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Special Events

Melbourne Writers Festival - Local Libraries: Ali Cobby Eckermann

Meet one of Australia’s greatest living poets, Indigenous writer Ali Cobby Eckermann. Author of the verse novel 'Ruby Moonlight', poetry collection 'Inside My Mother' and the memoir 'Too Afraid to Cry', in 2017 she was awarded Yale University's Windham-Campbell Prize in poetry. In conversation with Deakin University's Professor David McCooey.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival

Friday, 31 August 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events

Markus Zusak - Bridge of Clay

Geelong Regional Libraries are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a very special evening event with Markus Zusak in conversation with Deakin University’s Maria Takolander to discuss his much-anticipated new novel, 'Bridge of Clay'. Presented in partnership with the Word for Word Festival

Tickets $45 (Ticket includes a hardcover copy of Bridge of Clay)

 Book HERE

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

Moreno Giovannoni - The Fireflies of Autumn

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and hear Moreno Giovannoni discuss his debut novel, ‘The Fireflies of Autumn’. This absorbing tale takes us to the olive groves and piazzas of the little-known Tuscan village of San Ginese.  With recollections of Italo Calvino’s fables, this is Tuscany as you have never seen it before.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Belmont Library

All About Kids!

Children’s Book Week

Meerkat Productions present their adaptation of “BOY” by Phil Cummings illustrated by Shane Devrie. This 40 minute musical production includes original songs and puppetry; A war between the king and the dragon is tearing the land apart. Boy runs into the middle of a fight. With a simple question, he makes them wonder why they are fighting, and helps them see how they could be much happier. A new book from the CBCA Honour Award-winning team, Phil Cummings and Shane Devries, tells this tender tale of power and perception. 

Presented in partnership with the Victorian Branch of The Children’s Book Council of Australia.


Saturday, 18 August 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Creative & Connected

CONSTELLATIONS - Astronomical Society of Geelong

The Astronomical Society of Geelong invite you to join them at the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre for three evenings of celestial information and viewing (weather permitting). 
Families welcome 5pm-7pm, adults 7pm - 11pm.

18 JUNE - Introduction to Astronomy - Solar/Lunar photography - Stellarium night sky demonstration - Telescope viewing (weather permitting

10 JULY - Introduction to Astronomy - Deep sky photography - Stellarium night sky demonstration - Constellation story and lore - Telescope viewing (weather permitting)

21 AUGUST - Introduction to Astronomy - Astronomical photography/animation - Stellarium night sky demonstration - Telescope viewing (weather permitting)

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 - 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

Sisonke Msimang - Always Another Country

Sisonke Msimang was born in exile, the daughter of South African freedom fighters. ‘Always Another Country’ is the story of a young girl’s path to womanhood—a journey that took her from Africa to America and back again, then on to a new home in Australia. Join the author for an insightful conversation with Deakin University’s Lisa Waller.

Monday, 3 September 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

Robert Hillman - The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

Farmer Tom Hope thinks he’s ‘pretty rubbish’ at relationships, his first marriage finished almost before it started, but to his surprise he proves to be a wonderful dad to Peter, his first wife’s son. When his wife returns and takes Peter to the ‘Jesus camp’ Tom is shattered. Then into his life comes the charismatic Hannah, a beautiful Hungarian-Jewish holocaust survivor, filling his life with love, laughter and books. But will the ghosts of both their pasts stay long enough at bay for them to learn to love again? Join award winning author Robert Hillman in conversation to discuss this compelling tale of love, grief and memory set in a small Victorian town in the 1960s.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events

CLEVER LIVING SEMINAR 5 - Renovate Retrofit Reimagine

Megan Norgate is an Interior and Permaculture Designer and the director of multi-disciplinary sustainable design studio Brave New Eco. Join Megan for this informative and practical seminar as she demonstrates how the best solutions are often the most beautiful, simple and resourceful, and have the potential to transform the way people exist within their homes and communities.  She will also explore how to get the fundamental design principles right, whether working on a new interior or through elements of a retrofit and refurbishment based approach, to realise a home’s sustainable potential, including:

  • Maximising outcomes while minimising the footprint
  • Identifying and working with the unique and positive elements in your home
  • Creating a healthy interior environment and make environmentally responsible choices

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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

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Game Changers and Change Makers Science Fair

Celebrate National Science Week with Geelong Regional Libraries.

Join Professor Bunsen Science at Corio Library, for a special Game Changers and Change Makers Science Fair: enjoy a mix of explosive entertainment and child-friendly science education.

Professor Bunsen will explore the discoveries made by famous scientists, demonstrate practically those discoveries and the applications of those discoveries in our daily lives.

This National Science Week project is supported by the Australian Government

Multiple Times
Corio Library


Geelong Heritage Centre’s Newspaper collection

You will be introduced to the collection of historic newspapers held in the Geelong Heritage Centre and learn how to access and use these information resources.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Lara Library