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Portraits of five authors
07 August 2020

Five top tips for Melbourne Writers Festival 2020

Melbourne Writers Festival Associate Director Gene Smith shares his MWF 2020 top five, handpicked for State Library Victoria.

A young woman looks fondly at the dog she's holding
07 August 2020

Collective Isolation Project, week 16: Furry companions

Our devoted pets have always been there for us 24/7 – share your pet pictures and tell us how has your relationship with your pet(s) has changed during lockdown.

Nat Amoore book cover
07 August 2020

Nat Amoore Story Talks

Get your creative juices flowing with these bite-sized videos featuring Nat Amoore, author of 'The power of positive pranking'.

6 weeks 6 issues
07 August 2020

6 weeks, 6 issues

Catch up on episodes of our new weekly online talk series to hear from experts directly involved in planning Victoria's post-pandemic recovery.

Two girls in school uniform smile and throw peace signs with fingers
06 August 2020

Research essentials for secondary students

Join us for an ongoing series of video tutorials teaching practical research skills to students in Years 7 to 10.

05 August 2020


Share the delight of stories, songs, play and craft activities with your pre-schooler through our series of online Storytime videos!

A woman in a black outfit stands on an ornate, white balcony indoors
05 August 2020

The dome balconies

Join Kate Torney for an insight into the narrow, book-laden balconies that perch on the perimeter walls of the majestic domed La Trobe Reading Room.

Zooniverse creators
03 August 2020

Children's storytelling workshop: Explore the Zooniverse!

Join author Nova Weetman and illustrator Chris Kennett, co-creators of the magical Zooniverse series, as they guide you to create your very own animal mash-up creations called mashimals!

A mannequin on display wears a majestic cloak and a striking headdress
03 August 2020

Power dressing: the story behind Jessie Brookes' 1934 outfit

Hear 'Velvet, Iron, Ashes' curator Carolyn Fraser tell the story behind this remarkable costume and its statement headpiece.

Pencil sketch of a woman laying down reading
31 July 2020

Collective Isolation Project, week 15: Lockdown content

Whether your preferred content amplifies the outside world or diverts you from it, we'd love to hear about what you're reading, listening to and watching.

Woman and child reading a book together
30 July 2020

Baby Bounce

Watch these fun, interactive videos of stories, songs and rhymes – for children aged 18 months and under, their parents and carers.

A woman in black clothes with city skyscrapers in the background
29 July 2020

The roof

Join Kate Torney as she ascends beyond the 'Keep out' signs to an area rarely visited – high on the roof.