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Pilates in the library

Increase your body control and strength while relaxing your mind at Sam Merrifield Library. This class is suitable for all fitness levels and you need no prior experience. Please wear appropriate clothing for exercise when attending. Mats are supplied or you can bring your own. Places are limited, so if you would like to book all 10 sessions to secure your place, staff can assist you.

Sam Merrifeld
Tuesdays from 9th July - 3rd September, 7.45pm - 8.30pm.

Book online or call 9243 1950


START - Story Time Adults Reading Together

Hosted by Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre

Reading with a difference! Join our Adult Storytime program and listen to a popular story being read aloud. You can listen or follow along with your own copy of the book. One book will be read over a 10 week period.

Mondays, 1pm-3pm (July 15 - September 16)

Avondale Heights
Mondays, 10am-12pm (July 15 - September 16)

Mondays, 1pm-3pm (July 15 - September 16)

Sam Merrifield
Thursdays, 10am-12pm (July 18 - September 19)

Free, no bookings required.

 Page turners

Page Turners: Adult Winter Reading Challenge

Twelve weeks. Six challenges. Thousands of pages turned. Expand your reading habits and read outside your comfort zone this winter with Moonee Valley Libraries adult reading challenge. During this 12 week challenge you will be encouraged to read your way through a diverse range of genres and authors from the library’s collection. Register yourself at any of our five branches to go into the draw to win a $100 book voucher.

All libraries branches

1 June - 31 August 


iPad and iPhone: discover and explore

Learn how to customise your iPad or iPhone to suit your individual needs with a professional tutor. A non-refundable fee of $80.00 can be paid online or in cash at any branch at the time of booking. Bookings necessary.

Avondale Heights

Thursday and Friday, 1.30pm-4pm

Thursday classes:

June 20, 27   July 18, 25   August 1, 8, 15, 22

Friday Classes:

June 7, 14, 21, 28   July 19, 26   August 2, 9

Book online or call 9243 1940

Knitted teddy bears

Knit for Alannah and Madeline Buddy Bags

Come along and knit items for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s Buddy Bags. Buddy Bags are backpacks full of basic, essential items gifted to vulnerable children. This event is aimed at people who cannot attend the Monday afternoon knitting group. Bring your own supplies, share skills and ideas with others. Free, bookings necessary.

Avondale Heights
Monday 3 June, 6pm-8pm
Monday 1 July, 6pm-8pm
Monday 5 August, 6pm-8pm
Book online or call 9243 1940

 EXH Voula Christopoulos Exhibition: works by Voula Christopoulos

These works focus on memories, dreams and the subconscious, exploring domestic interiors, since the home is where we dream and memories are made. It is also an intimate place, where we can retreat into our own mind space. Free, no bookings required.

1 June through 31 August
Through natures lens
Exhibition: Through nature’s lens 

Local multimedia artists Kate Baggs and Sarah Sheldon work across a range of mediums from fibre art and embroidery, to ceramics and visual art. This exhibit features floral literary-inspired embroidery and modern multimedia pieces reflecting the natural world. Free, no bookings required.

July through August
Drawing and water colour still life classes

Artist and tutor Patricia Goldby will facilitate water colour still life art classes running over 6 weeks, enabling you to learn new artistic skills, engage creatively with your local community and meet new friends. Each week you will be presented with a still life representing ‘our heritage’ from first peoples to post war immigration. Enjoy learning in a fun, non-judgmental environment, absolutely no experience necessary. These classes are for adult learners. A non-refundable fee of $120.00 can be paid online or in cash at any branch at the time of booking. Bookings necessary.

Tuesday 6pm-8pm
July 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20
Book online or call 9243 1925
Child holding hands
Parenting 101

Gain great advice on parenting from psychologist Faye Evans. Free, bookings necessary.

Avondale Heights
Mindful Parenting for an anxious child (ages 4-10)
Saturday 20 July, 2pm-3pm
Book online or call 9243 1940

Letter blocks

Bookish trivia

Do you fancy yourself as a literary know-it-all? Test your knowledge on reading, authors, film adaptations and more. Join a team or bring some friends and book your own table. Prizes will be awarded on the night. Free, bookings necessary.

Sam Merrifield
Thursday 18 July, 6.30pm-8pm
Book online or call 9243 1950

 Corey White

Corey White – The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory
Author Talk

Comedian Corey White will be talking about his memoir of trauma and survival. He has been featured on ABC TV’s Australian Story and written and presented the miniseries “Road to Paradise”. Free, bookings necessary.

Sam Merrifield
Monday 29 July, 7pm-8pm
Book online or call 9243 1950

*Please note: this event was previously advertised for Monday 22 July.

  Peggy Frew - Islands
Author Talk

Acclaimed Melbourne writer and musician Peggy Frew discusses her new novel about fractured families and the consequences of actions. Peggy has previously won a Victorian Premiers’ Literary Award and her book Hope Farm was short listed for the Stella and Miles Franklin Awards. Free, bookings necessary.

Sam Merrifield
Wednesday 14 August, 7pm-8pm
Book online or call 9243 1950
Pile of old photos and keepsakes.
Family history online
Celebrating Family History Month

Begin investigating your 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 21 August, 1pm-3pm
Book online or call 9243 1940
  Macramé for beginners workshop

Learn how to tie basic macramé knots and create your own wall hanging or plant holder to take home. A non-refundable fee of $20.00 can be paid online or in cash at any branch at the time of booking. Bookings necessary.

Saturday 24 August, 1pm-4pm
Book online or call 9243 1975
 DNA for family history DNA for family history
Celebrating Family History Month

Are you new to DNA testing, just curious, or still undecided? This talk by Jane Davies might help you decide if a DNA test is for you. Free, bookings necessary.

Sam Merrifield
Tuesday 27 August, 2pm-3.30pm
Book online or call 9243 1950
 Wellbeing with herbs Wellbeing with herbs

Everyday herbs in your garden and pantry can improve your wellbeing. Explore herbal home remedies with Sarah Cowell from Teasense and enjoy taste testing some exotic herbal teas. Free, bookings necessary.

Tuesday 27 August, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Book online or call 9243 1925
 Image of tea set and tea Cultural conversations

Love listening to people’s stories? Interested in a crosscultural chat? Come along to our cultural conversations morning tea and share stories, food and fun with others. This session will focus on winter traditions. This event is aimed at adults. Free, no bookings required.

Sam Merrifield
Thursday 29 August, 10.30am-11.30am
Last updated: Monday, 15 July 2019, 6:23 AM