• What’s on
  • Tech Savvy Seniors - Cantonese Classes @ Ultimo Library
    Thursday 4 May 2017
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    This free 6-part series is designed to help older people gain confidence in basic computer and digital skills. Facilitated by leaders from the Ethnic Community Council, you can learn in Cantonese. Join us for the whole series or pick and choose the sessions that best suit your needs.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS, get savvy using our library PCs and dive into the digital world.

    Introduction to computers – Thurday 6 April 2017
    This workshop will walk you first through the basics of what a computer is, what its components are and how it’s operated.

    Introduction to internet part 1 – Thurday 13 April 2017
    Become familiar with the internet basics of getting online and surfing the web. Get well acquainted so you can go home, sign up for an internet service and hang out on the www’s yourself.

    Introduction to internet part 2 – Thurday 20 April 2017
    Growing your know-how from Part 1, we’ll look at ways to make web navigation a breeze as well as seek out video and music add-ons. We’ll make sure you know how to keep yourself safe online and get you going with tips for the best sites to view online.

    Introduction to email – Thurday 27 April 2017
    Keep connected to family and friends with email. We’ll walk you through setting up a free Gmail email account as well as how to send, read and reply to your emails.

    Introduction to social media – Thurday 4 May 2017
    Get sharp with social media’s famous three: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We’ll take you through a run-down of which social media to use and when.

    Introduction to iPads – Thurday 11 May 2017
    We’ll walk you through the techy world of the tablet and get you up and running on this handy device.

    Ultimo Library
    Thursdays, 10am to 12pm

    Thursday 6 April to Thursday 11 May 2017

  • Late Night Library: Crime Scenes
    Thursday 4 May 2017
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    For our first Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming up with Sydney-based storytellers Little Fictions. Over 6 nights, prepared to be entertained by a talented team of actors, artists and musicians who’ll bring local tales to life through a mix of original multimedia and live performance.

    According to Cluedo, the library is an ideal place for a crime… Colonel Mustard with a candlestick blah blah blah. We agree. Only the Little Fictions’ crime stories you’ll hear won’t be cosy whodunits. Former prison teachers turned fictionists, Mark O’Flynn and Julie Chevalier have written stories with a birds’ eye view of a restorative justice circle (‘A Lovely Outing’) and a prisoner’s first day of release (‘Meant’). Susan McCreery and Shady Cosgrove give bite-sized slices of crime in suburbia in ‘Call the Ambulance’, ‘Outlet’ and ‘Disturbance’ while Richard Holt’s ‘Bush Burial’ will send chills down your spine. We’ll play a few quick rounds of Exquisite Corpse to test our collective express-crime writing skills and then round off the evening with ‘I Hate Crime Fiction’, an old style radio play with a post-modern bent written by anti-realist Melbourne spoken word performer, Eddy Burger.

    Hosted by noir aficionado, Adam Norris and performed by Eleni Schumacher, Felix Johnson, Oscar Morphew and Lauren Hamilton Neill, this will be an engrossing and entertaining hour set in the mean streets of Haymarket.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Little Fictions.
    Late Night Library usually books out, so to avoid disappointment be sure to book for this event.

    Haymarket Library
    Thursday 4 May 2017 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Everyone’s got a Story: Kings Cross - All That Jazz
    Saturday 6 May 2017
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    Join iconic and ‘ordinary’ locals as they bring Kings Cross’ unique character to life with stories, live music and film. This special series presented by City of Sydney and produced by artist and performer Vashti Hughes will take us on a journey through the decades.

    We start with the post-war 1950s which saw an influx of immigrants bringing food, music and flavours. The Cross began booming with restaurants and a thriving coffee culture. Jazz was king and among the happening places was El Rocco. As one of the world’s best jazz venues, it hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughn.

    Our storytellers

    Vashti Hughes
    Vashti has a gift for character. With Kings Cross as her stamping ground, she’s played a variety of roles and curated cabarets. Her latest show, Piccolo Tales, set in the Piccolo Café Bar, celebrates the colourful characters of the Cross.

    Paul Roper
    Actor turned venue manager, Paul will be sharing up close and personal stories of the incredible musos who’ve played El Rocco.

    Dick Hughes
    Passionate musician and journalist, Dick was the first to play solo jazz piano at the Sydney Opera House. He took his music to London’s Festival Hall and his writing to many publications. Dick will be sharing some of his memories of El Rocco and the Cross.

    Christa Hughes
    Christa has had a varied career – singing jazz with her father Dick Hughes, to Machine Gun Fellatio, burlesque and the stages and screens of London and New York. She’ll be performing some 1950s jazz tunes.

    Free event suitable for 18+. Bookings are essential as tickets are limited.

    Everyone’s got a Story – Kings Cross sessions:

    All That Jazz 1950s – Saturday 5 May
    Glitz’n’Glamour 1960s – Saturday 3 June
    Power to the People 1970s – Saturday 1 July
    Saturday Night 1980s – Saturday 5 August

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 6 May 2017 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Grown Ups Do Show & Tell
    Wednesday 10 May 2017
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    For our second Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming with Sydney-based curator-producers Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell to present five unique and immersive performance experiences at Kings Cross Library.

    In Grown Ups Do Show & Tell, take a trip down someone else’s memory lane as six fabulous Sydney personalities take the stage to share some of their funniest childhood secrets. Love tokens, hidden diaries, awkward family photos, school projects made by parents. Nothing is off-limits as these brave grown-ups lead us back to a time when show and tell was part of the weekly grind and all they wanted was to be an adult.

    Our very special guests include Fauziah Ibrahim (freelance broadcast journalist), Jordan Raskopoulos (frontwoman for The Axis of Awesome), Sara Mansour (co-founder of Bankstown Poetry Slam), and Zan Rowe (host of triple j mornings).

    Grown Ups Do Show and Tell is the latest participatory performance work by award-winning live art collective Big One Little One. It’s sure to make you simultaneously laugh with recognition and squirm with uneasiness.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney, and presented in collaboration with Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell.

    Late Night Library events book out, so it is advised to reserve a place.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 10 May 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Keeping fish sustainable
    Wednesday 10 May 2017
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    Curious Science: 3 big questions

    City of Sydney Library is teaming up with Inspiring Australia to delve into some cutting-edge research. Over three seasons, we’ll be focusing on three big-impact topics: food, obesity and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills. In this series, Feeding the World, we’ll be focusing on food and exploring the role science plays in contributing innovative solutions to global issues.

    Keeping fish sustainable

    Fish is a cheap source of quality food worldwide.

    High in protein, oils and micronutrients, our love of seafood just keeps growing but the ocean’s supply stopped flowing in the 1990s. To keep up with demand, more than 40% of fish now comes from aquaculture and this is not without consequence. The rise in ‘seafood farming’ goes hand-in-hand with coastline reshaping while ‘sea ranching’ is seeing synthetic habitats turn natural fisheries into controlled ‘farmed’ systems.

    The impact of farm management on disease is very apparent in Indonesia where high value species of grouper are produced in onshore hatcheries and grown in sea cages for live fish markets. On-farm disease surveys are used to understand the multifactorial causes of mass mortality that threaten the reliability of these farming systems.

    Dr James Smith

    A Research Associate in the Fisheries and Marine Environmental Research group at the University of NSW. Dr Smith’s expertise covers many topics, from artificial reefs and fish stocking, to food webs and fish tracking. He explores the past and future of seafood production and asks whether we will always be able to find or farm seafood.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 10 May 2017 from 6pm to 7pm
  • It's In Our Blood
    Thursday 11 May 2017
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    Join us as poet and activist, Candy Royalle, presents three of her favourite Arab-Australian and Persian-Australian storytellers.

    Arab and Persian culture is rich with storytelling traditions. In fact, it is believed that the origins of professional storytelling originated in Mesopotamia. From the ancient Palestinian Hakawatis, travelling storytellers and news sharers to the classics like Khalil Gibran, there are many who still carry on this tradition of storytelling.

    In its seventh year, the City of Sydney’s Late Night Library is kicking goals creatively and continues to provide emerging creative producers an opportunity to explore and develop new work.

    In 2015 and 2016 Maeve Marsden developed work for Late Night Library that has gone on to receive 5 star reviews at Sydney Festival and has played to packed houses at festivals round the country. Her storytelling project, Queerstories, won Best Spoken Word at Sydney Fringe and is now a monthly event at Giant Dwarf. For our 2017 Late Night Library Specials series, we’re bringing Maeve back to present four compelling performances across the year.

    Her first for Late Night Library Specials series, It’s in Our Blood will bring together Arab-Australian and Persian-Australian storytellers weaving narratives of family, history, art, culture, politics and love.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Maeve Marsden.

    Be sure to book for this event – it will most definitely book out!

    Customs House Library
    Thursday 11 May 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • The buzz about native bees
    Saturday 13 May 2017
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    This series of talks explore how to live greener and transform your small spaces into productive, natural areas. This first of 4 talks focuses on the basics of native beekeeping.

    We sing the praises of the humble native bee as we investigate pollination as well as how bees and insects aid the biosecurity of our food supply. We also uncover the habitat of these bees, their biology and behaviour and let you know how to get these bees to visit your garden.

    Learn what you’ll need and where best to set up your own native stingless bee hive. Sweeten the deal with a tasting comparing native bee nectar with honey bee honey.

    Connect with like-minded urban gardeners through our series of talks and get useful information that you can apply to your home spaces.

    Presented by Elke Haege, breeder of native stingless bees and the president of the Sydney Bee Club. As an award-winning registered landscape architect with over 18 years experience, she’s also a qualified arborist.

    Suitable for older teenage and adult beginner urban gardeners, this free event is limited, so bookings are essential. No live bees will be brought to the workshop, however, lots of demonstration items will be.

    Green Villages sessions:

    The buzz about native bees – Saturday 13 May
    Set up your home worm farm – Saturday 10 June
    Growing vertical vegies – Saturday 8 July
    Edible small space gardening – Saturday 12 August

    Waterloo Library
    Saturday 13 May 2017 from 9.30am to 11am
  • Bluffer’s Guide to Cinema: Screenabilities
    Wednesday 17 May 2017
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    City of Sydney Library and Sydney Film Festival have teamed up to present The Bluffer’s Guide… Essential insights into cinema that will arm you for your next dinner party and have you bluffing along with the best cinephiles.

    In this free talk, Sofya Gollan, programmer of the Screenabilities section of the Sydney Film Festival, will provide insight into the stories that filmmakers with disability are creating worldwide. They are profound, funny and seriously good entertainment as well as provocative.

    Sofya will also be leading a discussion into whether disability films should be owned by those with disability, or can anyone tell their story?

    Sofya Gollan is an award-winning director of documentary and drama films. Her films have screened in international festivals in Europe, the UK, the US and Australia. She moved from an acting career to filmmaking, working as a commissioned playwright along the way. In 2016 she was one of the Griffin Studio Playwrights and remains an ongoing presenter on Play School, one of her favourite gigs. Her real daytime job is being a Screen Investment Manager at Screen NSW.

    An Auslan interpreter, wheelchair access and accessible toilets are available at the talk.

    It is recommended to book for this event.

    Bluffer’s Guide to Cinema sessions:

    Screenabilities – Wednesday 17 May
    Freak Me Out – Thursday 25 May
    It’s True – Wednesday 31 May

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 17 May 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Late Night Library: Dire Straits
    Thursday 18 May 2017
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    For our first Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming up with Sydney-based storytellers Little Fictions. Over 6 nights, prepare to be entertained by a talented team of actors, artists and musicians who’ll bring local tales to life through a mix of original multimedia and live performance.

    They really want this house but can they live with evicting the old lady? The professor’s politically incorrect emails have the university in spin. Her ex turns up at Bunnings with the new, younger wife. Euthanasia, peer pressure and the challenges of choosing anything from eggs to partners…. Little Fictions’ Dire Straits presents tales of people stuck on the horns of some very recognisable and awkward contemporary dilemmas. And we’ll be asking the audience to weigh in: Can you guess the outcome? What would you do…?

    Featuring short stories and microlit from five Australian authors including ‘Open for Inspection’ by Jon Steiner (The Last Wilkie’s and other stories), ‘Hardware’ by Susan McCreery (Loopholes), ‘Something from the Old School’ by Helen Richardson, ‘The Alternative Plan ‘ by Vivienne Plumb (small wonder) and ‘Salt’ by Pierz Newton-John (Fault Lines).

    Join MC Adam Norris and the talented actors Ella Watson-Russell, Joel Horwood and Lauren Hamilton Neill for this unique night of entertainment where you’ll be read to in the intimate atmosphere of the Glebe Library.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Little Fictions.

    Glebe Library
    Thursday 18 May 2017 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Glebe Library’s 20th birthday
    Saturday 20 May 2017
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    Glebe Library is hosting an open day that’ll take over the whole library, spill into Benledi House and out onto the lawn. Join in the free celebrations featuring music, workshops, displays and other fabulous activities for all ages.

    You’ll also get the chance to hear just how the library came to be. It’s a story of some big-thinking people in the neighbourhood who spread the word and raised funds to launch a library and keep the old Sydney Hospital site in the community’s hands.

    Showcasing the spectrum of diverse library services, we’ll fling open our doors from 11am to 3pm for a whole lot of fun.

    Workshop zones will feature activities from Edison robots, 3D Doodlers, Ukelele playing and yarn bombing, to Rhymetime and craft for kids. Aunty Kathy and Aunty Wendy, Aboriginal members of the Glebe community, will captivate audiences with Dreamtime stories while local musicians provide the perfect atmosphere for the festivities.

    If dancing to your own beat is more your style, there’ll be a silent disco to get you moving. The fun continues with face and body painting, history talks, local guided walks and dance demonstrations. And that’s just a taste of what we’ve got planned!

    Actor and Glebe local Lyn Collingwood will present a fascinating illustrated talk about the history of Glebe’s libraries with fellow actors Elaine Hudson and Kim Knuckey.

    To add some extra energy to the celebrations, Kil.n.it, the creative studio behind the library, will also be opening their doors on the day. Craft with clay in a ceramic workshop and ignite your imagination in other creative pursuits, all to the soundtrack of some groovy tunes.


    Saturday 20 May 2017 from 11am to 3pm
  • Lawn Library: Sydney Writers Festival
    Thursday 25 May 2017
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    The City of Sydney Lawn Library is popping up at the Sydney Writers Festival in 2017. It features displays, interactive activities and our Koori collection to commemorate the 1967 referendum.

    On 27 May 1967, 90.77% of Australian voters recorded the largest ever ‘yes’ to alter the Australian constitution. This historic vote enabled Aboriginal people to be counted in the national census and be subject to Commonwealth laws.

    To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this momentous referendum, the Lawn Library will be revisiting history. Explore our Koori collection, sound archives and photographs on display. We also invite you to reflect on what has happened in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities since the referendum and what may or should happen in the next 50 years. You’ll also get to cast your vote on replica 1967 referendum ballot forms.

    Our pop-up Lawn Library will be in the Sydney Writers Festival Hub on Pier 2/3. Come and connect with our diverse and inclusive programming, accessible knowledge and sense of inclusion.

    The Lawn Library is free for all ages. You can also join the City of Sydney Library while you are there and open up your written world.


    Thursday 25 May 2017 from 9am to 5.30pm
    Friday 26 May 2017 from 9am to 5.30pm
    Saturday 27 May 2017 from 9am to 5.30pm
    Sunday 28 May 2017 from 9am to 5.30pm
  • Bluffer's Guide to Cinema: Freak Me Out
    Thursday 25 May 2017
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    City of Sydney Library and Sydney Film Festival have teamed up to present The Bluffer’s Guide… Essential insights into cinema that will arm you for your next dinner party and have you bluffing along with the best cinephiles.

    In this free talk Richard Kuipers, programmer of the Freak Me Out section of Sydney Film Festival, provides a sneak peek at some of the freakiest films chosen for the year.

    Freak Me Out is where you’ll find scary, daring, provocative and downright weird movies, and is one of the most popular collections each year. Richard will show snippets of this year’s films and talk about the process of selecting them for the festival.

    Bring along your questions, your curiosity and your courage. This year’s selection is bound to set your pulse racing.

    Richard Kuipers is a film critic for international trade publication Variety. A specialist in weird cinema, Richard has also produced documentaries including The Cambodian Space Project – Not Easy Rock ‘n’ Roll.

    Bluffer’s Guide to Cinema sessions:

    Screenabilities – Wednesday 17 May
    Freak Me Out – Thursday 25 May
    It’s True – Wednesday 31 May

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 25 May 2017 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Late Night Library: Between the Stacks
    Wednesday 31 May 2017
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    For our second Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming with Sydney-based curator-producers Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell to present five unique and immersive performance experiences at Kings Cross Library.

    Between the Stacks is a new site-specific dance work by French-born Sydney-based choreographer and dancer Cloé Fournier, exploring the relationship between the built environment and the human body.

    Made especially for Late Night Library using the real and imagined history of Kings Cross Library and the site on which it stands, Between the Stacks will see the audience move from floor to floor, guided through the library by a nameless keeper of memories who offers vignettes of life in the moonlight.

    Playful, immersive, and just a little bit spooky, this will be unlike any other late night event in a library you’ve ever seen.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney, and presented in collaboration with Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell.

    There will be two sessions of this work presented on the same date, running approximately 35 minutes (8pm-8.35pm and 9pm-9.35pm)

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 31 May 2017 from 8pm to 9.30pm
  • Bluffer's Guide to Cinema: It's True!
    Wednesday 31 May 2017
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    City of Sydney Library and Sydney Film Festival have teamed up to present The Bluffer’s Guide… Essential insights into cinema that will arm you for your next dinner party and have you bluffing along with the best cinephiles.

    Join us for this exclusive illustrated talk with Sydney Film Festival programs manager and documentary programmer, Jenny Neighbour. She’ll reveal some of the highlights of the documentary selections for 2017 and insights into why she has selected the films and what we can expect to see.

    The 2017 documentaries selection includes some of the most impressive films made over the past year, and some of the most interesting stories you may ever see. Inventive, informative, shocking, and downright entertaining, these films represent the best in international film.

    Jenny Neighbour has been programming documentaries for Sydney Film Festival for more than 25 years. She travels the country and the world searching out the best non-fiction film for Sydney audiences to enjoy.

    Bluffer’s Guide to Cinema sessions:

    Screenabilities – Wednesday 17 May
    Freak Me Out – Thursday 25 May
    It’s True – Wednesday 31 May

    Glebe Library
    Wednesday 31 May 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Late Night Library: Between the Stacks
    Wednesday 31 May 2017
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    For our second Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming with Sydney-based curator-producers Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell to present five unique and immersive performance experiences at Kings Cross Library.

    Between the Stacks is a new site-specific dance work by French-born Sydney-based choreographer and dancer Cloé Fournier, exploring the relationship between the built environment and the human body.

    Made especially for Late Night Library using the real and imagined history of Kings Cross Library and the site on which it stands, Between the Stacks will see the audience move from floor to floor, guided through the library by a nameless keeper of memories who offers vignettes of life in the moonlight.

    Playful, immersive, and just a little bit spooky, this will be unlike any other late night event in a library you’ve ever seen.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney, and presented in collaboration with Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell.

    There will be two sessions of this work presented on the same date, running approximately 35 minutes (8pm-8.35pm and 9pm-9.35pm)

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 31 May 2017 from 8pm to 9.30pm
  • Can writers prevent disease?
    Thursday 22 June 2017
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    The City of Sydney Library joins forces with Inspiring Australia to host a Vivid event as part of the Curious Science series. Join author, Charlotte Wood, playwright, Alana Valentine and Charles Perkins Centre’s Academic Director Professor Stephen Simpson to explore a unique residency and partnership that puts science and fiction on the same page to answer: Can writers prevent disease?

    Psyche, education and cultural norms all feature in the rising burden of chronic disease. Interact with our panel of experts as they explore their collaboration, hurdles and triumphs as well as the future scope for similar alliances.

    Through access to conversation, seminars and research as part of her residency, Charlotte has been able to create characters of uncommon depth. By attending lectures and visiting labs, Alana has expanded the scope of her script about brides and grooms preparing their bodies for their big day.

    Charlotte Wood
    Inaugural Writer in Residence at the Charles Perkins Centre, Charlotte’s writing is innovative and confronting. Having authored 5 novels and 2 non-fiction books, this multi-award winning author tackles themes with disarming candour.

    Alana Valentine
    This acclaimed playwright’s most recent work includes Cold Light, Letters to Lindy and Ladies Day. In 2012 she won the STAGE International Award for best play about science.

    Professor Stephen Simpson AC
    Fellow of the Royal Society of London and of the Australian Academy of Science, winner of the NSW Scientist of the Year and Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, Steve is Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre and Executive Director of Obesity Australia.

    Charles Perkins Centre – University of Sydney
    Committed to easing the burden of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and their related conditions – the leading causes of death, disability and reduced quality of life in Australia.

    Bookings essential.

    Customs House Library
    Thursday 22 June 2017 from 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Design on Show: Immersive media
    Saturday 24 June 2017
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    In partnership with The Surry Hills Creative Precinct, join creative duo Sarah Barns and Michael Killalea of Esem Projects in a talk and Q&A.

    As part of the library’s Design on Show series, our experts examine the design philosophy governing their practise of connecting story, people and place in a device-saturated world. Sarah and Michael also discuss the joys and roadblocks of working with site-specific media.

    Sarah Barns and Michael Killalea: Esem Projects
    As the duo behind this experiential media and design practice, Sarah and Michael deliver a diverse range of projects and platforms. Stemming from a passion for rare film archives, urban history and creative lighting, these two are pushing boundaries. From permanent museum installations to temporary events and public art commissions, they transform spaces and narrative.

    Esem Projects were lead designers and curators for the redevelopment of the Rutherford’s Den interactive science museum based in Christchurch, New Zealand. They were also joint winners of the National Trust ACT Heritage Awards 2015 for their audio-visual interpretation of the Mt. Stromlo Observatory in Canberra.

    The Surry Hills Creative Precinct
    This non-profit organisation seeks to establish Surry Hills as a creative cluster and cultural hub. A rich collective bringing the community’s vitality into focus with a view to supporting projects which frame the area as a destination for outstanding design.

    This is a free series however bookings are essential.
    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 24 June 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Coming Out As Deaf
    Thursday 29 June 2017
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    Enjoy an evening of queer storytelling in Auslan, by Deaf members of the LGBTIQA+ community. Sharing stories about how their Deafness intersects with their sexuality and gender identity in unexpected (and often hilarious) ways, the evening will be presented in Auslan with interpreters for hearing audience members.

    What happens if a Deaf person falls in love with a hearing person who cannot sign? How do the quirks of Auslan – no gendered pronouns, no agreed sign for queer or intersex, signs for gender and parents and that are compound signs made from male and female- impact on how Deaf people define their gender identities and their sexual orientation? How does being Deaf change the experience of drag? Of being HIV+? Of using Grindr? Of navigating polyamorous relationships? Which is harder: coming out of the closet or coming out as being Deaf in a hearing-centric LGBTIQA+ world?

    Late Night Library: Coming Out As Deaf is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Maeve Marsden.

    In its seventh year, City of Sydney’s Late Night Library is kicking goals creatively and continues to provide emerging creative producers an opportunity to explore and develop new work.

    In 2015 and 2016 Maeve Marsden developed work for Late Night Library that has gone on to receive 5 star reviews at Sydney Festival and has played to packed houses at festivals round the country. Her storytelling project, Queerstories, won Best Spoken Word at Sydney Fringe and is now a monthly event at Giant Dwarf. For our 2017 Late Night Library Specials series, we’re bringing Maeve back to present four compelling performances across the year.

    Be sure to book for this event – it will most definitely book out!

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 29 June 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Everyone’s got a Story: Kings Cross - Power to the People
    Saturday 1 July 2017
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    Join iconic and ‘ordinary’ locals as they bring Kings Cross’ unique character to life with stories, live music and film. This special series produced by artist and performer, Vashti Hughes, will take us on a journey through the decades.

    The 1970s saw the Cross in the grips of change. Taking on the developers, ‘the people’ eventually halted plans to build the Towers along Victoria Street. Amidst the sexual revolution and the rise of women’s rights, gay pride came to the Cross in a pivotal protest that gave birth to the Mardi Gras.

    Meet some of our storytellers

    Vashti Hughes
    Vashti has a gift for character. With Kings Cross as her stamping ground, she’s played a variety of roles and curated cabarets. Her latest show, Piccolo Tales, set in the Piccolo Café Bar, celebrates the colourful characters of the Cross.

    Elizabeth Burton
    Elizabeth shares her first-hand stories about the golden age of stripping in the Cross. Living at the heart of late-night culture, her dancing took her to Vietnam and America.

    Ian Millis
    In the 70s, this artist, activist and longtime local helped save the integrity of the the Cross in the face of the Victoria Street development.

    Jeannie Lewis
    To add some song to the stories, feminist and activist, Jeannie, will be performing.

    Mandy Sayer
    Growing up on Victoria Street, Mandy has since published 5 works of non-fiction largely set in the Cross. This Vogel Award winner still resides in the neighbourhood.

    Vittorio Bianchi
    As the colourful owner of the 62-year-old Piccolo Bar, a Kings Cross institution, Vittorio has seen it all.

    Vashti and Vittorio will give a short performance about the Cross in the 70s from Piccolo Tales.

    Free event suitable for 18+. Bookings are essential as tickets are limited.

    Kings Cross Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Everyone’s got a Story – Kings Cross sessions:

    All That Jazz 1950s – Saturday 5 May
    Glitz’n’Glamour 1960s – Saturday 3 June
    Power to the People 1970s – Saturday 1 July
    Saturday Night 1980s – Saturday 5 August

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 1 July 2017 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Customs House Library
    Wednesday 5 July 2017
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    This free 6-part series is designed to help older people improve their computer and digital literacy.

    Get technology on your side by keeping connected, accessing vital services and doing business. Join us for the whole series or pick and choose the sessions that best suit your needs.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS, get savvy using our library PCs and dive into the digital world.

    Introduction to computers – 5 July 2017
    Introduction to internet part 1 – 19 July 2017
    Introduction to internet part 2 – 26 July 2017
    Introduction to email – 2 August 2017
    Introduction to online shopping and banking – 9 August 2017
    Introduction to social media – 16 August 2017

    Sessions are free, run for 2 hours and cater for 8 people. Bookings are essential as there are loads of keen learners.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesdays, 10am to 12pm

    Wednesday 5 July to Wednesday 9 August 2017

  • Design on Show: Design thinking for change
    Saturday 29 July 2017
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    In partnership with UNSW Art and Design, join Professor of Design, Cameron Tonkinwise, in a talk and Q&A. Discussing how design thinking influences social evolution, he advocates for a seismic shift in structural change.

    As part of our Design on Show series, this big thinker reframes problem-solving and reimagines value propositions. We look into how innovation can help us solve persisting societal issues in order to thrive.

    Cameron outlines the ways in which the next generation of design thinking strategies can pave the way for lasting structural change. Through social initiatives and start-ups, we look at how organisations and communities can utilise systems thinking, service design and transition management to take a big step forward.

    Cameron Tonkinwise
    Currently Professor of Design at University of NSW Art and Design, he held previous positions at Carnegie Mellon University, Parsons School for Design and the Tishman Environment and Design Centre. Cameron explores how separating use and ownership can lead to advanced social sustainability. Concentrating on critical practice-based design research and transition design, he advocates for a more sustainable future through structural change.

    UNSW Art and Design
    This centre for arts-led transdisciplinary research in science and technology seeks to challenge existing ideas. Collaborating across science, engineering, the humanities and social sciences, this hub promotes development and discussion in an inclusive environment. With an Interactive Media Lab, students and staff can experiment with creative coding methods and interactive technologies.

    This is a free series however bookings are essential.
    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 29 July 2017 from 2pm to 3pm