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Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards 2015

Your chance to win up to $6000 and recognition for your writing.
Entries close 31 August. Find out more

Writing Workshops

Need help perfecting your masterpiece?
We are running a series of two-hour workshops to help you shape, edit and polish your competition entries for the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards. Make your entry shine with the assistance of some fantastic local writers and editors.
Bookings are essential.
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Find your story

Curious about your family’s past and don’t know where to start? Book into one of our free family history training sessions and we’ll help you get started.
Bookings essential.

City Library
Wed 20 May, 10am-11am or
Wed 27 May, 10am-11am
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East Melbourne Library
Tuesday 26 May, 10am-11am or
Tuesday 26 May 11am-12pm
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Library at The Dock
Tue 19 May, 2pm-3pm or
Thu 21 May, 11am-12pm
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North Melbourne Library
Fri 8 May, 10.30am-11.30am, Book your place (5 people)
Fri 15 May, 10.30am-11.30am, Book your place (5 people)
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Reconciliation Week 2015

Different perspectives: the settlement of Melbourne 

Join authors Dr Gary Presland and Marguerita Stephens in conversation with Bruno Lettieri.
They will discuss the white settlement of Melbourne from the perspective of their research and its impact on Aboriginal people of Melbourne.
Dr Gary Presland is an archaeologist, historian and author of First people and A place for a village.
Marguerita Stephens is the winner of the PROV Local History Project Awards 2014 for her work The Journal of William Thomas,
Assistant Protector of the Aborigines of
Port Phillip & Guardian of the
Aborigines of Victoria 1839-1867.

Bookings essential.

When: Thu 28 May, 2pm-3pm
Where: City Library, Majorca Room 
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National Trust Heritage Festival

April - May 2015

Conflict and compassion: a series of WW1 historical walks around Melbourne

Pull on your walking boots and join us for these historic walks around Melbourne, including The Shrine of Remembrance Reserve, Canning Street North Melbourne, the wharfs of Victoria Harbour and streets around Carlton.

Take a look at the program

Outside the Lines: Third Biennial Youth unConference

Outside the Lines is a free unConference being held at Library at the Dock.
It is your chance to gain insight into what young adults are interested in, how libraries can support and collaborate with them and how we can broaden our thinking about young people into a more creative, flexible and innovative framework that will take libraries outside the lines.

By participating you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear first-hand from young people and their experiences with the library and community organisations.
  • Gain knowledge from your library peers and experts in the field.
  • Have a forum to ask questions that aren’t often addressed at ‘normal’ conferences.
  • Leave inspired by how you can get young people engaged.
  • Play and get hands on with a mini hack or zine session.
  • And help shape the way that Australian libraries can get ‘Outside the Lines’. 

There will be morning and afternoon tea provided.

When: Thu 28 May, 8.30am for a 9am start, until 4pm
Where: Library at The Dock

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May Booksale

Our much anticipated and popular City Library booksale is on once again.

Our store room is bursting with books to sell. Books that aren't in the right condition for our shelves, books that haven't been popular and books that have been donated that we can't use! Come and select from second-hand books, fiction and non-fiction, all $1.

When: Sat 30 May, 11am to 3pm
Where: City Library, Majorca Room, Level 1.


Power your study

Need to study?

City Library is the place to be.

Head to the mezzanine, hit the books, power your device and enjoy our free coffee.

We know you need it.

When: 2-26 Jun,3.30pm-5pm
Where: City Library 


Introduction to MOOCs

Are you interested in learning about free online courses from some of the worlds’ top universities? Then MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) are for you.
In this four week series we will be introducing various MOOC providers, the types of courses offered, and guiding you to make sure you get the most out of your MOOC study. 

All you need to participate is a valid email address and basic computer skills. 

Bookings are essential.

When: Tuesday 9, 16, 23 and 30 June,  5pm to 6.30pm
Where: Library at The Dock
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Yesterday today: the role of photography in capturing and telling 20th century history

Responding to the Josiah Barnes WWI image collection held at the Australian War memorial in Canberra, and featured in The Call exhibition at Library at The Dock, join us for a panel discussion about the place of the image in 20th century history.

From capturing to collecting and exhibiting, our panelists Alison Wishart, Senior Curator, Photographs, Australian War Memorial, photojournalist Bruce Postle, former press photographer for The Age and author of the recent (and sold out) book The Image Maker, and freelance historian Alicia Cerreto, will discuss the role of photography in recent history.

When: Tue 9 Jun, 6pm-7.30pm
Where: Library at The Dock
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Join us at Library at the Dock as Melbourne Library Service gets animated!
With animation workshops by 'Oh yeah wow', 'Alina and the Phonotrope' and 'Isobel Knowles paper animation' get some hands on animation skills.
Square Eyes Film Foundation will introduce young audiences to imaginative, original animated film and workshop experiences with screenings of 'Wallace and Gromit', 'The Gruffalo' and 'The Gruffalo's Child'.

When: Sun 28 Jun, 11am-5pm
Where: Library at The Dock

See the full program and book your place

Monthly and ongoing events

Crafternoons with the Melbourne Origami Group

Join the Melbourne Origami Group for a monthly ‘crafternoon’ at Library at the Dock. For all levels from complete beginners to advanced, the members of the Melbourne Origami Group seek to further the art and enjoyment of paper folding and would love to have you along to help!

Bring your own craft project to work on or to share with others.

Basic paper and light refreshments will be provided. Fancier paper will be on sale, or bring your own.

When: Last Saturday of the month, 12pm-2pm
30 May, 27 June, 25 July and 29 August
Where: Library at The Dock, Activities Room 

Southbank Reading Circle

Like talking about books? So do we!
Join our monthly reading circle and tell us what you’ve been reading.

There is no set book. We discuss everything from fiction, plays, poems, travel writing, biography - anything at all.

When: Every second Wednesday of the month, 6pm to 7pm
13 May, 10 Jun, 8 Jul, 12 Aug, 9 Sep, 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 9 Dec
Where: Southbank Library


Chinese Book Club Morning Tea

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

Meet other readers, have a chat and find some new Chinese books, magazines or DVDs to borrow.

Where: Library at The Dock
When: First Thursday of the month, 9am to 11am.

7 May, 4 June, 2 July, 6 August, 3 September, 1 October 


Big Ideas in the Pub

If you love discussing meaty topics and like to see things from a different point of view, then this book club could be right up your alley.
Whether you like science, current affairs, history or psychology, ‘Big ideas in the pub’ allows you to meet fellow readers once a month at the Courthouse Hotel.

When: Every fourth Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm
28 April, 26 May and 23 June
Where: Courthouse Hotel, corner of Errol and Queensberry Streets, North Melbourne

Email us for more information. 

Story Lounge

Story Lounge is a storytime for adults. Hand-picked stories and poems read aloud in a relaxed setting. Slow down and enjoy the simple pleasure of listening.

Story Lounge happens twice a month. Each month, the stories read at East Melbourne Library will be repeated at Library at The Dock.
Free, no bookings required and all welcome!

East Melbourne Library
Second Monday of the month, 10.30-11.30am.
9 Feb, 13 Apr, 11 May, 13 Jul, 10 Aug, 14 Sep, 12 Oct, 9 Nov

Library at The Dock
Fourth Wednesday of the month, 12.30-1.30pm.
25 Feb, 25 Mar, 22 Apr, 27 May, 24 Jun, 22 Jul, 26 Aug, 23 Sep, 28 Oct, 25 Nov 

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. 

28 May Special guest speakers: Andrea Fleming and Catherine McLay


Special Guests Andrea Fleming and Catherine McLay will share with us the fascinating history of The Mission to Seafarers Victoria. The Mission has been continuously working in Melbourne since 1857 and has retained a substantial amount of records that document its charitable work dating back to this time.

When: Thu 28 May, 6pm-7pm
Where: Library at the Dock
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Fourth Thursday of the month:
28 May, 25 June, 23 July, 27 August, 24 September, 22 October, 26 November

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