Library at The Dock - What's on in March

2nd March, 2015

The Library at The Dock offers a range of classes and activities to suit all ages. Here's what's on in March.


A writers life revealed through the art of letters.
One of Australia’s best-loved authors, Kate Llewellyn, will be joining us for a discussion of her latest book, First Things First. Collected together for the first time are selected letters from her private correspondence with artists and writers. Brimming with energy and humour, First Things First ranges widely across poetry, art, sex and gardening and is a precious insight into a writer’s life.
This event will run alongside the exhibition My Little Melbourne Girl currently on display at Library at The Dock's gallery until 14 April, 2015. Author talk will be followed by afternoon tea.
When: Thu 19 Mar, 2.30pm-4pm
Where: Performance Space, Library at The Dock
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Join us at Library at The Dock for a full-day workshop on electronics and programming.
Choose from two workshops:
 - Makey Makey Interactive Mural; or
 - Raspberry Pi Retro Gaming Project.

These workshops are specially designed for library professionals and are a great way to get hands on and familiar with two of the latest technologies.
What’s even better, you get to keep your equipment and take it home with you! This professional development day will also feature a very special keynote presentation by Professor Stephen Heppell, who is returning as our visiting International Knowledge Fellow.
Stephen will provide an update on the latest trends in learning and ways to engage community with technology.
There are also extensive resources included for participants and you will need to bring your own laptop. Please refer to the booking site for more information.
When: Tuesday 17 March
Where: Library at The Dock
Cost: $275
More information and bookings

Outside the Lines is a free unConference being held at Library at the Dock.
It is your chance to gain insight into what young adults are interested in, how libraries can support and collaborate with them and how we can broaden our thinking about young people into a more creative, flexible and innovative framework that will take libraries outside the lines.
By participating you will have the opportunity to:
 - Hear first-hand from young people and their experiences with the library and community organisations.
 - Gain knowledge from your library peers and experts in the field.
 - Have a forum to ask questions that aren’t often addressed at ‘normal’ conferences.
 - Leave inspired by how you can get young people engaged.
 - Play and get hands on with a mini hack or zine session.
 - And help shape the way that Australian libraries can get ‘Outside the Lines’.
There will be morning and afternoon tea provided.
When: Thu 28 May, 8.30am for a 9am start, until 4pm
Where: Library at The Dock
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Relax and unwind at these special workshops which fuse yoga and books. The yoga session that follows reflects on the theme.  All poses are basic and suitable for beginners.
Bring a book that relates to the week’s theme and read aloud a passage that resonates with you. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your yoga mat.
Bookings for each session are essential.
10 March: Love 
17 March: Courage
24 March: Surrender
31 March: Quiet 
Where: Library at The Dock
When: 10, 17, 24 and 31 March, from 5.30pm-6.30pm.
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Want to improve your English conversation skills? Join us for one hour per fortnight to chat about food, family, travel and other things with a native English speaker from Melbourne.
Please note: The club is free and run by volunteers. Sessions may be subject to cancellation at late notice. 
Book online now

Come and join us for morning tea and see our new Chinese books at Library at The Dock. Meet other readers, have a chat and find some new Chinese books, magazines or DVDs to borrow.
Where: Library at The Dock
When: First Thursday of the month, 9am to 11am.
No booking required

Story Lounge is a storytime for adults. Hand-picked stories and poems read aloud in a relaxed setting. Slow down and enjoy the simple pleasure of listening.
When: Fourth Wednesday of the month, 12.30-1.30pm.
25 Mar, 22 Apr, 27 May, 24 Jun, 22 Jul, 26 Aug, 23 Sep, 28 Oct, 25 Nov
Where: Library at The Dock
No bookings required

Share your love of reading with us and discover some great reads. Unlike a book club, a reading circle does not set a book to read. Each person discusses what they are currently reading or a book that has changed their life. Whether a good novel, a collection of poetry, your favourite play or a biography, however you reacted to it, we want to hear about it!
When: Second Tuesday of the month, 6pm to 7pm
10 Mar, 14 Apr, 12 May, 9 Jun, 14 Jul, 11 Aug, 8 Sep, 13 Oct, 10 Nov, 8 Dec
Where: Reading Lounge, Library at The Dock
No bookings required


My Little Melbourne Girl
Exploring the love letters of Lillie Duncan Multimedia exhibition bringing to life a collection of love letters  written by sailors in the 1920s to a local Melbourne resident. A Mission to Seafarers (Victoria) exhibition in partnership with Melbourne Library Service.
Where: Library at The Dock Gallery
When: 31 Jan-14 Apr

'Carmen' by Cy Gorman
A futuristic retrospective transmedia investigation exploring ideas of:
deconstruction (death), reconstruction (transformation) and integration (life) of the feminine form in a state of immersion and abstraction within the changing face of technology.

I am in awe of the feminine form. I see its connection to mother nature; a creative force. Her voice is also my Anima - the inner feminine voice of the masculine. This reminds me of mother natures relationship to developing technologies. 

Carmen and her manifestation in my work is simultaneously inspired by the symbology in the four act opera 'Carmen' by the French composer Georges Bizet and also the 90s computer game 'Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego'. Both of these examples of the elusive, passionate, dangerous and mysterious appearance of 'Carmen' in the collective unconsciousness.

Ideas of digital reductionism in dialogue with female 'pinup' stereotypes are also core to the investigation of work. 8-Bit digital deconstruction of a 50's pinup girl becomes cross stitching on felt. Digital audio is pressed to vinyl globally. Digital abstract art is projection mapped onto the female form, photographed and videoed, re-processed and expressed multimodally.

Where: Library at the Dock waterside entrance
When: Sunday, 1 March to Tuesday 31 March 2015


Join us for this special Storytime celebrating our community’s cultural diversity, with stories and songs from around the world. Children will also have a chance to help create a group art project.
When: Friday 20 March, 10.30am-11.30am
Where: Library at the Dock
Age: 3-5 years
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Come to this special school holiday Stompers session, there will be songs, books, rhymes and a chance for your child to mold some playdough. 
Where: Library at the Dock
When: Mon 30 Mar, 10.30am – 11.15am
Age: 18 month to 3 years 
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iLEARN: ipad Essentials
Get to know your iPad at Library at The Dock.
The first half of the session focuses on iPad basics, getting online and an introduction to apps.
The second half is tailored to participants’ interests and experience with the technology. It can focus on iPads for learning, entertainment or social media. No prior skills necessary. Bring your own iPad or use one of ours.
Bookings essential.
When: First Tuesday of the month, 11am to 12pm
Where: Library at The Dock
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iLearn: Tech Wednesdays at Library at The Dock
Develop your computer skills by attending our Tech Wednesday sessions. 

Internet basics
Learn to navigate and search the internet and about different ways of connecting including Wi-Fi. This course uses Internet Explorer to navigate websites and Google to perform online searches. Participants will have the chance to discuss their interests and find out how the internet can help to explore them. 
When: Wed18 Mar or Wed 29 Apr, 10am-12pm
Where: Library at The Dock
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Library at The Dock is offering a monthly digital skills program to help you learn and develop your creative skills. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced user, our digital skills program will offer a range of practical activities to help you get your creative project underway. Learn how to cut and edit audio and video, digitally design and illustrate, create websites, use social media and develop your very own games. Each workshop will provide you with the expert support you need to become a creative technology guru.

Making movies in iMovie
When: Mondays 16 March - 5pm to 7pm
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Layout and Design with Indesign
When: Monday 23 March - 5pm to 7pm
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Making a website with Wordpress
When: Wednesday 11 March - 5pm to 7pm
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Photoshop 101
When: Monday 9 March - 5pm to 7pm
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Digital Music Production (Garage Band)
When: Monday 2 March - 5pm to 7pm
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Creating Video Art
When: Thursday 26 March - 5pm to 7pm
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Making a Mix Tape
When: Wednesday 18 March - 5pm to 7pm
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Final Cut Pro X
When: Thursday 12 March - 5pm to 7pm
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Robotics, Making and Electronics is a program designed to get you up to speed with some of the latest technologies driving maker and DIY culture. Take a look at 3D printing with our series of workshops on printing and design, delve into electronics components and circuits, come along to our drop-in sessions and meet other makers and watch out for our special programs and events along the way.
Library at The Dock Makerspace is a place for you to come and work on your own projects, get advice and meet other makers. Bring in your nerd project today!

3D Printing Basics
When:Tuesday 3 March - 5pm to 7pm
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3D Drop-in Session
When: Tuesday 24 March - 5pm to 7pm
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Designing your 3D Print
When: Tuesday 10 March - 5pm to 7pm
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3D Printing - Slicing and printing
When: Tuesday 17 March - 5pm to 7pm
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Using Sensors in Electronics
When: Friday 13 March - 5pm to 7pm
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Using Motors in Electronics
When: Thursday 19 March - 5pm to 7pm
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Using Displays in Electronics
When: Friday 27 March  - 5pm to 7pm
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Arduino Experimenters and Fritzing
When: Thursday 5 March - 5pm to 7pm
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Library at The Dock is operated by Melbourne Library Services, a division of City of Melbourne.
03 9658 9998
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008

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Monday-Friday - 8am-7pm
Saturday - 10am-5pm
Sunday - 12pm-5pm

Located at the corner of Collins and Bourke Streets in Victoria Harbour, Docklands.

Tram routes 48, 11 and 31 stop on Collins Street 200m from the Library entrance. 

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