• What’s on
  • 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
  • Tech Savvy Seniors: Mandarin classes @ Customs House
    Wednesday 29 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

  • 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 broadcaster, Julian Day for a mesmerizing hour of multiplatform storytelling by actors, visual artists, filmmakers and musicians.

    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.

    Sydney actor, Lauren Hamilton Neill will perform ‘These Are the Fox: Dream’ by Melbourne writer, Cynthia alongside Peter Humble’s soundscape and 16mm film footage.
    In ‘Diurnal: Slurry Hills’, we present award-winning Sydney poet, Anna Kerdjick Nicholson’s word-portrait of her local suburb. The performance features new work by Iranian-born photographer, Damon Amb and narration by Sydney actor, Felix Johnson.

    Experimental composer, Stephen Adams, Sydney flâneur, Jen Craig and videomaker, Jon Steiner collaborate to perform an excerpt from Panthers and the Museum of Fire – a fictionalised memoir which is as much about Sydney as it is about its author.

    And film-maker Tyler Mahoney and musician Brendan Bourke present ‘A Fact’, a multimedia performance of Jon Steiner’s existential café conversation– featuring illustrations by award-winning graphic artist, Zoe Sadokierski.

    Wollongong-based writer and musician, Josh Mei-Ling Dubrau and actor, Lauren Hamilton Neill will perform ICE ICE PARTY, Josh’s edgy monologue set in an intercity train carriage.
    Emerging artist Emily Twomey and composers, Thomas Ross and Victoria Tran have produced unique story-poem films. These will be screened alongside live narrations by actor Adam Norris.

    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 - 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

  • Off the Page: Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 6 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.

    Join broadcaster, Julian Day for a mesmerizing hour of multiplatform storytelling by actors, visual artists, filmmakers and musicians.

    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.

    Sydney actor, Lauren Hamilton Neill will perform ‘These Are the Fox: Dream’ by Melbourne writer, Cynthia alongside Peter Humble’s soundscape and 16mm film footage.

    In ‘Diurnal: Slurry Hills’, we present award-winning Sydney poet, Anna Kerdjick Nicholson’s word-portrait of her local suburb. The performance features new work by Iranian-born photographer, Damon Amb and narration by Sydney actor, Felix Johnson.

    Experimental composer, Stephen Adams, Sydney flâneur, Jen Craig and videomaker, Jon Steiner collaborate to perform an excerpt from Panthers and the Museum of Fire – a fictionalised memoir which is as much about Sydney as it is about its author.

    And film-maker Tyler Mahoney and musician Brendan Bourke present ‘A Fact’, a multimedia performance of Jon Steiner’s existential café conversation– featuring illustrations by award-winning graphic artist, Zoe Sadokierski.

    Wollongong-based writer and musician, Josh Mei-Ling Dubrau and actor, Lauren Hamilton Neill will perform ICE ICE PARTY, Josh’s edgy monologue set in an intercity train carriage.
    Emerging artist Emily Twomey and composers, Thomas Ross and Victoria Tran have produced unique story-poem films. These will be screened alongside live narrations by actor Adam Norris.

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

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 6 April 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

  • 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
  • Sustainable food production
    Wednesday 12 April 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.

    Our two guest scientists will explore how to produce the right food in the right way.

    Insects and the future of food
    The reliance on insecticides has resulted in them being less effective in the efforts of pest control. Add to this, the rapid rate of population growth and we have a problem. Finding ways to preside over pests and feed everyone is where Dr Eliza Middleton comes in.

    Dr Eliza Middleton
    Holding a PhD in native ant behaviour and ecology, Dr Middleton is a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the Insect Behaviour and Ecology Lab at Sydney University where she also lectures in Integrated Pest Management. Now, as an invertebrate zoologist, she has a penchant for the communal and adaptable action of insect social systems.

    Making diets more sustainable
    With precious little ‘arable’ land capable of sustaining veggies, our food choices have a big impact on our environment. With plenty of pastures suited for sheep, cattle and kangaroos, Kate Wingett looks into how the wool industry could lower greenhouse gas levels by encouraging less wastage of sheep meat and offal.

    Kate Wingett
    Kate has a love of all creatures, great and small. As a small animal vet in private practice for 15 years, she made a shift towards animal biosecurity services with the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Now, as a Master of Veterinary Science, she focuses on the correlation between climate change and agriculture.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 12 April 2017 from 6pm to 7pm
  • 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
  • Design on Show: Object Therapy
    Saturday 29 April 2017
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    The library is putting architecture and design on show with a series of monthly talks featuring design experts from the City of Sydney’s area. In April, come and hear Guy Keulemans and Kyoko Hashimoto, 2 of the designers involved in Object Therapy, chat about their work.

    Object Therapy is an exhibition and project that explores creative transformation and the notions of value and repair. The public has submitted 29 broken objects from furniture, ceramics and household appliances to jewellery and even a human. These busted pieces undergo ‘therapy’ where they’re reimagined by renowned Australian and International designers.

    Through modification, Object Therapy demonstrates design solutions, highlights our attachments and allows us to rethink our consumption. Developed by Hotel Hotel in partnership with UNSW and ANU, this celebration of creative possibility and repair is showing at the Australian Design Centre from 6 April – 3 July before undertaking a national tour.

    Guy Keulemans – Design repairer and research investigator, Object Therapy.
    Guy is a multi-disciplinary designer and researcher working across product design, graphics and installation. In his practice, he produces critical objects informed by history, philosophy and experimental methodology. Major themes of his work are repair, generative processes and the environmental concerns of production and consumption. Guy has exhibited in Europe and Australia including ARS Electronica, the Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture, COCA Torun and the Australian Design Centre Object. He currently lectures at UNSW Art and Design.

    Kyoko Hashimoto – Design repairer, Object Therapy
    Kyoko is an internationally recognised contemporary jewellery designer and has operated studios in Tokyo, Eindhoven and Berlin where she also opened the concept store We Are All Made of Stuff. A graduate of the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Kyoko makes one-off and limited edition jewellery and objects with an emphasis on thematic investigation and expression.

    Bookings are essential.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 29 April 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • 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, 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
  • Keeping fish sustainable
    Wednesday 10 May 2017
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    Curious Science: 3 big questions
    Feeding the World

    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.

    Dr Paul Hick

    Paul is a lecturer with the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science with a passion for promoting the health and welfare of aquatic animals. His research focuses on the interactions between environmental factors and viral pathogens that cause diseases of marine invertebrates and fish.

    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
  • 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