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Food for Fines returns this winter!

Food for fines 2019

The Food for Fines initiative is back at our libraries. We want to celebrate Library and Information Week and give back to the community. Food for Fines will run from Monday, 20 May to Sunday, 30 June. Residents are invited to donate non-perishable food items and other necessities at your local library, and in return any overdue fines will be cleared! Much needed items include hearty winter food items including canned soup and food, rice, pasta, sauces, coffee, tea, toiletries, baby items, feminine hygiene products, and dog and cat food. The goods will be donated to Helping Hands Mission Inc. which works with agencies across Victoria, including in Moonee Valley, to distribute aid to families and individuals who need assistance.


New Shelving at Flemington Library

New Flemington shelving

Flemington library was closed on 25 and 26 March to install new shelving. This has reinvigorated the library’s space and made it much more flexible, which is one of the goals of the Library’s Community Lounge initiative. Modern libraries are used for a variety of purposes and flexible spaces increase our ability meet community needs. Casters have been added to book shelves to allow for them to be rearranged, the non-fiction collection has been put into genre and the shelf heights have been shortened to allow for easier browsing, and the overall look of the space is much more aesthetically pleasing. Stop by the library to admire the hard work that was done by our dedicated (and sore) library staff. If you do, don’t forget to grab a book and test out the new lounge area upstairs, which includes a couch, coffee table and art work.

Library Community Satisfaction Survey Report 2018: Results

Mother reading to child.

The results from the Library Community Satisfaction Survey 2018 (pdf) are now available.

The survey has provided us with useful information to help with the planning of the library service to better meet the needs of the community.

Libraries Change Lives

Libraries Change Lives 

Public libraries are more popular than ever in Victoria, with annual visitation exceeding 30 million – the equivalent of five visits for every Victorian. Nearly one in three Victorians participated in a library program last year, while over 4 million Wi-Fi and computer sessions were recorded throughout the state.

Moonee Valley Libraries are proud to be part of the Libraries Change Lives campaign which demonstrates the vital role libraries play in the community. For every dollar invested in public libraries, $4.30 (state average) of benefits are returned to the local community. Moonee Valley’s return of benefits is $6.40, well above the state average.

To learn more about the campaign visit


KOGO: Knit One, Give One

Knit one, give one

Knit One Give One, KOGO, is a not for profit organisation supplying handmade garments to support people experiencing hardship. Volunteers can make a whole range of items including scarves, beanies, blankets, toys and children’s and babies’ clothing. Finished items are distributed to various community partners throughout Australia including the Salvation Army, Sacred Heart Mission, Mirabel Foundation and Open Family Australia.

Moonee Valley Libraries invites members of the community to share some warmth throughout 2019 and knit, crochet or sew for KOGO. We will be forwarding on donations throughout the year. Patterns are available on the KOGO website or ask staff for assistance.

Completed items or blanket squares may be dropped off at any of our library branches.



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Last updated: Thursday, 13 June 2019, 12:43 AM