Shelf-full of activities on offer at City libraries

Shelf-full of activities on offer at City libraries

From basic computer skills and blogging to late night art and poetry slams, the City of Sydney’s libraries are about more than just books and borrowing.

The City has unveiled an exciting series of free Late Night Library events and reading groups, computer classes, talks and workshops for all ages.

Enjoy a cabaret show inspired by cult television series, Daria, at Glebe Library on 14 August, or hear a panel of women artists discuss feminism in the modern age on 31 July.

Over at Customs House Library, author Nick Earls will talk about his new novel, Analogue Men, on 10 July, and at Newtown Library, Gangari artist Kathryn Dodd Farrawell will share the inspiration behind her art to mark NAIDOC Week on 8 July.

At Kings Cross Library on 16 July, crime writers PM Newton and Geoffrey McGeachin will discuss their latest novels, respectively set in Cabramatta and Melbourne’s swinging 60s.

Throughout the next two months, City libraries will also be running regular IT courses, including basic computer usage, blogging and social media classes. Art classes, author talks and musical events will also be on offer.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City’s libraries host a range of events every year, aimed at broadening their appeal and turning book rooms into lounge rooms.

“Our libraries are so much more than just a quiet place for study or reading – they are fantastic, open environments for people from all walks of life to explore,” the Lord Mayor said.

“From pottery to Christmas crafts, knitting, adult fan fiction readings and social media workshops, there’s something for everyone.”

All of the City’s libraries also offer an ever-changing selection of books, CDs, DVDs, free wireless internet and public access computers, as well as scanning, printing and photocopying services.

International students can sign up for guided tours of Customs House Library, which includes a complete guide to general library services, including borrowing, databases, e-resources and English language resources.

Upcoming library highlights:
Thursday 10 July, 6.30pm–8pm
Newtown Library
Remembering: display and talk by artist Kathryn Dodd Farrawell
Join Gangari artist Kathryn Dodd Farrawell as she discusses her artwork, Remembering. This event is a personal exploration of the achievements and contributions of Kathryn’s family and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in defending and building Australia.

Thursday 10 July, 6pm–7pm
Customs House Library
Nick Earls: Analogue Men
Comedian Dan Ilic interviews author Nick Earls about his new book, Analogue Men, following two men in their late 40s who are trying to make sense of the digital age.

Wednesday 16 July, 6.30pm–7.30pm
Kings Cross Library
Great Criminal Minds
Crime writers PM Newton and Geoffrey McGeachin will discuss their latest novels, respectively set in Cabramatta and Melbourne’s swinging 60s

Saturday 26 July, 2pm–3pm
Surry Hills Library
Architecture and Furniture
How do architecture and furniture complement each other? Architect Tomek Archer will explore this question and the notion of designing objects on such different scales.

Thursday 31 July, 8pm–9pm
Glebe Library
Feminist Art in Sydney
What does it mean to be a feminist artist in Sydney right now? Host Melinda Reid will put that question to local artists Emma Price, Kelly Doley, Penelope Benton and Di Smith.

Thursday 14 August, 8pm–9pm
Glebe Library
Sick Sad World
Dress up as your favourite character from the television show, Daria, and enjoy this cabaret celebration of the animated cult classic.

Thursday 28 August, 8pm–9pm
Glebe Library
Poetry Slam on the Point
Experience the raw, thought-provoking energy of emerging and established slam poets at this celebration of the spoken word.

Poetry slam
Poetry slam

For further information about the City’s libraries, including how to apply for a library card, what’s on and locations for all nine libraries, visit:

To book a spot at a library event, phone 02 9265 9333 or visit


For media inquiries contact City of Sydney Senior Media Advisor Jodie Minus, phone 0467 803 815 or email
interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact City of Sydney Senior Publicist Elaine Kelly, phone 9265 9201 or email