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Inaugural Melbourne Knowledge Fellowship 2014

Melbourne Library Service, in conjunction with Knowledge Melbourne, International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS Institute) and the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund, are offering an exciting opportunity of one international Fellowship for the amount of $12,500.
This Fellowship aims to promote the enhancement of knowledge and skills in the use of creative and innovative technologies to provide engaging informal learning programs within community settings, and appreciation of international best practice in this knowledge area.

Find out more and apply

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Seniors Week

5 to 12 October 2014
Join us for a week of fun activities across our branches.

Share storytime with your favourite toddler, learn some basic computing skills, share your stories, listen to some stories, learn to tango or just take a walk with us.

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Authentic Asian Cooking
with Jenny Tai 

Learn to prepare authentic Asian cooking in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Jenny, our vibrant Cook, will lead you through the basic steps of some very simple, yet delicious Asian dishes.

This is a class for adults only.

When: Sat 11 Oct, 11am-1pm
Where: East Melbourne Library 
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Eating India with Charmaine O'Brien

Join Charmaine O’Brien, author of The Penguin Food Guide to India, for a talk and cookery demonstration that will give you an insider’s view of India’s kitchens and an illuminating portrait of a nation that has long exerted a global influence.

The inevitable sameness of dishes served in Indian restaurants across Australia erroneously suggests that India has a homogenous national cuisine. In fact the Indian culinary landscape is so varied and finely nuanced across regions and communities that it makes up the world’s most diverse cuisine. While the endless combinations of flavors and texture produced by Indian cooks afford sensual delight considered exploration of the country’s regional cuisines also offers a route into understanding the complex geography, social, cultural and human landscape of historical and contemporary India.
About Charmaine:
Charmaine O’Brien is an Australian author, culinary historian and educator and an internationally recognized authority on Indian food. Her first trip to India nearly two decades ago sparked an interest in Indian food that has become an abiding passion. She is the author of two previous books on Indian food history and culture, Flavours of Delhi and Recipes from an Urban Village. Creating The Penguin Food Guide to India has been a work of many years during which time Charmaine has intrepidly explored regional cuisine in places as varied as dhabas, village homes, family run guesthouses, market places, palaces, grand hotels and a monk’s cell.

When: Sat 11 Oct, 2pm to 3pm
Where: Lithuanian Club Kitchen, 44 Errol Street, North Melbourne
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History Week

19 to 26 October 2014

A feast of culture

Join us in celebrating History Week 2014.
Take a walk with us along historic City Road, hear about North Melbourne’s library’s treasures’, see the Great War exhibition at East Melbourne Library and enjoy an antique roadshow with expert Lester DeVere at Library at The Dock.

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Diwali at The Dock

Come and celebrate Diwali at Library at the Dock.
Join us for an Indian dance workshop, and bring your lunch for a picnic in the park. Make beautiful lamps out of paper and air dry clay with your whole family.
Older children can participate in a maker’s space workshop, and learn how to make a flashing greeting card with LED lights and electric paint. 
Places are limited so book in now!

Indian Dance Workshop
When: Thu 23 Oct, 11am-12pm
Age: 3-5 years
Paper and clay lamp making
When: Thu 23 Oct 1pm-2pm 
Age: All the family

Flashing greeting cards  
When: Thur 23 Oct,  4pm-5pm  
Age: 7 years and up

Where: Library at The Dock

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Second Tuesday Reading Circle at Library at The Dock

Share your love of reading with us and discover some great reads in time for summer.
Unlike a book club, a reading circle does not set a book to read. Each person discusses what they are currently reading or a book that has changed their life. Whether a good novel, a collection of poetry, your favourite play or a biography, however you reacted to it, we want to hear about it!

When: second Tuesday of the month, 6pm to 7pm
14 October, 11 November, 9 December
Where: Reading Lounge, Library at The Dock
Cost: free
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Words on the Wind 

Nine storytellers from Storytelling Australia Victoria have crafted six compelling tales to reflect their relationship to this part of Melbourne’s Docklands. 

Crossing the River 
Anne E Stewart 
The old ferry that crossed here at the Docklands symbolises the leaving behind of childhood for Anne E Stewart and finding a path that led to her storytelling journey.

Anne E Stewart was catapulted into storytelling in 1975 after the murder of her brother in Balibo, East Timor. A small plaque in the foyer of the newsroom at Channel 7 at Docklands commemorates this event. Anne will weave her way through family anecdotes, her introduction to indigenous Australia in the Northern Territory legends, folktales, her Scottish heritage, relating it to Dockland’s history. She will demonstrate her passion for social justice, education, explorations of grief and a dream for shared Australian Stories.  

When: Thu 16 Oct, 6pm-7pm
Where: The Library at the Dock 

Coming up 

November 20: Andrew McKenna and Peter Fernon
December 18: Simon Oats and Roslyn Quin

Full details about Words on the Wind .

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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.

October 23
Join Special Guest Dr Judith Buckrich as she discusses the activities and lives of the people around Melbourne’s docks, whose lives were characterised by bitter battles and political defiance underpinned by camaraderie, and who affected the history of the city in a way no other group has done.

When: Thu 23 Oct, 6pm-7pm
Where: Meeting Room, Library at the Dock

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The Docklands History Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month, 6pm to 7pm.

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Story Lounge 

Do you like to listen to a good story?  We’re introducing a storytime for adults!
Bring your lunch, relax, knit, dream or enjoy the view, as we read you a hand-picked story or two.
Story Lounge happens at noon, on the fourth Wednesday of the month, in our beautiful new Library at the Dock.
No bookings required.

Where: Library at The Dock
When: Wednesdays, 12pm to 1pm
22 October, 26 November

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Real lives, real stories: a boot camp for writing life stories


Have you ever wanted to share your personal story, but didn’t know how?
If you have, then this course is for you.

Over four, linked, two-and-a-half-hour sessions, you will be guided through a process that will help you to understand the life writing form, what your style is and who might read your work.
You will also make connections with other local writers and discover some of the really useful resources all writers need.

Themes include: Exploring fiction and non-fiction; Reading as a writer; Identifying your audience; Getting your head around research; Defining and managing your project; Style and structure; Finding support networks and resources.

What to expect:  There will be opportunities to share your work, listen to presentations and work in small groups.
You may be asked to finish some tasks at home.
To get the best out of the course, you will need to be able to attend all four sessions.

What to bring:
• pen and paper (or electronic versions) to take notes.
• a solid idea for your project.
• some of your writing (optional).
• examples of personal stories that you love (optional).
• your enthusiasm.

Please note, this is not a class for those who wish to learn English as an additional language.

About the presenter:
Marie Alafaci is published across adult fiction and non-fiction, in long and short forms and also writes for children. Her 1999 title, Savage Cows & Cabbage Leaves – an Italian Life, received an honourable mention in the Royal Historical Society Community History Awards, and was a finalist in the Italy in the World awards. It was also on The Age bestsellers list in its first month of publication.
Marie has taught non-fiction for the Professional Writing & Editing Diploma course at Holmesglen TAFE and co-runs a manuscript assessment business, Bedlam Books. She is also the Victorian Development officer for the Australian Society of Authors.

Where: Meeting Room, North Melbourne Library.

26 July, 23 August, 20 September, 18 October from 1pm to 3.30pm.


These events are fully booked and a long waiting list. Other events of this type will be available in the near future. 

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