May 26, 2017

A few local documentaries...

You may or may not realise that we have a whole lot of online content that is freely available for our library members. The newest addition to this range lets you watch streaming videos, it's a product called Kanopy.

There's all kinds of films and documentaries on Kanopy, from around the World.

There is even local content. Check out Community Cop a doco from 2009 which follows a policeman at the Flemington High Rise Estate. Or if high fashion is more your thing, try Harry Halim & Betty Jackson & J'Aton to find out about the J'Aton label which started with a shop in Ascot Vale and now sell their gowns to celebrity clients worldwide. Our very own Avondale Heights Library even features, in an episode of the Sacred Spaces architecture series from 2013. Just look for the doco called Avondale Heights Library.

May 22, 2017


In 1881, right here in Victoria, the men and women of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve took on the Aboriginal Protection Board, fighting to be able to continue to control their own lives and land on their Reserve.

The play Coranderrk recreates this Parliamentary Inquiry on stage. So if you're interested in Koori history, or great Australian theatre productions, or even better you love both, get yourself to the Clocktower Theatre on Wednesday evening.

Find out more, and book tickets here.

May 11, 2017

A beautiful book for building buffs

Came across this gorgeous new book this morning...

Called All the buildings in Melbourne... that I've drawn so far, by artist James Gulliver Hancock, it is brimming with lovely artworks of iconic and interesting buildings from all over town.

It is brand new and lovely, and so unsurprisingly we have a queue of folks waiting to borrow our copies. You can add yourself to our request list via our catalogue.

Apr 26, 2017

A new library for Keilor

Keilor has a new library, and a new community hub, and they are having a grand opening on Saturday 29th April, 11am-2pm.

Congratulations Brimbank Libraries! We always like a new library for the community to enjoy.

Apr 13, 2017

The Fair Dinkums

Imagine it is mid 1915. Around these parts just a few months ago the community was jublilantly sending young men to war. Now the devastating news from Gallipoli has hit home and the community is reeling. The area around Essendon has been hit particularly hard - dozens of local men were killed at Gallipoli within days. But more recruits are still needed.

The men known as the "Fair Dinkums" weren't naive when they enlisted. These fruit pickers and farmers, bootmakers and blacksmiths, miners and mailmen of the 7th Battalion were a brave and ingenious bunch; just think of William Scurry, who went to school in Ascot Vale, and whose ingenuity led to the self-firing rifle mechanism that helped enable the safe evacuation of the ANZAC troops from Gallipoli.

Glenn McFarlane, experienced journalist and author of The Fair Dinkums, will share their heartbreaking, gutsy and remarkable stories with us at Sam Merrifield Library on Wednesday evening. Book online now.