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Play time in The Corner

Every day · 11am–12:45pm
Open-ended play sessions for children of all ages.   From dress-ups and puppets, cool construction kits and sensory toys, each of our play kits has been specially selected to inspire children (and babies!) of all ages to explore their senses, come up with games and get creative. Step away from your regular routine and the distractions of home into a space just for you and your family or invite your friends for a special play date!  Play time takes place daily from 11am–12:45pm. No bookings required.

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo

Every day · 10am–5pm
Celebrate the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Koiki Mabo.  Co-curated by his daughter Gail Mabo, Dr Jonathan McBurnie and Kellie Williams, the exhibition brings together a selection of work by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the spirit of reconciliation, three decades after the historic achievement. Reflect on his legacy with original works created in response to his life, politics, activism, or legacy and be surprised in how they approach their reflections with reverence, compassion, anger, sadness and respect, to celebrate a man who was both a rebel and a dreamer.  Artists include:  Blak Douglas & Adam Geczy, Elisa Jane Carmichael & Sonja Carmichael, Toby Cedar, Dian Darmansjah, Katina Davidson, Hayley Megan French, Marion Gaemers, Patricia Hoffie, David Jones, Ian Kaddy, Talitha Kennedy, Jo Lankester, Veronica Lulu & Kim Mahood, Ron McBurnie, Arone Meeks, Jim Paterson, Tommy Pau, Obery Sambo, Anneke Silver, Ken Thaiday Sr. and Judy Watson.  *Please note Shane Fitzgerald’s work will not be displayed as part of this exhibition.  
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2022 Queensland Memory Awards - Live stream announcement

Thu 6 Oct · 4–5pm
The Queensland Memory Awards recognise the valuable contribution of individuals and organisations across Queensland in the investigation, preservation and celebration of Queensland’s memory - past and present. Please join us for a celebration of Queensland history and research as we officially announce and present eleven fellowships and awards. Also, meet the new 2022 State Library fellows and learn more about the fascinating and ground breaking history projects they will embark upon in the coming months. Watch the event, 4pm Thursday 6 October 2022: www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/live-stream. Book via Eventbrite below for a calendar reminder. #slqFellowships #Qldmemoryawards The Queensland Memory Awards are made possible by the support of donors through the Queensland Library Foundation.

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