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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.


30/05/2017 to 28/06/2017


Police Storytime Sessions


Victoria Police Car

An officer from Victoria Police will be joining us for Storytime in May and June

We will hear all about what police work is like and we’ll get a close look at a police vehicle.


Storytime sessions are for children 2 to 5 years of age, and include stories, songs and activities. The sessions run for approximately 45 minutes.


Bairnsdale Library | Tuesday 30 May  11.00 am

Lakes Entrance Service Centre |Tuesday 6 June  11.00 am

Paynesville Service Centre | Tuesday 13 June  11.00 am

Orbost Service Centre | Tuesday 20 June  10.30 am

Omeo Service Centre | Wednesday 28 June  11.45 am


For further information, phone 51524225 or enquire in person at your library.



Movie Screening - Allied


Desert dunes with silhouette of a male and female

Join us for the screening of a World War II romantic thriller

Allied is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan, who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.  The movie is rated M. It has mature themes, violence, sex, coarse language, nudity and drug use.

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Bairnsdale Library | Monday 5 June  2.00pm – 4.15pm

Omeo Service Centre | Tuesday 13 June  2.00 pm – 4.15 pm

Bairnsdale Library | Thursday 8 June  2.00 pm – 4.15 pm

Orbost Service Centre | Tuesday 13 June   2.00 pm – 4.15 pm

Lakes Entrance  Service Centre | Wednesday 14 June  2.00 pm – 4.15 pm

Paynesville Service Centre | Friday 16 June  10.30 am – 12.45 pm                      

Paynesville Service Centre | Friday 16 June 2.00 pm – 4.15 pm


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

08/06/2017 to 10/06/2017


World Wide Knit in Public Day


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Drop in to your library, bring along your knitting, enjoy a chat, a cuppa and meet new friends

WWKiP Day is really about showing the general public that knitting can be a community activity in a very distinct way.


Lakes Entrance Service Centre | Thursday 8 June  10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Orbost Service Centre | Thursday 8 June  11.00 am – 2.00 pm

Paynesville Service Centre | Friday 9 June  10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Mallacoota Service Centre |  Friday 9 June 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Omeo Service Centre | Friday 9 June  8.30 am – 5.00 pm

Bairnsdale Library | Friday 9 June  9.30 am – 6.00 pm

Bairnsdale Library | Saturday 10 June  9.30 am – 12.00 pm


The library will provide tea, coffee and biscuits.  No bookings are required.  Phone 5152 4225 for more information about this FREE event.

08/06/2017 to 29/06/2017


Victorian Tech Savvy Seniors - Online Shopping and Smartphones


Online Shopping and Smartphones

Free training sessions teaching older people how to access information and stay connected with their family, friends and communities

Introduction to Online Shopping and Banking

10.00 am – 12.30 pm

  • Researching products and suppliers
  • Payment methods
  • eBay – buying only
  • Discussion about net-banking and paying bills online

Introduction to smartphones

1.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Learn the basics of navigating your way around a smartphone (iPhone or Android) with a touchscreen.


Lakes Entrance Service Centre | Thursday 8 June

Orbost Service Centre | Wednesday 14 June

Paynesville Service Centre | Thursday 15 June

Bairnsdale Library | Friday 16 June

Bairnsdale Library | Thursday 29 June

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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