What’s New at Libraries in August


Our Stonnington Libraries continue to offer a variety of great events featuring poetry, stories, gardening and wellness this month to suit all interests.

Here are a few to keep you motivated, happy and inspired.

Australian Poetry Slam comes to Stonnington

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam Champion?

Bring the fire to the heat of Stonnington’s poetic slam for your chance to make the national final. It is presented in partnership with Word Travels. Reservations are required.

August 4, Toorak Library / South Yarra

Preparing your garden for spring

Growing fresh produce at home this spring means preparing your garden now.

This weekend, join us for a webinar presented by Sustainable Gardening Australia, and find out how you can prepare your garden for a bumper spring harvest, what to plant and when to plant it, and how to grow these delicious spring vegetables in pots. . Reservations are required.

August 6, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., online via Zoom

An Afternoon with Helen Garner

Join us for a special afternoon where we feature Helen Garner, one of Australia’s most respected writers, as she reads four of her favorite passages and looks back on a career spanning over fifty years with guest host Bruno Lettieri. Reservations are required.

Sunday August 7, 3-4:30 p.m., Toorak/South Yarra Library

On stage with Elvis Presley

Tune in to our special online event with music writer Stuart Coupe which gives fans – and anyone who wants to know more – behind-the-scenes access to some of Elvis Presley’s most iconic performances and the musicians who shared his life on and off stage. Our guest host is Claire Halliday. Thanks a lot. Reservations are required.

August 11, 6:30-7:45 p.m., online via Zoom.

Write your way to wellness

Join us for a workshop with Sian Prior, writer, facilitator, musician and teacher, on the therapeutic benefits of expressive writing and journaling. Reservations are required.

August 13, 2:30–4:30 p.m., Malvern Library

Unveil our cosmos

Have you ever wondered when and how the universe began, what gave rise to the billions of stars and galaxies that exist today, and how could it all end?

Science author and lecturer Peter Spinks takes us on a memorable journey through space and time into how our universe was born – and the possibly bizarre end.

August 25, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Malvern Library

Celebrate Children’s Book Week August 20-26

Join us for special story times where we read pre-selected picture books from the Children’s Book Council of Australia, as well as enjoy a craft session with See Make Play, inspired by the Just One Bee picture book , and our bookmarking contest for kids. from 5 to 17 years old (open until August 31).

What’s your story? Writing contest

Have you already finished or started this winning story? And will you be the next best, brightest in literary circles? What’s your story?

Residents still have time to enter our fabulous Stonnington Writing Contest. With great prizes up for grabs, be inspired to take those ideas, click the keyboards or those pens to the paper forward now to ensure you have a chance to win. To enter, submit your work by August 31.

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