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Neill Jones 

Alex Miles   

Book Cover Competition


Movie Events

The Paperwork Lounge 

 Moorabool Makers

Book Chats

Childrens Programs



CBCA 2019 Book Week Celebrations

Junior Fiction Author Talks

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Neill Jones

Join Neill as he launches books 2 and 3 of his Fearless Four series. This series is derived from his working life as a Teacher, devoted to encouraging reluctant boys to read and write stories.

He always tried to lead his students by example. What better example to encourage boys that it’s okay to write than to write and publish your own series!

Lerderderg Library - 11am Saturday 23 August

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Alex Miles

To celebrate Children's Book Week 2019, Ballan Library will be hosting Alex Miles. Alex draws on her experiences in writing the Olive Black and Zac Powers series as she explores the journey of a story from idea, to bookshelf.

Ballan Library - 10am Friday 30 August

Book Cover Competition

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Redesign your favourite book cover for your chance to win a prize.

Entries will be divided in to three categories:

  • Junior: Kinder - Grade 1
  • Middle: Grades 2 to 4
  • Senior: Grades 5 and 6

Designs must be A4 size and will be judged on their artistic skill, originality, use of colour and relevance to the book.

Entries close at 5pm on Friday 23 August 2019 and can be submitted at Ballan Library, Lerderderg Library and the Moorabool Mobile Library.


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A free monthly interactive forum, where experienced presenters facilitate enlightening conversations on social issues, philosophy, wellness and life matters with practical applications. Sessions are held the first Saturday of every month (except January) from 10.00am - 12.00noon at the Lerderderg Library.

September BacchChat

Bush Foods - Presented by 

Saturday 6 September, 10am - 12noon

James Young Rooms, Lerderderg Library

Lerderderg Library - 10am-12noon  Saturday 6 September

Audio Recordings, with thanks to Apple FM

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Audio of August BacchChat - Historical True Crime: Captain Moonlite

Audio of May BacchChat- Itchy Feet

Audio of April BacchChat- Forever Young

Audio of March BacchChat- The Search for Other Worlds

Audio of February BacchChat- Human connections in a digital world

Movie Events

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Screenings operate at the Lerderderg Library on the last Friday of the month, and at Ballan Library on the first Friday of the month, on a wide variety of films from various genres.

Next screening is Green Book:

Lerderderg Library: Friday 30 August 10.30am

Ballan Library, Supper Room: Friday 6 September 10.30am

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The Paperwork Lounge

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The Paperwork Lounge is opening in August

Would you like some help with:

  • Reading & writing letters
  • Reading and filling out forms
  • Following & writing a list of instructions
  • Understanding & working your way around websites

Contact Lerderderg Library on 5366 7100 for more information regarding times and locations.


Moorabool Makers

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Love Craft?

Share your passion and skills, have a break from the kids and join like-minded crafters for creativity and fun.

Bring your own craft and we will provide the refreshments.

Moorabool Makers support the charity KOGO in their campaign to “knit-one-give-one”.



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Australian Reading Hour 2019 - Evening Book Chat 

Join us for a cup of tea, bookish conversations and dessert for our special Reading Hour Book Chat. 

Lerderderg Library: Thursday 19 September 2019 from 7.00pm - 8.00pm.

Childrens Programs

School Holiday Program

Stay tuned for our Spring School Holiday program activities

Fathers Day Storytime

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Join us as we celebrate the Dads, Grandads and father figures in our lives with a special story time.

At both our Ballan Library and Lerderderg Library on Saturday 31st August at 10am.

Pirate Storytime

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Dress up in your finest seafaring outfit and sail the seven seas into Moorabool Libraries for a special Talk like a Pirate Storytime.

Ballan Library - Wednesday 18 September 2019 10am-11am

Lerderderg Library - Thursday 19 September 2019 10am-11am.

1000 Books Before School

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1000 Books Before School, is a program which encourages parents and carers to read 1000 books with their children before they begin school.

Reading to preschool-aged children has been shown to develop early literacy by building vocabulary and language skills essential for learning to read.

Given that the average picture book takes just five minutes to read, spend just 15 minutes reading three books with your child each day and you will read 1000 books in a year. Even if you only have five minutes a day, you can reach that milestone in three years.

Visit any Moorabool Library Service or email to join the program. You will then receive your first reading record pack for your child. 

Watch a video about 1000 Books Before School program

Download your reading record sheets

Baby Bounce / Rhyme Time / Story Time      

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Library Services and Resources

Home Library Service The Home Library Service is an outreach program that provides a delivery service to those who are physically unable to access the library directly. Please ask our friendly library staff for more information and to register. Apply Now
Free Technology Help

Free group technology help sessions are provided by our friendly volunteer Ian, every Wednesday at the Lerderderg Library from 9.00am - 12noon.

We can help you with computer basics, basic internet searching, Microsoft Office, email set up, Ipads and android devices, digital photo uploads, facebook basics and online buying and selling tips.

He cannot help you with any online banking, repairs to hardware, software updates, e-tax or internet connection issues.

Contact the library for more information. No bookings required. Please bring along your device that you require help with.

Justice of Peace @ Lerderderg Library

A document signing station is available every Wednesday in the Lerderderg Library, Bacchus Marsh, between the hours of 10.00am and 12 noon.

A registered JP will be available to certify documents, witness statutory declarations, affidavits, enduring power of attorney or signatures. This is a free service.


Community accessible resources
  • Free WiFi (read our Acceptable Use of Internet Policy)
  • Printing, fax and copying
  • Access to laptops
  • 2 self loan stations
  • Meeting rooms available for hire
  • 10 desktop public computers

Storytime Pods



Children and parents can explore and engage in a range of short and fun age specific digital storytelling books for kids, through our new Storytime Pods at the Lerderderg Library. Available in various languages and themes, children can touch the screen and choose from a variety of books to listen to, some featuring famous authors.

Older children can explore the basics of programming through the blocky games series. They can learn programming skills through simple puzzles, mazes, animations and movie design.

Don’t forget that these stories also contribute to your 1000 books before school reading record!

Games, Gaming and Puzzles


A variety of classic and modern board games and puzzles are available for in-library play at Ballan and Lerderderg Library by children, teens, adults, and families.

The Lerderderg  library also offers children and young adults in-library use of video gaming systems.  These include Nintendo Wii, PlayStation and X-box with a variety of games.

Sports Equipment

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A variety of sports equipment is availabe for loan at both Ballan and Lerderderg Libraries.

Online Resources

Central Highlands Libraries offer a number of online information and databases relating to art, craft and antiques, computers and technology, family history, health, homework help, languages, law, multicultural services, newspapers, magazines and journals.


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Tween and Teen Reading

Visit Inside a Dog, a website that is run by the Centre for Youth Literature at State Library Victoria. Inside a Dog is a community hub for bookish teens aged 12-18yrs where they can share their love of reading and books.You can create blogs to share creative writing, discuss your favourite books and invite friends to collaborate.

You can also:

  • join online workshops
  • be inspired by regular writing prompts
  • interact with guest writers in residence
  • hear about upcoming events and opportunities
  • enter competitions
  • connect and collaborate with people who love books as much as you


Free video streaming for library card holders

We stream thoughtful entertainment to your preferred device with no fees and no commercials by partnering with public libraries and universities. Everyone from film scholars to casual viewers will discover remarkable and enriching films on Kanopy. Log in with your library membership and enjoy our diverse catalog with new titles added every month.


Free access from public computers @ Lerderderg Library, Australia and New Zealand's leading family history website, offers members access to one billion searchable Australian, New Zealand and UK family history records.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I renew my library items?

    Visit the Central Highlands Libraries website to log in and  renew your library items, or you can renew items in person at the library.

  • How do I become a library member?

    Join in person by speaking to a library officer. You will need some form of identification such as a drivers licence or passport. Or, become a member online and you can pick up your card from your local library when you display your identification.

  • How do I search the library catalogue?

    The catalogue can be found on the Central Highlands Libraries website.

Last Updated:

Thursday, 26 May, 2016 - 10:27