Free North Lakes Library School Holiday Activities

With the school holidays coming up, have you already planned how to keep the kids busy? Fret not because North Lakes Library has a lot of FREE holiday activities to choose from to keep children entertained for the entire holiday break and prevent the dreaded cabin fever!

Check out what’s on at the North Lakes Library for the school holidays.

Activities for Kids

Board Games Olympics

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 (2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

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Do you have what it takes to beat the best? Enjoy playing a wide range of board games and take part in The Games Challenge. This activity is for Grades 3-6.

Registration essential.

Register for free


Ozobots

Friday, 28 September 2018 (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Come and code with colour! Learn and play with ozobots and challenge yourself with new programs! Open for Grades 5-8.

Registration essential.

Register for free


Chess Tournament

Wednesday, 3 October 2018 (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

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Are you the best chess player in the Moreton Bay region? Showcase your skills at the online chess tournament for a chance to win a $20 Australian Geographic voucher. Open for Grades 5-12.

Registration essential.

Register for free


The Kangagang Show

Thursday, 4 October 2018 (2:00 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.)

Jump, dance, and sing to original Aussie songs bursting with colourful characters and stories. The show is ideal for kids aged 2-7 years old.

Bookings not required.


Minecraft

Friday, 5 October 2018 (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

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Complete challenges and learn new skills while connecting with fellow Crafters in the same room. Open for beginners to advanced players of all ages.

Registration essential.

Register for free


LEGO Building

Friday, 5 October 2018 (3:00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.)

Meet other LEGO fans and go head-to-head in challenges to find the Ultimate Brick Master! Open for Grades 3-6.

Registration essential.

Register for free


Secrets to Writing a Great Short Story

Saturday, 6 October 2018 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon)

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The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge is to draft an entire novel in November or as close as you can! Get ready for NaNoWriMo with this writing boot camp led by award-winning author, Christine Bongers.

Pick up tips for writing a satisfying short story, from the ideas stage right through to nailing the perfect ending. Open for Grades 5-6.

Register for free



Activities for Teens

Board Games Olympics

Monday, 24 September 2018 (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

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Play a range of board games to take home a $20 Zing voucher and the glory as Gamesmaster! OPen for Grades 7-12.

Registration essential.

Register for free


Divergent: Where Do You Belong

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Amity, Candor, Erudite, or Dauntless? Which faction would you belong to? Test your skills on a range of Divergent-themed challenges. Open for Grades 9-12.

Register for free


Cosplay Ears

Thursday, 27 September 2018 (2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

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Make your own pair of furry ears, just for fun or to add that special touch to your cosplay. Get creative with textile offcuts, flowers, and beads. Open for Grades 7-12.

Registration essential.

Register for free


Hunger Games: Tribute Quest

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 (2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

You’ve been chosen to take part in the Hunger Games. But your participation is just a cover for your real mission. Do you have what it takes to overthrow the Capitol? Open for Grades 7-12.

Registration essential.

Register for free


Do Your Own Formal Makeup

Wednesday, 3 October 2018 (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

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Want to learn how to apply makeup for formals and other special occasions? Pick up tips from a professional makeup artist using your own makeup. Open for Grades 10-12.

Don’t forget to bring your own foundation, mascara, and eyeliner. Lauren from Velbella Beauty will show you how to use these and other Velbella makeup products to create an evening look perfect for formal occasions.

Registration essential.

Register for free


Let’s Talk About Cyber Bullying with YouTuber Elly Awesome

Friday, 5 October 2018 (1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Meet YouTuber and TV personality Elly Awesome and find out about what’s okay and what’s not okay online. You can also learn more about her new book.

Stay positive and support your friends. Who do you trust, or not trust online?

Register for free


Make Characters Come Alive!

Saturday, 6 October 2018 (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

This is also a writing boot camp for the NaNoWriMo led by award-winning author, Christine Bongers .

Get inside the skin of your main character, using dialogue to show who they are, increase conflict, and create suspense. Open for Grades 7-12.

Register for free

For more information on these school holiday activities, you may visit the official website of North Lakes Library. You can also call (07) 3480 9900 or email NorthLakes.library@moretonbay.qld.gov.au.

 

Explore Books Banned in Australia During 20th Century at North Lakes Library

When it came to reading material, Australia was one of the strictest censors in the world during the 20th century. Some books that were widely read across other continents were banned here. The books, however, remained in the keeping of different libraries across Australia up until this day.

Some collections are still banned, whilst others were previously prohibited but are now available for public consumption. There are also libraries across the country which still have restricted sections and where limited access are strictly reinforced.

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This period of Australian book history will be discussed during a free session at the North Lakes Library on the 13th of March, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The history of Australia’s strict censorship initially gained attention in 2012 when Professor Nicole Moore, a literary historian, published a book detailing how she uncovered thousands of banned books stashed underground in the National Archives of Australia building in Sydney. Her discovery actually happened in 2005. She found a total of 793 boxes.

According to the professor, these books were particularly illegal between the 1920’s and the 1980’s. The materials commonly dealt with topics on sexuality, politics, birth control, race, and romantic relationships that were taboo in the earlier decades. However, more than 90 percent of them were banned for obscenity, sedition, and blasphemy.

More about the history of Australia’s banned books will be explored at the North Lakes Library. Places are limited and therefore registrations are essential. To reserve your place, please click here.

Rediscover Inspiration, Explore New Connections with These Enriching Activities in North Lakes

Amidst the demanding modern lifestyle that Australians have, it’s easy to feel lost and out of touch with nature. Here are some activities in and around North Lakes to bring renewed inspiration.

Reflect at Lake Eden


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Lake Eden is a pristine body of water in the town centre. Other parks and some cafes are within the surrounds. An early morning walk at Lake Eden can take a person to the surprising discovery of a thriving wildlife. Breathe the fresh air in while watching the swans and ducks playing in the water. In the afternoon, take the route to the Lake Eden Trail. Rediscover the freedom of being alone as time slowly passes by. The whole 1,676 metres walkway is just 20-minute walk.

Walk More at North Lakes Environmental Park


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Re-experience the bush land once again. How long has it been when you had your last bush walk? Start from Woodside Lake to Lacebart St, or at Whitebeech Lakes around the Whitebeech Court. Take pleasure in the wildlife. You’ll be surprised to find that North Lakes Environmental Park is connected to several other parks and lakes around North Lakes.

Hang out at the North Lakes Library

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The local library regularly hosts enrichment activities, talks, and club meetings to welcome new members. Here are some of them:

New Year New You

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15 February 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Professional Kinesiology Practitioner, Ms Molly Brumm, will discuss how to clear own personal space, own personal energy, and work environment from negative elements.

Knitting for the Needy

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Every 3rd Monday of the month 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

New members are welcome anytime to the Knitting for the Needy Group. Members knit blankets, scarves, beanies, socks, children’s baby wear to be distributed to the needy. Wool donations are gladly accepted..

Current Affairs Discussion Group

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Every 3rd Thursday of every month 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Every 1st Saturday of every month 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Join a group of people, from all walks of life, who exchange opinions on current affairs, from local to international issues.

Writers’ Group

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Every Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Joining this group will give anyone an opportunity to meet others who aspire to be writers. The group has members who are already experienced writers but anyone interested in writing is invited to attend.

The Passion Project: February 2018

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“The Passion Project: February 2018” is a community club which aims to connect people who believe that life is better when there is inspiration and passion. The Atlas Health Australia, an institution which provides upper cervical care, founded the group.

The group meets every 3rd Thursday of each month at the North Lakes Community Centre at Boardroom 10 The Corso, North Lakes. Members watch video presentations of the most influential people every assembly.

On 15 February, the group is inviting those interested to watch the video of John Gray, the famous author of the “Mars Brain, Venus Brain”.

Click here to know more about the The Passion Project: February 2018.

North Lakes Library Presents Free School Holiday Fun Activities

Parents need not fret about keeping their children and teenagers busy whilst out of school. North Lakes Library is hosting a series of free workshops to keep students occupied and entertained. So hurry and register for these free workshops and activities at the North Lakes Library.

Make a Leather Phone Case on 5th of January at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Grades 7 to 12 children can bring their phone with them at the North Lakes Library and learn how to handcraft a stylish leather case for their mobiles phones. They will learn the basics of leather making which include hand cutting, shaping, and painting leather into personalised designs.

The workshop is to be facilitated by Nadine Schmoll, a Brisbane-based environmental artist who is famous for her accessory designs brimming with her passion for sustainability. Ms Schmoll is also an educator who imparts her knowledge about collaborative and sustainable arts learning experiences for children and young adults.

Ms Schmoll personal designs are distinct for their focused on the environment and used of natural resources. She repurposed and recycled her materials, particularly plastics to create wearable arts, sculpture, and other art forms. In fact, her first brush with sustainable arts was while working at Reverse Garbage Queensland, a centre that transforms industrial waste from landfills into useful materials.

For reservations, please click here.

Crack the Code on 5th of January at 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Grades 5 to 6 children will be taught to make their own online puzzle hunt by first learning the basics of web design. Participants of the workshop will be testing each and other online puzzles to know if they are “well-coded” enough to be safe from anyone’s ability to crack the codes.

For reservations, please click here.

Makey Makey Magic on 8th of January at 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Grades 3 to 6 children will be taught to transform mundane objects into electronic circuits using pom poms, play doh, and other similar toys.

For reservations, please click here.

Ghost Hunt on 9th of January at 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Grades 5 to 6 children will be treated to an activity involving augmented reality ghost hunt. But, the most exciting part is that they will be taught to develop cutting edge skills and create their own augmented reality experience.

For reservations, please click here.

Mario Kart Tournament on 10th January at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Grades 7 to 12 children will race against each other at the Mario Kart Track. The fastest racer will win a $20 EB Games voucher.

For reservations, please click here.

Sew a Summer Top on 12th of January at 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Grades 7 to 12 children will be taught to create a summer top with drawstring neckline by using a sewing machine.

For reservations, please click here.

Wackiest Wizard Wares on 15th of January at 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Grades 3 to 6 children will have the time of their lives as they imbibe the personalities of Fred and George Weasley when they create and pitch their own practical joke materials and concepts. Fred and George Weasley are beloved twin characters from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series who are known for their adorable mischief.

Although Fred and George Weasley are considered minor characters in the novel, their greatest contribution has been showing Harry the Marauder’s Map which became useful to them in many challenges. The two characters are also best remembered for their escape from the Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher, Professor Umbridge. The twins is also known for setting a new joke shop which specialises with joke supplies in the beginning of the “Half-blood Prince”. Sadly, fans have been left heartbroken when Fred gets killed in “Deathly Hallows” because of an explosion suspected to be instigated by Augustus Rookwood.

For reservations, please click here.

Board Game Olympics on 17th of January at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Grades 7 to 12 children are invited to compete in different board games, particularly in the Jenga Challenge where the winner will be given a $20 EB games voucher.

For reservations, please click here.

Minecraft Zoo on 18th of January at 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Grades two to six will be entertained and learn at the same time as they make a Minecraft zoo together with staff at the North lakes Library.

For reservations, please click here.

North Lakes Library
10 The Corso
North Lakes, QLD 4509

What’s On @ North Lakes This Last Week of July

Here are the seminars and events this last week of July in North Lakes.

Tuesday, 25 July

Get Online with myGov

Tickets: FREE

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Venue: North Lakes Library, 10 The Corso, North Lakes

Photo credit: Moreton Bay Libraries

The Moreton Bay Libraries brings this seminar to North Lakesto teach participants how easy it is to register for myGov and use mobile apps for managing Centrelink, Medicare, and Child Support.

Bring a valid photo ID.

 

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Thursday, 27 July

Tendering for Government Business Workshop

Tickets: $50

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Venue: 6 Endeavour Boulevard, North Lakes

Photo credit: SEQ North Regional Office, Department of State Development/Eventbrite

The SEQ North Regional Office, Department of State Development will host the “Tendering for Government Business Workshop” in North Lakes.

It is the official state’s program that educates the community about the government procurement process. The workshop will have an interactive session that will help the participants in learning how to develop and submit tenders.

 

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Saturday, 29 July

Elevate Your VIBE Information Session

Tickets: FREE (limited to 40 people only)

Venue: Meeting Room 1, North Lakes Library, 10 The Corso, North Lakes

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Unlocking Your Life will host a two-hour informative session on how to elevate vibration in life on multiple levels.

Unlocking Your Life is an organisation that provides services including psychological therapies, nutritional cleansing, and medical intuitive.

 

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What’s On @ North Lakes This Third Week of July

Here are the events this week at North Lakes and surrounding suburbs.

Friday, 21 July

Empowering Schools to Support Children with Diabetes

Tickets: $70

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Venue: North Lakes Health Precinct, 9 Endeavour Boulevard, North Lakes

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Queensland Health and Metro North Hospital and Health Service will bring a seminar to the community about the essential information about diabetes and diabetes management, and practical workshops.

The ticket to the event already includes morning and afternoon tea, lunch, and handout materials.

 

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Friday, 21 July

Happy Healthy Kids

Tickets: Free

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Venue: Meeting Room 1, 10 The Corso, North Lakes

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DoTerra Premier Wellness advocate Brook Khan will be hosting a seminar to help the North Lakes community and their children on how to have a healthy environment.

 

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Friday, 21 July

LOUD (Grades 7-12)

Tickets: Free

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Venue: North Lakes Library

Photo credit: Moreton Bay Region Libraries/Eventbrite

The Moreton Bay Region Libraries welcomes every children, Grades 7 to 12, for the LOUD meeting.
Attendees are required to have a ticket, so register to be a library member to enter for free.

 

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