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Indigenous Literacy Day at Melbourne Library Service

Melbourne Library Service and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day, a national celebration that raises awareness about literacy in remote Indigenous communities.

Money raised at our events will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to buy books for children and families in remote Australian communities.

When: Wed 3 Sep, 11am-4pm
Where: City Library and Southbank Library

11am to 4pm
Mega Booksale at City Library and Southbank Library at Boyd.

1pm to 2pm
Acoustica will be celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day in the City Library Gallery.

1pm to 4pm
City Library Mural, Emu’s Under the Bed by Lakes Entrance Indigenous artist, Leann Edwards.

About Leann Edwards
Lakes Entrance Indigenous artist, Leann Edwards is a storyteller, artist and recent picture book author of Emu’s Under the Bed. Leann is a descendant of the Mara tribe from the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Wiradjuri tribe from central New South Wales. Emus Under the Bed tells the story of her early experiences in learning about her culture from one of her great aunts.

Find out more about the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

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Hidden in plain sight: Jane Austen today

The great novelist Jane Austen is celebrated in a special session at the Library at the Dock.

Join us for a series of talks and papers discussing Jane Austen in today’s world. Leading Austen scholar John Wiltshire offers new interpretations of Jane Austen’s work.  Writer and academic Kylie Mirmohamadi will speak about her new book about Austen spin-off fiction, and Clara Tuite from the University of Melbourne will speak about ‘Great Myths of Jane Austen’.

The event will feature the launch of two new books on Jane Austen: John Wiltshire’s The Hidden Jane Austen (Cambridge University Press) and Kylie Mirmohamadi’s The Digital Afterlives of Jane Austen (Palgrave Pivot).

Launches begin at 4pm, and refreshments will be served.
(Free) registration is required via Eventbrite.

When: Sat 13 Sep, 11am-5pm.
Where: Performance Space, Library at The Dock.
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VCE workshop: Jane Austen’s Persuasion

A VCE Literature text for 2014, Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion is a deft and layered exploration of the bittersweet way in which chance accidents and deep desires intersect to shape human lives. In this workshop, participants will gain strategies and hands-on practice in pinpointing and explaining the ways Austen weaves the ideas in her novel around the central theme of persuasion. The workshop is led by Laura Carroll of La Trobe University, and is designed for VCE Literature students, teachers, and upper secondary students with an interest in Jane Austen’s work.

Laura Carroll is the author of essays and articles on a range of topics around Jane Austen’s work. Over the last two years, she has held a series of well-received workshops for VCE students studying Persuasion. Laura lectures in Educational Development at La Trobe University, and Persuasion is her favourite novel.

When: Sat 13 Sep, 1.30-3pm.
Where: Meeting Room 1, Library at The Dock.
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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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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
Book your place

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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.

When: Thursday 25 September, 6pm to 7pm
Where: Meeting Room, Library at the Dock

The Docklands History Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from, 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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