Word for Word Festival


Tickets are now on sale for the sixth annual Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival, taking place from 15-17 November at the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre. 

What's On at Geelong Regional Libraries - Spring 2019 Brochure Cover Featuring Christian White


Our Spring edition of the What's On brochure is out now!

Heritage Centre


Unlock the rich history of Geelong and surrounding regions online!

Victoria’s largest regional archive is now just a click away. Search the Geelong Heritage Centre collections online and uncover the many treasures that exist...

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Author Encounters


Judy Nunn’s new bestseller is a breathtaking historical novel set in Queensland during World War II. It’s March 1942. Singapore has fallen. Darwin has been bombed. Australia is on the brink of being invaded by the Imperial Japanese Forces. And Val Callahan, publican of The Brown’s Hotel in Townsville, could not be happier as she contemplates the fortune she’s making from lonely, thirsty soldiers. After combining her successful international acting career with scriptwriting, Judy Nunn decided in the 1990s to turn her hand to prose, writing a number of subsequent bestsellers.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Christos Tsiolkas' stunning new novel Damascus is a work of soaring ambition and achievement, of immense power and epic scope, taking as its subject nothing less than events surrounding the birth and establishment of the Christian church. The author of six novels including Loaded, The Slap and Barracuda, each of which was made into either a film or television series, Christos Tsiolkas is one of Australia’s most highly regarded and awarded authors.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

eKnow How

Introduction to Kanopy

Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers viewers a large collection of award-winning films and documentaries. Come and learn how it works. 

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Join us and experience Kanopy, a film streaming service available to all library users, as we watch a classic movie from Hollywood's golden era. 

Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

eKnow How

Victorian Energy Compare

Victorian Energy Compare is the Victorian Government’s independent energy price comparison website. Learn how to find better electricity, gas and solar offers and claim the $50 Power Saving Bonus. Bring along your electricity bill and a pen. iPads will be provided.

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Author Encounters Author image J.M. Green


J.M. Green is a crime writer based in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Her debut novel, Good Money, the first hardboiled-crime novel featuring Stella Hardy, was shortlisted for a 2016 Ned Kelly Award, the Sisters in Crime's Davitt Award for best debut, as well as the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Shoot Through is the third in the Stella Hardy series, following Too Easy.

Thursday, 5 December 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Corio Library

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Heather Morris - Cilka's Journey

Heather Morris is an international number one bestselling author who is passionate about stories of survival, resilience and hope. Her second novel, Cilka’s Journey, is the breathtaking sequel to the internationally bestselling novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Based on what is known of Cilka’s time in Auschwitz, and on the experience of women in Siberian prison camps, this is a powerful testament to the triumph of the human will in adversity. Cilka’s Journey is the remarkable story of one woman’s fierce determination to survive, against all odds.


Wednesday, 11 December 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre


Remembrance Day Display

At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. This marked the end of World War 1.

In 1997, Governor-General Sir William Deane issued a proclamation formally declaring 11 November to be Remembrance Day, urging all Australians to observe one minute's silence at 11 am on 11 November each year to remember those who died or suffered for Australia's cause in all wars and armed conflicts. This display reflects the changed attitudes and the ways in which this day was remembered over the years and is part of the memorabilia held at the Lara RSL Sub Branch Museum.

Monday, 4 November 2019 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Lara 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

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NBN Awareness Initiative

Come along to this information session to find out more about the rollout of the nbn™ access network.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and troubleshoot any concerns they might have.  Drop in anytime during this session to receive information including:

• What the nbn™ is and how to get connected
• How the nbn™ will affect your existing home phone
• Medical alarms and power outages 
• Information about scams

Drop in session - bookings not required.

Monday, 25 November 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Lara Library

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Bob Hawke began life as a good Christian boy from a teetotal family. He became a wild, drinking, womanising student, a Rhodes Scholar, a champion of workers, a folk hero recognised throughout the country, and a dynamic politician who was elected four times as Australia’s Prime Minister. Bob’s widow and biographer, Blanche d’Alpuget is an acclaimed novelist, biographer and essayist. She has won numerous literary awards, including the inaugural Australasian Prize for Commonwealth Literature in 1987. Join Blanche in conversation with Robert Gott to discuss her definitive commemorative biography marking Bob Hawke’s extraordinary life and legacy. 

Tickets $60 pp ($50 concession) including lunch at the magnificent Wurdi Youang (top floor of the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre) and a glass of champagne upon arrival - book here


Saturday, 7 December 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events


***Please note this event is sold out and the waitlist is full, so we are no longer taking bookings.***

The name Captain James Cook is one of the most recognisable in Australian history - an almost mythic figure who is often discussed, celebrated, reviled and debated. Some 240 years after his death, Peter FitzSimons reveals what kind of man James Cook was at heart - his strengths, his weaknesses, his passions and pursuits, failures and successes.
Peter FitzSimons is Australia's bestselling non-fiction writer and the author of a number of highly successful books. His passion is to tell Australian stories, our own stories: of great men and women, of stirring events in our history.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

All About Kids!

Bio-mazing Bodies!

Our bodies are amazing! Learn more about how they work and use science, technology, engineering and maths principles to discover more and create your own body parts out of recycled materials. Bookings essential. Ages 8+

Wednesday, 6 November 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Corio Library

All About Kids!

Nifty Knitters

Get your neurones firing! Learn about the human body and how it works by creating your own Knitting Nancy and using it to create a neuron to take home. Bookings essential. Ages 6+

Thursday, 7 November 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Corio Library

Creative & Connected


Find some inner peace before the holiday season rush starts. Join us in a guided meditation session as you learn to relax and find inner peace. No experience required.

Saturday, 9 November 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Corio Library

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myGov Explored

Explore the benefits and optimise your use of myGov. In partnership with the Australian Department of Health and Human Services.

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New to the Library

Learn to efficiently navigate the library's website, catalogue, online collection, and get the most benefit from your library membership.

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iPad Intermediate

So you've learnt the basics and want to know more? This intermediate session will extend your iPad skills further. Bring along your own iPad or use one provided by the library.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Belmont Library


Getting The Most From Ancestry Library Edition

Having trouble finding those elusive ancestors? Hitting some brick walls? Come along to this session to explore the features of Ancestry Library Edition, which may then help you with your genealogy searching.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Belmont Library

All About Kids!

Sensory Story Time

Sensory Story Time provides opportunities for children with additional needs to experience the magic of stories and develop a love of reading in a low stimulus environment with tactile story-telling formats. Group size is small so bookings are recommended.

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Confirmed case of Chickenpox

Please be advised that there has been a confirmed case of Chickenpox at the GRLC.

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.

Word for Word – 2019

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