Friday, December 23, 2011

Family Christmas Movies

Below is a selection of family Christmas movies in our collection that arrived this week. Relax and enjoy watching a movie or two with your family over the Christmas period.
Walk a mile in my Prada's
The Nutcracker
Beethoven's Christmas Adventure
A Princess for Christmas
Ice Age. A mammoth Christmas
What is your favourite Christmas movie? Post the title here.
Merry Christmas. Bella

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

New Christmas Music at Your Library

We have just received new Christmas music Cd's from our supplier which will be on our stands today. I hope there is something in our collection that will add that special touch to your Christmas celebrations.
Rockwiz-The Christmas Album
The Worlds Greatest Christmas Concertos
Christmas Cocktails
A Christmas Carole by Carole King
What is your favourite Christmas album? Post the title here. I hope to post one more Christmas movie blog by tomorrow so stay tuned. Bella.

Friday, December 16, 2011

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Christmas Movies at Hurstville City Library & Penshurst Branch Library

Do you need to be inspired to get you into the Christmas Spirit? I know I need all the help I can get at this busy time.
The list below is a selection of Christmas themed movies. Our collection holds both classic and more recent titles so take a look at our catalogue.
A Very Glee Christmas
A Nanny for Christmas
Miracle on 34th Street (1947 and 1994)
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Chefs Christmas - series 1
Would you like to tell us what you like to watch over the festive season? Post your suggestions here.
Keep checking here for more ideas. Bella.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Council goes to Uni

What do you get when you cross Hurstville, Rockdale, Shoalhaven, Camden and Wollongong City Councils with a university?

A consortium ready to crank up the research dial to support the business of local government.

Our own Hurstville City Council staff are presently engaged in research over three years with the University of Wollongong (UOW):

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Music at Your Library

Are you ready to get into the festive spirit? Keep checking here over the next few weeks for Christmas movies and music that you may like to borrow. All titles are held at Hurstville City Library and/or Penshurst Branch Library.
Season's Greetings - A Jersey Boys Christmas
Under the Mistletoe - Justin Bieber
Christmas - Michael Bublé (coming soon)
Glee: The Music: The Christmas Album volume 2 (coming soon)
Do we have your favourite Christmas music in our collection? If not, let us know by posting the title here.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Beautify your writing

Calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing, has been practiced and highly regarded throughout the world for centuries. This impressive forms of artistic writing can be performed in a number of distinct styles, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Nepalese, Islamic, Persian and Western calligraphy.

On Saturday 3 December, visitors to the Museum & Gallery were treated to a demonstration of the process behind creating calligraphy works by members of Calligraphy Southscribes Inc.
The demonstration was run in conjunction with our current Dragon’s Lair Gallery exhibition, Inkspirations: Playing with the Pen.

Inkspirations: Playing with the Pen is an exhibition of intricate and ornate traditional and playful contemporary styles of calligraphy works by members of Calligraphy Southscribes Inc.
The exhibition is on display in the Dragon’s Lair Gallery of Hurstville City Museum & Gallery until Wednesday 21 December. You can visit us Tuesday – Saturday between 10am and 4pm, and on Sundays from 2pm – 5pm.

Don’t miss your chance to see these beautifully detailed works up close!

Holiday Readings

I can almost smell the salt air. At long last my holidays have arrived and as you can see, I will be cruising the high seas on my way to New Zealand. But no holiday is complete without a couple of good reads packed away in the suitcase.
If you don't like shuffle board try this
All that I am
The drop
Tiger men
Bon Voyage
Susie Q

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Celebrate the festive season at Hurstville City Museum & Gallery

The festive season has arrived at Hurstville City Museum & Gallery are you are invited! Join us for an afternoon of Christmas crafts with experienced art teacher Bing Wu. Participants will be shown how to make their own decorated Christmas cards and other Christmas items.

The Christmas Creative Workshop will be held at 14 MacMahon St Hurstville on Sunday 11 December between 2:30pm - 4:30pm. All welcome, ages 12 to adult, and it's okay if you're a beginner. The workshop is $10 per person and refreshments and materials will be provided. For more information or bookings please contact the Museum & Gallery on 9330 6444 or

Tell us what kinds of art and craft activities YOU'D like to see at Hurstville City Museum & Gallery. Post your responses here!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Christmas DVDs at Hurstville & Penshurst Branch Library

Both Hurstville and Penshurst Branch Library have a selection of Christmas themed movies and music Cd's in our collections. Keep checking here in the weeks leading up to Christmas for ideas to get you into the Christmas spirit. Here are some movie ideas to start you off.
It's a Wonderful Life - directed by Frank Capra. Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. A classic Christmas movie.

White Christmas - directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney (George's auntie). A classic Christmas musical.

The Holiday (one of my favourites) - directed by Nancy Meyers. Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black. A Chick flick.

A Christmas Carol - directed by Michael Zemekis, starring Jim Carey, Colin Firth and Gary Oldman. An animated movie.

Christmas - Celtic Thunder. A Musical performance.

Do we have your favourite Christmas movie in our collection? If not post the title here.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Display your artistic creations at Hurstville City Museum & Gallery

Hurstville City Museum & Gallery’s Dragon’s Lair Gallery, offers a professional and affordable art exhibition space available for individual or group hire.

Expressions of interest are now open to local artists or art groups for 2012 and 2013.

If you are interested in exhibiting your work contact the Museum & Gallery today on 9330 6444 or

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Maudie's Boots - The Story of the NSW Ladies Rugby Football League, 1921

Did you know that in September 1921, two women's rugby league teams played a match at the Agricultural Showgrounds in Sydney that was watched by up to 30, 000 spectators? Hurstville City Museum & Gallery is pleased to announce that historian and 2009 Tom Brock Scholarship winner Katherine Haines will be speaking on this historic match this Sunday 4 December 2011 from 3pm - 4pm. Join Katherine for a fascinating discussion on this important yet little-known event and its importance in the history of women's sport in Australia. Katherine is currently researching this topic for a doctoral thesis and would like to hear from anyone who may know something about the match or the people involved with it.

Where: Hurstville City Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon St Hurstville
When: Sunday 4 December 2011, 3pm - 4pm
Free event, all welcome
Tea and coffee provided

For bookings or further information telephone (02) 9330 6444 or

Why not come early and visit League of Legends: 100 Years of Rugby League in Australia, a travelling exhibition developed and presented by the National Museum of Australia. On show until 18 December 2011. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm, Sundays 2pm - 5pm.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Arthur Beetson 1945-2011

Arthur Beetson passed away suddenly yesterday. He played 221 first grade games for Redcliffe, Balmain, Hull, Eastern Suburbs and Parramatta. He also coached Easts, Recliffe and Cronulla. He was also captain of Queensland in the inaugural State of Origin match in 1980 (Queensland beat New South Wales 20-10. Some would argue that not much has changed since) and is rightly regarded as one of the best props in Australian rugby league history.

Beetson also was one of seven Rugby League immortals. Up there with the likes of Churchill, Fulton, Gasnier, Langlands, Raper and Lewis. As such, we may not see his like again. 

Want to relive some of Artie's greatest exploits? Hurstville Library has a range of items on the history of rugby league. Also the museum currently has an exhibit, League of Legends: 100 years of Rugby League in Australia which runs until December 18.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Guest speaker Mark Byfield talking to visitors @ Hurstville City Museum & Gallery

In October, record collector and Bee Gees historian Mark Byfield gave an engaging talk on the Bee Gees, in conjunction with our Let Me Enteratain You exhibition. After presenting an overview of the history and significance of the band, Mark discussed the band's time in Australia and some of the songs they wrote during the period. He also talked about the rare and valuable recordings released on the Downunder record label, all of which were recorded at the St Clair Recording Studio in Queens Rd, Hurstville. Mark's passion and knowledge of these subjects made it a wonderful afternoon, with many visitors asking when we would be holding similar events in the future! Some other visitor comments included:

"Excellent"; "Very interesting and informative talk", and "Looking forward to more in the future".

Thanks to Mark for allowing us to add this fascinating event to our 2011 calendar! If you would like to see similar events run at Hurstville City Museum & Gallery in 2012, post your comments here, or send us an email.

You can also check out the following Bee Gees titles at Hurstville City Library:

The Bee Gees: tales of the brothers Gibb
Bee Gees: the number ones [sound recording]