The best kind of beetles are taking over State Library

Two artistic Christmas beetle sculptures created by artist Elishia Whitchurch.

Normally a pest problem would be a huge cause for concern at a library — ahh, the collections! — but with these curious creatures, we don’t mind at all. Each year State Library displays giant three-dimensional Christmas beetles in the Knowledge Walk to welcome summer and celebrate the festive season in true Queensland style. Designed … Read more

Fun Palace returns to State Library

  Everyone’s a scientist, everyone’s an artist! Roll up your sleeves and get stuck into a one-day-only celebration of arts and sciences, learning, play, and adventure on Saturday 6 October. Fun Palaces are about all of us making things together: a public event where arts and sciences meet. Inventors, researchers, artists, performers, storytellers, and adventurers … Read more

Free film streaming with Kanopy

Kanopy database

State Library of Queensland now provides free access to the on-demand film streaming service Kanopy. Kanopy showcases over 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, hard-to-find titles, film festival favourites, indie and classic films and world cinema. There is a wide array of foreign language films and material of cultural value. Many films … Read more

SLQ wins the Gallery and Museum Achievement Award for “Peace and Quiet”

SLQ staff with trophy

State Library’s Signature Program team are celebrating their win at last night’s 2016 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA). The team were recognised for their work on last year’s Peace and Quiet exhibition in the award category of Engagement (Organisations with Paid Staff). Peace and Quiet was a major exhibition that took place in the SLQ … Read more

Bring your imagination – we’ll provide the paints and pencils

Examples of illustration from Brisbane Illustrators Group

You are invited to come and draw with the Brisbane Illustrators Group at State Library’s Fun Palace this Saturday. Paint, pencils and textas will be provided. Just bring your imagination! We have created an activity challenging kids to create a Fun Palace character then draw them into scenes created by our members – just like a page … Read more