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.
Exhibition of Abraham 'Izzy' Orloff's photographs
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See a curated selection of photographs and experience interwar (1918-1939) Perth and Fremantle through the lens of photographer Abraham 'Izzy' Orloff.
Illustrations by Gabriel Evans
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An exhibition and make-believe tea party based on the picture book 'A Perfectly Posh Pink Afternoon' Tea by Coral Vass and Gabriel Evans.

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 until Wed 15 Dec 2021
Informal ‘chatting’ sessions for adults whose first language is not English. Practice your English conversation, learn Australian expressions and meet friends.
Be entertained, write and draw with Western Australian superstar children’s authors and illustrators at the Backyard Book Fair. Presented in partnership with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – WA. 
Weekly on Monday at 10:30am until Mon 6 Dec 2021
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.
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.
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.
Come and immerse yourself in the world of VR at the State Library. Try a range of VR experiences that will impart knowledge, shift perceptions and entertain.
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.
Workshop for ages 5 - 7
Draw with author and illustrator Anna Walker. Broadcast live into the State Library from her studio in Melbourne, Anna will share how she creates stories and illustrates for picture books. 
Workshop for Ages 8 - 12 years
Anna Walker, author and illustrator of Florette will be broadcast live into the State Library of WA from her studio in Melbourne. Anna will explore the process of making characters in picture books.
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
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.

Awards & Fellowships

Information on Battye Fellowships, Premier's Book Awards, scholarships and Library Board awards.
Last updated on 30 November 2021