Library and History events this July

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Find out how to Unf*ck Your Finances with Melissa Browne, explore the first attempts at recognising Indigenous Australians in Professor Gabrielle Appleby’s NAIDOC Week talk, Comic Conversation makes a heroic comeback, and enjoy device-free entertainment for the kids in our Hello Holidays! program.

All events listed are free unless otherwise stated. 

Speaker series

Designing community: Small public buildings in the inner west
Architecture on Show

Public amenities are critical pieces of local community infrastructure. They support cyclists, picnickers, tennis players and barbecue enthusiasts. However, these essential buildings are often treated as ugly buildings to be hidden away and avoided. A new collection of small public buildings springing up in the inner west is proving that good design can change this perception, transforming the ubiquitous brick toilet block into a structure the community can take pride in.

Architect Anna Paton from Sam Crawford Architects will discuss her Sydenham Green Amenities project and Wicks Parks Amenities proposal in Marrickville, while architect Andrew Short from Welsh + Major Architects will speak about his Cohen Park Multi-purpose Courts and Amenities in Annandale and forthcoming Fenwick Stone Building project in East Balmain.

Curated and introduced by local architects Sam Rigoli, Michael Zanardo and Casey Bryant, the Architecture on Show talks are presented by Inner West Council in association with the Australian Institute of Architects.

Wednesday, 4 July, 6:30-8:30pm
St Peters/Sydenham Library
Bookings www.designingcommunity.eventbrite.com.au  or call 9335 2173

Jane Austen and the Secret Service

This intriguing talk will be presented by Sheryl Craig, an American academic visiting Australia. Her latest book is Jane Austen and the State of the Nation.


Monday, 9 July, 11am-12 noon
Ashfield Library
Bookings What's on or call 9392 5810

Low Tox Life by Alexx Stuart

Alexx Stuart gently clears a path through the maze of mass-market ingredient cocktails, providing simple alternatives to the unknown nasties found in everyday products.

Wednesday, 11 July, 6:30-8pm
Balmain Library
Bookings What's on or call 9392 5938

NAIDOC Week: The Uluru Statement

The Dialogues are a series of meetings of Indigenous Australians, which were held around the country between December 2016 and May 2017. The purpose was to reach broad agreement on whether and, if so, how, to ‘recognise’ Indigenous Australians in the Australian Constitution. Professor Gabrielle Appleby, Associate Professor UNSW, will talk about her experience at the Uluru National Convention.


Thursday, 12 July, 6:30-7:30pm
Ashfield Library
Bookings What's onor call 9392 5810

Comic Con-versation

Now in its fifth year, Comic Con-versation celebrates the best of local comic culture with a relaxed Saturday evening of comics, talks and music at Ashfield library. From 5pm meet and mingle our talented with local comic creators in the Artists’ Alley, and purchase their books, comics and art. Listen to live music performed by geek pop singer songwriter, Meri Amber. Explore the library’s graphic novel collections. Want to know what comics to read for you and your children? Come along and talk with our knowledgeable comic enthusiasts. The Storytelling Through Comics panel will discuss how comic creators get their story ideas. The Sydney Comics Guild will present a panel session on freelancing, You Can Die From Exposure.

Saturday, 21 July, 3:30-8pm
Ashfield Library 
260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
For the full program of events across participating Comic Con-versation 2018 libraries, visit: www.facebook.com/comicconversation2018/

The Poldark novels with Susannah Fullerton

Ross Poldark is a British army officer who returns from the American Revolutionary War to find his sweetheart engaged to his cousin, his father dead and the family estate on its last legs. Hear Susannah Fullerton talk about the brooding protagonist of Winston Graham's historical novels.

Monday, 23 July, 11am-12 noon
Ashfield Library
Bookings What's onor call 9392 5810

Unf*ck Your Finances by Melissa Browne

Mel Browne challenges us to change our thinking and get into the habit of saving rather than spending.

Thursday, 26 July, 6:30-7:30pm
Marrickville Library
Bookings: What's on or call 9335 2173

Recognition with Dr Heikki Ikäheimo (Philosophy talk)

This talk will look into what exactly recognition is, what makes it so important, and why there is often reluctance to grant it.

Thursday, 26 July, 6:30-7:30pm
Leichhardt Library
Bookings What's on or call 9392 5966

Hello Holidays!

School holidays are just around the corner. Choose from Comic Con-versation inspired activities like:
  • Manga drawing workshop
  • Special effects makeup
  • Comic decoupage
  • Character design for comics
  • Upcycling T-shirts to tote bags
  • Learn to knit and croche
  • Library Dewey detectives
  • And more!

See the full program What's on search Hello Holidays or call 9335 2173

Home fire safety

Learn how to reduce the risk of fires at home. Facilitated by Fire and Rescue NSW. Presented in English and translated in the following languages.
  • Greek – Thursday, 5 July
  • Mandarin – Monday, 9 July
  • Portuguese – Tuesday, 17 July
  • Vietnamese – Tuesday, 24 July

Marrickville Town Hall meeting room, 10:30am-12:30pm
Bookings What's on or call 9335 2173 

Macular degeneration information session

Learn about symptoms, risk factors, treatment options and the importance of nutrition and lifestyle. Presented in English and translated in Mandarin.

Wednesday, 25 July, 10am-12 noon
Ashfield Civic Centre
Bookings What's on or call 9392 5810

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