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Lots of fun at the State Library this October
The State Library South Australia is a great place to find fun and interesting activities to do in any weather with a variety of tours, exhibitions and events.
All year round, you can join a tour such as Make Yourself at Home, Behind the Scenes: Care and Repair, Salt in Your Eyes or Your History Heartlands to learn and hear about what the State Library does, how it grew to be what it is and the history of South Australia.
Each month, the State Library also offers a range of events and exhibitions, generally free or for a small contribution. Following is what is on offer in October 2019.
This is a great school holiday activity for those aged 10 and above. This printmaking workshop delivered by artist Simone Tippett, demonstrates the first type of social media and methodology for getting a message out to the masses.
Explore the Centre of Democracy and view some postcards from the State Library's collection before creating your own using real printmaking tools.
Printmaking is a messy business so please remember to wear old clothes. Each workshop will run for 2 hours. Bookings are essential. Meet at the Centre of Democracy, Ground Floor, Institute Building.
Successful Searching – Friday 11 and 18 October 2019 - Free
If you have tried to undertake research by book or free via the internet and feel like there must be more out there, come along to the State Library and learn how to undertake research through their subscription databases. Not all databases are made equal and the lovely people at the Library can help you to understand how to navigate your way through the quirks and perks of individual databases.
Commencing at 1 pm, the staff will conduct a short show and tell segment followed by time for you to practice and build confidence, with staff remaining on hand to guide you. Bring your own tablet or phone or use a Library iPad. Basic tablet familiarity is assumed and bookings are essential. Please select your preferred date in the header to book.
The session will run til 2.30 pm. Please check the booking information for where to meet.
If you have ever wondered how the State Library can assist or enhance your genealogical research, join Kris Svendsen, Onsite Services Librarian for a journey through the State Library's guides to get the most out of the Library's family history expertise on-line.
Bookings are essential. Meet at the Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Institute Building.
Josiah Symon (1846 – 1934), the son of a Scottish cabinet maker, played a significant part in establishing the High Court as the 'keystone of the Federal arch', as well as being the owner of a successful vineyard.
A noted bibliophile and scholar, Sir Symon donated his personal library of 8,000 non-legal volumes to the State Library and a substantial sum of money to the University of Adelaide to establish a Women's Union.
Join Ian Hancock, graduate of Melbourne and Oxford Universities as he discusses the life and times of this diverse and very interesting individual, who was integral to the ongoing development of South Australia.
The Symon Library will be open from 4 pm to 4.50 pm on the day of the lecture.
Bookings are essential and the discussion will be held in the Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Institute Building.
Did you know that croquet was once a very South Australian sport? Through the memorabilia of staff member Carolyn Spooner, South Australian and Australian croquet representative, discover the status of croquet today as an international sport and enjoy a slideshow of historical photographs, newspapers, magazines, books, ephemera and original archival material on the origins of croquet as a backyard pastime.
Bookings are essential. Meet in the ground floor foyer.
From 10 am to 5 pm daily (except public holidays) discover the treasures and stories from the nation's oldest Government archive in the Institute Building.
Made possible by Professor George C Henderson, the Department of Historical Records was established. George Henry Pitt and Mabel Hardy, the first Government Archivists of Australia were appointed on 1 February 1919. Together, they were to identify, preserve and make accessible official records in the newly established South Australian Archives Department. The State Records of South Australia now hold over 13 million official records.
Look through the lens of photographer Vic Grimmett and witness South Australian life in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Before his passing in 2017, Vic donated over 250,000 images accumulated during forty years of photography featuring fashion, sports, arts festivals, opening nights, television personalities and nearly two thousand weddings.
The exhibition is showing on the Treasures Wall, Monday to Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Closed public holidays.
Part of the 2019 Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, this exhibition celebrates the work of artists Gladys Anderson, Heather Anderson, Lindy Brody, Ruth Dawson, Penny Kelly, Susannah Nelson and Joseph Williams, bringing together stories, language and art.
This multi-modal exhibition sees historic audio recordings play alongside paintings and contemporary videos evoking the sounds and colours of Warumungu Country.
Curated by Sandra Morrison Nangali, Rosemary Plummer Narrurlu and linguist Samantha Disbray, the exhibition is open Monday to Wednesday 9 am to 7.45 pm, Thursday and Friday 9 am to 5.45 pm and Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 4.45 pm in the State Library Gallery. Closed on public holidays.
You can reach the State Library by bus or train with bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace and the Adelaide Train Station just a short stroll away. Free trams run regularly between the train station and the Art Gallery right next to the Library.