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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. 

Sovereign Stories: 10 years of black&write!

Every day · 9am–5pm
Storytelling is at the heart of being human and sparks important connections between audiences and storytellers.   Australia has the oldest continuous storytelling tradition on this planet. But for centuries, the humanity of First Nations peoples has been hidden behind stereotypes, myths and prejudices.  Sovereign Stories: 10 years of black&write! brings together a decade of storytelling from some of Australia’s brightest First Nations voices and explores how writers and editors are driving social change within the publishing industry for future generations.     Delve into the process writers go through, writing inspiration, and what the “mysterious” editing process can involve.   Celebrate a decade of creative collaborations between authors and editors who have been part of the black&write! Project – the first program of its kind – and discover some truly special First Nations stories.  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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