News & Blog


July Newsletter

Our July newsletter is out now.

Get the latest news and events straight to your inbox by subscribing here : 




This month, we drop in on members of the community benefiting from our varied library services: Larry Adams shares his experiences learning new technologies, and two mothers detail their children’s positive experiences at Story Time. Their unique library experiences are inspiring and reaffirm the value of a dynamic public library service, for all.

As winter progresses, make some time to enjoy your choice of the many wonderful events and services at your local library.

Limited tickets are still available for the The Bad Diaries Salon, featuring many well-known Australian authors reading snippets of their first unedited forays into writing. Hear funny, heartening tales that were the beginning of successful writing careers. Other exciting authors visiting in July include Celeste Liddle, who is giving a special NAIDOC presentation for our Open Mind Series, Sally Gray with her fascinating account of the Australian fashion scene from the 1970's through to the 1990's and Caroline Jane Knight, a living descendant of Jane Austen, who will join us for a special High Tea.


Larry makes the most of eKnow How 

Did you know our library team delivers free technology-themed learning sessions for adults regularly throughout the year? Each session is brief, hands-on and specific to a technology or particular skill. 

"The librarians who lead sessions are very welcoming and approachable, and I have learnt a lot from them," says Larry Adams, eKnow How learner.

"I have attended several eKnow How sessions, including iPad Basics, iPad Intermediate, Cloud Storage, Scam Watch and Cybersecurity. The sessions very informative and relevant to the online nature of modern life."

"I especially enjoyed the small group size that allows individual questions to be answered and tailors the session to my needs," he says.


Have fun with your children at Story Time 

Our best tip for raising a young reader who will love books and literacy is to have fun together. The early years are critical for developing a lifelong passion for books and reading. It’s never too early to start.

As a professional musician, Michelle Scully (above, top) believes it is imperative that her children are exposed to music from a young age.  Michelle says "Story Time at the library is a great way to get fun, positive exposure to music in a social atmosphere. I believe there is a strong correlation between music and learning."

Jackie James (above, bottom) says "My daughter's vocabulary has increased by learning songs at Story Time and her listening skills have improved too. I love bringing them into this environment, surrounded by all these lovely children's books. We all look forward to coming to the library together."

Geelong Regional Libraries are accredited with READ - the quality standards ensuring that early literacy programs contribute to improved literacy outcomes.

Baby Time, Toddler Time and Pre-School Story Time sessions run at a variety times, days and at many of our different library locations - check out all the Story Time sessions available on our website here.


Victoria’s only display of the 2018 Australian of the Year Exhibition

A distinguished actor, a quantum physician and an NRL star may not at first glance have much in common but their shared career dedication and willingness to help others is on display at the 2018 Australian of the Year Exhibition, in Geelong.

The free exhibit is the only presentation of its kind in Victoria. It showcases each of the eight state and territory 2018 Australian of the Year recipients and is open to the public at the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, until Sunday August 5.

Read more here


The Course of Love

by Alain de Botton

The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence. You experience, along with Rabih and Kirsten, the first flush of infatuation, the effortlessness of falling into romantic love, and the course of life thereafter. Interwoven with their story and its challenges is an overlay of philosophy, an annotation and a guide to what we are reading.

Request a print copy of 'The Course of Love'



The Bad Diaries Salon #FIRST

Friday, 11 July - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Geelong Library & Heritage Centre


Six published authors read for ten minutes each from their early, unedited works. Featuring Robert Gott (The Port Fairy Murders), Rosalie Ham (The Dressmaker), Tracy Farr (The Hope Fault), Jock Serong (The Rules of Backyard Cricket), Angela Savage (The Dying Beach) and Leah Kaminsky (The Waiting Room) and moderated by Jenny Ackland (Little Gods).

Tickets $30pp, includes light refreshments.



Celeste Liddle – Because of Her, We Can

Thursday, 12 July - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library & Heritage Centre

An Arrernte woman, Celeste Liddle is an opinion writer, a trade unionist and currently serves as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organiser of the National Tertiary Education Union. Celeste started her blog ‘Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist’ in June 2012 as a place of her own and a home for her prolific writing. Hear Celeste’s views as a social commentator and activist who, in 2017, was inducted to the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll.



Jo Langdon - Glass Life Book Launch

Sunday, 15 July - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Geelong Library & Heritage Centre

'Glass Life' is the first full-length poetry collection by researcher, teacher and editor, Jo Langdon who has been described as 'a compelling force in contemporary poetry'. Published by Five Islands Press, the collection will be launched by Professor David McCooey at this special Sunday afternoon event.

Light refreshments will be served.



Sally Gray - Friends, Fashion and Fabulousness, The Making of Australian Style

Thursday, 19 July - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library & Heritage Centre

Join us for this special event as researcher and academic Dr Sally Gray joins Geelong Gallery Director Jason Smith to discuss her book 'Friends, Fashion and Fabulousness: The Making of an Australian Style'. Linking fashion, art, sexual politics and diverse urban subcultures, four friends in particular form her central narrative: fashion designers Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson, and artists Peter Tully and David McDiarmid. 



Caroline Jane Knight – High Tea with Great Aunt Jane Austen

Sunday, 22 July - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Geelong Library & Heritage Centre

Caroline is the last Austen descendent to grow up in Chawton on the ancestral estate where Jane herself lived and wrote. Join Caroline for a very special High Tea as she shares her unique childhood growing up surrounded by four hundred years of family history in the heart of great aunt Jane’s literary legacy, private family photographs and how Jane Austen’s extraordinary popularity has changed the lives of her Chawton family today.

Funds raised will be donated to the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation. Tickets $50, includes high tea and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.




Backyard Chooks

Monday, 9 July - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Corio Library

Are you interested in keeping backyard chooks? Learn all about our fine feathered friends from Harry Bottomley from the Geelong and District Poultry Club and ensure that your backyard chooks are healthy, happy and laying eggs.



Being Fire Safe!

Wednesday, 11 July - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Lara Library

Calling all junior firefighters and families! Join us for a visit from our local CFA to learn more about staying safe around fire.



Craig Goddard - Helping Teenagers to Reach Their Own Full Potential

Thursday, 12 July, 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Belmont Library

Tuesday, 17 July, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Ocean Grove Library

Thursday, 26 July, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Torquay Library,

Craig has spent the past 30 years mentoring thousands of teenagers in his stores. His book ‘28 Tips for Teenagers: Life Skills That Fast Track Success’ looks at skills Craig believes are important to help teenagers reach their own full


Disability Access Survey

Many of our members received an invitation to participate in our Disability Access Survey this week. We are inviting valuable insights from this survey to help inform our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.

Please share the survey link (below) with others if you feel they may like to contribute. All feedback will be anonymous and confidential. 

Go to the survey page on our website:

Forward to Friend


Back to news

You may also like...

Graphic and image, woman smiling, sitting at laptop Geelong Library News

Introducing Connecting and Thriving, our new Library Plan 2021-25

Following an extensive period of consultation with our staff, the public and other key stakeholders, we’re proud to present Connecting and Thriving, our new Library Plan 2021-25.

Geelong Cup Finish 1921 - black and white image News

Upcoming public holiday library closures

Please be advised of upcoming library closures due to public holidays in October and November.

Older man with an ipad seating on chair inside Colac Library News

Colac Library customers benefit from high-speed internet

Colac Library customers are benefitting from a range of improved technology services, since the branch joined Geelong Regional Libraries' network in July.


Libraries are re-opening!

Libraries in City of Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire are re-opening Monday 27 September.

Bare-foot man in jeans sitting outside on grass reading 'American Phinx', his face is covered by the book News

Libraries closed for public holiday

All Geelong Regional Libraries' branches and Mobile Libraries will be closed on Friday 24 September for the Victorian public holiday.


School Holiday Program - Zoom sessions

We're running a regular online school holiday program, with two sessions running every weekday, 10.30am and 2.30pm on Zoom. These free sessions are aimed at different ages and interests.