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Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 25 October

Daring to Fly by Lisa Millar Lisa Millar has spent her whole life showing up, getting things done and making things happen. As a child …

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Events

BMI Maker & Community Market | Calling for stallholders

Go to our events page to register your interest. Calling for Stallholders> Image courtesy Deb Weston Maker. View our current stallholders. Current Stallholders >

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Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 18 October

At The End of the Day by Liz Byrski When Mim Squires and Mathias Vander are stranded together on a disrupted flight home to Perth, …

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BMI Vintage & Collectables

The BMI Vintage & Collectables Shop

The shop is open Thursdays & FridaysDon’t forget to pop in and say hi to Geraldine when you are visiting the library. There is a …

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Events

Workshop with Melinda Muscat

We had a wonderful session with Melinda Muscat on Saturday, (9 October) with many fantastical creations. Go to the Arts & Cultural Activities to view …

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Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 11 October

A Cotswold Family Life by Clare Mackintosh For eight years, Clare Mackintosh wrote for Cotswold Life about the ups and downs of life with a young …

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BMI Vintage & Collectables
The BMI Vintage & Collectables Shop

The shop is open Thursdays & FridaysDon’t forget to pop in and say hi to Geraldine when you are visiting the library. There is a …

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tin-art of a ballerina in silver gold and blue
Events
Workshop with Melinda Muscat

We had a wonderful session with Melinda Muscat on Saturday, (9 October) with many fantastical creations. Go to the Arts & Cultural Activities to view …

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Library
Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 11 October

A Cotswold Family Life by Clare Mackintosh For eight years, Clare Mackintosh wrote for Cotswold Life about the ups and downs of life with a young …

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Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 4 October

The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves North Devon is enjoying a rare hot summer with tourists flocking to its coast-line. Detective Matthew Venn is called out to …

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Library
The Reading Room | October discussion

The Reading RoomThis is the inaugural meeting of a monthly reading and discussion group. The sessions are free and only require you to be a …

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Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 27 September

The Riviera House by Natasha Lester Paris 1939 While working at the Louvre, Eliane Dufort falls for talented painter Xavier. But when the Nazis occupy the …

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Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 20 September

The Good Wife of Bath by Karen Brooks When married off aged twelve to an elderly farmer, Eleanor Cornfed, who’s constantly told to seek redemption for …

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Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 13 September

We Were Not Men by Campbell MattinsonLove for nine year-year-old twins Jon and Eden Hardacre is simple. Their Mum, the creek that they swim in, …

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Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 6 September

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena, In the quiet, wealthy enclave of Brecken Hill, an older couple is brutally murdered hours after a tense …

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Events
BMI AGM 2021 – Sept 27th, 4pm

The Institute’s 2021 AGM will be held at the Institute on Monday, 27 September at 4pm. All members of the Institute are invited to attend. …

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Our Library | Book of the Month & New Releases September

Sisters of the Resistance | Christine Wells Paris 1944 The war is nearly over, but for members of the resistance in occupied France, it is …

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Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 30 August

When Things are Alive They Hum  | Hannah BentMarlowe and Harper share a bond deeper than most sisters, shaped by the loss of their mother …

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Our Library | New Release

The Devil’s Hand | Jack Carr The New Yourk Times Bestseller – Soon to be a TV Series starring Chris Pratt. ‘Take my word for …

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Events
Ross Garnaut: RESET | The Wheeler Centre

It was unfortunate that we didn’t get the opportunity to welcome Ross Garnaut to the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute in August to discuss his latest book …

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Events
A Tin Art Workshop | Melinda Muscat

Meet local artist Melinda Muscat and enjoy all that there is to creating Tin Art. Melinda will have a small display of her art on …

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Library
Library Click and Collect

During this most recent lockdown (#6? Maybe #7?) the BMI is going to be providing Click and Collect services again. This time around we will …

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Our Library | New Releases

Mystery, novels, non-fiction, Scandy, Australian, thrillers | Contact Rosemary to reserve a copy

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Our Library | New Releases August

Mystery, novels, non-fiction, Scandy, Australian, thrillers | Contact Rosemary to reserve a copy

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News
Members’ Update – Changes to Constitution and By-Laws

I am pleased to report to members that after three years of tireless review by the current and previous Board, that a Special General meeting …

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Our Library | Rosemary’s Book of the Month – July

Devil’s Garden by Aline Templeton. Contact Rosemary to reserve your copy

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Our Library | New Releases July

Mystery, novels, non-fiction, Scandy, Australian, thrillers | Contact Rosemary to reserve a copy

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Our Library | New Releases June

Mystery, novels, non-fiction, Scandy, Australian, thrillers | Contact Rosemary to reserve a copy

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Our Library | Rosemary’s Book of the Month – June

Devil’s Garden by Aline Templeton. Contact Rosemary to reserve your copy

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BMI General Meeting Notice – Monday June 28th 2021 at 4pm

Members of the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute (BMI) are advised that a General Meeting of the Institute will be held at the BMI – 117-119 Sturt, Ballarat …

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Changes to BMI Governance Documents

For many months now, the BMI Board has been reviewing and updating its Governance document – the Articles of Association (as amended June 2012). This …

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Our Library | Rosemary’s Book of the Month – May

Devil’s Garden by Aline Templeton. Contact Rosemary to reserve your copy

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Our Library | New Releases May

Mystery, novels, non-fiction, Scandy, Australian, thrillers | Contact Rosemary to reserve a copy

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Our Library | New Releases April

Mystery Post Mortem | Gary Bell Win | Harlan Coben Box 88 | Charles Cumming Infinite | Brian Freeman Silent Voices | Patricia Gibney Be …

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