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Library at The Dock
pre-opening events

Are you as excited as us about the soon to be opened Library at The Dock?

Well, we are having some pre-opening events to whet your whistle!
There are two pop-up libraries in April and May as well as other events to get the ball rolling in Docklands.

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A decade of stories

We reach a decade of great stories at City Library as we turn 10!
Come and enjoy a range of library lover’s events to celebrate or just send us a message on our birthday message wall!

When: Thursday 8 May @ City Library


8am to 8.30am: Breakfast from our neighbors at ‘Journal Café’

11.00am: Special Birthday Storytime

11.30am to 12.00pm: City Library History and Orientation Tour

12pm: Paper Crane making upstairs

2pm: Special guests on the City Library Piano!

2.30 to 3.00pm: City Library History and Orientation Tour

6 pm: Launch of our Melbourne Library Service Staff Art Show, ‘Your stories, Our stories’

All Day: Write a message on our birthday wall.

There is more happening, so have a look!

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Journeys: walking through Melbourne's history

National Trust Heritage Festival 12 April to 26 May

We’re going on a journey into the past for the National Trust Heritage Festival. 
Join us for some revealing walks through our diverse City.

North Melbourne - The goldfields route and other stories

In the 1850s North Melbourne was the starting point for a journey to the goldfields. Join the Hotham History Project as they trace the steps of the pioneers on their way to the goldfields through North Melbourne and examine the significant sites and heritage properties along the way.

Where: Meet by the seats at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, Victoria St at 1.50pm.
When: Saturday 12 April, 2pm to 3.30pm

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Southbank - Yesterday, today and tomorrow

Pre European settlement the Southbank area was the only crossing point on the Yarra for miles, and played an integral part in the Kulin nation's daily and spiritual existence. The 19th and 20th centuries saw major industry develop and in the 21st century it will become Melbourne’s high density capital. Come for a walk through time from past to future.

Where: Meet at the Southbank footbridge on the promenade.
When: Friday 2 May, 12pm to 2pm

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Where: Meet at the Southbank footbridge on the promenade.
When: Friday 16 May, 12pm to 2pm

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East Melbourne - Exploring exceptional East Melbourne

Commencing at the perfect masterpiece of The Treasury Building in Spring Street, history writer Jenny Brown will lead our East Melbourne walking-talking ramble. Journey through the Fitzroy Gardens, into the gracious streets of East Melbourne to explore the heritage of one of Melbourne’s oldest and most elegant suburbs. 

Where: Meet 1.50pm at The Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street, East Melbourne.
When: Saturday 26 April, 2pm to 4pm

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Light refreshments provided at East Melbourne Library from 3.30pm.

Docklands - A journey through Docklands' past

The docklands area was once known as the "hub of Victoria". It was a scene of great mercantile activity and a place where journeys began and ended. Before European settlement Victoria Docks was on the edge of a large wetland that was habitat for an enormous range of birdlife and aquatic plants. Join archaeologist and historian Dr Gary Presland on a Docklands walk, as he relates the environmental and human history of the area.

Where: Meet at the Collins Street exit Southern Cross Railway Station.
When: Saturday 10 May, 2 to 4pm

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Shellships: art and poems, book launch with one-night exhibition  
Ashlley Morgan-Shae

'not just beach-rollers, Shellships can fly'

The first watercolours made after a long rape

trial, these husks are transformers,blazers,
shooters, lovers, dark-dreamers – not dead yet

MC: Ashley Higgs

Where: The Gallery @ City Library
When: Thursday 1 May, 5.45pm


Sponsored by RMIT Link Arts & Culture and City of Melbourne.

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Jewellery making with Charlotte Spencer-Roy 

Learn how to make beautiful beaded jewellery with professional gemologist, Charlotte Spencer-Roy.

Charlotte Spencer-Roy is a qualified gemologist and self-confessed jewellery junkie.  Join her for a fun day threading beads, and create your own mixed-media necklace.

When: Saturday 3 May, 11am to 1pm
Where: East Melbourne Library
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Celebrate FREE COMIC BOOK DAY on 3 May with the Melbourne Library Service!

From 10am Melbourne Library Service will be giving away a free comic to each child 16 and under who borrows a book at Southbank, East and North Melbourne libraries!  There will also be a ‘cosplay’
championship, trivia challenge, colouring competition and comic workshops!

Comic book workshops with Bernard Caleo

Listen to how Bernard got in to the comic industry then work with him to make your own three panel comic!

Where: North Melbourne Library, Saturday 3 May 11am
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Where: City Library, Saturday 3 May 1pm

Comic book workshops with Adam Wallace

Learn how Adam got in to illustration and then participate in a drawing workshop!

Southbank Library, Saturday 3 May 11am
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Where: East Melbourne Library, Saturday 3 May 1pm
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Cosplay competition at North Melbourne Library

Want to win a Minotaur voucher? Dress up in your favourite comic book character costume.  You must be aged between six and 16 and be one of the first thirty to register by 12pm.

Where: North Melbourne Library from 10am to 12pm. 

The costumes will be judged at 12.30pm.

Cosplay competition terms and conditions

  1. Entrants must be between the ages of six and 16.
  2. The competition comprises of two age categories: Category 1 - six to 11 years and Category 2 - 12 to 16 years. 
  3. The first 15 people to register in each category will form the competition.  
  4.  Prizes
    Category 1 - ages 6 to 11 years:
    First place: $50 Minotaur voucher.
    Second place: $25 Minotaur voucher..
    Third place $15 Minotaur voucher
    Category 2 - ages 12 to 16 years:
    First place: $75 Minotaur voucher.
    Second place: $50 Minotaur voucher.
    Third place: $25 Minotaur voucher.
  5. Entrants much be dressed as a character from a comic book.
  6. Entry closes at 12pm sharp.
  7. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Colouring and trivia competitions

Colour in one of your favourite super heroes or complete one of our
many trivia sheets for your chance to receive a comic book day prize at East, North and Southbank libraries.

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Coffee and books

Love coffee? Love books?

During May you can enjoy a heady brew of events from speed dating a book to learning about the art of coffee cupping and joining a coffee fueled book group.It's all happening at Melbourne Library Service!

When and where: Various places around the city and Melbourne Library Service locations.

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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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