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Discover curiosities, treasures and the latest inspiring stories from our community and inside the Library

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21 June 2021

Mystery Box: embroidered book bindings from the 17th century

Watch as Senior Librarian Anna Welch unboxes two items from our rare books collection with embroidered bindings and mysterious backstories.

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08 June 2021

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.

Man constructing book cradle
07 June 2021

The Library Files: making a book cradle

Senior Conservator Katrina Ben and Conservator Ian Cox take us through the important, and often overlooked, book cradle building process.

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01 June 2021

Nevo Zisin on finding your own voice: Teen writing boot camp

Writer, performer and activist Nevo Zisin shares the learnings and key takeaways from their own voices workshop, held in March 2021 as part of the Teen writing boot camp.

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01 June 2021

Jared Thomas on contemporary fiction: Teen writing boot camp

International award-winning Nukunu author Dr Jared Thomas shares tips and reflections from his Teen writing boot camp.

Metal gift box to soldiers from Princess Mary
31 May 2021

Mystery Box: 121-year-old chocolate gifted by Queen Victoria

In this episode of Mystery Box, we unearth some treasures from soldiers on the frontline of the Boer and First World Wars.

Colourful graphic illustration
31 May 2021

Sarah Firth on neurodivergence and creativity Q&A

Artist Sarah Firth talks to us about her experiences growing up as a neurodivergent person, and how this helps her creatively.

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31 May 2021

Celebrating State Library Victoria’s incredible volunteers

Celebrating the passion and dedication of our volunteers and greeters, who make the Library a great place to be.

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14 May 2021

Emerging Writers' Festival 2021

The Emerging Writers' Festival (16 to 26 June) turns 18 this year, and they’re holding over 50 in-person and digital events across Victoria to celebrate.

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12 May 2021

The changing face of Victoria virtual tour

Explore our new exhibition from the comfort of your home with this interactive virtual tour.

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11 May 2021

Writers on Writers: Stan Grant on Thomas Keneally

Acclaimed journalist Stan Grant and author and screenwriter Christos Tsiolkas came together to celebrate and discuss the launch of Stan's new book On Thomas Keneally.

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10 May 2021

The Library Files: preserving mid-century Chinese textiles

Go behind-the-scenes of the Preservation studio as they assess items from the Irene Watkins collection.