Calling all poets...

Manning in Rhyme poetry competition is back!

poetry i heart denver themeBack by popular demand is the Manning in Rhyme poetry competition.

Now in its fourth year, the competition is presented in partnership with Manning Valley Libraries and Manning Valley Senior Citizen Association Inc.

The Manning in Rhyme is open to everyone with fantastic prizes on offer. Poems will be assessed on story-line, use of language, originality of theme and rhyme with the winner in each prize category receiving $100 cash award and encouragement awardees receiving a book voucher. Categories include:

All age

Children’s Award - 12 yrs and under

Youth Award 13-24 yrs

Entry forms can be collected from Taree, Wingham, Harrington, Hallidays Point and Old Bar Libraries or click here to download. 

People have until Friday 19 August to enter with winners to be announced at a special presentation at Taree Library in September.

For further information about The Manning in Rhyme contact Taree Library on 6592 5290 or

 Book launch and author talk

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Author Anne McLeod will be presenting a talk and signing copies of her book The Summit of her ambition: the spirited life of Marie Byles as heard on ABC Radio Nationals "The Spirit of Things" program 

Taree Library on Tuesday 16 August from 11.00am - 12.00 pm

The book shares the Marie Byles life story as the first woman lawyer of NSW, feminist activist with Jesse Street, environmentalist, mountaineer and early Western Buddhist,  through powerful narratives about human rights, conservation, ecology, feminism and spirituality. 

Anne's presentation will be illustrated by Marie's own photographs of her adventurous life and travels around the world.

Free event. Bookings essential. Get your tickets here

Copies of the book will be for sale at the event.

BeamaFilm Club


Do you love to watch films? Do you love to discuss films?

Then join us for our newest initiative The BeamaFilm Club. Each month we'll be screening one of the films from our free streaming service Beamafilm at Taree Library. Following the screening, we'll discuss the film and enjoy afternoon tea. 

Our next film is Jimmy's Hall Rated M

Screening at Taree Library on Wednesday 17 August at 2.30 pm.

Free event. Get tickets here

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About the film...

In 1932, after ten years in the United States, Jimmy Gralton returns to his native Ireland to help his mother run the family farm. A new government is in power in Ireland ten years after the end of the Civil War. To meet the needs of the young people of County Leitrim, Jimmy, in spite of his reluctance to cause upset to his old enemies (the Church and the local landowners), decides to reopen the “Hall”, a young people’s centre, free and open to all, where the local young people meet to dance, study or talk. Success comes quickly, but the growing influence of Jimmy and his radical ideas are not to the taste of everyone in the village.

National Family History Month

Manning Valley Libraries in partnership with the Manning Wallamba Family History Society present a series of workshops to celebrate National Family History Month. Bookings are essential phone 6592 5290 or email 

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Sydney Opera House presents

Festival of Dangerous Ideas SATELLITE

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No need to travel to Sydney, the Festival of Dangerous Ideas is coming to you! 

Sydney Opera House is once again live streaming two 2016 festival highlights, bringing some of the world’s leading thinkers to where you are to discuss and debate the important ideas of our time.


Break a Rule a Day - Lionel Shriver

Saturday 3 September 11.30 am - 12.30 pm

Get tickets here

When you're on a bicycle at a red light with no car or pedestrian in sight, do you still wait for the green? Do you obey every single law? Surely fearful compliance with every niggling regulation defies the much-vaunted "freedom" that is the premise of democracy. Maybe that’s what drives our fascination with film and fiction criminality: we envy renegades. Is breaking a rule a day better than an apple for your health?

Lionel Shriver's books include the international bestselling We Need to Talk About Kevin as well as Big Brother, New Republic, So Much For That, The Post-Birthday World, Double Fault and Game Control. Her latest book is The Mandibles (2016). She writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and The Independent. Lionel lives in London and Brooklyn, New York.

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The government we deserve?

Annabel Crabb & David Marr

Saturday 3 September 1.30 - 2.30 pm

Get tickets here

What makes us vote for one candidate and not another? Whichever way we vote, politicians say the electorate always gets it right at the ballot box, while cynics argue we get the government we deserve.  What does our choice of Prime Minister say about us? Did we get it right this time?

Annabel Crabb is one of Australia’s most popular political commentators, is the presenter of Kitchen Cabinet and writes for The Drum. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and television and has appeared on Insiders and as stand-in host for 7.30. She is Australia’s most-followed journalist on Twitter (@annabelcrabb), a platform she uses to share political news and recipes. Annabel is the author of several books, including Rise of the Ruddbot and the 2014 bestseller The Wife Drought.

David Marr has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners, presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch and now writes for The Guardian. His books include Patrick White: A Life, The High Price of Heaven, Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson) and five Quarterly Essays: “His Master’s Voice”, “Power Trip”, “Political Animal”, “The Prince” and “Faction Man."

Both talks will be Auslan signed. Join the discussion #FODI

Festival of Dangerous Ideas is presented by the Sydney Opera House. For a full festival program:     

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We have regular events and programs across our libraries including author talks, technology workshops, music, family history research workshops and lots more. Watch this space for upcoming events!