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Professional Development Workshops

Join us at Library at The Dock for a full-day workshop on electronics and programming.

Choose from two workshops:

  • Makey Makey Interactive Mural and;
  • Raspberry Pi Retro Gaming Project.

These workshops are specially designed for library professionals and are a great way to get hands on and familiar with two of the latest technologies.
What’s even better, you get to keep your equipment and take it home with you!

This professional development day will also feature a very special keynote presentation by Professor Stephen Heppell, who is returning as our visiting International Knowledge Fellow.
Stephen will provide an update on the latest trends in learning and ways to engage community with technology.

There are also extensive resources included for participants and you will need to bring your own laptop. Please refer to the booking site for more information.

When: Tuesday 17 March

Where: Library at The Dock

Cost: $275

More information and bookings

English Conversation Club

Starts Monday 2 March.

Want to improve your English conversation skills?

Join us for one hour per fortnight to chat about food, family, travel and other things with a native English speaker from Melbourne.

Please note: The club is free and run by volunteers. Sessions may be subject to cancellation at late notice.

Book online now 

Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award 2015

Win up to $6000!

One of the most prestigious awards for emerging writers in Victoria.
The Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards celebrates Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature.

The Award open 1 May 2015 and close 31 August 2015.

There are five categories in the Award:

  • Short story (no more than 3000 words)
  • The Dorothy Porter Award for Poetry (no more than 100 lines)
  • Novella (10,000 – 20,000 words)
  • Graphic short story (up to 8 A4 pages)
  • Narrative non-fiction (up to 10,000 words)

Each category winner receives $1000, with one of the five category winners chosen to receive the $5000 Lord Mayor’s Award.
This year one highly commended entry in each category will receive $200.


Please email with any queries about the competition. We will endeavour to respond as soon as possible.

2013 Lord Mayor’s Award winner, James Cristina with former City of Melbourne CEO, Kathy Alexander and Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle.

First things first - A writers life revealed through the art of letters.

One of Australia’s best-loved authors, Kate Llewellyn, will be joining us for a discussion of her latest book, First Things First.

Collected together for the first time are selected letters from her private correspondence with artists and writers.

Brimming with energy and humour, First Things First ranges widely across poetry, art, sex and gardening and is a precious insight into a writer’s life.


This event will run alongside the exhibition My Little Melbourne Girl currently on display at Library at The Dock's gallery until 14 April, 2015.

Author talk will be followed by afternoon tea.

When: Thu 19 Mar, 2.30pm-4pm
Where: Performance Space, Library at The Dock
Book your place 




World Storytelling Day

Along with Storytelling Australia Victoria (SAV) join us at City Library when we celebrate World Storytelling Day.

This year's theme is ‘WISHES’ and Melbourne’s finest storytellers will delight you with tales full of quirky wonder and, of course, wishes!

This is an adult family friendly event so feel free to bring a friend or two or three and a cushion and be transported in the world of story.

If you fancy telling a story, let us know and we’ll pop your name in the hat and at 3pm the floor will be open for the ‘Wishes – Story Slam’ and you can tell a tale between 3 – 5 mins in length. Now’s your chance to make storytelling your wish come true!

When: Sun 22 Mar, 1pm-3.30pm
Where: The Gallery at City Library


Love, tweets and salutations

Inspired by a collection of 1920s love letters showcased in the exhibition My Little Melbourne Girl, join our panel to help answer the age-old question: how do we tell someone we like them?

From the handwritten to the digital, Professor Rob Pascoe,  Dean Laureate at Victoria University, Alicia Cerreto, freelance historian and Andrea Fleming, CEO of Mission to Seafarers, will reflect on the historical context and contemporary technologies used in the quest for love.
Join us for drinks and nibbles from 6pm.

When: Tue 24 Mar, 6pm-7pm
Where: Library at The Dock
Book your place 

Easter cake decorating workshop with Pearly

Decorate your own elegant cupcake and eat it too. Learn how to decorate cupcakes with a professional cake decorator.
You will create edible Easter themed cupcakes, taking home your creations in a beautifully presented box.

This session is for adults only.

Bookings essential.

When: Sat 28 Mar,11am-1pm
Where: 122 George Street, East Melbourne Library
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Anzac Centenary Celebrations:
World War I walk through North Melbourne

Take a walk along Canning Street and surrounds to hear about the people from the area that served in World War I.

Starting at Pleasance Gardens, Canning St, North Melbourne.

When: Sat 18 Apr, 2pm-3.3pm
Meet: Pleasance Gardens, Canning Street, North Melbourne, (Tram 57, stop 17)
Book your place

Image: Joseph Garnet Dangerfield,  Killed in action 8.5.1915 (courtesy St Mary’s Anglican Church) 

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 for each session are essential.


10 March: Love
17 March: Courage
24 March: Surrender
31 March: Quiet 

Where: Library at The Dock
When: 10, 17, 24 and 31 March, from 5.30pm-6.30pm.
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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.

5 Feb, 5 Mar, 2 Apr, 7 May.



ANZAC Centenary Celebrations

Poppy Crafting Group

Meet and collaborate with other crafters to help us collect crafted poppies in preparation for the 2015 ANZAC Centenary celebrations at Melbourne Library Service.
Poppies will be placed on display at all branches as part of the commemoration of the centenary of ANZAC Day 2015.
Please bring your preferred crafting materials. Crochet and knitted patterns will be available.

When: First Friday of the month:
6 Feb and 6 Mar, 2pm–4pm.
Where: Activities Room, Library at The Dock.

No bookings required


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
28 April, 26 May and 23 June
Where: Courthouse Hotel, corner of Errol and Queensberry Streets, North Melbourne
Book your place


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.
9 Feb, 13 Apr, 11 May, 13 Jul, 10 Aug, 14 Sep, 12 Oct, 9 Nov

Library at The Dock
Fourth Wednesday of the month, 12.30-1.30pm.
25 Feb, 25 Mar, 22 Apr, 27 May, 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.

26 March

Explore the history of the Docklands railyards with Ian Jenkin, Vice President of the Australian Railway Historical Society Victoria.

"In the beginning was a river – till a bloke called John Batman came along, and pronounced it the place for a village
Ian Jenkin is Vice President and Life Member of the Australian Railway Historical Society, Victorian Division, archive researcher and historian.

Ian will explore the development of the Port of Melbourne with specific reference to the development of the former Victoria Dock/Docklands precinct; and its relationship to the Victorian Railways and the Melbourne Goods Yard, which stretched from beyond Dudley Street to Flinders Street.

When: Fourth Thursday of the month , 6pm-7pm
Where: Meeting Room, Library at the Dock

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