Learning

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At Hobsons Bay Libraries we have learning tools and programs for our members to use. From homework help for students, to comprehensive encyclopedias and reliable information for research projects and assignments covering a wide range of subjects, we have a wide range of learning options available.

Digital Learning  

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn LearningHobsons Bay Libraries provides members free access to LinkedIn Learning, an on demand learning solution designed to help you gain new skills and advance your career.

Access over 16,000 video tutorials covering hundreds of business, creative and technology topics from expert instructors and industry leaders.

Access LinkedIn Learning

Mango

Mango Languages

Learn a new language online and at your own pace.

Over 70 languages on offer from Spanish and Mandarin to Icelandic, Swahili and even 'Pirate'.

Access Mango Languages

Britannica Library

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Comprehensive encyclopedia with junior, student, and adult levels. An excellent starting point for school assignments.

Access Britannica Library

 

  

Children

BusyThings

Busy Things Play and LearnOver 300 award-winning educational games providing hours of fun learning through play.

For children aged three and up.

Access BusyThings

BusyCode

Busycode

Learn the basics of coding while having fun with the colourful creatures of Busythings. Tutorials, activities and coding projects introduce the fundamentals of how to create, run and debug simple programs.

Ideal for children aged six to twelve.

Access BusyCode

Studiosity

yourtutorOn-demand, one-to-one online homework help for primary, secondary and tertiary students from subject specialists online.

Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Access Studiosity on you computer

Download the Studiosity app

PK Mag

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PK Mag offers a mix of book reviews and interesting articles for children, and original creative work by primary students including short stories, poems, art, craft, reviews, musical performances, science and engineering projects.

Access PK mag

  

Youth

Studiosity

yourtutorOn-demand, one-to-one online homework help for primary, secondary and tertiary students from subject specialists online.

Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Access Studiosity on you computer

Download the Studiosity app

Spine Out

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An online magazine for lovers of young adult fiction featuring book reviews, competitions, news, videos, interviews and more.

Access SpineOut

Explora

Explora - An EBSCO Experience

Reliable information for research projects and assignments covering a wide range of subjects.

Access Explora

Free Driver Practice Tests

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Prepare for your Victorian learners permit with practice tests and a range of driver handbooks.

 Access your Free Driver Practice Test

PK Mag

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PK Mag offers a mix of book reviews and interesting articles for children, and original creative work by primary students including short stories, poems, art, craft, reviews, musical performances, science and engineering projects.

Access PK mag

   

Technology, Language & Community

Technology Classes

Introductory technology classes are held regularly at our branches at no charge. Learn the basics in a friendly and supportive environment. 

Recent class topics include introductions to Computers, the Internet, Word, iPads, and how to download eBooks. 

See our upcoming technology classes

Conversational English

Looking to practice your English language skills? Try joining a local conversation class or club. Hobsons Bay Learning Communities in partnership with local community groups coordinate free, small and friendly classes for people to practice their conversational skills and make new friends. Here are a few options:

 

English Conversation Club at Laverton Community Hub

Would you like to practice your English in a relaxed setting and make new friends? Our 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.

Where: Laverton Community Hub, 95-100 Railway Avenue
When: Mondays, 10.00am to 11.30am (excluding school and public holidays)
Contact: Laverton Community Hub, 8368 0100. Bookings not required.

 

English Conversation Class at Altona Library

Is English your new language? Come and improve your speaking at the weekly Conversation Class hosted by the Hobsons Bay Refugee Network. If you would like to volunteer as a tutor please contact Jill below.
This is a free class, with tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

Where: Altona Library
When: Mondays, 1pm to 3pm (excluding school and public holidays)
Contact: Jill MacKenzie 0439 994 705 vintage@esc.net.au or Derek Leather 0402 747 422 derekleathe@gmail.com

 

In home English tutoring for people seeking asylum

West Welcome Wagon is a volunteer run not-for-profit dedicated to providing material aid and support to asylum seekers in the Melbourne’s West. West Welcome Wagon may be able to source and match a volunteer in home English tutor for people seeking asylum.

Where: Melbourne’s western suburbs and as per arrangement with West Welcome Wagon
When: as per arrangement with West Welcome Wagon
Contact: referrals@westwelcomewagon.org.au, or to volunteer contact volunteer@westwelcomewagon.org.au

Local Community Centres and Neighbourhood Houses

There are nine community centres and neighbourhood houses in Hobsons Bay, providing affordable programs and activities suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds. Programs include adult education, computer classes, health and fitness programs, social actvities, and much more. 

The Community Centres in Hobsons Bay brochure contains locations, contact details and a summary of programs available at each centre.