Wednesday, September 26, 2012

October Dragon’s Lair Gallery exhibition – Draw Paint Show

Hurstville Museum & Gallery will be hosting DRAW PAINT SHOW in the Dragon’s Lair Gallery in October. This exhibition is part of the 2012 Discovery Festival of Community Arts, and consists of a selection of recent works by artists from the St George Mental Health Arts Development (MHAD) Group. The exhibition will be on show from Friday 28 September to Sunday 14 October 2012. Artworks include oil paintings, acrylic paintings, works on paper and mixed media, and many will be available for sale.

We will also be hosting a Diwali Lamp Art Workshop in conjunction with the 2012 Discovery Festival. The Diwali Festival of Light is a popular Indian event celebrating the victory of good over evil and of enlightenment over ignorance. At the workshop, participants will learn about the importance of Diwali and the significance of Diwali Lamps, and will decorate their own clay lamps. These lamps will be used in the Discovery Festival’s Diwali Family Festival of Light at Woodville Park, Hudson Street, Hurstville on Saturday 3 November from 5.00pm – 8.00pm.

Workshop details:

Date: Sunday 14 October
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Cost: $10 per person
Ages: 12 to adult

For more information or to book, contact the Museum & Gallery on (02) 9330 6444 or via email.

Monday, September 24, 2012

GROW: reading in the digital age

Grow your mind this September by immersing yourself in a good book. Read or listen to some of our great books available online for download from our e-catalogue.

The e-catalogue is easy to use, free for all library members, available 24/7. There is a fantastic range to  choose from; mystery, suspense, romance, biographies, humour, self-improvement, business and much more.

Featuring audio books and e-books (electronic books) the e-catalogue allows you to borrow up to 5 titles at a time and best of all there are no late fees. So what are you waiting for? Visit the e-catalogue today.

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Author Talks: Anne Henderson

Hurstville Library's next guest author is Anne Henderson, author, editor and  deputy director of The Sydney Institute who will be presenting a talk about Joseph Lyons the subject of her  highly acclaimed biography Joseph Lyons: The People's Prime Minister.  Australia's tenth prime minister between 1932 and 1939, Joe Lyons dominated Australian politics throughout the 1930's but has, until this book, been largely neglected by historians. He survived three consecutive elections, served through the era of the Great Depression and was a popular figure at the time. Denounced for leaving the ALP and under recognized by the conservatives this new full biography attempts to set the record straight.

"In this finely worked biography of the first Australian prime minister to die in office, Henderson makes a convincing case that Lyons, up to now, has not been afforded his rightful place in our political history. This book deserves a wide readership." Ross Fitzgerald The Lyons redrawn: PM gets his due in The Australian October 22, 2011

ABC 7.30 Report Forgotten prime minister remembered  view report and interview 18/10/11

Hurstville Library
cnr Queens Rd & Dora St, Hurstville
Wednesday 26 September  @ 7pm

Bookings & enquiries 9330 6142
Book available for sale & signing

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fat As Butter 2012 - Free Music CDs

Fat As Butter 2012 is happening this coming Saturday and features a fantastic line up of bands.  If you can't get yourself up to Newcastle for the event maybe you would like to borrow a selection of CDs so you can listen to some of the bands that will be performing at the festival. 

Good Charlotte

Jessica Watson: Songs From The Pink Lady 
Now. Hits of Summer 2012
Straight To You
Like A Version. Six
Aussie BBQ
Triple J's Hottest 100 (Mystery Jets)

All CDs are free to borrow if you are a member of Hurstville City Library.  If you are not a member and would like to join the library it is a very easy process.  Bring along two items of identification and see one of our friendly staff at the Service Desk who will help you join in a matter of minutes.  Don't forget that one of the items of identification must have your current address on it.  Once you are a member you will be free to borrow all sorts of exciting and interesting items from our collection.

What bands performing at Fat As Butter would you like to see in our CD collection?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Italian Cultural Open Day

Listening to Italian live music, drinking good coffee and enjoying fine Italian sweets ... If this sounds like a perfect Sunday afternoon for you, then join us for an Italian Cultural Open Day at Hurstville Museum & Gallery on Sunday 23 September, 2.00pm–5.00pm.

The event is held in conjunction with Sydney’s Italian Fruit Shops – The Original Green Grocer exhibition. Free activities include: Live Italian folk music 2.00pm–4.00pm, guided exhibition tour 3.30pm, face painting, and bocce games. Coffee and Italian sweets will be available for purchase.

Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon St, Hurstville.

Image caption: The Firenze family and friends relaxing after hours
in their fruit shop in Cronulla, NSW, 1952.
Image courtesy of the Firenze family.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Winner announced for August in the LMG Digital Photography Competition

The judges for the LMG Digital Photography Competition met last week to select the winner for the August heat. Judges looked for the photos displaying great technical ability, while best addressing the theme of Question.

The judges ended up narrowing the pool down to two entries. Firstly, they thought this photo beautifully contrasted the colour of the guitar against the black and white ambiance of the surrounding scenery. They began to wonder about a poetic life as a rogue traveller, leading them to question the kind of stories behind the lonely traveller and their guitar.

However, after careful discussion and consideration, the judges thought this photo best represented this month's theme. They thought the photo was a powerful representation of one's faith and the difficult questions we all ask ourselves during tough times. The judges also felt the sharp focus on the charms in contrast with the blurred figure of the girl-in-question, expressed a well balanced photographic technique. Congratulations to Ashleigh for her submission.

The Judges were so impressed by the photos in August, they cannot wait to see what September produces. The theme for September is "Grow". Leave a comment if you have an idea for what you are going to submit, or better yet, leave a comment if you want someone to capture your idea. Below is a slideshow of all the entries submitted for August.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Forever Dreaming - Works by local Aboriginal Artists

Visit our new exhibition Forever Dreaming at Hurstville Museum & Gallery. On display in our Dragon’s Lair Gallery from 6 September – 23 September are over 35 colourful acrylic paintings. The works were created by local Aboriginal artists who are passionate about their art and their culture. Many of the artists are part of the Gnarra HACC Project. The Gnarra HACC Project is a Home And Community Care service run by Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation.

All welcome to attend the free official exhibition opening on Wednesday 12 September, 1.00pm at Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon Street.

Don’t miss your chance to see the artworks!
Artwork credits Clockwise from bottom left: Tracie McNally, Elizabeth Homer, Kylie Vanzyl, Deanna Schreiber, Cherylene Smith, Sandra Noy. Top right: Annette Webb. Bottom right: Ann-Maree Webb.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Why Women Still Can't Have It All

There's an old adage that says, 'you can't have your cake and eat it too'. For many women, striking the right 'work-family' balance is a bit like walking on a tightrope. We want to forge a career for ouselves, but we often feel guilty for the time that we invariably have to spend away from our children. Often, unsatisfactory compromises are made - particularly for women with high-powered jobs, who may find that maintaining a balanced lifestyle is just an elusive pipe dream.

Anne-Marie Slaughter (2012, p.85) makes the claim that 'the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed'. Slaughter, a Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, speaks from experience. She has in the past held down a job as the first woman Director of Policy Planning at the State Department. During that time, she agonised over being away from her two sons -particularly her 14 year old son, who had started skipping homework, disrupting classes and failing maths.

Slaughter (2012, p. 102) emphasises that if we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, changes must occur within our society and 'that means respecting, enabling, and indeed celebrating the full range of women's choices'. If you would like to read this fascinating article, you can borrow the July/August 2012 edition of The Atlantic from Hurstville City Library.


Slaughter, A. (2012, July/August). Why women still can't have it all. The Atlantic, 85-102.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Free Tai Chi Class for Beginners

Are you ready to start your fitness program for Spring/Summer or maybe you are just interested in finding out what Tai Chi is all about?

Come along to our free lunch time Tai Chi class and learn the basic principles of this ancient exercise for mind, body and spirit.

There will be a display of a selection of health and wellbeing resources available from the library and  all items on display will be available for loan.  Don't forget to bring your library card with you.  If you are not a member of the library and would like to join on the day just bring two items of identification with one of the items containing your current address.

When:  Thursday 13th September, 2012 at 1.00 p.m.
Where:  Hurstville City Library, Cnr. Queens Road & Dora Street, Hurstville.

Numbers are strictly limited.
Bookings essential:  9330 6142

For 15 years and over