Once again, First Dog of the Moon has mentioned libraries in one of his comics.
Work is underway on upgrades to the Woden branch of Libraries ACT, which will include new community spaces for technology, recording and editing, reading and studying, and flexible, multifunctional spaces.
Libraries ACT has released its annual reading challenge. Read your way through the alphabet with titles, authors or subjects/genres that start with one of the letters of the alphabet. There are some ideas to get you started, or you can find your own.
The ACT Government, has announced its budget for 2020–2021. Budget statements H cover public libraries.
The book sale at Bathurst Library proved popular; rediscover Campbelltown Libraries through their latest campaign; author Lian Tanner visited Forbes Library for a talk; plans will soon be submitted to build the Gosford Regional Library; Orange City Library is restarting its Pageturner Book Discussion Group for 2021; Singleton Library hosted author Peter FitzSimons for a talk on his latest book Breaker Morant; Springwood Library will be temporarily closed to facilitate a $2.62 million redevelopment; the new program at Wollongong City Libraries provides a low-sensory environment for families with special needs; and development of the Young Library is ongoing.
Cairns Libraries launched a survey asking its community about their experiences using local library services; Gin Gin Library has new 'smart shelf' technology in place; and Toowoomba Regional Council is set to survey residents in February for feedback on Council’s library services across the region.
Read the Connected Communities: Vision for Northern Territory Public Libraries 2017-2023 which provides a strategy for the development of the public library sector as a whole to meet the needs of the Northern Territory's diverse communities.
City of Melbourne Libraries is hosting a series of online conversation groups on Zoom; the City of Greater Geelong is building a new public library; Mornington Peninsula Shire is reviewing its library book services; the refurbishments for Tatura Library is now complete; and Yarra Plenty Regional Library has released information on how its virtual Code Club has been going during the pandemic.
Also in Victoria, the Andrews Labor Government has released details on the Expanded Living Libraries Program funding; and Public Libraries Victoria is seeking responses for its survey, Libraries for Health and Wellbeing: Community, partner and staff survey.
In WA, patrons at the Town of Cambridge Library can now borrow formal wear.
To uncover what Tasmanians were reading in 2020, Libraries Tasmania compiled a range of ‘top 10’ lists from its almost 4 million loans during the year. These lists have been shared across social media networks and on the Libraries Tasmania website. The Libraries Tasmania Top 10 lists include fiction and non-fiction titles; digital and physical resources; adult, youth and junior titles; audiobooks, DVDs, magazines, picture books and more.
In 2020, the Top 10 most-borrowed adult fiction books by Tasmanian authors were:
The full list of Libraries Tasmania Top 10s for 2020 can be found on the Libraries Tasmania website.
- Bruny by Heather Rose
- The Diamond Hunter by Fiona McIntosh
- The Beautiful Mother by Katherine Scholes
- The Bluffs by Kyle Perry
- The Tea Gardens by Fiona McIntosh
- White Horses by Rachael Treasure
- The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh
- There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett
- The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan
- The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott
Additionally, the conversation over the status of the Longford Library's book chute is ongoing.