Events & Programs

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CHILDREN'S EVENTS

 

Jamaican Musical Storytimes at Oakleigh Library

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Enjoy a Jamaican musical storytime with Queen Jigzie Campbell!

Stories, songs and music for children and their families to enjoy.

Thursday 12 March and Friday 13 March
10.30am - 11.15am
Oakleigh Library, 148 Drummond Street
Free program, no bookings required

Muxical Storytime flyer (pdf file 440 kb 1 page: same content as in this listing.)

Baby Time 2015

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Meet other carers in your local area and enjoy stories and rhymes with your baby. Baby Time is for babies aged 12 months and under.

Clayton Tuesday at 2.00pm
Glen Waverley Wednesday at 2.00pm
Mount Waverley Thursday at 2.00pm
Oakleigh Monday at 2.00pm
Wheelers Hill Tuesday at 2.00pm

Sessions run for 20 minutes.
No bookings necessary.

 

Baby Time songs list and download

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Toddler Time 2015

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Bring your little ones (1-3 years) to a storytime that will delight them each week.
Sessions run for 45 minutes.

Regular Toddler Time Storytimes

Note: These story times are now suitable for all preschool children and will be referred to in future simply as storytimes

Clayton Friday 10.30am
Glen Waverley Tuesday 10.30am
Mount Waverley Wednesday 10.30am
Mulgrave For all children up to 5 years.
2015 From 27 Jan 2015 on Tuesdays only at 2.00pm.
Oakleigh Thursday 10.30 am
Wheelers Hill Wednesday 10.30 am

Toddler Time regular sessions resume from Tuesday 27 January 2015

 

Preschool Storytime 2015

Regular Preschool Storytimes

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For 3-5 year olds. Designed to foster a love of reading and books.
Sessions run for 45 minutes.

Clayton Monday 10.30 am
Glen Waverley Thursday 10.30 am

Glen Waverley Third Saturday of each month at 11am

Note: AUSLAN Storytime for hearing-impaired and all children is every third Tuesday of the month at Glen Waverley.
Mount Waverley Tuesday 10.30 am
Mulgrave Tuesdays from 27 Jan 2015 at 2.00pm Note: for all children up to 5 years
Oakleigh Wednesday 10.30 am
Wheelers Hill Monday 10.30 am

Regular Preschool Storytime sessions resume from Tuesday 27 January 2015

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Chinese, Greek,Italian and AUSLAN Storytimes 2015

Chinese Storytime (in Mandarin) 2015 at Clayton

In 2015 the Clayton Chinese Mandarin storytimes will be on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 10.30am to 11.15am. Not held in school holidays. Free. No booking required.

Wednesdays February 11 & 25; March 11 &25; April 22; May 13 & 27; June 10 & 24; July 22; August 12 & 26; September 9; October 14 & 28; November 11 & 25 2015.

Chinese Storytime 2015 (in Mandarin) at Glen Waverley.

In 2015 the Glen Waverley Chinese Mandarin storytimes will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at 10.30am to 11.15am. Not held in school holidays. Free. No booking required.

Wednesdays February 4; March 4; May 6; June 3; August 5; September 2; October 7, November 4 2015.

Chinese Storytime 2015 (in Mandarin) at Mount Waverley.chinese stories

In 2015 the Mount Waverley Chinese Mandarin storytimes will be held on the third Thursdays of the month at 10.30am to 11.15am. Not held in school holidays. Free. No booking required.

Thursdays February 19; March 19; April 16; May 21; June 18; July 16; August 20; September 17; October 15; November 19 2015.

Chinese storytime flyer 2015 for all branches (Chinese language pdf file 150 kb 1 page: same content as in this listing.)

Chinese storytime flyer 2015 for all branches (English language pdf file 100 kb 1 page: same content as in this listing.)

Greek Storytime 2015 at Oakleigh. In 2015 sessions will run on the first and third Mondays of each month at 10.30 am to 11.15am. Not held in school holidays. Free. No booking required.

Mondays February 2 & 16; March 2 & 16 20 April; May 4 & 18 June 1 & 15; July 20; August 3 & 17 September 7; October 5 & 19; November 2 & 16; 2015.

Greek language storytime flyer for Oakleigh. (Greek language pdf file 128 kb same content as above.)

English language storytime flyer for Oakleigh. (pdf file 170 kb same content as above.)

Italian Storytime 2015 at Clayton.

In 2015 Italian storytime will be on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 10.30am. Not held in school holidays. Free. No booking required..

Wednesdays February 4 & 18; March 4 &18; April 15; May 6 & 20; June 3 & 17; July 15; August 5 & 19; September 2 & 16; October 7 & 21; November 4 & 18, 2015;

Italian language storytime flyer for Oakleigh. (pdf file 160 kb same content as above.)

English language storytime flyer for Clayton. (pdf file 170 kb same content as above.)

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AUSLAN Storytime 2015 at Glen Waverley

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Third Tuesday of the month at 10.30am

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Blast Off! 2015

A fun, free monthly story and craft activity for primary school children aged 5-12. Clayton and Wheelers Hill branches host Blast Off ! in 2015 at 4 pm on a selected day.

Clayton dates:

24 Feb; 24 March; 28 April; 26 May; 23 June; 28 July; 25 Aug; 22 Sept** Must book for this session; 27 Oct; 24 Nov

Wheelers Hill dates:

19 Feb; 19 March; 16 April; 21 May; 18 June; 16 July; 20 Aug; 17 Sept; 15 Oct; 19 Nov

Click to view Flyer for Blast Off! 2015 (pdf file 120 kb 1 page)

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Games for Kids at Mount Waverley on Tuesdays at 4

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Have fun playing board games in the library! Primary School age children can enjoy playing board games and Lego with others at Mount Waverley Library Tuesdays: 4pm-5pm Excludes public holidays. No bookings except during school holidays. Enquiries: 9807 5022

View Flyer for Games! 2015
(pdf file 425 kb 1 page)

  

School Holiday Activities

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School holiday activities are run within the Libraries at each school holiday break. Details are available on this site and from the libraries at the approach of each holiday period.

TEEN EVENTS (see also ADULT EVENTS )

 

Teen Writers Group

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Like to write? Scribble? Dabble? Compose? Create? If you're aged 12-18 come and join our new Teen Writers' Group at Oakleigh Library, run by author Melissa Gijsbers!

Ages 12-18 Thursdays 4pm on the following dates.

12 Feb; 26 Feb; 12 Mar; 26 Mar; 9 Apr; 23 Apr; 28 May; 25 Jun; 9 Jul; 23 Jul; 13 Aug; 27 Aug; 10 Sep; 24 Sep; 22 Oct; 26 Nov

Teen Writers Group flyer (pdf 258kb 1 page. Same content as above.)

 

ADULT EVENTS

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Family History Events

Family History events can be found on the Family History event page.

There is a family history group which meets at Glen Waverley in 2015.

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Free Hearing Checks

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Alpha Hearing are offering free hearing checks to adults in Monash, as well as information about hearing health. For most people, hearing loss is just part of the ageing process. Over half of the people in Australia aged over 65 have some degree of hearing loss.

Book your 15 minute hearing check with an Alpha Hearing Audiologist and take your first step toward better hearing.

15 minute appointments
Friday 13 March (between 2pm-4pm) Glen Waverley Library Bookings: 9560 1655 or email eventbookings@monlib.vic.gov.au with your details including a phone number and preferred time.

March 13 Hearing Tests (pdf flyer 127B kb 1 page. Same content as above.)

 

Thrive on 2 & 5

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Did you know that eating two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables a day can help you thrive? Yet in the City of Monash, only 4% of adults meet the dietary guidelines for fruit and vegetables!

The Fresh Monash Thrive on 2 & 5 campaign promotes the available sources of fresh fruit and vegetables in Monash. We all know that we can buy fruit and vegetables from supermarkets or the nearest green grocer, but have you looked at the array of vegetables available at the Asian grocer? Sampled seasonal fruit from one of our neighbourhood farmers' markets? Or considered joining a community garden to try growing your own?

To learn more about healthy eating and caring for our local food system, book a place at one of our Thrive on 2 & 5 workshops.

The sessions will include presentations from MonashLink and Monash Council's Health Promotion teams, MonashLink's Nutrition Department and Monash Council's Sustainability Team, explaining how your food choices can help make you – and our food system – as healthy as possible.

Thrive on 2 & 5 workshops sessions:
Clayton Library Meeting Room, Tues 31 March, 10:30-11:30am (English) Book by phone only 9541 3120
Glen Waverley Library Reading Room, Tue 21 April, 10:30-11:30am (English) Book by phone only on 9560 1655
Glen Waverley Library Reading Room, Tues 21 April 11:30-12:30pm (Mandarin) Book by phone only on 9560 1655

 

Learn iPad Basics

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Our experienced trainers will introduce you to the basic functions of an iPad.

This class is suitable for people with little or no experience using an iPad. The class will cover navigation, Safari, App Store and photos. iPads provided.

Wheelers Hill Library
Friday 20 March, 2pm-4pm
Book on 9561 6211

Clayton Library
Thursday 16 April, 2.30pm-4.30pm
Book on 9541 3120

Mount Waverley Library
Tuesday 5 May, 6pm-8pm
Book on 9807 5022

Bookings can also be made at: eventbookings@monlib.vic.gov.au. Please include a contact phone number, your name and details of the session you wish to book.

 

WordFest 2014

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WordFest 2014 Short Story Winners were announced on 13 September 2014. The winning stories are now available online.

Winners List 2014 and stories online »

Winners List 2013 and stories online »

Winners List 2012 and stories online »

Monash Writers Group

 

The Monash Writers Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at Wheelers Hill Library from 6.00pm-8.00pm.

During these meetings the library supports local writers and helps them reach their creative goals by facilitating and providing peer and professional guidance through discussion, activities and programs. The Monash Writers Group will meet again on 21 January 2015.

For more information please contact the Community Engagement Librarian (Adult): 9561 6211

Family History Group at Glen Waverley

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The group meets on Mondays in 2015 from 10:15am to 12:15pm in the Reading Room at Glen Waverley Library

Mondays in 2015: February 2 March 2 May 4 June 1 July 6 September 7 October 5 November 2 December 7 2015

Family History group at Glen Waverley pdf flyer 1.2MB 1 page. Same content as above.

Family History events can be found on the Family History event page.

   

Scrabble Club at Glen Waverley on Fridays at 11am

Scrabble Club at Wheelers Hill on Mondays at 2pm

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Play Scrabble for fun and enjoy the company of others!

No bookings required.

Scrabble Clubs (pdf flyer 205kb 1 page. Same content as above.)

 

Knitting Groups

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Like a good yarn? ... and knitting too?

Bring along your knitting and meet with fellow enthusiasts. Anyone can join in, regardless of level of skill and experience.

Sessions will last 60 to 90 minutes. No booking required.

Mount Waverley Library First and third Tuesday of the month at 7.00pm. Ends 2 December

Oakleigh Library Second and fourth Thursday of the month at 3.00pm. Continues through summer holidays.

Wheelers Hill. Every Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Recommences 15 January 2015.

 

Conversation Circles 2015

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Practise your English at our weekly Conversation Circles with the help of experienced volunteers. It's also a great opportunity to meet other people from your local area. Come in for a chat. The sessions begin from 2 February 2015, except as noted.

Note: the Circles do not run on public or school holidays

The circles are free. No booking.

Clayton Library Saturdays at 10.00am. Begins 21 Feb 2015. Not run on school or public holidays.

Clayton Library Tuesdays at 11.00am. Not run on school or public holidays.

Glen Waverley Library Mondays at 12 noon. Not run on school or public holidays.

Mount Waverley Library Thursdays at 11.00 am. Not run on school or public holidays.

Oakleigh Library Fridays at 11.00 am. Resumes 6 February 2015. Not run on school or public holidays.

Sessions are for 1 hour. Free. No bookings required.

View flyer Conversation Circles 2015 (pdf file 500kb 1 page same content as above.)

 

Book Clubs 2015

Monash Public Library Service proudly supports local book clubs, free of charge, by supplying sets of ten titles up to 12 times each year to each club.

The library selects new titles each year to ensure that book clubs have fresh, popular and engaging titles to discuss each month.

For more information, please contact the Adult Services Librarian at your local library branch.

 

Technology Training

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Seniors Computer Classes 2015

Bookings for the first semester classes beginning in early February 2015 are now open.

They are a set of 5 free classes for seniors and offer an opportunity for people with little or no computer skills to learn in a comfortable environment.

Some of these sessions are held in Greek and in Chinese.

View the List of all classes (pdf file 360kb 1 page.)

View the Chinese language classes (Chinese language pdf file 790 kb 1 page.)

Other Technology Classes 2015

Other technology workshops are held regularly throughout the year. You can stay informed about upcoming programs by subscribing to our eNewsletter, following us on Facebook, or by visiting our website or any of our library branches.

Find out what other computer training options are available in Monash by downloading our flyer Where to learn computer skills in Monash from the Training page.

Individual classes can be arranged by contacting your local branch.