School Holiday Program

Game of Loans

Join us in January for a battle like no other!

It's a library vs library summer reading challenge, with Melton City Libraries competing against Yarra Libraries.  Can you help us read the most books?

There's prizes and exclusive badges for your Beanstack profile to be won!

Children across the City of Melton will need to work as a team to read more than the children in the City of Yarra.  The library service that logs the most books read at the end of the program will win the Game of Loans crown, but there are prizes to win too!

How the challenge works:

  • Register online via Beanstack
  • Read (or listen to) as many books as possible during the month of January.  Challenge is open: 1 January - 31 January 2021.

Download the Game of Loans(PDF, 5MB) brochure.

School Holiday Program

Our School holiday program is out now, and bookings are open for cartooning, spectacular selfies, Shaun Tan on Zoom, and much more!  Some of these programs will even get you bonus badges for the Game of Loans, giving you more chances to win a prize.

Download the School Holiday Program(PDF, 474KB) brochure.

Melton City Libraries Events                                                            

January 2020

Creative Writing

When: Thursday 7, 14, 21 January • 2pm • Zoom

Do you have a story in you that needs to be set free? Join us and learn the tools you’ll need to create imaginative worlds, colourful characters and stories that leap off the page! With fun writing exercises and helpful hints, we’ll get you on the way to writing a book of your own.

Bookings essential.

Suitable for ages 7-14 years.

Little Bang Discovery Club

When: Tuesday 12 January, Friday 15 January, Tuesday 19 January, Friday 22 January • Facebook @cityofmeltonlibraries

Share the joy of discovery with your child in our new online STEM program.  Along with their adult co-learner, children will explore all things science, with four sessions available during the school holidays.

Suitable for ages 4-7 years.

Cartooning with Adam Wallace

When: Wednesday 13 January • 2pm • Zoom

Author and illustrator Adam Wallace will give kids some tips on the writing techniques he’s used for some of his hilarious books. He’ll lead us through some amazing cartooning exercises.

Bookings essential.

Suitable for ages 5-12 years.

NGV Kids on Tour

For this year’s NGV Kids on Tour program, we will run three sessions featuring the work of a different artist each time. Book into a session, then pick up a pack to complete your own masterpiece.

Suitable for ages 4-12 years.

Kids on Tour Session 1
When: Friday 8 January • 2pm • Zoom
Melton City Libraries will lead a session based on activity templates designed by artist Kenny Pittock and NGV. Kenny uses a playful approach and wordplay to explore everyday objects in his artworks including ceramics, sculptures and paintings.
Bookings essential.

Kids on Tour Session 2
When: Monday 11 January • 2pm • Zoom
As part of this year’s NGV Kids on Tour, Melton City Libraries will be leading an online session showcasing Japanese artist Misaki Kawai and the NGV. Using a template designed by Misaki children can create a dog park, complete their own puppet and perform puppet shows for friends and family.
Bookings essential.

Kids on Tour Session 3
When: Monday 18 January • 2pm • Zoom
As part of this year’s NGV Kids on Tour, Art is for Everyone, families can watch Melbourne artist Troy Emery’s Kids Summer Festival online event and then join an art making session created by Melton City Libraries using an activity sheet by Troy and the NGV.
Bookings essential.

Shaun Tan - Artist, Writer, Filmmaker

When: Wednesday 20 January • Zoom

Meet Shaun Tan via Zoom! Shaun is best-known for his picture books including The Arrival, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, Rules of Summer, The Singing Bones, Cicada and Tales from the Inner City. Be sure to check out the Shaun Tan exhibition at Melton Library, too.

Bookings essential.

Western BACE Holiday Club

BACE School Holiday Club is back, providing coding and robotic opportunities for 5-15 year olds.

This holidays, we’ll focus on STEM, Design, and other challenges! 

Bookings essential.


Melton City Arts Events                                                         

January 2020

Fantasy Clay Characters

When: Tuesday 12 January • 11am-1.30pm • Zoom

This workshop will draw on inspiration by Shaun Tan’s characters and stories to show kids how to make their own fantasy character using coloured Plasti-Clay.  Clay materials will be provided.

Bookings essential.

Suitable for ages 6-12 years.

Spectacular Selfies - Digital Art Workshop

When: Thursday 14 January • 11am (iPad) and 2pm (Android) • Zoom

Enhance your selfies and turn them into digital artworks. Inspired by themes from his exhibition #SocialMediology, artist Liam Herne will guide you to turn your everyday selfies into stunning digital artworks using ipad or android.  Please select the class to match your type of home device – the class will be different for Apple and Android devices.

Bookings essential.

Suitable for ages 5-12 years.

Make your own Face Filter

When: Friday 15 January • 3pm-4pm • Zoom
When: Wednesday 10 February • 4pm-5pm • Zoom

Want to be someone else for an insta moment? Make your own Instagram or Facebook filter that changes your face and lets you build your own online personality.

Bookings essential.

Suitable for ages 12-18+ years.

Skylines and Storylines - Drawing Workshop

When: Saturday 16 January & Wednesday 20 January • 11am • Zoom

Join Playable Streets in this fun line drawing workshop and learn to make colourful pictures about your favourite places. At the end of the workshop your work becomes part of an online exhibition celebrating the places and people that connect us all!

Bookings essential.

Ages 6-12 years.

Learn to animate characters

When: Friday 22 January • 11am-1pm • Zoom

Create your own Shaun Tan inspired animated character and story using free and accessible software. This is a great opportunity to build your portfolio if you are interested in getting into animation as a career or just for fun!

Bookings essential.  

Suitable for ages 14-18 years.