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 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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

What’s on at Libraries Tasmania in June

What’s on at Libraries Tasmania in June

Celebrate winter – dive into dark nights and discover Stories After Dark at the State Library and Archives building in Hobart on 18 June!

What happens inside Hobart’s iconic 91 Murray Street building when the lights go out?

You will have the chance to find out, as the doors stay open after dark… and the walls, ceilings, floors and stairwells light up to become a mesmerising digital canvas.

Stories After Dark is open to the public on Saturday 18 June from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at Libraries Tasmania, 91 Murray Street, Hobart. This is a free, family-friendly event. For more information see our Facebook and Eventbrite pages.

Winter is here … Enjoy our collections from the comfort of your couch

Choose a cosy corner of your choice to curl up with a book from our lending collection. Or simply browse new items and place holds from your phone using our new lending app.

If it’s too cold to go out, select an e-book or watch a movie from our expanding eLibrary, stream through Beamafilm or enjoy browsing through the Australasian Video Online films and documentaries.

It’s Pride Month, when we celebrate the culture and achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Intersex, Queer and gender diverse individuals and communities and progress.

Read widely: Love isn’t the only thing at stake in the enemies-to-lovers e-story Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert. The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through in the delightful queer love story Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune. See our permanent list of LGBTIQA+ eBooks on our website here.

Let our music collections shape your day

Harbour a quiet preference for classical or world music? Discover Naxos Music Library – stream free content from your phone, tablet or PC. Change it up with Naxos Jazz for something new. 

What stories in your past are held by our treasure trove?

Get Curious! Discover your own stories by digging deeper into our Tasmanian Archives to find your family’s convict records, photos, orphan home records and more.

Help a friend rediscover the joy of reading

Did you know Libraries Tasmania is helping hundreds of adults become better readers? If you know someone who needs literacy support, encourage them to ask about help with reading and writing at their local library.

Warm up with an exhibition or three!

Spoil yourself and enjoy our warm exhibition spaces this month! Get Curious and take your time amongst our displays and exhibitions:

  • The Lanney Pillar at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is open until 25 June 2022. Listen and watch the installation and learn more about the vibrant retelling of the Tasmanian Aboriginal history of Tasmania.

Have you driven through Geilston Bay in Hobart recently and wondered about the new mural on our repository?

The mural on the walls of the new Geilston Bay Repository was commissioned as part of the Arts Tasmania and Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme. The work, Waves of Time, was created by contemporary artist Josh Foley.

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

And activities for kids on Eventbrite:

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

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 Tasmania celebrates National Volunteer Week

We are celebrating National Volunteer Week from 16 to 22 May 2022, and acknowledging the huge contribution volunteers make each year to libraries across Tasmania.

At Libraries Tasmania, our volunteers are a vital link between libraries and the public – helping to provide support to library members across services, including adult literacy tutoring, digital literacy support, English conversation, home library couriers, the State Library and Archives Service, transcribing documents and more.

We are running several events around the state to thank volunteers for their wonderful contribution and for giving their time and commitment so generously.

“We want to celebrate the huge difference you all make. Our volunteers are totally amazing. They play a vital role in helping our Libraries Tasmania team and supporting our communities all over Tasmania”, says Deborah Stroh-Reilly, State Volunteer Operations Coordinator.

Libraries Tasmania acknowledges the varied cultures and diverse backgrounds of their volunteers, and the valuable experience they bring to the organisation – their stories, diversity, and cultural teachings.

Go digital this December

What a busy year it’s been at Libraries Tasmania!

We’ve had an incredible year, sharing our programs, collections, and events with you.

Some of our highlights include the 91 STORIES exhibition, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at George Town Library and Launceston Library, Book Week across all our public libraries, 26TEN Week, celebrating Launceston Library’s 50th anniversary, 150 Years of Tasmanian Railways and Stories After Dark.

Thank you to our amazing members and visitors who make our libraries the thriving spaces that they are.

The library in your pocket

We’re very excited to be expanding our digital offerings this month! December can be a busy time for many of us and making time to read and relax isn’t always at the top of the list… but we’re making it easy with the launch of our new, free Libraries Tasmania Lending App.

Using the app, you can access your membership, place holds, and browse the full Libraries Tasmania collection. The app is now available for download to any iOS or Android device.

And don’t forget all our existing eLibrary options that are designed so you can get your library fix straight to your device! We have thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, music and more.

Simply search the Libraries Tasmania eLibrary or download Libby, BorrowBox, or Story Box Library straight to your iOS or Android device.

Are movies your thing? You can stream movies for free with your Libraries Tasmania membership via Beamafilm.

If you’re looking for something digital to keep you busy, why not volunteer for Digivol.

Our Digivol volunteers transcribe and index information from our fascinating and unique Tasmanian collections. They play an important role in making our collections available for use globally!

Are you still keen to visit the library in person?

Get crafty, thoughtful, and adventurous by attending one of our local events this month:

Our events do book out, so make sure you register today!

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