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Activities, events & programs sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Upcoming Event

​The Friends of Wollongong City Library Present

A Literary Lunch with Robert Holden


May Gibbs More Than A Fairy Tale: An Artistic Life book coverRobert Holden has had a distinguished career as a librarian, curator, write and book reviewer. He is the author of more than 30 books and has been awarded a Senior Fellowship by the Literature Board of the Australia Council for his pioneering research on Australian children's book illustration. Robert will be joining the Friends to discuss his book May Gibbs More Than a Fairy Tale: An Artistic Life.

"This is a gorgeously illustrated biography; the quality and range of Gibbs' reproduced artworks are impressive: from watercolour landscapes, portraits, postcards and pictorial mementos to prize-winning pictures of wildflowers, cartoons and sketches. But the value of this book does not lie only in its attempts to colour in the hazy outlines of the young Gibbs; it also opens a window to the socio-political history of early 20th Century Australia" - Thuy On, Weekend Australia.

WHEN Friday 8 March, 11.30am for 12noon

WHERE Level 9 Wollongong Council Building, 41 Burelli Street

TICKETS $25 Members/ $30 non-members (please note: A limit of four tickets per sale)

Tickets Available from 22 February at Cashier's Office, Wollongong City Council Building and Corrimal, Dapto and Thirroul Libraries.

For all enquiries please contact Helen Woodward on (02) 4225 9223 or by email at



Aims of the Friends:
  • To foster an interest in books
  • To serve as a link between the library and the community
  • To promote an appreciation and awareness of the library's services and its collections
  • To sponsor special community events and literary activities designed to stimulate community interest in reading and awareness of the role of the library in the community
  • To provide support for the library and its collections through practical assistance, for example, fundraising, the encouragement of gifts, sponsorships and endorsements
  • To advocate and make representations for improvements in funding arrangements for public library services
  • To foster links with organisations with similar interests and objectives

Constitution of the Friends of the Wollongong City Library

Our Program
There are three main areas of the Friends of the Library program to suit a variety of interests and levels of involvement. These are conducted at various venues, including the Branch libraries.
  • Author visits
  • Book launches
  • Visits to cultural institutions
  • Literary lunches and dinners
  • Promotion of children's and youth reading
  • Special interest evenings
  • Fundraising for special projects
  • Holding social/education events
  • Practical help for the library and its customers 
  • Assisting with library surveys
  • Assisting at library special events
  • Promoting the pleasures of reading
Membership Information
Fees: Individual $15, Family $25, Concession $12 (senior/pensioner/full-time student/unemployed) 
Our membership year covers the period from 1 July through to 30 June the following year.  Payments made after 1 March will cover the following membership year.
Fees can be paid to the Cashier, Wollongong City Council, Burelli St, Wollongong or at any branch of the Library
Contact Us
Mail to: Friends of the Wollongong City Library
All Enquiries: President
Phone: (02) 4271 5292
Mail: PO Box 922, WOLLONGONG EAST, 2500 




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