Library Events

Book Launch: Gabrielle Chan
Author portrait and cover of Rusted Off

Why are we so fed up with politics?

Why are formerly rusted-on country voters deserting major parties in greater numbers than their city cousins?

Can ordinary people teach us more about the way forward for government?

Telling the story of Australia as it is today, Gabrielle Chan has gone hyper-local. In Rusted Off, she looks to her own rural community’s main street for answers to the big questions driving voters.

In 1996 - the year that Pauline Hanson entered parliament - Gabrielle, the city-born daughter of a Chinese migrant, moved to a sheep and wheat farm in country New South Wales. Rusted Off is her fresh take on an old rural narrative, informed by class and culture, belonging and broadband, committees and cake stalls, rural recession and reconciliation.

Gabrielle recounts conversations with her fellow residents - people who have no lobby group in Canberra - and describes communities that are forsaking the political process to move ahead of government.

“The definitive account of life on the other side of city-country divide. Written with a soft heart and a hard head, this is one of the most important books about Australia today.” - George Megalogenis

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library, downstairs area

When: Tue Nov 20, 5:30pm

Cost: FREE

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Reserve your free seats here

Friends of the Library - Book Sale @ Fusion

Need something new to read?

Come along to the upcoming Friends of the Library book sale to find your new favourite book from a great selection of second hand publications!

The sale is to be held during FUSION Multicultural Street Festival, in front of the Wagga Wagga Council Chambers on the 20th of October from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm. All proceeds raised will go towards supporting future programs and events at the Wagga Wagga City Library.

Where: Forecourt, Civic Arcade

When: Sat Oct 20, 3:30 - 6:30pm

Please note: CASH ONLY

Language Café

A friendly English language class

Come and practise your English language conversation skills in a friendly environment at our Language Café. Light refreshments are provided.

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library - Community Learning Space

Term 4 sessions (from 15 October to 22 December)

Monday 11am – 12:30pm

Thursday 11am - 12:30pm

Saturday 11am - 12:30pm

Cost: FREE

Come to one session, or as many as you like. Please note: no bookings required

For any enquiries, phone 6926 9700 or email wcl@wagga.nsw.gov.au

The Language Café is supported by the Friends of the Wagga Wagga City Library

Information Session: Strata Living for Seniors

smiling woman on balcony

Thinking of downsizing, or already living in a strata arrangement?

Come to the Library, and learn about the rights and responsibilities of lot owners and the owners corporation, and how to resolve a strata dispute. Lawyers from Seniors Rights Service will be present, to talk about common issues facing older residents in strata schemes, and how to access information and advice.

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library, Community Learning Space

When: Fri 9 Nov, 10am - 12noon

Cost: FREE

Refreshments provided. Spaces are limited so bookings are essential. Reserve your place here

Seniors Rights Service is a community legal centre that protects the rights of older people. They provide telephone advice, advocacy, legal advice and educational services. Their services are free and confidential.

Consumer Rights Workshop

Workshops on Scam Awareness, Hiring a Service, Entering Into a Contract and Making a Complaint

Leonie and Michael, the presenters

Do you have a disability? Do you support someone with a disability? Do you know your Consumer Rights? We are all consumers and we all have rights!

These workshops are designed to teach you about:

  • Your rights when you are hiring services and buying goods.
  • How contracts and service agreements work.
  • How to speak up when things go wrong.
  • How you can protect yourself from being scammed.

These workshops are co-presented by people with a disability, and are fun and interesting. Come along and learn!

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library, Community Learning Space

When: Thursday 11 Oct, 18 Oct, 25 Oct, 1 Nov

Time:  3:30 - 4:30pm

Cost: FREE

Bookings essential: call Belinda on 0436 696 532 or email waggawaggaftc@finance.nsw.gov.au

The Art of Sashiko

This event is booked out

New to crafting, or looking for something different? Come and join in this intriguing workshop on the art of Sashiko!

Sashiko is a traditional Japanese form of embroidery which uses simple stitching to create a striking geometric pattern, usually using a light-coloured thread against a dark fabric background. It's suitable for all levels of experience, even those who've never stitched before!

All materials will be supplied, and your host will be the wonderful Tracey Luhrs.

When: Tuesday 23 October 2018

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

Where: Wagga City Library, Community Learning Space

Cost: $20

Bookings Essential. Reserve and pay for your spot here.

Art in the Arcade

examples of botanical art

Botanical Drawing with Megan Forward

Megan Forward - illustrator, artist and children’s author - is enthusiastic about living sustainably in urban environments.

Working from her studio in Manly, Brisbane, Megan also has a love of nature that fuels her passion for creating botanical art.

Join Megan and uncover your own passion for art and nature as you learn to create a small triptych of botanical artworks, in a relaxing workshop that includes wine and cheese. What a way to start the weekend!

PLEASE NOTE: this event is only for participants aged 18 and over. 

Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Arcade

When: Fri Nov 9, 6pm

Cost: FREE

PLACES ARE LIMITED. Reserve your spot here

Tech Savvy Seniors Younger woman and older woman at computer together

Learn how to make the most of your laptop, tablet or smartphone in a small, friendly class environment.

Some of our Tech Savvy Seniors classes are now combined into short courses which allow you to build your skills over two consecutive weeks.

Intermediate Computer Skills (Two Week Course)

5/10/2018 - Introduction to Internet Part 1 & 2

12/10/2018 - Introduction to Online shopping and Banking

Basic Android Skills (Two Week Course)

26/10/2018 - Introduction to Android tablets/smartphones

2/11/2018 - Android Q&A, Introduction to Seniors Card Website

Basic iPad Skills (Two Week Course)

16/11/2018 - Introduction to IPads/iPhones

23/11/2018 - iPad Q&A, Introduction to Seniors Card Website

Single Week Courses

7/12/2018 - Introduction to Social Media Part 1 & 2

14/12/2018 - Sharing Photos and Attachments

Cost: FREE

Please bring your own device and make sure that it is fully charged.

The library can provide laptops or tablets if necessary, although we strongly recommend bringing your own to increase familiarity with the technology.

All sessions run from 10:30 – 12:30 on these Fridays.

Bookings and further details: 6926 9700 or wcl@wagga.nsw.gov.au

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Storytime will return ...  Wed 17th Oct

storytime photo

Come along to your library and discover the wonderful world of literature, with stories, rhymes, songs and craft for preschoolers, and every now and then maybe even some baby chicks!

Sessions are held weekly for 0-5 year olds (excluding school holidays)

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library - Children's Area

When: Wednesdays and Fridays during school terms, 10am and 11am

No bookings required

giilanggalang (many stories)

Some pictures of the artwork


During NAIDOC week, giilanggalang returned to Wagga City Library, following its NSW tour. Featuring the work of more than twenty artists working on a miniature scale, this unique display can be viewed in our downstairs Youth Area.

Come and engage with these varied representations of contemporary Aboriginal arts practice in our region.

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library, downstairs Youth Area

This exhibition is supported by the NSW Government through the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund and is a partnership between Eastern Riverina Arts and Riverina Regional Library.

Knittin' Group

knittin' club

The Knittin' Group is a group of committed community members who knit and crochet throughout the year for charity. They meet bimonthly on the 3rd Thursday. New members are welcome.

Upcoming Dates

15 November 2018 10am-2pm

17 January 2019 10am-2pm

21 March 2019 10am-2pm

16 May 2019 10am-2pm

ANNUAL KNIT-IN Thursday 18 July 2019 10am - 2pm