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  • Get in the Loop: Knitting Circle
    Friday 29 July 2016
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    If you’re looking to meet new people, come along to our knitting circle – it’s a great opportunity to share skills in a welcoming environment. You can work on your own project or knit for a cause like the annual Wrap with Love project, which donates warm knitted squares to communities in need.

    Knitters of all levels are welcome. We ask that you bring your own wool and needles along, although we have limited materials available for loan.

    Bookings not required, feel free to come and join in.

    Glebe Library
    Fortnightly on Fridays, 11am to 1pm

    Friday 22 April to Friday 16 December 2016

  • Late Night Library: Story Soundscapes
    Wednesday 3 August 2016
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    Bertie Blackman is a unique multi-disciplinary artist with commercial and independent success as a singer-songwriter, visual artist, composer, and filmmaker. She is also a writer, currently finishing her first children’s story book.

    Musica Viva has invited Bertie to work with its ensemble the Arcadia Quintet, and emerging Sydney composer Elizabeth Younan, to re-imagine her book as a multi-faceted artwork including new arrangements of Bertie’s music. Bertie will read parts of her story and then join the Quintet to perform the musical soundscape that Elizabeth has interpreted from Bertie’s words.

    This event is part of Late Night Library’s winter season of unique musical encounters. Talented musicians, composers and artists explore ideas around culture, health and literature through music.

    Presented by Musica Viva and City of Sydney Library.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 3 August 2016 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Late Night Library: Story Soundscapes
    Wednesday 3 August 2016
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    Bertie Blackman is a unique multi-disciplinary artist with commercial and independent success as a singer-songwriter, visual artist, composer, and filmmaker. She is also a writer, currently finishing her first children’s story book.

    Musica Viva has invited Bertie to work with its ensemble the Arcadia Quintet, and emerging Sydney composer Elizabeth Younan, to re-imagine her book as a multi-faceted artwork including new arrangements of Bertie’s music. Bertie will read parts of her story and then join the Quintet to perform the musical soundscape that Elizabeth has interpreted from Bertie’s words.

    This event is part of Late Night Library’s winter season of unique musical encounters. Talented musicians, composers and artists explore ideas around culture, health and literature through music.

    Presented by Musica Viva and City of Sydney Library.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 3 August 2016 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Book club at Customs House Library
    Friday 5 August 2016
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    Join a book club for a friendly discussion of literature of all kinds. Our monthly club, held at Customs House Library, covers a range of genres, including award winners, contemporary and classic fiction, poetry, historical fiction, crime novels, biographies and quarterly essays.

    The Customs House book club has recently explored the works of William Boyd. Next in their sights is Frank Moorhouse’s trilogy on the formation of the United Nations.

    The Customs House Library book club meets on the first Friday of each month.

    Bookings recommended.

    Customs House Library
    Friday 3 June 2016 from 1pm to 2pm
    Friday 1 July 2016 from 1pm to 2pm
    Friday 5 August 2016 from 1pm to 2pm
    Friday 2 September 2016 from 1pm to 2pm
    Friday 7 October 2016 from 1pm to 2pm
    Friday 4 November 2016 from 1pm to 2pm
    Friday 2 December 2016 from 1pm to 2pm
  • Stay inside the lines
    Thursday 11 August 2016
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    Adult colouring books are topping bestseller lists worldwide, as we rediscover the joy of a time when choosing a colour for the sky was our most vexing issue. Leave your day behind, turn off your phone and join the wellness craze at the library.

    One of our librarians will host the free monthly lunchtime session and all resources are provided.

    Suitable for ages 18+.

    Bookings recommended.

    Haymarket Library
    Thursday 12 May 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Thursday 9 June 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Thursday 14 July 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Thursday 11 August 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Thursday 8 September 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Thursday 13 October 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Thursday 10 November 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Book Club at Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 13 August 2016
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    Join a book club for a friendly discussion of literature of all kinds.

    Our monthly club, held at Kings Cross Library, cover a range of genres, including award winners, contemporary and classic fiction, poetry, historical fiction, crime novels, biographies and quarterly essays.

    Among other titles, the Kings Cross book club will be looking at The Fixer by Joseph Finder, Flesh Wounds by Richard Glover, and This House of Grief by Helen Garner in the coming months.

    This group meets the second Saturday of the month.

    Bookings not required.

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 14 May 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 11 June 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 9 July 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 13 August 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 10 September 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 8 October 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 12 November 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 10 December 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
  • Inspiring Science: Solving environmental cases
    Wednesday 17 August 2016
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    When a pollution incident occurs in NSW, scientists at the Office of Environment and Heritage are on standby, ready to respond. Hear from Dr Katelyn Edge how her team helps solve incidents from oil spills, factory fires and fish kills to identify unusual substances. Discover how they build the evidence needed for environmental managers to minimise pollution and reduce its impact on the planet and our health.

    Tool use has long been used as a proxy of intelligence. Historically, it was believed that only humans and our most recent ancestors produced and used tools. However, in recent years, scientists have discovered that tool use in the animal kingdom is not uncommon. But does this mean that tool-using animals are more intelligent or do we need to rethink our assumption? PhD candidate Natalie Rogers scanned the brains of archaeologists to investigate what parts of the brain are needed for tool use. The results suggest that this practice may not be as mentally demanding as first presumed.

    Inspiring Science, a series programmed with Inspiring Australia and presented by award-winning researchers, shows off the latest developments in all matters science and society.

    This event is part of the Sydney Science Festival.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 17 August 2016 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Classics at Customs House: The Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Wednesday 17 August 2016
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    Our Harbour Bridge, lovingly known as the ‘coat hanger’, is an Australian icon that has inspired many songs, artworks, and poems.

    Its presence on the harbour arrived after decades of heated debate over how to bridge a yawning gap separating our harbour city and cutting North from South.

    Building it was an epic achievement in engineering and took 1,400 men eight years at a cost of £4.2 million. Six million hand driven rivets and 53,000 tonnes of steel were used. Its official opening was interrupted by the slashing of the ribbon by a horseman with a political agenda. Today, the bridge carries eight traffic lanes and two rail lines, coming and going.

    Join us for this talk with Anni Turnbull, social history curator at the State Library to explore the history of the Harbour Bridge through the voices of the builders, the drawings of engineers and the images of photographers and painters.

    Our buildings, archives and people hold many stories. Go back in time through stories and visual artefacts at our Classics at Customs House series.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 17 August 2016 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm
  • Unpuzzled! Cryptic crossword workshop
    Saturday 20 August 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+

    Bookings recommended.

    Please note that August’s workshop will be on the 3rd Saturday of the month.

    Waterloo Library
    2nd Saturday of each month, 11am to 12pm

    Saturday 12 March to Saturday 12 November 2016

    Saturday 20 August 2016 from 11am to 12pm

    Except Saturday 13 August

  • Talking Heads: Larissa Behrendt
    Tuesday 30 August 2016
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    By recounting various colonial stories in her novel Finding Eliza, Aboriginal lawyer, writer and filmmaker Larissa Behrendt looks at how racial stereotypes become embedded in histories.

    We let the writers do the talking, as we hear from a lively mix of the best local, emerging and best-selling authors every month, in a series programmed together with Newtown’s Better Read Than Dead Bookshop.

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

    Bookings required.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 30 August 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Late Night Library: Letters of Complaint
    Thursday 8 September 2016
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    Join some of Sydney’s leading comedians as they share the best, worst and most bizarre letters of complaint from the deep recesses of the City of Sydney archives. From a noisy sausage machine, to the bothersome smell of boiling tripe, this Late Night Library event indulges in a long list of comical neighbourly gripes.

    Settle in to the Customs House Reading Room and rediscover Sydney’s history in the words of those who lived in here.

    Presented by Creative City Sydney, City of Sydney Library and blackcat productions

    A History Week 2016 event.

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    Customs House Library
    Thursday 8 September 2016 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Late Night Library: Letters of Complaint
    Thursday 8 September 2016
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    Join some of Sydney’s leading comedians as they share the best, worst and most bizarre letters of complaint from the deep recesses of the City of Sydney archives. From a noisy sausage machine, to the bothersome smell of boiling tripe, this Late Night Library event indulges in a long list of comical neighbourly gripes.

    Settle in to the Customs House Reading Room and rediscover Sydney’s history in the words of those who lived in here.

    Presented by Creative City Sydney, City of Sydney Library and blackcat productions

    A History Week 2016 event.

    Book now.

    Customs House Library
    Thursday 8 September 2016 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Inspiring Science: Diamonds and sport
    Wednesday 14 September 2016
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    For most of us, diamond is an expensive, precious gem stone that is usually used in special rings and other jewellery. Its colour and clarity, along with cut and carat, contribute to its unique properties and high price. Dr Igor Aharonovich studies the colours and clarity in diamonds to find new ways to control their impurities. Learn how researchers are developing exciting applications in health and communications by manipulating the optical properties of diamonds and why this precious jewel is set to become the scientist’s best friend.

    Australian sporting leagues aim to maintain a competitive balance by avoiding becoming boring or predictable. This is achieved through schemes like salary caps and revenue sharing. But how can we measure the success of these schemes? Are different sports more or less competitive than others? Can we use the same techniques to predict future performances? Dr Craig Anderson’s will share his research at UTS which uses statistical models and techniques to help answer all of these questions.

    Inspiring Science, a series programmed with Inspiring Australia and presented by award-winning researchers, shows off the latest developments in all matters science and society.

    Bookings recommended.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 14 September 2016 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Classics @ Customs House: Australia's First Professional Artist
    Wednesday 21 September 2016
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    The making of art in early Sydney is often seen as unusual, bad, and not an accurate representation of the places it depicted. It’s commonly said that early artists couldn’t ‘see’ Australia truthfully – instead reverting to stereotypes of English art. However the story is much more complicated than that. Art was for many colonists a trade rather than a profession, commissioned to make a record rather than respond aesthetically or emotionally to a place or person as a modern artist might.

    This free lunchtime talk with Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian and Director of Education & Scholarship at the State Library of NSW will examine in detail the life of John William Lewin (1770-1819), Sydney’s first free professional artist.

    Lewin who arrived in NSW in 1800 as a working-class natural history illustrator, was inspired by what he saw, and died (at least in his own eyes) a successful gentleman artist. The curious trajectory of Lewin’s Australian career reflects broadly on the experiences of making art in NSW: its motivations, market and influences.

    Our buildings, archives and people hold many stories. Go back in time through stories and visual artifacts at our Classics at Customs House series.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 21 September 2016 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm
  • Seeking: your story for new Surry Hills artwork
    Thursday 22 September 2016
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    Do you live in Surry Hills and want to share your story about the area? Local artist Astra Howard is creating a new public artwork for a laneway off Crown Street, which will give a public voice to the diverse residents of Surry Hills. Commissioned by the City of Sydney, Village Voices will prompt the passerby to think about issues that affect them, from local to the global.

    The artwork is inspired by the signs with moveable letters often seen outside movie theatres, churches and sports fields. Through a series of constantly changing words, this public artwork recalls everything from intimate scrabble games to the printing press and mass communication.

    In this interactive workshop, participants will be encouraged to talk about their relationship to Surry Hills and add their text to the evolving artwork script.

    Astra Howard is a local artist and Action Researcher/Performer who works predominantly within public spaces in cities. Since 1998 Astra has designed and produced site-specific works in cities across Australia and internationally. Astra has also worked as a designer, a lecturer in higher education and as a community development worker, predominantly in crisis homeless services.

    Programmed in partnership with City Art.

    Bookings are essential and the workshop is suitable for anyone aged 16 years and over.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 22 September 2016 from 6pm to 8pm
    Thursday 29 September 2016 from 6pm to 8pm
  • Talking Heads: Meredith Jaffe
    Tuesday 27 September 2016
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    Join this author talk by The Guardian’s book critic, Meredith Jaffé.

    Her debut novel tells the story of two women whose lives are overhauled when they become neighbours.

    We let the writers do the talking, as we hear from a lively mix of the best local, emerging and best-selling authors every month, in a series programmed together with Newtown’s Better Read Than Dead Bookshop.

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

    Bookings recommended.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 27 September 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • How Easy Was That? Baking Class
    Tuesday 11 October 2016
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    Want basic baking skills but feel like you’re no Martha Stewart?

    Join local librarian and amateur baker Kathy, who will demonstrate how easy it is to whip up sweet treats for your friends and family, in this monthly lunchtime session at Surry Hills Library.

    All materials and ingredients are provided and everyone gets a sample and the recipe to take home and try out for yourself.

    Bookings essential.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 12 April 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Tuesday 10 May 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Tuesday 14 June 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Tuesday 12 July 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Tuesday 11 October 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Tuesday 8 November 2016 from 12pm to 1pm