If you’re looking for things to do during lockdown, Council has a great range of activities, programs and resources, across our arts, culture and libraries facilities. With creative workshops for kids of all ages run by the Incinerator Gallery, to online music and play classes via the Clocktower Centre, we’ve got something to keep everyone entertained and inspired during the current restrictions!
What’s online at the Clocktower Centre?
The Clocktower Centre has a great range of online resources to keep the little ones entertained.
- Story Surprise Podcast. Why not listen to our podcast resident’s new podcast series online. Join Anthony, Lauren and Teddy Bear Mick from Story Surprise for stories, music and silliness the whole family can enjoy.
- 5, 6, 7, Create and Fix it! The Enviro-friendly Clown videos are available online to view at a time that suits you and your kids!
What’s online at the Incinerator Gallery?
From babies, to toddlers, teens and adults, the Incinerator Gallery continues to provide programs and workshops, despite the gallery doors being closed.
- Social Justice Art for Teens, pre-recorded video is available 14 August. For teens aged 11 to 17 years of age. Using art as a catalyst for expressing thoughts, opinions and ideas this course focuses on engaging young people in issues that are real and important to them about the world they inhabit. Free but bookings required.
- Arty Tales 2021, pre-recorded video available 3 September. Designed for children aged 2 to 5 with a carer. Introduce your pre-schooler to art with our early learning program Arty Tales.
- Incy Wincy Babies, pre-recorded videos released 6 August. Designed for babies under 2 with a carer. Incy Wincy Babies is a visual arts program led by Barking Spider Visual Theatre that guides babies and their carers through a visual art experience.
- Gallery Sketchers Online, pre-recorded video released 11 August. Our artist educator Carly Richardson invites you to join along with these creative activities from the comfort of your own home.
- Community Group Online Incinerator History Presentations. Discover the unique story of the Incinerator Gallery buildings and its architectural, environmental and technological history. Online tours and community groups, free — by appointment.
What’s on at the Libraries?
Despite the library buildings being closed, there’s a host of online resources you can access, as well as contactless collection and return chutes during lock down.
- Contactless collection services will be available from Friday 6 August. Bookings open for this service on Friday 6 August at 9am. Please call your library to book into an available collection window.
- Return chutes will remain open.
- Our online library will continue to have new material added and is available 24/7.
- Online resources sharing:
- eBooks and eAudio: Read or listen to books on your device. There are thousands of titles to choose from for adults, teens and kids! Go to the app store on your phone or tablet and install either BorrowBox or Libby. Sign in using your library details.
- Films & TV: Stream up to 10 movies, documentaries, or kids’ shows per month using Kanopy. You can use the website, install the app on your device, or even use your smart TV.
- Magazines: Find your favourite magazines and newspapers from around the world on Pressreader or Libby. There are thousands to choose from in hundreds of languages. Install the apps or use the websites.
- For kids: Watch and listen as your favourite picture books are read aloud on Story Box Library or Tumble Book Library. Play educational games on Busy Things or Literacy Planet. Learning has never been so fun! Listen and read along to classic stories in nearly 30 different languages on LOTE Online for Kids, including Arabic, Somali, Urdu, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and many, many more! All of these can be accessed on a computer or device via our library website.
How do I use these library resources?
You can download apps like Libby and Borrowbox from the app store on your phone. To access websites like LOTE Online, click here and log in to your account. Follow the links under the ‘digital’ menu to find the site you need.
Not a library member yet?
You can register online here or call us during business hours on 9243 1900.
Have a membership but can’t access your account?
Call the Library team during business hours on 9243 1900.