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  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 27 June 2017
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    This free 6-part series is designed to help older people improve their computer and digital literacy.

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

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

    Introduction to computers – 6 June 2017
    Introduction to internet part 1 – 13 June 2017
    Introduction to internet part 2 – 20 June 2017
    Introduction to email – 27 June 2017
    Introduction to online shopping and banking – 4 July 2017
    Introduction to social media – 11 July 2017

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

    To see a full description of sessions click through to the booking link.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3pm to 5pm

    Tuesday 6 June to Tuesday 11 July 2017

  • Code Club @ Surry Hills Library
    Wednesday 28 June 2017
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    This is for all the minds itching to learn coding basics. Bring your curiosity to our Code Club and explore the ‘how’ behind computer games, animation and website coding.

    Join our free club in a series of workshops with 1 session each week for 4 weeks. This workshop series is for coders who are familiar with MIT Scratch and would like to explore new activities. Get the grey matter going by exercising problem-solving skills, logical thinking and draw from the worlds of science, maths and technology to compliment your clever.

    This cool club is best for budding coders aged 8-12 or in years 4 to 6 at school. Using the popular online coding environment, Scratch, each week, you’ll become more competent in new skills and concepts, building on the weeks before. This is why we ask that you’re committed to seeing it through. If you stick with us, you’ll be able to go home and keep coding out in the wild.

    Places in this free club will go like hotcakes so bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesdays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Wednesday 7 June to Wednesday 28 June 2017

  • Coming Out As Deaf
    Thursday 29 June 2017
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    **This event is currently booked out.**
    Come along and join our ‘walk up’ queue 5 minutes before the event starts. Hope to see you there!

    Enjoy an evening of queer storytelling in Auslan, by LGBTIQ members of the Deaf community.

    Sharing stories about how Deafness intersects with sexuality and gender identity in unexpected (and often hilarious) ways, the evening will be presented in Auslan with interpreters for hearing audience members.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Meet some of our storytellers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Kings Cross Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Everyone’s got a Story – Kings Cross sessions:

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

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 1 July 2017 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Kings Cross Library
    Monday 3 July 2017
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    This free 6-part series is designed to help older people improve their computer and digital literacy.

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

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

    Introduction to computers – 19 June 2017
    Introduction to internet part 1 – 26 June 2017
    Introduction to internet part 2 – 3 July 2017
    Introduction to email – 10 July 2017
    Introduction to online shopping and banking – 17 July 2017
    Introduction to social media – 24 July 2017

    See the full description of session times by clicking the book tickets link.

    Kings Cross Library
    Mondays, 11am to 1pm

    Monday 19 June to Monday 24 July 2017

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

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

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

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

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

    Customs House Library
    Wednesdays, 10am to 12pm

    Wednesday 5 July to Wednesday 9 August 2017

  • Growing vertical vegies
    Saturday 8 July 2017
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    This series of talks explore how to live greener and transform your small spaces into productive, natural areas. This third of 4 talks focuses on vertical gardening tips and ideas.

    The increasing reality of living with limited space means Sydneysiders have been getting creative with vertical gardens and green walls popping up all over the city.

    Think outside the square and try trellises, green walls or shelving for home food production. We look at what you’ll need to factor in when creating your vertical gardens.

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

    Suitable for older teenage and adult beginner urban gardeners. This free event is limited, so bookings are essential.

    Waterloo Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Green Villages sessions:

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

    Waterloo Library
    Saturday 8 July 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Curious Science: Understanding obesity – mind and body
    Wednesday 12 July 2017
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    City of Sydney Library joins forces with Inspiring Australia to investigate some cutting-edge research. Over three seasons in 2017, we’re lifting the lid on three big-impact topics: food, obesity and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills.

    Experts lead a talk and Q&A discussing innovative solutions to the deadly threat of obesity. As the biggest health risk in Australia, a staggering 1 in 4 children and more than 63% of adults are overweight, compared with just over half in 1995.

    Getting fatter as we grow older, weight gain is putting us at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers.

    Behind the weight loss studies
    Clinical trials give researchers important insights into metabolism and weight management while social media offers a rich platform for targeting teenagers. Michelle Hsu explores the hurdles and opportunities faced by today’s nutrition researchers.

    Training brains to help bodies
    Despite our best efforts, yielding to eating habits and temptation can sabotage weight loss plans. Dr Jayanthi Raman discusses how neurocognitive changes in people with overweight and obesity can affect the skills which allow us to process information, make decisions and act as advocates for our health.

    Meet our researchers

    Michelle Hsu
    With a passion for understanding human behaviour around eating and health, Michelle is a nutritionist and the program leader for government-funded childhood obesity program, Go4Fun. Educating and supporting adults as well as primary school-aged children and their families about nutrition, she’s helping to engender behaviour change techniques.

    Dr Jayanthi Raman
    Accredited Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow at UTS, Jayanthi has worked extensively in adult mental health. Now, conducting a trial examining Cognitive Remediation, she’s testing new weight management programs, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

    This free event is suitable for a youth and adult audience. Tickets are limited, so bookings are essential.
    Ultimo Library is wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 12 July 2017 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Glebe digital storytelling workshops
    Wednesday 12 July 2017
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    The Glebe digital storytelling project is a series of 4 workshops. Interact with local history and archives using digital media skills and storytelling techniques. The stories you tell have the opportunity to appear on City of Sydney’s Oral Histories website.

    The 4 workshops cover different skills in digital media. Each 1.5-hour class follows the same format, so you can come to just 1 or attend all 4 to finish your project. Choose from the option to:

    1. Create and build on your own digital stories over the 4 sessions
    2. Build upon a story someone else has begun
    3. Contribute original content by recording your own stories

    The art of storytelling
    No matter which form you tell your digital story in, it’s the detail that makes it memorable. During our first session, City Historian, Dr Lisa Murray, will introduce you to historical archive collections and support you in researching your topic of interest. You’ll also get familiar with intellectual property and copyright before learning some digital tools.

    Digital manipulation
    Learn basic digital media skills using iMovie and GarageBand. Focusing on how to edit and manipulate content, these workshops cover image, audio and video components. Get an education in digital making tools, supported by a skilled facilitator, then, let loose and record your own stories.

    Elias Nohra
    Educator and workshop facilitator, Elias, works with people from all walks of life. As an advocate for sustainable self-expression, he uses digital media to build the capacity for sustainable self-expression in marginalised communities, not-for-profit organisations, school students and passionate individuals alike.

    Suitable for adults and families, these free sessions are limited to 10 people per workshop, so bookings are essential. Mac laptops are available for use upon registration.

    Glebe Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Glebe Library
    Fortnightly on Wednesdays, 5.30pm to 7pm

    Wednesday 12 July to Wednesday 16 August 2017

  • Musica Viva: Masterclass with Sitkovetsky Trio
    Friday 14 July 2017
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    The City of Sydney joins forces with Musica Viva to bring you a series of free musical masterclasses and performances at Green Square Library.

    Get the opportunity to absorb and observe 2 unique masterclasses. Members of the acclaimed Pacifica Quartet and Sitkovetsky Trio work with talented music students on a piece of their own work.

    For primary school-aged students, there are 2 fun music workshops designed to develop a love of music. No matter your musical experience, this interactive performance will challenge, delight and enrich.

    Musica Viva’s Masterclass program invites their nationally touring artists to work with young musicians. Bringing unique perspectives on interpretation, technique and performance, come and join the audience to get a rare insight into the masterclass process.

    Energetic and bold, the multi award-winning Sitkovetsky Trio has emerged as one of the most outstanding groups of its kind since forming in 2007. Known for their magnetic performances, their considered approach to the music has brought them widespread critical acclaim.

    In this masterclass, one of the Trio’s notable instrumentalists will mentor young string players. In an interactive, open-lesson format, they’ll offer the students practical pathways to perfecting their instrument playing.

    Suitable for high school and university students, teachers and adults, this free event has limited capacity, so bookings are essential.

    Green Square Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Green Square Library
    Friday 14 July 2017 from 5.30pm to 7pm
  • Build your own Beetle-Bot workshop
    Saturday 15 July 2017
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    Build-your-own Beetle-Bot in this hands-on workshop. To find out what makes robots run – get tinkering with electronic and mechanical components. Make your own basic beetle look-alike and let it roam free.

    Our creative digital making program at the library explores coding, robotics and electronics. As part of this, we’ve created the perfect project for the mechanically-minded.

    Without human control, the Beetle-Bot can zoom around on flat, hard surfaces and avoid obstacles using just two motors and switches. One motor drives your bot forward until its feelers bump into an obstacle. The feeler triggers a switch which reverses the second motor to spin around and steer your bot clear of a collision.

    This fun workshop will give you an introduction to new technologies, so take the time to dabble in DIY and learn how to solder.

    When you’re done, you can take your Beetle-Bot home and put it to the test by constructing a challenging obstacle course.

    Suitable for adults 18+, the workshop costs $15 per person which includes all tools and materials. Places are limited to 10 people, so bookings are essential.

    Haymarket Library
    Saturday 15 July 2017 from 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Late Night Library: Nasty
    Thursday 20 July 2017
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    For our second Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming with Sydney-based curator-producers Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell to present five unique and immersive performance experiences at Kings Cross Library.

    Nasty is a light-hearted lo-fi romp through the history of wicked women, by the original nasty grrl herself. Join Medusa, everyone’s favourite mythological snake-headed, man-destroying, terror-inducing she-beast for a dark and delightful evening of songs, laughs and good times!

    This is a brand new absurdist, feminist, historical cabaret comedy by Sydney-based artist Sabrina D’Angelo, incorporating body poetry, puppetry, music and song. Sabrina has a Master of Puppetry from the Victorian College of the Arts, and has created work for presentation at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe. This year she is also a participant in Belvoir’s inaugural Artist Workshop program.

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

    Late Night Library usually books out, avoid disappointment and book your ticket.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair accessible.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 20 July 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Code Club @ Glebe Library
    Friday 21 July 2017
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    This is for all the minds itching to learn coding basics. Bring your curiosity to our Code Club and explore the ‘how’ behind computer games, animation and website coding.

    Join our free club in a series of workshops with 1 session each week for 5 weeks. Get the grey matter going by exercising problem-solving skills, logical thinking and draw from the worlds of science, maths and technology to compliment your clever.

    This cool club is best for budding coders aged 8-12 or in years 4 to 6 at school. Using the popular online coding environment, Scratch, each week, you’ll become more competent in new skills and concepts, building on the weeks before. This is why we ask that you’re committed to seeing it through. If you stick with us, you’ll be able to go home and keep coding out in the wild.

    Places in this free club will go like hotcakes so bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.

    Glebe Library
    Fridays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Friday 21 July to Friday 18 August 2017

  • Virtual reality filmmaking workshop
    Saturday 22 July 2017
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    Get familiar with new approaches to filmmaking and immersive digital environments in this entry level workshop led by Studio Mod.

    This 3-hour workshop will get you acquainted with the current state of VR filmmaking. We’ll also introduce you to the tools of the trade such as VR head mounted displays including Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive. Then, realise your imagination by creating 360 video for social VR platforms like Youtube and Facebook.

    You’ll also gain an understanding of VR filmmaking post production issues and get hands-on experience using the library’s new computer lab and software. Let your new skills loose with the latest Adobe Creative Suite and Digital Editions software. These programs are also available to use at Kings Cross Library following the workshop.

    Studio Mod
    Creators of interactive entertainment and immersive experience, we’re storytellers, media artists and creative coders. We realise real experiences for a wide range of audiences and organisations. Founded by Michela Ledwidge and Mish Sparks, we’re also the developers of Rack&Pin, the management software platform designed for managing ‘mixed reality’ experiences.

    This 3-hour session is best suited for people 16+ with basic skills and knowledge in digital media. Workshop tickets are $50 per person with a maximum of just 16 participants.

    Bookings are essential.

    Kings Cross Library is wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet.

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 22 July 2017 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Projection mapping workshop: Show and play
    Saturday 29 July 2017
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    This workshop builds on the foundations you learnt in the introductory seminar to projection mapping. Under the know-how of leading multimedia artist Cindi Drennan, develop basic skills in projection mapping, including use of different techniques and tools and tips to consider when you create a project.

    The Customs House Library training lab is equipped with everything you need for this workshop including Adobe Creative Suite and Digital. You’ll get to practice with 2D and 3D templates to master design methods, then take your artwork from the screen to a physical space.

    We’ll set up the equipment and tools to reflect a typical workflow configuration used for content creation for projection mapping and explain the techniques and specific formats needed. We’ll also provide a demonstration of software used for rapid prototyping and live projection mapping. Take turns operating the equipment with help from professionals and discover the exciting feeling of illuminating spaces with projection art.

    You might be familiar with projection mapping from Sydney’s annual Vivid Festival. The wow-factor of the Opera House and Customs House projections are a magical demonstration of the power of this art form.

    Cindi Drennan
    Australian multimedia artist, Cindi Drennan, founder and director of illuminart, specialises in projection art. With community art at the heart of her practice, she blends large-scale mapped projection onto buildings with animated audiovisual narratives. Over 25 years she’s lent her creativity to a multitude of multi-disciplinary projects from filmmaking, illustration and animation to community arts and interactive media.

    This 2.5-hour session is best suited for adults with a working knowledge of Photoshop as well as a familiarity with Adobe Premier, Final Cut Pro or After Effects.

    Workshop tickets are $50 per person with a maximum of 8 participants. Bookings are essential.

    Customs House Library is wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet.

    Customs House Library
    Saturday 29 July 2017 from 1pm to 3.30pm
  • Design on Show: Design thinking for change
    Saturday 29 July 2017
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    In partnership with UNSW Art and Design, join Professor of Design, Cameron Tonkinwise, in a talk and Q&A. Discussing how design thinking influences social evolution, he advocates for a seismic shift in structural change.

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

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

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

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

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

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 29 July 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Introduction to projection mapping
    Saturday 29 July 2017
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    Guided by leading multimedia artist, Cindi Drennan, this seminar will introduce you to the techniques, tools and tips behind projection mapping. Cast your creativity on a large scale and learn the processes behind producing projected video transformations of architecture. Get to grips with the groundwork needed to make these impactful installations.

    You might be familiar with projection mapping from Sydney’s annual Vivid Festival. The wow-factor of the Opera House and Customs House projections are a magical demonstration of the power of this art form.

    Presented in seminar-style, you’ll be introduced to how projection and digital media is used to transform social spaces. Learn about the technology and skills needed and draw inspiration from examples around the world. Look at how the community currently connects with digital media and examine future opportunities in this space. Find out how different disciplines and arts combine to create successful, exciting projection art and digital placemaking.

    Cindi Drennan
    Australian Multimedia artist, Cindi Drennan, founder and director of illuminart, specialises in projection art. With community art at the heart of her practice, she blends large-scale mapped projection onto buildings with animated audiovisual narratives. Over 25 years she’s lent her creativity to a multitude of multi-disciplinary projects from filmmaking, illustration and animation to community arts and interactive media.

    This 1.5-hour session is best suited to adults familiar with animation and video editing software. Tickets are $20 per person with a maximum of 30 participants. Bookings are essential.

    If your creativity has been kindled by this seminar, sign up for the second session, a hands-on experience of projection mapping tools and templates.

    Customs House Library is wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet.

    Customs House Library
    Saturday 29 July 2017 from 10.30am to 12pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 1 August 2017
  • Book now

    This free 6-part series is designed to help older people improve their computer and digital literacy.

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

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

    Introduction to computers – 1 August 2017
    Introduction to internet part 1 – 8 August 2017
    Introduction to internet part 2 – 15 August 2017
    Introduction to email – 22 August 2017
    Introduction to cyber safety – 29 August 2017
    Introduction to social media – 5 September 2017

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

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3pm to 5pm

    Tuesday 1 August to Tuesday 5 September 2017

  • Python programming: 10-12 year olds
    Wednesday 2 August 2017
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    Designed for competent users of MIT Scratch – take your skills to the next level. This 5 week course with CODE4FUN will introduce you to the more complex language of Python. Leave the ‘drag and drop’ environment behind and jump into coding that can carry you into robotics, web applications and more.

    Stretch yourself beyond the teaching languages of Scratch or Logo with this versatile language that you can both begin with and grow into. Learn coding principles such as functions, syntax and coding logic. The best part is that we’ll support you in building your own project.

    Each week we’ll help you extend your skills and learn to troubleshoot. Equipment and laptops are provided and Python is also compatible with our Edison Robots, so you can learn to program them too.

    CODE4FUN
    We‘re a bunch of creative enthusiasts who believe that coding is the language of the future. We believe in teaching with creativity, innovation and teamwork, that’s why all our programming courses are tailored to a reflect ability level. All our staff are experienced IT professionals.

    This program is best suited for 10 – 12 year olds who have a familiarity with MIT Scratch programming or have attended our Code Club sessions. This affordable course costs only $50 for 5 weeks. With a maximum of only 8 participants, bookings are essential.

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesdays, 4pm to 5.30pm

    Wednesday 2 August to Wednesday 30 August 2017

  • Everyone’s got a Story: Kings Cross - Saturday Night
    Saturday 5 August 2017
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    Join iconic and ‘ordinary’ locals as they bring Kings Cross’ unique character to life with stories, live music and film. This special series produced by artist and performer, Vashti Hughes, will take us on a journey through the decades.

    Going back to the 1980s, the Cross is still the place to let your hair down. The thrill of nightlife is now mixed with an increase of people doing it tough. AIDS and drug-related deaths were fast putting out the party. In the background, sounds were changing and so was fashion and feel.

    Meet some of our storytellers

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

    Tony Mott
    As Australia’s leading rock photographer, Tony has had over 30,000 photographs published in 20 countries. Working at all the Cross’ venues, he talks about the 80s music scene.

    Celia Curtis
    When not painting dinosaurs at Erth, Celia sings with White Knuckle Fever. She’ll be performing some of the hits of the 80s with Ross Johnston.

    Ross Johnston
    Ex Machine Gun Fellatio, music industry all-rounder, Ross currently writes music and jingles as well as performing.

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

    Vashti and Vittorio will give a short performance about the Cross in the 80s from Piccolo Tales. They’ll also be a selection of 80s music clips.

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

    Everyone’s got a Story – Kings Cross sessions:

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

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 5 August 2017 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Late Night Library: (Face)Book Club
    Thursday 17 August 2017
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    For our second Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming with Sydney-based curator-producers Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell. Enjoy five unique and immersive performance experiences at our inner city libraries.

    Literature has a way of bringing people together, yet in a fast-paced, social media-driven world of likes and tweets, we rarely take the time to talk about books with one another.

    You’ve heard of speed reading, you’ve heard of speed dating; but have you ever heard of speed book club? Join us for this wild night of speed book dating, in which you’ll hopefully fall head over heels for a book you’ve never read, and go home with a list of names (not numbers) of books for you to get to know.

    With a paper bag placed gently on your head (eyes and mouth cut out for seeing and speaking, of course), meet other people who share your love for the craft of writing, and make some new friends through your shared (or oppositional) taste in literature. Participants will be asked to bring a book with them to be a part of a book swap at the end of the night, so the bag on your head will double as a book bag when you head home.

    You’ll never see a book club or speed dating in the same way again!

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

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 17 August 2017 from 8pm to 9pm