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Inaugural Melbourne Knowledge Fellowship 2014

Melbourne Library Service, in conjunction with Knowledge Melbourne, International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS Institute) and the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund, are offering an exciting opportunity of one international Fellowship for the amount of $12,500.
This Fellowship aims to promote the enhancement of knowledge and skills in the use of creative and innovative technologies to provide engaging informal learning programs within community settings, and appreciation of international best practice in this knowledge area.

Find out more and apply

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Chinese new book morning tea

Come and join us for morning tea and see our brand new Chinese books at Library at The Dock.

Let us know what you would like to see in our collection and be the first to borrow new books.

When: Thu 18 Sep, 10.30am-12pm.
Where: Library at The Dock
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Seniors Week

5 to 12 October 2014
Join us for a week of fun activities across our branches.

Share storytime with your favourite toddler, learn some basic computing skills, share your stories, listen to some stories, learn to tango or just take a walk with us.

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Authentic Asian Cooking
with Jenny Tai

Learn to prepare authentic Asian cooking in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Jenny, our vibrant Cook, will lead you through the basic steps of some very simple, yet delicious Asian dishes.

This is a class for adults only.

When: Sat 11 Oct, 11am-1pm
Where: East Melbourne Library 
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Eating India with Charmaine O'Brien

Join Charmaine O’Brien, author of The Penguin Food Guide to India, for a talk and cookery demonstration that will give you an insider’s view of India’s kitchens and an illuminating portrait of a nation that has long exerted a global influence.

The inevitable sameness of dishes served in Indian restaurants across Australia erroneously suggests that India has a homogenous national cuisine. In fact the Indian culinary landscape is so varied and finely nuanced across regions and communities that it makes up the world’s most diverse cuisine. While the endless combinations of flavors and texture produced by Indian cooks afford sensual delight considered exploration of the country’s regional cuisines also offers a route into understanding the complex geography, social, cultural and human landscape of historical and contemporary India.
About Charmaine:
Charmaine O’Brien is an Australian author, culinary historian and educator and an internationally recognized authority on Indian food. Her first trip to India nearly two decades ago sparked an interest in Indian food that has become an abiding passion. She is the author of two previous books on Indian food history and culture, Flavours of Delhi and Recipes from an Urban Village. Creating The Penguin Food Guide to India has been a work of many years during which time Charmaine has intrepidly explored regional cuisine in places as varied as dhabas, village homes, family run guesthouses, market places, palaces, grand hotels and a monk’s cell.

When: Sat 11 Oct, 2pm to 3pm
Where: Lithuanian Club Kitchen, 44 Errol Street, North Melbourne
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Read me!

Have you ever wanted to know what books your library staff read? Join us for our inaugural Read me! book talk.

Share your love of reading with us as our staff review items from our fiction, non fiction and young adult collections.
Enjoy afternoon tea and chat with fellow book lovers!
Bookings essential.

When: Wed 24 Sep, 2-3.30pm
Where: Activity Space, Library at The Dock
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Second Tuesday Reading Circle at Library at The Dock

Share your love of reading with us and discover some great reads in time for summer.
Unlike a book club, a reading circle does not set a book to read. Each person discusses what they are currently reading or a book that has changed their life. Whether a good novel, a collection of poetry, your favourite play or a biography, however you reacted to it, we want to hear about it!

When: second Tuesday of the month, 6pm to 7pm
14 October, 11 November, 9 December
Where: Reading Lounge, Library at The Dock
Cost: free
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Words on the Wind 

Nine storytellers from Storytelling Australia Victoria have crafted six compelling tales to reflect their relationship to this part of Melbourne’s Docklands. 

The Ways of Winged Ones and Women
Jackie Kerin and Teena Hartnett
A weave of folktale, myth and history contemplating the phenomenon of bird migration alongside the precarious shipboard journeys by colonial women.

Created with the environment of the Docklands especially in mind, this tale contemplates the nomadic and migratory movements of women and birds.  

When: Thu 18 Sep, 6-7pm
Where: The Library at the Dock 

Coming up

October 16: Anne E Stewart
November 20: Andrew McKenna and Peter Fernon
December 18: Simon Oats and Roslyn Quin

Full details about Words on the Wind .

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Docklands History Group

Travel back in time with local historians, collectors, guest speakers and meet other like-minded people at our monthly Docklands History Group. Share a cuppa and stories with other local history enthusiasts and learn about the people, places and industries from times gone by.  Everyone welcome.

Special guests for 25 September:
Gary Vines and Andrea Kleist
Join archaeologist Gary Vines and Andrea Kleist from the City of Melbourne as they discuss the heritage of the Docklands area and its transformation through time.

When: Thu 25 Sep, 6pm-7pm
Where: Meeting Room, Library at the Dock

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The Docklands History Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month, 6pm to 7pm.


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Story Lounge

Do you like to listen to a good story?  We’re introducing a storytime for adults!
Bring your lunch, relax, knit, dream or enjoy the view, as we read you a hand-picked story or two.
Story Lounge happens at noon, on the fourth Wednesday of the month, in our beautiful new Library at the Dock.
No bookings required.

Where: Library at The Dock
When: Wednesdays, 12pm to 1pm
25 June, 23 July, 27 August,
24 September, 22 October,
26 November

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Real lives, real stories: a boot camp for writing life stories

Have you ever wanted to share your personal story, but didn’t know how?
If you have, then this course is for you.

Over four, linked, two-and-a-half-hour sessions, you will be guided through a process that will help you to understand the life writing form, what your style is and who might read your work.
You will also make connections with other local writers and discover some of the really useful resources all writers need.

Themes include: Exploring fiction and non-fiction; Reading as a writer; Identifying your audience; Getting your head around research; Defining and managing your project; Style and structure; Finding support networks and resources.

What to expect:  There will be opportunities to share your work, listen to presentations and work in small groups.
You may be asked to finish some tasks at home.
To get the best out of the course, you will need to be able to attend all four sessions.

What to bring:
• pen and paper (or electronic versions) to take notes.
• a solid idea for your project.
• some of your writing (optional).
• examples of personal stories that you love (optional).
• your enthusiasm.

Please note, this is not a class for those who wish to learn English as an additional language.

About the presenter:
Marie Alafaci is published across adult fiction and non-fiction, in long and short forms and also writes for children. Her 1999 title, Savage Cows & Cabbage Leaves – an Italian Life, received an honourable mention in the Royal Historical Society Community History Awards, and was a finalist in the Italy in the World awards. It was also on The Age bestsellers list in its first month of publication.
Marie has taught non-fiction for the Professional Writing & Editing Diploma course at Holmesglen TAFE and co-runs a manuscript assessment business, Bedlam Books. She is also the Victorian Development officer for the Australian Society of Authors.

Where: Meeting Room, North Melbourne Library.

26 July, 23 August, 20 September, 18 October from 1pm to 3.30pm.

These events are fully booked and a long waiting list. Other events of this type will be available in the near future.

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Events calendar

We are adding new events all the time. To see what is coming up and book, you simply need to choose an event, register with a valid email and away you go!

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