Our volunteers play a vital role in helping us deliver high-quality services to the communities we support across Tasmania.
They share their knowledge, skills and time with our members, visitors, and staff.
Sunday 5 December is International Volunteer Day, and we are celebrating our volunteers!
From adult learning mentors and literacy tutors to State Library and Archive Service volunteers and Home Library Service couriers, to those who support 26TEN and our digivols online, our volunteers are valued by all areas of Libraries Tasmania. Thank you to all our generous and dedicated volunteers.
Our summer holiday program for kids – Solve It @ Your Library! – will be kicking off on 20 December 2021 and continuing until the end of January 2022.
There are heaps of things for the kids to Solve It @ Your Library this summer… They can discover what to read, where to find answers, what to do, how to have FUN! And the more time they spend reading, the more chances they have to win a Nintendo Switch!
Drop into to your local library to pick up a Solve It @ Your Library reading and activity booklet or download a copy here. Remember to register with your local library to enter the competition.
Parents can also enjoy a well-earned break, as we have loads of fun Libraries Tasmania activities and workshops to keep the kids busy and entertained across the summer! Watch out for these exciting kids’ activities at your local library:
Launceston Library celebrated its 50th anniversary on Friday, 8 October 2021. Staff were thrilled to present a day of cake, music, plaque unveiling, exhibitions and more to its valued community.
At the centre of the celebration was an exhibition that showcased many fascinating photographs, newspaper articles from The Examiner, old membership cards, architectural drawings of the 1970s library and fascinating objects used to provide services over the past 50 years.
The original library was opened Former Governor-General, Lord Casey in Civic Square – to much hurrah! – on 8 October 1971.
A plaque organised by the Friends of the Launceston Library was unveiled to pay homage to the Launceston Mechanics Institute, the precursor to the Launceston Library. Coincidentally, Dr Cornelius Casey – Lord Casey’s grandfather – was the president of the Launceston Mechanics Institute when it opened next door to the library site, in 1860.
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.