Experience the unseen

Beaker Street Festival – experience the unseen at Libraries Tasmania

Beaker Street Festival is an annual celebration of science and culture in Lutruwita/Tasmania.
The 2023 festival theme centres on the “Unseen,” science in everyday life.

On Saturday 5 August, Libraries Tasmania is holding two events as part of Beaker Street Festival.

Braille Storm! – Saturday 5 August

Hobart Library, Level 1, 91 Murray Street Hobart

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

No bookings required

Find out how to use a braille machine and see the unseen with braille items from the past and present. Try reading with your fingers. Learn how to make your own bookmark embossed with your initials in braille, with help from braille experts!

Braille was developed by Louis Braille, nearly 200 years ago from a code originally used to assist soldiers to communicate in the dark. Braille is still produced and is an effective way to read for many people who are blind or have low vision. 

Don’t miss Braille Storm! Your Chance to learn about all things braille with the experts from Vision Services.

The Weird and Wonderful in the State Library – Saturday 5 August

Libraries Tasmania is joining the Beaker Street Crawl to offer tours of ‘unseen’ scientific collections hidden in the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Building, 91 Murray Street, Hobart in “The Weird and Wonderful in the State Library”.

45 minute tours are available on Saturday 5 August 2023:

10:00 am – 10:45 am

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

Spaces limited and bookings essential. SOLD OUT.

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