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Sunday School:
building your family tree

The Genealogical Society of Victoria will present a special talk at Southbank Library. Learn family history tips and tricks as well as the questions to ask your family over Christmas lunch to help you build your family tree.
When: Sun 13 Dec, 3pm–4pm 
Where: Southbank Library
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Image: State Library of Victoria


Vintage 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 a beautiful vintage Christmas card for the festive season. Using materials provided, explore a range of different paper-based media that when combined can create beautiful, personal greeting cards.

For adults. Bookings essential.

When: Sat 5 Dec, 11am-1pm
Where: East Melbourne Library
Bookings open Monday 16 November.
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Christmas at Boyd

Join us at Boyd as we celebrate Christmas

  • Eat a sausage from the BBQ.
  • Buy a coffee from KereKere.
  • Get your face painted.
  • Boogie at the disco in the Library.
  • Listen to some tunes and sing a Christmas carol.
  • Come and play Santa in the table tennis tournament.
  • Donate presents to Wesley Mission.
  • Buy a Christmas present at the book stall.
  • Get your Christmas craft on.
  • Watch Klara put up a tape piece artwork on the fence.
  • Sit in the sun and celebrate some Christmas cheer.

When: Thu 10 Dec, 6pm-8pm.
Where: Boyd, 207 City Road, Southbank.

FREE, BYO Santa hat

Origins and superpowers

Join us to celebrate the launch of a joint program between the Melbourne Library Service and Scope, pairing writers with disabilities and editing and writing mentors Dmetri Kakmi (author of Mother Land) and Sam Twyford-Moore, founder and CEO of the Melbourne Agency. 

There will be readings, music and art as well as the announcement of Scope’s 2015 Telescope writing awards.

Drinks and canapés from 6pm.

Bookings essential.

When: Tue 15 Dec, 6pm-8pm
Where: Library at The Dock
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Image credit: John Puli 




Library at The Dock

The Docks: Melbourne’s Cultural Underground of the 90s

Exhibition and program of events at Library at The Dock, 13 Nov 2015 – 28 Feb 2016

This interactive exhibition visits the days of raves, dance parties and all that made Docklands a cultural destination in the 1990s.

Titled ‘The Docks’, this exhibition delves into the contemporary history of alternative cultural activities held in the sheds at the Victoria Docks.  At a time when the once-thriving working docks were seen as an abandoned wasteland, a landscape of cultural events were lighting the city. 

Electronic music, circus schools, women’s warehouse parties, Queer stage spectaculars and dirt bike competitions were all part of this new scene. A dance move called the Melbourne Shuffle was born. In a pre-digital age these events were advertised through word-of-mouth and posters, and were the voice of their generation, a fusion of class, gender, music and identity. 

This seemingly abandoned industrial wasteland was an artistic meeting point, a merging of subcultures, music revolutions and the making of Melbourne’s cultural empire that now reigns.

Co-presented by Melbourne Raves, Electronic Music Alliance Australia and Monash Art Design & Architecture.

Check out the accompanying program of events 

Monthly and ongoing events 

Melbourne Library Writers' Groups

Interested in meeting and networking with other writers? Want to receive and provide feedback in a supportive environment?

A writers' group could be exactly what you need! Facilitated by author and editor Dmetri Kakmi.

Beginners: First Tuesday of the month
When: 6pm-8pm (Tuesdays 8 Dec, 5 Jan, 2 Feb, 1 Mar, 5 Apr, 3 May, 7 Jun, 5 Jul, 2 Aug, 6 Sept).

Intermediate/Advanced: Third Tuesday of the month
When: 6pm-8pm (Tuesdays 15 Dec, 19 Jan, 16 Feb, 15 Mar, 19 Apr, 17 May, 21 Jun, 19 Jul, 16 Aug, 20 Sept).

Where: City Library, Group Study Room

Complete the online form to register your interest.

History Lovers' Book Club

If you love history then this is the book club for you!

Join fellow history buffs and book lovers as we explore a range of historical fact and fiction.

Third Tuesday of the month.

When: Tue !5 Dec, 6pm-7pm
Where: Kathleen Syme Library

Checkout our books for October

Dates for 2016
Third Tuesday of the month, 6pm-7pm
19 Jan, 16 Feb, 15 Mar, 19 Apr, 17 May, 21 Jun 

First Wednesday 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.

First Wednesday of the month.
Bookings essential for first meeting.

When: Wed 2 Dec, 6pm-7pm
Where: Kathleen Syme Library
Book your place for our first meeting

Dates for 2016
First Wednesday of the month, 6pm-7pm
6 Jan, 3 Feb, 2 Mar, 6 Apr, 4 May, 1 Jun

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 will be provided. Fancier paper will be on sale, or bring your own.

Last Saturday of the month.

When: Sat 28 Nov, 12pm-2pm
Where: Library at The Dock, Community Room 

Dates for 2016
30 Jan, 27 Feb, 19 Mar, 30 Apr

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.

Second Wednesday of the month.

When: Wed 9 Dec, 6pm-7pm
Where: Southbank Library

Dates for 2016:
Wed 13 Jan, Wed 10 Feb,  Wed 9 Mar


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.

First Thursday of the month.

When: Thu 3 Dec, 9am-11am
Where: Library at The Dock

Dates for 2016:
Thu 7 Jan, Thu 4 Feb, Thu 3 Mar, Thu 7 Apr
From 9.30am-12pm


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.

Fourth Tuesday of the Month.

When: 7.30pm (Tues 27 Oct, Tues 24 Nov). 
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!

Where: Library at The Dock
When: Wed 25 Nov, 12.30-1.30pm

Dates for 2016
Fourth Wednesday of the month, 12.30pm-1.30pm
27 Jan, 24 Feb, 23 Mar, 27 Apr, 25 May, 22 Jun 

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.

Thursday 28 January - Historical maps of Melbourne
Come aboard the Enterprize tall ship and hear stories of Fawkner and Melbourne’s first white settlers. Meet at 5.45pm at the Waterside Entrance of Library at The Dock and we’ll walk down together. If the weather is not the best, the Enterprize has a classroom we can visit.

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Image: Enterprize Ship Trust

Dates for 2016
Last Thursday of the month, 6pm–7pm
28 Jan, 25 Feb, 24 Mar, 28 Apr, 26 May, 23 Jun, 28 Jul, 25 Aug, 22 Sep, 27 Oct, 24 Nov

The Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards shortlisted entries are out.

After a record number of entries, our judges have finalised their shortlists and chosen the winners for each category. The overall winner will be chosen by the Lord Mayor and announced on Wednesday 2 December at the Awards Ceremony.

Find out more