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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.

April BacchChat - Saturday 6th, 10am - 12noon- Forever Young

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Audio of February BacchChat- Human connections in a digital world

Audio of March BacchChat- The Search for Other Worlds

With thanks to Apple FM 

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2019 Peter Carey Short Story, the inaugural Moorabool Shire Libraries’ Best Local Entry Award and Moorabool Young Writers' Award

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The Peter Carey Short Story Award entries have closed for 2019. All entries have been sent to our initial longlisting judges. 
Longlisted entries will be judged by Nic Low, a Ngāi Tahu Māori and European New Zealand writer of wilderness, technology and politics.

Longlisted stories will be announced in May 2019. 

The winning entry receives $1000, while the runner-up wins $500.
Both stories will be published in the Spring 2019 edition of Meanjin. Both stories will receive Meanjin’s standard contributor fee for their work.

In 2019, we will also be presenting one outstanding entry with the Moorabool Shire Libraries’ Best Local Entry Award. Writers who enter the Peter Carey Short Story Award and who live, work or study in Moorabool Shire are eligible for consideration.

The winning story will receive $250 and have an extract of their story published locally. (confirmed in early 2019)

Award Details

Moorabool Young Writers Award

Moorabool Shire Libraries and Moorabool Writers Craft will once again host the Moorabool Young Writers’ Awards. These awards aim to promote a love of writing
in the Shire, and will recognise the finest young writers in the district. The competition will be open from mid March to mid April 2019, with winners announced on 1st June at an afternoon
tea held in conjunction with the Peter Carey Short Story Award. Stories will be judged in three categories and are open to all those who meet the age requirements, AND who work, live, or study in Moorabool Shire.

Both a winner and a runner-up will be awarded for each category. Please complete an entry form along with your submission and drop it into any library branch by 2pm Saturday 27 April, 2019.

See Terms and conditions for more information.

Moorabool Young Writers' Award 2019   

Movie Events

Screenings operate at the Lerderderg Library on the last Friday of the month at 10.30am, on a wide variety of films from various genres.

Next screening is on Friday 29, March 10.30am with the film My Fair lady featuring Audrey Hepburn.

Author Talk

Author talks and book signings are held throughout the year at Ballan and Bacchus Marsh by local and popular authors.

Featured Authors

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Saturday, 27 April, 10am                                                                         Saturday, 8 June, 10am

Bacchus Marsh Library                                                                           Ballan Library

It was a crazy idea for a grand adventure –                                           Heather will discuss her novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz, 

and it changed them in ways they never imagined.                               based on the true story of Holocaust survivors Lale and Gita Sokolov. 





Library Programs


Moorabool Shire Libraries are introducing a new program for tweens and teens titles “STEAM Lab workshops”.

STEAM focuses on learning through Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.

These activities will be held at both Ballan and Bacchus Marsh branches.

Term 2

Bacchus Marsh- Sphero Balls and Robotics- bookings required

Sessions start Thursday 9th May for 6 consecutive weeks. 

Please note that bookings are essential and it is a requirement that you are available to attend each week.


Ballan- Lego stop motion and board games- bookings required

Sessions will be held each Friday, 3.30-4.30pm during the school term. 


Get Crafty!

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School Holiday Program

Autumn School Holiday Program

Online bookings open Monday 25th March 8.30am


Monday 8 April- Bacchus Marsh Library-  Henny Penny Arrives

Tuesday 9 April- STEAM Lab- Bacchus Marsh Library       10am session       12 noon session  * Ages 8+

Wednesday 10 April- Ballan Library - Auslan class 10am *All Ages

Thursday 11 April- Bacchus Marsh- Movie (Hop) 10am *All Ages

Thursday 11 April- Bacchus Marsh- Cartooning 1-3pm * Ages 12+

Friday 12 April- Ballan Library- STEAM Lab     10am session       12noon  session *Ages 8+

Week 2

Monday 15 April- Bacchus Marsh Library- Sock Bunny Craft- 10am *All Ages (Booked out, waitlist available)

Tuesday 16 April- Bacchus Marsh Library- Easter Origami Bookmarks- 10am *All Ages (Booked out, waitlist available)

Wednesday 17 April- Ballan Library- Easter Egg hunt and Craft- 10am session (Booked out, waitlist available)   12 noon session  *All Ages

Thursday 18 April- Bacchus Marsh- Teen Whatever Club- 1-3pm *Ages 12+

Thursday 18 April- Bacchus Marsh- Easter Egg hunt and Craft-    10am Session   12 noon session    *All Ages (Sold out, waitlist available)


Calling all booklovers to join in the conversation!  

A book chat is just that – a relaxed chat about the books you’re reading or have read. Share your reading experiences with like minded people over some light refreshments.

New participants are warmly welcomed.

Lerderderg Library: Second Wednesday of each month @10am

Event Details

1000 Books Before School

1000 Books Before School, a program which encourages parents and carers to read 1000 books with their children before they begin school, is now open for registration!

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. 

Throughout your journey, your child will receive special rewards at 100, 250, 500, 750 and 1000 books. 

Participating families will also be invited to special milestone events to celebrate the adventure.

Watch a video about 1000 Books Before School program

Download your reading record sheets

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Baby Bounce

Bacchus Marsh - Tuesdays 2.30pm

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Rhyme Time

Bacchus Marsh - Tuesdays 10.00am

Ballan - Wednesdays 10.00am

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Pre-School Storytime

Bacchus Marsh - Thursdays 10.30am

Ballan - Wednesdays 10.30am

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MoorArt Space

Moorabool Shire Libraries offer free gallery space at the Lerderderg Library for artists, community arts groups, students and any creative individual in the wider Moorabool community to showcase their artwork. There are three spaces available including the Moor Art Space, Arena Area and a Glass Cabinet. Exhibitions are on display for one month and advanced bookings are required.

Current Exhibitions 

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                                                                           Celebrating International Women's day!

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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.

    Tech help is also available at the Ballan Library on Fridays between 9.30am and 3.30pm. Phone 0419 519 650 to book. 

    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 will be open in the Lerderderg Library, Bacchus Marsh, Wednesdays between the hours of 10.00am and 12 noon on the following dates:

    20 February, 6 and 27 March, 3 and 17 April, 1, 8 and 27 May, 5 and 19 June 2019.

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


    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

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    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.

    What can I borrow?

    • Books, audio books, e-books and e-audio books: 4 weeks
    • DVDs, CDs and magazines: 2 weeks

    All items can be renewed twice providing they are not on hold to the next borrower.

    Did you know the Lerderderg Library offers a sports library?

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    Lerderderg Library offers the following resources for our community:

    • 10 desktop public computers
    • Free WiFi (read our Acceptable Use of Internet Policy)
    • Printing, fax and copying
    • Access to laptops
    • Sports library
    • Game consoles including Xbox 360, Wii and Playstation 4 consoles
    • 2 self loan stations
    • Meeting rooms available for hire

    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.

    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.

    Kanopy- 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.

    Ancestry- 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.

    Library Policies

    Library Locations and Opening Hours

    Lerderderg Library – Bacchus Marsh

    Address: 215 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh

    Phone: (03) 5366 7100

    Mondays and Thursdays  8.30am - 8.00pm
    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8.30am - 5.00pm
    Saturday 9.00am - 2.00pm
    Sunday and Public Holidays Closed

    Ballan Library

    Address: 143 Inglis Street, Ballan

    Phone: 0419 519 650

    Wednesday 9.30am - 1.00pm
    Friday (New opening time!) 9.30am - 5.00pm
    Saturday 9.30am - 1.00pm

    Regional Mobile Library Service

    Phone: 0419 519 650

    Day Location Hours
    Tuesday St Brendans PS, Dunnstown 8.50am - 10.00am
      St. Mary's PS, Clarke's Hill 10.50am - 11.10am
      Bungaree- In front of General Store 11.30am - 12.30pm
      Gordan- In front of Public Hall 2.00pm - 3.30pm
    Wednesday Greendale- Egans Reserve 12.45pm - 1.15pm
      Blackwood- Memorial Hall 1.30pm - 2.00pm
      Blackwood- Main St, along from General Store 2.00pm - 2.30pm



    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