• What’s on
  • Art @ the Library: Cosmic Comics
    Sunday 14 February 2016
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    Comics have been a medium of adventure and imagination for readers since the early 20th century.

    The counter-culture of the 60s and 70s catapulted comics and their creators into new cosmic vistas.

    This exhibition showcases these cosmic comic worlds featuring collected comic books and original works inspired by them.

    Surry Hills Library
    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 6pm
    Tuesdays, 10am to 8pm
    Thursdays, 10am to 9pm
    Weekends, 10am to 4pm

    Monday 2 November 2015 to Sunday 28 February 2016

  • Art @ the Library: Customs House and beyond
    Sunday 14 February 2016
  • Event details

    An exhibition of original artwork created in a variety of mediums by students of Cilla Campbell, who attend art classes at WEA (Sydney), a non-profit community-based adult education organisation.

    Showcased are paintings, drawings, prints and artists books inspired by the Sydney Harbour landscape and historic sites, as well as by other locations.

    Customs House Library
    Weekdays, 10am to 7pm
    Weekends, 11am to 4pm

    Monday 7 December 2015 to Thursday 25 February 2016

  • Art @ the Library: From picture to book and back again
    Sunday 14 February 2016
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    From picture to book and back again, an exhibition of works by David M Henley, brings together the early illustrations and writing of the author to show the interplay between drawing and writing which has built a world for two novellas and a trilogy of futuristic thrillers.

    David M Henley is the author of a trilogy – The Hunt for Pierre Jnr (2013), Manifestations (2014), Convergence (2015) – and has previously written and illustrated two esoteric novellas (The Museum of Unnatural History and Bumbly Goes Forth) and one illustrated love poem (The Story So Far).

    He has worked in Australian trade publishing for all of his adult life, grown a successful design and publishing studio, and is the art director and co-founder of Seizure, an online literary hub.

    Kings Cross Library
    Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am to 7pm
    Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am to 6pm
    Saturdays, 10am to 4pm
    Sundays, 11am to 4pm

    Monday 7 December 2015 to Thursday 25 February 2016

    Except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Sunday 27 December, Public holiday Mon 28 December and New Year's Day

  • Make and Create @ Glebe
    Tuesday 16 February 2016
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    Come to the library to make and create! One of our inspired library staff will help you create your very own artwork. From paper hats through to felt badges, jewellery making, and more.

    All materials are provided, just bring your imagination and enthusiasm.

    For 5-12 year olds.

    Bookings recommended.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Glebe Library
    Fortnightly on Tuesdays, 4pm to 5pm

    Tuesday 16 February to Tuesday 24 May 2016

    No sessions on NSW school and public holidays.

  • Computer and mobile device troubleshooting
    Wednesday 17 February 2016
  • Event details

    Bring your questions about computers, mobile phones, and tablets to our friendly volunteer.

    The troubleshooting session takes place at the Ultimo Library.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 12pm

    Wednesday 6 January to Friday 25 November 2016

  • Storytime @ Glebe
    Tuesday 1 March 2016
  • Event details

    Storytime is fun storytelling and craft for preschoolers.

    It nurtures a love of reading, initiates literacy skills and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Glebe Library
    Tuesdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Tuesday 1 March to Tuesday 31 May 2016

    Except Tuesday 12 April, Tuesday 19 April and Tuesday 26 April

  • Rock ‘n Rhyme @ Glebe
    Tuesday 1 March 2016
  • Event details

    Rock ‘n Rhyme is for toddlers who are ready for action with music, rhymes, movement and stories but too wiggly for Storytime.

    For 2-3 year olds.

    Join us on Tuesdays at 10.15am and Fridays at 1.30pm.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Glebe Library
    Tuesdays and Fridays, 1.30pm to 2pm

    Tuesday 1 March to Friday 27 May 2016

    Except Good Friday, Tuesday 12 April, Friday 15 April, Tuesday 19 April, Friday 22 April and Tuesday 26 April

  • Rhymetime @ Glebe
    Tuesday 1 March 2016
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies that combines rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0-2 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Glebe Library
    Tuesdays, 1.30pm to 2pm

    Tuesday 1 March to Tuesday 31 May 2016

    Except Tuesday 12 April and Tuesday 19 April

  • Late Night Library: Queerstories
    Wednesday 2 March 2016
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    Join Rebecca Shaw, Candy Royalle, Emma Jane, Morgan Carpenter and Colleen Windsor for a few of our city’s ‘queerstories’, reflections on lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour.

    Our LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and intersex) community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating their own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family, love and community.

    Settle into the Kings Cross Library and listen to an unexpected tale or two.

    This event will be AUSLAN interpreted.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 2 March 2016 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Kids Makerspace: Intro to 3D Printing
    Wednesday 2 March 2016
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    Interested in learning more about 3D printing?

    Join us for an intro session to learn about what 3D printing is and how you can use it.

    Create and print an object.

    For 8–18 year olds.

    Bookings recommended.

    Kids Makerspace
    Try out your hands-on, developer skills and MAKE something at the library. Work on projects that will help you develop different “maker” skills. The Autumn sessions will explore 3D printing, learning computer code, stop-motion animation, making short videos, and building a rocket car!

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesday 2 March 2016 from 3.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Rhymetime @ Green Square
    Wednesday 2 March 2016
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies that combines rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0-2 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Green Square Library
    Wednesdays, 10am to 10.30am

    Wednesday 2 March to Wednesday 25 May 2016

    Except Wednesday 13 April and Wednesday 20 April

  • Rhymetime @ Kings Cross
    Wednesday 2 March 2016
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies that combines rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0-2 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesdays, 10am to 10.30am

    Wednesday 2 March to Wednesday 25 May 2016

    Except Wednesday 13 April and Wednesday 20 April

  • Storytime @ Kings Cross
    Wednesday 2 March 2016
  • Event details

    Storytime is fun storytelling and craft for preschoolers.

    It nurtures a love of reading, initiates literacy skills and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Wednesday 2 March to Wednesday 25 May 2016

    Except Wednesday 13 April and Wednesday 20 April

  • Storytime @ Green Square
    Wednesday 2 March 2016
  • Event details

    Storytime is fun storytelling and craft for preschoolers.

    It nurtures a love of reading, initiates literacy skills and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Green Square Library
    Wednesdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Wednesday 2 March to Wednesday 25 May 2016

    Except Wednesday 13 April and Wednesday 20 April

  • Rhymetime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 3 March 2016
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies that combines rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0-2 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

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    Surry Hills Library
    Thursdays, 10am to 10.30am

    Thursday 3 March to Thursday 26 May 2016

    Except Thursday 14 April and Thursday 21 April

  • Rhymetime @ Ultimo
    Thursday 3 March 2016
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies that combines rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0-2 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Ultimo Library
    Thursdays, 10am to 10.30am

    Thursday 3 March to Thursday 26 May 2016

    Except Thursday 14 April and Thursday 21 April

  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 3 March 2016
  • Event details

    Storytime is fun storytelling and craft for preschoolers.

    It nurtures a love of reading, initiates literacy skills and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Thursday 3 March to Thursday 26 May 2016

    Except Thursday 14 April and Thursday 21 April

  • Storytime @ Ultimo
    Thursday 3 March 2016
  • Event details

    Storytime is fun storytelling and craft for preschoolers.

    It nurtures a love of reading, initiates literacy skills and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Ultimo Library
    Thursdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Thursday 3 March to Thursday 26 May 2016

    Except Thursday 14 April and Thursday 21 April

  • Storytime @ Waterloo
    Friday 4 March 2016
  • Event details

    Storytime is fun storytelling and craft for preschoolers.

    It nurtures a love of reading, initiates literacy skills and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Waterloo Library
    Fridays, 11am to 11.45am

    Friday 4 March to Friday 27 May 2016

    Except Good Friday, Friday 15 April and Friday 22 April

  • Book club at Customs House
    Friday 4 March 2016
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    Join a book club at the library for an informal and friendly discussion of literature of all kinds.

    Books will be chosen from a range of genres including award winners, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, crime novels, biographies and quarterly essays.

    Bookings recommended.

    Customs House Library
    Friday 4 March 2016 from 1pm to 2pm
    Friday 1 April 2016 from 1pm to 2pm
    Friday 6 May 2016 from 1pm to 2pm
  • Rhymetime @ Waterloo
    Friday 4 March 2016
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies that combines rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0-2 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

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    Waterloo Library
    Fridays, 10am to 10.30am

    Friday 4 March to Friday 27 May 2016

    Except Good Friday, Friday 15 April and Friday 22 April

  • Make and Create @ Surry Hills
    Monday 7 March 2016
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    Come to the library to make and create! One of our inspired library staff will help you create your very own artwork. From paper hats through to felt badges, jewellery making, and more.

    All materials are provided, just bring your imagination and enthusiasm.

    For 5-8 year olds.

    Bookings recommended.

    Please note: no sessions on NSW public holidays.

    Surry Hills Library
    Mondays, 4pm to 5pm

    Monday 7 March to Monday 30 May 2016

    Except public holidays

  • Make and Create @ Newtown
    Monday 7 March 2016
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    Come to the library to make and create! One of our inspired library staff will help you create your very own artwork. From paper hats through to felt badges, jewellery making, and more.

    All materials are provided, just bring your imagination and enthusiasm.

    For 5-12 year olds.

    Bookings recommended.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Newtown Library
    Every 1st Monday, 4pm to 5pm

    Monday 7 March to Monday 2 May 2016

  • Rhymetime @ Newtown
    Monday 7 March 2016
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies that combines rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0-2 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Unfortunately, Newtown Library’s Gallery is not wheelchair accessible. We apologise for this inconvenience.

    Newtown Library
    Mondays, 10am to 10.30am

    Monday 7 March to Monday 30 May 2016

    Except Easter Monday, Monday 11 April, Monday 18 April and Anzac Day

  • Storytime @ Newtown
    Monday 7 March 2016
  • Event details

    Storytime is fun storytelling and craft for preschoolers.

    It nurtures a love of reading, initiates literacy skills and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Newtown Library
    Mondays, 11am to 11.45am

    Monday 7 March to Monday 30 May 2016

    Except Easter Monday, Monday 11 April, Monday 18 April and Anzac Day

  • How easy was that?
    Tuesday 8 March 2016
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    Join local librarian and amateur baker Kathy as she demonstrates how easy it is to whip up quick and tasty treats for the family.

    Surry Hills Library
    Every 2nd Tuesday, 12pm to 1pm

    Tuesday 8 March to Tuesday 10 May 2016

  • Lego Free Play
    Tuesday 8 March 2016
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    Join the Lego Club to explore, imagine, learn and play.

    Bring your friends and meet new ones.

    Suitable for kids aged 5–10.

    Bookings not required.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Waterloo Library
    Tuesdays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Tuesday 8 March to Tuesday 31 May 2016

    Except Tuesday 12 April

  • Inspiring Science: Infectious Maths and Mean Plants
    Wednesday 9 March 2016
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    Presenter: Dr Deborah Cromer, post-doctoral researcher in the Infection Analytics program at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales.

    Have you ever wondered how your body fights disease, why one person might get sick but another person doesn’t or how a disease is transmitted in the population? Would you be surprised to discover that mathematics has something to do with this? Dr Cromer uses mathematical models to answer fundamental questions about infectious diseases and to provide advice on how to vaccinate against many of them. From HIV and malaria to mumps and flu, maths is a fundamental weapon in the fight against infectious diseases.

    Presenter: Floret Meredith, PhD Candidate at the University of New South Wales.

    Plants must protect themselves against a world full of plant-eating animals and tough environmental conditions. The harder life is, the meaner plants get. Ecologists have long predicted that in the absence of herbivore enemies, island plants would ditch their defences. It was thought that as a result, island plants would be helpless against herbivores introduced to islands. But Meredith compared the defences of island-based and mainland plants and found that this idea – which is more than 150 years old – had no basis in fact. Floret further explains how plants protect themselves, how these traits can change, and how her research contradicts a fundamental idea in ecological theory.

    The Inspiring Science series, presented by Inspiring Australia (NSW), brings the latest developments in science, presented by award-winning researchers.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 9 March 2016 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Tut 101 @ Kings Cross (12-18 years)
    Wednesday 9 March 2016
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    Learn how to tut – the dance craze inspired by ancient Egypt – with teachers from acclaimed contemporary dance outfit Shaun Parker & Company.

    These workshops will get you started with the basic moves so you can create your own audition video for a tut battle, or get more from the live main event.

    Tutting features making intricate and rhythmic patterns with the hands, fingers and arms, and is inspired by the hieroglyphics drawn on the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

    Part of Art & About Sydney, Tut by Shaun Parker & Company is an epic new urban work that takes place live on the city streets, projected on buildings, and posted online for all to enjoy.

    Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold new company that creates critically acclaimed productions renowned for their integration of stimulating choreographic forms, arresting musical scores and theatrical invention.

    For 12-18 year olds. Bookings essential.

    This session doesn’t work for you? Learn how to tut at different dates and library branches throughout the school holidays.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 9 March 2016 from 6pm to 7pm
    Wednesday 20 April 2016 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Stay Inside the Lines
    Thursday 10 March 2016
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    Stop press! Adult colouring books are topping bestseller lists world-wide, as we rediscover the joy of a time when choosing a colour for the sky was our most vexing issue.

    Join the craze at the library, turn your phone off and chill out in colour.

    Take your masterpiece home to display on the fridge.

    Suitable for ages 18+

    Haymarket Library
    Every 2nd Thursday, 12pm to 1pm

    Thursday 10 March to Thursday 12 May 2016

  • Creative Glebe: Memories of Mardi Gras
    Thursday 10 March 2016
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    Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras attracts more than 300,000 spectators each year.

    This program, presented by the Sydney Pride History Group and moderated by Vice President Scott McKinnon, features some of the courageous pioneers who marched in 1978 to demand change.

    They will discuss how they now view this seminal event.

    Glebe Library
    Thursday 10 March 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Tut 101 @ Surry Hills (8-12 years)
    Thursday 10 March 2016
  • Book now

    Learn how to tut – the dance craze inspired by ancient Egypt – with teachers from acclaimed contemporary dance outfit Shaun Parker & Company.

    These workshops will get you started with the basic moves so you can create your own audition video for a tut battle, or get more from the live main event.

    Tutting features making intricate and rhythmic patterns with the hands, fingers and arms, and is inspired by the hieroglyphics drawn on the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

    Part of Art & About Sydney, Tut by Shaun Parker & Company is an epic new urban work that takes place live on the city streets, projected on buildings, and posted online for all to enjoy.

    Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold new company that creates critically acclaimed productions renowned for their integration of stimulating choreographic forms, arresting musical scores and theatrical invention.

    For 8-12 year olds. Bookings essential.

    This session doesn’t work for you? Learn how to tut at different dates and library branches throughout the school holidays.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 10 March 2016 from 5.30pm to 6pm
    Tuesday 19 April 2016 from 11am to 12pm
  • Tut 101 @ Surry Hills (12-18 years)
    Thursday 10 March 2016
  • Book now

    Learn how to tut – the dance craze inspired by ancient Egypt – with teachers from acclaimed contemporary dance outfit Shaun Parker & Company.

    These workshops will get you started with the basic moves so you can create your own audition video for a tut battle, or get more from the live main event.

    Tutting features making intricate and rhythmic patterns with the hands, fingers and arms, and is inspired by the hieroglyphics drawn on the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

    Part of Art & About Sydney, Tut by Shaun Parker & Company is an epic new urban work that takes place live on the city streets, projected on buildings, and posted online for all to enjoy.

    Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold new company that creates critically acclaimed productions renowned for their integration of stimulating choreographic forms, arresting musical scores and theatrical invention.

    For 12-18 year olds. Bookings essential.

    This session doesn’t work for you? Learn how to tut at different dates and library branches throughout the school holidays.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 10 March 2016 from 7pm to 8pm
  • Unpuzzled! cryptic crossword workshop
    Saturday 12 March 2016
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    Ever been intrigued by cryptic crosswords but unsure where to begin?

    Cryptic crosswords are an addictive blend of humour, codes and wordplay. They are also surprisingly easy to solve once you understand how the clues work – no matter how intimidating and nonsensical they appear at first.

    Let cryptic crossword addict Patra help you navigate this unfamiliar landscape. You will learn how to translate the language of cryptic crosswords and untangle the clues. By the end, you will have completed a crossword together.

    Suitable for ages 18+

    Waterloo Library
    Every 2nd Saturday, 11am to 12pm

    Saturday 12 March to Saturday 14 May 2016

  • Book club at Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 12 March 2016
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    Join a book club at the library for an informal and friendly discussion of literature of all kinds.

    Books will be chosen from a range of genres including award winners, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, crime novels, biographies and quarterly essays.

    Bookings recommended.

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 12 March 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 9 April 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 14 May 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
  • Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine
    Tuesday 15 March 2016
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    Mette Edvardsen presents Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine: a collection of living books at Newtown Library as part of ‘The Future of Disappearance’. This is a special project curated by André Lepecki for The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed, which is the title of the 20th Biennale of Sydney.

    The artist has worked with a group of performers who have memorised a book of their choosing. Through these individual acts of remembering, the participants together form a collection of living books.

    Members of the public are invited to register to have a one-on-one experience with one of Edvardsen’s ‘books’, which will take about half an hour. Visitors choose a text, and the ‘book’, in turn, takes them to a place or setting in the library, or possibly for a walk, reciting content and perhaps offering interpretations along the way.

    Newtown Library
    Every day, 10am to 5pm

    Tuesday 15 March to Saturday 19 March 2016

  • Authors Up The Cross: Jane Jose
    Tuesday 15 March 2016
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    Jane Jose is an urbanist, author and CEO of the Sydney Community Foundation.

    Jane Jose discusses her passion for community life in cities and her book Places Women Make in which she unearths the unsung urban heroines who have shaped Australian cities through their buildings, spaces and social and political agendas.

    Join us for stimulating monthly author talks and interviews with some of Australia’s most fascinating writers and literary folk.

    The series is held at Kings Cross Library and is presented by the City of Sydney Library in partnership with Potts Point Bookshop.

    Kings Cross Library
    Tuesday 15 March 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Open computer lab @ Customs House Library
    Wednesday 16 March 2016
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    Our tech-savvy librarians will be on hand during these one-hour open labs to provide assistance with computing issues, from the basic to the more advanced.

    They will also be able to guide you to reference material for further study.

    Bookings recommended.

    Customs House Library
    Every 3rd Wednesday, 12pm to 1pm

    Wednesday 16 March to Wednesday 18 May 2016

  • Late Night Library: Sydney Songs
    Wednesday 16 March 2016
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    A few of Sydney’s best musicians come together for an evening of songs that feels like home.

    Brendan Maclean, Alison Avron, Maxine Kauter and Sepora will take you on a journey round our city through song, sharing what Sydney means to them, and perhaps shifting or expanding what it means to you.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 16 March 2016 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Classics at Customs: The Proclamation Board
    Wednesday 16 March 2016
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    Sir George Arthur (1784–1854) issued several printed proclamations during his term as Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) to try to reduce the escalation of violence between Aboriginal peoples and the British settlers. George Frankland (1800–1838), the Surveyor-General, wrote to Arthur in 1829 and suggested the Proclamation Board as a visual tool to support the printed proclamations.

    The boards featured four-strip pictograms that attempted to explain the idea of equality under the law, in that those who committed violent crimes – Aboriginal or colonist – would be punished in the same way. The Proclamation Board was inspired by the way Aboriginal people communicated by leaving drawings on the bark of trees.

    Governor Arthur’s proclamation was painted on boards and nailed to trees in areas where they would be seen by Aboriginal people. The images on the Proclamation Boards have inspired numerous derivatives, such as lantern slides, lithographs, postcards, book covers and pottery. The boards, too, serve as ‘pamphlets’ on punishment and justice. Dr Rachel Franks explores the history of the Proclamation Boards – seven have survived – and talks about the board in the State Library of NSW collection.

    Dr Rachel Franks is the Coordinator, Education & Scholarship, State Library of NSW and a Conjoint Fellow, The University of Newcastle. Dr Franks is a popular culture researcher and has delivered numerous conference papers on crime fiction, true crime, food studies and information science. An award-winning writer, her work can be found in a wide variety of books, journals and magazines as well as on social media.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 16 March 2016 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm
  • Bluffer's Guide to Cinema: Out There Animation!
    Thursday 17 March 2016
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    The 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.

    Sydney Film Festival’s animation programmer, Malcolm Turner, will present an overview of the indie and alternative animation scene drawn from his most recent travels around the world, as well as a glimpse into the 2016 SFF animation program.

    Malcolm Turner travels the world searching for animated gems, and his tastes are certainly left of centre. He has worked on animation festivals in Australia, London, South Korea, the US and New Zealand.

    Kings Cross Library
    Thursday 17 March 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Architecture on Show: ideas and trends
    Saturday 19 March 2016
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    The opening Architecture on Show presentation of 2016 features David Stevenson of Lacoste + Stevenson Architects and artist Pamela Mei-Leng See in a discussion focused on Public Art and Architecture. The talk will explore the Red Lantern Information Kiosk in Chinatown in a dialogue between Architect and Artist.

    The Red Lantern brings together sensitive urban design and bespoke artwork to revitalise a prominent public space and embody the essence of the Chinese Community in Australia. In an exchange of ideas, the talk considers the dynamic between Public Art and Architecture and the way professionals from each discipline worked together to combine contemporary Australian design with traditional Chinese symbolism and paper cut artistry. Hear how the adaptation of the existing pagoda has given new life to this important public space and discuss the value that collaboration between artists and architects can bring to the delivery of successful public art projects in the City of Sydney.

    Pamela Mei-Leng See is an Australian artist who practices a contemporary form of Chinese papercutting. Her motifs are regularly translated into a broad range of industrial media. Her artwork is held in collections by the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia. She has completed commissions in Australia and Asia for organisations such as Swire Properties (Beijing), Chinachem (Hong Kong) and Crown (Melbourne).

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 19 March 2016 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Easter Eggstravaganza!
    Thursday 24 March 2016
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    Join us for a special Easter story session for the whole family. Hunt for chocolate Easter eggs in the library and make a colourful Easter bunny.

    Parents of children with a nut allergy should be aware that chocolate Easter eggs may contain nut products.

    Suitable for kids aged 3-7.

    Customs House Library
    Thursday 24 March 2016 from 10am to 11.30am
  • Better Read's Talking Heads: Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston
    Tuesday 29 March 2016
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    The 1975 dismissal remains our greatest political and constitutional crisis. The events of 11th November 1975, when the Governor General Sir John Kerr terminated Gough Whitlam’s government and Opposition Leader Malcolm Fraser was sworn-in as caretaker Prime Minister still has the capacity to surprise and astonish from one generation to the next.

    2015 marks 40 years since the dismissal of the Whitlam government. To coincide with this anniversary, two leading journalists – The Australian’s editor-at-large Paul Kelly and The Australian’s senior writer Troy Bramston – joined forces to write the definitive book on this controversial event, The Dismissal: In the Queen’s Name.

    The Talking Heads series is presented in partnership with Better Read Than Dead Bookshop, Newtown.

    Please note: Unfortunately the Gallery space at Newtown Library is accessible only by stairs. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 29 March 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Late Night Library: Scarlet Tales
    Wednesday 30 March 2016
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    Kings Cross has a long history and connection to the sex industry. There’s no better place than Kings Cross Library to curl up for an evening of humorous and provocative stories shared by Sydney sex workers.

    Join us for a little history (and ‘whorestory’), as each guest shares a tale from their lives.

    Assumption and misinformation abound when it comes to sex work but nothing is quite as scandalous as the truth.

    Scarlet Tales is a chance to listen to stories from the people who know best – those working in the industry.

    Programmed in partnership with Scarlet Alliance.

    This event will be AUSLAN interpreted.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 30 March 2016 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Grandparents Storytime @ Glebe
    Monday 4 April 2016
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    Celebrate Seniors Week at a special pre-school twilight storytime with your grandparent or a special older person in your life.

    Stories will be themed around grandparent relationships followed by a craft that all the family can enjoy doing together.

    Suitable for children under 8 years old accompanying adults.

    Bookings essential

    Glebe Library
    Monday 4 April 2016 from 5pm to 6pm
  • Grandparents Storytime @ Kings Cross
    Monday 4 April 2016
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    Celebrate Seniors Week at a special pre-school twilight storytime with your grandparent or special older person in your life.

    Stories will be themed around grandparent relationships followed by a craft that all the family can enjoy doing together.

    Suitable for children under 8 years with accompanying adult.

    Bookings essential.

    Kings Cross Library
    Monday 4 April 2016 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Grandparents Storytime @ Waterloo
    Tuesday 5 April 2016
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    Celebrate Seniors Week at a special pre-school twilight storytime with your grandparent or special older person in your life.

    Stories will be themed around grandparent relationships followed by a craft that all the family can enjoy doing together.

    Suitable for children under 8 years old accompanying adults.

    Bookings essential

    Waterloo Library
    Tuesday 5 April 2016 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Kids Makerspace: Intro to stop-motion animation
    Wednesday 6 April 2016
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    This fun workshop is a hands-on introduction to stop motion animation for children.

    Participants will create their own story, design a scene and create their own characters using a variety of materials.

    Use our iPads, characters and props or bring your own.

    For 8-18 year olds.

    Bookings recommended.

    Kids Makerspace
    Try out your hands-on, developer skills and MAKE something at the library. Work on projects that will help you develop different “maker” skills. The Autumn sessions will explore 3D printing, learning computer code, stop-motion animation, making short videos, and building a rocket car!

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesday 6 April 2016 from 3.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Grandparents Storytime @ Green Square
    Wednesday 6 April 2016
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    at a special pre-school twilight storytime with your grandparent or special older person in your life.

    Stories will be themed around grandparent relationships followed by a craft that all the family can enjoy doing together.

    Suitable for children under 8 years old accompanying adults.

    Bookings essential.

    Green Square Library
    Wednesday 6 April 2016 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Grandparents Storytime @ Ultimo
    Wednesday 6 April 2016
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    Celebrate Seniors Week at a special pre-school twilight storytime with your grandparent or special older person in your life.

    Stories will be themed around grandparent relationships followed by a craft that all the family can enjoy doing together.

    Suitable for children under 8 years old accompanying adults.

    Bookings essential.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 6 April 2016 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Grandparents Storytime @ Newtown
    Wednesday 6 April 2016
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    Celebrate Seniors Week at a special pre-school twilight storytime with your grandparent or special older person in your life.

    Stories will be themed around grandparent relationships followed by a craft that all the family can enjoy doing together.

    PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, Newtown Library’s Gallery is not wheelchair accessible. We apologise for this inconvenience.

    Suitable for children under 8 years old accompanying adults.

    Bookings essential

    Newtown Library
    Wednesday 6 April 2016 from 5pm to 6pm
  • Queerstories
    Thursday 7 April 2016
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    Settle in for a few of our city’s queerstories, each a reflection on lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour.

    Storytelling has always been at the heart of the queer community. We have been sharing stories for centuries, creating our own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family, love and community in a world that, until recently, silenced or camouflaged our lived experiences.

    So often marginalised people are squeezed into the narratives mainstream society wants from them: the coming out, the transition, the conception. Queerstories asks: What might we hear from our community if we threw the door wide open and said to them ‘what do you want to say?’

    Join Michael Kirby, Rev. Dorothy McRae McMahon, Raewyn Connell, Beatriz Copello, Lyn Fong and more for an unexpected tale or too.

    Celebrating music, humour and storytelling, Queerstories is curated by blackcat productions in partnership with 55Upitty.

    This event will be AUSLAN interpreted.

    This event is part of NSW Seniors Week.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 7 April 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Grandparents Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 7 April 2016
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    Celebrate Seniors Week at a special pre-school twilight storytime with your grandparent or special older person in your life.

    Stories will be themed around grandparent relationships followed by a craft that all the family can enjoy doing together.

    Suitable for children under 8 years old accompanying adults.

    Bookings essential.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 7 April 2016 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Tut 101 @ Newtown (8-12 years)
    Monday 11 April 2016
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    Learn how to tut – the dance craze inspired by ancient Egypt – with teachers from acclaimed contemporary dance outfit Shaun Parker & Company.

    These workshops will get you started with the basic moves so you can create your own audition video for a tut battle, or get more from the live main event.

    Tutting features making intricate and rhythmic patterns with the hands, fingers and arms, and is inspired by the hieroglyphics drawn on the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

    Part of Art & About Sydney, Tut by Shaun Parker & Company is an epic new urban work that takes place live on the city streets, projected on buildings, and posted online for all to enjoy.

    Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold new company that creates critically acclaimed productions renowned for their integration of stimulating choreographic forms, arresting musical scores and theatrical invention.

    For 8-12 year olds. Bookings essential.

    This session doesn’t work for you? Learn how to tut at different dates and library branches throughout the school holidays.

    Newtown Library
    Monday 11 April 2016 from 11am to 12pm
  • Tut 101 @ Glebe (8-12 years)
    Tuesday 12 April 2016
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    Learn how to tut – the dance craze inspired by ancient Egypt – with teachers from acclaimed contemporary dance outfit Shaun Parker & Company.

    These workshops will get you started with the basic moves so you can create your own audition video for a tut battle, or get more from the live main event.

    Tutting features making intricate and rhythmic patterns with the hands, fingers and arms, and is inspired by the hieroglyphics drawn on the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

    Part of Art & About Sydney, Tut by Shaun Parker & Company is an epic new urban work that takes place live on the city streets, projected on buildings, and posted online for all to enjoy.

    Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold new company that creates critically acclaimed productions renowned for their integration of stimulating choreographic forms, arresting musical scores and theatrical invention.

    For 8-12 year olds. Bookings essential.

    This session doesn’t work for you? Learn how to tut at different dates and library branches throughout the school holidays.

    Glebe Library
    Tuesday 12 April 2016 from 11am to 12pm
  • Inspiring Science: Bizarre Sex and Swarm Intelligence
    Wednesday 13 April 2016
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    Inspiring Australia and Ultimo Library bring you the latest developments in science, presented by award-winning researchers.

    Learn why Dr Camilla Whittington thinks male seahorses have bizarre sex lives and how Dr Tanya Latty’s research into the ‘collective intelligence’ of bees, ants and even slime moulds can help with technology design.

    While we know a lot about human pregnancy, we know less about the way pregnancy works in other animals. Evolutionary biologist Dr Camilla Whittington presents her research into wildlife pregnancy through her study of seahorses. Discover how male seahorses have one of the most bizarre pregnancies on the planet and what this tells us about our own reproduction.

    Have you ever wondered how ants, with brains smaller than a grain of sand, are able to find and ruin your picnic so quickly? Or how bees coordinate societies consisting of thousands of individuals? Join Dr Tanya Latty to discover the remarkable ‘collective intelligence’ of bees, ants and even slime moulds. Despite having tiny brains (or no brains at all), groups of these organisms display intelligence far beyond the capacity of individuals. How do the secrets of collective intelligence help us design smarter and more efficient technologies?

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 13 April 2016 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Tut 101 @ Newtown (12-18 years)
    Wednesday 13 April 2016
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    Learn how to tut – the dance craze inspired by ancient Egypt – with teachers from acclaimed contemporary dance outfit Shaun Parker & Company.

    These workshops will get you started with the basic moves so you can create your own audition video for a tut battle, or get more from the live main event.

    Tutting features making intricate and rhythmic patterns with the hands, fingers and arms, and is inspired by the hieroglyphics drawn on the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

    Part of Art & About Sydney, Tut by Shaun Parker & Company is an epic new urban work that takes place live on the city streets, projected on buildings, and posted online for all to enjoy.

    Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold new company that creates critically acclaimed productions renowned for their integration of stimulating choreographic forms, arresting musical scores and theatrical invention.

    For 12-18 year olds. Bookings essential.

    This session doesn’t work for you? Learn how to tut at different dates and library branches throughout the school holidays.

    Newtown Library
    Wednesday 13 April 2016 from 11am to 12pm
  • Creative Glebe: An Act of Bastardry
    Thursday 14 April 2016
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    Local historian Max Solling discusses his latest book An Act of Bastardry: Rugby League Axes Its First Club – Glebe District Rugby League Football Club 1908 to 1929. Learn why this club, an integral part of Glebe’s history that produced Kangaroo captain Chris McKivat, was unceremoniously dumped from competition in 1929.

    As Sydney’s first rugby league club, Glebe contributed much to the code’s early development, producing outstanding players such as try-scoring loose forward Frank Burge and half-back and Kangaroo captain Chris McKivat.

    Despite a strong premiership record, this integral part of community life was unceremoniously dumped from competition in 1929 after just 22 seasons. Learn about the grubby plot to exorcise Glebe from the competition, explore the flimsy grounds used to justify Glebe’s expulsion and the belated recognition of the contributions to rugby league of Glebe’s players, supporters and sponsors.

    This popular series hosted in Glebe Library’s beautiful Benledi Meeting Room, highlights fascinating stories from the creative Glebe community and beyond.

    Max Solling was born in Sydney and has lived in Glebe since 1960. He was a founding editor of the Leichhardt Historical Journal and is a practising solicitor. Solling has written three other books – Grandeur and Grit: A History of Glebe (2007), The Boatshed on Blackwattle Bay (1993), and Leichhardt: On the Margins of the City (1997) with Peter Reynolds – and won a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community, particularly through researching, recording and publishing the history of Glebe (2005).

    Glebe Library
    Thursday 14 April 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Tut 101 @ Green Square (8-12 years)
    Monday 18 April 2016
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    Learn how to tut – the dance craze inspired by ancient Egypt – with teachers from acclaimed contemporary dance outfit Shaun Parker & Company.

    These workshops will get you started with the basic moves so you can create your own audition video for a tut battle, or get more from the live main event.

    Tutting features making intricate and rhythmic patterns with the hands, fingers and arms, and is inspired by the hieroglyphics drawn on the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

    Part of Art & About Sydney, Tut by Shaun Parker & Company is an epic new urban work that takes place live on the city streets, projected on buildings, and posted online for all to enjoy.

    Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold new company that creates critically acclaimed productions renowned for their integration of stimulating choreographic forms, arresting musical scores and theatrical invention.

    For 8-12 year olds. Bookings essential.

    This session doesn’t work for you? Learn how to tut at different dates and library branches throughout the school holidays.

    Green Square Library
    Monday 18 April 2016 from 11am to 12pm
  • Classics at Customs: Visiting Mother
    Wednesday 20 April 2016
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    Diaries from World War I reveal the horror, loneliness and adventure of war. They also show the delight of visiting London on leave, with its entertainments and sense of home, albeit with fog.

    The State Library of NSW holds a significant collection of World War I diaries and letters. Elise Edmonds, Curator at the State Library of NSW, will explore London through the eyes of its Australian visitors. London – the heart of the Empire and the ‘mother country’ – was a place Australians felt they knew, even when most had never visited. They became excellent observers of the city and its people, awed by the grand architecture, the shops and the busy streets. No Australian city had such traffic and a lively populace.

    Like tourists today, Australian soldiers and nurses made the most of their time in London, walking the streets day and night, witnessing the jovial police force, air raids and blacked-out streets. Women, it was noted by many, were working everywhere – as conductresses on buses, as lift operators and window cleaners. ‘Girls do everything. They are to be seen in all classes of work,’ wrote George Horan in 1916. This entertaining presentation will show London as its Australian visitors saw it.

    Elise Edmonds is a Curator at the State Library of NSW and received a staff fellowship in 2009 to research the library’s World War I collections. She recently curated an exhibition on the World War I collection of diaries and correspondence entitled, Life Interrupted: Personal Diaries from World War I.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 20 April 2016 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm
  • Village Voices in Surry Hills
    Thursday 21 April 2016
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    Village Voices is a new text-based public artwork by Astra Howard on South Crown Street that captures and communicates diverse stories from and about Surry Hills.

    Situated near the village centre, the artwork prompts passersby to think about diverse issues that affect them, from the local to the global. This public artwork uses constantly rearranged words to recall everything from intimate Scrabble games to the printing press and early forms of mass communication.

    In these interactive workshops, participants will be encouraged to generate ideas about their relationship to place and the texts produced will be added to the evolving artwork script.

    Howard works within public spaces in cities and has designed and produced site-specific works in cities across Australia and internationally since 1998. Information about a location is gathered using an action research/performance methodology and the data and stories are then communicated visually. This process of activating place-specific knowledge generates dialogue and debate among members of the public about issues affecting their city.

    Astra Howard is an artist who works in public spaces in cities. Astra also works as a designer, a lecturer in higher education and as a community development worker, predominantly in crisis homeless services.

    Suitable for ages 16+

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 21 April 2016 from 6pm to 8pm
    Thursday 28 April 2016 from 6pm to 8pm
  • Better Read's Talking Heads: Fiona McFarlane
    Tuesday 26 April 2016
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    Fiona McFarlane has the uncanny ability to tell an unlikely story in a way that is completely convincing. Original and witty, The High Places is richly nuanced writing full of surprises from a truly talented storyteller. The Night Guest introduced an Australian writer ‘with the promise of literary greatness’ (The Los Angeles Times) and The High Places delivers on that promise.

    The stories featured in The High Places find those moments when people confront the strangeness and mystery of their lives: the revelations of intimidating old friends on holiday; an accident on a dark country road; a marine biologist in conversation with the ghost of Charles Darwin; the sudden arrival of American parachutists in a Queensland country town; a lottery win; and a farmer troubled by miracles in the middle of a drought.

    The people in The High Places are jolted into seeing themselves from a fresh and often disconcerting perspective. Ranging around the world from a remote Pacific island to outback Australia to the tourist haunts of Greece, these stories are written with extraordinary invention, great emotional insight and wry humour. Each one is as rich and rewarding as literature can be.

    Fiona McFarlane was born in Sydney and has degrees in English from Sydney University and Cambridge University, and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Michener Fellow. Her debut novel, The Night Guest, is sold in 19 territories around the world and was published in 15 languages.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 26 April 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Penny Greenhalgh – Piranha Banana: Llamarama
    Wednesday 27 April 2016
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    Welcome to Piranha Banana: Llamarama, the difficult second album. This chef-d’œuvre is actually very serious, so come prepared to witness a genuine work of genius.

    Straight from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Penny Greenhalgh presents a silly, dumb show certainly with almost no meaning that is fun and hopefully will make you laugh and it features props.

    Penny Greenhalgh is an award-winning comedian and regular cast member/director on The Checkout (ABC1).

    Her debut solo show, Pop Pop, won the Best Emerging Artist Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and had sell-out crowds at Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals in 2015. She was listed among The Sydney Morning Herald’s must-see up-and-coming comedians of 2015 and invited by Underbelly to perform at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

    In 2013, Greenhalgh was awarded the Ian Potter Foundation Cultural Trust Grant to attend the prestigious theatre school Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France. Television credits include Hungry Beast, Wednesday Night Fever, The Hamster Decides, The Gruen Transfer and The Checkout.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 27 April 2016 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Kids Makerspace: Code Club
    Tuesday 3 May 2016
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    A free club for children in school years 4-6 who want to learn how to make computer games, animations and websites.

    Code Club explores technology works, strengthens problem-solving skills, logical thinking and supports key academic subjects such as science, maths and technology.

    Bookings essential.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Tuesday 3 May to Tuesday 31 May 2016

  • Pyrmont history in the digital age
    Wednesday 4 May 2016
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    Join City of Sydney Historian Catherine Freyne as she introduces you to Port, the Pyrmont History Walk, a new part of the Sydney Culture Walks app, and discusses the process of producing an historical walk as an app.

    Pyrmont is one of Sydney’s most exciting and unique historical landscapes. Once home to Tinker’s Well, the Griffin Destructor, Saunders’ quarries, the Colonial Sugar Refinery and the NSW Water Police, the Pyrmont peninsula has been hunted, cultivated, blasted, plundered, built over, written off, reclaimed and revitalised. Traces of its rich industrial, Indigenous, social and natural history are everywhere to be found. The City of Sydney has mapped some of these sites and drawn upon lively oral histories to bring them to life to visitors via the Sydney Culture Walks mobile app.

    Come along to discover and experience how Pyrmont’s history is intersecting with the digital age.

    This event is part of the National Trust Heritage Festival program.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 4 May 2016 from 6pm to 6.45pm
  • Kids Makerspace: 3Doodler
    Wednesday 4 May 2016
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    Try out the 3Doodler, a pen that allows you to create 3D objects out of plastic. The 3Doodler works similarly to a glue-gun in that it has a hot metal.

    For 8–18 year olds.

    Bookings recommended.

    Kids Makerspace
    Try out your hands-on, developer skills and MAKE something at the library. Work on projects that will help you develop different “maker” skills. The Autumn sessions will explore 3D printing, learning computer code, stop-motion animation, making short videos, and building a rocket car!

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesday 4 May 2016 from 3.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Inspiring Science: New Ways of Seeing
    Wednesday 11 May 2016
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    Dr Jacek Kolanowski

    One of the most common diagnostic imaging techniques is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An MRI contrast agent is injected into the body in about one-third of all scans to improve the quality of the resulting image. While these scans provide good information about the structures of the body and allow doctors and researchers to identify abnormalities, there are many aspects of bodily functions that cannot be seen with current contrast agents. Dr Kolanowski explains how exciting new contrast agents are improving the diagnosis and study of disease by lighting up only certain tissues of the body.

    Dr Jacek Kolanowski is a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney. Before moving to Sydney, he completed his PhD at ENS Lyon in France. Dr Kolanowski’s research interests lie in making intelligent chemicals that allow researchers to image living organisms at the molecular level.

    Dr Elizabeth New

    Fluorescent compounds are all around us, in everyday objects such as highlighters and laundry powder. Fluorescence is also important in nature – in fireflies, jellyfish and even spinach. Aside from their pretty colours, fluorescent compounds are extremely useful in countless applications from forensic science to environmental monitoring and medicine. They are particularly useful in observing chemicals and processes that are normally invisible. Discover how fluorescent compounds shine light on the world around us with Dr New from the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney.

    Dr Elizabeth New is a lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney. She completed her PhD at Durham University in the UK, and then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been leading a research group at the University of Sydney for the past four years that is focusing on using chemistry to study biological systems.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 11 May 2016 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Sydney Film Festival: program launch
    Wednesday 11 May 2016
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    You’re invited to the unveiling of the 2016 Sydney Film Festival program.

    Festival Director, Nashen Moodley, will showcase the diverse range of films to be screened in 2016, including the Opening and Closing Night films, and the Official Competition Selection.

    Whatever your mood, whatever your preference, there is something that will grab you in this year’s festival. The Sydney Film Festival will screen feature films, documentaries, short films and animation across the city from 8 to 19 June. Flexipasses are on sale now!

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 11 May 2016 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Late Night Library: Fat Calamity Jane
    Wednesday 11 May 2016
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    There are plenty of musicals with two leading ladies, but not nearly enough of them are fat. Libby and Maeve from Lady Sings it Better will rectify that.

    Join them for an interactive, all singing, all sitting down reinvention of your favourite musicals starring a brunette and a blonde. It’s a bit live DVD commentary, a bit cabaret, a bit comedy recap, with the glorious harmonies and stellar voices the two are known for.

    Visit the Wild West town of Deadwood with two of Sydney’s funniest songstresses. Prizes for anyone who dresses up.

    ‘Sassy, passionate, and downright hilarious, Lady Sings it Better is comedic cabaret at its best.’ – ArtsHub.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 11 May 2016 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Creative Glebe: Jane Bennett, Industrial Heritage Artist
    Thursday 12 May 2016
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    Jane Bennett has painted the changing urban landscape of Sydney over the past 30 years as an eyewitness to the whirlwind of urban renewal. Despite the challenges of working outdoors, almost all of her work has been painted en plein air, even her larger, more ambitious canvases.

    Through her art, she has explored many industrial sites in Sydney off limits to the public – Cockatoo Island, the Eveleigh railway workshops, the AGL gasworks at Mortlake (now Breakfast Point), Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, Walsh Bay, Glebe Island, White Bay, Pyrmont and Barangaroo. Bennett’s works remain as an historical testament to the passing of an era.

    Join Bennett as she discusses her time as Artist in Residence in Pyrmont during the construction of the Anzac Bridge and view an exhibition in the library of her works from this period.

    As a multiple award-winning artist, Bennett’s work is represented in the collections of the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, the Department of Defence, Artbank, the University of NSW, the University of Sydney, the Kedumba Contemporary Drawing Gallery and many corporate, regional gallery and municipal council collections.

    This popular series hosted in Glebe Library’s beautiful Benledi Meeting Room, highlights fascinating stories from the creative Glebe community and beyond.

    Glebe Library
    Thursday 12 May 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • House Histories
    Saturday 14 May 2016
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    Who lived in your house? Join us for a very special talk and expert panel as part of the Heritage Festival.

    City Historian, Dr Lisa Murray, will give you the tools to research the history of your house. Using records such as Sands Directories, rates assessments and lands titles, you can find out when your house was built, who has lived there and how your house may have been changed over time.

    After Dr Murray’s talk, join us for some morning tea and a Q&A session with an expert panel of City historians and archivists.

    Do you have a question for our experts? Please submit your question for the panel when you book online. Unfortunately time will not allow for every question to be posed, but we will endeavour to answer a broad selection.

    This is a National Trust Heritage Festival 2016 program event.

    Customs House Library
    Saturday 14 May 2016 from 10.30am to 12.30pm