All About Kids


Get your child school ready!

Children aged 0-5 are invited to join in the new Victoria wide, 1000 Books Before School program.


What's on Summer

Browse the What's on Summer brochure and choose the events you would like to attend by visiting the What's On section of our website.



Building wins national award


Congratulations to ARM Architecture and the City of Greater Geelong for success in the National Architecture Awards with the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre wining the coveted Sir Zelman...


Heritage Reading Room

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

Author Encounters

Meshel Laurie: Buddhism for Break-ups

Buddhist philosophy helped radio, television and comedy star Meshel Laurie survive many life crises. But when she found herself facing the end of her nineteen-year marriage, she couldn't find a Buddhist book about break-ups. So she wrote one.
Come and hear Meshel talk about her book and how her biggest challenge turned out to be a great opportunity for personal growth and happiness.

Monday, 27 February 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events

Geoffrey Blainey: The Story of Australia’s People Volume II

Professor Geoffrey Blainey is one of Australia's most significant and popular historians. In Volume II of The Story of Australia's People, Geoffrey Blainey continues his account of the history of this country from the early Gold Rush to the present day, completing the story of our nation and its people. Hear him speak about this final instalment of an ambitious two-part work, and the culmination of the lifework of Australia's most prolific and wide-ranging historian. Please note that this event was originally scheduled for 21 February. If you booked prior to this change your ticket will have the original date. Please ignore this date and attend on 14 March if this new date is convenient for you.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events

World Poetry Day

In its seventh year, this inspiring event
celebrates the work of our talented local
poets. Brendan Ryan, Maria Takolander,
Cameron Lowe and David McCooey will
share readings from Black Inc's The Best
Australian Poems 2016
. Book now for this
memorable evening. All Ages.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Creative & Connected

Celebrating Cultural Diversity - Walking the Path of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

These compelling sessions will examine
the worldwide Humanitarian refugee
crisis and give context to the Australian
humanitarian program in recognition of
Cultural Diversity Week. Be moved by
stories of courage and resilience from
two local young people. They will take
you on the journey of life, a world of
persecution and the joys and challenges
of being settled in Australia. This event
is supported by Diversitat’s Equip
Program and funded by Department
of Employment’s Empowering Youth

Multiple Times
Multiple Locations

Author Encounters

Patricia & Don Edgar - Peak: Reinventing Middle Age

Issues surrounding our ageing population
are regularly in the news: from healthcare
to retirement it seems there are many
unanswered questions about how our
society will learn to live with longevity. In
PEAK, Patricia Edgar (author of IN PRAISE
OF AGEING) and her husband Don argue
that while ‘Middle Age’ once referred to
anyone 40+, it should now more broadly
encompass those from ages 50–75.
People are retiring from work much later
and remaining active members of the
community well beyond their 60s, and it's
time to rethink our ideas about ageing
and our emphasis on youth as the best
years of life.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events

Catherine Fox - Stop Fixing Women: Why Building Fairer Workplaces is Everybody’s Business

In the lead up to International Women’s Day 2017 we are pleased to present a thought-provoking lecture by one of Australia’s leading commentators on women and the workforce, Catherine Fox.

Monday, 6 March 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Creative & Connected

Book Launch - Gathering Gumleaves

Join us to celebrate the launch of
Gathering Gumleaves, the second
anthology from the Bannockburn and
District Writers' Group. This wonderful
collection showcases the talent of the
group and the extent to which their writing
has grown and improved. Each writer will
present a snippet of their work and share
their stories and journey with you. Books
will be for sale and available for signing
on the night.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Bannockburn Library

Author Encounters

Shannah Kennedy and Lyndall Mitchell: From Chaos to Calm - Take Control with Confidence

Feeling tired, stressed and out of control? Are you overscheduled, overwhelmed and suffering from low self-confidence?  Chaos to Calm is the essential handbook for life from Australia’s leaders in wellness education, Shannah Kennedy and Lyndall Mitchell. Meet and hear the authors and discover advice and tools that will show you how to switch off, take control of your health, your finances, your wellbeing and ultimately your happiness by committing to what is essential in both your personal and professional life.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

All About Kids!


Sign up for Code Club and learn how to make your own computer games, animations and websites. In term four you’ll learn to program with Python, a powerful language used by sites like YouTube and Dropbox. It’s easy for beginners to use and learn, and experienced programmers (in any programming language) will pick it up very quickly. Bookings are essential for this 9-week course as places are strictly limited. To get the most from this program, participants need to attend all sessions. Ages 9-11 years

Multiple Times
Multiple Locations

All About Kids!

Sensory Story Time at The Dome

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

Multiple Times
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

eKnow How

3D Printing Workshop

Want to know what 3D printing is and how it works? In this introductory workshop you will learn more about 3D printing and get to see an object printed.

Multiple Times
Waurn Ponds Library

All About Kids!

Minecraft Mondays

Join forces with your fellow challengers to plan and design extraordinary Minecraft creations. Ages 8+

Monday, 27 February 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

eKnow How

3D Printing - Scanning

Learn how to scan images and create 3D-printed objects from your image.

Multiple Times
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

Fiona Lowe - Daughter of Mine

Set in Victoria’s Western District, bestselling
novelist Fiona Lowe’s new release,
Daughter of Mine is a multigenerational
exploration of the impact of family secrets
and lies over the generations. Join Fiona
as she discusses the sometimes rocky
relationships between mothers, daughters
and sisters.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Waurn Ponds 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

Multiple Times
Multiple Locations

eKnow How

Raspberry Pi Meet Up

This is a group for anyone interested in Raspberry Pi - whether you are an expert or new to these credit-card sized computers. A capable little PC, it can be used for many of the things that your desktop does. Please bring your Raspberry Pi if possible or you can use one of ours. For further information contact Steve Levakis phone 0400 188 782 or by email

Thursday, 23 February 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events

Story Island - An Adventure in Pictures

Enjoy the magical world of children's book illustrations in Story Island, an interactive exhibition of works from Australia's favourite children's book illustrators and authors. Come on a journey of imagination to discover secret trapdoors, touch the skin of a dragon and hide away in a reading pod. Encourage your child's sense of discovery, play and exploration. Be inspired to find other wonderful children’s books to take home and share together.
Featuring a selection of beautiful illustrations reproduced from the Scholastic Dromkeen Children’s Literature Collection at the State Library of Victoria.
In partnership with the State Library of Victoria and Public Libraries Victoria Network. All Ages. Open during library hours.

Friday, 19 May 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Newcomb Library

eKnow How

Where's the News?

Increase your reading pleasure and get
greater value from the eCollections
by discovering current and historical
newspapers online.

Thursday, 23 February 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Inspiration Space, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Youth Programs

The Writing Dome

Do you feel the urge to use interesting
words in an interesting way? Join our
writing group at the Dome. Keep a writing
journal, contribute to a group blog, try out
different writing techniques and share
your writing with the group. No booking
required. Ages 12+

Thursday, 23 February 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cave, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

James Button: Comeback - The Fall and Rise of Geelong

Former journalist and speechwriter James Button fell in love with the Geelong Football Club as a boy. It was a family affair. But as the years wore on and the defeats mounted, one nagging question became louder and louder: would his team ever win a premiership again? Comeback tells the Geelong story—how a town unloved by the big city up the road turned to football to show it was as good as anyone.

Thursday, 23 February 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre


Retirement after 35 years' service

Mick Robinson OAM recently retired as a Community Representative on the Geelong Heritage Centre Collection Advisory Committee.

The Dome

New 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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