Talks and workshops

  • What’s on
  • Koori collection pop-ups at the library
    Saturday 20 July 2019
  • Event details

    To celebrate NAIDOC Week, City of Sydney Library will showcase our Koori collection. Throughout July, pop-up displays at each library branch will feature some of the collection.

    The Koori collection celebrates the rich stories and resources of 40,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The books, films, and music in the collection reflect the unique voices and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Standing at over 2,000 items, the collection covers bush medicine, bush tucker, astronomy, philosophy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

    All items are available for members to borrow, and our friendly library team is always keen to chat about the collection.

    There’s something for everyone.

    The pop-ups are open during branch opening hours.

    City of Sydney Library
    Every day, 9am to 6pm

    Monday 8 July to Wednesday 31 July 2019

  • Blockchain explained
    Tuesday 23 July 2019
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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
    Artificial Intelligence Explained

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 23 July 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Customs House
    Wednesday 24 July 2019
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    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
    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 part 1
    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 internet part 2
    We’ll look at ways to make web navigation a breeze and seek out video and music add-ons. You’ll leave knowing how to keep yourself safe online and tips for the best sites.

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

    Introduction to online shopping and banking part 2
    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
    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
    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 5 June to Wednesday 24 July 2019

  • Try a musical instrument
    Wednesday 24 July 2019
  • Event details

    Join this free drop-in session to explore the Green Square Library Music Room.

    Try out the baby grand piano or acoustic or electric guitars and find out how our digital mixing and recording equipment works.

    Instruments available to play:

    • Baby grand piano
    • Acoustic guitar
    • Classical guitar
    • Electric guitar
    • Electric bass
    • Synthesiser
    • Ukelele
    • Digital mixer and recording unit

    No bookings required. Drop in anytime over the 2 hour session.

    The Music Room is also available to hire for students, individuals, and community and commercial organisations. Green Square Library’s musical instrument collection is available for use during hire of the music room or during weekly drop-in music sessions on Wednesday evenings.

    Green Square Library
    Wednesdays, 4pm to 6pm

    Wednesday 6 March to Wednesday 31 July 2019

  • Adobe Creative Classes: Photoshop
    Saturday 27 July 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.

    10am, Saturday July 27, Kings Cross Library
    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

    12.30pm, Saturday July 27, Kings Cross Library
    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
  • Cyber safety: Protecting your personal information
    Wednesday 31 July 2019
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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 31 July 2019 from 1pm to 2pm
  • National Young Writers Festival: Sydney launch
    Friday 2 August 2019
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    Join festival directors Jesse Oliver, Bonnie Stevens and Ellen Harvey to get a taste of the 2019 festival.

    Each year, National Young Writers Festival (NYWF) brings together Australia’s most innovative young writers. Working in new and traditional forms, their writing varies from zines, comics, blogging, screenwriting, and poetry to spoken word, hip hop music, journalism, autobiography, comedy, songwriting and prose. The festival presents writing in its broadest sense through panels, discussions, workshops, launches, performances, readings, installations, and more.

    NYWF gives young writers a place to present their work and share ideas, learn about the industry and meet like-minded people in a friendly festival atmosphere.

    With our festival teaser, get a taste of the festival in this 2-hour celebration of writers and their stories. Featuring spoken word, music and comedy from Elliot Cameron, Robin Eames, Nina Oyama, Merryana Salem, Jack Gow, Allison Ghallager, Pola Fanous and Srisha.

    Enjoy live readings, performances and a few festival games to understand what our festival is all about before you attend the 4-day event in October.

    The festival runs from 3 to 6 October 2019.

    Bookings are recommended. Suitable for ages 16 years and over.

    Supported by City of Sydney Library.

    Customs House Library
    Friday 2 August 2019 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors at Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 6 August 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

  • Adobe Creative Classes: InDesign
    Saturday 10 August 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

    6pm, Tuesday July 16, Surry Hills Library
    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
  • Adobe Creative Classes: Premiere Pro
    Saturday 24 August 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
  • Smart cities explained
    Tuesday 27 August 2019
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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
    Artificial intelligence explained

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 27 August 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Fake news: Learn how to spot it
    Wednesday 28 August 2019
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    How good do you think you are at detecting fake news and content online? Have you ever felt caught out from reading or viewing content that you didn’t realise was fake?

    Join leading expert Dr Joanne Orlando to put your skills to the test.

    Fake or junk news is not something new, but it is on the rise. There’s an increasingly wide range of false, manipulated and exaggerated content published online that aims to deceive readers. Falling for fake content can lead to financial rip-offs, wrong choices with our health, relationships, jobs and more.

    Learn strategies to differentiate online fake news and misinformation from real and trustworthy content and how to fact check content that you think might be dodgy.

    This will be a collaborative, investigative and fun session with opportunities to discuss and share your own experiences.

    Afternoon tea will be provided from 2pm.

    Bookings recommended as places are limited.

    Dr Joanne Orlando

    As a leading international expert on family and digital lifestyles, Joanne offers fresh perspectives and solutions on our digital lives. Appearing regularly on TV and radio, she also provides expert parenting advice around all things technology.

    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’s currently working on her third parenting book and hosts online and face-to-face digital-parenting seminars and courses.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesday 28 August 2019 from 1pm to 2pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors at Kings Cross Library
    Monday 9 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 Customs House Library
    Wednesday 11 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

  • Artificial intelligence explained
    Monday 23 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
    Monday 23 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
  • 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
  • Book now

    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
  • 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

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