Library Events

One Book One Wagga Gala Dinner

One Book One Wagga 2019 concludes in style with a three-course gala dinner featuring Scrublands author Chris Hammer.

Australian author Chris Hammer was a journalist for more than 30 years, dividing his time between covering Australian federal politics and international affairs. His career included many years as a roving correspondent for Dateline and senior political journalist for The Age.

His first book The River (non-fiction) was the recipient of the ACT Book of the Year Award in 2010. His journey through the Murray-Darling Basin and time spent in the Riverina while researching The River inspired the setting for Scrublands.

Join Chris for a conversation about his career in journalism, transition to novelist, and Scrublands, his first work of fiction, proudly organised by the Wagga Wagga City Library.

When: Fri 24 May, 6:45pm

Where: Rules Club Wagga Wagga - cnr Fernleigh Rd & Glenfield Road

Cost: $60. Groups of 10 or more - $55 each

Bookings are essential. Tickets available through the Wagga Civic Theatre.

Please note: the final step in the ticket purchasing process will give you the option to say if you have any dietary requirements.

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

People writing letters

To celebrate InCoWriMo (International Correspondence Month), come to a letter writing social evening at Wagga Wagga City Library. Paper, envelopes, stamps and pens provided, writing and envelope ideas, as well as addresses for new pen pals.

When: Monday 25 February, 5pm-6pm

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library, Community Learning Space

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

SpaceX Dragon 2 Launch Viewing

Space Adventures retro poster

Join us and see the SpaceX program live in action, on the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery's giant screen!

This is your chance to watch SpaceX Demonstration Mission 1 (SpX-DM1) live. This mission is the first orbital test of the Dragon 2, a reusable spacecraft capable of carrying up to seven astronauts.

SpX-DM1 is planned as an uncrewed mission, a trial run for later missions carrying humans. Join us to watch the launch, and learn more about what the spacecraft can do! See the experts at Mission Control, projected on to a second screen, making decisions that will determine the success of Dragon 2's flight.

This event is suitable for space enthusiasts of all ages, but is especially ideal for upper primary and secondary students, as well as enthusiastic grown-ups.

Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

When: Sat March 2nd

Time: Entry from 6pm. Doors close at 6:30pm sharp. DO NOT MISS YOUR FLIGHT.
(Event concludes by 9pm if launch goes to schedule.)

Cost: FREE

Bookings essential. Reserve your space seats here.

Contingency: if the launch is postponed or terminated, the Falcon Heavy Test Flight Launch from Feb 6th 2018 will be played instead.

This event is presented in partnership with the Riverina Science Hub, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Wagga Wagga City Library.

Tech Savvy Seniors

Younger woman and older woman at computer together

On selected Friday mornings you can join one of our small, friendly group training sessions, learn new skills to get connected, and take the first steps to becoming tech savvy.

Bring your own phone, tablet or laptop, or ask to use a library device.

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library, Community Learning Space

All classes run from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Feb 22: Introduction to Android tablets and phones

Mar 08: Introduction to the Internet Part 1
Mar 22: Introduction to the Internet Part 2

Apr 05: Introduction to iPads and iPhones

May 17: Sharing Photos and other Attachments
May 31: Introduction to Social Media (Facebook and Twitter)

Jun 14: Q&A troubleshooting for iPads and iPhones
Jun 28: Q&A troubleshooting for Android tablets and phones

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. Phone 6926 9700 or email wcl@wagga.nsw.gov.au

NEW: try our Tech Savvy Seniors Participant Survey!

Book Launch: Carly Findlay

Author Carly Findlay with text Say Hello

Say Hello is an honest, outspoken and thought-provoking memoir by award-winning writer and appearance activist Carly Findlay. This book will challenge all your assumptions and beliefs about what it is like to have a visibly different appearance.

Carly lives with a rare skin condition, Ichthyosis, and what she faces every day will have you cheering for her courage and irrepressible spirit. She has appeared on ABC's You Can't Ask That and Cyberhate with Tara Moss, and made history organising Access to Fashion, a Melbourne Fashion Week event featuring disabled models.

Celebrate International Women's Day 2019 in style, with an evening with this inspiring and influential woman at the Wagga Wagga City Library, complete with wine and cheese. Books will be available to be purchased and signed by Carly on the night.

When: Friday 8 March, 5:30pm

Cost: FREE

Bookings are essential, please reserve your tickets here.

Free Italian Classes at the Library

This event is booked out

PLEASE NOTE: These classes are now completely booked out.

Come and learn to speak glorious Italian with Toni Comerford, in two separate four-week courses: one designed for kids, and the other for adults.

Toni Comerford lives in Wagga Wagga and is from a highly multicultural family. Her interest in teaching the Italian language began 8 years ago, when she started to learn Italian in order to teach her own children.

Since then Toni has undertaken studies in Italian through the University of New England and is currently studying to be certified by the University of Siena.

Kids' Course, for ages 6-12 - An Introduction to Italy and and basic language through fun and games

Basic phrases and greetings
Counting
Italian Games
Italian songs
Colours
How to ask for things from the Italian shopkeeper

Adult Course - for those with a desire to travel to Italy one day

History of the Italian language
Greetings
Numbers
Asking for things in Italian
Asking for directions in Italian
Shopping in Italy

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library, Community Learning Space

When: Sat 9th Feb, Sat 16th Feb, Sat 23rd Feb and Sat 2nd March.

Times: Kids 1:30-2:30pm, Adults 2:45-3:45pm

Cost: FREE

Places are limited so bookings are essential. Phone 6926 9700 or email wcl@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Library Love Stories Competition

Library Love Stories Competition

Have you always wanted to write a short story? Why not enter the Australian Library & Information Association (ALIA) writing competition?

Send in a story of 200 words or less written from the prompt 'there was love to be found in the library'.

Submissions are open to everyone and should be sent through in a word or basic text document in a standard font and size. Submissions are due by 5:00pm AEDT on 21 February 2019. Please email entries to media@alia.org.au or post to 9-11 Napier Close, Deakin 2600.

Winners will be chosen at the sole discretion of ALIA and will be notified by early May. By entering into the competition you agree to give ALIA the right to publish the work in its entirety for promotional purposes online and in print. Copyright of the work remains with the author. For full terms and conditions please visit ALIA 

Baby Bounce

Woman outside holding superbaby aloft

Baby Bounce is a four week early literacy program for 0-12 month old babies and their carers. The program introduces your baby to the rhythm and sound of language using songs, rhymes, books and music. You will also get to meet other carers with babies the same age.

Sessions require one lap per baby so please invite extra helpers if you have twins or triplets.

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library, Downstairs level

When: TUESDAYS in March:

Tuesday 5th March, 10:30am

Tuesday 12th March, 10:30am

Tuesday 19th March, 10:30am

Tuesday 26th March, 10:30am

Cost: FREE

No bookings required

Amplify

You are invited to explore, listen to and transcribe the voices of Wagga Wagga

North Wagga's "We shall not be moved" sign

Powered by the State Library of NSW, Amplify delivers audio material from a number of cultural institutions across New South Wales, and Wagga Wagga City Library is proud to be among the first four NSW public libraries to join the partnership.

These oral histories, many of which have been preserved digitally from their original format, are being delivered online for the first time, paired with machine-generated transcripts.

At Amplify, you can explore hours of fascinating interviews that capture Australian life, people and history. You can also help enrich these important cultural documents by correcting any errors in the transcripts you may find as you listen along.

Find the voices of Wagga Wagga here.

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

2019 sessions (from 14 January to 6 April)

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

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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

21 March 2019 10am-2pm

16 May 2019 10am-2pm

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

Storytime

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