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.

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 adult and children’s NAIDOC week titles from our catalogue or in 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. Check out our eBook titles from Pride Month.

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 adult and children’s 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: https://stors.tas.gov.au/ILS/SD_ILS-1362615

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: https://stors.tas.gov.au/ILS/SD_ILS-1267028

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: https://stors.tas.gov.au/ILS/SD_ILS-985803

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: https://stors.tas.gov.au/ILS/SD_ILS-1392169

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.

The Lifelong Learning Information Service

Do you want to study or learn a new skill, but don’t know where to start?

At Libraries Tasmania we know that everyone’s learning journey is different and learning doesn’t stop when you leave school. We are committed to supporting your learning at every age.

Adult learners can already find support at their local library through our range of literacy and learning programs on offer, and now the Lifelong Learning Information Service provides further support for adults looking to continue their learning journey.

Whether you’re interested in changing careers, completing a qualification, learning a trade, or pursuing a new hobby, we can help you find the right information to meet your learning goals.

You can access the Lifelong Learning Information Service by visiting or contacting your local library.

Where will your learning journey take you?

Libraries.tas.gov.au/LifelongLearning

Autumn school holidays at Libraries Tasmania

We love the school holidays! School holiday activities at Libraries Tasmania are free and open to all children.

Keep the kids engaged with one of our school holidays activities.

If you’re in the north or north-west of Tasmania:

If you’re based in Southern Tasmania, take a look at Southern Libraries School Holiday Program.

Visit Eventbrite or get in touch with your local library to find out what’s happening near you. Don’t forget to register to secure your child’s spot!

Take & Make Bags

Keen to do some at-home activities during the holidays? Drop into Bridgewater, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huonville, Kingston, New Norfolk or Rosny to pick up a Take & Make Bag. They include autumn craft activities and a scavenger hunt!

Inspiring young readers

Did you know that children can have their own library card? A library membership can support your child’s literacy and learning needs.

Your child will have access to books, eBooks and eAudiobooks as well as great homework resources like the Britannica Library, alongside much more!

Visit your local library to sign up your child today.

Show the love this Library Lovers’ Day. Borrow, return or visit around the state!

Can you remember the first time you ever lost yourself in a book? The childlike feeling of tumbling into a new world? Or, falling in love with your favourite characters?

Libraries around Australia are asking their members to “show the love” on 14 February, and we’re inviting you to join in!

With 46 libraries in Tasmania, and one card for them all, we want you to show the love to libraries, near and far this February.

Did you know that you can borrow and return your book to any library in the state?

That’s right! Whether you’re holidaying at home, or adventuring, there’s a library close by for you to borrow, return or visit.

From the island town of Currie, to the forests of St Mary’s, to Kingston in the south, ten convenient 24/7 return chutes will guide your way.

Rediscover an old favourite or find a new story to cherish, then show the love by returning your items anywhere, anytime.

For more information, contact your local library or visit our locations map online.

Relax and explore this January

We are settling into summer at Libraries Tasmania, and this January it’s all about discovery.  

Escape into one of our online exhibitions from the comfort of your lounge room where you can view early paintings and photographs of Tasmania’s beautiful beaches or explore the wilds of the Tasmanian wilderness

Find your new favourite book in our eLibrary, sit back and relax with a magazine, or pick up one of the fresh new arrivals waiting to be borrowed. Don’t forget to check out the annual Libraries Tasmania Top 10s when they’re announced on 17 January!

Our librarians have been busy compiling eBook and eAudiobook recommendations for you this summer! Take a look here:

Visit the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts and enjoy our latest exhibition, Vision of a palawa. This unmissable exhibition features watercolours by Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Rodney Gardner, alongside the newly uncovered original drawings of 19th century French artist Nicolas-Martin Petit.

Join in at one of our workshops across the state:

For the kids… We have a host of exciting activities for those young explorers. Take a look at the Libraries Tasmania summer holiday program and register for Solve It @ Your Library. Your child can even go in the draw to win a Nintendo Switch.

To find out what else is on offer and to register, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or contact your local library. Bookings are essential.

Untapped: the Australian Literary Heritage Project

Many much-loved Australian books are now out of print and not easily accessible to readers.

Untapped: the Australian Literary Heritage Project is a collaborative project between writers, researchers and libraries – including Libraries Tasmania – to renew access to beloved and long-lost books written by some of Australia’s favourite writers.

Tasmanian readers can now access more than 150 titles via BorrowBox, Libby and Overdrive with their Libraries Tasmania membership. To top it off, each time you borrow a book more funding goes to the author.

Rediscover your favourites all over again, including literary giants and popular authors such as Thea Astley, Ivan Southall, Libby Gleeson, Isobelle Carmody and Jackie French.

Read more about Untapped on their website, and explore the collection.