Library Events

The Epic

The Wagga Wagga City Library and Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre present:
Written and Performed by Finn O'Branagáin + Scott Sandwich

The Epic is the theatre of way-out tales as told by two irreverent and passionate storytellers. Finn and Scott take us on a journey of the imagination from the cradle of civilisation to the story of the wooden horse, with heroes ranging from Gilgamesh to Vin Diesel. The Epic lovingly takes the stories you think you know and asks them to tell us another.

The Epic is slam poetry without too much earnestness, it’s storytelling without being condescending. It’s all the best bits out of our historical literature libraries mixed in with little bits of pop culture. The Epic is a comparative studies lecture if the teachers wanted to re-enact everything with wide eyes and flailing arms. It’s a political discussion about cultural appropriation and ownership that isn’t pointing fingers…

Dash back to the beginning as we retell and unpick myths, epic texts and really good stories from around the globe. There's something for everyone in this sparky adventure through time.

The Epic is fun. Some of the stories are outrageous, some are freaky, all of them are EPIC: these are amazing and strange stories you’ll be sharing long after the show.

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library, downstairs level

When: Sat April 28th, 7:30pm

Cost: All tickets $30

Duration: 70 minutes (no interval)

Bookings essential - purchase tickets here

Harmony Day Movies

Join us to Celebrate Harmony Day 2018 as we present a pair of short films that explore how the power of theatre can heal, inspire and transform lives.

Cast from the Storm

Australian Film Classification PG


The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

Australian Film Classification M


Where: Wagga Wagga City Library, Downstairs level

WhenCast from the Storm 4.15pm, The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe 6.00pm

Cost: FREE

No bookings required

PLEASE NOTE: Access to the Children’s collection will be restricted during screening times

"Fresh" Felting Workshop with Tracey Luhrs

hands holding felt strips

Winter is coming! So this Autumn join us for a felt making workshop and make your very own neck warmer!

This workshop is suitable for people with lots of, a little, or no felting experience. You will gain a thorough understanding of the felt-making process and the confidence to continue crafting on your own.

Come along and create a unique piece of art, and leave with the personal satisfaction that ‘I made it myself.’

This activity is designed for ages 16 and above

Where: Art Workshop, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Corner Baylis & Morrow Streets

When: Tuesday 17 April, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Cost: $35 [payment secures your place in the workshop]

Bookings essential - buy your ticket here

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Twice a year the Friends of the Library sell fiction, non-fiction, magazines, DVDs and children's books for as little as $1!

Don't miss out on these fantastic bargains.

All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library.

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library - Downstairs level, Children's Area

When: Friday 13th April, 4pm - 5:45pm

Saturday 14th April, 9am - 12noon

No bookings required            CASH ONLY

School Holiday Program

Little Bang Discovery Club

This is a four-part series, and will run on Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th, Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th April, from 10.30-11.30am.

Please note: Carers stay for the duration of the workshop.

Young children are already great scientists without even knowing it. Little Bang Discovery Club is a hands-on program for 5-8 year olds, which combines everyday objects and experiences with genuine scientific enquiry methods that children and their accompanying parents will thoroughly enjoy. Best of all, everyone will have a Little Bang Discovery Box to keep with a loads of exciting resources and activities to explore in the workshops and at home.

Membership includes Admission to all four workshops and a Little Bang Discovery Box.

NB: Participating children must be 5 to 8 years of age and have an accompanying adult carer present at all four sessions.

Dates: MON 16 April, TUE 17 April, MON 23 April, TUE 24 April

Cost: $40 [payment secures your place in the workshop]

Time: 10.30 - 11.30am

Places are limited. Book here.

Wagga Wagga City Library is a founding member of the Riverina Science Hub and partners with The Children’s Discovery Museum to deliver this program.

School Holiday Program

Family Movie Wednesday - Mulan

Each Wednesday of the school holidays we'll be putting out plenty of comfy chairs and showing a family-friendly classic movie on our big screen in the downstairs Children's Area. Kids and adults are all welcome to come along and share in a mini-cinematic experience. Best of all, it's FREE!

Our Autumn school holiday family movie is Mulan.

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library, downstairs Children's Area

When: Wed 18th April

Time: 10:15am (film is 87 mins long)

Cost: FREE

No bookings required

Please note: there is no Family Movie on Wed April 25 owing to the ANZAC Day public holiday.

Sydney Writers' Festival - Live & Local Friday

audience applauding with festival logo

Thanks to the Live & Local program, you can enjoy highlights from the Sydney Writers’ Festival without leaving Wagga Wagga. In 2018, one ticket gets you access to an entire day's worth of stimulating conversation and panel sessions, beamed directly into the comfort of Wagga Wagga City Council's Meeting Room.

Friday Programme - 4 May 10.00am - 5.30pm

10.00am - 11.00am Jane Harper: Force of Nature
Jane Harper’s Force of Nature is the follow-up thriller to the runaway success of her debut, The Dry, which was sold into more than 20 countries and optioned for a film adaption by Reese Witherspoon. It continues the story of Australian police officer Aaron Falk, this time as he traces the disappearance of a missing bushwalker who was the crucial whistle-blower in his latest case. In conversation with ABC RN’s The Hub on Books host Claire Nichols, the bestselling Australian author talks about the book and her remarkable success.

11.30am - 12.30pm The Future of China
Xi Jinping has become China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong. But with his consolidation of power, the country has become more authoritarian, with increasing censorship and arrests of lawyers and activists. Three Festival authors uniquely placed to discuss China sit down with Linda Jaivin to talk about its political, economic and cultural future. Join Minglu Chen, senior lecturer at the Chinese Studies Centre at the University of Sydney; Robert E. Kelly, a professor of political science at Pusan National University; and Xue Yiwei, a prolific Chinese-born novelist, for a riveting and timely discussion

1.30pm - 2.30pm Going Rogue: North Korea
North Korea is unlike any other nation today. Its citizens are sealed off from the world and only allowed access to state-run propaganda, and its volatile leader Kim Jong-un is considered a threat to world peace. But can an international crisis be averted? And amid the headlines, have we forgotten the plight of the North Korean people themselves? Political science professor Robert E. Kelly, Korean-American author Min Jin Lee, Korea author Michael Pembroke and filmmaker and writer Anna Broinowski discuss the isolated nation with Linda Jaivin.

3.00pm - 4.00pm Conflicting Narratives
Three reporters share their perspectives on the role of storytellers in a time of ongoing conflict, terrorism and refugee crises, in conversation with The Guardian journalist Ben Doherty. The New Yorker staff writer Alexis Okeowo’s A Moonless, Starless Sky chronicles the resistance against extremism in Africa. Moscow-based correspondent for The Telegraph Alec Luhn has covered protests in Russia and the war in eastern Ukraine. The New Yorker staff writer Ben Taub has written about jihadi recruitment in Europe and war crimes in Syria.

4.30pm - 5.30pm Gareth Evans: Incorrigible Optimist
While political memoirs are often dry, self-congratulating affairs, The Canberra Times has described Incorrigible Optimist as a memoir crackling with “wit, self-deprecating humour and illuminating insights”. Gareth covers the breadth of his colourful public life as a central figure in Australian politics and a significant voice in international policymaking for more than three decades. Kerry O’Brien sits down for a revealing chat with the man Bob Hawke once praised as having the most acute mind of any of his ministers.

Where: Wagga Wagga City Council Meeting Room

When: Friday 4 May 10.00am - 5.30pm

Cost: $10, giving you access to any and all of Friday's sessions

Bookings essential - buy your ticket here

Sydney Writers' Festival - Live & Local Saturday

audience applauding with festival logo

Thanks to the Live & Local program, you can enjoy highlights from the Sydney Writers’ Festival without leaving Wagga Wagga. In 2018, one ticket gets you access to an entire day's worth of stimulating conversation and panel sessions, beamed directly into the comfort of Wagga Wagga City Council's Meeting Room.

Saturday Programme - 5 May 10.00am - 5.30pm

10.00am - 11.00am New Power
For millennia, power was something to be seized and jealously guarded. However, the rapid emergence of new technologies is changing the game. From Bernie Saunders to President Donald Trump, from taxis to B&Bs, new ideas, political movements and businesses now spread with astonishing speed. In conversation with Professor Susan Dodds, New Power authors Jeremy Heimans (co-founder of GetUp!) and Henry Timms draw on examples from politics, popular culture, business and social justice to explain the disruptive forces that are changing the course of our age.

11.30am - 12.30pm Peter Greste: The First Casualty
Foreign correspondent Peter Greste spent two decades reporting from the frontline in the world’s most dangerous countries before making headlines himself following his incarceration in an Egyptian prison. The First Casualty is his enlightening firsthand account of how the war on journalism spread from the battlefields of the Middle East to the governments of the West. Fellow correspondent Hugh Riminton speaks to Peter about the extent to which investigative journalism is under threat in the age of terrorism and fake news.

1.30pm - 2.30pm Resisting Unjust Authority
Three of the Festival’s brightest minds come together to examine our evolving relationship with power. The Future is History author Masha Gessen, The Fox Hunt author Mohammed Al Samawi and A Moonless, Starless Sky author Alexis Okeowo consider how unjust authority is wielded and resisted in the modern world, how we can free ourselves from its messages and impact, and how these strategies are changing over time. This thought-provoking panel is curated and hosted by The Trauma Cleaner author Sarah Krasnostein.

3.00pm - 4.00pm Women in Tech: Okay Ladies, Now Let's Get Information
Why do the tech and science industries remain a boys’ club after so many years? How are inroads finally being made? And who are the success stories bucking the trend? Join three inspiring speakers in conversation with Deb Verhoeven as they celebrate the incredible women of tech and science. Aminatou Sow is a digital strategist and co-founder of Tech LadyMafia; Angela Saini is a BBC science journalist and author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong; and Professor Elanor Huntington is the first female Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University.

4.30pm - 5.30pm Annabel Crabb's BooKwiz
Which book are you ashamed of loving? Which do you reread when you’re in a reading slump? What have you always meant to read but now suspect you never will? Beloved journalist and presenter Annabel Crabb returns to the Festival for BooKwiz, a thorough interrogation of some well-known readers, including ABC 7.30 anchor Leigh Sales, Conversations presenter Richard Fidler and – lending cult appeal – the RocKwiz host herself, Julia Zemiro.

Where: Wagga Wagga City Council Meeting Room

When: Saturday 5 May 10.00am - 5.30pm

Cost: $10, giving you access to any and all of Saturday's sessions

Bookings essential - buy your ticket here

Sydney Writers' Festival - Live & Local Sunday

audience applauding with festival logo

Thanks to the Live & Local program, you can enjoy highlights from the Sydney Writers’ Festival without leaving Wagga Wagga. In 2018, one ticket gets you access to an entire day's worth of stimulating conversation and panel sessions, beamed directly into the comfort of Wagga Wagga City Council's Meeting Room.

Sunday Programme - 6 May 10.00am - 5.30pm

10.00am - 11.00am Economic Inequality: From Wisconsin to Whyalla
Economic inequality is on the rise, including in Trump’s America and in Australia. Middle-class jobs are disappearing, especially in towns that relied on manufacturing. Where does this leave people in affected industries and areas, and the generation to follow? And what are the political implications for democracies? Join award–winning author Don Watson, Pulitzer Prize–winning staff writer for The Washington Post Amy Goldstein and economics professor Richard Holden in a wide-ranging conversation with ABC’s Chief Economics Correspondent Emma Alberici about the challenges posed by inequality today.

11.30am - 12.30pm Cleo Wade: Heart Talk
Poet, artist and author Cleo Wade wants to know what has broken your heart, what has helped you heal and what wisdom you have gained along the way. The Heart Talk author sits down with journalist and The Motherhood editor Jamila Rizvi, Sour Heart author Jenny Zhang, and Peach novelist Emma Glass for a riveting and wide-ranging discussion about matters of the heart.

1.30pm - 2.30pm Tayari Jones: An American Marriage
The bestselling An American Marriage by Tayari Jones traces the lives of Roy, a black man wrongly convicted of rape, and his wife, Celestial. Widely lauded since its release, it became an official Book Club selection of Oprah Winfrey, who enthused: “It’s among Tayari's many gifts that she can touch us soul to soul with her words – and that those words are so glorious.” Glory Edim speaks to Tayari about her stunning novel of love, racial injustice and a marriage interrupted.

3.00pm - 4.00pm Sarah Ferguson: On Mother
Following the sudden death of her mother, renowned ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson penned On Mother, a poignant and moving reflection on their relationship over decades and across continents. After a career spent investigating some of Australia’s most high-profile news stories, she turned the focus onto her own family to examine the individual that existed beyond motherhood. In conversation with Louise Adler, the four-time Walkley Award–winning reporter reflects on the complex bonds shared between mothers and daughters.

4.30pm - 5.30pm Emily Wilson: Translating the Odyssey
In 2017, Emily Wilson became the first woman to translate The Odyssey into English. Her translation of the 12,110-line epic poem offered a fresh perspective on the rousing tale of shipwrecks, monsters and magic. Her text has been praised for its accuracy and an accessibility that brings the ancient work into the 21st century – perhaps raising the eyebrows of some Homer purists along the way. Speaking to Jennifer Byrne, Emily elaborates on her approach to translating the second-oldest text in Western literature and why it remains so vital today.

Where: Wagga Wagga City Council Meeting Room

When: Sunday 6 May 10.00am - 5.30pm

Cost: $10, giving you access to any and all of Sunday's sessions

Bookings essential - buy your ticket here

One Book One Wagga Gala Dinner

picture of Michelle de Kretser

One Book One Wagga 2018 brings award-winning author Michelle de Kretser to Wagga Wagga for our annual gala dinner.

Michelle was born in Sri Lanka and immigrated to Australia when she was fourteen. Her education across Colombo, Paris, and Melbourne gave her an ideal grounding to become an editor for Lonely Planet travel guides. She then started her career as a novelist, with her fourth novel Questions of Travel winning several awards including the 2013 Miles Franklin Award. Her latest novel, The Life to Come, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim.

Join Michelle for a live chat about her life and work while enjoying a wonderful three-course meal with fellow lovers of literature.

When: Friday 18th May from 7.00pm at Wagga RSL, The Mirage Room

Cost: $55.00 per person


Tickets can be purchased at the Commercial Club during office hours on 6921 3012 or online by clicking here

Michelle says:

“One Book One Wagga is a tremendous initiative. I loved the concept as soon as I heard about it, and I’m so thrilled that my novel is the 2018 choice. Thank you, Wagga Wagga! I look forward to being there in May.”

Backyard Sustainability Series

Wanting to reduce your impact on the environment, but don’t know where to start? In the Science of Backyard Sustainability Series, you’ll explore three ways to create a more sustainable lifestyle: growing a vegetable patch, keeping chickens, and learning more about backyard beekeeping. Our local experts will share their knowledge, and inspire you to get started!


The Demonstration Gardens is a community space where people come together to learn new skills, grow fresh food and share their knowledge. Jim Rees is the coordinator of the Gardens, and is passionate about giving people the tools to become self-sufficient. In this talk, you’ll learn more about growing fruit and veggies, sowing seeds and planting them out, composting, and using water efficiently.

When: Saturday 10th March: 1.30pm-3.30pm

Where: Demonstration Gardens, Gurwood Street Wagga

Cost: FREE


Mike James is the president of the Wagga Wagga Amateur Beekeepers Club, who meet regularly at Charles Sturt University to learn about bees and honey production. Mike will help you gain a better understanding of the process of honey production, and what is needed to keep happy, healthy bees.

When: Saturday 17th March: 1.30pm- 3.30pm

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library

Cost: FREE


Join us for a bus tour to Old Junee, to visit the home of Cackleberries. Anna Lashbrook and her family live with a flock of very contented chooks, and supply their eggs to cafes and supermarkets throughout the Riverina. Anna will share her experiences of chicken keeping, and give you some terrific tips on looking after and enjoying chooks in your own back yard.

When: Saturday 24th March: Leaving Wagga Wagga City Library at 1pm, arriving back at 4pm

Where: Wagga Library, then Lashbrook Farm, Old Junee

Cost: FREE

Bookings essential. Reserve your spot for:

The Edible Garden

Backyard Beekeeping

Happy Chooks

Language Café

A friendly English language class

Come and practise your English language conversation skills in a friendly environment at our Language Café. Light refreshments are provided.

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library - Community Learning Space

Term 1 sessions (from Monday 5th Feb)

Monday 11am – 12:30pm

Thursday 11am - 12:30pm

Saturday 11am - 12:30pm

Cost: FREE

Come to one session, or as many as you like. Please note: no bookings required

For any enquiries, phone 6926 9700 or email

The Language Café is supported by the Friends of the Wagga Wagga City Library


On selected Friday mornings you can join one of our small, friendly, group training sessions, learn new skills to get connected, and take the first steps to becoming tech savvy.

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library, Community Learning Space

All classes run from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Places are still available in the following courses:

Friday 2nd March - Introduction to Internet part 1 & 2 
Friday 9th March - Introduction to email 2 & 3 (note: need to have completed Intro to email 1 & 2 or equiv)
Friday 16th March - Introduction to sharing photos
Friday 23rd March - Introduction to Social Media 1 & 2

Friday 13th April - Introduction to Android tablets/smartphones
Friday 20th April - Introduction to Social Media

Friday 4th May - Introduction to iPads/iPhones
Friday 11th May - Introduction to Social Media

Friday 1st June - Introduction to online shopping and banking
Friday 8th June - Introduction to sharing photos & other attachments

Bookings and further details: 6926 9700 or


storytime photo

Come along to your library and discover the wonderful world of literature, with stories, rhymes, songs and craft for preschoolers, and every now and then maybe even some baby chicks!

Sessions are held weekly for 0-5 year olds (excluding school holidays)

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library - Children's Area

When: Wednesdays and Fridays during school terms, 10am and 11am

No bookings required

Baby Bounce

Baby Bounce is a four week early literacy program for 0-12 month old babies and their carers. The program introduces your baby to the rhythm and sound of language using songs, rhymes, books and music. You will also get to meet other carers with babies the same age.

Sessions require one lap per baby, so please invite extra helpers if you have twins or triplets.

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library, Downstairs level

When: Thursday, 1st March, 10:30am

Thursday 8th March, 10:30am

Thursday 15th March, 10:30am

Thursday 22nd March, 10:30am

Cost: FREE

No bookings required

Please note: Baby Bounce will also take place in September (Thurs 6, 13, 20, 27)

giilanggalang (many stories)

Some pictures of the artwork

During NAIDOC week, giilanggalang returned to Wagga City Library, following its NSW tour. Featuring the work of more than twenty artists working on a miniature scale, this unique display can be viewed in our downstairs Youth Area.

Come and engage with these varied representations of contemporary Aboriginal arts practice in our region.

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library

When: from Monday 3rd July

This exhibition is supported by the NSW Government through the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund and is a partnership between Eastern Riverina Arts and Riverina Regional Library.

Knittin' Group

knittin' club

The Knittin' Group is a group of committed community members who knit and crochet throughout the year for charity. They meet bimonthly on the 3rd Thursday. New members are welcome.

Upcoming Dates

Thursday 17 May 2018 10am - 2pm

ANNUAL KNIT-IN Thursday 19 July 2018 10am - 2pm