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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

Melbourne Library Writers Group

Interested in meeting and networking with other writers? Receiving and providing feedback in a supportive environment? A writers group could be exactly what you need. Complete the online form to register your interest and tell us what you are looking for in a writers group.

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.
Find out more


GovHack Node at City Library

Calling all hackers, app developers, UX folk, graphic artists, and open data enthusiasts!

Assemble your crew for GovHack 2015 and head down to City Library where you can work solidly on bringing your idea to life!

Free WiFi and refreshments to power your team on the day.

When: Sat 4 Jul, 10am-3pm
Where: City Library
All ages
Book your place 

Rare Book Week

We love rare books! 

To celebrate Rare Book Week we’ve invited avid book collector Chris Browne and artist Nicholas Jones to share their wisdom with you.
We’re also inviting you to share your most prized rare books with us.

Book now so you don’t miss out.

Check out the full program


Monthly and ongoing events


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.

When: Every first Wednesday of the month, 6pm to 7pm.
5 Aug, 2 Sep, 7 Oct, 4 Nov, 2 Dec
Where: Kathleen Syme Library
Book your place for our first meeting

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
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.
13 Jul, 10 Aug, 14 Sep, 12 Oct, 9 Nov

Library at The Dock
Fourth Wednesday of the month, 12.30-1.30pm.
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. 

Fourth Thursday of the month:
25 June, 23 July, 27 August, 24 September, 22 October, 26 November

Copyright Museum Victoria  2008, Photographer James Geer

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