Library Events

School Holiday Program: Family Movie Wednesday

Each Wednesday of the school holidays we'll be putting out plenty of comfy chairs and showing a family-friendly classic movie on our big screen in the downstairs Children's Area.

Kids and adults are all welcome to come along and share in a mini-cinematic experience.

Best of all, it's FREE!

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library - Downstairs level, Children's Area

When: Wednesday 17th April and Wednesday 24th April

BRAVE (Pixar, 2012, rated PG for some scary scenes) - Wednesday 17th April, 10:15 - 11:45am

BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS (Disney, 1971 rated G) - Wednesday 24th April, 10:15am - 12:30pm


No bookings required

School Holiday Activity Zone

Picture 1: Child making monster feet craft from cardboard. Picture 2: Three children playing Snakes and ladders

Every day that we're open in the School Holidays, we're putting out blocks, games, craft, and firing up the X-Box Kinect. Let your kids exercise their creativity, burn off some energy, and meet others in the Children's Area, while you relax with a cuppa, and maybe even get some holiday reading done!

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library - Children's Area

When: Opening hours, Monday 15 April until Monday 29 April

Cost: FREE

No bookings required

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.

Learn to Speak French

Scene at cafe with people and french pastries

Alliance Francaise de Wagga Wagga presents, as part of FRESH 2019, a crash course for travellers to learn essential words and phrases for your next trip to France or Francophile country.

Knowing just a smattering of French is bound to make your experience more enjoyable!

When: Wednesday 17 April, 10am-12pm

Wednesday 24 April, 10am-12pm

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library, Community Learning Space

Entry Cost: $15

Bookings: www.afwaggawagga.org.au or 0438 107 658

Sydney Writers' Festival - Live & Local Friday

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After the success of Live & Local in 2018, Sydney Writers' Festival returns to Wagga Wagga in 2019.

One of Australia's best loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers' Festival will stream its headline events from Carriageworks in Sydney direct to the Council Meeting Room in the Civic Centre.

Prepare to be stimulated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions, as the Festival brings the world's finest authors to Wagga Wagga in real time. As well as hearing new ideas from great thinkers, audiences have the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions at each event, sending questions direct to the Sydney stage.

Friday programme 3 May 10am - 5:30pm

10am Leigh Sales: Any Ordinary Day

In a special event, Walkley Award-winning anchor of ABC’s 7.30 Leigh Sales sheds light on Any Ordinary Day, her layered exploration of how ordinary people endure unthinkable tragedy.

11:30am Is Russia the Enemy We've Come to Believe?

In our hurry to decry Putin, are we fuelling hatred and fostering misunderstanding? Political adviser Tom Switzer and Emeritus Professor Graeme Gill debate the legitimacy of the Russian threat, in conversation with former Russian Correspondent Monica Attard.

1:30pm Can You Spot A Liar?

Chris Taylor talks to three people who detect lies for a living – crime and corruption reporter Matthew Condon, Gold Walkley–award winning investigative journalist Kate McClymont and forensic psychiatrist Dr Calum Smith.

3pm Ben Quilty: Home

In conversation with Julian Burnside QC, Archibald Prize–winning artist Ben Quilty talks about the heartbreaking and awe-inspiring collection of artworks, Home: Drawings by Syrian Children.

4:30pm David Marr: My Country

One of Australia’s finest journalists and public intellectuals, David Marr talks about his definitive collection and illuminating chronicle of our times, My Country, with Sally Warhaft.

Where: Council Meeting Room, Wagga Wagga Civic Arcade

When: Friday 3 May, 10am - 5:30pm

Cost: $10, giving you access to any and all of Friday's sessions

Bookings essential - buy your tickets here

Sydney Writers' Festival - Live & Local Saturday

audience smiling

After the success of Live & Local in 2018, Sydney Writers' Festival returns to Wagga Wagga in 2019.

One of Australia's best loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers' Festival will stream its headline events from Carriageworks in Sydney direct to the Council Meeting Room in the Civic Centre.

Prepare to be stimulated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions, as the Festival brings the world's finest authors to Wagga Wagga in real time. As well as hearing new ideas from great thinkers, audiences have the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions at each event, sending questions direct to the Sydney stage.

Saturday programme 4 May 10am - 5:30pm

10am TBA

PLEASE NOTE: the previously advertised Hedley Thomas' The Teacher's Pet session will NOT be streamed, owing to a decision by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

11:30am The Kingdom and the Power  - Saudi Arabia

Four Corners reporter Sophie McNeill joins Australian-based Saudi Manal al-Sharif – founder of the #WomenToDrive movement – and street artist, PhD candidate and creator of #IAmMyOwnGuardian, Ms Saffaa, to discuss women’s and queer rights in Saudi Arabia, experiences in the country, self-exile and hopes for the future.

1:30pm Whose ABC?

Sally Warhaft discusses the future of the ABC with former ABC managing director Mark Scott, On Aunty author and former Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes, host of ABC’s Download This Show and SBS VICELAND’s The Feed Marc Fennell and journalist Margaret Simons.

3pm Jenny Erpenbeck: Go, Went, Gone

“Europe’s outstanding literary seer” (The Guardian) Jenny Erpenbeck joins Michelle de Kretser to discuss Go, Went, Gone, Jenny’s vividly drawn response to the current refugee
crisis.

4:30pm Boys to Men: The Masculinity Crisis

Jan Fran talks to Clementine Ford and Adam Liaw about the harm toxic masculinity inflicts on men and women, and how we can raise our boys to be better men.

Where: Council Meeting Room, Wagga Wagga Civic Arcade

When: Saturday 4 May, 10am - 5:30pm

Cost: $10, giving you access to any and all of Saturday's sessions

Bookings essential - buy your tickets here

Sydney Writers' Festival - Live & Local Sunday

audience smiling

After the success of Live & Local in 2018, Sydney Writers' Festival returns to Wagga Wagga in 2019.

One of Australia's best loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers' Festival will stream its headline events from Carriageworks in Sydney direct to the Council Meeting Room in the Civic Centre.

Prepare to be stimulated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions, as the Festival brings the world's finest authors to Wagga Wagga in real time. As well as hearing new ideas from great thinkers, audiences have the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions at each event, sending questions direct to the Sydney stage.

Sunday programme 5 May 10am - 5:30pm

10am A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth

Sophie McNeill talks with Mexican reporter Anabel Hernández, Iraqi-American writer Dunya Mikhail and Turkish journalist Ece Temelkuran about the mounting threats to reporters around the globe.

11:30am  Meg Wolitzer: The Female Persuasion

Angela Ledgerwood sits down with bestselling author Meg Wolitzer (The Wife) to discuss Meg’s timely, witty and on-target novel The Female Persuasion, which charts the course of women’s lives from the 1970s to now.

1:30pm Belonging: The Story of the Jews

Hugely popular historian Simon Schama talks about his towering achievement, Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900 with revered interviewer Paul Holdengräber.

3pm  Andrew Sean Greer: Less

Literary sensation Andrew Sean Greer discusses Less, his Pulitzer Prize-winning satire of the literary world, love and the midlife crisis, in conversation with David Marr.

4:30pm "I Do Not Want to See This in Print"

Annabel Crabb discusses the fraught and sensitive relationship between politicians and the press with Walkley Award winner Sharri Markson, veteran political reporter Samantha Maiden and The Australian columnist Niki Savva.

Where: Council Meeting Room, Wagga Wagga Civic Arcade

When: Sunday 5 May, 10am - 5:30pm

Cost: $10, giving you access to any and all of Sunday's sessions

Bookings essential - buy your tickets here

Storytime will return  ... on Wed 1st May

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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: Downstairs level, children's area

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

No bookings required

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

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!

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 will return ... Mon 29th April

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

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

16 May 2019 10am-2pm

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