Darling Square Library

Our brand new Darling Square Library is now open, in the vibrant neighbourhood next to Haymarket and Darling Harbour. This exciting hub for learning, innovation and creativity is spread over 2 floors of The Exchange. Wrapped in over 20km of timber ribbons, the unique spiral-like building was designed by Japanese firm Kengo Kuma & Associates.

Inside and on the outdoor terrace there’s plenty of space to read, work and study, with free wifi throughout and public computers. Meeting rooms, including a large seminar and workshop space are available for hire.

The Ideas Lab on level 1 is a dedicated makerspace and multipurpose room to create, invent or tinker. The program of hands-on workshops features 3D design and printing, robotics and electronics to help startups and curious makers upskill, share knowledge and network.

There’s also a colourful children’s area and weekly bilingual rhymetime and storytime sessions.

Open 7 days a week, members can borrow from over 30,000 items in the library, including a large Asian language collection.

Discover 8 reasons to love Darling Square Library.

The Exchange, levels 1 and 2
1 Little Pier Street
Haymarket

02 8019 6477

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday: 10am–7pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11am–4pm
  • Closed on public holidays.

Accessibility

Loans, renewals and returns

  • You can borrow as many as 30 items for as long as 3 weeks.
  • You can renew items online (with your library card number) or you can send an email to library@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.
  • You can also call us or visit the branch.

Community languages

  • Chinese books
  • Indonesian books
  • Thai books
  • Vietnamese books
  • Chinese newspapers
  • Vietnamese newspapers
  • Chinese magazines
  • Chinese DVDs and CDs
  • Indonesian DVDs and CDs
  • Thai DVDs and CDs
  • Vietnamese DVDs and CDs
  • What’s on
  • Maker time: Weekly makerspace sessions
    Wednesday 13 November 2019
  • Event details

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

    These 2-hour weekly sessions are a great opportunity to get hands-on experience with our equipment and guidance from expert makers.

    Bring a simple idea or project you’d like to explore, or we’ll set you up with a starter project.

    You’ll access 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 you help better understand maker projects and processes and the potential uses of makerspace equipment.

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 people. You don’t need to come every week, just book in for the sessions you’re keen to join

    Suitable for: Ages 16 years and over

    Experience level: A desire to expand technical design knowledge, physical making skills and hands-on experience of makerspace equipment is beneficial

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

    Bring: Your projects. Some materials like LEDs, electronic sensors, cardboard and craft materials will be available.

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

    Rotating facilitators

    • Albert Ong: Cofounder of Tinkery and educator across engineering, IT, science, design and transdisciplinary innovation.
    • Alexi Creecy: Experienced effects and prop maker and NIDA lecturer in prosthetics and effects, CAD, 3D printing and laser cutting.
    • Heike Roberts: STEAM educator and trainer for Modfab in design, CAD and 3D printing.
    • Laura Jade: Illumination artist, interaction designer and experienced creativity and STEAM educator.
    • Tully Arnot: Visual artist and educator with a strong interest in DIY electronics and kinetic sculpture.
    • Ben Roberts: Experienced broadcast engineer and trainer for Modfab in rapid-prototyping technology.
    Darling Square Library
    Wednesdays, 4.30pm to 6.30pm

    Wednesday 13 November to Wednesday 18 December 2019

  • Storytime @ Darling Square Library
    Wednesday 13 November 2019
  • Event details

    Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft for pre-schoolers. The session fosters an early love of reading and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Bookings are not required but session numbers are limited so please ensure you arrive early to secure your place.

    Parents or caregivers must accompany children for the duration of the session.

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Darling Square Library
    Wednesdays, 11.30am to 12.15pm

    Wednesday 30 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019

  • Rhymetime @ Darling Square Library
    Wednesday 13 November 2019
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies that combines rhymes, music, singing and puppets. The sessions aim to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0 to 2 year olds.

    Please arrive early to ensure your place. Parents or caregivers must accompany children for the duration of the session.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Darling Square Library
    Wednesdays, 10.30am to 11am

    Wednesday 30 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019

  • Robotics: Soft and inflatable sculptures
    Thursday 14 November 2019
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    Darling Square Library opens on Monday 28 October.

    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
    Thursday 14 November 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
    Thursday 21 November 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
    Thursday 28 November 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
  • Rhymetime in Mandarin @ Darling Square Library
    Friday 15 November 2019
  • Event details

    Come along to our animated sing-a-long session for babies and toddlers. Songs and rhymes are sung in Mandarin to support literacy development, nurture Mandarin knowledge and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

    For 0 to 2 year olds. Bookings are not required, but session numbers are limited so be sure to arrive early to secure your place.

    Darling Square Library
    Fridays, 10.30am to 11am

    Friday 1 November to Friday 13 December 2019

  • Bilingual storytime @ Darling Square Library
    Friday 15 November 2019
  • Event details

    Come along to our bilingual storytime. It’s a fun session of storytelling, rhymes, music, singing and craft activities for preschoolers.

    Stories are read aloud in both English and Mandarin to support literacy development, nurture Mandarin knowledge and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds. Bookings are not required, but session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Darling Square Library
    Fridays, 11.30am to 12.15pm

    Friday 1 November to Friday 13 December 2019

  • Test drive a makerspace kit
    Monday 18 November 2019
  • Event details

    Explore the new Darling Square Library and get familiar with our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) equipment at this after-school drop-in series. Test drive kits from our makerspace collection, including robots, coding equipment and electronics.

    Each week, one of our makerspace kits will be selected and demonstrated by experienced library staff. Become a library member to borrow and take one home.

    Kits include

    Monday 4 November (4pm – 5pm): Edison robot v2.0
    Beginners can learn about robots using their computer or tablet to program this Lego-compatible robot in one of 3 languages. Drive Edison over pre-programmed barcodes to activate functions like ‘avoid obstacles.’ Ages 5+

    Monday 11 November (4pm – 5pm): Ozobot Bit 2.0
    Tinker with this highly-programmable robot. Control it by drawing lines and colour segments or use a free online block-based programming editor. Create and send Ozobot through mazes and racetracks. Ages 5+

    Monday 18 November (4pm – 5pm): Sphero SPRK+ edition
    Use a free app to control the ball with Bluetooth and take part in hands-on activities. This robotic ball inspires curiosity, creativity and invention through connected play and coding. Ages 5+

    Monday 25 November (4pm – 5pm): LittleBits synth kit
    Combine our littleBits electronic building blocks to create fun electrical circuits. Ages 5+

    Monday 2 December (4pm – 5pm): Edison robot v2.0
    Beginners can learn about robots using their computer or tablet to program this Lego-compatible robot in one of 3 languages. Drive Edison over pre-programmed barcodes to activate functions like ‘avoid obstacles.’ Ages 5+

    No bookings are required.

    Darling Square Library
    Monday 4 November 2019 from 4pm to 5pm
    Monday 11 November 2019 from 4pm to 5pm
    Monday 18 November 2019 from 4pm to 5pm
    Monday 25 November 2019 from 4pm to 5pm
    Monday 2 December 2019 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Late Night Library: Read to me
    Tuesday 19 November 2019
  • Event details

    These events are now booked out. Missed out on a ticket? Come along and join our walk-up queue. We open all empty seats 5 minutes before the event starts. Hope to see you there!

    City of Sydney library presents Read to me, fresh from a year-long residency at Knox Street Bar. Join local cartoonists, writers, photographers, illustrators, comedians, musicians and radio makers for three nights of graphic storytelling like no other.

    Sharing stories about identity, family and place, no genre is out of bounds for our storytellers. You’ll see and hear everything from autobiography, fantasy, science fiction, journalism and much more.

    Tuesday 12 November
    To kick off the series, Walkley award-winning cartoonist Safdar Ahmed will tell stories about identity and be joined by Elin Andersson, Claudia Chinyere Akole, Samuel Luke, Pat Grant, the Refuge Art Project and FBi Radio’s All The Best with a story by Chloe Gillespie and pictures by Tayla Colley.

    Tuesday 19 November
    Hear from crime fiction author Peter Doyle and Vanessa Berry, author of Mirror Sydney. Other performers include cartoonists Eleri Harris and Jin Lau, graphic novelist Joshua Santospirito and storytellers from All The Best Radio documentary show. The Refuge Art Project will be joining in the evening alongside Lizzie Nagy and Alice Wong

    Tuesday 26 November
    Join comedian Paul McDermott, author Ceridwen Dovey with Eliza Bell & animator Tayla Colley to hear stories about family. Director and animator Marieka Walsh, illustrator Ilana Bodenstien, artist Fionn McCabe, cartoonists Marc Pearson and Michael Hawkins, animator Evie Helliar and FBi Radio’s All The Best with Lisa Paar & Isaac Wilcox will also be appearing.

    Sharing stories layered with pathos and humour that emerge from marrying voice and image, Read to me is a truly immersive event. You won’t want to miss this intimate and unique storytelling experience.

    Suitable for ages 18 years and over.

    Supported by All The Best Radio

    Darling Square Library
    Tuesdays, 7.30pm to 9.30pm

    Tuesday 12 November to Tuesday 26 November 2019

  • Fake news: Learn how to spot it
    Wednesday 20 November 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.

    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.

    Darling Square Library
    Wednesday 20 November 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Launch into space with Dr Christyl Johnson, NASA
    Friday 22 November 2019
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    Blast off into space with Dr Christyl Johnson.

    She’ll speak about her journey at NASA, starting off as an intern to becoming the first female African American deputy director for Technology and Research Investments at NASA Goddard.

    Hear all about her astronomical achievements, as well as her exciting work to help young women pursue careers in STEM.

    “If you want to participate in the space industry, there’s room for everyone” – Dr Christyl Johnson

    She’ll speak about her journey and experiences, and provide tips for pursuing a career in STEM and how to launch a career in space. Dr Johnson will also address why the time for space tech is now!

    This event is part of the visiting entrepreneur program, produced by the City of Sydney with StartCon and Generation Entrepreneur.

    Darling Square Library
    Friday 22 November 2019 from 5.30pm to 7pm
  • Electrocraft: Illuminated wall hangings workshop
    Saturday 23 November 2019
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    Learn how to design and create a soft circuit artwork in this workshop at the new Darling Square Library.

    Soft circuits are electrical circuits created using conductive textiles with discrete electronics components like lights, batteries, switches and sensors. Over 5 hours, you’ll discover the endless possibilities for integrating soft circuits into textiles using conductive thread and LEDs.

    Led by expert facilitator Laura Jade, you’ll use techniques at the forefront of emerging trends in textiles and technology.

    At the end, you’ll get to take home your very own small hand-embroidered, illuminated star constellation wall hanging

    What you’ll learn

    • e-textile basics, including sewing with conductive thread to make a creative soft circuit artwork
    • Understanding electronic components such as LEDs and batteries

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 people – bookings are required
    Suitable for: Ages 16 and over
    Experience level: This is a beginner project with no required knowledge. Basic sewing skills and an interest in electronics and design is helpful
    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 on 02 9265 9333.

    Facilitator: Laura Jade

    Laura is an illumination artist and interaction designer. For over 10 years, Laura has created and delivered workshops for events, festivals, schools and museums. She is the creative director of Brainlight, an interactive brain installation that lights up with the power of your mind.

    The Darling Square Library is open from 28 October.

    Darling Square Library
    Saturday 23 November 2019 from 11am to 4pm
  • Extend Reality with Amy Peck, CEO & Founder of EndeavorVR
    Monday 25 November 2019
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    Amy Peck, founder of EndeavorVR and current Senior Director of Enterprise Content at HTC Vive Studios, will discuss the intricacies of AR, VR and XR (Extended Reality) and how it has changed lives and is continuing to shift our futures.

    Peck’s forte is distilling complex technologies into meaningful solutions across multiple verticals and business lines.

    Her passion for XR technology will be evident as she chats about her own personal mission of seeing XR become available and accessible to all, and discusses how XR can fundamentally improve every aspect of our lives and change the way we work, learn, communicate and play.

    This event is part of the Visiting Entrepreneur Program, produced by the City of Sydney with StartCon and The Studio.

    Darling Square Library
    Monday 25 November 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Grow Your Business with Facebook Ads
    Wednesday 27 November 2019
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    You’ve got the basics right? Now you want to grow!

    In this intermediate workshop, you will learn the tools on how to reach different audiences on Facebook, including the difference between paid and organic activity, and the basics of setting up a campaign in Ads Manager.
    Agenda:
    • 5:30 pm – Doors open and networking
    • 5:45 pm – Event begins, presentation from Yvette Adams
    • 6:30 pm – Panel Discussion and Q&A
    • 6:45 pm – Event concludes, networking

    This is a launch event for the brand new Darling Square Library Ideas Lab, Sydney’s newest makerspace and innovation hub. The Ideas Lab connects the best and brightest with Sydney’s most curious minds.

    About Yvette Adams:

    Yvette Adams is a serial entrepreneur and a multi-award winning business woman, including winning the ICT Woman of the Year at the iAwards in 2013 and the Commonwealth Bank Business Owner category at the Telstra Business Womens in Queensland in 2010. In 2018 she was honoured in the Pearcey Hall of Fame at the Pearcey Awards which recognises individuals who have made very significant lifetime contributions to Australia’s ICT industry. In 2016 she was named as a Digital Champion by Queensland Government and in 2015 she was recognised for making a significant contribution to science and innovation in Queensland and included on the department’s Queensland Science and Innovation Champion Hall of Fame.

    About Darling Square Library: 

    Darling Square Library, The City of Sydney’s new hub for learning, innovation and creativity, in the vibrant new neighbourhood next to Haymarket and Darling Harbour. The library is spread over 2 floors of The Exchange, a stunning building designed by designed by Japanese Architects Kengo Kuma & Associates.

    Darling Square Library
    Wednesday 27 November 2019 from 5.45pm to 6.45pm
  • Darling Square Strata Network Group
    Wednesday 27 November 2019
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    Dealing with short term letting:

    • Manage short term letting in your building.
    • The future for those living and owning in strata, and dealing regularly with short term letting.

    Contact the event organiser for more details.

    Darling Square Library
    Wednesday 27 November 2019 from 5pm to 7pm
  • 3D design and printing: Tea light candle holders
    Saturday 30 November 2019
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    Darling Square Library opens on Monday 28 October.

    This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the exciting areas of computer-aided design (CAD), 3D printing and iterative design. Over 5 fun hours, you’ll explore different design tools and processes, including how to improve designs with feedback and augmenting basic shapes. Guided by facilitator Heike Roberts, you’ll use these new skills to make your own unique tea light candle holder to take home.

    What you’ll learn

    • Creating complex shapes with Autodesk Tinkercad. Tinkercad is an easy-to-use CAD app for 3D design, electronics and coding
    • Using an existing template to create a custom tea light design
    • Understanding 3D printing, and how to set up and run a 3D print job
    • The iterative design cycle – using feedback and augmentation to improve designs.

    What you’ll make

    Your very own 3D printed tea light candle holder. Your design will be printed after the workshop and we’ll let you know when it’s ready to collect (please allow up to 2 weeks).

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 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 design and desire to expand technical design knowledge, physical making skills and hands-on experience of makerspace equipment 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.

    Facilitator: Heike Roberts

    Heike Roberts has worked as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) educator for over 10 years. As part of the Modfab team, she has trained teachers and students across Australia in design, CAD and 3D printing.

    Darling Square Library
    Saturday 30 November 2019 from 11am to 4pm
  • Lifecasting: Introduction to mould-making
    Tuesday 3 December 2019
  • Event details

    Darling Square Library opens on Monday 28 October.

    Make an impression in this lifecasting and mould-making basics workshop. Guided by film and theatre prop-maker Alexi Creecy, you’ll learn plaster-working processes and techniques to make alginate castings and silicone block moulds.

    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

    • 3 castings of a part of your face or hand, made from alginate, silicone and plaster
    • A fridge magnet made from your casting
    • A silicone mould made from your casting that can be used for chocolate or baking.

    Tuesday 3 December, 11am – 4pm
    Saturday 7 December, 11am – 4pm

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 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 with allergies or sensitivities to alginate, silicone, plaster, plaster bandages, resin and Vaseline.

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

    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 Power Rangers, and has made animatronics for Belvoir St Theatre. Alexi lectures on prosthetics and effects at NIDA and runs an independent studio in Stanmore.

    Darling Square Library
    Tuesday 3 December 2019 from 11am to 4pm
    Saturday 7 December 2019 from 11am to 4pm
  • Cultivating your career workshop
    Wednesday 4 December 2019
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    “I don’t feel satisfied by the work that I do.”
    “I have the potential to do more than what I’m doing.”
    “I feel like my skills get overlooked.”
    “I want things to change, but I’m not sure how.”
    “I know what I want, but I don’t know how to get it.”

    Do any of these statements ring true for you? If so, now is the time to take a step back and take stock of your career. Expert career coach Anthony Price will guide you through the process of reviewing where you are, where you want to go, and how you plan to get there.

    Through practical advice, discussion and structured exercises, Anthony will help you to deepen your understanding of your strengths, interests, values and preferences. You’ll walk away with a renewed sense of ambition, and a plan for how to put your new-found professional sense to work.

    Working in a small group setting, this workshop will help you to:

    • assess previous and current work, and what made them positive or negative experiences
    • analyse your strengths, interests, values and professional preferences
    • aspire to move towards a newly-developed career plan
    • act on the lessons learned as you move into the future.

    Registration fee includes take home materials.

    Darling Square Library
    Wednesday 4 December 2019 from 10am to 5pm
  • Prototyping: Making ideas happen
    Thursday 5 December 2019
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    Darling Square Library opens on Monday 28 October.

    Are you often thinking about ways to improve products you use in your everyday life?

    Come and collaborate with other design enthusiasts to bring an idea to life. Exploring the iterative design process, this workshop will have you thinking outside the box.

    You’ll explore different prototyping methods and processes and learn how to quickly use electronics to make your product move. Experiment with open source resources like Arduino Library and Thingiverse and use integrated electronics to finish your perfect prototype.

    This series comprises 2-hour weekly sessions for 3 weeks. You’ll need to attend every session to complete the project.

    What you’ll learn

    • Creative thinking and teamwork
    • Lean prototyping processes, appreciative inquiry and problem solving to refine concepts
    • Planning approaches to build and test aspects of a design
    • Quickly prototyping and testing concepts with users in lo-fi experiments
    • Prototyping and fabrication techniques for makers
    • Open-source platforms like Arduino and Thingiverse

    What you’ll get to take home

    • Your prototype
    • A plan to continue building your product.

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 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 invention, electronics, building or making 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: Albert Ong

    Albert is the founder of Tinkery, an educational electronics supplier and electronics design consultancy.

    He has taught at UTS and currently works on projects like wireless sensor networks, urban AI systems and seamless human-robot immersion technologies.

    Darling Square Library
    Thursday 5 December 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
    Thursday 12 December 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
    Thursday 19 December 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
  • Robotics: Kinetic robot arms
    Saturday 14 December 2019
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    Darling Square Library opens on Monday 28 October.

    If you’ve ever felt like you need an extra hand, this workshop is for you. Explore prototyping, mechanical construction, laser-cutting, and the creative use of electronics to build your own moving robotic arm.

    In this 5-hour workshop, you’ll design and laser-cut your own parts to make a robotic arm. Then learn how build and incorporate the electronic circuitry and complex components needed to get it going. It will even be able to grasp objects.

    What you’ll learn

    • Basic robotic principles and prototyping and mechanical techniques
    • Basic electronic circuit-building using littleBits. littleBits include components like DC motors, dimmers and light sensors that can be added to your sculpture to create movement and interactivity
    • Incorporating Arduino microcontrollers and more complex electronic components. Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform that can control a variety of sensors and components including fans and motors
    • Laser-cutting, including how to prepare designs in Adobe Illustrator.

    What you’ll get to take home

    • Your very own moving robot arm.

    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: 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 contact us on 02 9265 9333.

    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
    Saturday 14 December 2019 from 11am to 4pm
  • Prototyping: Rethinking existing products
    Saturday 21 December 2019
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    Darling Square Library opens on Monday 28 October.

    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 12 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 contact us on 02 9265 9333.

    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 21 December 2019 from 11am to 4pm
  • 3D printed bookmarks
    Monday 6 January 2020
  • Event details

    Darling Square Library opens on Monday 28 October.

    Make your mark with a personalised 3D-printed bookmark in this hands-on 3-hour workshop. Guided by expert facilitator Heike Roberts, you’ll explore the basics of 3D design using computer-aided design (CAD) software. Learn the fundamentals of preparing files for the 3D printer, then sit back and watch your unique design become a real bookmark.

    What you’ll learn

    • How to create and manipulate a unique design with Autodesk Tinkercad. Tinkercad is a CAD app for 3D design, electronics and coding
    • CAD drafting and 3D printing skills
    • How a 3D printer works, including the different components and possibilities of what can be printed.

    What you’ll make

    • Your very own personalised 3D-printed bookmark. Your design will be printed after the workshop and we’ll let you know when it’s ready to collect (please allow up to 2 weeks)

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 people – bookings are required
    Suitable for: Ages 12–15
    Experience level: This is a beginner project with no required knowledge
    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery
    Bring: A bottle of water and a snack. All work materials are provided.

    Parents/guardians are required to remain in the library during the workshop.

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

    Facilitator: Heike Roberts

    Heike has worked as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) educator for over 10 years. As part of the Modfab team, she has trained teachers and students across Australia in design, CAD and 3D printing.

    Darling Square Library
    Monday 6 January 2020 from 10am to 1pm
    Monday 6 January 2020 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Cycloid drawing machines
    Monday 20 January 2020
  • Event details

    Create cool geometric patterns and mathematical art with your very own cycloid drawing machine. In this 3-hour school holiday workshop, you’ll get to build a gear-driven drawing machine for you to take home and continue creating. With facilitator Laura Jade, you’ll learn how to create a DC motor circuit and switch that lets you control the drawing machine.

    What you’ll learn

    How to build a DC motor circuit to move a gear-based drawing machine with 2 gears, a switch and a battery
    Using a soldering iron to complete the circuit
    Observation and creative problem-solving
    How electricity, voltage and currents work.

    What you’ll get to take home

    Your very own working cycloid drawing machine.

    Wednesday 22 January 2020: 10am – 1pm
    Wednesday 22 January 2020: 1.30pm – 4.30pm

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 people – bookings are required
    Suitable for: Ages 12–15
    Experience level: This is a beginner project with no required knowledge. For young makers interested in DIY projects, making, creating, crafting, hacking, tinkering and learning
    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery
    Bring: A bottle of water and a snack. All work materials are provided.

    Parents/guardians are required to remain in the library during the workshop.

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

    Facilitator: Laura Jade

    Laura is an illumination artist and interaction designer. For over 10 years, Laura has created and delivered workshops for events, festivals, schools and museums. She is the creative director of Brainlight, an interactive brain installation that lights up with the power of your mind.

    Darling Square Library
    Monday 20 January 2020 from 10am to 1pm
    Monday 20 January 2020 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm
  • 3D design and electronics: FM radios
    Thursday 30 January 2020
  • Book now

    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.

    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.

    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

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