Books about bushfires for kids


Books about bushfires for kids
Exposure to information about bushfires can raise questions for children; see our list of books to help children and young people understand bushfires.

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Have your say

We are proposing changes to the opening hours of some of our libraries and we want you to have your say.

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Author Encounters


A thrilling and ambitious new novel from the author of the bestselling and prize-winning Terra Nullius.Shane Daniels and Romany Zetz have been drawn into a war that is not their own. Lives will be destroyed, families will be torn apart. Trust will be broken. When the war is over, some will return to a changed world. Will they discover that glory is a lie? Claire G. Coleman's new novel takes us to a familiar world to ask what we have learned from the past. Image credit: Jen Dainer Industrial Arc

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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NBN Awareness Initiative

These special sessions are being presented by the nbn™ Local Community Affairs team help you understand and answer questions about the nbn™ network.
Each session will cover:

  • What is NBN™ & How to get connected
  • How the NBN™ will affect your existing Home Phone
  • Medical alarms & Power outages 
  • Information about scams, amongst other things

The purpose of this initiative is to ensure communities have all the necessary information during the rollout of the NBN™ access network. It aims to give the community a forum to ask questions and troubleshoot any concerns they might have.

Thursday, 6 February 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Drysdale Library

Author Encounters


Every family has its secrets...Bestselling Australian author Fiona Lowe wields a deft hand, creating an utterly addictive story about four women and their complicated family lives that will have you questioning your own perceptions of what family is. As the family implodes, the fallout for these four women will be inescapable. 

Wednesday, 4 March 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Waurn Ponds Library

Author Encounters


A story of bravery, daring, imprisonment and romance - the true life of a village lad who ran away to sea, lived more adventures in his short lifetime than most of us can dream of and died almost forgotten by the British but not by the people of the land he charted
and named. A tale of war at sea, shipwrecks, intrigue, tragedy and romance from Jim's Australia's Best Sea Stories collection.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Drysdale Library

Author Encounters


Exploring some of Australia’s oddest and most amazing true stories, Jim Haynes looks at the truth behind some of our most commonly believed Aussie myths. These are stories Jim collected and explained in his books Australia's Most Unbelievable True Stories, Australia's Best Unknown Stories and Best Australian Yarns.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Bannockburn Library

Author Encounters


An inspiring story about how Laura walked from one end of New Zealand to the other, a journey that fundamentally changed the course of her life. There are many themes within her journey that seem to resonate with many people: overcoming anxiety, the healing power of nature, overcoming fears, and finding and following an authentic life path.

Thursday, 12 March 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Torquay Library

Author Encounters


Sometimes fate comes in and changes your whole life. That’s what happened to Rob in the Currie Library on King Island on a rainy day. Rob had found a book on local shipwrecks and found the paragraph that was to steer him on a different course.  Scotland to Australia in the mid 1800s would have seemed like a present day voyage to the moon! Excitement, fear of the unknown, thirst for a better life, or an escape from past lives for some. All these splashed out onto the canvas of the Australian bush during and after the Gold Rushes, building The Penpont Saga.

Thursday, 12 March 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Leopold Library

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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Author Encounters


The true story of the little-known mental-health pioneer who revolutionised how we see the defining problem of our era: anxiety.  The international bestseller Self-Help for Your Nerves has helped tens of millions of people, and continues to do so. Yet even as letters and phone calls from readers around the world flooded in, thanking her for helping to improve — and in some cases to save — their lives, Dr Claire Weekes was dismissed as underqualified and overly populist by the psychiatric establishment. Just who was this woman?

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Waurn Ponds Library

Special Events


Declared by UNESCO in 1999, World Poetry Day is designed to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world. This is Geelong Regional Libraries’ 10th year of celebrating World Poetry Day, this year recognising the achievements of local poets including David McCooey, Jo Langdon, Cameron Lowe,  Maria Takolander and Melbourne poet, Rose Lucas. The event will feature introductions by local poet and author of three novels, John Bartlett. Bookings required.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters


Inspired by the women behind the charity Dress for Success, The Changing Room is an uplifting and heart-warming story of female empowerment, proving that there is more to fashion than just clothes.  A story of hope and second chances and the power of female friendship, The Changing Room is contemporary women’s fiction at its best – with a social cause at the heart.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Belmont Library

Holiday Stuff for Youth

All In Game On!

Battle it out with your favourite Xbox and Wii games as we get our game on. In partnership with The fOrT Youth Centre.
Ages 12+

Thursday, 9 April 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Corio Library



Curious about Corio? Come along and learn about quirky and curious facts about Corio. Bring along your own stories to share over a cuppa and a biscuit.

Monday, 27 April 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Corio Library

Author Encounters


In the late 1800s, rather than run the risk of his under-achieving sons tarnishing his reputation at home, Charles Dickens sent two of them to Australia. The tenth child of Charles Dickens, Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, known as Plorn, had consistently proved unable ‘to apply himself ’ to school or life. So aged sixteen, he is sent, as his brother Alfred was before him, to Australia. This is Tom Keneally in his most familiar terrain. Taking historical figures and events and reimagining them with verve, compassion and humour.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre



Join Meredith History Interest Group on a pub crawl taking in Meredith’s heritage pubs. Walking shoes and coat recommended, gold coin donation. Bookings required.

Sunday, 3 May 2020 - 1:15pm to 3:30pm
Meredith Shire Hall

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

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Special Events


The ExChange is a two-day network and showcase conference for the Australia and New Zealand music industry, produced by Folk Alliance International in partnership with the Port Fairy Folk Festival.

It focuses on economic development, industry partnerships and professional development for musicians, arts workers and those interested in folk music and culture.

Australian showcase artists include Alana Wilkinson, Benny Walker, Emily Wurramara, Fenn Wilson, Saije and The Maes. International artists performing as a part of the event include The East Pointers (CAN), The Jellyman’s Daughter (SCO), Ian Sherwood (CAN) and many more. In addition special feature artists include Eleanor McEvoy (IRL), Marcia Howard & Shane Howard.

This is a paid event. Bookings through Folk Alliance. 


Monday, 2 March 2020 - 8:00am to 10:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events


Hosted by Derek Guille, this gala will feature a special opening ceremony by Wadawurrung artists followed by performances by Port Fairy Folk Festival 2020 Artists of the Year, Gina Williams & Guy House, Shane Howard, The East Pointers and many special guests.

Includes the presentation of the FAI Lifetime Achievement Award to Port Fairy Folk Festival Founding Director, Dr Jamie McKew, OAM.

A portion of proceeds from this event will go toward the Cobargo Community Bushfire Recovery Fund.

Further information here. 

Tickets $50+bf, includes drinks & canapes.


Monday, 2 March 2020 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Bethany Saver Plus Program

Learn how to earn $500 towards you or your children’s education with the Bethany’s Saver Plus program.  Visit a pop-up information booth to find out if you are eligible for the program. Don't miss this opportunity to become more financially savvy while supporting your child’s education.

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Special Events


The ExChange is a two-day network and showcase conference for the Australia and New Zealand music industry, produced by Folk Alliance International in partnership with the Port Fairy Folk Festival.

As part of the conference there will be free folk music performances at the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre. FREE. All welcome, no bookings required.

Tuesday 3 March, 12:30-1:15pm
Lunchtime performance: The Jellyman’s Daughter (SCO)

Wednesday 4 March, 12:30-1:15pm
Lunchtime performance: Ian Sherwood (CAN)

Wednesday 4 March, 6:00-7:00pm
Songcatchers: Hosted by Paul Petran featuring Eleanor McEvoy (IRL), Marcia Howard & Shane Howard.

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Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Autumn Book Binge

Read More, Read Widely! Get involved with the Autumn Book Binge and be in the running to win great prizes.

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.

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