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

 rug maker talk

Refugee week talk: The Rug Maker’s journey from Afghanistan to Australia

Najaf Mazari is the author of The Rug Maker of Mazar-E-Sharif and The Honey Thief. Listen as he recounts his life journey from a small Afghani village, to forced exile to escape the dangers of civil war, to being held in custody in an Australian detention centre ... and finally, to freedom. Free, bookings necessary.

Tuesday 19 June, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Book online or call 8325 1975

 Merrifields of MP

The Merrifield’s of Moonee Ponds

Virginia Noonan will talk about the Merrifield family and her new book From Devon to Australia. The most prominent member of this family was Sam Merrifield. He was Labor Member for Essendon and later Moonee Ponds, founder of the Essendon Historical Society and an advocate for public libraries. The Sam Merrifield Library is named in his honour.

This talk will be presented after the Annual Dinner of the Essendon Historical Society– cost of dinner $45, bookings available at: 9300 2747
Please meet in the foyer at 7.30pm if you wish to attend the author talk only.

Author talk free, bookings necessary.

Windy Hill Venue
Cnr Napier & Brewster Streets
Essendon, VIC 3040
Tuesday 26 June, 7.30pm-8.30pm

Book online or call 8325 1950

 Scam Savvy

Scam savvy

Reduce your vulnerability by learning about common types of scams and how to avoid them at an interactive information session presented by Consumer Affairs Victoria. Free, bookings necessary.

Thursday 28 June, 1pm-3pm

Avondale Heights
Friday 20 July, 1pm-3pm

Sam Merrifield
Friday 24 August, 1pm-3pm

Book online or call 8325 1950

 Bubbles and books

Bubbles and books

Celebrate the 50th Birthday of Sam Merrifield Library with an evening of bubbles and books, a selection of sparkling wine paired with the perfect book. This event is 18+ only. Free, bookings necessary.

Sam Merrifield

Friday 6 July, 6pm-7.30pm

Book online or call 8325 1950

 Flag raising

NAIDOC Week: flag raising ceremony

Join our annual flag raising ceremony. This family friendly event will include a Welcome to Country by a Wurundjeri Elder, music, morning tea and fun activities for the whole family. Free, bookings necessary.

Avondale Heights
Wednesday 11 July, 10.30am-12pm

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 Basket weaving

NAIDOC Week: Aboriginal basket weaving

Create your own basket using traditional Aboriginal weaving techniques, as demonstrated by Donna Blackhall, from the Yorta Yorta nation. This activity celebrates NAIDOC Week. All ages welcome. Free, bookings necessary.

Ascot Vale
Wednesday 11 July, 6pm-8pm

Book online or call 8325 1990


Cosplay: bringing fantasy to life

Bring your hero or inner character to life! Discuss how you can dress up, strike a pose and become one of your favourite characters with the help of the Melbourne Costume Group. Learn how to cosplay with the best of them. Free, bookings necessary.

Sam Merrifield
Wednesday 11 July, 7pm-8pm

Book online or call 8325 1950


Absolute beginners knitting workshop

Have you always wanted to learn to knit? A member of the Hand Knitters Guild, Victoria will share her skills and get you started. The class will cover casting on, different stitches, reading patterns, gauging your tension and casting off - and you will knit yourself a cosy scarf! A non-refundable fee of $20 can be paid online or in cash at any branch at the time of booking. Bookings necessary.

Monday 16 July, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Monday 23 July, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Monday 30 July, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Monday 6 August, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Book online or call 8325 1975

 Aboriginal astronomy

NAIDOC Week: Aboriginal astronomy

Join academics from Monash Indigenous Studies Centre to explore how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people observe the night sky. Astronomy is traditionally used to inform Indigenous navigation, calendars and weather predictions as well as legal and social structures. Free, bookings necessary.

Sam Merrifield
Wednesday 18 July, 6.30pm-8pm

Book online or call 8325 1950

 Sugar workshop

Sugar: friend or foe?

Want to know what sugar can do to your body? This talk explains how reducing or removing it from your diet can help you live a longer and healthier life. Free, bookings necessary.

Thursday 19 July, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Book online or call 8325 1925

 Emily Bronte

Emily Bronte’s 200th birthday

Emily Bronte, author of Wuthering Heights was born two hundred years ago on July 30th, 1818. In a spoken word performance, actress Lise Rodgers celebrates Bronte’s world and works. Free, bookings necessary.

Sam Merrifield
Monday 30 July, 7pm-8pm

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 Help with Forms

Tax pop up

Have your questions about tax and super answered by staff from the Australian Taxation Office. There will also be a demonstration and explanation of useful digital products and services, including the ATO app and myGov. Free, no bookings required.

Tuesday 31 July, 1pm-3pm

 Managing finances

Managing your finances

Learn how to better budget and manage money with an expert from the Department of Human Services. Topics covered include: budgeting, building savings, mortgages and superannuation. Free, bookings necessary.

Tuesday 7 August, 6.30pm-7.45pm

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 solar panels

Solar and batteries: is now the time?

Want to know more about solar panels and battery storage? This session for home owners and businesses is presented by the Alternative Technology Association. Find out when is the right time to invest in this technology, and have your questions answered. Free, bookings necessary.

Avondale Heights
Monday 13 August, 6.30pm-7.45pm

Book online or call 8325 1940

 Wills workshop

Wills and probate

What is a will and what is probate? What happens if I die without a will? Can a will be challenged? This session, presented by Moonee Valley Legal Service, seeks to answer these and other questions. Free, bookings necessary.

Tuesday 14 August, 2pm-3pm

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 Life among the books

Mrs. Windsor’s life among books

From 1882 until the late 1930s, Sarah Windsor was employed at the Essendon Public Library, initially as an attendant. Local historian, Lenore Frost, will talk about her remarkable career. Free, bookings necessary.

Sam Merrifield
Wednesday 15 August, 7pm-8pm

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 Family History online

Family history online

Begin investigating your own family history with this introduction to the online databases Ancestry, Find My Past and Trove. Learn the skills and techniques needed to discover the details of your family’s past. Free, bookings necessary.

Avondale Heights
Wednesday 29 August, 1pm-3pm

Book online or call 8325 1940

Last updated: Friday, 15 June 2018, 1:32 AM