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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.

Editing your work with Johannes Jakob - POSTPONED

How do you edit your work so that it reads like a dream? Learn techniques for tightening grammar, language, narrative and dialogue to perfect your work.

About Johannes:

Johannes Jakob is fiction editor at The Lifted Brow and works at Penguin Random House. He was the publisher at Hologram, editor of Voiceworks and The Victorian Writer, and co-hosted the podcast JOMAD I Heard You Like Books?

When: New time TBC - watch this space
Where: Kathleen Syme Library

Get to know

Did you know that the Melbourne Library Service offers its patrons free and unlimited access to the entire learning resource? is a library full of high-quality, current and engaging video tutorials covering software, design, business and a range of creative skills.

Come to one of our three information sessions to see what lynda has to offer and how this valuable resource could help you achieve some of your personal and professional goals.

Bookings essential. 

Where: Library at The Dock
When: 12, 19 and 26 August,  5.30pm-6.30pm
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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

Where: Library at The Dock
When: 15, 22 and 29 August and 5 September, from 10.30am-11.30am.
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Cryptoparty at City Library

Concerned about online surveillance? Want to protect your privacy?

Bring your phone or laptop and learn about the tools that can help you deter digital snoops.
Refreshments, power outlets and free WiFi available on the night.

When: Tue 25 Aug, 6pm-8pm
Where: Majorca Room, City Library
For: All ages
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What can we learn from measuring peace?

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) is a respected global think tank dedicated to the analysis of peace.  Following the international launch of the 2015 Global Peace Index, the IEP will be in Melbourne for one night only to explore the concepts of measuring peace, understanding peace and exploring peace in order to develop more peaceful societies. 

Join VALA and the Melbourne Library Service for this important free community event.

When: Wed 26 August, 5.30pm for 6pm-7pm
Where: Swanston Hall at Melbourne Town Hall,
cnr Swanston and Collins Streets, Melbourne (enter off Swanston St)

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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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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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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: Tuesdays, 6pm-7pm
18 August, 15 September, 20 October, 17 November, 15 December
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.

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, 6pm-7pm:
25 June, 23 July, 27 August, 24 September, 22 October, 26 November



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