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Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards 2015

The awards have now closed.

After a record number of entries this year we now wait on the judges to shortlist and choose the winners for this years Awards.
Information will be available in November, keep your eyes peeled.

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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.

From page to pose

Relax and unwind at these special workshops which fuse yoga and books. The yoga session that follows reflects on the theme.  All poses are basic and suitable for beginners.

Bring a book that relates to the week’s theme and read aloud a passage that resonates with you. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your yoga mat. Bookings essential.

15 August: Resilience
22 August: Creativity
29 August: Grief
5 September: Courage

When: 15, 22 and 29 August and 5 September, from 10.30am-11.30am.
Where: Library at The Dock
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City Library September 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 5 Sep, 10am to 3pm
Where: Majorca Room, Level 1, City Library

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Desert Island books with Matt Irwin

Which books would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island? 

Hear celebrated Melbourne photographer Matt Irwin talk about the books he couldn’t live without.

In conversation with Melbourne writer, Paul Bateman.

When: Tue 8 Sep, 6pm
Where: East Melbourne Library, Meeting Room (upstairs).
Bookings essential
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Sharing our stories. Shaping our future: The Power of Collective Story

What can we learn from new perspectives and different cultures about the way collective storytelling can help shape a better future? Join us in conversation with practicing artists, indigenous writers, change makers and creative communicators as they share their own stories, insights and theories of change.
This conversation will take place against the stunning backdrop of The Story Of Our Planet Unfolds, a photographic exhibition that explores one important story in time - our collective response to climate change.

Join the conversation with:

  • Lekki Maze, Exhibition Curator & Director of GLIDER (Conversation Host)
  • Jodi Newcombe, Founder of Carbon Arts
  • Deborah Hart, Founder of LIVE, Co-Founder of CLIMARTE & ClimActs
  • Rebecca Lovitt, CEO of Be Collective
  • Nic Low, Writer, Installation Artist & Arts Organiser
  • Matt Wicking, Musician, Change Facilitator & Sustainability Expert

When: Thu 10 Sep, 6.30pm-8pm
Where: Library at The Dock
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Ukulele for beginners

Ever wanted to play a musical instrument? Now is your chance! Lily Jephson is a self professed people person, full of the ‘joie de vivre’ and has been a performer and musician from a young age. Lily has been playing the Ukulele for 5 years, is a drama teacher, and a current and active member with the Melbourne Ukulele Kollective (MUK). 
Note: Bring your own Ukulele or you can borrow one from the library (limited).

When: Sat 12 Sep, 11am-1pm
Where: East Melbourne Library
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Re-Reading Forever

Judy Blume’s Forever captivated generations of young readers with its story about sexuality, identity and the transition into adulthood. On the 40th anniversary of it’s publication, we gather a panel of Melbourne’s best young writers to discuss reading Forever, and the important role of the novel in growing up in today’s world.

Featuring: Abigail Ulman, author of the short story collection Hot Little Hands, published by Penguin earlier this year. Rebecca Starford, author of Bad Behaviour.
Simmone Howell, author of three YA novels Girl Defective, Everything Beautiful and Notes from the Teenage Underground.
Hosted by Jess McGuire.

Sun 13 Sep, 1pm-2pm
Where: City Library, Majorca Room,
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Sweet Dreams Reading Circle

Join us after our Forever panel discussion for a reading circle. Discuss the teenage romance novels you grew up reading. Sweet Dreams, Sweet Valley High or Judy Blume – all our SECRET teenage classics.

When: Sun 13 Sep, 2.30pm-3.30pm
Where: City Library, Marjorca Room,

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Independent Publishing 101

Join publishing consultant Ocean Reeve for an introduction to the independent publishing process, book marketing and promotion.

Bring your manuscript to be eligible to win a trade standard cover design.

When: Fri 18 Sep, 2pm-3.30pm
Where: City Library, Majorca Room
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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 let us help you get started. Bookings essential. Sessions run for 90 minutes.

East Melbourne Library
Fri 9 Oct, 10.30am; Tue 13 Oct, 10.30am; Fri 16 Oct, 10.30am; Tue 20 Oct, 10.30am
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Kathleen Syme Library
Mon 12 Oct, 10am; Thu 15 Oct, 3.30pm; Mon 26 Oct, 10am; Thu 29 Oct, 5.30pm
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Library at The Dock
Thu 1 Oct, 10.30am; Thu 8 Oct, 10am; Tue 20 Oct, 2.30pm; Tue 27 Oct, 2.30pm
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North Melbourne Library
Tue 6 Oct, 2.30pm; Tue 20 Oct, 2.30pm; Fri 23 Oct, 10.30am; Fri 30 Oct, 10.30am
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Southbank Library
Fri 16 Oct, 10am; Wed 21 Oct, 9am; Fri 23 Oct, 10am; Wed 28 Oct, 9am
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Victorian Seniors Festival 2015: It’s Your Time!


The Victorian Seniors Festival is a statewide event that takes place throughout October. This festival recognises and celebrates the valuable contributions older people have made and continue to make to our community.

Learn how you can protect your privacy, get the most out of your iPad, and stay connected with Boyd’s High tea during this year’s Victorian Seniors Festival – It’s Your Time!

Check out our program.


Monthly and ongoing events


La Trobe in the City: Ancient Mediterranean Lecture Series

Join La Trobe University’s experts in the literature, history, art and archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome and explore the ancient world in our new series of evening lectures and bookclubs.

This series runs from August until October at City Library in partnership with La Trobe University.

Take a look at the program.



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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.
Bookings essential for first meeting.

When: The following Tuesdays, 6pm-7pm (18 Aug, 15 Sep, 20 Oct, 17 Nov, 15 Dec)
Where: Kathleen Syme Library

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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: The following Wednesdays, 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.

Last Saturday of the month.

When: The following Saturdays, 12pm-2pm
(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.

Second Wednesday of the month.

When: The following Wednesdays, 6pm to 7pm (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.

First Thursday of the month.

When: The following Thursdays, 9am to 11am (6 Aug, 3 Sep, 1 Oct, 5 Nov, 3 Dec).
Where: Library at The Dock


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: The following Tuesdays, 7.30pm (25 Aug, 22 Sep, 27 Oct, 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!

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. 

24 September - Polly Woodside
Did you know the National Trust of Australia purchased the Polly Woodside for one cent in 1968? Since then, 60,000 hours have been put in by volunteers to restore the Polly Woodside to its original state. Come along to hear stories of its voyages across the seas and its newer adventures at Duke and Orr’s Dry Dock.

Fourth Thursday of the month.

The following Thursdays, 6pm-7pm (24 Sep, 22 Oct, 26 Nov).
Where: Library at The Dock

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