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. All sessions are free.
- Download City Libraries Calendar of Events: December 2014 (new foldable format)
- View City Libraries Calendar of Events: September-November 2014
View the latest issue of Libraries Calendar of Events on your computer (iPad compatible) or pick one up next time you visit your local branch library.
- 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
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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.
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City Libraries will be hosting two special events on Wednesday 3 December in celebration of ‘International Day of People with Disability,’ a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
Helensvale Branch Library will host inspirational guest speaker Savvy Hunt, followed by a guided tour of the branch library facilities and services - morning tea is provided. In the afternoon Special Needs Library, Nerang will showcase their collection of resources and equipment to assist with the development and rehabilitation of children and adults with special needs. Afternoon tea is provided at this event.
You are encouraged to come along and find out what's available at City Libraries. Bookings can be made online at http://bit.ly/GCLibrariesEvents.
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
Third 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.