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Live at The Dome 

A new series featuring musicians in story and song

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Café now open

Public, located at the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, is now open.

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With a range of collection items for browsing and borrowing, the mobile service is also your portal to the library corporation’s full collection of 400,000 plus items....

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Heritage Reading Room

Visit the Heritage Centre Reading Room and let our skilled staff guide you in your historical research.

Author Encounters

Gabriella Coslovich - Whiteley on Trial

It was a cause célèbre: the biggest case of alleged art fraud to come before the Australian criminal justice system, a $4.5 million sting drawing in one of the country's most gifted and tragic artists, Brett Whiteley. It started with suspicions raised about artworks being produced in the style of Whiteley from a Melbourne art restorer's studio. In her book about the scandal, Whiteley On Trial, author Gabriella Coslovich discusses the trial and acquittal by the Appeals Bench. Join her as she talks about this intriguing story with Geelong Gallery Director Jason Smith.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

Fiona Lowe - Birthright

Award-winning Australian author Fiona Lowe's new novel is set against the backdrop of Victoria’s high country. 'Birthright' is the story of a family tangled together by a legacy of wealth, secrets, simmering childhood rivalry and betrayals. Join Fiona as she discusses her exploration of whether inheritance is a privilege or a right?

Thursday, 1 March 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Belmont Library

Open Mind Lecture Series

Are Australia's First People the Foundation to Our National Identity?

On the eve of International Women's Day, the prominent elder of the Wergaia people and Wamba Wamba descendant, Eleanor Bourke will share her perspective on our most recent shared cultural history and how this has influenced our collective notion of the Australian cultural identity. In a time when Australia is struggling with its national cultural identity, a better resolution will come from true recognition of the role of Australia’s First People in our society.
This Open Mind Lecture is in memory of Geelong Regional Libraries staff member, Fiona Baranowski.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

Ken Linnett - Tulloch: The Extraordinary Life and Times of a True Champion

Ken Linnett has meticulously researched the achievements and rollercoaster career of one of our finest racehorses. It is a history that takes readers on a journey from the golden era of radio to the wondrous new world of television and reveals a strong cast of human characters including several colourful Australians. Ranging from master trainer T J Smith to the owners he quarrelled with and champion jockeys George Moore and Neville Sellwood to the dynamic vet, Percy Sykes, who helped bring Tulloch back from the dead. This tale is full of drama and interesting characters. This is an event for racing fans and social historians alike.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Waurn Ponds Library

Special Events

Live at The Dome Dave Graney - Workshy

The second of the Live at The Dome sessions will feature legendary Australian showman Dave Graney as he discusses the lengths he has gone to in order to avoid anything that really feels like work. In his inimitable style, Graney veers from a feckless childhood in blue-collar South Australia, to the punk rock scene of 1980s London, and beer-soaked nights touring Australia where he worked very hard at not working at all. But in slacking off, Graney became one of the hardest-working musicians in the industry; constantly evolving, reinventing, staying one step ahead of everyone - even himself.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

eKnow How

Tablet Q&A

Bring along your tablet and discuss apps, features and library services available through your device.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Newcomb Library

Author Encounters

CRAIG GODDARD - 28 TIPS FOR TEENAGERS: LIFE SKILLS THAT FAST TRACK SUCCESS

**BOOKED OUT

Owning 15 Subway franchises at one point in his career, entrepreneur Craig Goddard has hired and worked with thousands of teenagers. Even the most academically gifted student will struggle if they graduate without the skills to survive in the workplace. In 28 Tips for Teenagers Craig identifies a range of simple yet powerful skills that can have a big impact in supporting teenagers to achieve their personal goals. Tips include dealing with time at school, finding guidance and support when needed and creating a plan for life after school.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Waurn Ponds Library

eKnow How

Smartphone Chat

Bring your own Apple iPhone or Android smartphone and learn some tips and tricks to help you use your device to its full potential.

Multiple Times
Multiple Locations

eKnow How

3D Printing - Scanning

Learn how to scan objects to create a 3D-printed model of your own.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

eKnow How

Language Learning with Mango

Brush up on a language or start learning one; exercise your mind, prepare for a trip or just have fun. This session will introduce you to our language learning eResource, Mango Languages.

Thursday, 29 March 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Holiday Stuff for Youth

All In Movie Night

Bring along your family and friends and join us for a movie.
In partnership with The fOrT Youth Centre.
Ages 12+.

Friday, 6 April 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Corio Library

Author Encounters

Maxine Flakmore - Babies

Come along and meet local author and illustrator Maxine Flakemore, and hear about her new book ‘Babies’. This lovely picture book for young children is about having fun with how baby magpies and baby humans are similar. This is Maxine’s fifth book of true stories for children about birds and animals that Maxine has cared for. Maxine aims to help children understand that all creatures are unique, have different personalities and live in family groups just like people do.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Torquay Library

Holiday Stuff for Youth

All In Game On!

Battle it out with your favourite Xbox and Wii games as we get our game on. In partnership with The fOrT Youth Centre.
Ages 12+

Thursday, 12 April 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Corio Library

Special Events

Clive Mackinnon - Every Picture Tells A Story

Local writer and presenter Denis Walters will be in-conversation with the former Sun photographer, Clive Mackinnon. Audience members will have a unique chance to hear the stories behind some of Australia’s most memorable press photographs. See rare and iconic images that record our history taken by one of the most respected photographers of the era.

Friday, 20 April 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Ocean Grove Library

All About Kids!

Preschool Story Time

Help your child discover the magic of stories and develop a lifelong love of reading.
No booking required.
For a complete downloadable timetable of all our story times across all of our branches, please visit the following page grlc.vic.gov.au/learn/little-readers/events-little-readers

Multiple Times
Multiple Locations

All About Kids!

Writing Cadets

Do you feel the urge to use words in interesting ways? Join our writing group at the Dome. Keep a journal, try out different writing techniques and share your writing with the group. Bring your own device or use ours.
No booking required. Ages 8+.

Multiple Times
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events

Tim Winton on Lost Boys and Toxic Masculinity

**SOLD OUT**

In his only regional Victorian appearance, acclaimed Australian author Tim Winton will explore his new novel, The Shepherd's Hut, as he delivers a powerful meditation on lost boys and the riptide of toxic masculinity. With a specially commissioned soundscape and photographic interludes, this is an hour long event exploring our most bewildering and desolate landscape – contemporary manhood. Bookings are essential. In partnership with Word for Word Festival.

Tickets: $45 includes one signed copy of The Shepherd’s HutFriends of the Library will be entitled to reserved seating at this event.

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Holiday Stuff for Youth

Movie Night Newcomb Library

Join us for pizza and a movie.
In partnership with City of Greater Geelong, Youth Development Unit.
M rated movie.
For bookings contact Tania - Youth Development Officer mob: 0400555273

Friday, 6 April 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Newcomb Library

Youth Programs

Nature Art Classes Youth

Draw reptiles and birds with local artist Marita Reynolds. Learn pencil technique, shading, tone and colour mixing. All materials supplied. Ages 12+. For bookings & enquiries contact Marita Reynolds 0425 735 581. In partnership with Golden Plains Shire, Arts & Culture.

Multiple Times
Bannockburn Library

All About Kids!

Sensory Story Time

This sensory-rich story time is for all children. These sessions accommodate delayed motor skill development and include opportunities for children to interact, with less sitting and more interaction. Audio stimulation is limited and group size is small.

Multiple Times
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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The Geelong Book Fair

The first Book Fair for 2018 will be held at Geelong West Town Hall on Friday 2, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March, and as in past years, there a literally thousands of books in a whole variety of genres on offer. And all it takes it takes for you to change a life is a gold coin donation and a book purchase of $2 (or just $1 for childrens books) - nothing could be easier!

The Dome

Venue hire options

Level 5 of the Dome features a flexible, multi-purpose event space with capacity to seat up to 300 people and high-end audiovisual technology make this the perfect venue for business events, receptions, dinners and weddings.

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