Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Celebrate Multicultural Health Week at Hurstville Library

5-12 September is Multicultural Health Week and this year's theme is Health Information at your library. This year Hurstville Library is running a number of programs for our Chinese, Arabic and Indian communities.

On Tuesday the 6th September staff from the Calvary Hospital will talk about the rehabilitation and geriatric services available. This information session will be conducted in Mandarin and starts at 1.00pm in the Hurstville Library Exhibition Area.

For our Arabic speaking community and information session about building self esteem in your child will take place on Wednesday the 7th September starting at 10.00am in the Library Exhibition Area

On Friday the 9th September come along and join in the fun as the library hosts a morning of events.

At 10.00am learn about how yoga can help you get fit and maintain your health. If you enjoy gardening then come along at 11.00am to hear volunteers from the Resourceful Australian Indian Network talk about starting a permaculture garden.

For those of you who enjoy a more upbeath form of exercise instructors from the Abhinay School of Performing Arts will be taking a class in Bollywood dancing for exercise starting at 11.45am

To finish off the morning join us for a healthy Indian lunch. Volunteers from RAIN will provide samples of healthy Indian cuisine to try.

Make you bookings today at the Hurstville Library Information Desk or ring 9330 6142.

Monday, August 29, 2011

In memory of Graeme Shirley Strachan

Graeme Shirley Strachan wearing the 1976 teatowel shirt
on display at Hurstville City Museum & Gallery
Image courtesy of Skyhook Management

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the untimely death of Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, who was killed in a helicopter crash on the Sunshine Coast in 2001. As well as being the lead singer of the immensely popular Australian rock band the Skyhooks, Shirley was also a well known solo musician and television and radio presenter.

Shirley is well remembered for his amazing vocals, killer costume choices and Shirley Temple like curls. His performances in Horror Movie and Million Dollar Riff are perhaps some of his most memorable.

Hurstville City Museum & Gallery are honored to have this important piece of memorabilia on display during this significant and solemn milestone as part of our Let Me Entertain You exhibition.

Share your memories of Graeme Shirley Stachan with us.

Friday, August 26, 2011

If you like

If you like Lee Child why not come in to Hurstville Library and try this.
These are Authors who write in the same style as Lee Child
Authors such as
Stephen Leather
Len Deighton
John Stanford
Robert Crais
James Lee Burke
Daniel Silva
Harlen Coben
Come in and have a browse on Wednesday 31st August

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Coming Soon: New DVDs

Murundak: Songs of Freedom: a documentary about some of Australia's finest Indigenous musicians and the heart of Aboriginal protest music.

The Fantastic World of Michael Crawford: a behind the scenes documentary about the actor Michael Crawford.

Mountain Gorilla: a documentary about Gorillas living on forested peaks of isolated volcanoes surrounded on all sides by a growing human population, and the dedicated teams of vets, rangers, researchers and conservationists that work together to raise awareness of the uncertain future of this species.

Kingdom of the Forest: a documentary that explores Europe's remarkable primeval forests.

Secretariat: a true and moving story of an incredible horse and his owner who risked everything to make him a champion.

Do you have a suggestion for DVD, music CD or audio book titles to add to our collection? Please post your suggestions here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Free Financial Seminars for Seniors

Centrelink Financial Information Service is offering free education and information sessions at Club Central 2 Crofts Ave Hurstville. Please arrive early to sign in. Seminars are 2 hours long.

Session: Aged Care Fees & Charges
Dates: 21 September 3.15 pm
Session: Retirement reality and investment choices
Date: 21 September 5 pm
Session: Working beyond Age Pension age
Date: 21 September 7 pm

Basic Photo Design for Seniors

Would you like to take better photos with your digital camera? This course covers the principles of good photo design.
The two-part course will include practical exercises, so bring your fully charged digital camera.
Date: 12 & 19 October 10am-12pm
Cost: $20 for the two sessions (non-refundable)

Where: Penshurst Library 630 Forest Rd Penshurst
Open to Hurstville Library members 50 years of age or older.
Bookings taken at Penshurst Library only with payment made at time of booking.
For enquiries please phone 9330 6422.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Let Me Entertain You Curator Floor Talks

Join Hurstville City Museum & Gallery's curators and translator to explore this wonderful exhibition. Talks are also translated into Mandarin.

Sunday 21 August 2011:

2pm - 3pm (English)

3pm - 4pm (Mandarin)

Thursday 22 September 2011:

6pm - 7pm (English)

7pm - 8pm (Mandarin)

Free event. Refreshments avaliable. Bookings essential.

Hurstville City Museum & Gallery

14 MacMahon St, Hurstville

phone: 9330 6444

email: museumgallery@hurstville.nsw.gov.au

Monday, August 15, 2011


Freegal is a new service Hurstville City Library is providing to current members who have no fines or stops on their library card. Library members can now download 3 tracks per week for free from Freegal. The music titles are taken from the Sony music catalogue. The tracks have no DRM so any track downloaded on an MP3 player will stay until deleted by the owner. The download procedure is similar to downloading from iTunes.

To log in select the eLibrary catalogue from the homepage, then the link under Freegal. http://lmg.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/elibrary.html

(Post suggestions here for any titles you would like us to purchase for the audio visual collection.)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Every child is an artist exhibition now open!

A selection of the artworks in display in Every Child is an Artist.

Last Saturday was the official opening of our newest Dragon's Lair Gallery exhibition, Every Child is an Artist, an exhibition featuring artworks from children in Hurstville City Council's Childrens Services.

The opening was a huge success with over 40 people attending and we have already had two groups through to see the exhibition since Saturday.

We think the exhibition will be of particular interest to families visiting our services especially those with children attending preschool. The exhibition is also a great opportunity for adults to see the world through the eyes of a child again.

Exhibition on display at 14 MacMahon St, Hurstville until 28 August - all welcome.

AC/DC quiet and boring or loud and wild?

AC/DC performing at Marana Auditorium, c.1970s.
Image courtesy of Rob Walker

"...the crowd failed to raise the roof and the evening missed out on the climax promised earlier." Rolling Stone, 214, June 1976.

This is how one of AC/DC's many gigs at the Hurstville Council's Civic Rock dances was described by Rolling Stone Magazine in 1976.

Did you attend gigs at Marana Auditorium? Were they really so quiet and boring? Or were they loud and wild as Australian rock and roll performances tend to be? We'd love to hear your memories.

To find out more about other great bands who performed at the Civic Rock concerts visit Hurstville City Museum & Gallery's Let Me Entertain You exhibition, on display until 22 October at 14 MacMahon St, Hurstville.

Amy Winehouse; young, talented and gone

So much talent wasted. Go back and listen to where it all started with Frank and then the classic Back to Black.

Amy, Amy, Amy: the Amy Winehouse Story will give you a glimpse of her troubled past.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Hurstville Wins The RH Dougherty Award

We are thrilled to have received a prestigious RH Dougherty Award for our quarterly publication Dragonfiles.

Awarded at the 2011 Local Government Week Awards on Wednesday night, the RH Dougherty Award is the highest accolade a NSW council can recieve in the area of communications.

Over the past few years the publication has undergone a complete transformation which has resulted in it's fresh new look and wider appeal.

The current issue of Dragonfiles and an archive of previous issues are available for viewing on our website at http://lmg.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/Dragonfiles-Archive.html

Which is your favorite Dragonfiles cover?

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Let Me Entertain You exhibition now open!

Guest speaker Rick Lum enthralls visitors with his recollections
of playing in the band Hush.

Guests enjoying the audio-visual display in the exhibition.

While Robbie Williams may not have been in attendance, the official opening of Let Me Entertain You last Saturday was a great day's entertainment for all ages.

Special guest speaker Rick Lum, bass player of the band Hush, talked candidly about his experiences performing in suburban Sydney during the 1970s. Rick recalled performing up to three gigs a night and commented that he liked Hurstville Entertainment Centre as 'they had actual dressing rooms'.

Guests were then treated to a showcase of local talent including two vocal numbers by
Katherine Sharpham from Rockdale Musical Society's upcoming production of Avenue Q and dance and singing performances by two students from Harlow School of Dance @ Jump Street.

Exhibition highlights include a large prop jukebox from The Regals' production of Leader of the Pack, original theatre seats from Shopfront Theatre, ephemera from Hurstville Entertainment Centre's civic rock dances, original vinyls from Spin Records recorded in St George, and a Skyhooks costume made from Australian tea towels.

Exhibition on display until 22 October 2011 at
Hurstville City Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon St, Hurstville.