August is Family History Month!
Did you know we have dedicated historians researching our collection?
Read about treasures and records in our State Library and Tasmanian Archives blog, by Libraries Tasmania historians bringing our collections to life.
Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook where we keep you in touch with online book clubs, competitions and the latest!
Learn something new this month
It’s Children’s Book Week 2022!
Libraries Tasmania Book Week Bookmark Competition
Design a bookmark and go into the draw to have your artwork professionally printed and shared with people right across the state in libraries.
Celebrate Book Week 2022 with us by designing a bookmark that explores this year’s theme, “Dreaming with eyes open…”
The competition is open to all school age children and young people in Tasmania. The five winners (one from each age category) will have their design professionally printed and made available at our public libraries.
Pick up an entry form at your local library or download it here. Entries open Monday 25 July and close Friday 26 August 2022.
Unable to get to the library in person?
Cadbury’s exhibition at Glenorchy this month
Did you sample the Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory exhibition ‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont? If not, there is another chance to see it.
The Cadbury’s exhibition is now on at Glenorchy Library for the whole month of August – visit in person at 4 Terry Street Glenorchy or go online to see some incredibly rich images from our collection and read the blog.
Explore a part of our library you never knew existed
Libraries Tasmania houses a wealth of records and treasures – known as our Tasmanian Archives. Search for historical paintings, photographs, rare books, maps or manuscripts just to name a few. Remember you can learn how to explore the archives supported by our helpful staff.
Does your family have Tasmanian ancestry? Look into your past using our Tasmanian Names Index, a treasure trove of digitised records that may hold the key to your family secrets.
Attend our family history events this month at your local library or at the State Library and Archives building in Hobart, where a series of historical talks will run throughout August. To attend in person or to register for webinars go to Eventbrite. For more information about Family History Month events including a program, follow this link.
Register for activities at our libraries around the state on Eventbrite (search for Libraries Tasmania):
- Dip into an Intro to Family History at Kingston Library
- Learn more about the Hobart CBD and the Bank Arcade Building, in a talk by John Short at Kingston Library
- Try out basic skills in setting up a telescope for beginners at Burnie Library
- Think about and learn to manage your digital legacy at Devonport Library
- Bring your past to life in Discover your ancestry at Devonport Library
- Do you have black and white photos? Try colouring them using a free online tool at Ulverstone Library
- Learn how to search the internet at George Town Library
- Find a wealth of events on the State Library, Tasmanian Archives and Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts’ Eventbrite page.
And activities for kids on Eventbrite:
- Learn about what a family tree is and create your own collage at Devonport Library
- Try your hand at Lego Club at Rosny Library
- Have fun during Science Week – try glass discovery at Glenorchy Library
- Join other kids in Space Scouts at Burnie Library discovering STEM by Andrew Boyd
If you need help discovering our resources, contact your local library.