What's On at Geelong Regional Libraries - Spring 2019 Brochure Cover Featuring Christian White


Our Spring edition of the What's On brochure is out now!


Heritage Centre


Unlock the rich history of Geelong and surrounding regions online!

Victoria’s largest regional archive is now just a click away. Search the Geelong Heritage Centre collections online and uncover the many treasures that exist...

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Libraries Change Lives is a state-wide campaign which highlights the positive impacts that Victorian public libraries have on their communities


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The Dome


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Christos Tsiolkas' stunning new novel Damascus is a work of soaring ambition and achievement, of immense power and epic scope, taking as its subject nothing less than events surrounding the birth and establishment of the Christian church. The author of six novels including Loaded, The Slap and Barracuda, each of which was made into either a film or television series, Christos Tsiolkas is one of Australia’s most highly regarded and awarded authors.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Bob Hawke began life as a good Christian boy from a teetotal family. He became a wild, drinking, womanising student, a Rhodes Scholar, a champion of workers, a folk hero recognised throughout the country, and a dynamic politician who was elected four times as Australia’s Prime Minister. Bob’s widow and biographer, Blanche d’Alpuget is an acclaimed novelist, biographer and essayist. She has won numerous literary awards, including the inaugural Australasian Prize for Commonwealth Literature in 1987. Join Blanche in conversation with Robert Gott to discuss her definitive commemorative biography marking Bob Hawke’s extraordinary life and legacy. 

Tickets $60 pp ($50 concession) including lunch at the magnificent Wurdi Youang (top floor of the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre) and a glass of champagne upon arrival - Book Now


Saturday, 7 December 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

eKnow How

Victorian Energy Compare

Victorian Energy Compare is the Victorian Government’s independent energy price comparison website. Learn how to find better electricity, gas and solar offers and claim the $50 Power Saving Bonus. Bring along your electricity bill and a pen. iPads will be provided.

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NBN Awareness Initiative

These special sessions are being presented by the nbn™ Local Community Affairs team help you understand and answer questions about the nbn™ network.
Each session will cover:

  • What is NBN™ & How to get connected
  • How the NBN™ will affect your existing Home Phone
  • Medical alarms & Power outages 
  • Information about scams, amongst other things

The purpose of this initiative is to ensure communities have all the necessary information during the rollout of the NBN™ access network. It aims to give the community a forum to ask questions and troubleshoot any concerns they might have.

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Barry Heard - The Operators

Sophisticated computer hacking told the Asian syndicate everything it needed to know about Wally - everything but why it would be a big mistake to kidnap him! The Operators is a thrilling yarn of wit, man bags, and old-fashioned ingenuity in the face of a changing world from master storyteller Barry Heard. Barry’s books include the bestselling memoir Well Done, Those Men, its prequel, The View from Connor’s Hill, and the World War I novel Tag.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters


J.M. Green is a crime writer based in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Her debut novel, Good Money, the first hardboiled-crime novel featuring Stella Hardy, was shortlisted for a 2016 Ned Kelly Award, the Sisters in Crime's Davitt Award for best debut, as well as the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Shoot Through is the third in the Stella Hardy series, following Too Easy.

Thursday, 5 December 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Corio Library

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Shane Tindal – Just Like A Son

Eighteen year old Freddy has always wanted to be a pilot like his World War Two pilot father and enrols at the Point Cook Air Force College as a cadet. After active service Freddy wakes up, severely injured in a strange hut to find out that he has crashed a Vampire jet, and is to face a court-martial. Author Shane Tindal’s first novel draws inspiration from her experience of the Royal Australian Air Force, initially as a service brat, then as a legal officer and finally as the spouse of an Air Force Engineer.

You may also be interested in the Lara RSL Sub Branch Exhibition at Lara Library, presented in conjunction with this event.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Lara Library

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Heather Morris - Cilka's Journey

Heather Morris is an international number one bestselling author who is passionate about stories of survival, resilience and hope. Her second novel, Cilka’s Journey, is the breathtaking sequel to the internationally bestselling novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Based on what is known of Cilka’s time in Auschwitz, and on the experience of women in Siberian prison camps, this is a powerful testament to the triumph of the human will in adversity. Cilka’s Journey is the remarkable story of one woman’s fierce determination to survive, against all odds.


Wednesday, 11 December 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Catherine Jinks - Shepherd

Tom Clay is a boy among violent men. He keeps his own counsel and watches over his sheep. He is alert to danger: and a vicious killer named Dan Carver is coming for Tom. This riveting, fast-paced new novel from the multi-award-winning Catherine Jinks brings the brutality and courage of Australia’s colonial frontier vividly to life – and sees one of our master storytellers at the peak of her powers.

Thursday, 12 December 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

eKnow How

Introduction to Kanopy

Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers viewers a large collection of award-winning films and documentaries. Come and learn how it works. 

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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 grlc.vic.gov.au/learn/little-readers/events-little-readers

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eKnow How Computer screens and binary code

NBN Awareness Initiative

Come along to this information session to find out more about the rollout of the nbn™ access network.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and troubleshoot any concerns they might have.  Drop in anytime during this session to receive information including:

• What the nbn™ is and how to get connected
• How the nbn™ will affect your existing home phone
• Medical alarms and power outages 
• Information about scams

Drop in session - bookings not required.

Monday, 25 November 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Lara Library

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Lara RSL Sub Branch Exhibition at Lara Library

RAAF Base Point Cook was the first military aviation base in Australia and features our oldest, most extensive complex of military aviation buildings. As the home of Australia's first military flying school and

the birthplace of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the air base played a pivotal role in the history of military and civil aviation in Australia for more than 90 years.

The Lara RSL Sub Branch presents a display of photos as well as memorabilia from that era at Point Cook Air Force Base, around the time the book was written, on show from 2-12 December 2019 at Lara Library.

You may also be interested in an Author Encounter session with Shane Tindal discussing her debut novel, Just Like a Son, which draws inspiration from her experience of the Royal Australian Air Force. At Lara Library on Tuesday 10 December. Click here for more information and bookings.

Monday, 2 December 2019 - 10:00am to 8:00pm
Lara Library

Special Events


***Please note this event is sold out and the waitlist is full, so we are no longer taking bookings.***

The name Captain James Cook is one of the most recognisable in Australian history - an almost mythic figure who is often discussed, celebrated, reviled and debated. Some 240 years after his death, Peter FitzSimons reveals what kind of man James Cook was at heart - his strengths, his weaknesses, his passions and pursuits, failures and successes.
Peter FitzSimons is Australia's bestselling non-fiction writer and the author of a number of highly successful books. His passion is to tell Australian stories, our own stories: of great men and women, of stirring events in our history.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

All About Kids!

Bio-mazing Bodies!

Our bodies are amazing! Learn more about how they work and use science, technology, engineering and maths principles to discover more and create your own body parts out of recycled materials. Bookings essential. Ages 8+

Wednesday, 6 November 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Corio Library

All About Kids!

Nifty Knitters

Get your neurones firing! Learn about the human body and how it works by creating your own Knitting Nancy and using it to create a neuron to take home. Bookings essential. Ages 6+

Thursday, 7 November 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Corio Library

Creative & Connected


Find some inner peace before the holiday season rush starts. Join us in a guided meditation session as you learn to relax and find inner peace. No experience required.

Saturday, 9 November 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Corio Library

Creative & Connected


Reducing plastic use is the aim of the day. Make a lightweight reusable produce bag to carry your local produce in. All materials supplied.

Friday, 22 November 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Corio Library

All About Kids!

The Perfect Puppy

Join illustrator Katrina Fisher for the launch of her debut picture book The Perfect Puppy created with author Alyce Hall. An easy-to-read, beautifully hand illustrated and heart warming story about looking different and finding your family. Puppy Logan's persistent yet humorous attempts to act like the other animals on the farm will fill children with laughter, love and hope. All ages.

Saturday, 23 November 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Leopold Library

eKnow How

3D Printing Basics

Discover what 3D printing is and how it works. Design your own custom name tag and see an item 3D printed in this beginner's session.

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Lara Library closed due to power outage

The Lara Library will be closed for the remainder of today (21/11/2019) due to intermittent power outages.

The Dome

Venue Hire Options

Level 5 of the Dome features a flexible, multi-purpose event space with capacity to seat up to 300 people and high-end audiovisual technology make this the perfect venue for business events, receptions, dinners and weddings.

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