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Knowledge Week 2014

Join us for a week of fun activities across all our libraries

27October to 2 November 2014


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Christmas card design with Charlotte Spencer-Roy

Would you like to send personalised Christmas cards this year? This workshop with Charlotte Spencer-Roy will  have you designing and making beautiful Christmas cards just in time for the festive season. Charlotte will demonstrate a number of card making techniques including unique mixed-media methods, and show you how to make festive cards using new and recycled materials.

When: Sat 1 Nov, 11am - 1pm
Where: East Melbourne Library

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The story of the ANZACs at Gallipoli is an important part of Australia's national identity. In the lead up to the centenary of ANZAC, join us as one of Australia’s leading author’s Peter Fitzsimons, explores the story of the ANZACs in his new book Gallipoli.

When: Thu 13 Nov, 12.15pm-1.30pm
Where: Swanston Hall, Lower Melbourne Town Hall

Free, with light refreshments to be served.

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Peter Fitzsimons is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He is also a regular TV commentator, a former radio presenter (very successfully, with Mike Carlton on Radio 2UE) and is also a former national representative rugby union player.
Peter is the author of over 20 books - including Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia, Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age, Ned Kelly and biographies of Nancy Wake‚ Kim Beazley‚ Nick Farr-Jones‚ Les Darcy, Steve Waugh and John Eales.
Peter is Australia's biggest-selling non-fiction author of the last ten years. Peter was named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations.
He lives with his wife, Lisa Wilkinson, and their three children in Sydney. History comes to life with Peter Fitzsimons.

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International Games Day

Celebrate International Games Day with the Melbourne Library Service, drop in to your library and play!

Each of our libraries will have an assortment of traditional board games for you to challenge yourself and friends. Consoles will be running at City, North Melbourne and Library at The Dock with some great offerings. Pop down to Library at The Dock for some arcade games, virtual reality demonstrations, a scratch programming class or maybe watch some documentaries on about how some of the most amazing games were created. 

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When: Sat 15 Nov, from 10am.

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Stephen Heppell Masterclass for Library Professionals

The Melbourne Library Service in conjunction with the International Specialised Skills Institute presents Professor Stephen Heppell in a full-day masterclass at Library at The Dock.
Stephen will present on ways libraries can strengthen communities and hook people into learning in this special opportunity for library industry colleagues.
This interactive masterclass will enable you to acquire practical skills and knowledge on ways to enhance learning opportunities in your library and better engage with your library community through program delivery, service design and digital literacy.

When: Wed 19 Nov, 9am-4pm (all-day and half-day sessions available)
Cost: $150 full-day/$80 half-day
Where: Library at The Dock

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ANZAC Centenary Celebrations

Poppy Crafting Group

Meet and collaborate with other crafters to help us collect crafted poppies in preparation for the 2015 ANZACCentenary celebrations at Melbourne Library Service.
Poppies will be placed on display at all branches as part of the commemoration of the centenary of ANZAC Day 2015.
Please bring your preferred crafting materials. Crochet and knitted patterns will be available.

When: First Friday of the month:
7 Nov, 5 Dec, 6 Feb and 6 Mar, 2pm–4pm.
Where: Activities Room, Library at The Dock.

No bookings required.

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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
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. 

New World Dreaming Peter Fernon and Andrew McKenna
Andrew Mckenna and Peter Fernon tell tales from Melbourne’s migration history: the Irish in the 1850s and the Italians in the 1950s

Melbourne is built on the footprints of immigrants, most of whom came through the port and docklands. In the 1850s Andrew’s Irish great great grandparents fled the blighted potato fields of Donegal and reached Melbourne, via India in rebellion. They arrived in Melbourne in summer, to a welcome of bushfires, wild dogs and news of the Great Melbourne Telescope gazing at the heavens. Peter’s in-laws left Calabria in the 1950s, where the war had destroyed the established order in their village. Women did men’s work and men, especially the ones who had been prisoners of war, had glimpsed other ways of life. When the old order began to reassert itself those who expected more of life had to look elsewhere. Peter’s in-laws headed for Melbourne.

Andrew and Peter are seasoned storytellers and in this intimate production they use music and spoken word to give expression to the lives of a few of the millions fleeing the stagnation and turmoil of old worlds to make a life for themselves in a new one.

When: Thu 20 Nov, 6pm-7pm
Where: The Library at the Dock 

Coming up 

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 guest: Carmel Taig

Carmel Taig will be discussing her latest book The Giant by the River: A history of the Yarraville Sugar Works.

When: Thu 27 Nov, 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
26 November

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