Events

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Chinese medicine

Ancient medicine for the modern world
Celebrating Cultural Diversity Week

Join Anna Pino from Natural Harmony Traditional Chinese Medicine as she explains the healing art of Chinese medicine. Anna will share some simple philosophies from this ancient medicine and how they can significantly improve wellbeing in our modern world. Free, bookings necessary.

Niddrie
Thursday 21 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Book online or call 8325 1925

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Yoga at the Library

Want to try yoga? Come and join us for a 10-week yoga program. 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.

There is a non-refundable fee of $11.20 or $7.15 concession. If you are a concession card holder, please contact the library to get the discount. Bookings are necessary.

Sam Merrifield
Begins Tuesday 19 March, 7.45pm-8.30pm

Book online or call 8325 1950

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Walking talking books

Join us for a leisurely walk in Queens Park as we listen to an engaging audio book. A fun way to be active and get some fresh air. Tea or coffee and a chat will follow. Free, bookings necessary.

Queens Park
Thursday 21 March,
10am-12pm

Thursday 18 April,
10am-12pm

Thursday 16 May,
10am-12pm

Book online or call 8325 1950

Agum and map of South Sudan and Australia

Agum, a refugee’s journey
Celebrating Cultural Diversity Week

Talented African storyteller Agum, recalls her journey from war-torn South Sudan to Australia, a country she had never heard of, to seek asylum. Agum shares the joys and challenges of refugee settlement with incredible resilience and hope. Free, bookings necessary.

Avondale Heights
Thursday 21 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Book online or call 8325 1940

Scottish Country Dancers

Scottish Country Dance - an introduction
Celebrating Cultural Diversity Week

An introduction to Scottish Country Dance, presented by the North Essendon Uniting Church Scottish Country Dance Group. Join in for good fun, fitness, friendship and light refreshments. This event is aimed at all age groups. Free, bookings necessary.

Avondale Heights
Saturday 23 March, 2pm-3.30pm

Book online or call 8325 1940

Rachael Brown's book Trace

Author Talk by Rachael Brown, Trace: who killed Maria James?

Rachael Brown has won numerous awards for her ground breaking podcast “Trace”, including a Walkley. In her new book she discusses the making of Trace and the exhaustive research that brought a cold case, the 1980 murder of single mother Maria James, back into the public light. Free, bookings necessary.

Sam Merrifield
Wednesday 3 April, 7pm-8pm

Book online or call 8325 1950

Easter eggs

Easter egg painting workshop

Decorate an egg for Easter. Be shown the techniques for blowing out and cleaning an egg. Ready to paint eggs will also be available. Suitable for ages 15 and over. Free, bookings necessary.

Flemington
Saturday 6 April, 2pm-4pm

Book online or call 8325 1975

You Daughters of Freedom book cover

Clare Wright - You Daughters of Freedom

Clare Wright’s new book describes the role campaigners like Vida Goldstein, Nellie Martel, Dora Montefiore, Muriel Matters and artist Dora Meeson Coates played in gaining suffrage for Australian women. Clare will discuss her work in conversation with Jennie from Sam Merrifield Library. Free, bookings necessary

Sam Merrifield
Monday 29 April, 7pm-8pm

Book online or call 8325 1950

Close up of chess pieces.

Learn chess

It’s your move! Learn to play chess, improve your game, or practice your moves with other players. Chess tutor Grant will take you through the fundamentals in a fun and friendly environment over six weeks. Recommended for adults and older teens. A non-refundable fee of $120.00 can be paid online or in cash at any branch at the time of booking. Bookings necessary.

Niddrie
Tuesday, 6pm-8pm

April 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4

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Niddrie history walk
A Heritage Month event

Librarian for a gentle guided walk. Walkers will leave from Niddrie Library and visit points of historical interest in Keilor Road and the nearby area. Free, bookings necessary.

Niddrie
Wednesday 1 May, 2pm-3pm

Book online or call 8325 1925

Gas meter and stacks of coins Get better energy deals

Your Energy Broker is a free service provided by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, which has helped many Victorians switch to better energy deals. Anyone who holds a concession card, struggles to pay their energy bills, or receives a Home Care Package is eligible for the service. To find out more visit bsl.org.au/energybroker. Free, bookings necessary.
 
Niddrie 
Thursday 2 May, 2pm-3pm

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Garden design plan

Design your garden from scratch with Carolyn Blackman

Award winning landscape designer Carolyn Blackman from Vivid Designs will show you how to plan a garden. Carolyn has been a guest presenter on the ABC’s Gardening Australia and has a regular segment with Hilary Harper on ABC 774 on alternate Saturday mornings. Free, bookings necessary.

Avondale Heights
Saturday 4 May, 11am-12pm

Book online or call 8325 1940

Collage of historical images

Queens Park history walk
A Heritage Month event

Join our Community Heritage Librarian for a gentle guided walk. Walkers will leave from Sam Merrifield Library and visit points of historical interest in Queens Park and the nearby area. Free, bookings necessary.

Sam Merrifield
Thursday 9 May, 2pm-3pm

Book online or call 8325 1950

IDAHOBIT: Rainbow hands holding other hands

IDAHOBIT: LGBTQ+ advocate talk with Ruby Mountford
Recognising International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia

Ruby Mountford is a Melbournebased podcaster, radio host, actor, writer, speaker, and passionate advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. Ruby will talk about the importance of community and representation for sexual and gender-diverse people. Free, bookings necessary.

Flemington
Tuesday 14 May, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Book online or call 8325 1975

Collage of historical images

Flemington historical buildings
A Heritage Month event

Join John Dickie from the Flemington Association for a walking tour around Flemington and Kensington. Discover the history of the heritage buildings of the area. Length of walk is approximately 2 hours and will begin at the Flemington Library. Free, bookings necessary.

Flemington
Saturday 18 May, 11am-1pm
Saturday 18 May, 2pm-4pm

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Gorgeous Girl book cover

Mary Pershall - Gorgeous Girl

Award-winning author Mary Pershall’s memoir examines the decline of her daughter’s mental health, ensuing drug addiction and subsequent conviction for murder. Mary discusses how society can better support people with mental illness before tragedy occurs. Free, bookings necessary.

Sam Merrifield
Monday 20 May, 7pm-8pm

Book online or call 8325 1950

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Be part of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. This nationwide event is held to raise funds for the research, prevention and advocacy of the Cancer Council of Australia. Share tea, cake and a chat at this community gathering. Supported by Keilor East Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank. A gold coin donation is appreciated. For catering purposes please book by Tuesday 21 May. Bookings necessary.

Avondale Heights
Thursday 23 May, 10.30am-11.30am

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Cultural conversations

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

Sam Merrifield
Thursday 30 May, 10.30am-11.30am 

For more information, call call 8325 1950

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More than books
Celebrating Library Information Week

Join us during Library and Information Week to discover and discuss what libraries have to offer their communities. This session will include an overview of the library’s online resources and other services. Free, bookings necessary.

Flemington
Thursday 23 May, 1pm-3pm

Book online or call 8325 1975

Last updated: Tuesday, 19 March 2019, 5:15 AM