Aug 16, 2016

Ask a Librarian for #familyhistorymonth

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As part of National Family History Month the National Library of Australia and Trove are working together to answer your family questions. Today from 4:00pm AEST jump on their Facebook page and ask them anything that might help you with your family history.

If you need any more help with discovering your Family History come into any Moonee Valley library branch and ask one of our friendly staff for advice.

Aug 9, 2016

Susie Zada blog

Did you go to this years Family History Feast at the State Library of Victoria? Don Grant Memorial Lecture Speaker Susie Zada delivered a great speech about 'Grannie' Ferris and highlighted the importance of using Government records to find information about your ancestor.

If you are interested in reading more about Susie and her work, follow her blog

Aug 3, 2016

Family History Month 2016 at Moonee Valley Libraries

August is National Family History Month and to celebrate all things Family History were running a number of events. With most events free, there has never been a better time to discover more about your families past. Events this year include:

Family history online:

Begin investigating your own family history with this introduction to the online databases Ancestry, Find My Past and Trove. Learn the skills and techniques needed to discover the details of your family’s past. Free session


Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre
Friday 12 August, 9.30am-11am
To book call 8325 1940 or click here

Niddire Library
Thursday 18 August, 2pm-4pm
To book call 8325 1925 or click here

Stories from an Italian family cookbook

Laurie and Hilda Inglese talk about traditional Italian cooking from the Abruzzo region and share family recipes handed down across generations. Includes live pasta making demonstration. Free session.

Niddire Library
Saturday 13 August, 11am-12pm
To book call 8325 1925 or click here

Pinterest for family history

Learn to create your own secret board and give access to family and friends. Share old photos with your family wherever they may be. Participants must have basic computer skills. Bookings necessary, $6.30 / concessions free

Sam Merrifield Library
Thursday 18 August, 10am-11.30am
To book call 8325 1950 or click here

Irish convict records

Irish convict letters of petition are an important resource for researching family history. Colleen Arulappu is an experienced researcher in this field. She will talk about the stories revealed from these letters and how they can be used. Free session.

Sam Merrifield Library
Monday 22 August, 7pm-8pm
To book call 8325 1950 or click here

Three Bells: costume and customs for births, deaths and marriages

Ann Dixon from Bygone Days will talk about costume and customs relating to the three life milestones of births, deaths and marriages. She will bring a range of dresses from 1850 to 1980. Free session.

Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre
Monday 29 August, 6.30pm-7.30pm
To book call 8325 1940 or click here

Telling your family’s story

Discover how land, employment, health, welfare and school records can be used to help tell the story of your family. Free session

Sam Merrifield Library
Monday 29 August, 2pm-3.30pm
To book call 8325 1950 or click here

Family history slide night

Bring your favourite wedding photograph of your family and tell us about it over some snacks at our slide night. Free session.

Ascot Vale Library
To book call 8325 1990 or click here

Family History Group

Join the Moonee Valley Libraries Family History Group every Tuesday from 1-3pm as they look at how to solve those tough hurdles when it comes to family research. This month they will be focusing on how to create your family tree.

Sam Merrifield Library
Tuesdays 1pm-3pm
No booking required

Jul 30, 2016

Open House Melbourne 2016

Looking for something to do this weekend? Want to discover more of our great city? Get along to one of the many buildings open this weekend as part of Open House Melbourne 2016.

With building like Willsmere Asylum being open for the first time and the new Peter Mac Cancer Centre, this is a great chance for you to see part of Melbourne's history and some of the amazing architecture around Melbourne.

For information on what's open and to get tickets to some events, visit: 

Jul 12, 2016

Rare Book Week 2016

Rare Book Week is back for 2016 with over 40 events planned throughout the city starting this week. This is a chance to discover some rarities in your collection with free appraisals, talks on travel books, sports books, discussions on the history of Penguin books and so much more.

Events will be held throughout the CBD from Thursday 14 - 24 July and will include the Rare Book Fair where exhibitors will be selling hard to find items.

Visit for more information about events and activities.