Events & activities
You'll find much more to do than you ever imagined at your local branch library. An exciting range of activities and special events are held in City Libraries across the city.
There is no charge to attend any City Libraries event.
- View and book via the online calendar
(Please note: this is an externally hosted service)
- View and book via the online calendar via your mobile device
Boost your mood with our new Upbeat program of self-help and mood boosting books, ebooks, CDs and DVDs and wellbeing workshops. Art therapy, music therapy and mindfulness workshops and information sessions are being held from March to June. You can book online through our City Libraries events calendar. More information about the range of resources and workshops is on book coasters blog.
Health professionals wanting Upbeat program information can contact the Upbeat Program Co-ordinator on 07 5581 7285.
This program is made possible by Partners in Recovery Gold Coast, a Federally funded Initiative.
Celebrate the books that are perfect for our coastal lifestyle
If you love a good beach read, you’ll love our Bleach* reads.Whether you want to read about the beach, or on the beach, you can discuss your favourites with us on book coasters at gcbooks.wordpress.com from 6-22 March.
Plus, we’ve teamed up with the wonderful Bleach* Festival to celebrate some of the writes of summer:
Writing the waves
Join Australia’s pre-eminent surf writer, Tim Baker, for a writing workshop on surfing and story-telling.
Saturday 7 | 10am - noon | Elanora Branch Library. Book online through our events calendar.
What lies beneath
The vasty deep is dark, unknowable and not far off-shore. Unleash your spec fiction potential in a writing workshop with Trent Jamieson.
Thursday 12 | 6.30pm - 8.30pm | Elanora Branch Library. Book online through our events calendar.
Barefoot in the books
Kick off your shoes and slip between the pages of stories that evoke the beach, the ocean and the essence of an Australian coastal lifestyle. Join authors, including Tim Baker, Sally Breen and Jesse Blackadder, for readings, wine and cheese, and live music.
Friday 13 | 5pm - 7pm | Coolangatta Branch Library. Book online through our events calendar.
Drop into the mobile library at the Picnic in Your Patch sessions
Saturday 14 March | Mudgeeraba Hinterland Regional Park
Sunday 22 March – Around the lake at the Arts Centre
See the Bleach* Festival website for details of all the events.
Regular library activities include:
- Baby rhyme time
- Story time
- School holiday fun
- Lifestyle and learning
- Confident computing classes
- Book clubs
- Events for book lovers
- Events for history lovers
- English conversation circle
- Audio book club
- Literacy support for adults
Share a fun and interactive time, rhyming, singing and talking with your baby at Baby Rhyme Time sessions at a branch library near you. For parents and babies aged zero to two years.
These fun-filled sessions aim to foster a love of books and reading, as well as important listening and social skills. Suitable for children aged three to five years.
A program of activities to keep the kids busy, reading and active in the holidays for children six to 12 years.
A wide variety of activities and informative sessions to provide opportunities to learn, be inspired and participate in the community.
Designed especially for beginners and those who have mastered the basics and are ready to learn more.
Come and connect with other passionate readers, share your thoughts and ideas on books in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and learn about book clubs.
No bookings required - all welcome. Check the online calendar for times and locations.
From book groups to book chats, there is something to suit everyone at the book lovers' sessions.
A range of activities for history buffs from tracing your ancestry to exploring Gold Coast history.
Participation is free and everyone is welcome.
Please note: most activities require a booking. Contact the branch library to secure your place or book via the online calendar.
Is English your second language?
Come along to the following branch libraries to practise your conversational English in a relaxed and friendly setting with trained volunteers.
- Broadbeach Branch Library
Mondays 11.30am - 12.30pm
Fridays 4pm - 5pm
- Burleigh Heads Branch Library
Mondays 10am - 11am
- Elanora Branch Library
Wednesdays 4pm - 5pm
- Helensvale Branch Library
Tuesdays noon - 1.30pm
Fridays 4pm - 5.30pm
- Robina Branch Libary
Tuesdays 11am - noon
- Nerang Branch Library
Fridays 2pm - 3pm
- Southport Branch Library
Wednesdays 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Thursdays 9am - 11am
- Southport Branch Library Intermediate level
First and third Thursday of each month 6pm - 7.30pm
- Upper Coomera Branch Library
Mondays 11.30am - 1pm
Thursdays 12.30pm - 2pm
A social club for vision impaired readers.
- Southport Branch Library
Second Wednesday of each month 10am - 11.30am
If you would like help with basic reading and writing skills we can match you with a trained volunteer in the library for free one-on-one help. Please phone 07 5581 7285 to enquire.
Information for volunteers
Volunteers are needed to lead the English conversation circles. If you are friendly and a good listener, like to chat and have a TESOL or equivalent qualification, please call City Libraries on 07 5581 7285.
Gold Coast events
The City of Gold Coast events calendar lists family-friendly, community, free and low-cost events taking place across the Gold Coast every week.
More Gold Coast is your guide to events and things to do on the Gold Coast, including activities, exhibitions, markets, sport, community, art, culture and much more.