The City of South Perth Libraries are dedicated to providing our patrons with free access to ideas and information in a variety of formats; to promote lifelong learning; to nurture a love of literature and all varieties of cultural expression; and to spark the imagination and creativity of all.

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Adult Event Series

The City of South Perth Libraries have developed a diverse series of events aimed at adults. The idea is to provide something engaging and entertaining across a broad range of interests in our community.


Enjoy a glass of wine and some cheese while listening to a published author speak about their work and read an excerpt or two. Most authors will share some information about their writing process, how and why they came to write their featured prose or poetry and they may share some interesting or entertaining related trivia. We aim to offer a blend of established and emerging authors in this series.

Current Words with Wine:

  Tuesday 20 March Michelle Johnston Dustfall  @South Perth bookings open

Thursday 12 April Dervla McTiernan The Ruin @South Perth


Explore health & wellbeing issues and discover new food & cooking ideas with presenters who are cook book authors and/or health professionals. Tasting samples and cooking demonstrations, example programs and information packs are exciting inclusions in this series.

Current Food for Thought:


Get up-to-date information on a range of current topics in these sessions. Presenters are often from community groups, not for profit organisations and education bodies whose role is to provide information and education to the broader community.

Current Get the Facts:

Thurs 15 February EMBRACE POSITIVITY  @Manning Booking open    @South Perth Bookings open

Thurs 15 March TALES OF REDTAILS @South Perth bookings open

Thurs 19 April LOCAL ANZAC HISTORY @South Perth    @Manning 


Thurs 21 June CITIZENS ADVICE BEAUREAU @South Perth  @ Manning

Thursday 19 July HELPING MINDS @South Perth @Manning

Thursady 16 August READING FOOD LABELS @South Perth @Manning



All things sustainability and environmental are presented in this series. Facilitators may give demonstrations, share recent research or provide participants with take home skills or samples.

Current Living Green:

in the pipeline: Managing Director of Sea Shepherd Australia, Jeff Hansen tells his story.


Yearning for some child free time out? Mind Lounge is an opportunity to learn a craft or have a go at something creative, discover a new game or stretch your mind trying out something new in a fun and expectation free workshop. The activities are designed to entertain and relax. They are facilitated by an experienced artist, teacher or community worker.

Held on the first Tuesday of the month 10am-12pm @MANNING  1-3pm @SOUTH PERTH

Current Mind Lounge:


Tues 6 March FELTING FUN  @Manning booking open  @SouthPerth booking open

Tues 3 April MANDALA ME  @Manning booking open  @ SouthPerth booking open


Occasionally we have the opportunity to present well known figures in a larger venue. This is an opportunity to hear from celebrated authors, acclaimed illustrators, renowned experts and popular media personalities. There is usually a nominal fee charged for this event, however the South Perth Libraries strive to keep these events accessible to all.

Current Special Edition:

Wednesday 4 April NATASHA LESTER BOOK LAUNCH @Manning Community Centre Hall booking open

Other Events for Adults



Since 2012 WA Poets Inc and South Perth Libraries have joined forces to bring love poetry to the people. WA Poets Inc hold an annual competition which results in an anthology of selected entries.


Current Poetry d'Amour Event:

Save the Date: Wednesday 31 January - History of the Poetry of Revolution - panel discussion


Write Along the Highway (WATH) is an annual local government initiative for NaNoWriMo that promotes the literary arts and builds literacy. It began with councils along Albany Highway and soon spread down Canning and Leach Highways and beyond. South Perth has been involved since 2013.

The program includes writing and publishing workshops, information sessions, author insiders as well as WATH specific events - Kick Off, Come Write Ins and Write Night.


Current WATH events @ South Perth Libraries:

There are no current WATH events

Check the active Write Along the Highway public Facebook Group



Come and play some modern board and card games at Manning Library. Sessions run the first Saturday of each month. 

Whether you've never played before and would like to learn, or have a collection you're willing to share, you're welcome to enjoy our game-ready facilities. 

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Adult book clubs operate at both Manning and South Perth Branches. Each club has a different focus. For more information please go to the Adult Book Club page.

Please register your interest with our helpful staff at the library or by email from our Contact us page



The City's Libraries will be running English classes for adults on Wednesdays from 7 February 2018. Each class will give students the opportunity to learn about Australian society and culture, with lessons that include listening, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and lots of friendly conversation.

When: 10am - 12pm, Wednesdays from 7 February to 11 April, 2018

Where: Manning Library Function Room, 2 Conochie Crescent, Manning - free parking off Bradshaw Crescent

Cost: $5 per class, or a discount rate of $45 for the full 10 weeks.

To book, visit the library with cash payment, or register online at



Enter our occasional competitions for a chance to win Library, Literacy and Literature themed prizes.

Current Competitions:

There are no current adult competitions


Terms and Conditions



Check out the Local History page.


Want to know more?

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Feedback and suggestions

We welcome constructive feedback about past events as well as suggestions for future events. Please email