Geelong Library & Heritage Centre (The Dome)

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(03) 4201 0600
51 Little Malop Street
Geelong
VIC 3220

All libraries are closed on public holidays.

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Opening hours

Monday: Ground & Mezzanine 8am – 8pm, Level 1 & 2 9am – 8pm
Tuesday: Ground & Mezzanine 8am – 8pm, Level 1 & 2 9am – 8pm
Wednesday: Ground & Mezzanine 8am – 8pm, Level 1 & 2 9am – 8pm
Thursday: Ground & Mezzanine 8am – 8pm, Level 1 & 2 9am – 8pm
Friday: Ground & Mezzanine 8am – 8pm, Level 1 & 2 9am – 8pm
Saturday: Ground & Mezzanine, Levels 1 & 2 10am – 5pm
Sunday: Ground & Mezzanine, Levels 1 & 2 10am – 5pm

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Special Events

The Gut and Brain Connection

Continuing on in our annual series of health seminars brought to you in conjunction with GMHBA, join Professor Felice Jacka and Dr Tetyana Rocks as they explore the gut and brain connection and how this impacts our brain and mental health. Learn the science behind these connections and what dietary changes you can make to start improving your own gut and brain health.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
The High Ground, 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 grlc.vic.gov.au/learn/little-readers/events-little-readers

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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+.

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Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events

Geelong After Dark

As darkness falls, the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre rises! This year’s annual Geelong After Dark adventures include a number of unusual, interactive performances and installations at the library. One such treat will be Boombox Requests - for one night only get on your leg warmers and go totally 80s! Or join the musical comedy troupe ‘Impromptunes’ who will bring a mischievous mix of improv and musical theatre. See you when the sun goes down… No bookings required.

Friday, 3 May 2019 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Gathering Place, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events

‘OUR NED’ - FIRST LIBRARIAN OF THE GEELONG PUBLIC LIBRARY

As part of the 2019 Australian Heritage Festival, 'meet' the first Librarian of the Geelong Public Library, Mr Edward Purdue (played by Ben Mitchell from Geelong Repertory Theatre Company). In this theatrically-inspired presentation, Dr Coralie Jenkin presents the story of the rather rascally ‘Our Ned’, who in 1878 absconded with Geelong Library funds, abandoning his wife in the process. Join us for an exposé of one of Geelong’s most colourful public characters.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

ANDREA GOLDSMITH - INVENTED LIVES

In the mid 1980s, 24 year old Galina Kogan leaves Leningrad – forbidden ever to return. As a Jew, she's inherited several generations’ worth of Russia's chronic anti-Semitism. As a Soviet citizen, she is unprepared for Australia and its easygoing ways. Andrea Goldsmith’s first novel, Gracious Living, was published in 1989. This was followed by Modern Interiors, Facing the Music, Under the Knife, and The Prosperous Thief, which was shortlisted for the 2003 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Reunion was published in 2009, and The Memory Trap was awarded the 2015 Melbourne Prize. Invented Lives tells a story of love and exile – exile from country, exile at home, and exile from one's true self.

Monday, 29 April 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

LINDSAY TANNER – COMEBACK

President of the Essendon Football Club and former politician Lindsay Tanner held the seat of Melbourne from 1993 to 2010 and is the author of several books, including Politics with Purpose and Slideshow. His latest crime fiction work, Comeback, is the sequel to Comfort Zone in the Jack van Duyn series, set in gritty inner city Melbourne and the world of crooked property developers, angry unionists and the homelessness crisis. Join Lindsay to discuss politics, football and the precarious existence of people living on the margins of our society.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

eKnow How

Getting Around In Google Maps

Are you getting lost in your Google Maps App? Come along and get started and get some tips to enable you to reach your destination.

Thursday, 2 May 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Inspiration Space, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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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Author Encounters

MICHAEL CARR-GREGG & FLIP SHELTON – SMART SNACKS

Don’t underestimate the power of snacks! When it comes to kids’ mood, energy, focus and success at school, one of the most influential factors is diet. Join parenting expert and one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists and author of 11 books, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, along with writer, presenter, broadcaster and all-round foodie, Flip Shelton, in this discussion of the surprising effects that food choices can have on our children’s health and well-being.

Thursday, 2 May 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Creative & Connected

3D Pen Drawing Challenge

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, or draw your own creation. Ages 14+

Monday, 6 May 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Inspiration Space, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

eKnow How

Saving to the Cloud for free

Ever wanted to know what’s in the Cloud? Come along and learn about using Cloud storage, such as DropBox or Google Drive.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Inspiration Space, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

eKnow How

eMagazines For Free!

Want to read the latest selection of library magazines free and delivered straight to your device using your library membership? Bring along your own device and learn how. With hundreds of eMagazines to choose from, there is sure to be at least one for you to enjoy!

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Author Encounters

NATASHA LESTER - THE FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHER

Inspired by the incredible true story of Lee Miller, Vogue model turned one of the first female war photojournalists, is this new novel by the best-selling Australian author of The Paris Seamstress. Natasha is the author of six novels of dynastic fiction – about strong women succeeding in a man's world – be it obstetrics, cosmetics, fashion or journalism.

Thursday, 9 May 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

All About Kids!

NATIONAL FAMILIES WEEK

Celebrate National Families Week with your family and join us for craft activities and LEGO® building fun. All ages.

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eKnow How

Introduction To Podcasting

Podcasting offers you a powerful way to share your voice, throughs and opininos. Learn about podcasts, what they are, and how to create your own. 

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Inspiration Space, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

All About Kids!

National Simultaneous Storytime

Join us as we celebrate Library and Information Week with this year's National Simultaneous Storytime. Come along for a special presentation of Alpacas With Maracas, written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove. All branches (except Barwon Heads, Chilwell & Western  Heights). 

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eKnow How

Stream Music Online

This workshop will help you explore the world of online music streaming. Access millions of songs, discover music you've never encountered before, and let apps deliver you daily curated lists of what you enjoy.

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Author Encounters

JOCELYN MOORHOUSE - UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

Award-winning screenplay writer and film director, Jocelyn Moorhouse has directed numerous films including Proof, How to Make an American Quilt, A Thousand Acres and The Dressmaker. She has also produced two of her husband’s, director P.J. Hogan’s films, Muriel’s Wedding and Mental. Join Jocelyn as she shares stories about movies, motherhood and raising children with autism; her love of film; as well as what she and her family have learned, and offering hope to others.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

eKnow How

The Internet And Email For Beginners

Come along and learn how to sign up for an email account so that you can send messages and attachments. Discover the basics of Internet searching, and how you can recognise reputable websites.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Inspiration Space, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

MEG & TOM KENEALLY – THE INK STAIN

Join one of Australia’s best loved authors Tom Keneally AO and daughter Meg as they discuss their latest collaboration, book four of The Monsarrat Series, The Ink Stain. Soon to be made into a TV series, the series is set in colonial Australia in the convict locations of Port Macquarie, Parramatta and Macquarie Island. The latest, The Ink Stain, is set in colonial Sydney where nothing gets done unless land, sly grog or shares are provided on the side. The winner of numerous literary awards, Tom Keneally has written more than 30 novels, dramas, screenplays and books of non-fiction. His titles include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Schindler's Ark and The People's Train, and he is one of this country’s most popular and entertaining speakers.

Thursday, 23 May 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Creative & Connected

Armchair Actors

Join with other participants to bring a play to life. This is your chance to be a star for a day. Scripts are provided: choose your character to read aloud with fellow cast members.

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Author Encounters

NADIA WHEATLEY - HER MOTHER'S DAUGHTER: A MEMOIR

Nadia Wheatley’s biography The Life and Myth of Charmian Clift was The Age Book of the Year (Non-Fiction) and is the only biography to have won the Australian History Prize, NSW Premier’s History Awards. Born in Australia in 1949, Nadia grew up caught in the parental crossfire between an independent woman and a controlling man. After her mother’s death, she began writing the stories her mother had told her of her childhood and her life. Some fifty years later, the finished memoir is not only a loving tribute, but an investigation into the process of memory itself.

Thursday, 30 May 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Heritage

REMEMBERING THE 1970's: GEELONG AND THE BARWON REGION

Visit the Reading Room and share your story by leaving a brief note on one of our memory postcards describing a favourite place or significant happening in the Geelong Region during the 1970's. These cards will be preserved at the Heritage Centre, allowing your memory to become a permanent part of our region's rich history.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
The Vault, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Heritage

LIVING IN THE 1970S: GEELONG AND THE BARWON REGION

Visit the Reading Room and immerse yourself in imagery and objects evoking memories of life in the 1970s. See website for Reading Room opening hours grlc.vic.gov.au

Tuesday, 5 March 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
The Vault, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre