Talks and workshops

Talks and workshops

  • What’s on
  • Makerspace school holiday workshops
    Tuesday 24 April 2018
  • Event details

    Schools out, so to celebrate, we’ve got free hands-on making sessions for kids. They’ll have fun while they get creative with recycling and robotics. Just BYO imagination and get constructing.

    We’ll explore motion, electronics and robotics.

    Vibro bot racing: Kids will use a brush and a small motor to make a simple jittering robot. Aimed at ages 5 to 8 years.
    Kings Cross Library – Tuesday 24 April: 11am-12pm.

    LittleBits building: Kids will get to combine our littleBits electronic building blocks with sensors and motors to create fun electrical circuits. Aimed at ages 8 to 12 years.
    Green Square Library – Wednesday 18 April: 11am – 12pm
    Waterloo Library – Monday 23 April: 11am – 12pm
    Haymarket Library – Friday 27 April: 2pm – 3pm

    Steady-hand game: Kids will design their own game and use simple electronics to test their hand-eye skill. Aimed at ages 10 to 14 years.
    Newtown Library – Tuesday 24 April: 11am – 12pm
    Glebe Library – Friday 20 April: 11am – 12pm

    Workshop are free. Bookings recommended.

    Everything is provided. Parents or guardians need to stay in the library during the session.

    City of Sydney Library
    Mondays to Wednesdays and Fridays, 11am to 3pm

    Wednesday 18 April to Friday 27 April 2018

  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 24 April 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 – 3 April
    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 – 10 April
    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 – 17 April
    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 – 24 April
    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.

    Introduction to online shopping and banking Part 1 – 1 May
    Whether you want to book a holiday or buy groceries, we’ll walk you through the process of buying something online. You’ll also learn how to stay safe online for banking and shopping.

    Introduction to online shopping and banking part 2 – 8 May
    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 – 15 May
    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.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3pm to 5pm

    Tuesday 3 April to Tuesday 15 May 2018

  • There is a Tribe of Kids
    Thursday 26 April 2018
  • Event details

    The City of Sydney Library and Matriark Theatre present an original performance adaptation of the children’s story, There is a Tribe of Kids. Using projections, music and live performance, Matriark will bring the contemporary children’s story to life.

    This powerful live performance is a whimsical reflection on childhood. It’s guaranteed to charm both adults and kids alike as they watch a storybook lift off the page in front of them.

    The following performances are available for bookings:

    Matriark Theatre
    Sydney-based theatre-makers, Matriark, creates new work for young people and families. Hailing from a variety of creative backgrounds, Matriark uses puppetry and physical comedy to build worlds and imagine surreal characters and stories for the stage. Its work has graced the Monkey Baa Theatre, City of Sydney, Casula Powerhouse and Riverside Theatres.

    This free event is suitable for children 3 to 6 years and their families. Bookings are recommended as places are limited. Parents or guardians need to accompany children.

    Glebe and Customs House Library are wheelchair friendly.

    There is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith is published by Roaring Brook Press.

    City of Sydney Library
    Thursday 26 April 2018 from 10am to 10.30am
    Thursday 26 April 2018 from 3pm to 3.30pm
    Friday 27 April 2018 from 11am to 11.30am
  • Maker and creator after-school workshops (8-12 years)
    Monday 30 April 2018
  • Event details

    Kids will play and create with the latest robotic toys and digital and electronic gadgets. Build different digital and making skills, sessions suitable for 8 to 12 years old.

    Surry Hills:

    Kaleidoscopes: 30 April
    Design and create a simple kaleidoscope using craft materials.

    Steady hand game: 14 May
    Learn simple electronics and have fun testing your hand-eye coordination.

    Extending grabber: 28 May
    Make a simple extendable arm to pick up small objects.

    littleBits: 11 June
    Combine our littleBits electronic building blocks to create fun electrical circuits.

    Glebe

    Kaleidoscopes: 2 May
    Design and create a simple kaleidoscope using craft materials.

    Steady hand game: 16 May
    Learn simple electronics and have fun testing your hand-eye coordination.

    littleBits: 30 May
    Combine our littleBits electronic building blocks to create fun electrical circuits.

    Extending grabber: 13 June
    Make a simple extendable arm to pick up small objects.

    Newtown

    Rubber band car: 1 May
    Construct a racer from paper cups and rubber bands.

    Shadow puppet making: 15 May
    Use a die cutter to create your puppets and background scene to explore light and shadow.

    Kaleidoscopes: 29 May
    Design and create a simple kaleidoscope using craft materials.

    Edison robots: 12 June
    Build Lego armour and put your robot to the test in Hebocon-style robotic play.

    Ultimo

    Rubber band car: 3 May
    Construct a racer from paper cups and rubber bands and use kinetic energy to see whose can go the fastest.

    Edison robots: 17 May
    Build Lego armour and put your robot to the test in Hebocon-style robotic play.

    Paper circuits: 31 May
    Learn basic electronics to make a light-up firefly or cat with switches that turn LEDs on and off.

    Spheros robots: 14 June
    Learn about coding to navigate the app-enabled ball through obstacle courses and challenges.

    Sessions are free and run for 1 hour fortnightly from May – June. Bookings are recommended as places are limited.

    Parents or guardians are required to stay during the session.

    City of Sydney Library
    Every day, all day

    Monday 30 April to Thursday 14 June 2018

  • What did you say: How accents challenge our hearing
    Wednesday 2 May 2018
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    City of Sydney Library, together with experts Western Sydney University, present a series of 3 practical talks for older people. Join discussions about refining non-verbal communication skills, and learn strategies to manage the impact of ageing on brain function and hearing. Find out how to enhance communication in noisy situations, and hear experts outline the latest research findings.

    Variabilities in speech, such as accents, can be challenging. At this second event in the series, Sonya Prasad explores how changes in sensation, understanding and cognition that occur with ageing, make understanding variabilities in speech even more difficult. How can we adapt to these challenges?

    We will also learn about older adulthood and how, as we age, we can get better at recognising emotions like happiness from faces and voices. Simone Simonetti will share with us the effect of aging on this skill and will discuss ways to improve this ability, and, hence, interpersonal communication.

    Sonya Prasad
    Undertaking her PhD at the MARCS Institute, Sonya focuses on how we process variability in speech. This includes perceiving accents and looking at factors that facilitate this understanding.

    Simone Simonetti
    As a PhD candidate at the MARCS Institute, Simone tries to understand the difference in cues that younger and older adults use to discriminate emotion including the face or frequencies for voices. She is also investigating the differences in brain processing of emotion across the age groups.

    The Multisensory Communication research program
    WSU’s MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development investigates how information from our senses contributes to communication. Studying how sensorial information is combined, represented and actioned, they aim to make speech perception more robust.

    This free event is suitable for older people, their carers and relatives. Bookings are recommended.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 2 May 2018 from 1pm to 2pm
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
    Wednesday 2 May 2018
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    City of Sydney Library and Sydney Writers Festival present a free film screening and Q and A with acclaimed screenwriter and author Jesse Andrews.

    Jesse’s adapted his debut novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl into a feature film which went on to win the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize. The uniquely funny story follows the lives of 3 high school friends.

    This special screening for young people will be followed by an in-depth Q and A. Jesse will describe the creative writing process behind the transformation of his book into a screenplay. In conversation with Clare Sawyer.

    Tickets are free, however bookings are essential. Maximum of 4 tickets per booking.

    Jesse Andrews
    Jesse Andrews is an American author and screenwriter, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and currently living in California. His debut novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, was published in 2012 and has been translated into 20 languages. His second novel, The Haters, was published in 2016. His third novel, Munmun, will publish in April 2018. He has also written the feature-film adaptations of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and David Levithan’s novel Every Day, and continues to write both books and movies.

    Clare Sawyer
    Clare Sawyer is a producer and programmer, specialising in family, education and young adult programs. She is currently the Sydney Writers Festival’s Head of Children’s and YA Programs and the guest curator of family films for the Sydney Film Festival. Previously Clare programmed for Flickerfest, Dungog and Cockatoo Island Film Festivals and worked with the Youth Jury at Berlin Film Festival. From 2007 to 2010, Clare was Producer and General Manager of the Inside Film (IF) Awards. As a producer, she made 5 award-winning films that screened at numerous international film festivals including Telluride, Palm Springs and Locarno.

    Newtown Library
    Wednesday 2 May 2018 from 7.30pm to 10pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors - Cantonese @ Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 2 May 2018
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    This free series is 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 – 2 May

    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 – 9 May

    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 – 16 May

    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 – 23 May

    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.

    Introduction to social media – 30 May

    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.

    Introduction to iPads – 6 June

    We’ll walk you through the techy world of the tablet and get you up and running on this handy device.

    Sessions are free and cater for up to 10 people. Bookings are essential as there are loads of keen learners.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm

    Wednesday 2 May to Wednesday 6 June 2018

  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Customs House
    Wednesday 2 May 2018
  • Book now

    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 – 2 May
    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 – 9 May
    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 – 16 May
    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 – 23 May
    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 – 30 May
    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 – 6 June
    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 – 13 June
    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.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm

    Wednesday 2 May to Wednesday 13 June 2018

  • Teaching kids good money habits
    Thursday 3 May 2018
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    Pocket money. Should you pay it to your kids or not?

    Join lawyer, accountant, lecturer, mother-of-3 and founder of Kids Money Habits, Amy Koit. She’ll lead a series of talks for parents and carers to help their young kids become financially literate.

    We’ll explore the tools for teaching primary school-aged kids about money and pinpoint daily opportunities where parents can apply the lessons.

    In these 3 interactive sessions, find out what financial literacy means, the significance of chatting about money with kids, and how to introduce different money concepts at home. Participants are encouraged to come with questions and tips that have worked for them in helping to build their children’s financial literacy.

    Earn
    Thursday 5 April, 6pm-7pm
    Explore what earning money means and the pros and cons of putting plans like pocket money and paid household chores into action. Share and brainstorm ideas for helping young kids earn their own money.

    Save
    Thursday 3 May, 6pm-7pm
    Saving is more than putting away money to spend. Explore 2 notions of saving and how developing good habits is relevant in other aspects of life. Discuss types of goal setting and how to measure and motivate children in achieving them.

    Spend
    Thursday 7 June, 6pm-7pm
    Kids are no strangers to seeing money spent, so the notion of teaching them to spend can be challenging. Discuss how to best educate them, and the difference between spending and using money.

    Amy Koit looks at finance from all angles. Seeing the deficit in building healthy financial foundations, she investigated the many methods of teaching financial literacy, before developing her own.

    Free event. Bookings recommended.

    Newtown Library
    1st Thursday of each month, 6pm to 7pm

    Thursday 5 April to Thursday 7 June 2018

    Thursday 3 May 2018 from 6pm to 7pm
    Thursday 7 June 2018 from 6pm to 7pm

  • Micro:bits coding with Code Rangers
    Friday 4 May 2018
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    In this 4-week coding series, learn block coding and interactive electronics by exploring the micro:bit. Each week you’ll build skills by creating and designing animation and games.

    Perfect for participants who’ve already tinkered with block coding environments, these workshops will extend skills into the physical world with an introduction to making interactive electronics.

    Even though the micro:bit fits in your hands, it’s a fully programmable computer that can be used to build cool creations. From robots to musical instruments, the possibilities are endless.

    This little device has big features, like 25 red LEDs that can blink messages. It has 2 programmable buttons can be used to control games, as well as pause and skip playlisted songs, detect motion and perceive direction.

    Code Rangers
    Coding is a new literacy, and that’s why we put kids in charge of technology, by teaching them to code. As a key skill for this generation, the sooner kids learn, the easier and more intuitive it is.

    This free series is suitable for 10 to 16 year olds. Bookings are recommended as places are limited to a maximum of 10. Participants must book in and attend all sessions in the series.

    Prior block coding experience like MIT Scratch is beneficial to get the most out of this series.

    Parents or guardians are required to stay in the library during the workshop to supervise children under 16.

    Ultimo Library
    Fridays, 4pm to 5pm

    Friday 4 May to Friday 25 May 2018

  • Maker and creator after-school workshops (5-8 years)
    Monday 7 May 2018
  • Event details

    Kids will get to play and create with the latest robotic toys and digital and electronic gadgets. Build different digital and making skills. Sessions are suitable for kids 5 to 8 years old.

    Kaleidoscopes: 7 May
    Design and create a simple kaleidoscope using craft materials.

    Ozobots: 21 May
    Learn simple coding to program pocket-sized robots.

    Extending grabber: 4 June
    Make a simple extendable arm to pick up small objects.

    littleBits: 18 June
    Combine our littleBits electronic building blocks to create fun electrical circuits.

    Sessions are free and run for 1 hour fortnightly from May to June. Bookings are recommended as places are limited.

    Parents or guardians are required to stay during the session.

    Surry Hills Library
    Fortnightly on Mondays, 4pm to 5pm

    Monday 7 May to Monday 18 June 2018

  • Maker nights: Electrocraft
    Thursday 31 May 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 @ Kings Cross Library
    Monday 4 June 2018
  • Book now

    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

  • What did you say: The impact of background noise on hearing
    Wednesday 6 June 2018
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    City of Sydney Library, together with experts from Western Sydney University, present a series of 3 practical talks for older people. Join discussions about refining non-verbal communication skills, and learn strategies to manage the impact of ageing on brain function and hearing. Find out how to enhance communication in noisy situations, and hear experts outline latest research findings.

    At this second event in the series, Michael Spikmans introduces Western Sydney University’s MARCS Institute. Highlighting the importance of non-verbal communication, he explores facial expressions, vocal affect and eye-gaze behaviour, ending with a live demonstration of the latest facial recognition software.

    Do you find it hard to hear conversations in restaurants or other noisy places? Changes in hearing sensitivity and cognition make understanding speech with background noise challenging. Julie Beadle will explain why it’s hard and what can help, including 2 experiments demonstrating how visual cues and other communication strategies can help.

    Michael Spikmans
    Holding a Bachelor of ICT and a Master of Science in Communication and Information Sciences, Michael is now a PhD candidate at the MARCS Institute. Here, he investigates whether non-verbal signals are tell-tale signs of the mental states associated with misunderstanding.

    Julie Beadle
    A PhD candidate at the MARCS Institute, Julie collaborates with the Australian Hearing Co-operative Research Centre. Together they investigate how attention and memory are used in understanding speech in challenging listening situations.

    The Multisensory Communication research program
    The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development investigates how information from our senses contributes to communication. Studying how sensorial information is combined, represented and actioned, they aim to make speech perception more robust.

    This free event is suitable for older people, their carers and relatives. Bookings are recommended.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 6 June 2018 from 1pm to 2pm
  • 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