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Thursday 14 September

Welcome to the September edition of the Connect eNewsletter. Find out about the latest news, events, exhibitions and acquisitions at the State Library of Western Australia.

September Connect eNewsletter (1973KB)

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Thursday 14 September

The State Library is set to contribute to Perth’s thriving start-up scene with its own co-working space for entrepreneurs and creative thinkers. Taking its name from the Dewey decimal classification for knowledge, Studio 001 offers a fully equipped office space for individuals and teams to get their business ideas, plans and projects off the ground.

More details on State Library launches Studio 001, co-working space for creatives and entrepreneurs
Thursday 07 September
  • Prestigious award for Better Beginnings program acknowledges best practice in literacy provision
  • McGowan Government committed to early literacy and quality library services
  • Program has reached more than 550,000 families over the past 13 years
More details on International accolade for WA early literacy program
Tuesday 05 September

Find everything you need to know about upcoming exhibitions, events and workshops at the State Library in October, November & December in one handy guide.

State Library What's On: October, November & December (PDF 1.87MB)

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Thursday 24 August
  • Funding secured to continue highly successful Better Beginnings early literacy program
  • Importance of reading to babies and children highlighted at Children's Book Week 
More details on Early literacy a priority for McGowan Government
Wednesday 09 August
  • Photograph exhibit The Beauty of Zhejiang Province showcases Western Australia’s beautiful Sister State in China
  • Display includes 80 photographs capturing the dynamic landscape, vibrant people and culture of the Zhejiang Province
  • Free exhibit open until Wednesday 23 August, 2017
More details on State Library celebrates 30 years of Sister State relationship
Tuesday 08 August
  • Botanical Wonderland explores Western Australia’s beautiful floral diversity
  • Exhibit features handmade seaweed hat, pressed wildflowers, watercolour paintings, hand coloured photographs, embroidery and porcelain
  • Free event, open from 10 August to 24 September, 2017
More details on State Library showcases exquisite wonders of the Wildflower State
Saturday 29 July
  • Disrupted Festival of Ideas to run Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 at State Library
  • Keynote speakers Tara Moss, Tiernan Brady and Kon Karapanagiotidis will feature in free events
  • About 2,500 people are expected to attend, increasing vibrancy and activity in the Cultural Centre 
More details on 2017 Disrupted Festival of Ideas opens today
Wednesday 19 July

The State Library of Western Australia has released its ten year Literacy Strategy aimed at meeting the promise for all Western Australians to have the literacy they need for living and learning.

More details on State Library takes the lead on literacy
Tuesday 18 July

Disrupted Festival of Ideas is a weekend (29-30 July) of free conversations, intimate walking tours, live music and creativity, taking over the State Library of Western Australia.

More details on Disrupted - Festival of Ideas eNewsletter
Tuesday 13 June

Welcome to the June edition of the Connect eNewsletter. Find out about the latest news, events, exhibitions and acquisitions at the State Library of Western Australia.

June Connect eNewsletter (1745KB)

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Monday 29 May

At the Library Board of Western Australia Awards ceremony held at the State Library of Western Australia on Thursday May 25, Ms Nola Allen, Ms Susan Ashcroft and Ms Sue North were each conferred the distinction of Fellow of the Library Board of Western Australia for exceptional service to the community in the development of the Better Beginnings family literacy pro

More details on Library Board Awards recognise recipients for outstanding achievements
Saturday 27 May

Right Wrongs: '67 Referendum - the WA Story is an exhibition curated from Aboriginal peoples' perspectives. The exhibition focuses the story on resistance, survival and activism in WA.

More details on 1967 Referendum exhibition - Resistance, Survival and Activism
Monday 20 March

Welcome to the March edition of the Connect eNewsletter. Find out about the latest news, events, exhibitions and acquisitions at the State Library of Western Australia.

March Connect eNewsletter (PDF 890KB)

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Monday 20 March

Find everything you need to know about upcoming exhibitions, events and workshops at the State Library in April, May & June in one handy guide.

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Monday 13 February

Celebrate UNESCO World Poetry Day, Tuesday 21 March 2017.  Join three Perth poets at the State Library for a reading of their works.

Capturing the creative spirit and discovering our stories are the common themes that unite the State Library of Western Australia and UNESCO in the celebration of World Poetry Day.

More details on Live @ the Library Tuesday Special: Three Poets
Friday 03 February

Election campaign material issued by candidates tells a lot about Western Australia’s cultural, social and political history.

More details on State Election campaign material finds a welcoming home
Wednesday 25 January
Wednesday 14 December

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day acknowledged the work of the State Library and its many supporters in marking the 60th anniversary of the State’s oldest and most significant collection of heritage documents.

More details on Reimagining the stories of Western Australia
Monday 31 October

Community language schools have received a welcome new resource with the launch of the Community Languages Collection at the State Library of Western Australia.

More details on New Resource a Boost for Community Language Schools
Monday 17 October

Approximately 300 members of the Yungngora Aboriginal Community will benefit from the arrival of the Ideas Box prior to the coming wet season.

More details on Big Ideas at the Yungngora Aboriginal Community
Monday 03 October

Renowned Australian author Helen Garner has won Western Australia's top literary award, the prestigious $25,000 Premier's Prize, at the 2016 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.

More details on This House of Grief Garners Top Literary Award
Friday 26 August

Donation of documentary heritage materials contributes to understanding of how the mining sector has influenced the growth and development of the State.

Premier Colin Barnett tonight accepted a donation of fifty significant, historic materials from Rio Tinto Iron Ore on behalf of the State Library of Western Australia.

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Friday 24 June

The State Library has purchased the first detailed chart of the west Australian coast, published in 1753. The chart was prepared by Johannes van Keulen, the Dutch East India Company’s mapmaker, using information from Willem de Vlamingh’s manuscript chart of his exploration voyage of 1696-97.

More details on State Library shows off new acquisitions to celebrate opening of Dutch Journeys exhibition
Tuesday 21 June

This year’s Disrupted - Festival of Ideas at the State Library of Western Australia will be held on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July, and is centred on change.

It will explore the theme of small movements gathering momentum to seed big changes, with the provocative play on words subtitle of ‘Subject to Change’.

More details on State Library presents more than 30 innovative thinkers at the Disrupted Festival
Friday 03 June

The State Library’s collection of election ephemera gives a glimpse into Western Australia’s cultural, social and political history.

More details on Today’s campaign mail, tomorrow’s original documentary materials
Friday 27 May

At last night’s Library Awards ceremony held at the State Library of Western Australia, Dr Ronda Jamieson was conferred the award of Fellow of the Library Board of Western Australia.

More details on State Library Awards recognise recipients for outstanding achievements
Thursday 07 April

The State Library of Western Australia is pleased to announce that Dr Anne Scrimgeour is the recipient of the JS Battye Memorial Fellowship for 2016, and that artists Nicola Kaye and Stephen Terry have been awarded the inaugural JS Battye Creative Fellowship.

More details on Winners of Battye Memorial Fellowship and the first Battye Creative Fellowship announced
Thursday 04 February

Storylines is the State Library of Western Australia’s online archive of collections relating to Aboriginal history. People can view, print and engage with thousands of photographs, as well as a growing number of oral histories, historical documents, sounds and movies.

More details on Storylines partners with the Yamaji Yanda Project and Geraldton Regional Library