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Moonee Valley libraries have many special events throughout the year, including author talks, information sessions and workshops.

View our recurring library programs and discover what's happening at your local library.


Summer Read

Summer Read

The Summer Read is back and gives Victorians the chance to discover new, local books.

Summer is the perfect time to pick up a book and read. It doesn’t matter if you’re at home or on holidays, you can take a book anywhere and enjoy some quality storytelling. After the often hectic pace of life throughout the year, The Summer Read encourages us all to relax and recharge – and the best way to do that is with a good book.

Choose from a list of ten great books, written by Victorian authors or telling Victorian stories. There’s crime, popular and literary fiction, non-fiction and memoir – something for everyone!

Visit any of our branches to browse and borrow the books. Recommend another great read and you’ll be in the running to win up to 50 Victorian books. For details, visit slv.vic.gov.au/summer-read

The Summer Read is presented by the State Library of Victoria and is supported by Moonee Valley Libraries and other Victorian Public Libraries, from 1 December 2014 to 15 February 2015.



 Saving Mr Banks

Saving Mr Banks

Emma Thompson stars as P.L. Travers, creator of
Mary Poppins. When Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Walt Disney’s desire to bring Mary Poppins to the motion picture screen, Disney meets a prim, uncompromising woman. During her stay in California, Travers reflects back on her difficult childhood in 1906 Australia and the struggles of her own past. PG. 120 mins.

Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre
Friday, 6 February, 1pm
Free, bookings necessary, call 8325 1940 or book online

Hot reads with Readings

Hot reads

Are you finding it hard keeping up with the plethora of new books being released? Get in on the ground floor and find out what will be hot for 2015. Ann Le Lievre is from Readings, Melbourne’s longest running independent bookstore, and she will talk about the most interesting new titles being released during the year and the good reads available now.

Sam Merrifield Library
Tuesday, 10 February, 7pm
Free, bookings necessary. Call 8325 1950 or book online

 Rivers to recognition

Rivers to Recognition: Wurundjeri Storytelling

Wurundjeri people have a long history and connection to the land now known as Moonee Valley. Join us to learn more about the Wurundjeri history and culture in our local area. Through storytelling, you will hear about its long Aboriginal history, the culture of Moonee Valley’s first inhabitants and the historical recognition of Aboriginal people.

Sam Merrifield Library
Thursday, 19 February, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Free. Call Moonee Valley City Council Community
Planning Officer on 9243 8888 to RSVP and find
out more.
 Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

Join in the excitement of the traditional lion dance, drums and fire crackers. The performance, by the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne, is suitable for the whole family. Participate in a craft activity and receive a red pocket and fortune cookie to take home and usher in 2015 - the Year of the Sheep.

Flemington Library
Monday, 23 February, 4pm
Free, bookings necessary, call 8325 1975 or book online

French

Language classes: basic French

Learn basic French with a qualified teacher. The fee of $80 for 8 classes can be paid at the time of the booking or paid at the relevant branch before commencement of the class. This fee is non-refundable.

Sam Merrifield Library
Classes start Tuesday, 24 February and run for 8 weeks. 6pm-8pm
For more information call 8325 1950 or book online

The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox

A little pinch of happiness can change your life. Ila, a neglected housewife, attempts to spice up her marriage by preparing a special lunch for her husband. When it is accidentally delivered to Saajan, a lonely widower, they exchange notes to each other to get to the bottom of the mistaken delivery. Their notes gradually evolve into a series of intimate little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears and small joys. Hindi with English Subtitles. PG. 90 mins.

Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre
Thursday, 26 February, 6pm
Free, bookings necessary, call 8325 1940 or book online
 Travel Writing

The secrets of good travel writing

Experienced travel writer, Tim Richards, has had articles published with Lonely Planet and in newspapers and magazines across the world. He also publishes a weekly blog. He will illustrate how to go beyond bland predictable descriptions as he gives examples of pieces he was written on his trip through Europe in 2011.

Niddrie Library
Tuesday, 3 March, 6.30pm
Free, bookings necessary, call 8325 1925 or book online
Philomena

Philomena

Judi Dench stars in the story of Philomena Lee, mother of a boy conceived out of wedlock and given up for adoption. Nearly 50 years later Philomena meets a BBC reporter looking for his next big story. Together, they embark on a journey to locate her long lost son. As the pieces of the puzzle come together, the unlikely travelling companions form a comic and heartwarming friendship. M. 94 mins.

Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre
Friday, 6 March, 1pm
Free, bookings necessary, call 8325 1940 or book online
Between the Devil and the deep blue sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Part of Cultural Diversity Week (March 16-20)

In Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea you will meet the human faces behind the most controversial issue of our time. Documentary filmmakers, Jessie Taylor and Ali Reza Sadiqi travelled across Indonesia and met with 250 asylum seekers in jails, detention centres and hostels. Through candid interviews and hidden camera footage, in the words of asylum seekers themselves, the story of the “refugee” is told. It asks the question, what pushes people to leave home and become a “boat person”?

Flemington Library
Tuesday, 17 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Free, but bookings necessary, call 8325 1975 or
book online
 Make Hummus not war

Make Hummus Not War

Part of Cultural Diversity Week (March 16-20)

One of the oldest-known prepared foods in human history, hummus is claimed by multiple Middle Eastern nationalities. So when Graham, a self-described hummus tragic, learned of a Lebanese plan to sue Israel for acting as if it had proprietary rights over the dish, he was intrigued and hungry for more. Unrated Documentary. 80 mins.

Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre
Thursday 19 March, 6pm
Free, bookings necessary, call 8325 1940 or book online

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