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Library Events

14/02/2018 +


Blind Date With a Book on Valentine’s Day


Library Lovers - Book Ring Heart

Take a risk with a blind date at your library this Valentine’s Day

Our challenge to you is to try something new by borrowing a hidden book. You will find out what it is once you have committed to borrow the book. We encourage you to persevere with it even if you are initially reluctant. You may discover a new genre you never thought you would enjoy, or maybe it will be confirmation that it simply isn’t for you.

Valentine’s Day blind dates will be available throughout the day on February 14th at:

Bairnsdale Library

Lakes Entrance Service Centre

Orbost Service Centre

Mallacoota Service Centre

Omeo Service Centre will be conducting blind dates for the week 12th to 16th of February.

Paynesville Service Centre will be conducting blind dates for all of February.


Go on. Live life on the edge!




Little Bang Discovery Club


Little Bang Discovery Club

Join us for this four-week science program in Lakes Entrance

Little Bang Discovery Club (LBDC) is a four-week course designed for pre-schoolers (aged 3–5) and their accompanying adult co-learners.


The aim of the LBDC is to develop ideas and skills that inspire further scientific exploration, discovery and learning. Key features of the LBDC are the hands-on activities, question and answer time and a Discovery Box and Book loaned to each child for the duration of the LBDC.


Activities experienced during each session can be safely replicated and further explored at home.

A Discovery Club Passport is provided to each child and stamped after each session and a graduation ceremony follows a Science Fair in the final session.


Lakes Entrance Service Centre | 10.30 am – 11.30 am

Thursday 1 March

Thursday 8 March

Thursday 15 March

Thursday 22 March

Participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions. Phone 5152 4225 or book in person at the library for this FREE event.




Tech Savvy Seniors

Communicating Online & Social Media


Communicating online

Free training sessions teaching older people about new technologies and staying connected with their family, friends and communities

Communicating Online  10.00 am - 12.30 pm

Learn some of the ways you can communicate online using services such as Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Facetime.  This session will also briefly touch on using these services. It will not cover any account creation or in-depth instruction on how to use the services.


Social Media  1.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Find out what social media is and what its main functions are. Explore the different types of social media including Twitter and Facebook.


Bairnsdale Library - Friday 2 March 2018

Orbost Service Centre - Wednesday 7 March 2018

Paynesville Service Centre - Thursday 8 March 2018

Lakes Entrance Service Centre - Friday 9 March 2018


Course requirements – It is preferred but not essential for users to bring their own devices and to have existing accounts.


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


05/03/2018 to 16/03/2018


Movie Screening for Adults - Maudie


Painter's brushes

A true story of an unlikely romance between a fish peddler and a budding artist

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman Maud Lewis gains work as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. The movie is rated PG - Mild themes and sexual references

Rating Symbol PG 

Bairnsdale Library | Mon. 5 March  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Bairnsdale Library | Thu. 8 March  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Omeo Service Centre | Tue. 13 March  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Orbost Service Centre | Tue. 13 March  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Lakes Entrance Service Centre | Wed. 14 March  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Paynesville Service Centre | Fri. 16 March  10.30 am – 12.30 pm

Paynesville Service Centre | Fri. 16 March  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm


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




Your Emergency Plans

Emergency Preparedness Seminar

Bushfire Chair

Come along to our emergency seminar to learn how you can prepare yourself for an emergency, with handy demonstrations on how simple it can be

Emergencies can happen at any time. They can be as large as a bushfire, flood or storm or as personal as a death in the family. The better you prepare for emergencies, the easier it is for you and your family to recover.


The seminar will also discuss the roles of agencies in an emergency (such as the Police), the Vulnerable Persons Register, and what you can do to help others in your community to prepare for an emergency. We will be using interactive survey technology to engage with the audience throughout this seminar.


Orbost Service Centre | Tuesday 6 March  1.00 pm – 3.00 pm


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




Elizabeth Honey

Wind, Rain and Daffodils Art Workshop


Elizabeth Honey - Poster Image

Author Elizabeth Honey will conduct an “arty crafty workshop” Wind, Rain and Daffodils at Lakes Entrance Service Centre

How do the seasons and the weather affect plants and animals? After discussion, children try stencils, wax crayon and watercolour then, individually or in groups, they create a poster for the library. This session is for children aged 3 - 6.


Lakes Entrance Service Centre | Thur. 8 March  11.30 am – 12.30 pm


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


13/03/2018 to 14/03/2018


Jeremy Scott - Author Talk


Jeremy Scott

Melbourne based adventurer/author Jeremy Scott is visiting to talk about his life changing journey

Jeremy will share his story; beginning with life saving open heart surgery as a child; through to being an adult who spent over 2 ½ years cycling 52,000km around the planet. This journey highlights what anyone can achieve with self-belief and the courage to take that first step into the unknown.


The session will include questions and answers. Copies of Jeremy’s beautiful book will be available for purchase.


Lakes Entrance Service Centre | Tue. 13 March  1.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Bairnsdale Library | Tue. 13 March  5.30 pm – 7.30 pm
Paynesville Service Centre | Wed. 14 March  10.00 am – 12.00 pm


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




Cultural Diversity Week Storytime


Cultural diversity week children playing

Children’s Storytime this week will celebrate the many different cultures and faiths that call Victoria home

Since the traditional owners first inhabited the land, Victoria has been built on waves of migration. Today, almost half of Victorians were either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas. 


Our diverse communities have made us prosperous and strong. And our differences don’t divide us, they unite us.


Orbost Service Centre | Tuesday 20 March 10.30 am

Bairnsdale Library | Tuesday 20 March  11.00 am

Lakes Entrance Service Centre | Tuesday 20 March  11.00 am

Paynesville Service Centre | Wednesday 20 March  11.00 am

Omeo Service Centre | Tuesday 21 March  11.30 am

Mallacoota Service Centre | Tuesday 21 March  2.30 pm


The free storytime session includes stories, songs, rhymes, dancing and a craft activity.


Cultural diversity week logo


20/03/2018 to 23/03/2018


Movie Screening - Ali's Wedding

A Cultural Diversity Week Event


Sunshine Mosque

Join us for the screening of the Australian romantic comedy based on the memoir of award winning actor, stand-up comedian and writer Osamah Sami, Good Muslim Boy

Reluctant to confess the truth to his Muslim Cleric father, Ali’s life spirals out of control as he hides the truth about his academic achievements. He feels compelled to follow through with an arranged marriage even though he is in love with another. This movie is rated M - Mature themes and coarse language.

 Rating symbol M

Omeo Service Centre | Tue. 20 March  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Orbost Service Centre | Tue. 20 March  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Lakes Entrance Service Centre | Wed. 21 March  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Bairnsdale Library | Thu. 22 March  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Paynesville Service Centre | Fri. 23 March 10.30 am – 12.30 pm

Paynesville Service Centre | Fri. 23 March  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm


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


Cultural diversity week logo




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 | Wednesdays 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm


For more information about these FREE sessions phone 5152 4225 . 


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. Children aged six and under must be accompanied by an adult.


Donations welcome

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

Bairnsdale | 4.00 – 5.00 pm

Wed. 14 February 2018

Wed. 14 March 2018

Wed. 11 April 2018

Wed. 9 May 2018

Wed. 13 June 2018

Lakes Entrance | 3.40 – 4.40 pm

Wed. 7 February 2018

Wed. 7 March 2018

Wed. 4 April 2018

Wed. 2 May 2018

Wed. 6 June 2018

 Omeo | 3.40 – 4.40 pm

Wed. 7 March 2018

Wed. 4 April 2018

Wed. 2 May 2018

Wed. 6 June 2018

Orbost | 3.40 – 4.40 pm

Monday 19 February 2018

Monday 19 March 2018

Monday 16 April 2018

Monday 21 May 2018

Monday 18 June 2018 

Paynesville | 3.40 – 4.40 pm

Wed. 28 February 2018

Wed. 28 March 2018

Wed. 18 April 2018

Wed. 23 May 2018

Wed. 27 June 2018

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.


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 library staff.


Tech Savvy Seniors - OMEO

Expressions of Interest


Connected worlds image for Omeo Tech Savvy expressions of interest poster


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 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 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.


2018 Book sale dates

18 January

19 July

15 February

16 August

15 March

20 September

19 April

18 October

17 May

15 November

21 June

20 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.


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