State Library of South Australia

Director’s cut

Date: 8 December 2016

At this time of year we stop to reflect on what has been and to say thank you to all our readers for your continued support and interest in the Library.

Three young children and their Christmas stockings c 1927 SRG 168 1 58 28
Three young children and their Christmas stockings, c 1927, SRG 168/1/58/28

The community engages with the Library on many different levels from visiting the beautiful buildings, donating items, volunteering, attending our events and exhibitions, or using our collections, research services or online resources. However you have been involved with us this year we extend our heartfelt thanks. We also offer our thanks to our sponsors and partners for their support throughout the year.

Throughout 2016 we have continued to connect the community with knowledge about their State and the world through the collections, exhibitions and events.

Our exhibition program took us to unexpected places. Together we experienced the heart-warming, and sometimes heart-breaking, stories of families reconnecting after being separated by war, conflict, disaster and migration. We were in awe of the stunning photographs of South Australia by French photographer Frederic Mouchet. The Treasures Wall exhibitions were bursting with gems from the State Library's diverse collections that are rarely on display to the public. From pop-up books to the history of television, to a chance encounter of English and French explorers, and finally to discovering the intriguing stories behind some of our favourite things there was something for everyone.

In all that we do, we recognise that the community values the State Library as the trusted guardian of their history and to ensure the collections are accessible to future generations.

This final edition of e-xtra for 2016 again showcases the richness and diversity of the collections at the State Library. We travel back to the 1800s to discover the kaleidoscopic scene of a fancy dress roller-skating carnival, and read about a much loved Australian legend named Bob. The intriguing link between the late Leonard Cohen and the Library, and the history behind the majestic Mortlock clock are also uncovered.

Finally as we look to the New Year there has been a flurry of activity in many areas of the Library in preparing for our 2017 exhibition, Play: Objects of Play from the State Library of South Australia's Collections. It's an exhibition sure to evoke memories of what play is and what it means for you. We look forward to welcoming you to the Library in 2017 for this exhibition and much more.

The meaning of Christmas differs for everyone, but regardless of how you and your family may spend it, I wish you much happiness. May the New Year bring joy, peace and good health.

Alan Smith
Director, State Library of South Australia

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