What's On at Manly Library

Special Events  

Big Book Sale May 2017


Big Book Sale | Wed 24 & Thu 25 May

Hundreds of books from different genres. Wander by and pick up a bargain. Prices start from $1.

If raining the Book Sale will be held in the Library Meeting Room.

10am - 3pm | Manly Corso opposite Humphrey's Newsagency

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In conversation with Melanie Joosten | Fri 26 May 

As part of the Sydney Writers' Festival, join award winning writer Melanie Joosten for a conversation about Gravity Well her long awaited second novel, and its main topic about the forces that drive families apart and those that bring them together again.

6 - 7pm | Cost: $5 | Bookings Essential: melaniejoostenmanlylibrary.eventbrite.com.au

Learn Improvised Comedy at Manly Library


Learn Improvised Comedy | Wednesdays 10 May - 28 June

Over eight (8) weeks learn the basic skills of improvisation, comedy and improvised performance through participation in Theatresports.

Open to Northern Beaches High School students

5.30 - 7.30pm | FREE | Bookings Essential: learnimprovisedcomedy.eventbrite.com.au

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hEAd oN photo festival 2017 | 5 - 28 May

Just ask me how I feel - Jennifer Blau

This series reflects men, women and children who want to share their experience of eating disorders to raise awareness about this all-too-common issue and to shine a light on the psychological rather than physical manifestations. Said one participant, ‘Don’t comment on my body, just ask me how I feel.’

View during library opening hours | FREE

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All about whales storytime | Tue 6 Jun, 10.30-11.30am | Free

Come to a special storytime & learn about the wonderful world of whales. This session will spark your child's imagination and help them develop a love for nature and wildlife.

Whale & Beach Monitoring Talk | Wed 7 Jun, 10.30-11.45am | Free

Join marine animal expert Dr Michelle Blewitt in checking out some amazing mega fauna, and learn how you can get involved in a fun citzen science project.

Regular Programmes

Midweek Midday Matinee


Midweek Midday Matinee | Wed 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 May

'Crime - the Australian way'

For film title details check out Manly Library's What's On flyer available from within Manly Library or call on 9976 1747. Aimed at adults, various feature films from classics to the latest releases are shown. 

12noon | FREE | No Bookings Required

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Tech Time

Need help navigating your way round your new tablet, eReader or smartphone? Want to learn how to use the internet or word processing? One on one Tech Tutoring is available at Manly Library for FREE and by appointment only. To make a booking contact the library on 9976 1743

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Book Group | Wed 10 May

Topic: Ned Kelly Awards Awards (Best Australian Crime Writing) 

Every month Manly Library holds an informal book discussion group dedicated to the pleasure of reading.

6pm | FREE | All Welcome | No Bookings Required

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Reading Science at Manly Library | Wed 17 May

May title: ‘The Sixth Extinction: an unnatural history' by Elizabeth Kolbert

Fascinated by science? You are invited to join us to read and discuss recent scientific developments and other areas of popular science. Everyone will have the opportunity to share ideas. 

6-7.30pm | FREE | All Welcome | No Bookings Required

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Baby Bounce & Rhyme | Wed 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 May

Enjoy sharing songs and rhymes with your baby in an interactive and stimulating environment.  

For babies aged 3-18 months.

10.30-11am | FREE | No Bookings Required

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Toddler Time | Mon 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 May

Come along and join this interactive program of singing, actions, rhymes and stories.

For toddlers aged 18 months - 3 years.

10.30-11am | Mondays during school term | FREE | No Bookings Required

Pre-School Storytime Hero Image   Pre-School Storytime | Tues 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 May and Thurs 4, 11, 18 & 25 May

Come along and enjoy stories, songs and craft for pre-school children aged 3-5 years old.

10.30-11.15am | Tuesdays & Thursdays during school term | FREE | No Bookings Required


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Wednesday Club | Wed 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 May

Come along to weekly afterschool activities with a focus on recycled materials and environmental sustainability.

3:45 – 4:45pm | FREE | Ages 8-12yrs | Enquiries 9976 1747


Young Adult Book Club  

Young Adult Book Club | Tue 9 May 

Are you a high school student on the Northern Beaches? Do you LOVE TO READ and meet people your own age? Why not join the Manly Library Young Adult Book Club! You get to keep the books you read and it's free.

4-5pm | FREE | High School Students | Enquiries 9976 1731

Performance Club  

Performance Club | Tue 23 May

Play, Act, Sing, Dance, Satrise! A performance group for Northern Beaches High School students who would like the opportunity to perform in front of contemporaries.

4-5pm | FREE | High School Students | Enquiries 9976 1731


Associated Programmes

These programmes are proudly hosted by Manly Library and facilitated by your fellow Library patrons.

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Boomerang Bags Manly working bee

Join the fun and help cut material, pin, stamp, sew and spread the word.

All ages welcome and no experience required.

Wednesdays | 9.30-11.30am


Language Conversation Groups


French Conversation Group  

French | Tuesdays, 6.15-7.45pm 

Meet to practice your French with people who have an interest in the language and culture.

Anyone may attend, but basic French is essential.

Enquiries: Dee Stone - 9451 2367



Italian Conversation Group


Italian | Mondays, 6-7.30pm 

For those interested in practicing, or improving, or even taking first steps in speaking Italian.

Beginners are welcome, but some Italian conversationability is required.

Enquiries: Michela Caselli - michelacasellisbt@gmail.com


Spanish Conversation Group  

Spanish | Wednesdays, 6.15-7.45pm 

An opportunity to practice Spanish, the group includes people at various levels from intermediate, advanced and native speakers.

The group is informal, but some Spanish conversation ability is required.

Enquiries: Gary Raynor - gjr@procon.com.au