Friday, June 29, 2012

Lunchtime Read Aloud for Adults at Hurstville City Library

Most of us have fond memories of being read to when we were small children and in turn reading to our own children, grandchildren, nephews or nieces. Why not rediscover this childhood pleasure?  Bring along your lunch, relax and listen to actor and community broadcaster from Radio 2RPH Philip Boyle as he reads aloud excerpts from a selection of adult stories and poems.
Take the opportunity to look at the best of the library's new books, DVDs and CDs available for loan for the first time. Don't forget your library card or if not a member you can join on the spot. Meet staff and find out how you can download and keep music from Freegal, borrow audio and eBooks from home, make suggestions and add a review to  the catalogue for others to share.

Thursday July 5 @ 1pm
Hurstville City Library
cnr Queens Rd & Dora St, Hurstville
Free event: Bookings 9330 6142

Road to IELTS

IELTS examinations will be held tomorrow. If you are planning to sit for your IELTS and need a score of 6 or above, then why not try using our online database Road to IELTS. The database offers IELTS testing and training for library members preparing for their exams. The database has been upgraded and is easy to use. There are both academic and general training modules available.

If you plan to sit the examinations at a later date, why not come to Talk Time conversation classes held each Monday from 1:30-3:30pm? These classes offer you the chance to practice what you have learnt in a real life situation.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

High school students – looking for something to do this school holidays?

Why not come to the Museum & Gallery for a 2-session workshop on Stencilling, where you will create stencilled graffiti style artworks on canvas or paper. The workshop will run over 2 weeks on Wednesday 4 July & Wednesday 11 July, and each session runs from 10.00am to 12.00pm.

Where: 14 MacMahon St, Hurstville
Ages: 12 - 18 years
Cost: $10 per session ($20 for the workshop)

Places are limited! Contact the Museum & Gallery on 9330 6444 or via email to book. Booking information and conditions available here.

Hieroglyphs at Hurstville

Our popular classes on ancient Egyptian culture and symbols are back! Join us on Sunday 1 July for a lecture on Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. On Sunday 29 July, we will he hosting a workshop on Reading Hieroglyphs. Our presenter is a teacher and museum educator who holds a Masters in Egyptology. Details for these events are as follows:

Lecture: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
Learn about life after death and funerary beliefs in Ancient Egypt as described in The Book of the Dead.
Sunday 1 July
3.00pm – 4.00pm
Free event, bookings essential

Workshop: Reading Hieroglyphs
Learn to read simple hieroglyphs with the use of an alphabet.
Sunday 29 July
2.30pm – 4.30pm
$10 per person, bookings essential
Ages 15 +

Hurstville Museum & Gallery
14 MacMahon St, Hurstville

Plase contact us on 9330 6444 or via email to book.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Author Talk: Sandy Brocking

Interested in improving your fitness and all round health, want to lose weight safely and permanently then come along to Hurstville Library's next Author Talk with Sandy Brocking.  Sandy is a health professional whose book  Think Smart and Lose Weight is both a memoir and guide to losing weight without rigorous, radical or expensive diet regimes.   Once heavily overweight herself, now fit and very active Sandy, after seeing her patients battling weight issues and associated diseases like diabetes and heart disease, dedicated herself to helping people change their lives for the better. This is a great opportunity to hear about her innovative health plan designed for those who want to lose weight sensibly and for good.

Thursday 28 June @ 7pm
Hurstville City Library
cnr Queens Rd and Dora St, Hurstville
Bookings: at the library or 9330 6142


Friday, June 22, 2012

Stock up July 5 2012

Come one come all to our next Stock Up.
There is plenty of new stock, from Language Books to DVD's and Fiction to Non Fiction.
These titles and many more wil be available from 1pm on Thursday July 5
At Hurstville City Library.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Decipher your Dreams

Ever had a dream that didn't make sense?

The strangest dream I can remember involved me marrying a seal. Needless to say I woke up feeling confused and a little alarmed. Perhaps if I had taken the time to read a book about dream interpretation I could have put my mind at ease.

According to The Illustrated A-Z of Understanding Dreams the language of dreams is both literal and symbolic. Dreaming of marriage signifies relationship issues, whilst dreaming of seals represents issues we are trying to weigh up. Apparently my subconcious was trying to tell me something.

Find out what messages your subconcious is trying to tell you by exploring our great range of materials on dream interpretation during June as we celebrating dreams during the National Year of Reading. 

Knitting is for everyone!

The Knitted Garden is proving to be a very popular exhibition. Visitors young and old are fascinated by the wonderful creations of Griffith Natty Knitters - the vegetable garden, flower beds, and Griff the dog. Even the gents are getting into the spirit and practising their knitting!

Image courtesy Emma Williams
Don't miss your chance to see this exhibition at Hurstville, as it must close this Sunday 24 June. The Museum & Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm and Sunday 2.00pm - 5.00pm. We will have volunteers on site on Sunday - why not come along and knit with us! And after the exhibition closes, you can enhance your skills with a number of books available at Hurstville Library, including:

How to knit by Debbie Bliss
Big book of knitting by Katharina Buss
Knitting over the edge by Nicky Epstein

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series

"Hello, I'm the Doctor. Basically, run."

Things to love about Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series.

  • Matt Smith's Doctor.
  • Karen Gillan's Amy Pond. The girl who waited.
  • River Song.
  • The move to filming in HD. The series has never looked better.
  • The latest arrangement of the theme music. It does grow on you.
  • Standout episodes: The Eleventh Hour, The Beast Below, The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone (remember, don't blink!), Amy's Choice (killer OAPs), The Lodger (the Doctor stranded without the TARDIS and attempting to live like a normal person. If such a thing was even possible!).
  • The new look Daleks.
  • The Winders from The Beast Below (I swear one day I'll put on on my desk so people know if I'm in a good mood or not).
  • The Pandorica Opens.. and it's Doctor Who's Woodstock.
  • A Dalek begging River for mercy.
  • The reason why the TARDIS makes that noise whenever it arrives or departs.
And many more.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Free Lunch Time Concert

Thursday 21st June
1pm to 1.45pm
Hurstville City Library,
Cnr. Queens Road and Dora Street, Hurstville.

Bookings required: 9330 6142

Bring your own lunch and relax as you listen to the classical sounds of the Amici Quartet. While you are in the library browse our new classical CDs and ask us about our free music downloads via Freegal.

You don't have to be a member of the library to come along to this free event but if you would like to become a member on the day all you need to do is bring along 2 items of identification.  Don't forget that one of the items of identification must have your current address on it.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Knitted Garden has arrived!

The Dragon’s Lair Gallery has been transformed into a magical garden display, which includes flowers, vegetables, animals, and teddy bear’s picnic scene – and they are all knitted! The exhibition was created by the Griffith Natty Knitters group, and was first exhibited at Griffith Regional Art Gallery in 2010. It took 2 years, over 25,000 grams of yarn, and the input of hundreds of people to complete. The Knitted Garden is artwork of a different kind – and you can see the hours of painstaking work that went into creating each design. Some patterns were developed through trial and error, or were sent through from friends and relatives overseas.

The exhibition will be on show until Sunday 24 June, and volunteer knitters will be onsite most afternoons and weekends. Why not join Penshurst Purlers as they knit squares for Wrap With Love on Thursday 21 June from 2.00 – 3.30pm? For bookings or further information, please contact the Museum & Gallery on 9330 6444 or by email.

You can see the exhibition during our opening hours Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm, Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm, and other times by appointment.

Dragon’s Lair Gallery
Hurstville Museum & Gallery
14 MacMahon St, Hurstville

Photographs courtesy Griffith Regional Art Gallery

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Photography competition winner.

The first round of the Hurstville photography competition has finished!

Two photographers were deemed winners for the first round of the Hurstville digital photography competition. The theme for May was escape.

Freedom Escape by Vincent.ZZY, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License  by  Vincent.ZZY 
Vincent.ZZY entered this photo into the competition, and was announced as a winner. He was awarded a double movie pass to the Hurstville Greater Union Cinema complex for his effort.

Auschwitz by j.guo., on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License  by  j.guo. 
The other announced winner was j.guo, who took this photo of a barbed wire fence. The photographer also won a double movie pass to the Hurstville Greater Union Cinemas.

Both photos automatically enter into a winner's pool where there is the chance of winning an iPad 3 or the people's prize award. Well done to both photographers for their efforts.

All photos submitted for May have been put into the slideshow below.

The theme for June is dream. Goodluck!

Sydney Film Festival

The 2012 Sydney Film Festival is now in full swing.  The festival opened on the 6th June and runs through to Sunday 17th June. If you can't get along to watch one or more of the fabulous movies on offer at the festival why not watch one of the movies below?  These movies were contenders in the competition in 2010 and 2011.

How I Ended This Summer (honourable mention)
Wasted On The Young (honourable mention)

The Tree Of Life (contender)
Take Shelter (contender)
Sleeping Beauty (contender)

All DVDs are free to borrow from Hurstville Library.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Painting With Collage at the Museum & Gallery

Participants at our recent Painting With Collage workshop created ‘paintings’ of a very different kind. Our presenter Annabelle demonstrated how to use recycled coloured paper to create a bright and colourful work, and you can see the lovely results in Lisa P’s creation shown below.

What kind of creative workshops would you like to do at Hurstville Museum & Gallery? Post your suggestions below or contact us on 9330 6444 or via email.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Interview Techniques - Free Seminar

Come along to our free seminar and learn some great interview techniques to help you get that dream job you are after.

Get That Job Interview Techniques Seminar
Wednesday 13th June at 7.00pm
Hurstville City Library,
Cnr. Queens Road & Dora Street,

Bookings required:  9330 6142

You don't have to be a library member to come along to this event but if you would like to become a member all you need to do is bring along 2 forms of identification.  Don't forget that one of the forms of identification must contain your current address.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Last chance to see

I'm always interested in milestone events in science, especially astronomy.
As you may have heard in the media, unless you have been on another planet (couldn't resist the pun), the transit of the planet Venus across the Sun will be visible on Wednesday from 08.16am until 02.44pm in the southern hemisphere. It is so exciting how technology has developed to a point where it can record, link and engage the peoples of the world almost simultaneously through events. I still remember the Moon landing of 1969 as a child and the excitement watching a grainy black and white image of what is now a historic event.

There is a timely new book about the history of the Transit of Venus, Transit of Venus: 1631 to the present, written by Nick Lomb, a curator in Astronomy at the Sydney Observatory. The Sydney Observatory website will be streaming the Transit of Venus live  from 08.16am to 02.44pm AEST.

You can view lots of interesting magazine and journal articles on  the Transit of Venus and any other Science related fields online through the EBSCO database on the Library website under Research databases.
Simply use your Hurstville Library card number and this and many other information resources are available to you.

Venus will transit the Sun on Wednesday June 6 2012 and it will be last chance to see until 2117.


Friday, June 01, 2012

Resume - Free Seminar

Come along to our free seminar and learn how to put together an exceptional resume to help you get that   fabulous job you are after.

Get That Job Resume Seminar
Hurstville City Library,
Cnr. Queens Road & Dora Street,  Hurstville.

When: Wednesday 6 June at 7.00pm

Bookings required:  9330 6142