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What's happening at the Garden City Library

Garden City Library, Level 4

Discover what's happening at the Garden City Library!

The Garden City Library features a variety of facilities and services, as well as plenty of activities and events!

First 5 Forever toddler time | Wed 08 May | 10:30am
Meet other parents and toddlers for a fun session of singing, clapping and dancing. Learn action rhymes and songs which will help your child’s pre-literacy, communication, language and social skills. Ideal for babies and toddlers aged 1-2 years.The First 5 Forever initiative is funded by the Queensland Government.

Bookings not required.

Garden City creative writers | Thu 9 May | 9:30am
Whether you are taking your first steps or well on your way, join other local writers to inspire your writing journey. All welcome.

Bookings not required.

Children's storytime (Korean) | Tue 16 Apr | 10:30am
Experience the magic of storytime in Korean with your child at the library. This interactive session includes stories and songs for young children. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years.

Bookings not required.

Children’s storytime (Cantonese) | Fri 10 May | 10:30am
Experience the magic of storytime in Cantonese with your child at the library. This interactive session includes stories and songs for young children. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years.

Bookings not required.

Garden City readers book club | Fri 10 May | 11:30am
Come along to our book group and meet other enthusiastic readers. In May, read and discuss The marriage portrait by Orlando Figes.

Bookings not required.

First 5 Forever children's storytime | Sun 12 May | 10:30am
Experience the magic of storytime with your child at the library. This interactive session includes stories, songs and mark making activities for young children. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years. The First 5 Forever initiative is funded by the Queensland Government.

Bookings not required.

First 5 Forever babies, books and rhymes | Mon 13 May | 10.30am
Meet other parents and babies for a fun session of singing, clapping and dancing. Learn songs and action rhymes to nurture your baby's pre-literacy, communication, language and social skills. Ideal for babies aged up to one year.The First 5 Forever initiative is funded by the Queensland Government.

Bookings not required.

Children’s storytime (Arabic) | Mon 13 May | 12:30pm
Experience the magic of storytime in Arabic with your child at the library. This interactive session includes stories and songs for young children. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years.

Bookings not required.

English conversation group | Mon 13 May | 1:00pm
This friendly and informal group meets at the library weekly. Come along to make new friends and improve your English. Learners of all ages are welcome.

Bookings required. Phone Garden City Library on 07 3403 7745 to reserve your place

Children's storytime (Korean) | Tue 14 May | 10:30am
Experience the magic of storytime in Korean with your child at the library. This interactive session includes stories and songs for young children. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years.

Bookings not required.

First 5 Forever toddler time | Wed 15 May | 10.30am
Meet other parents and toddlers for a fun session of singing, clapping and dancing. Learn action rhymes and songs which will help your child’s pre-literacy, communication, language and social skills. Ideal for babies and toddlers aged 1-2 years.The First 5 Forever initiative is funded by the Queensland Government.

Bookings not required.

Secret garden book club | Wed 15 May | 4:00pm
Join us each month to have a chat and play some games about a book we’ve all just read. For the month of May the book is The year the maps changed by Danielle Binks. Ideal for children aged 9-12 years.

Bookings required. Phone Garden City Library on 07 3403 7745 to reserve your place.

Code club | Thu 16 May | 4:00pm
Unleash your creativity and embark on an epic coding adventure! Learn the basics of Scratch coding through interactive, self-led tutorials. Ideal for children aged 9-12 years. No coding experience required.

A BNEtechkids workshop.

Bookings required. Phone Garden City Library on 07 3403 7745 to reserve your place

Library e-books and downloads | Fri 17 May | 10:00am
Discover the wonderful range of free online resources available through Brisbane libraries. this session includes tips on how to read, listen to or watch your favourite online library content including e-books, magazines, newspapers and music. Bring your own device, library card and email account details.

A Brisbane Libraries Tech Connect Seniors workshop.

Bookings required. Phone Garden City Library on 07 3403 7745 to reserve your place.

Children's storytime (Mandarin) | Fri 17 May | 10:30am
Experience the magic of storytime in Mandarin with your child at the library. This interactive session includes stories and songs for young children. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years.

Bookings not required.

First 5 Forever children's storytime | Sun 19 May | 10:30am
Experience the magic of storytime with your child at the library. This interactive session includes stories, songs and mark making activities for young children. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years. The First 5 Forever initiative is funded by the Queensland Government.

Bookings not required.

First 5 Forever babies, books and rhymes | Mon 20 May | 10:30am
Meet other parents and babies for a fun session of singing, clapping and dancing. Learn songs and action rhymes to nurture your baby's pre-literacy, communication, language and social skills. Ideal for babies aged up to one year.The First 5 Forever initiative is funded by the Queensland Government.

Bookings not required.

English conversation group | Mon 20 May | 4:00pm
This friendly and informal group meets at the library weekly. Come along to make new friends and improve your English. Learners of all ages are welcome.

Bookings required. Phone Garden City Library on 07 3403 7745 to reserve your place

First 5 Forever toddler time | Wed 22 May | 10:30am
Meet other parents and toddlers for a fun session of singing, clapping and dancing. Learn action rhymes and songs which will help your child’s pre-literacy, communication, language and social skills. Ideal for babies and toddlers aged 1-2 years.The First 5 Forever initiative is funded by the Queensland Government.

Bookings not required.

National Simultaneous Storytime | Wed 22 May | 12:00pm
National Simultaneous Storytime is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Each year, a picture book written and illustrated by Australian authors and illustrators is selected to be read simultaneously in libraries, schools, homes and children’s facilities all over the country and the world!

Now in its 24th year, this colourful, vibrant and fun event aims to promote the value of reading and literacy among some of our youngest readers.

Dress in your favourite shades of blue and join our librarians as they read this year’s book, Bowerbird Blues by Aura Parker.Ideal for children aged 3-5 years and their caregivers.

Bookings required. Phone Garden City Library on 07 3403 7745 to reserve your place

__Garden City creative writers | Thu 23 May | 9:30am
Whether you are taking your first steps or well on your way, join other local writers to inspire your writing journey. All welcome.

Bookings not required.

Sydney Writers Festival Live & Local: Julia Baird: Bright Shining | Thu 23 May | 12:30pm
Following broadcaster and author Julia Baird's multi-award-winning international bestseller, Phosphorescence, comes a beautiful and timely exploration of that most mysterious but necessary human quality: grace.

Bright Shining: How grace changes everything asks what grace looks like today, how we recognise it, nurture it within ourselves and express it. For Julia, grace can be found by being kinder, bigger and better with each other.

Sit down with Julia to discuss this luminous work, which The Guardian described as "a book the world needs now". In conversation with journalist Jacqueline Maley.

This event is livestreamed from the Sydney Writers Festival and will be AUSLAN interpreted.

Bookings not required.

Sydney Writers Festival Live & Local: Viet Thanh Nguyen: A Man of Two Faces | Thu 23 May | 12:00pm
I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces", begins Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut novel, The Sympathizer, the internationally acclaimed bestseller that was recently adapted into an HBO series starring Sandra Oh and Robert Downey Jr.

This duality is also at the heart of Viet's highly original memoir, A Man of Two Faces, which details with sardonic wit and incisive analysis the double consciousness of a Vietnamese refugee growing up in North America.

Listen to the celebrated author, hailed as "a conscience of American literature" (The New Yorker), in conversation with Benjamin Law.

This event is livestreamed from the Sydney Writers Festival.

Bookings not required.

Sydney Writers Festival Live & Local: Suzie Miller: Prima Facie | Thu 23 May | 10:30am
Suzie Miller's disturbingly prescient play, Prima Facie, dramatizes the price sexual assault victims pay for speaking out.

This blistering one-woman show wowed audiences on Broadway and the West End, winning Suzie an Olivier Award and Killing Eve favourite Jodie Comer a Tony for her performance as the brilliant young barrister who, one sickening night, finds herself thrust into the flawed justice system.

Put the courts on trial with Suzie and writer and podcaster Nicole Abadee, as they discuss Prima Facie's adaptation into a gripping novel and screenplay set to star Cynthia Erivo.

This event is livestreamed from the Sydney Writers Festival.

Bookings not required.

Sydney Writers Festival Live & Local: A.C. Grayling: The Meaning of Life in a Technological Age | Fri 24 May | 10:00am
"It shouldn't be in the business of a philosopher today to tell people what to think", says A.C. Grayling, but rather "how to think".

The quest for a life worth living has been the business of philosophers for millennia. How can we pursue answers to life's big questions in a world that feels increasingly dangerous and unstable thanks to big tech and AI?

Unpack the 'how' in this unmissable talk from the pre-eminent philosopher, who returns to Australia following his sell-out public lectures last year.

This event is livestreamed from the Sydney Writers Festival.

Bookings not required.

Children’s storytime (Cantonese) | Fri 24 May | 10:30am
Experience the magic of storytime in Cantonese with your child at the library. This interactive session includes stories and songs for young children. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years.

Bookings not required.

Sydney Writers Festival Live & Local: The War on Journalists - News from the frontlines | Fri 24 May | 12:00pm
War correspondence Marie Colvin stated: "It has always seemed to me that what I write about is humanity in extremis, pushed to the unendurable, and that it is important to tell people what really happens in wars."

With conflict continuing in Ukraine, and the death toll of journalists in the Gaza conflict reaching alarming proportions, we look at the role of journalists in war - on and off the frontlines - and how vital the protection of journalists is to news we can trust about the realities of war.

Join us to hear from those with firsthand experience from the most conflict-ridden parts of the world: Global Affairs Editor for the ABC, John Lyons, The Guardian World Affairs Editor, Julian Borger and journalists Alisa Sopova and Anastasia Taylor-Lind of the 5km From the Frontline project. In conversation with journalist and broadcaster Hamish Macdonald.

This event is livestreamed from the Sydney Writers Festival.

Bookings not required.

Sydney Writers Festival Live & Local: Abdulrazak Gurnah: Afterlives | Fri 24 May | 2:00pm
At 18, Abdulrazak Gurnah arrived in England as a refugee from the Zanzibar Revolution. Receiving the Nobel Prize more than 50 years later, he reflected that the "prolonged period of poverty and alienation" he experienced made him a writer.

From the contemporary immigrant experience in his debut, Memory of Departure, to colonial wartime conscription in Booker Prize shortlisted Paradise, Abdulrazak's unflinching yet humane oeuvre interrogates the legacies of empire, centring that which is often too marginalised.

Listen as he and writer Sisonke Msimang discuss his tenth novel, Afterlives - an intergenerational portrait of love and loss under Germain occupation in East Africa.

This event is livestreamed from the Sydney Writers Festival.

Bookings not required.

Sydney Writers Festival Live & Local: Feminist Firebrands | Fri 24 May | 4:00pm
Four waves in, the feminist fight for gender equality is far from over.

This panel brings together the powerful and incendiary feminist voices from Hannah Ferguson, Sisonke Msimang and Jennifer Robinson. Hear from these leading writers and activists who between them offer daring feminist opinions on topics ranging from freedom of speech, right-wing politics, racism, xenophobia, belonging and identity, taboos around sex and pleasure, as well as the legal judgements that continue to silence and disadvantage women.

Be inspired by the feminist firebrands who are fighting for meaningful social change. Hosted by the inimitable Jo Dyer, this is an important examination of the most pressing issue facing women today.

This event is livestreamed from the Sydney Writers Festival.

Bookings not required.

Sydney Writers Festival Live & Local: Celeste Ng - Our Missing Hearts | Sat 25 May | 10:00am
Banning books, waving flags and persecuting racial minorities. Sound familiar?

Celeste Ng's third novel, Our Missing Hearts, is set in a marginally more dystopian version of Trump's America as a patriotic new law removed children from dissident parents.

After New York Times-bestselling novel Little Fires Everywhere - which was adapted into a popular miniseries starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon - comes a similarly moving tale about the unbreakable bond between a mother and son.

Sit down with Celeste and host Claire Nichols to discuss hope, hero librarians and the power of art to create change.

This event is livestreamed from the Sydney Writers Festival.

Bookings not required.

Sydney Writers Festival Live & Local: Trent Dalton – From Eli to Lola | Sat 25 May | 12:00pm
Trent Dalton has captured readers with books like Boy Swallows Universe and All Our Shimmering Skies.

His storytelling voice and compelling characters cement him as a mainstay of Australian literature. His new novel, Lola in the Mirror is a darkly funny, and beautiful story of life, death and a country neck-deep in a national housing crisis. Join Trent as he discusses his process of writing the intricacies of the real world, and real people, onto the page. A supremely compelling and entertaining speaker, Trent will be in conversation with Cassie McCullagh.

This event is livestreamed from the Sydney Writers Festival and will be AUSLAN interpreted.

Bookings not required.

Sydney Writers Festival Live & Local: Storytellers – Leigh Sales and Lisa Millar | Sat 25 May | 12:00pm
ABC legend Leigh Sales turns the spotlight on the best in the business in Storytellers: Questions, Answers and the Craft of Journalism, revealing coveted trade secrets in the process.

Leigh is joined in conversation by fellow legend Lisa Millar, whose own book Muster Dogs provides an insight into the craft of non-fiction writing. With a combined 65 years in journalism, the co-hosts of last year’s hit Newsreader companion podcast, unpack the craft of non-fiction writing and discuss the fine art of turning real life events into a compelling narrative. This session is for anyone who’s ever wanted to be a journalist or event just wondered how the news gets made.

This event is livestreamed from the Sydney Writers Festival.

Bookings not required.

Sydney Writers Festival Live & Local: Play Like a Girl | Sat 25 May | 12:00pm
Matildas fever swept across Australia during the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, taking hold of new soccer fans and diehards alike. But where do we go next to tap into the potential of women’s sport?

Hosted by The Ticket podcast’s Tracey Holmes, this elite panel features Olympic rugby gold medallist Chloe Dalton (Girls Don’t Play Sport), Australia’s most decorated cycling Olympian Anna Meares and world champion pro-athlete Jana Pittman (Enough).

Cheer on the sportswomen kicking goals for female athletes everywhere.

This event is livestreamed from the Sydney Writers Festival.

Bookings not required.

Sydney Writers Festival Live & Local: David Wengrow – The Dawn of Everything | Sat 25 May | 12:00pm
What kind of world could we create if we stopped believing inequality is the price of process?

Archaeology professor Davis Wengrow’s groundbreaking book, The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity, co-authored with the late David Graeber, overturns the theories of Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens), Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs, and Steel) and Steven Pinker (Enlightenment Now). Challenging dominant narratives that the agricultural revolution meant abandoning an egalitarian Eden, the book unearths advanced early civilisations that weren’t governed by kings, presidents, or authoritarian rule.

This event is livestreamed from the Sydney Writers Festival.

Bookings not required.

First 5 Forever children's storytime | Sun 26 May | 10:30am
Experience the magic of storytime with your child at the library. This interactive session includes stories, songs and mark making activities for young children. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years. The First 5 Forever initiative is funded by the Queensland Government.

Bookings not required.

First 5 Forever babies, books and rhymes | Mon 27 May | 10:30am
Meet other parents and babies for a fun session of singing, clapping and dancing. Learn songs and action rhymes to nurture your baby's pre-literacy, communication, language and social skills. Ideal for babies aged up to one year.The First 5 Forever initiative is funded by the Queensland Government.

Bookings not required.

Children’s storytime (Arabic) | Mon 27 May | 12:30pm
Experience the magic of storytime in Arabic with your child at the library. This interactive session includes stories and songs for young children. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years.

Bookings not required.

English conversation group | Mon 27 May | 1:00pm
This friendly and informal group meets at the library weekly. Come along to make new friends and improve your English. Learners of all ages are welcome.

Bookings required. Phone Garden City Library on 07 3403 7745 to reserve your place.

Children's storytime (Korean) | Tue 28 May | 10:30am
Experience the magic of storytime in Korean with your child at the library. This interactive session includes stories and songs for young children. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years.

Bookings not required.

First 5 Forever toddler time | Wed 29 May | 10:30am
Meet other parents and toddlers for a fun session of singing, clapping and dancing. Learn action rhymes and songs which will help your child’s pre-literacy, communication, language and social skills. Ideal for babies and toddlers aged 1-2 years.The First 5 Forever initiative is funded by the Queensland Government.

Bookings not required.

Children's storytime (Mandarin) | Fri 31 May | 10:30am
Experience the magic of storytime in Mandarin with your child at the library. This interactive session includes stories and songs for young children. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years.

Bookings not required.

Manga and anime club | Fri 31 May | 4:00pm
Are you a manga fiend? Do you binge anime? Join us each month for an anime episode, games and trivia. Make friends with fellow lovers of manga and anime. Share your current favourites, collections or creations. Ideal for those aged 12-17 years old.

Bookings required. Phone Garden City Library on 07 3403 7745 to reserve your place.

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