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Summer Reading Club

Every day · 12am–11:59pm
The Summer Reading Club is a fun, free program to encourage children to keep reading through the summer! There are 20 challenges to complete which are suitable for all ages. Join The Club online or at your local public library to share book reviews and artwork, comment on other Club Member posts and earn digital rewards. Check the Summer Reading Club website for all the details of how to get involved. 

The Great & Grand Rumpus

Sat 12 Mar · 10am–3:30pm
Imagine a world where one-eyed creatures can shoot laser beams and cows are taller than giraffes - in the land of imagined things at The Great & Grand Rumpus, anything is possible. This summer step into a wild world of wonder, wackiness and whimsy. Explore large cardboard sculptures scaling more than 4.5 meters high and watch as they are brought to life by interactive digital projections. Get hands on and craft your own mythical creation at The Great & Grand Rumpus. The land of the rumpus is a haven for makers, creators and artists alike.  Allow your inner child to experience the limitless imagination of make-believe places and see how over 1000 innovative storytellers just like you have crafted and sculpted mythical worlds and creatures based on ideas workshopped by kids over the last 18 months. The Great & Grand Rumpus brings the nonsensical to life, the unreal to reality and LOUDNESS to the Library!   Run wild The Great & Grand Rumpus Programs and events For families: Rumpus Holiday Fun The Great & Grand Rumpus Family Tour For makers: Make and Design tour The Great & Grand Rumpus curator tour Important COVID-19 information In line with the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 restrictions, from 17 December 2021 unvaccinated people aged 16 years and over will be unable to enter Queensland Government-owned libraries, galleries and museums. This includes State Library of Queensland.  We will continue following Queensland Government advice. Given the public health directions are subject to change, please check our alerts page before your visit for the latest information.

Viewpoints: Contemporary Aboriginal Photography

Every day · 10am–5pm
Viewpoints: Contemporary Aboriginal Photography showcases the captivating work of three contemporary Aboriginal photographers, Michael Aird, Jo-Anne Driessens and Naomi Hobson, with an emphasis on community photography. There are thousands of images in the State Library’s collection depicting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, often taken by non-Indigenous photographers. But what about photography from the viewpoint of First Nations photographers? All three photographers’ collections capture the urban and regional experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Queensland, as well as significant events and anniversaries. Their images capture contemporary narratives around black representation and identity in community. These photographs reflect a contemporary working style with many close connections forged between the photographers and the photographed. I want people to look at these works and see this is a new thing, this is, ‘their time in the world is now.' - Naomi Hobson Experience contemporary Aboriginal community life first-hand, through the lens of these renowned photographers. Important COVID-19 information In line with the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 restrictions, from 17 December 2021 unvaccinated people aged 16 years and over will be unable to enter Queensland Government-owned libraries, galleries and museums. This includes State Library of Queensland.  We will continue following Queensland Government advice. Given the public health directions are subject to change, please check our alerts page before your visit for the latest information.

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