March into March and ask what’s on at Libraries ACT

Released 01/03/2019

It will be another big month at Libraries ACT this March with many great events on offer, including an introduction to DNA for genealogy, writing workshops and a chance to learn about Australia’s first spies.

Executive Branch Manager, Libraries ACT, Vanessa Little said the public is being given the opportunity to learn more about family history research with the Introduction to DNA for Genealogy held on Saturday 2 March 2019 at the ACT Heritage Library in Fyshwick.

"This fantastic workshop is run by the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra and is full of information on the powerful tool that is DNA testing. It will help you make some sense of what it is and how it can be it used to expand your research,” Ms Little said.

“On Wednesday 6 March Gungahlin Library will host Australian author and experienced intelligence officer John Fahey as he talks about his new book Australia's First Spies.

“He has combed the archives to compile the first account of Australia's intelligence operations in the years from Federation to the end of World War II. His book shows that Australia has always been a far savvier operator in international affairs than much of the historical record suggests, and it offers a glimpse into the secret history of the nation.

“You can also join international bestselling author Karen Viggers for The Write Stuff writing workshop on Wednesday 13 March at Gungahlin.

“Karen Viggers is the author of three novels: The Stranding, The Lightkeeper’s Wife and The Grass Castle. She writes contemporary realist fiction set in Australian landscapes, and her work explores connection with the bush, grief and loss, healing in nature, death, family, marriage and friendship.”

Libraries ACT also has a number of regular and ongoing events for Canberrans to choose from.

“A professionally trained StrokeSafe ambassador for the National Stroke Foundation will visit Belconnen Library on 22 March and Erindale Library on 27 March to share information about recognising and helping people who are experiencing a stroke.

“The Nourishing Little Minds workshops will continue through March at several libraries. Each session will include a food based Story Time followed by hands-on food preparation of a delicious and family friendly recipe coordinated by an Accredited Practising Dietitian,” Ms Little said.

“We are also offering Bilingual Story Times and Harmony Day Story Time.

“I encourage everyone to take a look at our program of events for March. If you’re not yet a member, consider visiting your local library where our friendly staff will be happy to show you around and talk about our services. We look forward to seeing you at one of our branches soon.”

All Libraries ACT programs and events are free, however bookings are essential as places are limited. For more information on the variety of programs and events and to book, visit or call 6205 9000.

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