Holiday Program | Goldfields Library Corporation

Summertime Fun

cartoon sloth reading a book

Summertime is fun-time at the library!  

We have heaps of activities to keep the kids entertained during the long summer holidays.
Get out into nature and discover some creepy, crawly bugs in your garden, or stay out of
the heat and hang out with some very talented and funny local authors.

Download a copy of our Summertime Fun program, pick one up at your local library,
or view events below.
 And don't forget to sign up for our Summer Reading Challenge
a chance to win some great prizes!! 



Carp Productions ~ The Best Christmas Ever!

It’s Christmas Eve and the Chief Elf is in a spin with the arrival of a mischievous new elf trailing chaos behind her! The reindeer are rowdy, the Christmas Tree is testy, the sleigh is shabby and the toys are cracked! Will the new elf cause a catastrophe or remind us of the true spirit of Christmas? A cheerful and jolly virtual performance from the fabulous team at Carp Productions.

For young families.

The best Christmas Ever

Wednesday 9-Wednesday 23 December.

watch video


Castlemaine Story Walk

Enjoy a Story Walk around Castlemaine this summer with family and friends. Five popular walking locations have been transformed into a Story Walk so you can enjoy some best-loved picture books along the way - you may discover a new favourite together! Stories are aimed at children 8 years and under, but can be enjoyed at any age.

What's a Story Walk?

Story Walk competition

Story Walk participants can go in the running to win a book pack of all five Story Walk books by finding the picture of an Australian animal hidden on each story walk. 

Find the animal and its Dja Dja Wurrung name, take a picture and email it to, along with a comment about what you liked about doing a story walk for a chance to win. 

The competition closes on 1 February 2021, and winners will be notified on Tuesday 2 February.

The Story Walk Project is a collaboration between Mount Alexander Shire Council and Goldfields Libraries, aiming to foster literacy, language and enjoyment of stories.

Castlemaine Story Walk map image

Tuesday 15 December-Monday 15 March.

Download the map.


Bug Off photography challenge

Join our all ages digital photography challenge! Photograph spiders and insects busy about their everyday lives, capturing fine detail and movement (a magnifying glass makes a great close up lens).

Best images displayed in our Online Bug Off Gallery.

Prizes for most fascinating images.

Send entries to:, with the subject Bug Off.

Bug Off photography challenge



Easy Build Bug Hotels

Build a Bug Hotel for your garden to encourage insect pollination. Bug hotels provide nest and hibernation sites for helpful garden insects such as ladybirds, bees and butterflies.

Materials: plastic bottle with ends cut off, string, sticks, bark, leaves, dried moss, pinecone, gumnuts, etc.

Easy build bug hotel

Video tutorial available Friday January 1.

Alan Brough ~ Charlie and the War Against the Grannies

Comedian, musician, author and team captain from 'Spicks and Specks' Alan Brough presents a spoken word and musical performance on his book Charlie and the War Against the Grannies. Topics include the dangers of chilli sauce, evil grannies, farting in wardrobes and more...

Ages 6-12 years.

Alan Brough ~ Charlie and the war against the grannies

Wednesday 13 January, 2-3pm

Book a ticket for Bugs in the Lens  This session is run using Zoom.


Bugs in the lens

Seeing lots of insects and spiders this summer? Join a like-minded group to share tips and tricks on tracking down and capturing our many-legged friends on camera in Eaglehawk’s buggy Canterbury Gardens!

BYO phone or camera.

Ages 12-16 years.

Meet at Canterbury Park Gardens Gates, Peg Leg Road, Eaglehawk.

Bugs in the lens

Tuesday 19 January, 3.30-4.30pm

Book a ticket for Bugs in the Lens


Chris Taylor and James Crabtree ~ Writing & illustrating workshop for kids

A high energy interactive workshop from the creators of the Tina and Tom's Time-Travelling Toilet series. Discover the creative process, enjoy a one-minute draw, mini cartooning lesson, word bomb, and an interactive story creation which gets wild and wacky very quickly! We hope it will get you thinking about writing and illustrating your own kid's book one day.

Ages 6-12 years.

Chris Taylor and James Crabtree ~ writing & illustrating workshop for kids

Wednesday 20 January, 2-3pm

Book a ticket for Bugs in the Lens  This session is run using Zoom.


Summer Reading Challenge

Sign up for our Summer Reading Challenge to be in the draw to win some great prizes!!

Summer Reading Challenge

Monday 14 December - Friday 22 January

Read more about the Summer Reading Challenge

This session is run using Zoom.  Sessions with this icon are run via Zoom. You will need an internet-connected device to participate. A session link will be emailed to you after you have booked your place.