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Adult Programs

Adult programs

Library resources and programs support the development of literacy, life-long learning and creativity for all ages.

Programs include Bookclubs, Social and Conversation Circles,  Art Series workshops, Digital Literacy and Learning Help for Adults, developed to inspire learning and create community connections.

For more information see the What's On calendar or contact the Library during opening hours on 1300 630 920.

Subscribe and receive information on local events from Greater Dandenong Libraries each month. 

 


Adult Programs

A video playlist for adults and young people. Regular programs include: Wellbeing with Dani and monthly Art Series.


Workshops

A video playlist of workshops to explore your creativity. Includes zine making, watercolour painting and much more.


Resources and Services

This video playlist has information about resources and services, such as online Tech Assist and digital resources.

 

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Reading Programs

DandEreaders Online Bookclub

Each month read (or listen) to a book from our OverDrive collection. Visit OverDrive to access the eBook or access the Libby App by OverDrive. DandEreaders meet online every 4th Thursday of each month to discuss it.

Reading Circle

Do you enjoy chatting and hearing about books? Would you like some ideas about what to read next? Join the Reading Circle and get inspired. There are no set books, just good fun with like-minded bookworms. Reading Circle is held once a month on the first Wednesday of the month.

Your Next Read

Read and Relax Blog

Read and Relax is the home of Library staff reviews of their favourite books, movies and more. Find out what’s new in the collection, read about the latest award-winning titles and get some inspiration for your next read.

The Open Book Podcast

Listen in with the team at Greater Dandenong Libraries as they discuss and review books, promote and highlight local events, and have lively conversations about the library behind-the-scenes.

Every month, Greater Dandenong Libraries releases a new episode of The Open Book. Episodes run for about 40-50 minutes and are hosted on SoundCloud. You can also find The Open Book podcast on Spotify, Apple Music, and more. Books mentioned in the podcast are linked in the show notes to the library catalogue, so you can find them easily while listening.

BookMatch

Have you run out of ideas for books to read? Library staff can create a list of suggestions just for you based on your likes and dislikes. Fill in the online form and a list of 5 items will be emailed to you within 7 working days.

BookMatch

Social Programs

Libraries After Dark

The Libraries After Dark program includes workshops, film screenings, games nights, and more, or you can just pop in for a free cuppa or a snack and make some new friends.

Conversation Circle

Make new friends whilst practising English in a friendly, relaxed and safe environment at Dandenong Library each week. Conversation Circle is for those with low to intermediate levels of English language skills.

The Social Knitwork

Enjoy knitting and spending time with like minded people with The Social Knitwork each Wednesday morning at Dandenong Library. Make new friends while building on skills, sharing patterns, stories and good times.

Library and Literary Events

Library and Information Week

Library and Information Week (25-31 July 2022) showcases the many resources and services that libraries provide to the community. It aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, the importance of Australia's book industry and the role of libraries.

The Emerging Writers Festival

The Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) is one of Australia’s most established and well-respected literary festivals. EWF provides opportunities for emerging writers to develop professionally, and supports them to engage new and larger audiences. 

Greater Dandenong Libraries’ members can celebrate the richness of their local community with an annual program of events featuring performances and workshops, delivered in partnership with EWF.

For more information about the Festival visit Emerging Writers Festival. 

The Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) brings writers and readers together to be inspired, challenged and thrilled by an intelligent, rousing and diverse program of books and ideas. Since 1986, the organisation has entertained hundreds of thousands of readers as Australia’s boldest literary festival.

Greater Dandenong Libraries are a proud partner of Melbourne Writers Festival, delivering a wide range of free literary activities and events for all ages.

The festival will return in September 2022. For more information visit Melbourne Writers Festival.

Study Help

​Studiosity

Students are able to receive help from online tutors during school terms with the library’s Studiosity online resource.
Connect online 24/7 with live experts or receive feedback in writing within 24 hours. Login with your Library card number and pin. Not a member? Join online.

Ask a Librarian

Ask a question about accessing our digital collection. Ask for help finding information for a school project. 
Or just not sure what to read next? Ask one of our librarians for assistance.

Complete the Ask a Librarian form with a question and a reply will be received within 3 business days.

Ask a Librarian

Library Help for Adults

Library Help for Adults is available to all library members at Springvale and Dandenong.

The Language and Literacy team are available to support library members with:

  • Resume writing
  • Job searching
  • Immigration forms, and more

See the Community Languages and Literacy page, for more information or phone the library during opening hours on 1300 630 920 and one of the Language and Literacy team members will contact you via phone or email.

Library Tech Assist

Library Tech Assist is available to all library members at the following times and locations.
 

Monday 2pm-4pm Dandenong Library

Tuesday 2pm-4pm Dandenong Library

Wednesday 2pm-4pm Springvale Library

Thursday 2pm-4pm Dandenong Library

Friday 2pm-4pm Springvale Library
 

The Library Tech Assist team can assist with:

  • Accessing library eResources such as Kanopy, BorrowBox or Studiosity
  • Setting up an email account
  • Installing apps on phones or tablets
  • Using social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber, Facetime and more.

To access this service, drop in during one of the times listed above, or phone the library during opening hours on 1300 630 920 to make a booking in advance.

Tuesday 28 June, 7:00pm
Wednesday 29 June, 10:00am
Thursday 30 June, 7:30pm
Wednesday 6 July, 10:00am
Wednesday 6 July, 11:00am

Library Resources

Online resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Access the Digital Library page to see a complete list of free online resources.

 

Advice and support for using technology is available. Access the Cyber Safety page for tips and resources.

External Resources - Support and Connection

Working for Victoria

Jobseekers in Victoria  are invited to register details on the Working for Victoria site to access new work opportunities.

eheadspace

eheadspace provides free online support and counselling to young people 12 - 25 and their families and friends. If you’re based in Australia and going through a tough time, eheadspace can help.

R U OK?

R U OK? inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the  people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life.

Beyond Blue

An Australian mental health support organisation, Beyond Blue maintains an updated website of resources, forums, and contact information to support you and loved ones during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Australian Federal Government

The Australian Federal Government hub for regularly updated, accurate information about the current COVID-19 pandemic situation.

Business Victoria

The Victorian government department, Business VIctoria, provides Business support, advice and information to help your business deal with coronavirus (COVID-19).

Study Melbourne

The Victorian government initiative, Study Melbourne, can assist International Students to access services in the community, and provide free and confidential information, support and practical help

External Resources - Entertainment and Learning

Google Arts and Culture

Virtual tours and online exhibits of museums and galleries from all over the world, including New York City’s The MET, Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, and France’s Palace of Versailles.

PageTurners

PageTurners are short, easy-to-read stories for adults learning to read.

Douban

Chinese language website providing user reviews and recommendation services for movies, books, and music.

SBS

SBS online provides free news and podcasts in English and many other languages.

State Library Victoria

Explore the resources and exhibitions at State Library Victoria.

Smithsonian Institute

Explore content from 19 museums, nine research centres, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo from the USA through the Smithsonian Open Access portal. Through this portal, you can download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images, as well as explore other resources and activities.

Museum Crush - Culture24

Explore content from UK museums and galleries thanks to the curation of cultural support organisation Culture24.

Art UK

View public art from over 3,200 UK collections.

Europeana

Explore exhibitions and more from thousands of galleries and museums around Europe thanks to the curation of cultural support organisation Europeana.

Digital NZ

Discover more than 30 million items across over 200 New Zealand organisations thanks to the curation of cultural support organisation DigitalNZ.