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  • Stories of art and identity
    Wednesday 1 March 2017
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    Join Joyce Maynge as she gets talking with a panel of LGBTI artists as they spill the stories behind their work and shine a light on the Mardi Gras theme of Creating Equality.

    Joyce Maynge

    As the hostess with the mostess, Joyce Maynge facilitates this lively discussion. Known for her many unforgettable and extravagant Mardi Gras floats, short films and flash mobs, Joyce lends her showy wit in giving a voice to the LGBTI community.

    Jiva Parthipan

    Jiva Parthipan is a director, creative producer and arts-cultural worker based in Sydney and working internationally with theatre, dance, performance, film and inter disciplinary art. Recent credits include Dance Africa Dance, Let It Be and Little Baghdad.Past works include Pakiboy, RENT, FIST, and Autobiography of a Terrorist.

    Liam Benson

    As a multi-disciplinary artist, his work blends performance, photography, video and textiles. Breaking down social understanding of gender, race and culture, he overthrows ingrained ideas, symbolism and pop culture by connecting with diverse communities through an ongoing conversation.

    Deborah Kelly

    Deborah is a Sydney-based artist whose works have been shown around Australia, and in the Singapore, Sydney, Thessaloniki, Venice and TarraWarra Biennales.Her epic collaborative collage portrait project No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory) is touring Australian regional galleries until 2018 and her collaboration with Tina Fiveash, Hey, Hetero! won the 2001 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras visual art award.

    Georgia Cranko

    Georgia is an innate social agitator, wannabe poet and incidental artist with a sharp wit and passion for challenging the normative social consciousness. Based on her different opinion and the way she comes to all social issues through her disabled embodiment, she often presents at community events such as Queerstories and at Queer Provocations on carving out nourishing and accessible ways forward in these turbulent times.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 1 March 2017 from 7pm to 8.30pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors: Mandarin classes @ Customs House
    Wednesday 1 March 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 Mandarin. 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 – Wednesday 1 March
    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 – Wednesday 8 March
    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 web yourself.

    Introduction to internet part 2 – Wednesday 15 March
    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 – Wednesday 22 March
    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 – Wednesday 29 March
    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 – Wednesday 5 April
    We’ll walk you through the techy world of the tablet and get you up and running on this handy device.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesdays, 10am to 12pm

    Wednesday 1 March to Wednesday 5 April 2017

    Wednesday 21 December 2016 from 10am to 12pm

  • Everyone's Got a Story: Green Square
    Saturday 4 March 2017
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    In small groups you’ll move around the room and interact with our storytellers. The talks are split into 2 sessions. Like at speed networking events, you’ll spend a short time with each storyteller. At the end of the session, keep the discussion alive over a tea or coffee.

    Monica Barone
    As the City of Sydney’s CEO since 2006, Monica has been in local government for over 20 years and a 2014 100 Women of Influence finalist.

    Dr Lisa Murray
    As City Historian, Lisa is passionate about making history accessible and has authored books about Sydney’s cemeteries, the Capitol Theatre and has spoken at TEDxSydney 2013.

    Aunty Millie Ingram
    Treasurer of Wyanga Aboriginal Aged Care in South Sydney, Millie has worked in Aboriginal affairs all her life. She served on the NSW Aboriginal Land Council and was Heffron’s Woman of the Year in 2010.

    Lauren Simpson
    As Creative Spaces Project Manager at the new Joynton Avenue Creative Centre, Lauren works to provide creative opportunities for residents and artists to connect.

    Sam Ali
    Graphic designer and photographer, Sam founded the social enterprise COMMUNE. Dedicated to collaboration and creativity, he fosters social initiatives and hosts community events.

    Garnet O’Neill
    Living in the Exordium Apartments, Garnet realised that, in a unit, you literally can’t lean over the back fence for a chat. After reading about rooftop beehives, he’s working to establish one to get his neighbours buzzing together.

    Georgia Sheil and Dawn Uchida
    Georgia and Dawn are part of the Green Square Growers, a community gardening group exploring solutions to urban sustainability while living in a unit! Georgia also blogs at Farm to Face.

    Norma Vale
    A resident of Zetland since the 1970s, Norma is a local story keeper and loves watching changes in housing, industry, biodiversity and characters.

    Free event with limited places. Bookings recommended.

    Green Square Library
    Saturday 4 March 2017 from 2pm to 2.45pm
    Saturday 4 March 2017 from 3pm to 3.45pm
  • Food fights: bananageddon and the fungus tyranny
    Wednesday 8 March 2017
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    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 first series, Feeding the World, we’ll be focusing on food and exploring the role science plays in contributing innovative solutions to global issues.

    Plant diseases founded by fungi reduce food production by 10-20% worldwide. These fungi routinely poison food productions, jeopardising the livelihood of farmers, especially in the developing world. Now, these plant pathogens have their toxic sights set on some of our favourites such as bananas, coffee and chocolate.

    Every spoonful of soil shows up billions of micro-organisms; some plant-loving and others which distribute disease. Our two scientists will dissect how researchers and plant breeders can put their heads together to establish new crops which embrace disease-provoking organisms. The big picture is that these smart plants will grow faster and more autonomously, without the need for pesticides and fertilisers.

    Dr Zoe-Joy Newby
    After completing an Agriculture Science degree majoring in Phytopathology, Dr. Zoe-Joy Newby started investigating phytoalexin production in plants in response to pathogen infection. Her PhD researched the impacts of Phytophthora Dieback in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, with her field-based research investigating spatial models of the interactions between plant host, the environmental and the pathogen, Phytophthora cinnamomi. Dr. Newby started working in orchid research in 2013, looking at mycorrhizal interactions, ecology, genetics and germplasm conservation.

    Dr Jonathan Plett
    Dr Plett’s focus on the connection between plants and microbes has led him around the world, working with leading researchers in the field. Dr Plett’s screening tools continue to push the envelope by selecting highly disease-resistant crops. This trial by choice smoothes the way for sustainable agricultural practices.

    Bookings recommended as places are limited.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 8 March 2017 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Late Night Library: Vaginal Spray
    Thursday 9 March 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.

    Vaginal Spray: feminist tales brings you stories of women who break away, women who stand their ground and women who stand by each other. A guy struggles to understand his girlfriend’s head-shaving grief over the death of poet Dorothy Porter. A young woman’s life is derailed by her parish priest and a Newtown cyclist knits her pubic hair into a seat cover.

    Join MC Monique Schafter for feminist fiction by Miles Franklin winner, A.S. Patric and Patrick White Literary Award winner, Carmel Bird as well as Wollongong microfictionist, Susan McCreery and emerging Sydney writer, Emma Rose Smith. Performed by talented actors Eleni Schumacher, Adam Norris and Lauren Hamilton Neill.

    Plus special guest, performance artist Alli Sebastian Wolf, creator of Glitoris.

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

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 9 March 2017 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Late Night Library: Vaginal Spray
    Thursday 9 March 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.

    Vaginal Spray: feminist tales brings you stories of women who break away, women who stand their ground and women who stand by each other. A guy struggles to understand his girlfriend’s head-shaving grief over the death of poet Dorothy Porter. A young woman’s life is derailed by her parish priest and a Newtown cyclist knits her pubic hair into a seat cover.

    Join MC Monique Schafter for feminist fiction by Miles Franklin winner, A.S. Patric and Patrick White Literary Award winner, Carmel Bird as well as Wollongong microfictionist, Susan McCreery and emerging Sydney writer, Emma Rose Smith. Performed by talented actors Eleni Schumacher, Adam Norris and Lauren Hamilton Neill.

    Plus special guest, performance artist Alli Sebastian Wolf, creator of Glitoris.

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

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 9 March 2017 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Build an experimental electronic instrument
    Saturday 11 March 2017
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    We’re rallying around International Women’s Day by showcasing the practice of some fearless females who’ve made experimental music what it is today. Join artist, designer and gadget maker Annie McKinnon, who’ll guide you through building your own experimental instrument.

    Turn your sketches into sounds using a cool combination of electronics and sensors. Build a synthesiser to produce electronic sounds and learn how to change the beats, tempo and pitch of your synthesiser by drawing shapes into a musical score. If you’re 15+ and want to follow in the musical footsteps of some outside-the-square experimenters, come and test out your ideas at this one-day workshop. Take home your musical masterpiece so you can keep building.

    Annie McKinnon
    Multi-instrumentalist, composer, designer and gadget maker, this tuneful University of Technology Sydney tutor and collaborator is known for out-there pieces like her looping and effects jacket.

    Annie will take you through step-by-step directions in making a basic instrument and as a toast to International Women’s Day, we’ll have a peek into the practice of women pioneers in experimental and electronic music.

    This session runs for 6 hours and caters for up to 16 people so bookings are essential. Tickets are $35 each and include all materials and electronic components but you’ll have to bring your own lunch.

    Waterloo Library is wheelchair friendly with a lift and an accessible toilet.

    Waterloo Library
    Saturday 11 March 2017 from 10am to 4pm
  • Design on show: Decolonising design education
    Saturday 25 March 2017
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    The library is putting design on show with a series of monthly talks featuring design experts from the City of Sydney’s area. In this talk, we’re in conversation about colonial curricula and how a shortsighted description of design can limit and weaken our potential.

    University of Technology lecturers and big picture thinkers, Danièle Hromek and Alexandra Crosby, are both working on broadening the definition of design. To diversify, they set out to decolonise design education. Using Wareamah (Cockatoo Island) as a place to ponder, they dissect the connection between mapping, place, displacement and creativity via dialogues between Indigenous and non-Indigenous designers.

    Danièle Hromek
    By blending design elements with installations and sculptural form, this spatial designer contemplates contemporary urban Aboriginality and the Indigenous experience of Country. Daniele looks at how Indigenous peoples utilise, interpret, and experience their space and how the trauma of colonisation is revisited by our current exclusive design culture. As a proud Saltwater woman, she explores re-Indigenising space through retranslating and reclaiming the Aboriginal dreaming of space and explores how we can sustain this culture in our built environments.

    Dr Alexandra Crosby
    Director of Interdisciplinary Design at UTS, Dr Crosby covers Design Thinking, Design Futures, and social innovation. In 2013, she was awarded a Doctorate for her thesis on local forms of environmental activism in Indonesia. She is a founding member of Frontyard Projects, a community futuring space in Marrickville as well as holding a directorship of Inside Indonesia.

    Bookings are essential as space is limited.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly with a lift and an accessible toilet.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 25 March 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Off the Page: Kings Cross Library
    Thursday 30 March 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.

    Join composer and broadcaster, Julian Day, for a mesmerizing hour of multiplatform storytelling by actors, visual artists, filmmakers and musicians. Texts included are local Sydney stories straight out of Crown and Williams Street, Central and Circular Quay.

    In ‘The Most Beautiful Story In The World’, Oliver Mol tells of migraines, Sydney’s lockout laws, love and mental health. His performance will be accompanied by a slideshow of quirky images by Carla Uriarte and a haunting soundtrack.

    Emerging artist, Emily Twomey and emerging composers Thomas Ross and Vickie Tran have collaborated to produce a series of microlit videos. The premiere screening of these unique story-poem films at Off The Page will include actors Eleni Schumacher and Joel Horwood performing narrations accompanied by both pre-recorded and live sounds.

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

    Kings Cross Library
    Thursday 30 March 2017 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Off the Page: Kings Cross Library
    Thursday 30 March 2017
  • Book now

    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.

    Join composer and broadcaster, Julian Day, for a mesmerizing hour of multiplatform storytelling by actors, visual artists, filmmakers and musicians. Texts included are local Sydney stories straight out of Crown and Williams Street, Central and Circular Quay.

    In ‘The Most Beautiful Story In The World’, Oliver Mol tells of migraines, Sydney’s lockout laws, love and mental health. His performance will be accompanied by a slideshow of quirky images by Carla Uriarte and a haunting soundtrack.

    Emerging artist, Emily Twomey and emerging composers Thomas Ross and Vickie Tran have collaborated to produce a series of microlit videos. The premiere screening of these unique story-poem films at Off The Page will include actors Eleni Schumacher and Joel Horwood performing narrations accompanied by both pre-recorded and live sounds.

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

    Kings Cross Library
    Thursday 30 March 2017 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors - Cantonese Classes @ Ultimo Library
    Thursday 6 April 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

  • Tech Savvy Seniors - Mandarin Classes @ Green Square
    Thursday 6 April 2017
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    This free series is designed to help older people gain confidence in basic computer and digital skills

    Get technology on your side by keeping connected, accessing vital services and doing business. Facilitated by leaders from the Ethnic Community Council, you can learn in either Mandarin or 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 – Thursday 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. We’ll teach you how to use a mouse and keyboard. Then we’ll put those skills to good use to create your first document on the computer, and perhaps do a little web surfing along the way

    Introduction to internet part 1 – Thursday 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 – Thursday 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 – Thursday 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.

    Green Square Library
    Thursdays, 10am to 12pm

    Thursday 6 April to Thursday 27 April 2017

  • Steampunk remake party
    Sunday 9 April 2017
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    Haymarket Library is going Steampunk to send Youth Week off with a *bang*!

    A hybrid sci-fi subgenre, this post-apocalyptic imagining marries modern tech with steam-powered machinery. Explore life in an alternative history where retro-futuristic inventions and fictional machines set the scene. Come in costume or make something to wear on the day.

    With all materials provided, you’ve got your choice of multi-station workshops, so follow your own steam to the pick of your preference.

    Get illuminated
    Laura Jade is an Australian artist whose art happens in the unlikely place where biology, illumination design and neuroscience meet. Guiding you through the art of creating wearable electronics, Laura will help you brighten your costume with LED lighting.

    Junk jewellery
    Experts from Pine Street Creative Arts Centre will encourage you to think outside the universe in a workshop using salvaged mechanical materials and broken jewellery pieces to create other-worldly wearables.

    In Visible Light Troup
    Immerse yourself in steampunk brought to life with interactive readings from your favourite steampunk books and performances by the In Visible Light Troupe.

    Steampunk gaming
    Explore the latest in virtual reality steampunk gaming and battle it out with boards, cards and dice in a selection of steampunk role-playing games.

    Your own steam
    If you’ve got a story to tell, take your tale to town in our Steam Zines and comics workshop.

    Bookings essential for this free event for young people ages 15 – 24.

    Haymarket Library
    Sunday 9 April 2017 from 3pm to 6pm
  • Late Night Library: Oh Baby It's A Wild World
    Thursday 20 April 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.

    ‘It’s hard to get by, just upon a smile.’ Comedian Jack Gow is going to give Cat Stevens’ survival strategy a red hot go. Join Jack and the talented Little Fictions team for a night of stories about how to grow up.

    Got a deadbeat dad? Take Angela Argent’s advice: hire a hotted up car, find a dusty country road and challenge him to a game of ‘chicken’. Your teenager daughter doesn’t exactly fit in – she prefers her new soccer-dyke Barbie doll to watching Australia’s most eligible bachelor? Your son is an alien, totally out of step with his peers and you’re not really convinced the Safe Schools policy will fly? Relax. Shady Cosgrove and Patrick Lenton have hacks for the younger queer life. At Little Fictions’ Late Night Library, you’ll get study tips from Kirsten Tranter’s bot and hear about Jon Steiner’s Shady Oaks where Baby Boomers age disgracefully.

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

    Newtown Library
    Thursday 20 April 2017 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Late Night Library: Oh Baby It's A Wild World
    Thursday 20 April 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.

    ‘It’s hard to get by, just upon a smile.’ Comedian Jack Gow is going to give Cat Stevens’ survival strategy a red hot go. Join Jack and the talented Little Fictions team for a night of stories about how to grow up.

    Got a deadbeat dad? Take Angela Argent’s advice: hire a hotted up car, find a dusty country road and challenge him to a game of ‘chicken’. Your teenager daughter doesn’t exactly fit in – she prefers her new soccer-dyke Barbie doll to watching Australia’s most eligible bachelor? Your son is an alien, totally out of step with his peers and you’re not really convinced the Safe Schools policy will fly? Relax. Shady Cosgrove and Patrick Lenton have hacks for the younger queer life. At Little Fictions’ Late Night Library, you’ll get study tips from Kirsten Tranter’s bot and hear about Jon Steiner’s Shady Oaks where Baby Boomers age disgracefully.

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

    Newtown Library
    Thursday 20 April 2017 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Augmented reality for rookies
    Saturday 29 April 2017
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    The recent Pokemon Go craze has finally brought augmented reality to the mainstream. No longer the realm of sci-fi, this mind-bending technology is fast becoming integrated into apps and will soon be immersed in our everyday.

    By superimposing a computer generated image on a view of the real world, you can essentially bridge your physical and digital worlds. This workshop will use free apps, Aurasma and Layar, accessible on both mobile and desktop environments. Learn the basics of augmented reality, grasp how to make your own constructed worlds and show-off your creations.

    Warren Armstrong
    Meet Warren Armstrong, the curator of (Un)seen Sculptures, an augmented reality exhibition featuring both international and Australian artists. He’ll share his reality-warping experience, guide you through making your own layers and clue you up on basic skills in digital making and media. This new media artist has the resume of a true technology trailblazer. Settle in for a demonstration of how augmented reality has been applied to multiple purposes. Get your hands on the tools and asset files as you work with Warren to evolve your skills.

    This one-off event runs for 4 hours and is best suited to people 15 years and over.

    Bookings are essential as spaces are limited to 16 people.

    Bring your own lunch and devices (laptop and mobile) preloaded with Aurasma and Layar.

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 29 April 2017 from 10am to 2pm
  • 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, 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.

    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
  • 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, 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.

    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
  • Keeping chicken and fish sustainable
    Wednesday 10 May 2017
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    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.

    Both chicken and fish are a cheap source of quality food worldwide. As a result, in the pecking order of animals, they’re among the most life-sustaining.

    High in protein and micronutrients and able to be kept in small, low-maintenance flocks, chickens have the potential to enhance the nutrient content of diets in developing countries. The prevalence of disease, predators and thieves, however, means that this food source doesn’t thrive.

    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% 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.

    Julia de Bruyn
    As a veterinarian and PhD student, Julia will offer us some insight into her current work in Tanzania. Funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Julia is looking into using chicken vaccination programs to help support improved diet and growth for kids in rural Africa.

    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
  • 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
  • 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