Events


For a full list of our events and programs, visit the Valley View website and change the display from all events to Libraries.

 Women sitting in lotus position.  

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 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.

*Due to popular demand, our yoga program has been extended until 25/06/19. 

Sam Merrifield 
Weekly on Tuesday, 19 March - 25 June
7.45pm-8.30pm
Book online or call 8325 1950

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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

 Italian Conversation

Italian conversation group

With Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre

 

Do you want to improve and practice your Italian? Join Maria weekly to practice and meet new people in an informal, relaxed setting. Maria has taught Italian for over thirty years and has worked as a tourist guide for Italian, Spanish, French, and English speaking travellers visiting Australia. She has taught at LaTrobe University, the Italian Institute of Culture and Coasit, teaching Italian at all levels of learning and is currently completing a PhD. This program is aimed at adult learners. Classes run during school term. Free, no bookings required.

 

Avondale Heights

Weekly From Saturday 1 June, 1pm-2.30pm

 

 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.

At the conclusion of the challenge join other participants at a get-together to share your favourite winter reads.

All libraries branches

1 June - 31 August

 

 

Page Turners Party

 

Participants of the Page Turners reading challenge are invited to come along and meet fellow bookworms and share their favourite winter reads. Light refreshments provided. Free, bookings necessary.

 

Flemington
Monday 9th September, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Book online or call 8325 1975

 

 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.

Flemington
1 June through 31 August 
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 8325 1940

Henna art on hands

Henna workshop with Neeta
Celebrating Refugee Week

Join Neeta from Ada Henna for a hands-on henna workshop. Participants will learn about the cultural significance of henna, some simple designs and how to mix and apply fresh paste. It is essential to arrive on time; people arriving later than ten minutes may lose their spot. Free, bookings necessary.

Avondale Heights
Monday 17 June, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Book online or call 8325 1940

Author Amal Abou-Eid

Celebrating our differences & living together: Amal Abou-Eid
Celebrating Refugee Week

Meet passionate educator, Amal Abou-Eid. Amal has a strong connection to her Lebanese heritage and is a strong advocate for acceptance and tolerance. Amal has recently published the bestselling book My Muslim Mate which promotes the importance of harmonious relationships. Amal has an interesting story to tell, including her family’s experiences since settling in Australia. Free, bookings necessary.

Flemington
Tuesday 18 June, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Book online or call 8325 1975

Potted house plants

Love your houseplants

Get your houseplants in top shape with advice from Alice Crowe, founder of The Lush Forest, qualified botanist and indoor plant specialist. Free, bookings necessary.

Avondale Heights
Saturday 22 June, 10.30am-12pm
Book online or call 8325 1940

Man jogging

Men’s wellness fundraiser evening
Celebrating Men’s Health Week

Want to improve your wellbeing or that of a loved one? Attend our Men’s Health Fundraiser where expert speakers will share valuable advice. Bid in our silent auction to win signed jumpers by the Essendon and North Melbourne Football Clubs, a 1 year golf membership from Riverside Golf Club or a Sims Sport package. There will also be door prizes and other giveaways throughout the night. All funds raised will be donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation to aid research. All donations to be collected through an Online fundraising page on the night. Free, bookings necessary.

Flemington
Wednesday 12 June, 6.30pm-8pm
Book online or call 8325 1975

Buildings

Stories from the Suburbs - Book Launch

The Moonee Valley Memoirists have spent the year writing under the guidance of Lyndel Caffrey. Launch by Hannie Rayson; playwright, columnist and memoirist. Features a collection of humorous, nostalgic and informative memoirs and poems. Light refreshments provided. Copies of the book will be for sale. (No credit card or EFTPOS facilities available). Free, bookings necessary.

Sam Merrifield
Sunday 23 June, 2pm-4pm
Book online or call 8325 1950

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.

Niddrie
July through August
hands knitting

Winter knitting workshop

In partnership with the KOGO organisation, we are offering a knitting workshop for beginners. The instructors will take you through the steps to make either a beanie or a pair of fingerless gloves. Knitting materials will be provided for participants. This workshop is aimed at participants aged 15 and over. Free, bookings necessary.

Flemington
Wednesday 3 July, 1pm-4pm
Book online or call 8325 1975

Tea cup and books

Tea and books
Celebrating Winter Fest

Warm up your winter with an evening of tea and books. Sarah Cowell from Teasense will present four delicious teas for tasting and our librarians will find the perfect book to match. This event will be held as part of Moonee Valley City Council’s Winter Fest. Free, bookings necessary.

Flemington
Thursday 4 July, 6.30pm-7.45pm
Book online or call 8325 1975

Sky and stars

Aboriginal astronomy
Celebrating NAIDOC Week

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

Flemington
Tuesday 9 July, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Book online or call 8325 1975

Knitted clothing
Knit One Give One: celebrating community crafting and sharing

For the last two years members of the Moonee Valley community have contributed more than 5000 hand crafted items to Knit One Give One (KOGO). Join us for a cup of tea or coffee as we celebrate this achievement and hear from KOGO’s educational speaker, Andrea Zilberman. She will talk about how items are distributed to those in need and the importance of spreading both physical and emotional warmth to recipients. Free, bookings necessary.

Doutta Galla Community Hall
Wednesday 10 July, 2pm-3.30pm
Book online or call 8325 1950
Paintbrush
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.

Niddrie
Tuesday 6pm-8pm
July 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20
Book online or call 8325 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 8325 1940

Niddrie
Parenting from the heart, with the brain in mind (ages 0-6)
Saturday 13 July, 2pm-3pm
Book online or call 8325 1925
Spanish
Spanish for travel

Planning a trip to Spain or Latin America? This course will introduce you to basic travel Spanish. Learn how to introduce yourself, ask for directions, order a drink, buy food and other essentials. Run by a professional tutor, these 1 hour classes run for 6 weeks. These classes are aimed at adult learners. A non-refundable fee of $37.50 concession and $99.00 full fee for 6 classes can be paid online or in cash at any branch at the time of booking. Bookings necessary.

Sam Merrifield
Wednesday 6pm-7pm
July 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14, 21
Book online or call 8325 1950
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 8325 1950

 

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 8325 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 8325 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 8325 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.

Flemington
Saturday 24 August, 1pm-4pm
Book online or call 8325 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 8325 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.

Niddrie
Tuesday 27 August, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Book online or call 8325 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: Friday, 24 May 2019, 2:33 AM