Talks and workshops

Talks and workshops

  • What’s on
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Kings Cross Library
    Monday 23 July 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

  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 24 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

  • Maker nights: Computer aided design and 3D printing
    Thursday 26 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

  • Adobe Creative classes: InDesign
    Wednesday 1 August 2018
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    Get hands-on to learn page design, layout and publishing using Adobe InDesign. Guided by an expert facilitator, learn how to use this popular publishing software package to create print and digital materials. There are classes to suit all levels of experience, from complete beginners right through to more advanced users looking to improve their publishing skills.

    Part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, InDesign has everything you need to make posters, books, digital magazines, eBooks, interactive PDFs and more.

    InDesign beginners

    Surry Hills Library
    1 August 2018
    3 September 2018
    4 October 2018

    Customs House Library
    19 November 2018

    InDesign intermediate

    Kings Cross Library
    1 September 2018

    Surry Hills Library
    11 October 2018

    Customs House Library
    26 November 2018

    InDesign advanced

    Kings Cross Library
    8 September 2018[]

    Surry Hills Library
    25 October 2018

    Customs House Library
    3 December 2018

    All classes are held in our library public computer training rooms.

    Continue practising or using your InDesign skills at the library after the class. Adobe Creative Suite is available on all level 2 computers at Kings Cross Library. Access is free for library members.

    Participants must be over 16 years old to attend. See other Adobe Creative classes available.

    About the facilitator
    Antony Brown is an Adobe and Apple Certified Instructor and has been teaching design software for over 15 years. Antony began teaching design software including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Captivate as a freelancer for Adobe in London.

    City of Sydney Library
    Wednesday 1 August 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 1 September 2018 from 11am to 3pm
    Monday 3 September 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 8 September 2018 from 11am to 3pm
    Thursday 4 October 2018 from 10am to 12pm
    Thursday 11 October 2018 from 10.30am to 2.30pm
    Thursday 25 October 2018 from 11am to 3pm
    Monday 19 November 2018 from 11am to 1pm
    Monday 26 November 2018 from 11am to 3pm
    Monday 3 December 2018 from 11am to 3pm
  • Adobe Creative classes: InDesign
    Wednesday 1 August 2018
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    Get hands-on to learn page design, layout and publishing using Adobe InDesign. Guided by an expert facilitator, learn how to use this popular publishing software package to create print and digital materials. There are classes to suit all levels of experience, from complete beginners right through to more advanced users looking to improve their publishing skills.

    Part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, InDesign has everything you need to make posters, books, digital magazines, eBooks, interactive PDFs and more.

    InDesign beginners

    Surry Hills Library
    1 August 2018
    3 September 2018
    4 October 2018

    Customs House Library
    19 November 2018

    InDesign intermediate

    Kings Cross Library
    1 September 2018

    Surry Hills Library
    11 October 2018

    Customs House Library
    26 November 2018

    InDesign advanced

    Kings Cross Library
    8 September 2018[]

    Surry Hills Library
    25 October 2018

    Customs House Library
    3 December 2018

    All classes are held in our library public computer training rooms.

    Continue practising or using your InDesign skills at the library after the class. Adobe Creative Suite is available on all level 2 computers at Kings Cross Library. Access is free for library members.

    Participants must be over 16 years old to attend. See other Adobe Creative classes available.

    About the facilitator
    Antony Brown is an Adobe and Apple Certified Instructor and has been teaching design software for over 15 years. Antony began teaching design software including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Captivate as a freelancer for Adobe in London.

    City of Sydney Library
    Wednesday 1 August 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 1 September 2018 from 11am to 3pm
    Monday 3 September 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 8 September 2018 from 11am to 3pm
    Thursday 4 October 2018 from 10am to 12pm
    Thursday 11 October 2018 from 10.30am to 2.30pm
    Thursday 25 October 2018 from 11am to 3pm
    Monday 19 November 2018 from 11am to 1pm
    Monday 26 November 2018 from 11am to 3pm
    Monday 3 December 2018 from 11am to 3pm
  • Rhymetime with the Fireflies
    Friday 3 August 2018
  • Event details

    Rhymetime presenters from Myanmar will teach stories, traditional songs and finger rhymes in our new fortnightly rhymetime sessions. The sessions are designed for babies and toddlers up to 2 years and their families or carers. Learn words and phrases in Kareni, explore your curiosity and connect with diverse cultures.

    These presenters have recently completed The Fireflies Program, a collaboration between City of Sydney Library, Red Room Poetry and Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families. This project supports employment pathways for people with refugee backgrounds. It supports them to present early literacy programs in organisations like public libraries and early childhood educational institutions.

    The Fireflies celebrate the idea that uniqueness comes from what we carry on the inside. Made of newly arrived people, they’ve each worked with a professional storyteller to develop their content and presentation.

    Join us every second Friday morning during school term only. This is a free event. No bookings are necessary. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair accessible.

    City of Sydney is proud to be an official refugee welcome zone.

    Surry Hills Library
    Fortnightly on Fridays, 10am to 10.30am

    Friday 8 June to Friday 31 August 2018

  • Adobe Creative classes: Photoshop
    Wednesday 8 August 2018
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    Get hands-on to edit and enhance digital images using Adobe Photoshop. Guided by an expert facilitator, learn how to use this popular design software to optimise and create professional images. There are classes to suit all levels of experience, from complete beginners right through to more advanced users looking to improve their digital design skills.

    Part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Photoshop is an image-manipulation application. It lets you enhance photographs, illustrations and 3D artwork, edit videos, design websites and mobile apps.

    Photoshop beginners
    Get an introduction to this powerful software. Become familiar with making selections, creating basic shapes, adding text, resizing images and preparing them for print and digital.
    8 August Surry Hills
    10 September Surry Hills
    7 November Surry Hills

    Photoshop intermediate
    Take your skills to the next level. Learn to harness photo editing techniques, make and refine selections, retouch images, add adjustment layer effects and create colour and lighting adjustments.
    15 September Kings Cross

    Photoshop advanced
    Learn to master layer masks and advanced retouching techniques on skin. Create custom shapes and adjust colour and brightness.
    22 September Kings Cross

    All classes are held in our library public computer training rooms.

    Continue practising or using your Photoshop skills at the library after the class. Access is free for library members.

    Class costs
    2-hour workshop $50
    4-hour workshop $100

    Participants must be over 16 years old to attend.

    City of Sydney Library
    Wednesday 8 August 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
    Monday 10 September 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
    Wednesday 7 November 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 15 September 2018 from 11am to 3pm
    Saturday 29 September 2018 from 11am to 3pm
    Saturday 22 September 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 1 September 2018 from 11am to 3pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Customs House Library
    Wednesday 8 August 2018
  • Book now

    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.

    Older people can get savvy using our library PCs and dive into the digital world.

    Introduction to computers – 8 August
    Introduction to internet – Beginners – 15 August
    Introduction to email – Beginners – 22 August
    Introduction to the Internet – Intermediate – 29 August
    Introduction to email – Intermediate – 5 September
    Introduction to online shopping – 12 September
    Introduction to online banking – 19 September
    Introduction to social media – 26 September
    Introduction to iPads – 3 October

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

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm

    Wednesday 8 August to Wednesday 3 October 2018

  • Adobe Creative classes: Illustrator
    Wednesday 22 August 2018
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    Get hands-on to create vectors graphics and illustrations using Adobe Illustrator. Guided by an expert facilitator, join our classes to learn how to use this popular program to design logos, icons, drawings, typography and illustrations. There are classes to suit all levels of experience.

    Part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics app that lets you design for print, web, video and mobile.

    Illustrator beginners
    Get an introduction to this powerful vector graphics application. Become familiar with Illustrator’s interface, typography and selection tools to create artwork of any size.

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesday 22 August
    Monday 17 September

    Illustrator intermediate
    Take your skills to the next level as you learn to create precise vector artwork using sophisticated drawing tools. Ensure your artwork stays sharp at any size.

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 29 September

    Customs House Library
    Saturday 20 October

    Illustrator advanced
    Learn to trace and use effects, brush and pattern libraries. Expand your knowledge and see what incredible results this specialist vector graphics application can achieve.

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 6 October

    Continue practising or using your Illustrator skills at the library after the class. Adobe Creative Suite is available on all level 2 computers at Kings Cross Library. Access is free for library members.

    Participants must be over 16 years old to attend.

    About the facilitator
    Antony Brown is an Adobe and Apple Certified Instructor and has been teaching design software for over 15 years. Antony began teaching design software including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Captivate as a freelancer for Adobe in London.

    City of Sydney Library
    Wednesday 22 August 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
    Monday 17 September 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 29 September 2018 from 11am to 3pm
    Saturday 6 October 2018 from 11am to 3pm
    Saturday 20 October 2018 from 11.30am to 3.30pm
    Tuesday 23 October 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
  • Adobe Creative classes: Illustrator
    Wednesday 22 August 2018
  • Book now

    Get hands-on to create vectors graphics and illustrations using Adobe Illustrator. Guided by an expert facilitator, join our classes to learn how to use this popular program to design logos, icons, drawings, typography and illustrations. There are classes to suit all levels of experience.

    Part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics app that lets you design for print, web, video and mobile.

    Illustrator beginners
    Get an introduction to this powerful vector graphics application. Become familiar with Illustrator’s interface, typography and selection tools to create artwork of any size.

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesday 22 August
    Monday 17 September

    Illustrator intermediate
    Take your skills to the next level as you learn to create precise vector artwork using sophisticated drawing tools. Ensure your artwork stays sharp at any size.

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 29 September

    Customs House Library
    Saturday 20 October

    Illustrator advanced
    Learn to trace and use effects, brush and pattern libraries. Expand your knowledge and see what incredible results this specialist vector graphics application can achieve.

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 6 October

    Continue practising or using your Illustrator skills at the library after the class. Adobe Creative Suite is available on all level 2 computers at Kings Cross Library. Access is free for library members.

    Participants must be over 16 years old to attend.

    About the facilitator
    Antony Brown is an Adobe and Apple Certified Instructor and has been teaching design software for over 15 years. Antony began teaching design software including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Captivate as a freelancer for Adobe in London.

    City of Sydney Library
    Wednesday 22 August 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
    Monday 17 September 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 29 September 2018 from 11am to 3pm
    Saturday 6 October 2018 from 11am to 3pm
    Saturday 20 October 2018 from 11.30am to 3.30pm
    Tuesday 23 October 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
  • Adobe Creative classes: Premiere Pro
    Wednesday 29 August 2018
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    Get hands-on to edit and produce video using Adobe Premiere Pro. Guided by an expert facilitator, learn how to turn raw footage into professional productions. There are classes to suit all levels of experience, from complete beginners right through to more advanced users looking to improve their graphic design skills.

    Part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Premiere Pro enables you to edit, adjust colour, refine audio and add motion graphics and effects.

    Premiere Pro beginners
    Surry Hills Library Wednesday 29 August, 6pm – 8pm
    Surry Hills Library Monday 24 September, 6pm – 8pm

    Premiere Pro intermediate
    Customs House Library Saturday 27 October, 11.30am – 3.30pm

    All classes are held in our library public computer training rooms.

    Continue practising or using your Premiere Pro skills at the library after the class. Adobe Creative Suite is available on all level 2 computers at Kings Cross Library. Access is free for library members.

    Participants must be over 16 years old to attend. See other Adobe Creative classes available.

    About the facilitator

    Antony Brown is an Adobe and Apple Certified Instructor and has been teaching design software for over 15 years. Antony began teaching design software including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Captivate as a freelancer for Adobe in London.

    City of Sydney Library
    Wednesday 29 August 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
    Monday 24 September 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 27 October 2018 from 11.30am to 3.30pm
  • Code Club: MIT Scratch and Makey Makey
    Friday 7 September 2018
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    Bring your keen coders to our free 4 week coding series. They’ll gain confidence using the coding environment, MIT Scratch, and find out how to build games and animations.

    MIT Scratch offers a fun introduction to block coding. It encourages creative thinking, systematic reasoning and collaboration. In this series, our young coders will develop a project using the Makey Makey to bring their ideas to the next level.

    Makey Makey is an invention kit that turns everyday objects into touchpads. Make a banana keyboard or draw your own game controller. It’s part of our makerspace kit collection available for members to borrow, so your coder can continue exploring and working on their project at home.

    These hands-on workshops run for 1 hour each week and are suitable for 9 to 12 year olds with no prior experience necessary.

    Places are free, however, you must book in and attend for all sessions. The workshops have a capacity of 8, so bookings are recommended. Everything is provided. Parents or guardians need to stay in the library during Code Club.

    Ultimo Library
    Fridays, 4pm to 5pm

    Friday 7 September to Friday 28 September 2018

  • Late Night Library: Rethink the radical - genderfication
    Thursday 27 September 2018
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    An experiment in language and contemporary storytelling, dealing with concepts of gender, inclusive of binary/non binary/fluid identifications.

    Will the audience receive the same story-its orientation, complication and resolution regardless of artists’ gender or sex? Who has the authentic speech?

    An anonymous Jacobean monologue will be performed by each artist, incorporating thoughtfully-shifted pronouns and structure.

    Audiences are also invited to a post-show Q&A. They’ll reflect on what they perceive, what is performed, the impact of the story and the role of gender identification has played in their experience.

    Host: Dr Jessica Kean, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney.

    Artists: Mara Aplin, Muhammad Ali Q, Amar, Andrew Guy, Sophie Kelly, Kipp Lee, Ladonna Rama and Rosie.

    Original concept: Curly Fries.

    About the series

    This exciting Late Night Library series is presented with The Leftovers. It disrupts with provocative performances that investigate the nature of humanity.

    From those curious about culture to emerging performers and producers looking to connect with others in the industry – come and rethink the radical.

    This free event is suitable for adults only. Bookings are recommended as places are limited.

    Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre
    Thursday 27 September 2018 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Late Night Library: Rethink the radical - genderfication
    Thursday 27 September 2018
  • Book now

    An experiment in language and contemporary storytelling, dealing with concepts of gender, inclusive of binary/non binary/fluid identifications.

    Will the audience receive the same story-its orientation, complication and resolution regardless of artists’ gender or sex? Who has the authentic speech?

    An anonymous Jacobean monologue will be performed by each artist, incorporating thoughtfully-shifted pronouns and structure.

    Audiences are also invited to a post-show Q&A. They’ll reflect on what they perceive, what is performed, the impact of the story and the role of gender identification has played in their experience.

    Host: Dr Jessica Kean, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney.

    Artists: Mara Aplin, Muhammad Ali Q, Amar, Andrew Guy, Sophie Kelly, Kipp Lee, Ladonna Rama and Rosie.

    Original concept: Curly Fries.

    About the series

    This exciting Late Night Library series is presented with The Leftovers. It disrupts with provocative performances that investigate the nature of humanity.

    From those curious about culture to emerging performers and producers looking to connect with others in the industry – come and rethink the radical.

    This free event is suitable for adults only. Bookings are recommended as places are limited.

    Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre
    Thursday 27 September 2018 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Late Night Library: Rethink the radical - genderfication
    Thursday 27 September 2018
  • Book now

    8 artists transition a Jacobean speech in a cultural battle between biology and genderfication.

    This artwork deals with the concepts of gender, inclusive of binary gender identification, as opposed to biological sex. Is gender required for contemporary story telling? An experiment, to glean if an audience gets the same story. Its orientation, complication and resolution regardless of artists’ gender or sex.

    Each artist performs an anonymous Jacobean monologue, thoughtfully shifting pronouns and structure. Each one is unique. Actors are unaware of each other’s text.

    Using voting cards, the audience asks a series of questions relating to what it sees, perceives and hears. It also asks about the impact of the story and whether performers’ gender identification plays a role.

    Host: Dr Jessica Kean, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney.

    Artists: Mara Aplin, Muhammad Ali Q | Amar, Andrew Guy, Sophie Kelly, Kipp Lee, Ladonna Rama and Rosie.

    Original concept: Curly Fries.

    About the series

    This exciting Late Night Library series is presented with The Leftovers. It disrupts with provocative performances that investigate the nature of humanity.

    From those curious about culture to emerging performers and producers looking to connect with others in the industry – come and rethink the radical.

    This free event is suitable for adults only. Bookings are recommended as places are limited.

    Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre
    Thursday 27 September 2018 from 8pm to 9pm