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  • 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
  • Culture and science: Indigenous perspectives
    Thursday 17 August 2017
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    Join our panel to explore the role of the world’s oldest living cultures in the development of new technology.

    Co-curated by the City of Sydney and Monica Stevens as part of National Science Week, speakers discuss the importance of including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in science and technology. How can knowledge held by Aboriginal peoples help shape innovation and sustainability? What will be the impact on future generations?

    Our panel

    Vanessa Lee
    From the Yupungathi and Meriam people, Vanessa chairs the National Public Health Indigenous Leadership in Education Network. She has been instrumental in integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content into the health science curriculum and addressing issues in the health and wellbeing of communities.

    Luke Briscoe
    A proud Kuku-Yalanji man, Luke is an advocate for leadership in science, technology and digital innovation. He is co-founder of Indigilabs – a platform providing opportunities for Indigenous communities.

    Michael Rome
    From the Torres Strait, Michael champions indigenous excellence in digital technology. Using his fascination with Behavioural Science, he aims to make technology more accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    Warren Roberts
    Founder of Y.A.R.N Australia, Warren’s vision is to unite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians through a series of reflective workshops.

    Monica Stevens
    An mBabarum woman from Cape York, Monica is an arts consultant and founding member of Bangarra Dance Theatre, now exploring choreography and technology.

    A yarning circle is a dynamic safe place to talk (or not) about subjects where you can participate and contribute: ‘ways of knowing,’ ‘ways of being’ and ‘ways of doing.’ During the session, you’ll be given the opportunity to break away into yarning circle groups in order to throw questions to the presenters.

    Free event. Bookings are essential as tickets are limited.

    Customs House Library
    Thursday 17 August 2017 from 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Code Club @ Glebe Library
    Friday 18 August 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

  • Yarning circle: Family day
    Saturday 19 August 2017
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    Join us as we create yarning circles and explore the relationship between natural sciences and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices. Learn from knowledgeable Aboriginal facilitators about didgeridoo-making, uses of plants from the bush and stories of the sun and stars.

    Yarning circles are a dynamic safe place to talk (or not) about subjects where you can participate and contribute: ‘ways of knowing,’ ‘ways of being’ and ‘ways of doing.’

    Program
    Beginning at 10.30am with an Acknowledgement of Country – drop into multiple workshops:

    Didgeridoos led by Matthew Doyle (10.45am – 11.45am)
    Learn about didgeridoo-making and the traditional roles.

    From the bush led by Henrietta Baird (11am – 12pm)
    Mix your own natural paint and discover weaving with bush plants.

    Stories and stars led by Kirsten Banks (11am – 12pm)
    Listen to dreaming stories and look at the sun through a special telescope.

    Bush flavours (12pm – 12.30pm)
    Taste test delicious bush flavours.

    About the facilitators

    Monica Stevens
    An mBabarum woman from Cape York, Monica is an arts consultant and founding member of Bangarra Dance Theatre, now exploring choreography and technology.

    Matthew Doyle
    A descendant of the Muruwari People from northwest NSW, Matthew’s carved out a 30-year career as a dancer, didgeridoo player, songman and cultural educator.

    Henrietta Baird
    A Kuku Yalanji woman from Far North Queensland, Henrietta shares knowledge of Aboriginal culture, native bush plants, weaving and dance.

    Kirsten Banks
    A physics major at UNSW, Kirsten shares her love of physics and Indigenous astronomy at the Museum of Applied Arts and Science’s Sydney Observatory.

    Free event suitable for 1 to 14-year-olds. Bookings essential.

    Co-curated by the City of Sydney and Monica Stevens as part Sydney Science Festival during National Science Week.

    Glebe Library
    Saturday 19 August 2017 from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 22 August 2017
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    Booked out.

    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

  • This is your black life: Kodie vs Bjorn
    Thursday 31 August 2017
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    Have you ever quit a job because of racism? Is white privilege a thing? Should a teabag be left in or out of a cup? These are the hard-hitting questions Cope ST’s Bjorn Stewart will attempt to answer as he is grilled by fellow Cope ST member Kodie Bedford in their first show at Glebe Library.

    Kodie, who learnt everything she knows from Oprah Winfrey, will be covering arts, Indigenous politics and social issues as she drills down Bjorn’s passion, motivations and life story. And in a world exclusive, Kodie has uncovered Bjorn’s teenage diary and will be dissecting his awkward teenage years and why he was so unlucky in love.

    Using a mix of videos and live performance, This is your black life will reveal the secret lives of each member of Indigenous arts collective Cope ST. The absurd, insightful and comedic style will be your entertaining monthly dose of Redfern gossip. No topic is off limits and no embarrassing anecdotal stone will be left unturned.

    Produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Cope ST.

    About Cope ST

    Bjorn Stewart, Katie Beckett, Colin Kinchela and Kodie Bedford make up Cope ST. The Indigenous arts collective makes quirky art, theatre and multi-media projects that represents their nerd and weird interests. They rose to prominence in 2016 when their comedy video, How to do Blackface, went viral. The group wrote and performed sci-fi comedy One of the Good Ones to much acclaim at Sydney’s Red Rattler for a season. They will appear on the upcoming comedy sketch show The Slot on Fox 8 later in the year.

    Other events in the This is your black life series:

    • Thursday 28 September
    • Thursday 26 October
    • Thursday 23 November
    Glebe Library
    Thursday 31 August 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Welcome to the Studio
    Wednesday 6 September 2017
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    Tune into Late Night Library for a feast of comedy and melodrama taking you back to the hey-day of radio drama of the 1930s and 40s. Weaving contemporary humour with local history, Merran Winchester and her team will transport the audience back in time, using live sound effects, old news transcripts, music and more. Learn a little about Sydney history, and make a little Sydney history while you’re at it.

    More than one Sydney library has links to a wireless history. Kings Cross Library has its own wireless history, sitting on the site of the old ABC building, making it the perfect location for this trip back in time.

    For NSW History Week, join a group of local actors and community broadcasters as they explore the history of Sydney and its life on the wireless.

    Late Night Library Special: Welcome to the Studio 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. She has played to packed houses at festivals round the country and internationally. 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’ve brought Maeve back to present four compelling performances across the year.

    Bookings recommended, however you can join the walk-up queue on the evening of the performance.

    Kings Cross is wheelchair accessible

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 6 September 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Speak your Mind: Feminism
    Tuesday 12 September 2017
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    With feminism at the forefront of Australian political, social and economic rhetoric, our panellists write from various perspectives in Australia, America and Iran. They all explore how women are represented in history and fiction as well as in the fashion, modelling and sports industries.

    Panellists

    Cassie Lane
    Writer and former model, Cassie has worked extensively around the world. Returning to Melbourne, she quit modelling to complete a Master of Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. Now working as a content writer, How to Dress a Dummy is her first book.

    Tala Raassi
    Born in the US and raised in Tehran, Tala has been named one of the Most Fearless Women in the World by Newsweek. Making her mark in the fashion world at an early age, she’s now devoted to celebrating and empowering women through her designs. For Raassi, fashion is freedom.

    Lauren Sams
    Author of She’s Having Her Baby, a funny and frank story about pregnancy, dating and modern parenting, and ultimately, the indomitable power of female friendship. Working as a freelance writer, Lauren’s been published in Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and Delicious.

    Samantha X
    Starting out as a journalist for London’s tabloids Samantha moved to Australia for sun, sea and sex. After 13 years as a magazine writer in Sydney, she decided selling her body was far more lucrative and fun and the stories she heard were more fascinating than any story she’d covered.

    Tickets are limited and bookings recommended.

    Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Better Read Than Dead.

    The gallery space at Newtown Library is accessible only by stairs. We apologise for any inconvenience.

    Speak Your Mind is series of panels that feature unique Australian voices from fiction authors and academics to activists and experts. Offering diverse perspectives on feminism, climate change, wellness, technology and race, this is an opportunity to join in the conversation.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 12 September 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Curious Science: STEM in the early years
    Wednesday 13 September 2017
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    Experts lead a talk and Q&A exploring how to prepare young Australians for the future. With STEM disciplines being key to our economic growth and social wellbeing, our significant STEM skills shortage has become a national priority.

    Around 44% of jobs will be automated, making STEM skills invaluable alongside creative problem solving and strong digital literacy. The World Economic Forum estimates the majority of today’s primary school aged kids will end up working in jobs that don’t yet exist. By 2020, 75% of all jobs are likely to involve STEM.

    Educators believe daily scientific discovery should be part of early learning. Curiosity, observation and critical thinking can be encouraged through programs that advocate engagement in science and technology subjects. Discover how scientific exploration equips young kids with STEM confidence and get ideas for improving your child’s STEM outcomes.

    Speakers

    Heike Schneider
    Passionate about quality education, Heike has worked as a high school teacher in both Germany and Australia over 10 years. As head trainer at Little Scientists, she establishes strong and collaborative network partnerships on a national scale and manages implementation and delivery of workshops.

    Adam Selinger
    Involved in science education for over 25 years, Adam is a co-founder and Creative Director of Children’s Discovery Museum. He is currently working on a national initiative, collaborating with public libraries to increase STEM collections and public programs.

    This free event is suitable for an audience 16+. Bookings recommended.

    Ultimo Library is wheelchair friendly.

    City of Sydney Library joins forces with Inspiring Australia to investigate some cutting-edge research. In our final series for 2017, we’re looking at Australia’s deficit in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills. Join us for one or all of our Curious Science series at Ultimo Library from September to November 2017.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 13 September 2017 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Neural Knitworks
    Friday 22 September 2017
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    Join our knitting circle and create a textile neuron while you forge new neural pathways and learn about neuroscience and mental health. Our 2 facilitators, neuroscience researcher Dr Sarah McKay from The Neuroscience Academy and community artist Pat Pillai, will introduce you to these electrically excitable cells of your brain.

    Presented by the City of Sydney Library, in partnership with the Big Anxiety Project, Neural Knitworks is a collaborative art/science project. Based on the principle that through challenge, connection and mindfulness, yarn craft can keep your mind sharp and engaged.

    Test your memory and get acquainted with the nifty neurons that form the basis of your thoughts. Contribute your woolly design to a travelling textile brain exhibition.

    Pat Pillai
    A community artist with a background in science and an interest in psychology and art therapy. Pat founded the Neural Knitworks as a National Science Week project in 2014, where workshops amassed hundreds of textile neurons that made up a giant brain exhibition. Neural Knitworks continues to bring together neuroscientists and community members to promote brain and mind health through yarn craft.

    Dr Sarah McKay
    An influential brain health commentator and neuroscientist, she specialises in translating brain science research into simple, actionable strategies for peak performance, creativity and wellbeing. Dr McKay founded The Neuroscience Academy, offering e-learning and in-person training with a focus on applying neuroscience, positive psychology and mind-body medicine to life and work.

    This free event is suitable for 18+ and no knitting experience is necessary. With a maximum of 20 people, bookings are essential.

    Glebe Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Glebe Library
    Friday 22 September 2017 from 11am to 1pm
  • Speak your Mind: Climate change
    Tuesday 26 September 2017
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    Our climate change experts will shine a factual light on the contemporary climate debate. Alongside them, our speculative fiction writers conjure an imagined future of desolate landscapes and resource scarcity.

    Panellists:

    Daniel Findlay – Year of the Orphan
    Historian and kids’ writer, Dan has edited leading youth magazines and is a freelance writer and photographer. His debut novel Year of the Orphan is set in the Australian outback in a post-apocalyptic future.

    Harriet McKnight – Rain Birds
    Harriet’s work has been shortlisted for the Overland VU and other prestigious short story prizes. She is currently Managing Editor of The Canary Press and Rain Birds is her debut novel.

    Mark Butler – Climate Wars
    Mark is Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy and National President of the ALP. He has also previously held the ministries of mental health, housing, homelessness, social inclusion, climate change and the environment.

    Jane Rawson – The Handbook: Surviving and Living with Climate Change
    Her first novel, A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, won the Small Press Network’s 2014 Most Underrated Book. Jane was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for her sci-fi novel, Formaldehyde.

    Jim Chalmers
    Jim is a Labor MP and Shadow Minister for Finance and previously was the chief of staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer. He has a PhD in political science and international relations and author of Glory Daze (2013).

    This is a free event. Bookings recommended.

    Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Better Read Than Dead

    Unfortunately the gallery space at Newtown Library is accessible only by stairs. We apologise for any inconvenience.

    Speak Your Mind is series of topical panels that feature unique Australian voices from fiction authors and academics to activists and experts. Offering readers and writers diverse perspectives on feminism, climate change, wellness, technology and race, this is an opportunity to join in the conversation.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 26 September 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Please Laika Me
    Wednesday 27 September 2017
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    The National Young Writers’ Festival touches down in Sydney for one-night-only. Join City of Sydney Library and literary organisation, Subbed In, for a night of workshops, interactive installations and performances. Get some performance tips, test your material and meet other young writers from interstate. You can also make, sell and buy some zines.

    Performances
    Feature readers include Kiwi poet, Hera Lindsay Bird, who has developed a cult following, poet and co-founder of Bankstown Poetry Slam, Sara Mansour, and Melbourne-based poet and critic, Melody Paloma. They’ll be supported by 1-minute open mic spots in which punters can trial their workshop material.

    Digital poetry
    Meet poets who create in the digital sphere and interact with their work. Featuring digital gurus Peter Wildman and Karen Lowry.

    Zine Lab: Zines, zines, zines
    Learn zine-making from the best including seasoned pros Bastian Fox Phelan, Jesse Anderson and Shareeka Helaluddin. Plus snap up some zines for your collection or even sell your own.

    Workshops

    Let’s Get Loud
    Stacey Teague and Dan Hogan from Subbed In will provide emerging writers with a safe space to learn, discuss and practice the art of reading and performing their work in public.

    Writing to Constraints
    Join award-winning writers, Holly Isemonger and Dave Drayton, as they present a range of modes and methods for generating new writing and ideas.

    This drug and alcohol-free event is suitable for ages 16+. Performances may contain course language and adult concepts.

    Bookings are essential. You can sign up on the night for the workshops and activities you want to participate in. Some have limited capacity, so places are on a first in best dressed basis.

    Haymarket Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Produced by City of Sydney in partnership with National Young Writers Festival and Subbed In.

    Haymarket Library
    Wednesday 27 September 2017 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm
  • People that hate to vote
    Wednesday 27 September 2017
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    Democracy has had one too many drinks and it’s time for an intervention. Filibuster invite you to be our guest at The People’s Table. Each night some of Sydney’s most dynamic performance artists will throw a proverbial thought-bomb at a table of diverse Sydney locals and the best bit is, you get to watch.

    You saw that “I’m just one vote, what difference could I possibly make?” poster pinned outside the careers counsellor office at school, yeah? Well, maybe you’re not much for posters, or glancing over documents generally. Perhaps you’ve wondered instead what the Australian Electoral Commission consider a ‘valid and sufficient’ reason to not vote? Come watch the resisters, the ratbags and the disillusioned and be challenged by the 3 most optimistic artists we could find. Can they checkmate some electoral cynicism?

    For our final Late Night Library series for 2017, we’re teaming up with Sydney-based political theatre company Filibuster, to present 4 unique and immersive experiences.

    Set in the Customs House Library reading room, The People’s Table is a public dinner conversation for all.

    Bookings recommended.

    Customs House is wheelchair accessible.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 27 September 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • This is your black life: Kodie Vs Colin
    Thursday 28 September 2017
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    Have you ever been told you’re good looking for an Aboriginal? Have cab drivers driven straight past you? When you turn 40, do you qualify for elder status and free cups of tea? These are the hard-hitting questions Cope ST’s Colin Kinchela will answer as he’s grilled by fellow Cope ST member Kodie Bedford. Don’t miss their second show in the series: This is your black life.

    Kodie, who learnt everything she knows from Oprah Winfrey, will be covering arts, Indigenous politics and social issues as she drills down Colin’s passion, motivations and life story. And in a world exclusive, Kodie has discovered the thought process behind his Facebook statuses and will uncover his success into getting likes.

    Using a mix of videos and live performance, This is your black life will reveal the secret lives of each member of Indigenous arts collective Cope ST. In absurd, insightful and comedic style, this will be your entertaining monthly dose of Redfern gossip. No topic is off limits and no embarrassing anecdotal stone will be left unturned.

    Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Cope ST.

    About Cope ST

    Bjorn Stewart, Katie Beckett, Colin Kinchela and Kodie Bedford make up Cope ST. The Indigenous arts collective has banded together to make quirky art, theatre and multi-media projects that represented their nerd and weird interests. They rose to prominence in 2016 when their comedy video How to do Blackface went viral. The group wrote and performed sci-fi comedy One of the Good Ones to much acclaim at Sydney’s Red Rattler for a season. They will appear on the upcoming comedy sketch show The Slot on Fox 8 later in the year.

    Other events in This is your black life:

    Glebe Library
    Thursday 28 September 2017 from 8pm to 9pm