Talks and workshops

Talks and workshops

  • What’s on
  • Chinese calligraphy: Green Square Library
    Saturday 17 February 2018
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    During the spectacular Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, we’ll be celebrating the Year of the Dog at the library with some fun festivities.

    Learn the beauty of the brush stroke as master artists from the Australian Chinese Artists’ Society compose the characters of Chinese calligraphy. Take the time to digest the detail behind this captivating cultural expression and go home with your own handwritten souvenir courtesy of our calligraphers.

    Chinese calligraphy is an expressive form of visual poetry and holds a valuable place in the heart of Chinese culture.

    Our calligraphy artists will be taking up their brushes in residence over 2 hours. This is a free demonstration and everyone is welcome to drop by to see the artists at work.

    Green Square Library
    Saturday 17 February 2018 from 2pm to 4pm
  • What’s your piece in the puzzle?
    Sunday 18 February 2018
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    The City of Sydney Library, with Sydney’s Pride History Group, Twenty10 and ACON, celebrates the journey of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

    An engaging display includes a curated selection of books, audiovisual items and images as well as a collaborative puzzle activity. Interact with the past and present as you reflect on 40 years of Mardi Gras. Reflect on how things have evolved in the last 40 years, and consider what still needs to change.

    Flip through our old-fashioned card catalogue stocked with images, thoughts and provocations. Listen, look and read about this history of Mardi Gras. Respond to what you see by writing on a blank, large-scale puzzle piece and add it to the puzzle display.

    This free event is designed for all ages. Kings Cross Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Kings Cross Library
    Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am to 7pm
    Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am to 6pm
    Saturdays, 10am to 4pm
    Sundays, 11am to 6pm

    Sunday 18 February to Saturday 3 March 2018

  • Chinese calligraphy: Customs House
    Tuesday 20 February 2018
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    During the spectacular Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, we’ll be celebrating the Year of the Dog at the library with some fun festivities.

    Learn the beauty of the brush stroke as master artists from the Australian Chinese Artists’ Society compose the characters of Chinese calligraphy. Take the time to digest the detail behind this captivating cultural expression. You’ll go home with your own handwritten souvenir courtesy of our calligraphers.

    Chinese calligraphy is an expressive form of visual poetry and holds a valuable place in the heart of Chinese culture.

    Our calligraphy artists will be taking up their brushes in residence over 2 hours at Customs House Library. This is a free demonstration and everyone is welcome to drop by to see the artists at work.

    Customs House
    Tuesday 20 February 2018 from 12pm to 2pm
  • Lunar Lanterns artists talk
    Thursday 22 February 2018
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    The spectacular Sydney Chinese New Year Festival runs from 16 February to 4 March 2018. During the festival, the city is alive with giant illuminated Chinese zodiac animal lanterns. 2018 is the Year of the Dog, and we’ll be talking about all things light at the library.

    Join lantern designers, Song Ling (The Dog), and Kevin Bathman (The Tiger), in conversation with Festival Curator, Claudia Chan Shaw. We’ll delve into a discussion about how these lanterns came to be.

    Claudia Chan Shaw (Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Curator)
    You might recognise Claudia from her stint as a host of ABC TV’s Collectors, but this custodian of Chinese culture is also an author as well as an art and design collaborator. Commanding the crowd as a public speaker, MC and lecturer, Claudia wears many professional hats.

    Song Ling 
    Coming to Australia from China in 1988, Song Ling was pivotal in China’s 1985 New Wave art movement. Based on hand-painted dots, contrasting textural and surface effects, Song Ling’s work uses a symbolic colour palette, drawing on the hues found in Chinese folk art and embroidery. Brimming with contradictions, his work employs both traditional and contemporary techniques.

    Kevin Bathman
    Malaysian-born and Sydney-based, this designer, storyteller and curator is a social change advocate. Using the arts as a catalyst for change, Kevin co-founded an initiative called Carnival of the Bold in 2013. Showcasing artists that use their craft to enrich cultural identity, the movement explores shared values and empowers communities. Kevin is currently researching the connections between Chinese and Indian culture for his project, The Chindian Diaries.

    This free event will attract a large audience. Bookings are recommended.

    Customs House Library
    Thursday 22 February 2018 from 7pm to 8.30pm
  • Maker nights
    Thursday 1 March 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 different types of sensors to create interactive electronic objects.

    You’ll get a hands-on introduction to the incredible world of programmable electronics. You’ll use Arduino, an open-source, accessible electronic platform that can control a variety of sensors and devices. You’ll learn how to program Arduino by writing and uploading computer code to turn inputs, like a finger on a button, into outputs, like starting a motor or illuminating an LED.

    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.

    Arduino is a popular tool for the Internet of Things and STEM/STEAM. All over the world, designers, engineers, students, developers and makers use the technology to innovate music, games, toys, smart homes, farming, autonomous vehicles, and more. The interactive Arduino can sense and control objects in the real world – like motion activated alarms and lights and smartphone-activated garage door openers

    All equipment and materials will be provided.

    This series is suitable for 16+ with no prior experience required. With a maximum of 10 participants, bookings are recommended.

    Books with Arduino projects are available to borrow from the makerspace collection.

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

    Thursday 1 March to Thursday 29 March 2018

  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Kings Cross Library
    Monday 5 March 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 – 5 March
    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 – 12 March
    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 – 19 March
    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 – 26 March
    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 April
    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 April
    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 April
    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 5 March to Monday 23 April 2018

    Except public holidays

  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 3 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

  • 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