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As the days grow shorter and cooler, it is the perfect time to get cosy with a great read. With an excellent collection of fiction and non-fiction, print and multimedia resources, the library is your go-to place to get sorted for some serious Easter reading and relaxation. April is a busy month for events including: Stephanie Alexander (sorry, booked out), Greg Pyers, Chloe Shorten and Jennifer Bantow OAM. Of course, as always, we have a range of fun events for children and young people over the school holidays.


Geelong’s most distinctive function space is ready to host your next formal banquet, conference, expo, training seminar, wedding or corporate event. The High Ground, Wurdi Youang, is a unique, under-the-dome space with inspiring architecture, superb catering, intuitive technology and north-facing balcony with scene-stealing views over Geelong, Corio Bay and the You Yangs. Offering a flexible floor plan, it can accommodate up to 250 guests for a cocktail style event and 150 guests banquet style. For more information about this venue or the network of meeting rooms available for community hire, please contact our venue hire team by phone, 4201 0517 or by email,


Last month we recommended ten top reads by Australian women writers. This month we broaden the net with recommendations from the Indie Book Awards 2017. Book of the Year was awarded to Jane Harper for her debut fiction, The Dry. Other winners and shortlisted writers include: Dominic Smith for The Last Painting of Sara de Vos; Helen Garner for Everywhere I look; Hannah Kent for The Good People; Liane Moriarty for Truly Madly Guilty; Inga Simpson for Where the Trees Were; Maxine Beneba-Clarke for The Hate Race; Richard Fidler for Ghost Empire; Clementine Ford for Fight like a Girl; David Dyer for The Midnight Watch and Melissa Ashley for The Birdman’s Wife.

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Our celebration of the Australian Heritage Festival kicks off with a presentation by Jennifer Bantow OAM looking at architecture through the eyes of artists. Jennifer’s lecture will focus on a selection of significant Geelong structures depicted in artists’ images. The buildings celebrated in art are ones which give Geelong its character and individual identity. Celebrations continue in May with Dr David Rowe and Dolores Skowronski-Malloni exploring our built and natural heritage.



Did you know we can help you to learn a new language? You can choose from a large range of languages and learn anywhere, anytime. Mango Languages is available free to library members online via the library website.  An engaging language and culture learning program, Mango Languages is suitable for all ages. Get started today and you will be prepared for that overseas holiday you've been dreaming of. 


This Autumn we host a very special event – our second annual lecture in memory of Fiona Baranowski. Fiona is remembered for her long history and valuable contribution to library services in the region. This year’s lecture will be presented by Professor Catharine Lumby (pictured) who will explore the topic of young people, sex, love and relationships in an online era. A former journalist, Professor Lumby is a Professor of Media at Macquarie University, the author of six books and the founding Chair of the Media and Communications Department at the University of Sydney and the Founding Director of the Journalism and Media Research Centre at UNSW.



Greg Pyers – The Unfortunate Victim

Wednesday, 19 April
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Belmont Library

Based on a true story, prolific local author Greg Pyers introduces a charming, shrewd and brilliant new protagonist, Private Investigator Otto Berliner. The Unfortunate Victim is Greg’s first historical crime fiction and is set in Daylesford and Castlemaine in the 1860s.



Chloe Shorten - Take Heart, A Story for Modern Stepfamilies

Thursday, 27 April 2017
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library & Heritage Centre

Chloe Shorten is a public affairs specialist, a mother to three children and married to Bill Shorten, the leader of the Federal Opposition. In her new book Chloe takes a close and considered look at modern Australian families and tells of her own quest to create a new normal. Honest, sincere and warm hearted, it is the story of the modern household and it broadens the idea of who qualifies as ‘a family’ in the 21st century.


The Science and Practice of Mindfulness

Wednesday, 5 April 2017
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Newcomb Library

Geelong psychologist and mindfulness practitioner Helen Handsjuk will answer the questions: What is mindfulness? What are the benefits? Are there any adverse effects? How and why does it work? What does mindfulness practice look like? The session will include practical techniques and time for Q&As.


Kimono Crazy!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017
2:30pm to 3:30pm
Lara Library

Celebrate Golden Week early with this all-ages session based around traditional Japanese papercrafts and activities. Take your photo while wearing a traditional silk or cotton kimono, colour a kanzashi flower and make your own hair clip or bouquet, fold a kusudama flower, or design and colour your own paper hagoita paddle. Tanoshimi ni!


Keeping Backyard Chooks

Multiple Times
Multiple Locations

Always wanted to keep backyard chooks? Presenters from the Geelong and District Poultry Club will talk about buying, feeding and housing backyard chooks as well as how to keep them healthy and producing eggs. Learn how to experience the satisfaction of cooking and baking with your own fresh eggs.


Autumn Scents

Tuesday, 11 April 2017
10:30am to 11:30am
Lara Library

Welcome the beautiful scents of autumn into your home with this sensory session using essential oils, spices and flowers. Learn how to make Tudor pomanders or scent balls, Regency scent stones, and fizzing Edwardian bath bombs. Keep them for yourself or make them for Easter gifts.


8 steps to a more organised home

multiple dates and locations

Mary-Anne Bennie, author of From Stuffed to Sorted,will show you how to organise your whole house in a series of eight-minute blitzes. Bust your excuses and find the motivation to start; develop techniques to set yourself up for success and focus on one area of your house at a time. From kick-starting your kitchen to boosting your bedroom, make the finishing touches to create the home you have always wanted.


Play reading

Friday, 28 April 2017
10:30am to 12:00pm
Geelong Library & Heritage Centre

If you normally nestle into an armchair to enjoy your current read, here is an opportunity to break out of the everyday. Join with other participants to bring a play to life. This is your chance to be a star for a day! Pick the script and choose your character to read aloud with other cast members.


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