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Italian Discussion Group Mill Park Library Writers Club Meetings
Monday 5 July & 2 August 1.30pm – 3.00pm Are you a budding author or just enjoy writing? Do you want to share your writing? Then come along, bring your writing and become part of our writers group.

CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK Construct a Book Across the Story Bridge
Monday 23 August 4.00pm – 5.00pm Design and create your own book as part of Children’s Book Week activities. Suitable for children attending primary school.

Heirloom and Antique Discovery Day
In Partnership with the Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program Saturday 31 July 1.00pm–2.30pm Join Dawn Davis from Eaglemont Antiques as she provides advice about preserving your precious antiques. Bring along a personal treasure for appraisal. Strictly one item per person please. Bookings required.

FAMILY HISTORY MONTH Family History Research Day
In Partnership with the Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program Tuesday 3 August 10.00am–3.00pm Are you a confident researcher with computer skills who just needs some time to get stuck into family history research? Enjoy this event just for genealogists. Includes access to databases including Ancestry and Times Digital Archives, historical indexes and more. Limited staff assistance available. Places limited. Lunch provided.

Wednesday 7July & 4 August (First Wednesday of the month) 2.00pm–3.00pm Do you speak Italian? Come to the library for a cuppa and a chat, make new friends and borrow NEW items from the Italian collection.

Poetry Idol
In Partnership with The Paradise Anthology and Salon Productions Sunday 4 July 2.00pm–4.30pm Here’s your chance to win $2,000, get published and compete in the state final at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. Poets from the age of 12 to their twilight years will have two minutes to impress the judges and audience with their original spoken word, poetry or hip hop. Or just come along enjoy the performances and vote for your favourite poet. Refreshments provided. Places in this heat are strictly limited. To register contact Michael Crane at:

Knitting Group
Wednesday 21 July & 18 August (Third Wednesday of the month) 2.00pm–3.00pm Join beginners and experienced knitters and use your skills to knit items for charity.

Your Library
Independent Type Books and Writing in Victoria Travelling Exhibition
Mill Park Library Saturday 31 July to Sunday 29 August
Explore every aspect of the world of books and writing in Victoria with this fascinating display of rare books and original manuscripts, photographs, artworks and installations. Items on display in this State Library of Victoria travelling exhibition include literary journals, portraits, illustrations and cartoons; theatre programs and cutting-edge zines. The exhibition examines the printed book, electronic media, the spoken word and even a possum-skin cloak. Hear about the exhibition from Melbourne Writers’ Festival Associate Director Steve Grimwade on Monday 2 August. As part of this celebration of writing and books we will also be holding two creative writing workshops. See inside the brochure for details.

Card Making Workshops
Monday 12 July & 9 August 1.00pm – 2.30pm Make new friends. Learn how to design and create cards for any occasion at our free regular workshops. Register with library staff.



FAMILY HISTORY MONTH Family History Fest Irish Newspapers
Wednesday 25 August 1.30pm – 2.30pm Join Beryl O’Gorman from the Genealogical Society of Victoria’s Irish Ancestry Group who will introduce researchers to Irish Newspapers on the internet and how they can assist with your research. Bookings required.

Top 20 Hottest Action Movies
Thursday 15 July 6.30pm – 8.00pm Feel the heat this Winter with a night of escapism, as we view and debate some of the greatest, and not so great, action movie film clips of all time. Hot refreshments provided.

Independent Type Books and Writing in Victoria Travelling Exhibition
Saturday 31 July to Sunday 29 August Mill Park Library proudly hosts this statewide travelling exhibition, which celebrates Victoria’s rich and diverse written culture, highlighting the stories, the voices and the spirit of independence that have made our literature unique.

Family History Month of August
Researching your family history can be very rewarding, revealing amazing stories and connections. This month we focus on the art of genealogy. Begin your genealogy journey, learn new research skills and learn how to publish your family history with events at all branches. For details see inside the brochure.

NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK Saturday 14 August to Sunday 22 August Exploring the Universe
Wednesday 18 August 6.30pm–7.30pm Astronomer Arthur Coombs returns to take you on a journey through our solar system. Travel the outer limits and discover what lies in the universe beyond.

Family History Fest How to use Genealogy Blogs
Wednesday 28 July 1.30pm–2.30pm User-contributed content on genealogy websites is thriving as genealogists discover the usefulness of this online technology. Learn how to share information, photos and more online with family, friends and other researchers. Bookings required.

NEW Wii Fun
Tuesday 6 July & 3 August 4.00pm–4.45pm (Prep – Grade 2) 4.45pm–5.30pm (Grade 3+) Kids can come along and have lots of fun playing our Wii in the library with other children the same age. This is a NEW monthly session.

Focus on Health
Find out how to avoid diabetes and have strong healthy bones at Thomastown and Lalor libraries during July and August. National Diabetes Week aims to educate Australia of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and how it can be prevented. The focus in on bone health and care during National Healthy Bones Week. See inside the brochure for event dates and times.

NEW Mill Park PC Users Group
Friday 16 July & 20 August 2.00pm – 3.00pm Having trouble with your computer or just wanting to improve computer skills? Join this NEW regular PC Users group as we discuss your PC needs in a fun and informative forum.

Independent Type Books and Writing in Victoria Travelling Exhibition Curator’s Talk
Monday 2 August 6.30pm–7.30pm Join Steve Grimwade, Associate Director of the Melbourne Writers Festival, for a presentation about the exhibition. Discovering its themes, personalities and stories behind the stories. Refreshments provided.

Top 20 Science Fiction Flicks
Thursday 19 August 6.30pm–8.00pm Celebrate National Science Week with some close encounters of the science fiction kind. Get spaced out as we view and debate some of the greatest, and not so great, science fiction movie film clips of all time. Refreshments provided.


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Trivia Afternoon
Monday 19 July & 16 August (Third Friday of the month) 1.00pm – 2.30pm Where was the Titanic built or where did Pinnochio come from? Such questions and more will be answered at our NEW regular trivia afternoon. Register at the library and join in for some trivia fun.

Writing Workshop No.1 Getting It Down: Basic Steps to Becoming a Writer
Wednesday 4 August 6.30pm–8.30pm Presented by Express Media, this free workshop will introduce you to the skills required to become a great writer. Bookings required.

Eltham Library Upgrade Eltham Library will be CLOSED from 7 June until early August.

Turning Tears into Laughter
Friday 20 August 11.45am–12.30pm (After pre-school storytime) Lou Harvey-Zahra is the author of Turning Tears into Laughter: Creative Discipline for the Toddler to Preschool Years. Lou will share ideas from her book, including tips to help with squabbles and happy bedtimes. Books will be available to purchase.

Children’s Book Week
Across the Story Bridge Saturday 21 August to Friday 27 August
Children’s Book Week is celebrating its 65th birthday this year. This year we go ‘across the story bridge’ to celebrate books and Australian authors and illustrators. This year, design and create a book and hear much-loved ‘bridge’ stories. See inside the brochure for dates and times.

Researching Your Italian Family History
In partnership with the Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program Monday 30 August 1.00pm–2.30pm Italians have been migrating here since the arrival of the First Fleet and the numbers increased dramatically after the Second World War. Come along to this session to learn some tips and strategies for researching your Italian family history.

Poetry Launch Breathing my Hours
Sunday 29 August 2.00pm – 4.00pm “At times, Boddy’s writing reminds one of a Chagall painting: vivid, haunted, defying gravity.” Dr. Christine Crowle Janet R Boddy is a local painter, and Breathing My Hours is her first publication of poetry. Refreshments will be provided. Bookings required.

Poetry Idol
Sunday 4 July 2.30pm – 4.00pm
It’s the poet’s moment in the spotlight and it’s all happening at Diamond Valley Library. The library is hosting a heat of Poetry Idol, a poetry competition run by the Paradise Anthology and Salon Productions. Local emerging poets perform original creations at the library. All are invited to hear the performances and vote for their favourite poems. Budding poets are encouraged to enter. For details see inside.

FAMILY HISTORY MONTH Who’s Hiding a Convict?
Thursday 19 August 10.30am–11.30am Do you have a celebrated ancestor or convict in your background? Share stories from your family history over morning tea. You never know what you may discover!

Talking Finance
Wednesday 28 July 1.00pm– 2.00pm Have money to invest but need the correct advice? Greg Godfrey will talk about finding suitable investment managers and options to help you make the most of your hard-earned savings.

Writing Workshop No.2 Writing Fiction: Frustrations and Pitfalls for First-time Novelists
Wednesday 11 August 6.30pm–9.30pm Presented by Victorian Writers’ Centre. Avoid some of the pitfalls of the first-time novelist in this three-hour workshop. Bookings required.

Get Connected Overdrive
Monday 23 August 7.00pm–8.30pm Discover the world of downloadable books in this session on Overdrive. You will learn how to download, burn and transfer books to your media player, so you can enjoy your favourite author anywhere!

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LibraryThing Workshop
Monday 26 July 7.30pm – 8.30pm Learn about LibraryThing and other web activities to share your love of books with readers worldwide.

NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK Saturday 14 August to Sunday 22 August Finding Planets and Meteorites
Tuesday 10 August 7.00pm–8.30pm Learn how to find planets in the night sky. Hold meteorites and rocks from space. See the stars and planets through a telescope if weather allows. For adults and teenagers.

Releasing Stress and Anxiety Creative Writing Group
Friday 20 August 10.30am–11.30am Guest presenter and author of A Year of Writing Inspiration Suzanne Male will offer inspiring suggestions for expanding your creative writing. Tuesday 6 July 7.00pm–8.00pm Stress and anxiety can impact negatively on our health and our relationships. Come to this special session with David Donahoo, and discover techniques to release stress. Bookings required.

Bedtime Storytime
Tuesday 3 August 7.00pm–8.00pm Pyjama alert! Come wearing your warmest, fluffy winter pyjamas for a cosy night of stories and fun activities. Bookings required.

Tall Words Theatre
In Partnership with Banyule City Council and Arts Victoria Friday 13 August to Sunday 15 August 5.00pm – 6.00pm Experience the library in a different light with Tall Words, a theatre performance by D.V.A. Theatre Company, which explores the library from the perspective of people with intellectual disability.

Macedonian Night
Wednesday 4 August 6.30pm – 8.00pm Join us for an evening of food and dancing. The Australian Macedonian Folk Dancing Association Goce Delcev will entertain as the library launches a NEW collection of Macedonian books and DVDs.

Wii Games Session
Monday 9 August 3.30pm – 4.30pm Join us after school for fun and frivolity on the Wii. Compete against your friends and family in the friendliest of environments, the library.

FAMILY HISTORY MONTH Starting Your Family History
Monday 23 August 11.30am –12.30pm Join our Local History Librarian Liz Pidgeon for an introduction to researching your family history. Tip sheets provided. Bookings required.

African Masks
Tuesday 27 July 4.00pm – 5.00pm Come to the library to make some wonderful African masks. For primary age children.

CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK Saturday 21 August to Friday 27 August Just4Kids
Tuesday 24 August 4.00pm–5.00pm It’s Children’s Book Week. Write a story and make and illustrate your own book. For primary age children.

Memories of Our Community Changing Times
Tuesday 13 July 10.30am–12.00noon Join our friendly group for morning tea and an interesting chat about the enormous changes that have taken place in our lifetime, with Watsonia’s community liaison librarian Lynne Siejka.

Chinese Bilingual Storytime FAMILY HISTORY MONTH Writing and Publishing Your Family History
Tuesday 3 August 7.00pm–8.00pm Local writer and publisher Fee Sievers from Rebus Publishing will give tips about memoir writing, reveal how to write your family history and explore different story presentation options. Tuesday 17 August 7.00pm – 8.00pm Have fun with tales told both in Chinese and English, wonderful rhymes and songs, and a craft activity. Bookings required.


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Restoring Family Photos FAMILY HISTORY MONTH Families on the Web
Tuesday 3 August 2.00pm – 4.00pm Take part in this hands-on workshop on finding your family using internet resources. Useful for people who have already started researching their family history. Numbers limited. Bookings required. Thursday 19 August 10.30am–11.30am Carol Heath from Pixel to Pixel will demonstrate restoring, organising and preserving family photos and documents. Bring one photo for Carol’s appraisal. Bookings required.

Weekly Seniors
Every Thursday 1.00pm – 3.00pm The conversation is always interesting at our Weekly Seniors group. Join the chat, play games and partake in afternoon tea.

Jigsaw Puzzle Morning
Tuesday 13 July 11.00am –12.00noon Come along and play with large floor puzzles at the Toy Library. Join in the fun and be in the running for a puzzle prize. Suitable for ages 1– 5 years.

Writers@Watsonia Steven Conte
Thursday 15 July 7.00pm–8.00pm Stephen Conte won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award in 2008 for his novel The Zookeeper’s War. Join us for a discussion of the novel, his new work to be published later this year, and aspects of novel writing. Bookings required.

Writers@Watsonia Workshopping
Thursday 19 August 6.30pm – 8.30pm Share your work with a group of fellow writers, and get feedback on your writing. Email your work to a week before the session. New members welcome.

HEALTHY BONES WEEK Sunday 1 August to Saturday 7 August Bone Health and Care
Tuesday 3 August 10.00am –11.00am Do you have back pain or a sore neck? Join Dr Dein Vindigni as he gives vital tips about bone health and care.

ESL Conversation Program
Every Saturday 11.30am –12.30pm Come along, meet new people, have a cup of tea and improve your conversational English skills.

DIABETES WEEK Sunday 11 July to Saturday 17 July
Thursday 15 July 1.00pm – 3.00pm Learn about diabetes health care and prevention from Kate Wilkinson from Plenty Valley Community Health and Northern Alliance HARP Diabetes Program. Come along with any questions you would like answered. Bookings required.


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Chess for Fun
Thursday 22 July 6.30pm–8.00pm Learn some moves from chess aficionado and coach Frank Meerbach, and challenge someone to a game!

Photography Wisdom
Tuesday 24 August 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Toy Library NEW Toys Launch
Friday 13 August 11.00am –12.00noon Come along and be the first to see and borrow the brand new toys on offer. Meet Pirate Pete and see his amazing balloon creations.

The Saturday Story
Every Saturday 11.00am –11.30am Looking for something to do on a rainy Saturday morning? Visit the library and be surprised by a mini storytime based on a letter from the alphabet. Colouringin activity included. Suitable for all ages.

NEW Book Morning Tea
Saturday 17 July 10.30am–12.00noon Enjoy a cuppa and browse our NEW books while listening to the soothing sounds of harpist Margaret Crichton.

Scrabble Night
Thursday 12 August 6.30pm–9.00pm Join us for a night of family friendly fun and games. Suitable for everyone from beginners to experts. Bring your board and get involved.

Teen Games Night
Friday 2 July & 6 August 5.00pm – 7.00pm Play the Wii or one of our 35 computers. For 13 –18 year olds.

Memories of Our Community Parenthood
Tuesday 10 August 10.30am–12.00noon Join our friendly group for morning tea and an interesting chat about your memories of being a parent, with Lynne Siejka Watsonia’s community liaison librarian.

Treasures @ Rosanna Library
Saturday 3 July 2.00pm – 3.30pm Antiques expert Dawn Davis from Eaglemont Antiques reveals the secrets behind identifying the treasures in your home. Bookings required.

NEW Writers Group
Thursday 29 July 2.00pm–3.00pm Budding author or just enjoy writing? Attend our monthly meetings, support other writers and hear guest speakers. Register at the library.

I Do, I Do – Marriage Costumes and Customs
Thursday 26 August 1.30pm–3.00pm Local historian, Ann Dixon, returns due to popular demand! She will discuss the history of marriage and wedding customs with examples of wedding dresses and accessories. Bookings required.

Photographer Wayne Gosshall will reveal how to improve your photography and make it more professional. Bookings required.

Fortnightly Charity Knitting Group
Wednesday 7 & 21 July Wednesday 4 & 18 August 11.00am –1.00pm Join this group to knit items for local charities. Donations of wool and knitting needles welcome.

Italian Storytime
Monday 19 July & 16 August 10.00am –11.00am Join Nonna Maria for Italian songs and rhymes, stories and a simple craft activity.

FAMILY HISTORY MONTH Using the Ancestry Database
Tuesday 17 August 11.00am –12.00noon An introduction to the Ancestry database for family history researchers. Bookings required.


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NEW Scrabble Group
Wednesday 7 July & 4 August 1.00pm – 3.00pm Join our NEW monthly Scrabble group. Have fun with other addicts of this fabulous game. Come alone or bring a friend.

Men’s Morning Cooking Demonstration
Thursday 22 July 10.30am –12.00noon Learn how to prepare a couple of easy recipes to share with the family. Arthur Yong will show you how easy it is to be creative in the kitchen. Join us for this fun session and impress your family and friends. Bookings required.

Thomastown Book Group
Tuesday 6 July & Tuesday 3 August 11.00am–12.00noon We still have places for people to join the Thomastown Book Group. Come along and enjoy a friendly chat about a book you have read, make new friends and enjoy a cuppa. Thomastown Book Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month.

Dr Christine Maingard Mental Detox for Everyone
Thursday 8 July 7.00pm – 8.30pm Stressed? Can’t cope? Don’t know which way to turn? Hear author Dr. Christine Maingard talk about her book and how to change your life by thinking less and thinking differently. Bookings required.

CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK Across the Story Bridge FAMILY HISTORY MONTH Writing a Life Story
Thursday 5 August 1.30pm–3.00pm Learn how to capture the special memories and events of people in your family history with Robynne Tongue from Your Life Story. Thursday 26 August 7.00pm–7.45pm Celebrate Children’s Book Week with the famous Bridge story, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and other favourites. Bring a much-loved book from home so we can add the title to our own ‘story bridge’. All ages welcome.

DIABETES WEEK Sunday 11 July to Saturday 17 July Diabetes Talk
In partnership with Plenty Valley Community Health Monday 12 July 10.30am–11.30am Find out how to prevent and manage diabetes with dietician Kate Wilkinson from Plenty Valley Community Health Centre. Bookings required.

Evening Storytime
Monday 19 July 7.00pm – 8.00pm Join us in your pyjamas for a bedtime story. Then stay and enjoy a drink of warm milk before you go home and hop into bed.

Family Movie Night UP
Friday 27 August 5.30pm – 7.30pm Follow the adventures of Carl and Russell as they travel by ‘balloons’ and meet the strange and dangerous inhabitants of a lost world. Great PG-rated family viewing. Popcorn and drinks provided. Bookings required.

Practise Reading
Commencing Monday 12 July 3.30pm – 4.30pm Do you need someone to listen to you while you practise your reading? We will be available every Monday during the school term. This program is available for children and adults. Bookings required.

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