School holiday fun for everyone
Kid's story time at the Library
Enjoy our creative workshops, take a tour of the magical Mitchell building or watch a free movie on the big screen. There's also free storytime and craft in our Lynley Dodd exhibition every Wednesday from 10.30am to 11.30am (excl. 24 & 31 Dec).
Holiday opening hours
Seasons greetings
Visit the State Library over the holiday season. The Library is open between Christmas Eve and New Years Day, with the only exception Christmas Day - Thursday 25 December 2014.
Help transcribe our WWI diaries
Stack of WW1 diaries
The State Library of NSW has released 50,000 pages of digitised World War I diaries for the public to transcribe. This unique collection of soldiers' intimiate accounts of war has been included on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.
Entries open for Humour Writing Prize
Unidentifed clown act 1930s
The Russell Prize for Humour Writing ($10,000) will be awarded biennially for the work which is judged to be the best book of humour writing by an Australian author and published in the previous two years. Entries close 6 February 2015.
Remember Me: the Lost Diggers of Vignacourt
Two soldiers of the 5th Australian Division, November 1916. Photograph by Louis Thuillier Courtesy Kerry Stokes Collection, the Louis and Antoinette Thuillier Collection AWM P10550.019

This exhibition from the Australian War Memorial features 74 photographic portraits taken of WWI soldiers in Vignacourt, the small French village which became the rest point for troops moving to-and-from the Somme. Free, on show until 18 January 2015
Caption: Two soldiers of the 5th Australian Division, November 1916. Photograph by Louis Thuillier

New exhibition: Shopkeepers of Newtown
Bob Gould, Gould's Book Arcade, 32 King Street, 2009, Nic Bezzina

The quirky and eclectic personality of Sydney’s iconic Newtown is captured in a vibrant collection of 50 photo-portraits of shopkeepers by photographer Nic Bezzina. Free, on show until 10 May 2015
Caption: Bob Gould, Gould's Book Arcade, 32 King Street, 2009, © Nic Bezzina

New exhibition: Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective
Hairy Maclary and Friends, Lynley Dodd, 2012 Reproduced courtesy of Penguin Group (NZ) and the artist

The magic of Hairy Maclary, Slinky Malinki and friends come to life in a major exhibition featuring 50 original drawings by the award-winning children’s book author. A touring exhibition from Tauranga Art Gallery, New Zealand. Free, on show until 15 March 2015.
Caption: Hairy Maclary & Friends, Lynley Dodd, 2012 Reproduced courtesy of Penguin Group (NZ) & the artist

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