What's On

What's on at the State Library? 

Exhibitions

A garden of green
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Exhibition and creative installation relating to the picture book Florette developed in collaboration with the author and illustrator, Anna Walker.
‘At the fence’ with Stolen Generations Survivors
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Recreates moments from the institutionalisation of mixed descent Aboriginal children at mission sites. Shadows of the past, silhouettes of resilience and portraits of survival.

Upcoming Events

Weekly on Tuesday and Friday at 10:30am
Songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their families, followed by an hour of Play Time to help develop early literacy and learning skills.
Weekly on Wednesday and Friday at 1:00pm
Informal ‘chatting’ sessions for adults whose first language is not English. Practice your English conversation, learn Australian expressions and meet friends.
Florette exhibition 'drop in' activity
Make a paper butterfly and find its new habitat in the garden of green. This activity pops up on the odd occasion between now and Jan 2022. See event details for dates and times.
Weekly on Monday at 10:30am
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Come and join the fun where we will be reading stories, singing songs and exploring through play.
In Western Australia children as young as 10 can be sent to prison. There are moves afoot to change the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14. A panel of experts will discuss the pros and cons of making this change.
Weekly on Wednesday at 10:30am
Interactive story fun for pre-schoolers and their carers. Followed by a half hour Play Time where families can explore literacy and learning through reading, talking, singing, writing playing together.
Monthly on the last Wednesday at 11:00am
Come and chat to lawyers from Legal Aid or financial wellbeing workers from Uniting WA who can help by providing information.
Monthly on the last Wednesday at 11:00am
Do you want to find out about your family history and don’t know where to start? Let us help you at one of our free and friendly talks at the State Library.
Monthly on the last Wednesday at 3:30pm
The Storylines Project connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the State Library of WA's heritage, history and photographic collections.
Battye Fellow Lecture
Who were the people who lived rough in the Smelter's Camp for the first half of the twentieth century? Miners, stockmen, itinerants, travellers, migrants and more.
In Conversation with Anna Walker
In this online event hear from author, illustrator, and designer Anna Walker about creating portable art through her illustrated picture books.
Global connection, social collapse or equalizer? Do the social benefits outweigh the danger of addictions? Join experts to explore the importance of gaming and play in the modern world.

Awards & Fellowships

Information on Battye Fellowships, Premier's Book Awards, scholarships and Library Board awards.
Last updated on 16 September 2021