• What’s on
  • Stella Schools: Girls Write Up
    Monday 25 June 2018
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    Part of the Stella Schools program, this all-day festival of writing is for any teenager who has felt limited by gender. Understand how language can be used to liberate and empower.

    The innovative program of talks, interactive panels and practical workshops explore the relationships between language, gender and power. The sessions also explore the effects of unconscious bias on our sense of self. The festival elevates voices and stories that have historically been devalued or marginalised. All participants have the opportunity to discover their own creative voice, gaining skills and the confidence to use it.

    Creative thinkers and emerging leaders will share how they use writing to define their identities and shape the world around them.

    The 2018 line-up so far includes Young Adult (YA) author Erin Gough, Winnie Dunn and Phoebe Grainer from Sweatshop, a literacy movement based in western Sydney and BuzzFeed editor and YA author Jenna Guillaume.

    Suitable for all teens. The same program will run on both days. Bookings essential.

    Customs House Library
    Monday 25 June 2018 from 8.30am to 3.30pm
    Tuesday 26 June 2018 from 8.30am to 3.30pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Kings Cross Library
    Monday 25 June 2018
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    This free series funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS. The workshops are designed to help older people gain confidence in basic computer and digital skills.

    Book in for 1 or more of the small group sessions below:

    Introduction to computers – 4 June
    This workshop covers what a computer is, its components and how it’s operated. You’ll learn to use a mouse and keyboard and then road test your skills to create your first document.

    Introduction to internet part 1 – 18 June
    Become familiar with how to access and surf the web so you can go home, sign up for an internet service and hang out on the www yourself.

    Introduction to internet part 2 – 25 June
    We’ll look at ways to make web navigation a breeze and seek out video and music add-ons. You’ll leave knowing how to keep yourself safe online and tips for the best sites.

    Introduction to email – 2 July
    Keep connected to family and friends with email. We’ll walk you through setting up a free Gmail email account and how to send, read and reply to your emails.

    Online shopping and banking part 1 – 9 July
    From booking a holiday to buying groceries, we’ll take you through the process of buying something and how to stay safe banking and shopping online.

    Introduction to online shopping and banking part 2 – 16 July
    Following on from part 1, find out how you can save time paying bills online and learn how to browse, buy and sell using websites like eBay and about payment options like PayPal.

    Introduction to social media – 23 July
    Get sharp with social media’s famous three: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We’ll take you through a run-down of which social media to use and when.

    Kings Cross Library
    Mondays, 11am to 1pm

    Monday 4 June to Monday 23 July 2018

    Except public holidays

  • Maker nights: Electrocraft
    Thursday 28 June 2018
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    Maker nights are a new regular meet-up in the library. Over the 3 sessions, work with the group and tinker with wearable electronics and paper craft to create a light-up felt badge and postcard to take home. Discover how to work with conductive thread and the basic skills of machine-based sewing.

    You’ll get a hands-on introduction to the incredible world of electrocraft as you create simple circuits. Find out how to combine conductive thread, paint, tape and LED lights with everyday handcrafts involving paper, fibre and electricity.

    Take things at your own pace in this supportive space. Explore your interests and build confidence in using technology as you chat about your projects with other people.

    All equipment and materials will be provided.

    Bobbin and Ink
    A supervised workspace, studio and shopfront offering classes and custom sessions for those interested in sewing and screen printing.

    Surry Hills Library
    Fortnightly on Thursdays, 5.30pm to 7pm

    Thursday 31 May to Thursday 28 June 2018

  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 3 July 2018
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    This free series is designed to help older people gain confidence in basic computer and digital skills. From searching to surfing, they’ll discover how to browse the web, use an iPad, set up an email address and reconnect with friends on social media.

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

    Introduction to computers – 3 July
    Introduction to internet – Beginners – 10 July
    Introduction to email – Beginners – 17 July
    Introduction to the Internet – Intermediate – 24 July
    Introduction to email – Intermediate – 31 July
    Introduction to online shopping – 7 August
    Introduction to online banking – 14 August
    Introduction to social media – 21 August
    Introduction to iPads – 28 August

    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 3 July to Tuesday 28 August 2018

  • Digital storytelling for change workshop
    Thursday 5 July 2018
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    We’ve teamed up film-making experts from Digital Storytellers to present a series of 3 short workshops. Participants will learn how to use digital storytelling for positive impact. In these hand-on sessions, learn how to tell more effective stories. Discover how to find, make, edit and share your content on a budget.

    Find your impact story
    Thursday 5 July
    Learn how to tell a world-changing story. Craft stories that resonate with audiences and build a successful campaign with the Story Canvas tool. Brainstorm and distill ideas for a draft of your own story.

    Make your impact story
    Thursday 19 July
    Produce powerful content without expensive equipment or a big budget. Get experience filming your story using mobile devices and digital equipment. Explore DIY lighting, sound, interviews and cutaways.

    Edit your impact story
    Thursday 2 August
    Use simple tools like the Adobe Clip and Kinemaster apps to edit your story. Learn about a process for creating short, sharp and shareable content.

    This free event is suitable for people 18 years and over. Places are limited and bookings are recommended. Bookings require attendance at all 3 workshops.

    Digital Storytellers is a purpose-driven film-making agency. The agency crafts impactful stories with positive narratives to make a difference in the world.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 5 July 2018 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm

    Also runs on Thursday 19 July and Thursday 2 August.

  • Koori collection pop-ups at the library
    Sunday 8 July 2018
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    During NAIDOC Week, City of Sydney Library will showcase our Koori collection with a series of pop-up displays.

    The Koori collection celebrates the rich stories and resources of 40,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The books, films, and music in the collection reflect the unique voices and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Standing at over 2,000 items, the collection covers bush medicine, bush tucker, astronomy, philosophy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

    All items are available for members to borrow. Our friendly library team is always keen to chat about the collection.

    There’s something for everyone.

    City of Sydney Library
    Every day, 9am to 6pm

    Sunday 8 July to Sunday 15 July 2018

  • Maker nights: Computer aided design and 3D printing
    Thursday 12 July 2018
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    Be a part of our maker nights: a regular meet-up series in the library. Over 3 sessions, upsize your skill set and learn cutting-edge technologies as you work with a group to design and 3D print a small object. See your customised zipper pull, keychain or mini succulent pot come to life, from concept to creation.

    Master the basics of 3D design using free computer aided design (CAD) software and the fundamentals of preparing files for 3D printing. Then sit back and watch your design emerge on our 3D printer.

    In this supportive space, you can learn at your own pace, investigate your interests and get confident using technology.

    All equipment and materials are provided. You can also bring your laptop loaded with the TinkerCAD program so you can continue tinkering with your designs at home.

    3D Printing Studios
    The team at 3D Printing Studios turns ideas and designs into physical things in as little as a few hours. The Sydney studio is equipped with the latest 3D printers, scanners and software. The studio also runs introductory workshops in computer aided design and 3D scanning and printing. Studios are also found in Melbourne, Singapore and Malaysia.

    This workshop is suitable for anyone over 16 years old and no prior experience is required. There’s a maximum of 12 people, so bookings are recommended. Participants need to book and attend all 3 sessions as new skills are taught each week.

    Surry Hills Library
    Fortnightly on Thursdays, 6pm to 7.30pm

    Thursday 12 July to Thursday 9 August 2018

  • Late Night Library: Moreblessing Maturure and her mum
    Thursday 19 July 2018
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    This is the second event of a 3-part series presented with Carnival of the Bold. Join an intimate and entertaining conversation between theatremaker Moreblessing Maturure and her mother Sibusisiwe Maturure, recounting her pursuit of a creative career.

    Moreblessing Maturure

    Moreblessing is a Zimbabwean/Australian stage and screen actor, with a wealth of experience in writing, devising, directing and producing. As a writer, she crosses from the poetic, dramatic and analytical, developing her work with Playwriting Australia, ATYP, and Sydney Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers Group. Moreblessing has also worked with Information and Cultural Exchange Centre to develop screen projects. She is the founding Creative Director of FOLK Magazine, a platform dedicated to showcasing artists of colour and their work.

    About the series

    Every parent wants the best for their child, often placing high expectations on their future plans. It’s not uncommon for parents to discourage their kids from exploring their artistic side, instead encouraging them to pick ‘safer’ career options like medicine, law or business. Creative practices are often seen as just a hobby.

    These attitudes can be more prevalent in families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, with many parents concerned about steady employment. While the challenges of working in the creative industries are well known, many artists have excelled.

    In this engaging series, we meet 3 of these artists and explore their journeys. Sitting down with their mum for a chat, they’ll be sharing their ups and downs, and the role that their family and culture has played.

    How were their aspirations received and did they need to convince their parents to support their choice? How did they overcome any discouragement? Do they have any words of advice for aspiring artists or parents from diverse backgrounds?

    Other events in the series:

    Benjamin Law and his mum
    Frida Deguise and her mum

    Customs House Library
    Thursday 19 July 2018 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Late Night Library: Frida Deguise and her mum
    Thursday 23 August 2018
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    This is the last event of a 3-part series presented with Carnival of the Bold. Join an intimate and entertaining conversation between comedian Frida Deguise and her mother Kawkab Dakiz, recounting her journey in a pursuit of creative career.

    Frida Deguise

    Dubbed Australia’s only female, Islamic comic wearing a hijab, Frida is a mother of 4, Lebanese and Muslim and totally a wog bogan, also known as wogan. She wears a Metallica shirt and makes fun of hiding explosives in her hijab – just your average Muslim girl next door. She has been described as a comedian who is “fighting the most serious topics in the world with laughter.”

    About the series

    Every parent wants the best for their child, often placing high expectations on their future plans. It’s not uncommon for parents to discourage their kids from exploring their artistic side, instead encouraging them to pick ‘safer’ career options like medicine, law or business. Creative practices are often seen as just a hobby.

    These attitudes can be more prevalent in families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Many parents are concerned about steady employment. While the challenges of working in the creative industries are well known, many artists have excelled.

    In this engaging series, we meet 3 of these artists and explore their journeys. Sitting down with their mum for a chat, they’ll be sharing their ups and downs, and the role that their family and culture has played.

    How were their aspirations received and did they need to convince their parents to support their choice? How did they overcome any discouragement? Do they have any words of advice for aspiring artists or parents from diverse backgrounds?

    Other events in the series:

    Benjamin Law and his mum
    Moreblessing Maturure and her mum

    Customs House Library
    Thursday 23 August 2018 from 8pm to 9pm