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A substantial upgrade almost doubled the available floor area in the Torquay Library, providing more space for seating and programs, shelf space for collections, plus an increase to 12 public use computers with internet access. The refurbished library was officially opened on 13 February 2013 by the Hon Jeanette Powell MP and the Surf Coast Mayor Libby Coker. Located in Beach Road, in the north west corner of Surf City, the entrance is located beside the Surf World Museum and Community Hall.
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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
Lights, camera, action! Join us for imaginative theatrical fun and take part in a range of drama games designed to maximise interaction and laughter. Please note this is a 4-week course.
No experience required. No booking required. Ages 8+
Wednesday, 28 August 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Get lost in the magical world of Roald Dahl as we celebrate the worlds, characters and stories of this marvellous storyteller. All ages.
Join us for a quiz to test your local knowledge on the Great Ocean Road! Answers to all the questions can be found in the September issue of History Matters, the Torquay Museum Without Walls quarterly journal. First prize is a one year’s subscription to this journal and the title of 'Great Ocean Road Aficionado'.Presented in collaboration with Torquay Museum Without Walls.
Get your sea legs on and join us for some rollicking stories, swashbuckling sea shanties and a treasure trove of craft and games. All ages
Find inspiration in your favourite animal and create a unique bookmark to help decorate your books. All ages.
Create a collage animal character using recycled books and then animate it with Stop Motion Studio app. Ages 8+
Ever felt overwhelmed by the number of online passwords you need to remember? This session will introduce you to a variety of ways to securely save and store your passwords.
Learn some paper folding techniques to build impressive 3D modular origami pieces in this hands-on workshop. Ages 12-18.
When Grandpa Whistledis Maxine Flakemore's latest children's book, is the story of her father, Neville, as told through his unique whistle. The illustrations depict the many changes that happened through his life and his love of animals. Join Maxine to find out how she creates her wonderful illustrations in sepia ink and ‘inktense’ crayons and create your own drawing to help us celebrate the launch.Ages 5+
Thursday, 26 September 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Art of the Mind presents Chirpee’s Choice - The Anxious Bird, a play about mental health for primary school-aged children. Join Chirpee on his adventures in the forest where he learns the importance of sharing our worries with safe people. Guided by an array of Australian birds including Gordon the Emu, Al the Masked Owl, Larry the Lyrebird, and Queen Cassie the Cassowary, Chirpee discovers that birds sing to share their worries rather than lock them inside their heads.
Tuesday, 1 October 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am
What’s lurking in the shadows? Lions, tigers and bears… oh my! Make some shadow puppet animals and a stage where you can bring them to life. Ages 8+
Give yourself a break and try some mindful colouring in at the library. Ages 12-18.
Come along to meet others with common interests, get some insights and develop some tools around how to 'be there' for a mate, through being there for yourself first. This preventative mental health event is aimed at men aged 18+, and focuses on the social and cultural factors that influence wellbeing.
Going on holiday and want to know where to find accommodation? How about maps for the trip or the latest flight information? Bring along your Apple or Android device and we will show you how to make the most of your device.
Do you have a young person in your life struggling with mental health issues? Expert panellists will provide insights including signs of concern, how and where to seek help and how to get support while looking after a loved one. Presented in conjunction with headspace, BCYF Family Services, Barwon Health Carer’s Support, Bellarine Health Care and Pritchard Health.
Learn how to use photo editing apps to make your photos look clearer, brighter and sharper. Bring along your own device and photos and learn some simple techniques to dramatically improve their quality.
Discover the thrill of Catch-Up TV and subscription entertainment such as Netflix, ABC iView and Kanopy. Learn to unlock your favourite shows and get the most from your service.
Join us to find out what makes a good local business and get the low down on how to make a perfect cup of coffee. Mark Clatworthy from Ocean Grind will take us through the journey of his business from a small bean of an idea to successful coffee brand and cafe.
Thursday, 7 November 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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.
Join local author of the Winter trilogy, Mark Smith, for a chance to learn key writing techniques and imaginative approaches to storytelling. This session is aimed at young adults aged 13 to 17 who have a hankering to express themselves through the written word. Mark Smith lives on the Surf Coast, where he writes novels and stories, and runs outdoor-education programs for young adults. His second novel, Wilder Country, won the 2018 Indie Book Award for Young Adults.
Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Join us for a fun filled session of songs and rhymes for babies. Sessions run all year except for January.
No bookings required.
For a complete downloadable timetable of all our story times across all of our branches, please click here.
Dance, sing and read along with your child at our action packed Toddler Time program.
No bookings 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
On 19 September 1919 construction began on what would become one of the world’s greatest roads, the Great Ocean Road. Join us to celebrate this milestone. Come and explore an exhibition of photographs exploring the fascinating history of the Great Ocean Road throughout the last century.
Sunday, 1 September 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
A 4-week program featuring hands-on activities and games involving favourites such as Minecraft, Mario Bros., Ninjago and more! No bookings required. Ages 8+