What's On

Public programs and learning activities will be delivered onsite and online in 2021. See what's on here. 

Sackville Reach, Dyarubbin (Hawkesbury River) photograph by Joy Lai  2020 

Dyarubbin

27 March 2021 to 13 March 2022
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Darug knowledge-holders, artists and educators Leanne Watson, Jasmine Seymour, Erin Wilkins and Rhiannon Wright share their culture and stories of special sites along Dyarubbin  (the Hawkesbury river). 

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Amaze Gallery

20 March 2021 to 31 December 2024
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An ever changing selection of fascinating items from the Library's extraordinary collection.

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A woman and a man browsing miscellaneous objects in a display shelf.

The Collectors’ Gallery

3 July 2020 to 31 October 2021
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Sculpture busts, miniature portraits, ceramics, coins, medals, cutlery, teacups, typewriters, convict bricks and much more!

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Oil painting. Panoramic scene of a harbour.

More than 300 original artworks from the Library’s unique collection of landscape and portrait paintings.

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The Russell Prize for humour writing banner 2021

You’re invited to the announcement of the inaugural award for humour writing for young people. 

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 subdivision plan that features the Library
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Scholar Talks at Six: Ptolemy and the heretic

Thursday
Thursday, 17 June 2021 - 6pm to 7pm
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The Scholar Talks at Six series celebrates maps and mapping, held in the Library’s beautiful Map Rooms, there is a different talk on the third Thursday of every month at 6pm.

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performance image of Vashti Hughes
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Dictionary by a Bitch

Thursday
Thursday, 17 June 2021 - 7pm to 8pm
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One-woman show that explores some lesser-known stories of Bee Miles, an eccentric, bohemian rebel who helped define the character of Sydney.

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Russell Prize for Humour writing logo
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2021 Russell Prize for Humour Writing

Thursday
Thursday, 17 June 2021 - 7pm to 8:30pm
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Join us for an evening of laughs with the shortlisted authors as we announce the winners of the 2021 Russell Prize for Humour Writing.

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Maggie Patton in the stacks

Curator Tour: Behind the Scenes

Saturday
Saturday, 19 June 2021 - 2pm to 3pm
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Our curators will lead you through the hidden spaces that house all sorts of fascinating items, with stories to match.

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performance image of Vashti Hughes

Dictionary by a Bitch

Saturday
Saturday, 19 June 2021 - 2pm to 3pm
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One-woman show that explores some lesser-known stories of Bee Miles, an eccentric, bohemian rebel who helped define the character of Sydney.

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performance image of Vashti Hughes

Dictionary by a Bitch

Saturday
Saturday, 19 June 2021 - 7pm to 8pm
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One-woman show that explores some lesser-known stories of Bee Miles, an eccentric, bohemian rebel who helped define the character of Sydney.

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Mitchell building

Where do I start? Discover your State Library online

Thursday
Thursday, 24 June 2021 - 10:30am to 11am
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Whether you’re looking for a new book to read, a binge-worthy podcast, inspiring stories, or a fun activity to do at home — you can get all of this and more online at your  State Library.

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Author Aura Parker holding her picture book The Silly Seabed Song

Storytime online with author Aura Parker

Thursday
Thursday, 24 June 2021 - 11:30am to 12pm
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Join award-winning writer and illustrator, Aura Parker for an online storytime with her new book The Silly Seabed Song.

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