The fantastic flying books of Mr Morris Lessmore

This lovely short animation just won an Oscar and is so relevant to this National Year of Reading: what a wonderful homage to booklovers and readers everywhere.

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.

Help Promote Reading @ Love2Read Cafe

46% of Australia can’t read newspapers, follow a recipe, make sense of timetables, or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle.

On Saturday January 21st the Love2Read Cafe opens at the State Library of WA. For five weeks there will be an outdoor reading room with  free events and activities including giant scrabble, music gigs, yoga classes, chalk art, word games, baby rhymetime, family storytime, school holiday activities, author talks, book signings and more.

To help promote literacy and be part of this fun event volunteer at the Love2Read Cafe.

For more information, leave a response here or contact

Love2Read? Need some suggestions??

We couldn’t think of just one book that describes what it means to live in Australia, so the search has begun, for not one book, but eight, that together paint a picture of the Australian people and the land we live in.

This is your chance to read the short list of books representing each state and vote for the one you think best represents your state or territory, to become part of the National Year of Reading collection.

Check out the books and cast your vote here:

Tell a friend, get your bookclub involved, curl up with these great books and start reading!

National Year of Reading 2012

Engage, discover, learn from and enjoy books! It’s count down to the National Year of Reading 2012 and the State library is proud to be one of the partners in this exciting initiative. “Australian libraries and library associations have got together to turn 2012 into the National Year of Reading, linking together all the great things that are already happening around books, reading and literacy, and giving them an extra boost, with inspirational programs and events taking place across the country.”

Do you have a favourite book you’d like to tell us about? 

Has a book ever changed your life?

What good books have you read lately that you think others would enjoy?