Talks and workshops

  • What’s on
  • Tech Savvy Seniors at Kings Cross Library
    Monday 16 September 2019
  • 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: 9 September
    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: 16 September
    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 email part 1: 23 September
    Introduction to email part 2: 30 September
    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: 14 October
    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: 21 October
    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: 28 October
    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: 4 November
    We’ll walk you through the techy world of the tablet and get you up and running on this handy device.

    Kings Cross Library
    Mondays, 11am to 1pm

    Monday 9 September to Monday 4 November 2019

    Except public holidays

  • Tech Savvy Seniors at Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 17 September 2019
  • 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 August
    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 August
    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 email part 1: 20 August
    Introduction to email part 2: 27 August
    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: 3 September
    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: 10 September
    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: 17 September
    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: 24 September
    We’ll walk you through the techy world of the tablet and get you up and running on this handy device.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3pm to 5pm

    Tuesday 6 August to Tuesday 24 September 2019

  • Tech Savvy Seniors at Customs House Library
    Wednesday 18 September 2019
  • 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: 11 September
    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: 18 September
    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 email part 1: 25 September
    Introduction to email part 2: 2 October
    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 October
    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: 16 October
    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 October
    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: 30 October
    We’ll walk you through the techy world of the tablet and get you up and running on this handy device.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesdays, 11am to 1pm

    Wednesday 11 September to Wednesday 30 October 2019

  • Adobe Creative Classes: Photoshop
    Saturday 21 September 2019
  • 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.

    6pm, Tuesday August 13, Surry Hills Library
    6pm, Tuesday September 10, Surry Hills Library
    6pm, Tuesday October 8, 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

    6pm, Tuesday October 22, Surry Hills 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.
    Courses suitable for anyone 16 years and over.

    10am, Saturday September 21, Kings Cross Library

    City of Sydney Library
    Tuesday 13 August 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
    Tuesday 10 September 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 27 July 2019 from 10am to 2.30pm
    Tuesday 8 October 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
    Tuesday 22 October 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 21 September 2019 from 10am to 2pm
  • Adobe Creative Classes: InDesign
    Tuesday 24 September 2019
  • 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

    10am, Saturday August 10, Kings Cross Library
    6pm, Tuesday August 27, Surry Hills Library
    6pm, Tuesday September 24, Surry Hills Library
    6pm, Tuesday November 5, 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 August 10, Kings Cross Library
    6pm, Tuesday November 19, 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.

    10am, Saturday September 7, Kings Cross Library

    Courses suitable for anyone 16 years and over.

    City of Sydney Library
    Tuesday 16 July 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
    Tuesday 27 August 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 10 August 2019 from 10am to 2.30pm
    Saturday 7 September 2019 from 10am to 2.30pm
    Tuesday 24 September 2019 from 6am to 8pm
    Tuesday 5 November 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 7 September 2019 from 10am to 12pm
    Tuesday 19 November 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
  • Artificial intelligence explained
    Tuesday 24 September 2019
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    Want to know what artificial intelligence (AI) means for your future?

    AI is already helping us to fight cancer, improve healthcare and free up our time by completing some of the menial tasks that dominate our lives. But do we have anything to fear?

    Join local AI expert Alasdair Hamilton to explore this world-changing technology.¬ As CEO of Remi, a company that specialises in helping businesses solve complex problems with artificial intelligence, Alasdair has worked on a unique range of projects. From the world’s first companion robot for sick children to pedestrian tracking solutions, he has incredible experience with this fascinating technology.

    In just 1 hour you’ll get a better understanding of what AI is and the potential, limits and risks of using it, including:

    • What AI means for our future – do we really have reason to fear it?
    • How AI is already being used today to improve our lives and make businesses more efficient.
    • Movies vs reality: what AI is really capable of and its many limitations.
    • The complicated ethics of AI.

    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.

    Alasdair Hamilton
    Alasdair is the CEO of Remi, a Sydney and San Francisco-based studio that helps businesses solve complex problems with artificial intelligence.

    Alasdair is passionate about AI’s potential to make businesses smarter, but at the same time always mindful of the technology’s limitations and risks.

    Recently, Remi has partnered with ikkiworks to develop the AI language component of Ikki, the world’s first companion robot for sick children, developed right here in Sydney.

    Speaker provided by Spark Festival.

    Other events in the series

    Blockchain explained
    Smart cities explained

    Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre
    Tuesday 24 September 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Cyber safety: Social media new risks and changes
    Wednesday 25 September 2019
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    Dr Joanne Orlando will help you to better understand and manage the risks and safety issues related to your social media use.

    Every 60 seconds, 47,000 images are uploaded to Instagram, 3.3 million Facebook posts are uploaded, half a million tweets are twittered, and there are 990,000 Tinder swipes.

    While social media can be a force of good in our lives, it’s a double-edged sword. What, how and why we post online can have dramatic and complex risks, including negative effects on our personal safety, mental health, relationships and professional life.

    For regular social media users and those in digital spaces, learn how to improve your safety by understanding risks and applying effective changes. Find out how to protect yourself from potential cyberbullying, stalking and abuse and the psychological impact and potential harm relationships when overused.

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

    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 September 2019 from 1pm to 2pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors at Green Square Library
    Friday 27 September 2019
  • 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: 27 September
    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: 4 October
    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 part 1: 11 October
    Introduction to email part 2: 18 October
    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: 25 October
    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: 1 November
    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: 8 November
    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: 15 November
    We’ll walk you through the techy world of the tablet and get you up and running on this handy device.

    Green Square Library
    Friday 27 September 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
    Friday 4 October 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
    Friday 11 October 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
    Friday 18 October 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
    Friday 25 October 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
    Friday 1 November 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
    Friday 8 November 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
    Friday 15 November 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
  • Cyber safety: Gaming, social media and sexual content
    Saturday 28 September 2019
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    For parents with kids using the internet and video games, sexual and violent content are a source of constant concern.

    Join this session with leading expert Dr Joanne Orlando to help better understand children’s technology use. You’ll hear stories and research identifying where risks and safety issues lie, and why they’re there. Learn some strategies, and get balanced information to empower you to make the right choices.

    Explore the affect of social media on young people’s privacy, health, wellbeing, relationships and reputations. Find out what aspects of social media, gaming, and sexual and violent content can be unsafe and harmful.

    Apply your understanding of when, where and how children see violent and sexual content and develop ways to guide children. You’ll also learn how to recognise and manage problematic gaming habits.

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

    Meet the facilitators

    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 technology parenting advice. 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.

    This free session is best suited to parents of primary and high-school children. Older children may wish to attend with their parents.

    Booking recommended as places are limited.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 28 September 2019 from 1pm to 2pm
  • Word Travels: Australian Poetry Slam heat
    Thursday 3 October 2019
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    Sign up for a Sydney heat of Australian Poetry Slam. Writers and performers are given a mic and 2 minutes to share their original piece and impress the judges. Judges are chosen randomly from the live audience on the night.

    The 2 top scoring writers from the heat will go on to perform at the Sydney final of Australian Poetry Slam.

    To participate or watch the heat, make sure to book a seat in the audience. You can sign up at 6pm on the night to perform. Performance starts at 6.30pm sharp.

    Troy Wong was born and raised in western Sydney, the first child of Singaporean expats. He is the author of 3 collections of poetry: Spitfire, Someone Else’s Egypt, and most recently, hAROLD. From 2016 to 2018 he helmed the monthly Granville Poetry Slam (formerly Parramatta Poetry Slam) as host and creative director. He was a national finalist in the 2015 Australian Poetry Slam and has toured his work in Australia and Singapore. His work has been published in Cordite Poetry Review, Pressure Gauge Press and the Australian Poetry Journal’s ‘spoken’.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 3 October 2019 from 6.30pm to 8pm
  • Code Club: MIT Scratch for beginners
    Tuesday 15 October 2019
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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 8, 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 15 October to Tuesday 5 November 2019

  • Quantum computing explained
    Tuesday 15 October 2019
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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, three 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

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 15 October 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
  • The Big Feels Club
    Wednesday 16 October 2019
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    During Mental Health Month, Green Square Library is hosting The Big Feels Club.

    Ever feel like you’re all alone, even when you’re surrounded by friends?

    If you’re a sensitive cat, it’s easy to feel like you’re doing life ‘wrong’. One of the trickiest issues is navigating the world of making and growing friendships as an adult.

    When you’re sad or scared a lot of the time, having 1 or 2 deep, supportive friendships is vital to your wellbeing. But how do you nurture these relationships, beyond the superficial? How do you take those tiny risks to become better friends with your existing friends? And how do you ‘give back’ to people who help you through tough times?

    Join us for an interactive evening to chat about life, feelings, and finding your tribe.

    This isn’t a therapy session. There’s no unpacking your darkest secrets. It’s more like a philosophy tutorial. Big Feels isn’t a mental health service and doesn’t provide counselling.

    The Big Feels Club
    This Melbourne-based initiative is for anyone trying to make sense of the messiness of being human. Real content about mental health, made by people who’ve been there. Join the club.

    Meet the facilitators

    Honor Eastly
    Artist, mental health advocate, and podcaster, Honor’s heart has a mainline to the internet, to try to help people feel less alone. No Feeling Is Final, Honor’s ABC podcast about her mental health experiences, was named one of the top 3 podcasts of 2018 by The Atlantic.

    Graham Panther
    Writer, talker, and feeler of feelings, Graham has helped build some of the best mental health services in Australia and beyond. He’s all about finding more nourishing ways for people to connect about their messy life stuff.

    Bookings recommended as places are limited.

    This event will be Auslan interpreted.

    Green Square Library
    Wednesday 16 October 2019 from 7.30pm to 9pm
  • Adobe Creative Classes: Illustrator
    Saturday 19 October 2019
  • 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 is 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 for the different class level is available on the booking link.

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

    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.

    10am, Saturday October 19, 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 with Illustrator.

    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 October 19, Kings Cross Library

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

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

    Courses suitable for anyone 16 years and over.

    10am, Saturday November 16, Kings Cross Library

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 19 October 2019 from 10am to 12pm
    Saturday 19 October 2019 from 12.30pm to 2.30pm
    Saturday 16 November 2019 from 10.30am to 2.30pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors
    Tuesday 22 October 2019
  • 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: 22 October
    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: 29 October
    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 part 1: 5 November

    Introduction to email part 2: 12 November
    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: 19 November
    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: 26 November
    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: 3 December
    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: 10 December
    We’ll walk you through the techy world of the tablet and get you up and running on this handy device.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3pm to 4pm

    Tuesday 22 October to Tuesday 10 December 2019

  • The dark web explained
    Tuesday 22 October 2019
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    A mysterious parallel internet hiding from sight. An immense black market, home of hackers, dealers, conspirators and scammers, where criminals can plan and transact with impunity? Or a safe, anonymous platform where regular people can take back their privacy and communicate in safety?

    Join Eileen Ormsby, one of the world’s leading experts on the dark web, to discover the truth behind the myths and hype. Find out who’s really using it and why, whether we need worry, and if it should – or even could – be shut down.

    In this free 1-hour fireside chat you’ll learn:

    • What the dark web is and how it is different from the everyday internet we all know so well.
    • How dark web communities operate and communicate with much greater anonymity.
    • What’s really happening on the dark web – criminal or otherwise.
    • What authorities are doing to combat illegal activities on the dark web.
    • The risks associated with using the dark web.

    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.

    Eileen Ormsby

    Eileen is a lawyer, author and freelance journalist based in Melbourne. Her first book, Silk Road, was the world’s first in-depth expose of the black markets that operate on the dark web. In her latest book, The Darkest Web, Eileen’s gonzo-style investigations led her deep into the secretive corners of the dark web where drugs and weapons dealers, hackers, assassins-for-hire and worse ply their trade. Eileen is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the dark web.

    Speaker provided by Spark Festival.

    Other events in the series

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 22 October 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Cyber safety: The rise of online bullying and abuse
    Wednesday 23 October 2019
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    Cyberbullying and online abuse can happen to anyone.

    Online discrimination can be even more frequent and intense than offline harassment, seeping into every aspect of work, social and family life. As well as cyber bullying, new forms of online offence, including racism, sexism, sexual harassment and homophobia, are on the rise.

    So how can you be present and make your mark online without risking being bullied or inadvertently becoming a bully? What can we do to regulate these destructive behaviours? And will new measures such as banning mobile phones in schools or removing ‘Likes’ on Instagram really do anything to kerb them?

    Join expert Dr Joanne Orlando to learn how cyber abuse develops, how to prevent or stop it and protect yourself online.

    This free 1-hour interactive session includes time for questions and access to new resources to help you stay safe. This is a highly relevant session for adults and parents in all walks of life who use the internet and social media.

    Places are limited for this free event so bookings are recommended.

    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 children. 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.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 23 October 2019 from 1pm to 2pm
  • Microflix Awards and Festival 2019
    Thursday 24 October 2019
  • Event details

    Green Square Library is proud to host the second annual Microflix Awards and Festival.

    Whether you’re a film buff, a lover of literature or a budding filmmaker, come and experience this exciting showcase of contemporary Australian storytelling through film. Enjoy free film screenings, the awards ceremony and a mobile filmmaking workshop over 3 days.

    Special screening event: 7.30–9pm, Thursday 24 October
    Get a taste of the entries in this year’s competition with a special preview of selected films. Discover the stories the films are based on with some behind-the-scenes insights into how they were made. Reserve ticket

    Microflix awards ceremony: 7.30–9pm, Friday 25 October
    Join our esteemed judges, Fenella Kernebone, Stephanie King and Will Simon for the screening of finalist films, followed by the awards ceremony. Categories include Best adaptation, Best film made on a smartphone and Best direction. Reserve ticket

    Mobile filmmaking workshop: 12pm–3.30pm, Saturday 26 October
    Get hands-on experience in this free workshop for new and emerging filmmakers with Microflix Festival and short story publishing house, Spineless Wonders. With a focus on story-to-film adaptation, you’ll explore smartphone filmmaking including how to adapt micro-stories for the screen. Reserve ticket

    No prior knowledge of filmmaking is required to attend the workshop. While the workshop is suitable for ages 16 years and over, parental guidance is advised for the screening and awards night due to adult themes in the films screened.

    All sessions are free, however bookings are recommended as places are limited.

    Presented with City of Sydney Library

    Green Square Library
    Thursday 24 October 2019 from 7.30pm to 9pm
    Friday 25 October 2019 from 7.30pm to 9pm
    Saturday 26 October 2019 from 12pm to 3.30pm
  • Code Club for adults
    Wednesday 6 November 2019
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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 3 weeks, are suitable for older adults with an interest in coding.

    Places are free, however, you must book in and attend for all 3 weeks. The workshops have a capacity of 8, so bookings are essential.

    No previous code experience is needed.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesdays, 11am to 12pm

    Wednesday 6 November to Wednesday 27 November 2019

  • Auslan poetry slam
    Friday 8 November 2019
  • Event details

    Would you like to develop, perform or watch Auslan-inclusive poetry? Are you keen to learn about Deaf arts and Auslan?

    Then join us for these 2 unique events for Deaf and hearing Auslan users.

    Auslan-inclusive poetry workshop: 6pm–8pm, Friday 8 November

    Develop your own Auslan-inclusive work in this 2-hour poetry workshop facilitated by renowned Auslan performative storyteller Todd Wright. Get expert support and guidance as you develop your own piece. You’ll also get the opportunity to perform, if you would like to, at the open hands poetry showcase.

    Auslan performance poets showcase and open hands event: 6pm–9pm, Friday 22 November

    Experience the power of Auslan poetry as 5 emerging Auslan poets perform their work. Offer your support to budding new performers as audience members take to the stage, including participants from the Auslan-inclusive poetry workshop.

    Everyone is welcome to join the audience for the showcase. Some Auslan artists prefer not to have their work translated into English as it can significantly alter their intention and voice. Performances at the showcase may be accompanied by other media such as digital projection.

    It is free to attend or perform at the workshop and showcase. Bookings are recommended as places are limited.

    Suitable for ages 16 years and over.

    Performers to be confirmed.

    Green Square Library
    Friday 8 November 2019 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
    Friday 22 November 2019 from 7.30pm to 9pm
  • Driverless vehicle technology explained
    Tuesday 19 November 2019
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    Driverless or autonomous vehicles have the potential to improve road safety and social inclusion, reduce traffic and solve parking problems. They could even bring us cleaner air, more free time and better health.

    But what about malfunctions, hacking and privacy? And will how society cope with this massive disruption to our transport labour markets?

    Join driverless vehicle experts Mark Pesce and John Allsopp for this free 1-hour talk and discover:

    • The core technologies behind driverless vehicles.
    • The technical and regulatory challenges that must be overcome before driverless vehicles will dominate our roads.
    • How and where they are already being used.
    • How driverless vehicles might transform our roads and cities.
    • The potential risks of driverless vehicles, such as malfunctions, hacking and privacy.
    • What driverless vehicles could mean for transport industries.

    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.

    Mark Pesce

    Mark is a leading futurist, author, entrepreneur and innovator. He has been at the forefront of the digital revolution for 35 years and is a sought-after keynote speaker for conferences and leadership gatherings. He currently hosts a number of podcasts and has recently been working on a series on the huge transformations in transportation, The Next Billion Cars.

    John Allsopp

    John is a co-founder of the Web Directions conference series and author of one of the earliest books on Microformats. As a software developer, long-standing web development speaker, writer, evangelist and expert, he’s spent the past 25 years working with and developing for the web.

    Speakers provided by Spark Festival.

    Other events in the series

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 19 November 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Cyber safety: Social media hacks and hoaxes
    Wednesday 20 November 2019
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    Social media is now a big part of our lives. But are you aware of how your feeds could be influencing your beliefs, your decision-making, and even your health?

    More and more, social media is being used as a tool of manipulation, affecting us in ways we don’t realise.

    Discover the truth about fake influencers, ‘deep fake’ imagery and the massive farming of personal information for uses we can’t control. Learn how more insidious forms of manipulation filters the information that gets into social feeds to mask core issues or influence your purchases. Find out how to be safe, retain your sanity, and minimise the negative impact of social media on you and your family.

    This free 1-hour interactive session includes time for questions and access to new resources to help you stay safe online. This is a highly relevant session for adults and parents in all walks of life who use the internet and social media.

    Places are limited for this free event so bookings are recommended.

    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.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 20 November 2019 from 1pm to 2pm
  • Adobe Creative Classes: Premiere Pro
    Saturday 30 November 2019
  • 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.

    Saturday 24 August, 10am-12pm at 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.

    Saturday 24 August, 12.30pm-2.30pm at 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.

    Saturday 30 November, 10.30am-2.30pm at Kings Cross Library

    Courses suitable for anyone 16 years and over.

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 24 August 2019 from 10am to 12pm
    Saturday 24 August 2019 from 12.30pm to 2.30pm
    Saturday 30 November 2019 from 10am to 2.30pm

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