Geelong Library & Heritage Centre (The Dome)

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51 Little Malop Street
VIC 3220

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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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Author Encounters Photo of Armando Lucas Correa sitting at a desk


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

Special Events picture of feet poking out at the end of the bed

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

Author Encounters Sarah Hopkins - The Subjects image of Book Cover


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

Creative & Connected Kanopy image


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

Author Encounters Tony Birch - The White Girl (image of book cover)


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

Special Events Australian Slam Poetry Event - image of performer


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

Author Encounters

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

Author Encounters Rober Macklin - Castaway book cover image


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

Author Encounters Megan K. Stack book cover


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

Author Encounters Alex McClintock On The Chin book cover image


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

Author Encounters SARAH BAILEY – WHERE THE DEAD GO (image of author)


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

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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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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Author Encounters Michael Robotham

Michael Robotham - Good Girl, Bad Girl

An unnerving psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Good Girl, Bad Girl is about a girl with no past, discovered hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a shocking crime. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, a man haunted by his own past, is investigating one case when this one threatens to disrupt it and destroy his ordered life.
Former investigative journalist Michael Robotham, winner of the prestigious Gold Dagger Award, has written 13 crime novels, the first of which, The Suspect, sold more than 1 million copies around the world.

Tickets are $35, and include a paperback copy of Good Girl, Bad Girl


Tuesday, 13 August 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

All About Kids!

Writing Cadets

Join our 4-week writing course at the Dome. Try out different writing techniques and share your writing with the group. Bring your own device or use ours.
No booking required. Ages 8+

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eKnow How

Makerspace Mondays

Would you like to be 3D scanned? Want to experience virtual reality? Come along and learn about these amazing technologies.
No bookings required.

Please note this session does not run on Monday 10 June as it is a public holiday. 

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

eKnow How

Online Selling

Do you have items at home that are too good to throw out but you no longer want to keep? Have you considered online selling? Come along and we will show you how and share some of the pitfalls to avoid.

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All About Kids!


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 movement. Audio stimulation is limited and group size is small. Bookings recommended.

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eKnow How

New to the Library

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

Thursday, 20 June 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Inspiration Space, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

eKnow How

Tablet & Smartphone Q & A

Bring along your smartphone or tablet and discuss apps, features and library services available through your device.

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Open Mind Lecture Series


Climate change is everywhere – and nowhere. It is simultaneously the most urgent problem facing humanity, and a hopelessly abstract concept that’s impossible for us to wrap our heads around. While 97% of the world’s climate scientists agree that human-caused climate change is already underway, it’s much harder for us – as nations, as communities, as individuals – to work out what this actually means, or what we should do about it. Academics have taken to describing climate change as a ‘super wicked problem’.

Since 2013, former Portarlington resident Tom Doig has been interviewing activists, scientists, climate change deniers and everyday citizens across Australia about their lived experiences of climate change. This project led to two books focusing on the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire disaster. In this Open Mind talk, Tom will talk about his own experiences adjusting to life under climate change, including two years of not flying on planes and a memorable trans-Tasman container ship adventure. He will also share other people’s stories of species extinction in the Northern Territory, bushfires in Victoria, existential angst in Melbourne and storm surges on the Bellarine.

Tom Doig has written two books about the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire disaster, Hazelwood and The Coal Face  (winner of Oral History Victoria Education Innovation Award). He has also published a humorous travel memoir, Mörön to Mörön: Two men, two bikes, one Mongolian misadventure.

Tom has a PhD in Literary Journalism and Disaster Studies from Monash University. He teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne. He is currently working on a new book about people’s lived experiences of climate change in Australia and New Zealand.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

eKnow How

Compare Power Prices Online

Get ready for the summer heat by cutting your power bills and finding the best energy prices on the market. This workshop will guide you through reputable, non-profit energy comparison services and help you navigate thousands of plans to work out the cheapest offer for your household.

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Special Events


This biography by local author Marion Pescud follows the journey of artist Susan Sutton, from the aspirations of her early years to the maturity of acclaimed recognition. Her works of art showcase Victoria's Southwestern coast along the Great Ocean Road, from Geelong to Lorne and beyond, with paintings that convey accuracy and a masterful understanding of the region, capturing the essence of the landscape and the culture of the people. Join Marion and Susan in conversation about the book and the art.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

All About Kids!


Make your own hanging 3D hot air balloon in this crafty construction workshop. Ages 5+

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