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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

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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

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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

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Dolores Skowronski-Malloni - Trees: Capturing the Essence of the Botanical Gardens

Celebrated artist Dolores Skowronski-
Malloni’s work is represented in collections
in Australia and internationally. In 2016,
working with artists and students of the
Botanical Art School at the Geelong Botanic
Gardens a limited edition book, TREES
- Capturing the Essence of the Geelong
Botanic Gardens
was published. In this
Heritage Festival special event, Dolores
will discuss the journey to publication and
showcase the stunning illustrations of
the heritage listed trees of the Geelong
Botanic Gardens.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Indigenous Culture

In partnership with the Queenscliffe Literary Festival, we are pleased to present a special discussion with critically acclaimed Australian authors Kim Mahood (Position Doubtful) and Bruce Pascoe (Dark Emu). Facilitated by Harriet Gaffney, the discussion will explore storytelling through history and art. Tickets $10. Bookings at
www.queenscliffeliteraryfestival.com.au
from 1 April

Saturday, 13 May 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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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

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Noah's Story - Sunbear Children's Festival Founder

Noah was moved to action by a visit to Borneo’s Sun Bear Conservation Centre at the age of four where he learned of the endangered livelihood of the Sun Bear. The Sun Bear Children's Festival was founded to raise awareness for ALL endangered wildlife creating the opportunity for ALL children to share their love of animals and raise awareness and funds for endangered wildlife in Australia and overseas. Come and learn about Noah’s motivation and how his vision for an annual Sun Bear Festival came to fruition, and how this inspirational young man achieved this with the support of the community, all by the age of eight years old.

Monday, 27 February 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Torquay Library

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Stephanie Alexander - Kitchen Garden Companion: Cooking

Renowned cook, restaurateur, food writer and champion of the quality and diversity of Australian food, Stephanie Alexander is a household name. Join Stephanie as she discusses her new edition of Kitchen Garden Companion: Cooking, her comprehensive guide for making the most of the produce you've grown yourself to create delicious meals for family and friends. Join Stephanie as she discusses this comprehensive guide for making the most of the produce you’ve grown yourself to create delicious meals for family and friends.

Monday, 3 April 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Architecture and artists – Jennifer Bantow OAM

A look at architecture through the eyes of artists; a study of a selection of significant Geelong structures depicted in artists’ images. These buildings give Geelong its character and difference, an individual identity and a distinguishable attraction.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Geelong’s Built Heritage – Dr David Rowe

Built heritage represents the historical layers of our built environment in places made of brick, plaster, wood, metal and stone. Including cathedrals and cemeteries, factories and fences, houses and hotels, museums and markets, it is the physical evidence of our cultural development, and is a key to the understanding of our shared history. Join Dr David Rowe for this fascinating exploration of Geelong’s built heritage.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Join us forAustralia's Biggest Morning Tea and help us to raise funds for the Cancer Council. Enjoy a cup of tea and a chat with library staff and others from your community. Gold coin donation.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Newcomb Library

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Geelong After Dark

Once again we will be participating in Geelong After Dark. Discover the cultural precinct and centre of Geelong in a whole new way with pop-up performances, artistic interventions and provocative installations.

Friday, 5 May 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre