Reading Wall is up again

The Reading Wall is hanging in The Nook just inside the doors at the State Library. It’s there to celebrate the Love2Read Cafe and the National Year of Reading until 9 December.
You’re invited to share part of your favourite poem (or you can add it as a comment to this post.) Enjoy reading others peoples favourites…Jabberwocky seems to be a stand-out so far.

Love2Read Cafe: coming soon…

Several great events are coming soon to the Love2Read Cafe:
Listen to TAG Hungerford award winner Jacqui Wright discuss her book Red Dirt Talking with author and Vogel award winner, Julienne van Loon. Saturday 27 October: 3.30 – 4.30pm

Come along to the Big Book and Sheet Music Sale on Saturday 3 November from 10.30am – 4.00pm. Discover a great book bargain and take advantage of this one-off opportunity to buy surplus sheet music.

Find out about Women of Note and listen to their music with author Rosalind Appleby and musician Cathie Travers on Saturday 3 November from 2.00 – 3.00pm.

To find out more about future events, look at the events page:

Love2Read Cafe is open again!

Perth’s Love2Read Café is open again by popular demand in the Perth Cultural Centre outside the State Library of Western Australia. From October 6 to December 9, relax into reading books, magazines or newspapers available to browse at the Cafe, or bring your own material including e-readers. Discover thousands of e-books that can be borrowed with State Library or public library cards. Families can play word games and create lego poetry while spending time together. Author talks and book signings will showcase the very best of WA writing, and you’ll have the chance to find a bargain at the Big Book and Music Sale on Saturday 3 November.
Whether you’re an office worker, family, student, State Library member, tourist, or just passing through the Perth Cultural Centre, drop in and enjoy a good read. For the complete program of events, go to, or print the attached flyer (best viewed as an A3 document).
Love2Read Cafe2 program of events October – December 2012

Love2Read Cafe opening soon!

Visit the Love2Read Café this summer!

The Love2Read Café will be open from Saturday 21 January – Sunday 26 February, and is situated in the canopied area out the front of the State Library. It will be filled with brightly coloured chairs and tables, and book trolleys featuring a range of reading materials for all ages and interests. There will be a range of programs and events which are free, with no bookings required.

The launch event showcases author Adam Morris and his Murder Mouse Blues Band on Friday 20 January from 4.30 – 5.30pm, then author Andrew Relph will speak about his book, Not drowning, reading on Saturday 21 January from 3.30 – 4.30pm.

For additional events, please check the events page on the website – there are hints and tips about writing, a crafternoon for families, and every Saturday visitors to the café can Play with Words borrowing a variety of word games. On Sunday afternoons at 5.00pm, classic Australian films based on books will show on the big screen. People will be able to share a quote from their favourite book on the Reading Wall inside the library.

The Café is open from Monday – Thursday (10:00am – 7:30pm), Friday (10:00am – 5.00pm) and Saturday and Sunday (10:30am – 5.00pm).

Love2Read Café program brochures can be downloaded from the website, and collected at the State Library and in public libraries soon.

Volunteers Wanted for the Love2Read Cafe

Do you enjoy working with people?
Do you love books and reading?
Want to combine the two?

The State Library of Western Australian is celebrating the National Year of Reading in 2012, and we’re looking for volunteers to help enthuse people about books and reading in our Love2Read café. It is an exciting time to be involved with the State Library and we are inviting motivated volunteers to participate in and share Australia’s love of language, literature, books and reading in all its forms.

The Love2Read café is the State Library of Western Australia’s flagship initiative to kick-start the National Year of Reading. It will be based on the Bryant Park reading room model in New York. Trolleys full of new and pre-loved books, magazines, comics and newspapers will be wheeled out under the canopied area in the front of the State Library, which will be transformed into a book café and open air library from 21 January to 26 February 2012.

The Love2Read café will feature bright, engaging decor with colourful chairs, tables and beanbags to encourage people to sit down and discover or rediscover the joy of reading for pleasure. There will also be a range of events and programs to attract a wide variety of audiences to take part in the Love2Read café, from author talks and book signings, to fitness classes and festival fringe events.

You will be working with other State Library staff members to make the Love2Read café a must-visit destination within the Perth Cultural Centre.

Volunteer Position: Love2Read Café Assistant
Directorate: Community, Learning and Discovery
Team: Participation and Learning
Reports to: Manager: Participation and Learning

Primary purpose of position:
To assist and support all day-to-day operations required for the smooth running of the Love2Read café at the State Library of Western Australia. This may include:
• Responding to queries and/or providing assistance to clients in the Love2Read café.
• Keep the area clean, tidying tables, reshelving books, arranging and stacking chairs.
• Being aware of stock levels, and restocking book trolleys when necessary.
• Assisting with all aspects of events, including event set-up and take-down.

Volunteers must be:
• Able to work well with State Library and Aroma café staff in contributing to a team environment which ensures the delivery of quality services to clients.
• Physically capable of working both outdoors and in a library environment, for example shifting and lifting of books, stacking of chairs and tables, pushing trolleys.
• Available to work the hours to which they have committed, which may include evenings and weekends.

Desirable qualities and experience:
• Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to connect with a wide range of people.
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
• Experience in the administrative and logistical aspects of running events and programs.
• Experience in a library, bookstore or other customer service-driven environment.
• An awareness of Occupational Safety and Health requirements relevant to the position.

For further information contact Mary Doyle, Volunteer Coordinator, on 9427 3327. To apply, tell us in 250 words or less what you’d bring to the Love2Read café, and send a 2-page (max.) résumé with contact details of 2 referees, to Mary Doyle ( by 5 December 2011.

If successful, applicants will be invited to attend an interview on Monday 12 December at 2.30pm. Volunteers should also be available to attend a training session on Monday 16 January, 2012.