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Library events

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.

Author Talk, David Day: Flaws in the Ice

David Day, Flaws in the ice

Douglas Mawson is regarded as one of the great men of Australian history and played a leading part in the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. In this new biography, prize-winning historian and biographer David Day, takes a fresh look at the Mawson legend using long suppressed diaries and accounts from Mawson’s team members. Professor Day has taught at various universities in Australia and internationally and has previously written best-selling biographies on Australian Prime Ministers as well as the acclaimed Antarctica: a biography.

Sam Merrifield Library
Tuesday, 21 October, 7pm
Free, bookings necessary, call 8325 1950 or book online

Bollywood Dance Workshop

Learn how to dance in this colourful, dynamic and highly theatrical dance style. It combines classical forms of dance including traditional Indian while also incorporating more contemporary western forms such as hip hop, jazz and funk. It can enhance physical and mental wellbeing.

Flemington Library
Wednesday, 22 October, 6.30pm
Free, bookings necessary, call 8325 1975 or book online

Film Nights

Movie night

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is the remarkable true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, a successful and charismatic editor-in-chief of French magazine, Elle. A sudden stroke leaves him in a life-altered state. While the physical challenges of Bauby’s fate leave him with little hope for the future, he begins to discover how his life’s passions, his rich memories and his newfound imagination can help him achieve a life without boundaries. Rated M.

Flemington Library
Tuesday, 28 October, 6pm
Free, bookings necessary, call 8325 1975 or book online

Lygon Street, Si Parla Italiano

After World War II, a wave of Italian immigrants began congregating in Lygon Street, a then run-down stretch of Carlton. These irrepressible restaurateurs, entrepreneurs and sometime mafiosi would come to define not only a street, but an entire city. They transformed Melbourne from a place suspicious of outsiders and devoid of a good cup of espresso to a vibrant city.

Documentarians Shannon Swan and Angelo Pricolo tell the history of this famous cultural epicentre, combining archival footage, one-on-one interviews and a roundtable of Lygon Street’s most prominent figures. They bring to life the people, places and pastas that have made up one of Melbourne’s most remarkable communities. Rated MA 15+.

Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre
Thursday, 20 November, 6pm
Free, bookings necessary, call 8325 1940 or book online

Remembrance Day Talk
At home with the war: the Great War in Victorian private life

Remembrance Day

This presentation examines how World War One was experienced in Victoria. It draws on personal letters and diaries to tell a story of the war as an individual, familial, and communal trial. Through an examination of anxieties over loved ones at the front, it offers new ways of understanding the costs of the war and the capacities of Victorians to meet and endure its demands. Dr Bart Ziino teaches history at Deakin University. His previous book was A distant grief: Australians, war graves and the Great War.

Sam Merrifield Library
Monday, 10 November, 7pm
Free, bookings necessary, call 8325 1950 or book online

Haiku workshop

Writing workshop

This small class will cover an introduction to Haiku, an overview, a preliminary exercise and guided instruction on creating Haiku poetry.

Presenter, Lorin Ford, has a number of years experience as an editor of A Hundred Gourds’, a quarterly journal of Haiku poetry and served on the judging panel of the Haiku Dreaming Australia Awards.

Sam Merrifield Library
Tuesday, 11 November, 6pm–8.30pm
Free, bookings necessary, call 8325 1950 or book online

A soldier in the family

Follow the story of a soldier and his family in World War One and find out how to investigate your own family history.

Sam Merrifield Library
Wednesday, 12 November, 2.30pm–4pm
Free, bookings necessary, call 8325 1950 or book online

Author Talk, Up and Downstairs
Life in domestic services in the Victorian and Edwardian periods

Downton Abbey

The world of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs is illuminated through this new presentation by Ann Dixon using clothes and household items of the eras. Ann’s presentations using her vast collections of historical clothing and costume are always popular and are a unique perspective on our social history.

Ascot Vale Library
Thursday, 20 November, 7pm
Free, bookings necessary, call 8325 1990 or book online

Author Talk, Jill Jolliffe: Run for your life

Jill Jolliffe, run for your life

Jill Jolliffe is a freelance writer who has worked as a foreign correspondent. She is best-known for her coverage of the 1975 Indonesian invasion of East Timor and its 24-year struggle against military occupation. In 2009 she published Balibó on the execution of six journalists during the first days of the invasion. Her memoir recounts her violent childhood with adopted parents, the dangerous and often life threatening career she followed as a journalist and the final unexpected meeting with her birth mother.

Flemington Library
Wednesday, 26 November, 6.30pm
Free, bookings necessary, call 8325 1975 or book online

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Last updated: Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 12:44 PM