If you think your local library is just a place for reading and borrowing books, you might just want to rethink that notion. The 9 libraries in Sydney has been servicing the community for more than 100 years with a wide range of contemporary events, educational talks, multicultural programs and exhibition space for artists that go beyond the 400,000 books, CDs, DVDs and audio books. They welcome residents to connect, explore and learn. There's something for everyone and you'll be pleasantly surprised by the range of FREE activities and events you can find at your local library this October.
Newtown library will host a tasty afternoon especially for kids age 8 to 12 years with shopping tips and recipes drawn from Sunnyboys' band member Peter Oxley's newly released cookbook. The cookbook is written to help kids do a bit of cooking.
Teenage Kitchen Rampage' published by Love Police includes 45 recipes and participants will get to create and taste Spring Minestrone Soup with Peter. Copies of Peter's book will also be available for sale on the day. To join the session, simply phone 02 9265 9333 or book online on the library website.
Date: 4 October 2014, 1pm - 2.30pm Venue: Newtown Library, 8-10 Brown St Newtown 2042
Visitors, residents and fans of Kings Cross will be able to meet Louis Nowra, one of Australia's leading playwrights, screenwriter and author of bestselling book 'Kings Cross: A Biography' at the Kings Cross Library. This local legend will be chatting with fellow author Linda Jaivin about his beloved neighbourhood.
Kings Cross is where prostitutes, strippers, artists, poets, musicians, backpackers, beggars, gangsters, drug traffickers, sailors, booksellers, chefs, doctors and judges co-exist, and the narrative reveals a sensational cast of characters and stories. To join the session, simply phone 02 9265 9333 or book online here.
Milk bars used to be a common feature of the street scene in Sydney, serving up delicious sweet fixes and quick savory bites. Even 'free shake days' are now served out of modern cafes. As these suburban local general stores fade from the urban landscape, the Customs House Library has brought together a panel of experts to shed light on the history of Australian milk bars. Join the discussion with Art & About Creative Director Gill Minervini, 2014 Banner Gallery artist Eamon Donnelly, City of Sydney historian Dr Lisa Murray, and Leonard Janiszewski and Effy Alexakis, who have been researching the history of Greek cafés in Australia. To join the session, simply phone 02 9265 9333 or book online here.
Date: 11 October, 2pm - 3pm Venue: Customs House Library, 31 Alfred Street Circular Quay 2000
New or expectant parents with babies can here over to Glebe Library for an introductory infant massage session with qualified practitioner Catherine from Core Balance. A trained Infant Massage therapist and mother of 3, Catherine will illustrate how massage can help you bond with your baby and also help him or her to sleep better and boost the immune system. Visit the library website or phone: 02 9265 9333 to book your space.
You've already read about the Tasmanian Devil and seen the bats of Sydney. Now head over to Customs House Library where 2 researchers from the Australian Museum Research Institute will be addressing the global plight of amphibians.
Dr Greta Frankham will share her experiences with wildlife crime on threatened species, working in one of Australia's first accredited Wildlife Forensics laboratories. Dr Jodi Rowley will share her adventures in the remote, forested mountains of Southeast Asia in search of rare, poorly-known and previously unknown species of amazing amphibians. Check out the library website or phone 02 9265 9333 to reserve your space at this session where even Kermit would be happy to support.
Date: 15 October, 12.30 - 1.30pm Venue: Customs House Library, 31 Alfred Street Circular Quay 2000
Day of the Dead
Dia de los Muertos Celebration in Mission District of San Francisco, CA / Photo from Jaredzimmerman (WMF) of Wikimedia Commons
Green Square Library is presenting a tradition derived from the ancient Aztecs and still celebrated today in modern-day Mexico and around the world. Join in the fun with 'Day of the Dead' or 'Dia de los Muertos'. This community event offers activities like face painting, sugar skull making, Mexican treats courtesy of Cantina Movil and insights into this holiday by special guests for kids age 8 and up. Your kids will think that Halloween came early this year. To reserve your space, simply visit the library website or phone: 02 9265 9333
The forecourt of Customs House will be transformed into an outdoor gallery with spectacular 3D artwork created by Jenny McCracken, the most highly awarded pavement artist in Australia and internet sensation Leon Keer from the Netherlands from 19 October.
The festival will launch on 22 October with a special documentary screening of 'Chalk: An Australian Perspective' and Q&A session from 6.30pm to 8pm. You can interact with the best international and local chalk artists in some all ages workshops between 12pm to 4pm on 25 and 26 October. To reserve your space, book online or phone: 02 9265 9333
Date: 19 - 26 October Venue: Customs House Library, 31 Alfred Street Circular Quay 2000
If you love award-winning and potty-mouthed poet Fiona Wright, then you'll want to head over to the Haymarket Library on 29 October for an adults-only evening. Hosted by Seizure (a launchpad for Australian writing) and the City of Sydney Library, 'Swear Jar' will spew original curse-laden poems read by poets.
There will also be a haiku station where you can compose your own poem and compete with other audience members to see who can fill up the swear jar the most. Be prepared for an evening of utterly filthy reworked classics that will make everyone blush. Reserve your tickets here before they are all gone.
What better way to end a month of FREE activities in the libraries of Sydney than putting on the NCIS gloves or the deerstalker cap of Sherlock Holmes at the Customs House Library.
Join The Alliance Francaise de Sydney and Sydney French Theatre in a evening where a Franco-Australian book signing is transformed into a murder mystery with you at the centre of the crime investigation. Book your space online or phone: 9265 9333.
Date: 30 October, 6pm - 7pm Venue: Customs House Library, 31 Alfred Street Circular Quay 2000