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Lawn Library at Tramsheds 2019

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The City of Sydney Library is taking over Harold Park Community Hall at Tramsheds for 10 days. In their take over they will be providing a variety of workshops and demonstrations to support and stimulate young and old minds. Lawn Library can be found at Tramsheds from June 6th and has a calendar of fun, FREE learning activities.

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Indulge your mind. Photo courtesy of What's On Sydney.


I have had the privilege of growing up in a very literate family. Story time was a nightly occasion. I played "Libraries" at any chance I could (for those unfamiliar, "Libraries" is a form of pretend play where my friends/family and I would set up a library and one of us would be the librarian and the others the customers. Complete with swiping the spine of the book down a wall edge and stamping the inside of the cover. Customers would then take their books "home" to read). I loved the library and class time in the school's library was always my favourite time of day. My dream, since I first watched Beauty and The Beast, was to find a beast whose castle contained a grand library with books stacked so high that there were ladders to access them. I digress. I just firmly believe reading to be a fundamental component of development and growth in kids and adults alike. I support and celebrate any event that encourages literacy and the arts.

The City of Sydney Library celebrates learning and provides many workshops and demonstrations to support young and old minds. A variety of these interesting workshops will be held over the duration of the pop-up.

Enjoy Storytime at Tramsheds with a variety of interesting and inclusive sessions, suitable for preschoolers. Storytime Yoga will be held by Play School presenter, Rachael Coops. All attendees are provided a mat and earphones to heighten their attention to the story. During the session, movement is connected with the story and will teach the little ones mindfulness, kindness and consciousness in a way that kids can relate to. There will be Gangari story time with Aunty Kathy, Aboriginal member of Glebe. Aunty Kathy will take kids on an adventure with her into her favourite children's stories. There will also be Auslan and English story time, suitable for deaf and hearing children. These sessions will be conducted by the Deaf Society and immerse children in the wonderful world of language and literature. Spots are limited so book in for these free sessions here.

Carers and bubs can enjoy a lap-sit Rhymetime session for 0-2 year olds. Singing, rhymes, puppets and music work together in this stimulating and fun session to develop early literacy skills. Dates and times here.

Enjoy a demonstration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) equipment as different Makerspace Kits are showcased by experienced library staff. Held across multiple sessions and bookings aren't required. Sessions here.

For the inquisitive scientific mind learn how to create electrical circuits and then transform them into wearable art at an Electrocraft Workshop. Suitable for ages 6 and up. Spaces are limited in these free sessions so follow this link.

For those interested in refining their artistic capabilities, Pine Street Creative Arts Centre are holding a couple of workshops at the Lawn Library. On Wednesday, June 12th they will hold a Ceramic Wind Chimes 2- hour workshop. A professional artist and tutor will team up to deliver an introduction to ceramics and contemporary design. Participants have the opportunity to make their own chimes. What's best is, it's free! Book here as spaces are limited.

On Thursday, June 13th, Pine Street will hold a 2-hour free workshop on an introduction to traditional and contemporary watercolour techniques. Students will work with a still-life arrangement while learning the foundations of image making. Bookings are recommended as spaces are limited. Book here.

For those who need help developing their green thumb, or those who simply want to learn from a local legend, then join author and TV presenter Indira Naidoo as she runs a workshop on Kitchen and Community Gardens. Take home tips on how to successfully create a kitchen garden and join the "grow your own food" revolution. Bookings recommended as spaces are limited. Held this Friday, June 7th, from 5pm - 6pm.

If music is more your jam, then I encourage you to get to workshops held by Musica Viva ensemble, Sousaphonics. When Musica Viva came to my primary school I fell in love with and decided to learn, the flute. Learning an instrument improves your memory and even assists with literacy skills so my family encouraged my pursuit. Inspire your kids to take up music by attending the sessions, held over three days this weekend. Sessions will be accessible for everyone as there will be interactive, tactile opportunities. Feel the vibrations through percussion, experience the depth of brass and the magic of woodwind and join in with your own instrument - your voice! Monday's session will Auslan interpreted. All abilities are encouraged to attend these family sessions but bookings are recommended for this free event.

If that isn't enough to pique your interest, there's still plenty more to discover. There will be a couple of late night editions running. Listen to the experiences of how a couple of choreographers and performers challenge the way we see the world. The stories of Amrita Hepi and Brooke Stamp will be interwoven with movement and images to express their life experiences.

The second series will tell sinister tales brought to life by Little Fictions, including Tanya Vavilova's Whipped Cream. The short stories will be set in a 'Sydney' where bodies and sex are the currency. Transport to a spooky, supernatural realm watching Sleepwalk by Krissy Kneen. Also, listen to the alarming tales of life as an anorectic from Jen Craig's Panthers and The Museum of Fire. Comedian Sophie Long will provide moments of comic relief in between these twisted tales. Sophie Long is a former psychotherapist making her extremely well equipped to level out the emotions of the evening.

Learn the basics of coding, which comes complete with its own language, in Code Club For Adults. Strum the happiest instrument in the world at Ukulele Workshops For Adults. Craft your own costumes, toys and sculptures using Makedo construction kits at Maker and creator: Cardboard construction. Learn about the risks of macular degeneration at Tea and talk: Macular Disease Awareness. Understand the dark side of the internet at Cyber safety: Gaming, social media and sexual content as expert Dr Joanne Orlando leads this workshop for parents. Learn how to spot Fake News or brainstorm ways to diversify contributors to Wikipedia.

With so many workshops on over the next 10 days, take the time this long weekend to do something that stimulates and strengthens the spirit and the mind. After you feed your mind you can feed your stomach at Tramsheds, an exciting, versatile foodie destination.
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Why? Spark your creativity, stimulate your mind and strengthen your literacy skills.
When: Various times across the 10 days.
Where: Tramsheds, Harold Park Community Hall, 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge
Cost: Absolutely Free!
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