com/media/6158412

Welcome to country: a travel guide to Indigenous Australia by Marcia Langton.
Lending copies: https://stors.tas.gov.au/ILS/SD_ILS-1262233
OverDrive/Libby. https://librariestasmania.overdrive.com/media/4003261

For the full list of OverDrive/Libby adult titles visit:
https://librariestasmania.overdrive.com/collection/1224966

Junior titles

Welcome to country: an introduction to our first people for young Australians by Marcia Langton.
Lending copies: https://stors.tas.gov.au/ILS/SD_ILS-1320979; OverDrive/Libby: https://librariestasmania.overdrive.com/media/5030863

Young dark emu: a truer history by Bruce Pascoe.
Lending copies: https://stors.tas.gov.au/ILS/SD_ILS-1309282; OverDrive/Libby: https://librariestasmania.overdrive.com/library/kids/media/5638238

For the full list of OverDrive/Libby junior titles visit: https://librariestasmania.overdrive.com/library/kids/collection/1224736