Remembering the End – Peace celebrations and life after World War I in Geelong and the Barwon Region


An exhibition which recalls the peace celebrations and life following World War I in Geelong and Barwon Region will be on display at the Geelong Heritage Centre, before touring Geelong Regional Library branches....



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Gregory Day - A Sand Archive

Gregory Day is a multi-award winning novelist, poet and musician from Victoria, Australia. He is also an acclaimed nature writer and literary critic. His new novel A Sand Archive was published in 2018 to outstanding reviews.
Dual Miles Franklin winner Michelle de Kretser described the book as: “At once effortlessly cosmopolitan and firmly attached to the particularities of place, A Sand Archive is a bravura work”, whilst Stella Prize winner Carrie Tiffany believes that the book’s main character, F.B. Herschell, is “one of the greatest characters of Australian literature”.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Drawing with 3D Pens

3D Pens are a great way to sculpt quickly in 3D. We have some great project ideas to help you get the hang of them, including an Eiffel Tower in an hour. Ages 14+


Remembering the End: Curator's Talks

Join the curator of this fascinating display to learn more about how Geelong reacted to the announcement of the end of WW1 and the impact the Great War had on the communities in Geelong and the region immediately after it ended.

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Smartphone Chat

Come and join this expert-facilitated Q & A and knowledge-sharing session with other smartphone users and learners.

Thursday, 31 January 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Queenscliff Library

Author Encounters Author Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas - Murder on Easey Street

In 1977, Suzanne Armstrong and Susan Bartlett were savagely murdered in their house on Easey Street, Collingwood – stabbed multiple times while Suzanne’s baby slept. The case became one of Melbourne’s most infamous unsolved crimes. ABC journalist Helen Thomas was a cub reporter at The Age when the murders were committed, and forty years on, she has chased down new leads into bohemia and the gritty underworld to examine the truth in one of Melbourne’s most infamous suburbs.

Monday, 4 March 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Corio Library

Special Events Monica Dullard

Monica Dullard...Fancy That!

21 years in stand- up comedy…fancy that!
Accomplished Corporate entertainer and talented stand-up comedian Monica Dullard will provide a sneak preview of some material she will perform at the upcoming Melbourne Comedy Festival.  This 21st birthday bash about looking back, and looking forward, will be a hilarious show of ridiculous fun.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Waurn Ponds Library

Open Mind Lecture Series Julienne van Loon

Julienne van Loon - The Thinking Woman

On the eve of International Women’s Day, we present award-winning novelist Julienne van Loon to discuss her extraordinary new book, The Thinking Woman. In her work, Julienne discusses ‘love’ with author and cultural critic, Laura Kipnis; ‘play’ with award-winning novelist and essayist, Siri Hustvedt; ‘work’ with author and socialist feminist activist, Nancy Holmstrom; ‘fear’ with philosopher, literary critic and author, Julia Kristeva; ‘wonder’ with feminist cultural historian Marina Warner; and ‘friendship’ with pre-eminent feminist philosopher, Rosi Braidotti.

Julienne van Loon holds a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship with the writing and publishing program at RMIT University. Julienne’s honours include the Australian/Vogel’s Award and an appointment as Honorary Fellow in Writing with the University of Iowa. The Thinking Woman is her first nonfiction book.

Thursday, 7 March 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters Mark Brandi

Mark Brandi - The Rip

The Rip is an urban crime novel following
a hidden trio of drifters and addicts in
inner city Melbourne. Author Mark Brandi’s
inspiration came from his intimate
knowledge of Richmond, where in 2017
heroin overdose deaths reached a 17-year
high, with 34 of those deaths occurring
in a four-block area. Mark is a rising
star of Australian literature. His first
novel Wimmera won the coveted British
Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger,
and was named Best Debut at the 2018
Australian Indie Book Awards.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events Photo of Professor Tom Jobling and Dr Karl Najjar

The Benefits of Cancer Research

Join the Geelong Region Cancerians for a specialist panel discussion aimed at exploring the early detection, prevention and research of various types of cancer. Panelists will include Professor Tom Jobling OAM a Director of Gynaecologic Oncology at Monash Medical Centre and recipient of the Order of Australia Medal in 2017 for services to Ovarian Cancer Research; Dr Karl Najjar, a specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and awardee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; cancer survivor Maureen O’Keeffe and panel moderator Roxie Bennett.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events Maria Takolander

World Poetry Day 2019

Declared by UNESCO in 1999, World Poetry
Day is designed to promote the reading,
writing, publishing and teaching of poetry
throughout the world. This World Poetry
Day event recognises and celebrates
the achievements of five local poets:
Julie Maclean, John Bartlett, Kathryn
, Rosemary Blake and Graeme
, with introductions by
local poet, prize-winning fiction writer
and Associate Professor in Writing
and Literature at Deakin University,
Maria Takolander (pictured).

Thursday, 21 March 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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

Multiple Times
Multiple Locations

Youth Programs

Tuesday Techies

Drop in on Tuesdays during Term 2 to tinker with our fun new technology, including the NAO robot, virtual reality, 3D printing and more!
No bookings required. Ages 12+.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events Photo of example of high quality collective housing

Clever Living Seminar Series - Innovative Options for Affordable Housing

The first 2019 Clever Living Seminar takes a look into the possibilities for citizen-led development; enabling residents to take control of the design of their own high quality, and collective housing.  By working as a collective, the model provides a more affordable alternative for people to design their compact home.

Presented in partnership with Geelong Sustainability

Please note, a fee of $5 applies to this session.

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Tuesday, 5 March 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events Jefa Greenaway

Melbourne Design Week in Geelong - Keynote Address


Don’t miss this singular opportunity
to meet and hear leading Indigenous
architect and educator Jefa Greenaway
discuss the topic of giving agency to
Indigenous voices through design.

Event presented in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong.
Melbourne Design Week is an initiative of the Victorian Government.

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Saturday, 23 March 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events Melbourne Design Week

Melbourne Design Week in Geelong - Panel Discussion


Join our panel of experts as they explore the
ways in which clever design can contribute
to community connection, resilience
and social inclusion. Leading Indigenous
architect and educator Jefa Greenaway will
be joined on the panel by Valli Morphett,
CEO of CoDesign Studio; Sae Ra Germaine
Manager Digital Platforms at CAVAL,
and Peter Seamer, author of Breaking
Point: The Future of Australian Cities

Event presented in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong.
Melbourne Design Week is an initiative of the Victorian Government.

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Saturday, 23 March 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

All About Kids!

Construction Club

Join us for a 4-week adventure into the world of engineering. Challenge yourself as we recreate famous world landmarks, bridges and buildings. Who can build the highest tower? How much weight can your bridge hold? Ages 8+

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

All About Kids!

Hero Kids: Role-Playing Adventure

Join us for a for a 4-week escapade with an award-winning introductory table-top role-playing game for young adventurers. Hero kids is set in a fantasy world where grown-ups of Rivenshore Village are constantly getting themselves into trouble, and it's up to you to sort it out. Bookings are essential and participants are requested to attend all sessions. Ages 8+.

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

All About Kids!

Sensory Story Time

This sensory-rich story time is for all children. These sessions accommodate delayed motor skill development and include opportunities for children to interact, with less sitting and more interaction. Audio stimulation is limited and group size is small.

Multiple Times
Multiple Locations

eKnow How

3D printing club

Interested in 3D printing but already know the basics? Meet like-minded people every month to share your ideas and work on your 3D models.

Author Encounters

Katherine Collette - The Helpline

The Helpline is a sharp, witty, big-hearted comedy from a hilarious new Australian writer, Katherine Collette. Join Katherine in conversation as she discusses the divisive nature of the office fridge and other themes of her new novel which is all about people power and brain power—and the difficulty of getting them to work together.

Chilwell Library exterior News

Chilwell Library to close for refurbishments

Patrons are advised that Chilwell Library will be closed for refurbishments from Monday 18 March, and will reopen to the public on Thursday 4 April.

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