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1000 Books Before School


1000 books before school

East Gippsland Shire Libraries are participating in 1000 Books Before School to promote early literacy skills.

Reading just ten minutes a day can instil a lifelong love of books and learning in young children. Sharing stories with babies and young children helps develop literacy skills that will prepare them for reading at school.


Research shows that children who are read to every day from an early age have extended vocabularies, increased reading readiness and improved cognitive skills when they enter school.


How 1000 Books Before School works

  • Register at any East Gippsland Library to receive your first Reading Record and reading kit. A library membership is required to join the program.
  • Mark, colour or place a sticker on your Reading Record each time you read together with your child.
  • Each time you reach a milestone in your Reading Record, bring it in to any East Gippsland Library for a special reward.
  • Every book that your child completes, or actively listens to, counts – this includes stories read at Storytime sessions, day care, playgroup, kindergarten, as well as the same book over and over again.
  • The program finishes once your child reaches 1000 books, or starts school.

For further information, phone 5152 4225 or ask your friendly library staff.


Be Scam Savvy


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If in doubt, don’t!

East Gippsland Shire Libraries and Consumer Affairs Victoria are working together to provide information to Victorians about online scams and how to stay scam savvy!


Older Victorians are attractive targets for scammers, because they often own substantial assets and have access to life savings and their superannuation.


Maria lost thousands of dollars in a romance scam. Watch her story, as she explains how to look for signs that things may not be as they seem. Watch Maria's case study video.


You can watch more videos about people affected by scams at consumer.vic.gov.au/realstories


03/07/2017 to 21/07/2017


Movie Screening - Lion


Lion - Saroo's home town

Join us for the screening of a movie based on Saroo Brierley’s memoir - A long way home

At the age of five, Saroo can’t find his brother and is lost on a train thousands of miles from home. Twenty years later, having been adopted by Australians, he begins to search for his Indian home.


Bairnsdale Library | Monday, 3 July  2.00pm – 4.00pm
Omeo Service Centre | Tuesday, 11 July  2.00pm – 4.00pm

Orbost Service Centre | Tuesday, 11 July  2.00pm – 4.00pm

Lakes Entrance Service Centre |  Wednesday, 12 July  2.00pm – 4.00pm

Bairnsdale Library | Thursday, 13 July  2.00pm – 4.00pm

Paynesville Service Centre |  Friday, 21 July  10.30am – 12.30pm

Paynesville Service Centre |  Friday, 21 July  2.00pm – 4.00pm


Phone 5152 4225 or book in person at the library for this FREE event.




Children's book Council of Australia - Judge's Talk


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Join Amanda Cooper and Heather Zubek, two of the Victorian Judges for the 2017 Children’s Book of the Year, as they discuss this year’s short listed and notable books

The Judge’s Talk is aimed at parents, teachers, librarians and lovers of Australian children’s literature. Copies of the books discussed will be available for purchase on the night.


Bairnsdale Library | Wednesday 2 August  4.30 pm – 6.00 pm


Light refreshments provided. Phone 5152 4225 or book in person at the library for this FREE event.


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Criminal Intent

A one day course for crime writers


Andrew Nette

If you’re keen to start a crime novel or are part way through a manuscript and need help to finish, this interactive course is ideal for you

Conducted by Andrew Nette, the course will combine input with practical writing exercises to help you learn the elements of a thrilling crime read. It will consider the essential ingredients in crime fiction (premise, character, setting, plot and pace), and provide tips on how to push through blockages and problem passages.


Learning outcomes:

  • How to develop convincing characters
  • How to plot and structure your story
  • How to make use of setting to enhance your story
  • How to improve the pace of your story and build suspense
  • How to push through blockages and finish your novel

While this course is focused on crime fiction much of it will be relevant to those writing in other popular genres.

Book online for this FREE event at – https://criminal-intent-one-day-course.eventbrite.com.au/


While this course is focused on crime fiction much of it will be relevant to those writing in other popular genres.


This Gippsland Writers Group event has been made possible by Writers Victoria and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust, as well as through the support of the East Gippsland Shire Library.


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07/08/2017 to 25/08/2017


Movie Screening - A Street Cat Named Bob


James Bowen and Bob - High Five

Join us for the screening of A street cat named Bob based on James Bowen’s book by the same title

This film tells the moving and life-affirming true story of the unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, James Bowen, and the stray ginger cat named Bob who changed his life. The movie is rated PG due to mild themes of drug addiction and coarse language. Photo by Bryan Ledgard

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Bairnsdale Library | Monday 7 August  2.00 pm – 3.45 pm

Omeo Service Centre | Tuesday 8 August  2.00 pm – 3.45 pm

Orbost Service Centre | Tuesday 8 August  2.00 pm – 3.45 pm

Lakes Entrance Service Centre | Wednesday 9 August  2.00 pm – 3.45 pm

Bairnsdale Library | Thursday 10 August  2.00 pm – 3.45 pm

Paynesville Service Centre | Friday 25 August  10.30 am – 12.15 pm

Paynesville Service Centre | Friday 25 August  2.00 pm – 3.45 pm

Phone 5152 4225 or book in person at the library for this FREE event.


18/08/2017 to 25/08/2017


Write a Story - Draw a Picture Competition Childrens Book Week 2017

Draw a Picture/Write a Story Competition

To celebrate Children’s Book Week 2017, you are invited to draw a picture or write a story relating to the Children’s Book Week theme, Escape to Everywhere.


If you had the chance to escape reality, where would your imagination take you? Where would you choose to visit and what would you see there? It could be magical lands, mythical beasts or something else altogether. It’s entirely up to you!


The entry form Childrens_Book_Week_2017_Entry_Form.pdf includes the competition terms and conditions. Entry forms are also now available at your local library. For more information phone 5152 4225.



Reading Circles - Adult Literacy Program


Reading Circles

Reading Circles is a literacy program for adults wanting to improve their literacy skills

You and your family are welcome to come and have a cuppa at the library where you can have a chat and get better at reading.


The library is hosting this in partnership with GELLA (Gippsland East Learn Local Alliance).


Bairnsdale Library | Tuesdays  10.00 am – 12.00 pm


Phone 5152 4225 or book in person at the library for these FREE sessions.  For more information, call Lisa on 0428514610.


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Lego Club


Junior Lego enthusiasts are invited to attend our after school Lego Club sessions

The supervised sessions are held at various library branches and incorporate freestyle creativity as well as some themed construction activities.


Donations welcome

The library will gladly accept donations of old or new Lego brand pieces for our Lego Club collection.

Bairnsdale Library | 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Tuesday 13 June

Tuesday 11 July

Tuesday 8 August

Tuesday 12 September

Tuesday 10 October

Tuesday 14 November

Tuesday, 12 December

Lakes Entrance Service Centre | 3.40 pm – 4.40 pm

Wednesday 7 June

Wednesday, 5 July

Wednesday, 2 August

Wednesday, 6 September

Wednesday, 4 October

Wednesday, 1 November

Wednesday, 6 December

 Omeo Service Centre | 3.40 pm – 4.40 pm

Wednesday 7 June

Wednesday, 5 July

Wednesday, 2 August

Wednesday, 6 September

Wednesday, 4 October

Wednesday, 1 November

Wednesday, 6 December

Orbost Service Centre | 3.40 pm – 4.40 pm

Tuesday 20 June

Tuesday, 18 July

Tuesday, 15 August

Tuesday, 19 September

Tuesday, 17 October

Tuesday, 21 November

Tuesday, 19 December

Bookings for each session open the day of the previous session.  Phone 5152 4225 or book in person at the library for these FREE sessions.


Victorian Tech Savvy Seniors - OMEO

Expressions of Interest

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Victorian Tech Savvy Seniors

Are you feeling left behind in our connected world? 

We are seeking expressions of interest in the Omeo district from people interested in any of the following free training sessions:


Introduction to iPads - Your first step into the world of iPad tablets

Introduction to Android Tablets - Your first step into the world of Android tablets.

Introduction to Cyber Safety - This workshop covers the basics of internet security.

Introduction to Social Media – A walk through the internet’s most popular social media applications.

Introduction to Online Shopping and Banking - This session will show you how to find things to buy, where to buy from, and how to make payments safely over the internet.

Introduction to Managing Digital Photos – There are many ways to manage and share your digital photos.

Introduction to Email – A workshop covering the basic steps you need to help keep in touch with your family and friends using email

Introduction to Smartphones - Learn the basics of navigating your way around a smartphone with a touchscreen.


Victorian Tech Savvy Seniors is a Seniors Card Age Friendly Partners Program with Telstra. It is designed to give older people, particularly those in regional and rural areas of Victoria, the opportunity to develop skills to use technology for socialising, accessing important services, or conducting personal business.

To register your interest or to seek for further information, phone 5152 4225 or ask your friendly Omeo library staff.


Friends of the Library Booksales


Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library hold regular book sales in the Nicholson Street Mall in Bairnsdale throughout the year

The books on sale include items deleted from East Gippsland Shire Library's collection as well as donations.


2017 Book sale dates

19 January

20 July

16 February

17 August

16 March

21 September

20 April

19 October

18 May

16 November

15 June

21 December


Who are we?

We are an independent group of library members who care deeply for the welfare or our library service. We promote and defend it at all times and lobby local, state and federal politicians on library related matters.  Proceeds from our regular booksales are for the sole benefit of the library service. Join Friends of East Gippsland Shire Library and help support our cause.


Regular Event

Broadband for Seniors - funded by the Australian Government

Basic Internet Training for Seniors

free with your local Broadband for Seniors internet kiosks

Your Broadband for Seniors kiosk gives you the opportunity to discover how the web can play a great part in helping you to stay in touch with friends and family, along with offering access to the wealth of information available online. This is your chance to find out what all the excitement is about.


The kiosk features computers with broadband access for use by older members of our local community. We are also providing training, so beginners are very welcome!


Expressions of interest are now being taken. Please enquire at your library branch or phone 5152 4225.


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