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The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available to members of Geelong Regional Libraries, providing access to 30,000 films for free.

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ARMANDO LUCAS CORREA – THE DAUGHTER’S TALE

Inspired by one of the most shocking atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis during World War II, the 1944 massacre of the inhabitants of a village in the south of France, The Daughter's Tale is a beautifully crafted family saga of love, survival and hope against all odds. Cuban-born, New York City-based Armando Lucas Correa is an award-winning journalist, editor and author of the international bestseller The German Girl, which is now being published in thirteen languages.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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MELISSA JANE FERGUSON – THE SHINING WALL

The Shining Wall is a literary science fiction/dystopian novel about a ruined world, where wealthy humans push health and longevity to extremes and surround themselves with a shining metal wall. Privilege and security is predicated on the services of cloned Neandertals, and the exploitation of women in the shanty towns and wastelands beyond the fortress city. Melissa Jane Ferguson is a local author who is also a biological scientist with an interest in exploring scientific possibilities and their social and personal consequences through fiction. This is her debut novel.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Newcomb Library

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Sleep and Mental Health Seminar

Join Professor Michael Berk and Dr Andrew Bradbeer as they explore the link between sleep and mental health. Learn the science between these links and practical solutions on what you can do to help with sleep.

Brought to you in conjunction with GMHBA.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events Women in Democracy

Target 50/50: Women in Local Leadership Forum

Join us to celebrate local women leaders, encourage women candidates for the 2020 local government elections and to support the goal of gender equality in local government. The highlight of the evening will be the launch of Geelong’s Y WILD – Young Women in Local Democracy, by the Hon. Gabrielle Williams MP, Minister for Women, Youth and Prevention of Violence Against Women. Presented in partnership with Women in Local Democracy and Women’s Health and Wellbeing, Barwon South West.

Friday, 21 June 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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SARAH HOPKINS – THE SUBJECTS

The Subjects is an eerie depiction of the over-criminalisation and overmedicalisation of young people in the juvenile justice system. This is the breakout literary novel of established author and Sydney-based criminal lawyer Sarah Hopkins, author of The Crimes of Billy Fish, Speak to Me, and This Picture of You.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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CLASSIC MOVIE SCREENING WITH KANOPY

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, 4 July 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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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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TONY BIRCH – THE WHITE GIRL

In acknowledgement of NAIDOC Week 2019, Tony Birch joins us to discuss his latest novel The White Girl which shines a spotlight on the 1960s and a devastating government policy. Odette Brown has lived her whole life on the fringes of a small country town. After her daughter disappeared and left her with her granddaughter Sissy to raise, Odette has managed to stay under the radar of the welfare authorities who are removing fair-skinned Aboriginal children from their families. When a new policeman arrives in town, Odette must risk everything to save Sissy and protect everything she loves. Tony Birch is the acclaimed author of Ghost River which won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing and Blood which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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AUSTRALIAN POETRY SLAM HEAT

Australian Poetry Slam is a live literary performance program where the audience decides the champion. With a nationwide round of 60 heats, the best slammers will perform for the chance to win the Australian Poetry Slam National Final at Sydney Opera House as part of Story-Fest. Hosted by writer, speaker, educator, performance poet, and Artist Ambassador for TEAR Australia, Joel McKerrow. Come along and compete or consume! 

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Re-writing the Past with Jock Serong

Join novelist Jock Serong in this workshop that explores how to use fiction to reveal the truth about the past.
You will learn:
• ways of thinking about “truth” in historical fiction
• a range of research methods that are accessible to all of us
• ideas for keeping it lively and avoiding dust and mildew
This event is held in partnership with the Surf Coast Shire.

Sunday, 14 July 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Torquay Library

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Book Launch: Brendan Ryan - The Lowlands of Moyne

Brendan Ryan's poetry, reviews and essays have been published in literary journals and newspapers, inlcuding Island, Westerly, Antipodes, The Age, The Weekend Australian and Conptemporary Australian Poetry. The Lowlands of Moyne is his sixth collection of poetry and continues his exploration of Victoria's Western Disctrict landscapes through poems examining the relationship between farmers and farm animals. 

Saturday, 20 July 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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HUMANS IN GEELONG

Are you sick of all the bad news? Hear heart-warming stories of inspirational locals who are making a difference. Hear Jacqui Bennett talk about her passion, Humans in Geelong, which uses the powerful medium of storytelling to create positive social  change. The aim is to inspire, connect and strengthen our community by showcasing stories of cultural diversity, sustainable practices, health and wellness, equity, creativity and opportunities. 

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Waurn Ponds Library

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ROBERT MACKLIN – CASTAWAY

The astonishing and little-known story Of Narcisse Pelletier, a French cabin boy shipwrecked on the Far North Queensland coast and saved by the local Uutaalnganu (Night Island people), with whom he lived for almost two decades. In Castaway, Robert Macklin weaves an unforgettable tale of a young man caught between two cultures in a time of transformation and violent upheaval. Robert is the author of 29 books, including Dark ParadiseHamilton Hume – Our Greatest Explorer, and Dragon and Kangaroo – China and Australia’s shared history.

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

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MEGAN K. STACK – WOMEN’S WORK

In Australia on a whirlwind week-long tour, USA National Book Award finalist and best-selling author of Every Man in This Village is a Liar, New York-based writer and former Middle East war correspondent Megan K. Stack will discuss her latest book, Women’s Work. A personal reckoning with labour, motherhood and privilege, this is a stunning memoir about the expat life of raising children abroad with the help of Chinese and Indian women who are also working mothers, and their stories which  so often go untold.

Thursday, 8 August 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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ALEX MCCLINTOCK – ON THE CHIN: A BOXING EDUCATION

The sport of boxing provokes love, loathing and sometimes lust with equal intensity. In On the Chin, Alex McClintock uses his own unlikely progress through the amateur ranks as a springboard to explore the history, culture and contradictions of the world of boxing — with detours through some of its more notable characters. Alex McClintock grew up in Sydney and now lives in Toronto, Canada. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Monthly

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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TIM RICHARDS - COFFEE, MARZIPAN AND MELTDOWN

Author of Mind the Gap and other travel books, Tim Richards is an experienced travel writer with articles published in newspapers and magazines across the world and regular assignments for Lonely Planet. Join Tim for this unique travel talk where he recounts anecdotes from this amazing journey from Hamburg in Germany to Chernobyl in the Ukraine, via Denmark and Poland - including tales of a woman who leads a Hamburg Beatles tour by playing songs on a ukulele, and his experiences touring abandoned sites and sleeping overnight in Chernobyl, the site
of history’s worst nuclear disaster.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Belmont Library

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SARAH BAILEY – WHERE THE DEAD GO

Sarah Bailey's debut novel, The Dark Lake, was a best seller in Australia, the USA and Canada. It won both the 2018 Davitt Award for Best Crime Debut and the 2018 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime. Where The Dead Go sees the return of Detective Gemma Woodstock in this captivating final chapter.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Technology Drop-in: Bellarine Living and Learning Centre

Come along on Mondays to the Bellarine Living and Learning Centre for a free technology drop-in session with John from Newcomb Library. John will be available to answer your questions about smartphones, digital tablets or computers. Bring along your own device or use one of ours. Monday April 29th until June 24th (from midday), at the Bellarine Living and Learning Centre, 20 Worden Court, Whittington.

These sessions are delivered in partnership with the Bellarine Living and Learning Centre.

Monday, 29 April 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

All About Kids!

Coding with Edison Robots

The Edison robot is a powerful, engaging tool for learning computational thinking and computer programming in a hands-on way. With built-in sensors Edison can respond to light and sound, follow lines, avoid obstacles, and communicate with other Edison robots. Join us for this 4 week course to explore coding with Edison robots. For bookings please contact Bannockburn Library on 5281 2367. Ages 12+

Tuesday, 4 June 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Bannockburn Library

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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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Geelong Regional Libraries’ CEO awarded Queen’s Birthday honour

Patti Manolis has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) as announced by the Governor-General today.

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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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