Talks and workshops

  • What’s on
  • Adobe Creative Classes: InDesign
    Tuesday 28 January 2020
  • Event details

    Adobe InDesign is the industry standard desktop publishing application.

    You can use it to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, presentations and even books and ebooks. So, whether you want to upskill for work or design a flyer for your local sports club, this series of classes is for you.

    Each class is led by an expert facilitator. More information for the different class level is available on the booking link.

    InDesign level 1
    This 2-hour beginner’s class is suitable for people with little or no experience with Adobe InDesign.

    By the end of the class you will be able to
    • Find your way around the InDesign graphical user interface
    • Setup a new document
    • Use frames to layout a document
    • Format typography to make text more visually appealing
    • Apply fill and stroke colours to text and objects
    • Export files for web or print

    6:00PM, ,Tuesday, 28 January ,Surry Hills Library 
    10:00AM, Saturday, 15 February Kings Cross Library
    6:00PM, Tuesday, 25 February Surry Hills Library
    6:00PM, Tuesday, 24 March, Surry Hills Library
    6:00PM, Tuesday, 21 April Surry Hills Library

    InDesign level 2
    This 2-hour intermediate class is ideal for people who have completed level 1 or already have some experience with InDesign.

    By the end of the class you will be able to
    • Find your way around the InDesign graphical user interface
    • Place text on a path to create complex designs
    • Format typography to make text more visually appealing
    • Apply fill and stroke colours to text and objects
    • Export files for web or print

    12:30PM Saturday, 15 February, Kings Cross Library
    6:00PM, Tuesday, 19 May, Surry Hills Library

    InDesign Advanced
    This 4-hour advanced class is for people who have extensive experience with InDesign or who have completed our level 2 class.

    The advanced course only runs twice a year, so please book early.

    10:00AM, Saturday, 11 April Kings Cross Library

    Courses suitable for anyone 16 years and over.

    City of Sydney Library
    Tuesday 28 January 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Tuesday 18 February 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Tuesday 24 March 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Tuesday 21 April 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Tuesday 19 May 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 15 February 2020 from 10am to 2.30pm
    Saturday 11 April 2020 from 10am to 2pm
    Monday 11 May 2020 from 10am to 2.30pm
  • Maker Time: Pepakura masks
    Wednesday 29 January 2020
  • Event details

    Want to gain practical skills in Sydney’s newest makerspace?

    This 2-hour weekly session is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience with our equipment and guidance from expert makers.

    In our regular Wednesday Maker time sessions, we’re celebrating the Sydney Lunar Festival.

    We’ll have fantastic pepakura templates to create your own zodiac animal mask. Pepakura is a fun new papercraft technique that combines origami and scale modelling to create sculptural shapes. The 3D masks cover your entire head and looks amazing when complete.

    You can also bring your own simple idea or project you’d like to explore to this session. We can also set you up with a starter project.

    You’ll get access to 3D printers, a laser and dye cutter, electronic kits and hand tools including soldering irons. Each week, 2 experienced facilitators will be on hand to show you the ropes and discuss your ideas.

    These sessions will help you better understand maker projects and processes and the potential use of makerspace equipment.

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    Wednesday 29 January, 4.30pm-6.30pm
    Wednesday 5 February, 4.30pm-6.30pm

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 people.
    Suitable for: Ages 16 years and over
    Experience level: A desire to expand technical design and knowledge, physical making skills and hands-on experience of makerspace equipment is beneficial
    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewelry
    Bring: Your projects. Pepakura templates and some materials like LEDs, electronic sensors, cardboard and craft materials will be available.

    Darling Square Library
    Wednesday 29 January 2020 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
    Wednesday 5 February 2020 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Intro to 3D design and electronics
    Thursday 30 January 2020
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    Turn up the volume on your very own FM radio in this 3D design and electronics workshop.

    You’ll assemble an FM radio circuit and research, design, 3D print and laser-cut a bespoke outer case. You’ll use sketches and computer-aided design tools to help you create your case, and you can customise it whichever way you please. The only limitation is your imagination.

    You’ll need to attend every session to complete the course and your radio.

    What you’ll learn

    • Basic skills in computer-aided design (CAD), 3D printing, laser cutting and electronics
    • Designing products using Autodesk Fusion and exporting them to a 3D printer
    • Soldering and assembling electronic products
    • Creating a bespoke casing around electronic products

    What you’ll get to take home

    Your very own FM radio, personalised with your bespoke outer-case design.

    Important info

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 people – bookings are required

    Suitable for: Ages 16 and over

    Experience level: This is a beginner program with no required knowledge. An interest in bespoke small design manufacturing is beneficial

    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery

    Bring: Yourself – all materials provided.

    We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any access or communication needs, please contact us.

    About the facilitator: Ben Roberts
    Ben is an experienced broadcast engineer and trainer for Modfab in rapid-prototyping technology. Modfab is a leader in 3D printing workshops and provides education in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) to all ages.

    Darling Square Library
    Thursday 30 January 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Thursday 6 February 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Thursday 13 February 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
  • Maker Time: Weekly makerspace sessions
    Saturday 1 February 2020
  • Event details

    Do you want to come and try-out Sydney’s newest makerspace? Join our weekly sessions to get hands-on experience with 3D printers, laser and dye cutters, electronic kits and soldering irons.

    Maker time is designed to encourage a do-it-yourself or collaborative approach to making and give you a better understanding of maker projects and processes. We have a range of starter projects and makerspace kits to try.

    There’ll be 2 experienced facilitators at each session to introduce you to the tools and equipment as well as methods to support you in your making journey.
    Bookings and class size: Maximum 10 people. You don’t need to come every week, just book in for the sessions you’re keen to join.

    Saturday, 1 February, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Saturday, 1 February, 2020, 2pm – 4pm
    Tuesday, 4 February, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Tuesday, 11 February, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Wednesday, 12 February, 2020, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
    Tuesday, 18 February, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Wednesday, 19 February, 2020, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
    Tuesday, 25 February, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Tuesday, 3 March, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Tuesday, 10 March, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Wednesday, 11 March, 2020, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
    Tuesday, 17 March, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Wednesday, 18 March, 2020, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 4.30pm – 6.30pm

    Suitable for: Ages 16 years and over
    Experience level: No experience required
    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery
    Resources provided: Materials like LEDs, electronic sensors, cardboard and craft materials and 3mm plywood (limited sizes) are available. Each participant can use the 3D printers for 30 minutes each session.

    We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any access or communication needs, please contact Annette Webb on the phone number provided.

    Darling Square Library
    Saturday 1 February 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Sunday 2 February 2020 from 2pm to 4pm
    Tuesday 4 February 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Tuesday 11 February 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Wednesday 12 February 2020 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
    Tuesday 18 February 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Wednesday 19 February 2020 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
    Tuesday 25 February 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Tuesday 3 March 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Tuesday 10 March 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Wednesday 11 March 2020 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
    Tuesday 17 March 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Wednesday 18 March 2020 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
    Tuesday 24 March 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Wednesday 25 March 2020 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration at Green Square Library
    Saturday 1 February 2020
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    During the spectacular Sydney Lunar Festival from 25 January to 9 February, we’ll be celebrating the Year of the Rat 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 at both Green Square Library.

    This is a free demonstration and everyone is welcome to drop by to see the artists at work.

    Green Square Library
    Saturday 1 February 2020 from 1pm to 3pm
  • Maker and creator workshops: 8-12 years
    Monday 3 February 2020
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    Darling Square Library

    Marble Run: Monday 3 February
    Use our new marble run peg boards to guide balls through a series of courses.

    littleBits: Monday 17 February
    Combine our littleBits electronic building blocks to create fun electrical circuits.

    Wind tube: Monday 2nd March
    Make a flying machine from recycled materials and watch it soar.

    Spheros Robots: Monday 16th March
    Learn about coding with the world’s first app-enabled robotic ball.

    Surry Hills Library

    Makedo Making: Wednesday 5th February
    Use our makedo kits to make a cardboard costume to take home.

    littleBits: Wednesday 19th February
    Combine our littleBits electronic building blocks to create fun electrical circuits.

    Lift Machine: Wednesday 4th March
    Create a simple machine which uses compressed air to lift a load.

    Edison Robots: Wednesday 18th March
    Build Lego armour and put your robot to the test in Hebocon-style robotic play.

    Green Square Library

    Lift Machine: Wednesday 5th February
    Create a simple machine which uses compressed air to lift a load.

    Makedo Making: Wednesday 19th February
    Use our makedo kits to make a cardboard costume to take home.

    Edison Robots: Wednesday 4th March
    Build Lego armour and put your robot to the test in Hebocon-style robotic play.

    littleBits: Wednesday 18th March
    Combine our littleBits electronic building blocks to create fun electrical circuits.

    Ultimo Library Library

    littleBits: Thursday 6th February
    Combine our littleBits electronic building blocks to create fun electrical circuits.

    Edison Robots: Thursday 20th February
    Build Lego armour and put your robot to the test in Hebocon-style robotic play.

    Makedo Making: Thursday 5th March
    Use our makedo kits to make a cardboard costume to take home.

    Lift Machine: Thursday 19th March
    Create a simple machine which uses compressed air to lift a load.

    Bookings are recommended as places are limited.
    Parents or guardians are required to stay in the library during the session.

    City of Sydney Library
    Fortnightly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4pm to 5pm

    Monday 3 February to Thursday 19 March 2020

  • Tech Savvy Seniors at Kings Cross Library
    Monday 3 February 2020
  • Event details

    This free series funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS is designed to help older people gain confidence in basic computer and digital skills.

    Book in for the small group sessions below:

    Introduction to computers: 3 February
    This workshop covers what a computer is, it’s 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: 10 February
    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’s yourself.

    Introduction to email: 17 February
    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.

    Intro to online shopping: Intro to 24 February
    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 banking: 2 March
    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: 9 March
    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: 16 March
    We’ll walk you through the techy world of the tablet and get you up and running on this handy device.

    Kings Cross Library
    Monday 3 February 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Monday 10 February 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Monday 17 February 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Monday 24 February 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Monday 2 March 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Monday 9 March 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Monday 16 March 2020 from 11am to 1pm
  • Code club for older adults
    Tuesday 4 February 2020
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    If you’re keen to learn coding basics, come and join our Code Club. We’ll get you confident in using the free visual programming language, Scratch, developed by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Media Lab.

    Test your talent by exercising problem-solving skills and logical thinking while you draw from the worlds of science, maths and technology.

    Learn and build on skills and ideas each week as you explore the “how” behind computer games, animation and website coding.

    The sessions provide a greater understanding of coding projects and give participants the ability to share experiences with grandchildren, other family members or friends.

    These hands-on workshops which run for 1-hour each week for 4 weeks, are suitable for older adults with an interest in coding.

    Places are free, however, you must book in and attend for all 4 weeks. The workshops have a capacity of 8, so bookings are essential.

    No previous code experience is needed.

    Customs House Library
    Tuesdays, 11am to 12pm

    Tuesday 4 February to Tuesday 25 February 2020

  • Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration at Customs House
    Tuesday 4 February 2020
  • Book now

    During the spectacular Sydney Lunar Festival from 25 January to 9 February, we’ll be celebrating the Year of the Rat 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 at Customs House Library

    This is a free demonstration and everyone is welcome to drop by to see the artists at work.

    Customs House Library
    Tuesday 4 February 2020 from 12pm to 2pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors - Mandarin Classes
    Wednesday 5 February 2020
  • Event details

    Get technology on your side by keeping connected, accessing vital services and doing business. Facilitated by leaders from the Ethnic Community Council.

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

    Introduction to computers: 5 February
    This workshop covers what a computer is, it’s components and how it’s operated. You’ll learn to use a mouse and keyboard and then road test your skills as you create your first document and perhaps do a little web surfing.

    Introduction to internet part 1: 12 February
    Become familiar with the internet basics of getting online and surfing the web. Get well acquainted so you can go home, sign up for an internet service and hang out on the www’s yourself.

    Introduction to internet part 2: 19 February
    Growing your know-how from Part 1, we’ll look at ways to make web navigation a breeze as well as seek out video and music add-ons. We’ll make sure you know how to keep yourself safe online and get you going with tips for the best sites to view online.

    Introduction to email: 26 February
    Keep connected to family and friends with email. We’ll walk you through setting up a free Gmail email account as well as how to send, read and reply to your emails.

    Introduction to social media: 4 March
    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: 11 March
    We’ll walk you through the techy world of the tablet and get you up and running on this handy device.

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

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm

    Wednesday 5 February to Wednesday 11 March 2020

  • Tech Savvy Seniors - Korean Classes
    Wednesday 5 February 2020
  • Event details

    Get technology on your side by keeping connected, accessing vital services and doing business. Facilitated by leaders from the Ethnic Community Council.

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

    Introduction to computers: 5 February 
    This workshop covers what a computer is, it’s components and how it’s operated. You’ll learn to use a mouse and keyboard and then road test your skills as you create your first document and perhaps do a little web surfing.

    Introduction to internet part 1: 12 February 
    Become familiar with the internet basics of getting online and surfing the web. Get well acquainted so you can go home, sign up for an internet service and hang out on the www’s yourself.

    Introduction to internet part 2: 19 February
    Growing your know-how from Part 1, we’ll look at ways to make web navigation a breeze as well as seek out video and music add-ons. We’ll make sure you know how to keep yourself safe online and get you going with tips for the best sites to view online.

    Introduction to email: 26 February 
    Keep connected to family and friends with email. We’ll walk you through setting up a free Gmail email account as well as how to send, read and reply to your emails.

    Introduction to social media: 4 March 
    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: 11 March 
    We’ll walk you through the techy world of the tablet and get you up and running on this handy device.

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

    Customs House Library
    Wednesdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm

    Wednesday 5 February to Wednesday 11 March 2020

  • Adobe Creative Classes: Premiere Pro
    Thursday 6 February 2020
  • Event details

    Adobe Premiere Pro is a professional video editing software package used by film and television editors.

    This series of classes is perfect for people who need to up-skill to create content videos for work, are a hobby filmmaker or anyone interested in editing and improving footage for social media.

    Each class is led by an expert facilitator. More information for the different class level is available on the booking link.

    Premiere Pro level 1
    This 2-hour beginner’s class is suitable for people with little or no experience with Premiere Pro.

    By the end of the class you’ll be able to:

    • find your way around the Premiere Pro GUI
    • create a new project and import footage
    • use the timeline to reorder and trim footage
    • use a selection of editing tools to modify footage
    • save and share edited videos.

    10:00AM Thursday, 6 February, Green Square Library
    10:00AM, Saturday, 28 March, Kings Cross Library

    Premiere Pro level 2
    This 2-hour intermediate class is for people who have some experience with Premiere Pro or have already completed level 1.

    By the end of the class you’ll be able to:

    • find your way around advanced features in the Premiere Pro graphical user interface
    • add advanced typography to videos
    • colour correct and white balance to improve the quality of footage
    • use various tools to enhance audio

    12:30PM, Thursday, 6 February, Green Square Library
    12:30PM, Saturday, 28 March, Kings Cross Library

    Premiere Pro Advanced
    Our 4-hour advanced class is for people who have completed level 2 or have extensive experience with Premiere Pro.

    The advanced course only runs twice a year, so please book early.

    10:00AM, Saturday, 23 May, Kings Cross Library

    Courses suitable for anyone 16 years and over.

    City of Sydney Library
    Thursday 6 February 2020 from 10am to 2.30pm
    Saturday 28 March 2020 from 10am to 2.30pm
    Saturday 23 May 2020 from 10am to 2pm
  • Sydney Lunar Festival: Lantern Artist Talk
    Thursday 6 February 2020
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    The spectacular Sydney Lunar Festival runs from 25 January to 9 February 2020.

    During the festival, the city is alive with giant illuminated Chinese zodiac animal lanterns. 2020 is the Year of the Rat, and we’ll be talking about all things light at the library.

    Join Sydney Lunar Festival lantern designers, Claudia Chan Shaw, Nancy Liang and Fiona Lu in conversation with festival curator, Valerie Khoo. Backlit with story, we’ll delve into a discussion about how these lanterns came to be.

    Valerie Khoo
    Valerie is a visual artist and designer. Valerie has been a finalist in numerous art prizes and also mentors creatives in their career journey. A former magazine editor, she is passionate about fusing storytelling with art and is also CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre.

    Claudia Chan Shaw (Rat lantern)
    You might recognise Claudia from her stint as a host of the ABC TV show Collectors. A custodian of Chinese culture, Claudia is also an author, artist, and curator. Commanding the crowd as a public speaker, MC and lecturer, Claudia wears many professional hats

    Nancy Liang and Fiona Lu (Rabbit lantern)
    Fiona is an interdisciplinary artist that explores the ‘in-between’ of Chinese and Australian culture through her art practice, while Nancy is primarily a collage artist who uses uses drawing, paper cutouts and animation to explore Australian urban landscapes. Collaborating together, both Australian born Chinese artists integrate their Chinese cultural experiences of growing up in Sydney. They explore icons of childhood nostalgia through re-imagined forms that spring to life.

    This free event will attract a large audience – bookings are recommended.

    This event will be Auslan interpreted.

    Customs House Library
    Thursday 6 February 2020 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Prototyping: Rethinking existing products
    Saturday 8 February 2020
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    In this workshop guided by expert facilitator Albert Ong, you’ll collaborate with other design enthusiasts to improve a product from everyday life.

    Learn the design ethos “build quick, test quick, learn quick” and employ it in the creative process for your newly perfected product.

    Explore your radical redesign idea with the rest of the team. Together, you’ll collaboratively prototype your products, simulate the experience and refine the interaction using open source electronics, mobile devices and digital services. Then it’s time to share everyone’s contributions and boost the collective knowledge.

    What you’ll learn:

    • Lean prototyping principles, which helps you quickly develop and iterate a prototype for your product
    • Collaborative learning and collective knowledge
    • How to use makerspace tools such as craft and power tools, including hand tools, glue guns and blades to build prototypes

    What you’ll get to take home:

    • A simple and functional prototype of your reimagined product

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 8 people – bookings are required.
    Suitable for: Ages 16 years and over
    Experience level: A basic level of assumed knowledge – a general interest in design, game play (digital and board) and general computer familiarity.
    Wear: No loose-fitting clothing or jewellery and enclosed shoes.
    Bring: Yourself – all materials provided.

    We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any access or communication needs, please call us.

    Facilitator: Albert Ong

    Albert is the founder of Tinkery, an educational electronics supplier and electronics design consultancy. He has taught at UTS across multiple disciplines, including engineering, science, design, and transdisciplinary innovation. He is currently working across projects like wireless sensor networks, urban AI systems, brain machine interfaces and seamless human-robot immersion technologies.

    Darling Square Library
    Saturday 8 February 2020 from 11am to 4pm
  • Adobe Creative Classes: Photoshop
    Tuesday 11 February 2020
  • Event details

    Adobe Photoshop is the most well-known design software package in the world.

    Everyone from wedding photographers and graphic designers to painters and social media managers use this program to bring their digital artwork to life. Whether you need to upskill for work or want to touch up your family photos, this series of classes is the perfect starting point.

    Each class is led by an expert facilitator. More information for the different class level is available on the booking link.

    Photoshop level 1
    This 2-hour beginner’s class is for people with little or no experience.

    By the end of the class you will be able to:

    • Make selections, cut out, resize and move objects around in an image
    • Create complex photo manipulations
    • Create custom typography and apply effects.
    • Use a handful of helpful keyboard shortcuts to improve workflow.

    6:00PM, Wednesday 15 January, Surry Hills Library
    6:00PM, Tuesday, 11 February, Surry Hills Library
    10:00AM, Saturday, 29 February 2020, Kings Cross Library
    6:00PM, Tuesday, 10 March, Surry Hills Library
    10:00AM, Friday, 20 March, Green Square Library
    6:00PM, Tuesday, 7 April,Surry Hills Library
    6:00PM, Tuesday, 5 May 2020 Surry Hills Library

    Photoshop level 2
    If you’ve already completed Level 1 or have some experience with Photoshop this 2-hour intermediate class is for you.

    By the end of the class you will be able to:

    • Replace backgrounds and retouch photos to erase blemishes and improve skin.
    • Make adjustments and colour balance photos to improve vibrancy
    • Use brushes, tools and layer blending modes to create advanced image effects

    12:30PM, Saturday, 29 February, Kings Cross Library
    12:30PM, Friday, 20 March, Green Square Library

    Photoshop Advanced
    This 4-hour advanced class is for people with extensive experience with Photoshop or who have completed Level 2.

    The advanced course only runs twice a year, so please book early.

    10:00AM, Saturday, 25 April, Kings Cross Library

    Courses suitable for anyone 16 years and over.

    City of Sydney Library
    Wednesday 15 January 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Tuesday 11 February 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Tuesday 10 March 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Tuesday 7 April 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Tuesday 5 May 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Friday 20 March 2020 from 10am to 2.30pm
    Saturday 15 February 2020 from 10am to 2.30pm
    Saturday 25 April 2020 from 10am to 2.30pm
  • Blockchain explained
    Tuesday 11 February 2020
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    Still in the dark about blockchain? Join local experts Adriana Belotti and James Zaki to find out what blockchain actually is and learn about its potential and risks.

    Blockchain was first used for the cyptocurrency bitcoin in 2009 – but that’s not its only use. The blockchain platform can efficiently and transparently carry out other types of transactions, creating a completely new way of using the internet. It has the potential to transform finance, governance, supply chain management and much more, creating a fairer world for everyone.

    In just 1 hour, you’ll get a better understanding of what blockchain is and explore important issues including:

    • Why and how blockchain is already being used.
    • How this technology could disrupt the way we all do business.
    • Blockchain’s radical potential to usher in a new, fairer world for everyone.
    • How cryptocurrencies could revolutionise money and finance as we know it.

    This free event is for curious people from all backgrounds and you won’t need any technical knowledge to enjoy it. There will be opportunities for discussion and questions.

    Adriana Belotti
    Adriana is a blockchain enthusiast and community builder. She is former vice-president of blockchain Australia and co-organiser of the two oldest crypto MeetUps in Australia: Bitcoin Sydney and Blockchain Professionals. Currently, Adriana works as a marketing consultant, helping local and international blockchain start-ups launch their marketing efforts, with emphasis on digital strategies and community development.

    James Zaki
    James has worked as a software engineer in industrial automation to local tech companies and start-ups. He has spent the past 7 years in app development, product management, and tech advisor roles. James has been fully immersed in the blockchain scene for almost 3 years, both attending and presenting at various events.
    Speakers provided by Spark Festival.

    Other events in the series
    Smart Cities Explained
    Quantum computing explained

    Darling Square Library
    Tuesday 11 February 2020 from 6pm to 7pm
  • 3D Design: TinkerCAD
    Tuesday 11 February 2020
  • Event details

    Join this series of workshops to learn how to create digital designs for 3D printing and laser cutting using the free online application TinkerCAD.

    TinkerCAD level 1
    Get an introduction to the 3D design process and the basics of TinkerCAD. This 2-hour beginner’s class is suitable for people with little or no experience.

    Tuesday, 11 February, 2020, 6pm-8pm
    Saturday 15 February, 2020, 11am-1pm

    By the end of the class you’ll be able to:

    • navigate the interface
    • make shapes using linear and rotating patterns, grouping, aligning and flipping
    • create a custom 3D printed name tag.

    TinkerCAD level 2
    If you’ve completed level 1 or have some TinkerCAD experience, this 2 hour intermediate class is for you.

    Saturday, 15 February, 2pm-4pm
    Tuesday, 18 Feburary, 6pm-8pm

    By the end of the class you’ll be able to:

    • navigate the 3D galleries and templates and websites such as Thingiverse.
    • augment designs and hack objects together using the Scribble tool and share generators to create new objects

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 8 people – bookings are required
    Suitable for: Ages 16 and over
    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery
    Bring: Yourself – all materials and laptops provided.

    We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any access or communication needs, please contact Annette Webb on 02 9265 9333.

    Darling Square Library
    Tuesday 11 February 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 15 February 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Saturday 15 February 2020 from 2pm to 4pm
    Tuesday 18 February 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
  • Robotics: Soft and inflatable sculptures
    Thursday 27 February 2020
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    This workshop is inspired by ‘plantoid’ or ‘soft’ robotics, a fascinating field of robotics developed for geological and space exploration.

    Soft robotics draws inspiration from the movement of living organisms, principles that will help you create your moving robot sculpture.

    Find out how to harness electronics and inflation to give your robot life. Guided by expert facilitator Tully Arnot, you’ll learn how to build an electronic circuit, code a microcontroller and create a prototype. You’ll make your moving sculpture with everyday items like paper, cardboard and cloth.

    This workshop comprises 2-hour weekly sessions for 3 weeks. You’ll need to attend every session to complete the course and your sculpture.

    What you’ll learn:

    • Basic electronic circuit-building using littleBits. littleBits include components like DC motors, dimmers and light sensors that can add movement and interactivity to your sculpture.
    • Coding an interactive or kinetic electronic circuit with the open-source prototyping platform Arduino.
    • Soldering an electronic circuit.

    What you’ll get to take home:

    • Your very own kinetic soft robotic sculpture.

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 people – bookings are required
    Suitable for: Ages 16 and over
    Experience level: This is a beginner program with no required knowledge. An interest in electronics, robotics and prototyping would be beneficial
    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery
    Bring: Yourself – all materials provided.

    We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any access or communication needs, please contact us.

    Facilitator: Tully Arnot
    Tully is a visual artist and educator with a strong interest in DIY electronics and kinetic sculpture. He completed a Bachelor of Design and Master of Fine Arts at UNSW Art & Design and is also an artist-educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

    Darling Square Library
    Thursdays, 6pm to 8pm

    Thursday 27 February to Thursday 12 March 2020

  • Introduction to life casting and mould making
    Saturday 29 February 2020
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    Make an impression and discover the detail of the human body in this lifecasting and mould-making workshop.

    Guided by film and theatre prop-maker Alexi Creecy, you will learn how to cast small sections of your hand and face and create a silicone mould for different artistic purposes such as jewelry, craft projects, and unique hand-made chocolates. You will have an opportunity to paint your casting and learn about different colouring techniques. This workshop is an introduction to skills often used in special effects for film, theatre and photography as well as design.

    What you’ll learn:

    • How to create a cast of a feature of your face or hand
    • Choosing the right materials and relevant processes for casting the body and releasing a mould
    • Different design effects, including using multiple colours, materials and scenic effects

    What you’ll get to take home:

    • Castings of part of your face or hand, made for alginate, silicone and plaster
    • A fridget magnet made from your casting
    • A silicone mould made from your casting that can be used for anything from sculpture to food products

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 8 people – bookings are required
    Suitable for: Ages 16 years and over
    Experience level: This is a beginner project with no required knowledge. An interest in sculpture, mould-making and gaining skills in the makeup effects industry is beneficial.
    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery.
    Bring: Yourself – all materials provided.

    This workshop is not suitable for people will allergies or sensitivities to the following materials: alginate, silicone, plaster, plaster bandages, resin and, Vaseline.

    Facilitator: Alexi Creecy
    Alexi is an effects and prop maker. He studied design and properties production at Enmore TAFE and NIDA. He has worked on movies like Aquaman, Ghost in the Shell and has made animatronics for Belvoir St Theatre.

    Darling Square Library
    Saturday 29 February 2020 from 11am to 4pm
  • Code Club: MIT Scratch for beginners
    Tuesday 3 March 2020
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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. Watch them grow their competence by adding new skills and concepts each week to build on previous activities.

    MIT Scratch offers a fun introduction to block coding – encouraging creative thinking, systematic reasoning and collaboration.

    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 6, so bookings are recommended.

    Everything is provided, and parents or guardians need to stay in the library during Code Club.

    Green Square Library
    Tuesdays, 4pm to 5pm

    Tuesday 3 March to Tuesday 24 March 2020

  • Smart cities explained
    Tuesday 3 March 2020
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    Discover the technologies that are changing your city in this free talk for curious people.

    What is a smart city and what does it look like? Waste bins that empty themselves? Street lighting that only comes on when needed? Apps that let us know where we’ll find a park for our car? Or better, public transport that is more in tune with demand?

    Join Johanna Pitman, who led the smart cities accelerator program CityConnect, to explore these world-changing technologies.

    In just 1 hour you’ll get a better understanding of the opportunities and risks of emerging technology in city life, including:

    • how it’s already improving people’s lives in thousands of cities worldwide by reducing energy consumption, improving water management and cutting traffic congestion and pollution.
    • how we can continue to create liveable environments in growing urban centres where people and businesses can both thrive.
    • streamlining communications between you and the people who run your city.
    • risks of surveillance, diminished privacy and cyber-crime.

    Also find out where and how you can experience smart cities technology right here in the City of Sydney area.

    You don’t need any technical knowledge to enjoy this free event and there will be opportunities for discussion and questions.

    Johanna Pitman
    Johanna led BlueChilli’s CityConnect smart cities accelerator program. The program co-created solutions to address challenges faced by the world’s urban communities. Before that she was Deputy CEO for the Committee for Sydney, an independent think-tank advocating for global best practice in city-making.

    Johanna has a deep understanding of urban issues and economic development. She is passionate about connecting the right players to create smart cities that are prosperous, inclusive and liveable for all.

    Speaker provided by Spark Festival.

    Other events in the series
    Blockchain explained
    Quantum computing explained

    Darling Square Library
    Tuesday 3 March 2020 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Customs House Library
    Friday 6 March 2020
  • Event details

    This free series is designed to help older people gain confidence in basic computer and digital skills.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS.

    Book in for the small group sessions below.

    Introduction to computers: 6 March 2020
    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: 13 March 2020
    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 world wide web yourself.

    Introduction to email: 20 March 2020
    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: 27 March 2020
    From booking a holiday to buying groceries, we’ll take you through the process of buying something and how to stay safe shopping online.

    Introduction to online banking: 3 April 2020
    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: 10 April 2020
    Get sharp with social media’s famous 3: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We’ll take you through a run-down of which social media channel to use and when.

    Introduction to iPads: 17 April 2020
    We’ll walk you through the techy world of the tablet and get you up and running on this handy device.

    Customs House Library
    Fridays, 10.30am to 12.30pm

    Friday 6 March to Friday 17 April 2020

  • 3D design: Fusion 360
    Tuesday 10 March 2020
  • Event details

    Learn computer aided drawing and how to model 3D objects using Fusion 360.

    This cloud-based software gives you the ability to quickly create and iterate your design and make photorealistic renders and animations.

    Fusion 360 level 1
    Explore the fundamentals of Fusion 360 in this 2-hour hands-on workshop and get an understanding of how designs are made and assembled.

    By the end of the workshop you’ll be able to:
    • navigate the user interface, tool bar and workspaces
    • create basic models
    • use the collaboration tools

    No experience is necessary however an interest or background in art and design is beneficial.

    Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 6pm-8pm
    Saturday, 28 March, 2020, 11am-1pm

    Fusion 360 level 2
    Learn the basics of parametric modelling including free form design, assembly creation, rendering, 3D printing, documentation and collaboration.

    By the end of the workshop you’ll be able to:
    • understand the parametric computer aided design (CAD) workflow
    • model, render and document a part

    Level 2 is designed for participants who have completed level 1 or are competent users of TinkerCAD or basic 3D modelling software.

    Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 6pm-8pm
    Saturday, 28 March 2020, 2pm-4pm

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 8 people – bookings are required
    Suitable for: Ages 16 and over
    Bring: Yourself – all materials and laptops provided.

    Darling Square Library
    Tuesday 10 March 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Tuesday 17 March 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 28 March 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Saturday 28 March 2020 from 2pm to 4pm
  • Adobe Creative Classes: Illustrator
    Saturday 14 March 2020
  • Event details

    Adobe Illustrator is the world’s leading vector art program and allows you to create crisp images that don’t pixelate when they’re resized.

    Used by artists, product designers and graphic artists, Illustrator is the perfect tool for creating posters, templates, cartoons and charts. It’s increasingly used in game and package design and laser cutting. Adobe Illustrator is an incredibly powerful tool allowing you to easily trace images and fine tune typography.

    Each class is led by an expert facilitator. More information is available on the booking link.

    Illustrator Level 1
    This 2-hour beginner’s class is suitable for people with little or no experience.

    By the end of the class you will be able to:

    • find your way around the Illustrator graphical user interface
    • create custom typography
    • colour images and customize colour palettes and swatches
    • use artboards to easily edit multiple objects.

    10:00AM, Saturday, 14 March, Kings Cross Library

    Illustrator Level 2
    This 2-hour intermediate class is ideal for people who have completed level 1 or already have some experience.

    By the end of the class you will be able to:

    • use advanced tools like type on a path and text threading
    • create complex shapes using advanced drawing tools
    • use advanced colour controls and the gradient tool
    • create complex illustrations using the pen tool.

    12:30PM, Saturday, 14 March, Kings Cross Library

    Illustrator Advanced

    Our 4-hour advanced class is for people who have extensive experience or who have completed level 2.

    The advanced course only runs twice a year, so please book early.

    10:00AM, Saturday, 9 May, Kings Cross Library

    Courses suitable for anyone 16 years and over.

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 14 March 2020 from 10am to 2.30pm
  • Quantum computing explained
    Tuesday 24 March 2020
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    Does the universe really act one way when we’re looking, and another when we aren’t?

    Find out in this free 1-hour chat with quantum computing expert Chris Ferrie.

    Quantum computing is set to deliver one of the biggest performance boosts in the history of technology. It could revolutionise artificial intelligence, help us create more energy-efficient materials and effective drugs, and improve weather forecasting and financial modelling.

    With the buzz around quantum computing building fast, now is the time to learn more about it. In just 1 hour you’ll get a basic understanding of the possibilities and risks of quantum computing, including:

    • What quantum computing is exactly, and how it differs from classical or binary computing.
    • The behaviours of subatomic particles that make quantum computing possible.
    • The kind of advances quantum computing might make possible.
    • The possible risks to cybersecurity, online banking and anything else affected by a massive increase in processing power.
    • Why, 3 decades after they were first proposed, quantum computers are still largely theoretical.

    This free event is for curious people from all backgrounds and you won’t need any technical knowledge to enjoy it. There will be opportunities for discussion and questions.

    Chris Ferrie

    Chris is a senior mathematics lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney and the Centre for Quantum Software and Information. His research interests include quantum estimation and control, and the use of machine learning to solve statistical problems in quantum information science. He is passionate about communicating science, and is the author of several books that make science accessible even for the youngest children.
    Speaker provided by Spark Festival.

    Other events in the series
    Blockchain Explained
    Smart Cities Explained

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 24 March 2020 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Cyber safety: Protecting your personal information
    Wednesday 25 March 2020
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    Your information is valuable. But keeping your details safe online extends beyond banking data. The key is knowing what data is valuable, and why.

    Join leading expert Dr Joanne Orlando to find out how to take control of your personal data, and why you need to treat your online information like you treat your money, protect it and don’t leave it lying around.

    Forbes magazine recently reported that a file with 1.4 billion hacked passwords was found for sale online. Focusing on everyday activities like online shopping, free downloads, advertising and dating apps learn where data breaches occur. Dr Orlando will show you 10 effective ways to keep your details safe.

    Trace how personal data is used by legitimate and illegitimate sources, and identify common errors we make. Manage your online presence and better understand cyber safety and security trends.

    Learn ways to prevent identity theft and hacking and understand how personal data is used online. Find out what companies like Facebook, Amazon and Netflix are doing with personal information.

    This 1-hour session includes time for questions and access to new resources developed by Dr Joanne Orlando.

    About Dr Joanne Orlando:
    As a leading international expert on family and digital lifestyles, Joanne offers fresh perspectives and solutions on our digital lives. She’s a regular TV and radio presenter offering expert advice on the technology practices of adults and kids. Joanne is known for introducing new terms like ‘Sharenting,’ the implications of parents sharing images of their kids online and ‘Finsta’, Fake Instagram accounts. She is currently working on her third parenting book and also hosts online and face-to-face digital-parenting seminars and courses.

    Booking recommended for this free session as places are limited.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 25 March 2020 from 1pm to 2pm

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