Arrrrr me hearties, it’s September with Libraries ACT!

Released 07/09/2018

We’re springing into September knowing that not only is the weather getting sweeter, but there’s a whole new month of programs and events flourishing for Canberrans at Libraries ACT branches.

“Thank you to everyone who rocketed through August with us and attended our National Science Week events. Spring brings with it new programs, new events and new opportunities for Canberrans to get involved and learn something new at our libraries,” said Director Libraries ACT Vanessa Little.

Australians across the nation are being encouraged to pick up a book and read for one hour in celebration of Australian Reading Hour on Thursday 20 September 2018.

“We’re passionate about communicating the benefits of reading to all Canberrans. Reading has been shown to influence identity formation in children and reduce stress by 68% in adults! Whilst we encourage all Canberrans to participate and read for one hour on Thursday 20 September, we also want to encourage reading all the time, and we do have two events to celebrate the day.

“Pop on your jammies and join us for family story time. Jim-jam story slam will be held for all ages on the evening of Wednesday 19 September at Gungahlin library. We’ve also got live readings from a selection of well-known fiction for a variety of ages at Woden Library on Saturday afternoon 22 September.”

Wednesday 19 September is a big day across Libraries ACT.

“Wannabe pirates will pop on their eye patches and head for the high seas on Wednesday 19 September as we celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Little ones aged 3-5 can celebrate the day with us at Tuggeranong Library as we read pirate stories and sing pirate songs.

“We’ve also got a range of fresh workshops and talks including Gardening with Tracey Bool: Seed sowing and Story Time, and author talks from Zoya Patel on Monday 10 September and LJM Owen on Wednesday 12 September. Wendy Orr, winner of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Best Children’s Book will also be a highlight when she visits Woden Library on Monday 24 September.

“There are programs and events abloom this September and I encourage those who are not yet library members to take a look and consider becoming a library member this blossoming season. We look forward to seeing you at one of our branches soon,” concluded Ms Little.

All Libraries ACT programs and events are free, however bookings are essential as places are limited. For more information on the variety of programs and events and to book, visit or call 6205 9000.

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