What's On


Kamsani Bin Salleh’s illustrations from the children's board book "At the Beach I See" are brought together with ocean sounds. Read the story, create your own underwater creature and reflect on how we can work together to protect our oceans.
Showcasing the best photojournalism and documentary photography of the last year. For its 65th edition, the contest saw 4,066 photographers from 130 countries enter 64,823 photographs.
by Leigh Hobbs
A showcase of original pen and gouache illustrations from the book Old Tom: Man of Mystery (Allen & Unwin) by beloved children’s author and illustrator Leigh Hobbs.

Upcoming Events

A behind the scenes tour of the Picture Book Illustration collection
This tour will take participants behind the scenes to explore highlights of the Dr. Peter Williams collection of illustrations.
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 and playing together.
Weekly on 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.
Getting started
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.
Mr Chicken has transformed a corner of the State Library into an explosion of yellow. Come and explore the sensory play space he has created!
An hour with Leigh Hobbs
Join renowned author/illustrator Leigh Hobbs for a fun, interactive drawing experience for the whole family!
at the launch of his new children's book, RUNT
Westbooks presents Craig Silvey talking about his new book, 'Runt'. A heart-warming and hilarious tale of kindness, friendship, hurdles, hoops, tunnels, see-saws, being yourself and bringing out the best in others.
Interviewing a living legend
In Land of Legends, St John shares 20 of the most captivating true stories from our staff and volunteers. Childrens workshop, author story reading, illustrator duel, learn how to conduct an interview, write a story and meet a St John paramedic! For 7–12 years old.

Awards, Grants, Fellowships & Projects

Information on Battye Fellowships, Premier's Book Awards, scholarships and Library Board awards.
Find out about available community, public library and Better Beginnings Grants.
Corridors of Blissterday winning submission is by Sze Tsang, who releases music under the name Samarobryn,
This page last updated on 20 July 2022