What’s on at the Libraries in August
Tuesday 26 July 2022
There’s something for all ages this month at Inner West libraries.
All bookings www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/WhatsOn or call 9392 5588.
Fake: A startling true story of love in a world of liars, cheats, narcissists, fantasists and phonies with Stephanie Wood
Stephanie Wood discusses her book Fake, a startling true story about discovering the man she thought she was in love with didn’t exist. Stories like hers are surprisingly common.
Thursday 4 August, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Family History Month: Family history workshop for beginners
Start your family history in this practical hands-on session. Learn key methodologies and fundamentals to begin researching family history and explore leading online family history resources.
Marrickville Library: Saturday 6 August, 10am-12pm
Haberfield Library: Tuesday 9 August, 10am-12pm
Ashfield Library: Saturday 13 August, 10am-12pm
Balmain Library: Tuesday 16 August, 10am-12pm
St Peters Library: Saturday 20 August, 10am-12pm
Sneaky Little Revolutions: selected essays of Charmian Clift with Nadia Wheatley
Nadia Wheatley will discuss the recently released edition of Charmain’s collected essays Sneaky Little Revolutions.
Tuesday 9 August, 11am-12pm
Criminals with James O’Loghlin
Comedian, award-winning author, ABC personality and proud recipient of the “best comeback to a heckler” award, James O’Loghlin, will talk about his latest book Criminals.
Marrickville Library Pavilion
Wednesday 10 August, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Art exhibition: On Water by Lorraine Bower
Lorraine Bower’s exhibition explores some of the myriad moods and facets of the ocean and waterways around the east coast of Australia.
Opening night Wednesday 10 August, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Exhibition on display 8-30 August during library opening hours
Iconic designer Coco Chanel presented by Susannah Fullerton
Susannah Fullerton on the legacy of the woman who introduced the concept of the Little Black Dress and comfortable elegance. Learn about the woman behind the clothes - her lovers, and political connections.
Thursday 11 August, 11am-12pm
Philosophy Talk: What has COVID taught us about things and happiness?
COVID forced us all, as individuals and as societies, to grapple with the question of what, really, is essential for our well-being. Professor Timothy O’Leary (UNSW Sydney) presents a thought-provoking talk.
Thursday 11 August, 6pm-7pm
Science Week: Asteroids, Alternate Realities and Blackholes - the science of science fiction with Dr Caroline Foster
An astrophysicist's perspective on three recent science fiction movies. These movies illustrate complex scientific concepts, help viewers peer into the everyday lives of scientists, and deepen our understanding of the universe.
Monday 15 August, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Architecture Street: Civic Spaces
Architect Hugo Cottier from Lahz Nimmo Architects will discuss the upgrade of Haberfield Centre and Library.
Ian Brewster from Brewster Hjorth Architects will present the redevelopment of Ashfield Aquatic Centre.
Curated and introduced by local architects Sam Rigoli and Dr Michael Zanardo, this Architecture Street talk is presented in association with Inner West Council.
Marrickville Library Pavilion
Wednesday 17 August, 6pm-8.30pm
Five Bush Weddings with Clare Fletcher
Local author Clare Fletcher discusses writing and the creative process in the Inner West through the lens of her new novel Five Bush Weddings, an uplifting romantic comedy set in the Australian bush.
Thursday 18 August, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Science Week: The Shortest History of the World with David Baker
History and science writer David Baker discusses his new book, The Shortest History of the World, which explores the continuum of historical change in the cosmos – from the Big Bang, through the evolution of life, to human history.
Friday 19 August, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Decoding Nonna’s Recipes with Jessica Timpano
Jessica Timpano’s new cookbook details family experiences with tried and tested recipes. Reminiscent of ‘la Cucina Povera’ (the cooking of the poor) from the regions of Campania, Avellino and Salerno.
Saturday 27 August, 2pm-3pm
Root & Branch: essay on inheritance with Eda Gunaydin
Turkish-Australian writer Eda Gunaydin talks about her essay collection Root & Branch, which unsettles neat descriptions of inheritance, belonging and place.
Tuesday 30 August, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Poetry Month: Dreaming New Life-Worlds with Lou Garcia-Dolnik
Award-winning poet Lou Garcia-Dolnik on writing exercises that help disrupt conventions of grammar, syntax, and the rules of “good poetry”. For ages 12-24.
Saturday 20 August, 11am-12.30pm
Learn how to make a nourishing hair mask, personalised natural shampoo and conditioner duo, and a beachy hairspray alternative. For ages 12+.
Sunday 21 August, 12pm-2pm
Poetry Month: Poetry for Performance with Melanie Ree
Acclaimed poet and performer Melanie Ree (pictured) builds confidence to enliven poetic works. A beginner-friendly workshop for ages 12-24.
Marrickville Library and Pavilion
Saturday 27 August, 11am-12.30pm
Visual Arts – Marrickville Library: Sunday 7 August, 10.30am-1.30pm
Advanced Maths – Ashfield Library: Sunday 11 September, 10.30am-1.30pm
Maths Standard 2 – Marrickville Library: Sunday 18 September 10.30am-1.30pm
Manga illustration for kids
How to draw manga-style illustrations, with comic book writer and artist Queenie Chan. For ages 5-12.
Tuesday 2 August, 3.45pm-5pm
Clown workshop for kids
In celebration of International Clown Week. For ages 8-12.
Wednesday 3 August, 3.45pm-5pm
Plasticine play workshop
Make a wacky creature, an imaginary friend or a fantastic dinosaur with plasticine. Celebrate Book Week 2022, Dream with your Eyes Open and let your imagination run wild and. Everyone takes home their individual artwork. For ages 8-12.
Thursday 4 August, 3.45pm-5pm
Family Friendly Flick Session
Little library lovers are welcome to a family-friendly film screening. Shushing not permitted.
Thursday 18 August, 11.30am-1.30pm
Science Week: Digital Microscopy STEM workshop
A hands-on science workshop. For ages 8-12.
Thursday 25 August, 3.45pm-4.15pm