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“ W elco m e � Welcome to the Geelong Regional Libraries Corporation Calendar of Events for July to November 2011. Inside you will find information about a variety of activities to suit all ages, interests and needs. Public libraries play a vital role in our region enabling all members of the community to engage in lifelong learning and leisure activities. They do this through their committed staff, the provision of print and multimedia collections, online databases and e-books, access to the latest technologies and through a range of programs and events. We place special emphasis on the development of reading literacy and with this in mind, provide a huge range of children’s and youth events. Information technology and technology literacy is the focus of many in our region and our programs are designed to play our role in this. The calendar also details some exciting opportunities to attend author talks, participate in discussions about books and poetry and attend Melbourne Writers Festival events here in Geelong. We hope to see you in our libraries regularly. There is something for everyone. Cr Rod Macdonald Chair

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StoryTimes for Kids


School Holiday Programs


Programs for Youth


Special Events


Literary Activities and Events


Programs for Adults


Library Learning Workshops


Open Mind Lecture Series

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Fun for kids

storytime for kids Babytime Nursery Verses The early years are a critical time for developing a lifelong love of books and reading. Filled with songs, rhymes and finger plays, to stimulate little minds and encourage early language skills, a Babytime session is an early literacy program for babies aged 0-12 months. Mondays Geelong


Tuesdays Barwon Heads


Wednesdays Corio Belmont Geelong West

11.30-11.50am 2.30-2.50pm 2.30-2.50pm

Thursdays Ocean Grove Geelong

11.00-11.20am* 2.30-2.50pm

Fridays Newcomb


Saturdays Belmont

27 Aug, 24 Sept, 22 Oct, 26 Nov 10.30-10.50am

* Commencing September 2011

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Preschool Storytime Sharing stories with your child is one of the best ways to encourage early literacy skills and develop a lifelong love of reading. Join us for a fun session of stories, songs and rhymes at your local library.

Mondays Torquay


Tuesdays 10.30-11.15am Belmont, Chilwell, Corio, Drysdale, Newcomb Wednesdays 10.30-11.15am Geelong West, Grovedale, Torquay Thursdays 10.30-11.15am Belmont, Corio, Drysdale, Geelong, Geelong West, Newcomb, Queenscliff Fridays 10.30-11.15am Barwon Heads, Highton, Ocean Grove Saturdays Geelong

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9 Jul, 13 Aug, 10 Sept, 8 Oct, 12 Nov 10.30-11.15am

Indigenous Stories In acknowledgement of NAIDOC Week. Tuesday Corio

5 July 10.30am

Fathers Day Storytimes It’s Dad’s turn! Friday Corio

2 September 6.30pm

Saturday Belmont

3 September 10.30am

Stories in Spanglish Bilingual storytime sessions in English and Spanish. Tuesday Corio

11 October 1.30pm

Wednesday Belmont

12 October 10.30am

Fun for kids

storytime for special occasions

Bedtime tales Stories to relax and enjoy in your pjs. Monday Geelong West

24 October 6.30pm

Friday Corio

28 October 6.30pm

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school holidays

All Things That Fly

Line, Shape and Colour

Join in the fun these school holidays at your local library as we explore all things that fly!

Art, craft and creativity abound at your local library these school holidays.

4-16 July

26 September – 8 October

NOTE The activity program listing the school holiday activities and events will be available at your local library and online at Bookings essential.

NOTE The activity program listing the school holiday activities and events will be available at your local library and online at from late August. Bookings essential.

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Manga Club Are you a fan of Anime and Manga? Come along to one of our Manga Club get-togethers to talk about your favourite Manga, watch Anime and enjoy other fun activities. Bring your drawings or favourite Manga and be prepared to enjoy an hour of fun with other otaku. First Monday of the month Corio 5.00-6.00pm First Tuesday of the month Belmont 5.00-6.00pm First Thursday of the month Geelong West 5.00-6.00pm

Go Retro these School Holidays – Make your own Pin-Hole Camera! These school holidays, step back in time and learn how to make your own camera out of ordinary everyday material and take real photos using 35mm film! Friday Belmont

8 July 1.00-4.30pm

Wednesday Corio

13 July 1.00-4.30pm

Friday Ocean Grove

15 July 1.00-4.30pm

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youth programs

Journalism Writing Workshops In partnership with COGG If you’re aged 12-25 come along and contribute an article to the next issue of the Piercing Truth youth magazine. These free workshops are run by experienced journalists and include lunch and all writing materials. Learn how to write – get advice – swap ideas – have your articles edited. Monday Belmont

4 July 11.00am-3.00pm

Thursday Geelong West

14 July 11.00am-3.00pm

G.A.M.E Geelong Anime & Manga Expo Celebrate the diverse sub-culture of Japanese drawing, graphic novels and TV shows at this very special event. Experience Cos Play, view Anime screenings, participate in drawing workshops and sample Japanese culinary delicacies. This is an event not to be missed!

Friday 23 September Manga drawing workshops with OZ-Taku Newcomb (Ages 12-24) 1.00-5.00pm Anime Viewing Newcomb (Ages 15-24) 6.00-9.00pm

Heads Up for VCE Gain extra insight into the VCE English curriculum at this special author event. Book now for a morning with Steven Amsterdam (author of VCE English Text, Things We Didn’t See Coming) and Karen Ford (English and GAT assessor for VCAA and reviewer and advisor for the Text Selection Committee for VCE English). Friday Geelong West Town Hall

29 July 9.30am-12.15pm

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One World… Many Stories…

Book Week Lucky Dips

Children’s Book Week is a national celebration of reading and literature especially for young people. Your local library is joining the celebration with a range of activities and events for you to enjoy.

Stuck for something new to read? Why not take a chance and select one of our specially wrapped ‘mystery books’ to take home? You never know what you might find!

All Libraries

20-26 August

All libraries

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20-26 August

Each year a very special selection of books makes it to the short-list for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards. In these special storytimes, you can experience some of the titles that have been nominated as the best stories of the year. Saturday Corio Geelong Belmont

20 August 10.30am 10.30am 2.00pm

Author Event Andy Griffiths

Join us and hear Andy talk about his new book The 13-Storey Treehouse! Andy and Terry live in a 13-storey treehouse. They’ve got a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a games arcade, a giant rope swing, a vegetable vaporiser and a marshmallow machine. They’ve also got a new book to write, but there’s a problem. A BIG problem. Well, quite a few big problems actually..... Thursday Newcomb

Pictures in Paper on Paper – Workshops with Author / Illustrator David Miller Students from across the region are invited to attend a paper sculpture picture book illustrating workshop with Book of the Year Honour Book winner, writer and illustrator David Miller. David’s stunning picture book, Refugees was named an Honour Book in the Children Book Council of Australia’s Picture Book of the Year award in 2005 and his latest title, Rufus the Numbat was named in the Picture Books Notables list for 2011. For further information or to book your place visit your local library or Thursday Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Geelong

25 August 10.00-11.00am 1.30-2.30pm 4.00-5.00pm

Friday Queenscliff Drysdale

26 August 10.00-11.00am 1.30-2.30pm

children’s book week

Book Week Storytime Sessions

Creative Writing Competition Presentation Author / illustrator David Miller will announce the winners of this year’s Geelong Regional Library Corporation’s Creative Writing Competition at a special presentation event. Thursday Geelong

25 August 5.00pm

25 August 5.00-6.00pm

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world breastfeeding week 2011 Talk to me! Breastfeeding – A 3D Experience This is an open event to raise awareness of the Australian Breastfeeding Association and nursing Mums.

Monday Geelong West

1 August 10.30am

AUTHOR EVENTS Author Event Peter Klein

Author Event Liz Byrski

Racing has been part of Peter Klein’s life for over 35 years. These days he’s involved in the media, managing the racing department for Australian Associated Press. Peter will discuss his latest book Silk Chaser and share tips on the writing process. Thursday Torquay

18 August 7.00-8.30pm

Come along and be entertained by Liz as she reads from her latest novel Last Chance Café and share in many stories from her long list of novels and non fiction writing. Tuesday Geelong

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27 September 11.00am-12.00pm

Author Event Morris Gleitzman Multi-award winning writer, Morris Gleitzman is one of Australia’s bestselling and most loved children’s authors. His books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in humorous and unexpected ways. Best-selling titles include Two Weeks With The Queen, Toad Rage, Grace, Doubting Thomas, Bumface, Give Peas A Chance, Once, Then, Now, and Too Small To Fail. Don’t miss your chance to meet and hear Morris at one of these two special events. Tuesday 2 August Centenary Hall 1.00-2.30pm 1-15 Cox Road, Norlane Belmont Library 6.30-7.30pm

Author Event Emily Rodda Emily Rodda is one of Australia’s most successful, popular and versatile writers, and has won the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award an unprecedented five times. She is a master at creating worlds of magic and fantasy and her first Deltora series, Deltora Quest, was an instant classic and favourite with young readers around the world. Among the many books she has written are Crumbs!, Finders Keepers, and the Rowan of Rin books. Her most recent picture book titles include Game Plan and Where Do You Hide Two Elephants? Don’t miss this unique chance to meet and hear Emily Rodda speak and answer all your questions!

special events

big events just for kids

Friday 2 September Katsumata Centre 10.00-11.30am Kardinia International 1.00-2.30pm College, Kardinia Drive, Bell Post Hill

Hearing Awareness Week 2011 Author Event Chrissie Keighery Whisper is acclaimed young adult author Chrissie Keighery’s newest release and explores the story of newly deaf teenager, Demi, who not only faces all of the usual challenges of a new school and new friends, but also the at times seemingly insurmountable challenges of her new life without the ability to hear.

Friday Belmont Corio

26 August 10.30-11.30am 1.00-2.00pm

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Photographic Exhibition Land is Life; by Rodney Dekker In Partnership with Oxfam Australia Land is Life powerfully illustrates the impact of climate change in the Pacific Islands of Kiribati and Tuvalu. These photographs share a story of human determination and resilience in the face of great adversity. Join Rodney at our floor talk or enjoy the exhibition whilst it is on show at our libraries. Open Daily 15-25 August Belmont and Geelong West Floor Talk; Tuesday 23 August Belmont 10.30-11.30am Geelong West 12.00-1.00pm

children’s week 22 – 30 october Children’s Week in Geelong represents one of the largest community celebrations focusing on young children. We are delighted to join with the City of Greater Geelong to host the launch event. Join us for a morning of storytelling, songs and fun. Friday Belmont Library

Storytimes in the Park We are excited to partner with Parks Victoria for special outdoor storytimes. Monday 24 October Back to the Bush Storytime Lara Serendip Sanctuary, 11.00am 100 Windermere Road Wednesday 26 October On the Farm Storytime Belmont 11.00am Barwon Valley Fun Park, 51 Barrabool Road

21 October 10.30am

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Christmas Cards and Carols Make your own Christmas card and get in the festive spirit as you listen to a local string quartet playing Christmas carols. Tuesday Geelong West

special events

It’s Christmas!

22 November 2.30-4.00pm

celebrating seniors Special events at your library in support of Geelong’s Seniors Festival this October. Contact the library to book your place.

Bicycles and Cycling with Rod Charles Join Rod, a Geelong West local identity, as he speaks about The Geelong Cycling History project, an entertaining collection of local stories about bicycles and cycling from 1868 onwards. Thursday Geelong West

6 October 2.30-3.30pm

Musical Afternoon Tea Join in for a fun filled afternoon tea and entertainment as we host local performers, the Cloverdale Community Singers. Wednesday 26 October John Drysdale 2.00-3.00pm Auditorium, Corio Library

Bush Poetry with Colin Driscoll

Let our staff entertain you with storytelling and enjoy afternoon tea on us.

Enjoy a rollicking afternoon with bush poet extraordinaire Colin Driscoll as he entertains us all with his ballads that bring the Australian landscape and characters to life.

Tuesday Belmont

Tuesday Belmont

Teapot Tales at Belmont Library

11 October 2.00-4.00pm

18 October 2.00-4.00pm

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Book Chats A book chat session is a chance to meet other readers and enjoy a cuppa and a chat about books you are currently enjoying or long-held favourites. If you love to read and enjoy a chat, this session is for you. 3rd Thursday of each month Belmont 2.30-3.30pm 2nd Wednesday of each month Newcomb 2.30-3.30pm

Cult Fiction

Chatterbooks Why not join us after school for an afternoon of bookish fun? We’ll explore your favourite books, authors, genres and so much more! No need to book, just come along. Ages 8-12.

If you like reading and reviewing books, watching movies and creating digital content then Cult Fiction, the book club with a difference, is right for you. Ages 12+

1st Monday of each month Belmont 4.00-5.00pm

Last Thursday of each month Belmont Library 4.00-5.30pm

Last Wednesday of each month Ocean Grove 4.00-5.00pm

2nd Wednesday of each month Newcomb 4.00-5.00pm

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literary activities

poetry and conversation Dr Robyn Rowland, AO, presents local, national and international poets followed by an audience Q and A and discussion.

John Jenkins, Andy Kissane and Jennifer Strauss

Gina Mercer (Tas) and Paul Hetherington (ACT)

Sunday 3 July Morrow Theatrette, 3.00-5.30pm Above Geelong Library

Sunday 4 September Morrow Theatrette, 3.00-5.30pm Above Geelong Library

Alison Wong and Alan Gould: Poetry, Fiction and Conversation

Leah Kaminsky (Vic), Kevin Higgins (Ireland) and Susan Du Mars (Ireland)

Sunday 14 August Morrow Theatrette, 3.00-5.30pm Above Geelong Library

Sunday 6 November Morrow Theatrette, 3.00-5.30pm Above Geelong Library

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melbourne writers festival regional Tour In partnership with Geelong Regional Library Corporation, the Melbourne Writers Festival Regional Tour takes to the road!

Children’s Author Tour Acclaimed authors Kirsty Murray, Sue Lawson, Chris Morphew and Heath McKenzie will be travelling across Victoria participating in a series of free talks and workshops for school groups and young people. Join them to find out what makes a good story and how to write or draw one!

Talk Kirsty Murray

Talk Chris Morphew

Tuesday 30 August The Potato Shed 10.00-11.00am* 41 Peninsula Drive, Drysdale

Tuesday 30 August The Potato Shed 11.30am-12.30pm* 41 Peninsula Drive, Drysdale

Workshop Sessions Sue Lawson, Chris Morphew and Heath McKenzie

Workshop Sessions Kirsty Murray, Sue Lawson and Heath McKenzie

Tuesday 30 August The Potato Shed 10.00-11.00am* 41 Peninsula Drive, Drysdale

Tuesday 30 August The Potato Shed 11.30am-12.30pm* 41 Peninsula Drive, Drysdale

*All sessions are free, however bookings are essential as numbers are limited.

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literary activities

Bonus Session! Book Now This year we have an extra session with these authors for adult writers and readers! Writers Kirsty Murray and Chris Morphew talk with author Sue Lawson about what books mean to them and imagine a life without stories. Tuesday 30 August The Potato Shed 1.00pm 41 Peninsula Drive, Drysdale

Lynda La Plante Tour Join international bestselling author and screenwriter Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect) in this Melbourne Writers Festival keynote event. Lynda was inducted into the Crime Writing Hall of Fame (UK) in 2009, joining the likes of Agatha Christie and P.D. James. Join her as she talks about her distinguished career, and her latest Anna Travis novel, Blood Line. Sunday 4 September Geelong Performing 4.00pm Arts Centre, Drama Theatre

Bookings essential. Tickets $15 per head, book through our website or phone 5272 6010 for more information.

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programs for adults

Games Group

Mah Jong @ The Library

Meet new people and enjoy some friendly rivalry over games such as scrabble, checkers, cards and more.

Join Members of Life Activities Club Geelong who will play Mah Jong in the Belmont Library and introduce interested people to the game.

First Friday of each month Newcomb 10.00-11.00am

Tuesday Belmont

11 October 1.00-3.30pm

Family History – Starting your journey As part of Family History Week, 29 July – 7 August, learn how the library and the Geelong Heritage Centre can help you begin your family history. Monday Geelong

1 August 1.00-3.00pm

Wednesday Corio

3 August 1.00-3.00pm

Friday Belmont

5 August 9.30-11.30am

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Web Allsorts

Open Source Software

A one hour, classroom style workshop for beginners who are discovering the internet and email where you can ask an experienced computer user any of those tricky questions that currently have you stumped.

An introductory course that is one hour a week for four weeks and focuses on how to locate and use free software including photo editing, drawing and audio programs.

Fridays Belmont

15 Jul, 5 Aug, 9 Sept, 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 9 Dec 10.30-11.30am

1st Thursday of each month Newcomb 2.30-3.30pm 2nd Thursday of each month Torquay 7.00-8.00pm Last Friday of each month Torquay 10.30-11.30am

Mondays Belmont Corio Geelong West

22 Aug, 29 Aug, 5 Sept, 12 Sept 10.00-11.00am 1.30-2.30pm 3.30-4.30pm

E-Books and E-readers Attend this free Expo to understand the cultural shift from printed books to electronic books and participate in a ‘hands-on’ show-and-tell about e-books and e-readers. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own e-readers if they own them. Wednesday Geelong

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31 August 6.00-10.00pm

learning workshops

Introduction to the Library Website and Online Learning Resources

Introduction to Email and the Internet

This session will introduce the library website, how to search it and how to use the online catalogue. It will also demonstrate the fabulous free online learning resources and downloadables.

A one hour class that will run during Seniors Week to help seniors to understand the basics of Email and the Internet.

Monday Ocean Grove

5 September 2.00-3.00pm

Tuesday Queenscliff

6 September 2.00-3.00pm

Wednesday Corio

7 September 10.00-11.30am

Friday Belmont

9 September 9.30-10.30am

Friday Queenscliff

7 October 11.00am

Surf the Menu – Introduction to Recipe Websites Let our staff teach you how to expand your recipe book by accessing the wealth of recipe websites online. Monday Drysdale

21 November 9.30-10.30am

Monday Ocean Grove

21 November 2.00-3.00pm

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Homeless People and Poverty Les Twentyman, AO

What’s happening to our boys? Maggie Hamilton

Les is a prominent youth outreach worker and community activist from the western suburbs of Melbourne. He will speak in National Homeless Persons Week to raise awareness of the issues facing the homeless.

Maggie returns to the library to offer a lecture about boys and young men. Many people are confused about how best to tackle the many issues facing boys. How does society’s high pressure environment affect a boy’s confidence, his values and aspirations, his wellbeing, his sense of community, and his attitudes towards himself and girls and women?

Tuesday 2 August Morrow Theatrette 7.30-9.00pm Above Geelong Library

Wednesday 7 September National Wool Museum 7.30-9.00pm Theatrette, Moorabool Street, Geelong

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open minds series

Mental Health Week Positive Psychology Chris Mackey Positive Psychology is a growing field interested not only in alleviating mental health problems but also actively enhancing people’s wellbeing. This talk will be based in part on developments highlighted at the 2nd World Congress on Positive Psychology held in Philadelphia this year. Tuesday 11 October Morrow Theatrette 7.30-9.00pm Above Geelong LIbrary

Men’s Sheds and Men’s Health Gary Green Gary is a Registered Nurse (Mental Health) and has been involved in Men’s Sheds and Men’s Health for the past 12 years. Gary’s lecture will focus on the history of the Australian Men’s Shed Association and the benefits of this to men’s health and wellbeing. Tuesday 22 November Morrow Theatrette 7.30-9.00pm Above Geelong Library

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Barwon Heads Primary School, Golf Links Road Barwon Heads Vic 3227 Phone (03) 5254 2143

49 Little Malop Street Geelong Vic 3220 Phone (03) 5222 1212

Cnr Bellarine Highway and Wilsons Road Newcomb Vic 3219 Phone (03) 5248 1802

Geelong West Belmont 163 High Street Belmont Vic 3216 Phone (03) 5243 2655

153B Pakington Street Geelong West Vic 3218 Phone (03) 5229 1939

Grovedale Chilwell 51 Russell Street Newtown Vic 3220 Phone (03) 5221 5129

45-49 Heyers Road Grovedale Vic 3215 Phone (03) 5241 5152

Highton Corio Cox Road (cnr Moa St) Norlane Vic 3214 Phone (03) 5275 2388

Roslyn Road (cnr Bellevue Ave) Highton Vic 3216 Phone (03) 5243 4864


Lara (opening late 2011)

18-20 Hancock Street Drysdale Vic 3222 Phone (03) 5251 3855

5 Walkers Road Lara Vic 3212 Phone (03) 5282 4182

MOBILE LIBRARIES Geelong, Surf Coast and Golden Plains Phone (03) 5272 6010 Opening hours and further information is available from all libraries and at our website

Ocean Grove Presidents Avenure (cnr The Avenue) Ocean Grove Vic 3226 Phone (03) 5255 4218

Queenscliff 55 Hesse Street Queenscliff Vic 3225 Phone (03) 5258 2017

Torquay Surf City Plaza Beach Road Torquay Vic 3228 Phone (03) 5261 3049

Events and Programs Calendar July – November 2011  

Events and Programs for Geelong Regional Libraries. July - November 2011