Summer Listening - Library Life

Summer Listening - Library Life
Recommended listening for your summer holidays
9 December 2016

Once-upon-a-time I had a 'to-be-read' pile of books on the bedside table and, often, on the floor beside the bed, and possibly in the lounge room as well. These days, I still have the 'to-be-read' pile but it has been joined by the 'to-be-listened-to' collection of podcasts and event audio that I have saved for future listening.

The slower pace of summer (stop laughing, I'm serious) offers us time to catch up on our reading and listening. That's the plan, anyway. 

For those of you who love libraries - and who doesn't? - here's a list of some of my favourite National Library audio stories that are all about this library and its collections. From Robert Menzie's dream of what a national library could be to why libraries matter; from a great collector to favourite collection items, these stories will help you to while away the hours.

Dream Library Takes Shape

Why was it Sir Robert Menzies who laid the Library’s foundation stone on 31 March 1966? Senior Curator Robyn Holmes scoured the Library’s collections to unravel a mystery.

Inspiration and Information: Why libraries matter

As part of their 25th anniversary celebrations in 2015, the Friends of the National Library of Australia invited Don Watson, Marion Halligan, and Omar Musa to reveal why supporting libraries is important and why libraries matter to them .

Sir Rex Nan Kivell: Australia’s Forgotten Benefactor?

Nat Williams, Treasures Curator, explores the life of Sir Rex Nan Kivell (1898–1977), a man with a mysterious past who amassed an extraordinary collection acquired by the Library in 1959.

NAIDOC Week 2016 Collection Talk

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members Shannon Sutton, John Morseu and Nicolette Suttor share collection items that have special meaning for them.

John Olsen: My Salute to Five Bells

In 2015, artist John Olsen AO, OBE, joined the Friends of the National Library of Australia for the launch of his book, My Salute to Five Bells. In conversation with Dr Deborah Hart, senior curator at the National Gallery of Australia, Olsen discusses the journals which formed the basis of the book, his inspiration for the Five Bells mural, and his long, illustrious career.

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