Hobsons Bay Libraries provide collections in eight languages for people who may be from a culturally or linguistically diverse background. We regularly organise cultural events, bi-lingual storytimes and cultural displays to support and celebrate Hobsons Bay's diversity.
|Arabic||Altona Meadows, Altona North, Newport (magazines only)||Arabic
|Chinese||Altona, Altona Meadows||Chinese
|Greek||Altona, Altona North||Greek
|Italian||Altona, Altona North, Newport (magazines only)||Italian
|Vietnamese||Altona, Altona Meadows||Vietnamese fiction||Vietnamese DVDs||Vietnamese magazines|
A range of newspapers in each of these languages are available at the Altona Library (Chinese, Greek, Italian, Polish and Vietnamese), Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre (Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese) and Altona North Community Library (Arabic, Greek, Italian).
Additionally, Serbian magazines and newspapers and Macedonian newspapers are available at the Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre.
The library provides free access to online resources. These can be accessed in the library or from home. All you need is your library card number and your password. Along with the print and audio visual stock available there are a number of electronic resources which support customers in learning English as a second language or accessing information, resources and services in their own language.
Road to IELTS provides 120 hours of free online self study materials to support both Academic and General Training. Each module contains 12 units based on commonly used IELTS topics and covers reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian, Pirate, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more.
Mango also have English courses for foreign speakers so that you may learn English in your native language. The languages include Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese and Italian.
PressReader gives you instant access to more than 5000 magazines and newspapers, from 100 countries in 60 languages.
Journeys to Australia – From one home to another is a collection of 68 inspiring and unique stories collected from residents of Hobsons Bay who migrated to Australia between 1950 and 2012 or were born to migrant parents. Books can be purchased at Hobsons Bay Libraries.
The library organises regular cultural events, bi-lingual storytimes and cultural displays on a regular basis. Subscribe to the eNewsletter for regular updates. See the event calendar for the full list of events.
The Hobsons Bay Language Line offers recorded information about the key Council services in nine community languages, with an option to connect directly to an interpreter along with the Council Officer, should the caller require more information.
Recorded information covers the following topics:
Recorded information is available in English, Greek, Vietnamese, Arabic, Italian, Cantonese, Macedonian, Mandarin and Karen. The interpreter access is available for all languages during business hours.
Council information in your language
Hobsons Bay City Council - Multicultural Services
Department of Immigration and Citizenship - Information on immigration, citizenship and visas
Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria
AMES - A range of settlement services including help to learn English and find a job.
Health Translations - Health information translated into many languages.
Migrant Resource Centre North West - A range of settlement and immigration services.
Victorian Multicultural Commission - News and information on multicultural activities in Victoria.
Australian Multicultural Community Services
Vic Roads - A series of videos, handbooks and fact sheets in a variety of languages.
Refugee Council of Australia The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) - The national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them.
My Aged Care - Information about aged care services in a variety of languages.
Seeking English - People seeking asylum can find English classes across Melbourne with the Refugee Council of Australia's Seeking English database.
Practise your English with these friendly conversation groups based at our libraries and community hubs.
English Conversation Club
English Conversation Club is a great way to meet people and enjoy conversations on a range of topics. Sessions are free, morning tea is provided, and everyone is welcome including children.
Every Monday - running from 6 February until 27 November (excluding school and public holidays).
10am to 11.30am
Laverton Community Hub, 95-100 Railway Avenue
Bookings not required.
Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre
Held on Thursdays, 9.30am to 1.30pm
Altona North Community Library
Held on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9.15am to 12.15pm
Other useful links:
Newport Community Education Centre: http://www.outletsco-op.com.au/
South Kingsville Community Centre: http://skcc.net.au/courses/