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.

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

July school holidays at your local library

The school holidays are just around the corner, and Libraries Tasmania has plenty planned to keep the kids busy!

Ideas to get you started:

Check out the full Libraries Tasmania Southern July School Holidays Program.

To find out more about what’s on during the July school holidays at Libraries Tasmania, including in the north and north-west of the state, get in touch directly with your local library via phone or Facebook, or search Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite

Storytime… from space!

Libraries Tasmania invites kids and families to join in a truly intergalactic reading adventure, as this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime is live-streamed from space!

At 11:00 AM on Wednesday 19 May, Dr Shannon Walker – a real astronaut located in the International Space Station – will be reading the book ‘Give Me Some Space!’, written and illustrated by Philip Bunting.

Dr Walker is a NASA astronaut and has spent more than 163 days in space. She is currently serving as a mission specialist on the Crew-1 SpaceX Crew Dragon, named Resilience, which launched on 15 November 2020.

National Simultaneous Storytime is held every year across the country. It’s a free event that encourages families to read with their children and encourage a lifelong love of reading. Last year, more than 1,297,000 participants at more than 14,469 locations joined the fun!

For more information, contact your local library.