Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
A major new literary prize worth $50,000 will be awarded for the first time on April 16 this year for the best book published in 2012 by an Australian female author. Named after Stella Maria Miles Franklin (1879-1954) author of My Brilliant Career and who had links with the Hurstville area having worked from offices in Hurstville's old Council Chambers and also next to the Hurstville Ritz Hotel in Forest Road. This new award is a celebration and a reminder of the contribution made by Australian women writers to this country's literature.
From over 200 entries the Stella Prize judges narrowed the number to a shortlist of six from a longer one of twelve. The shortlisted titles are:
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Want to explore your creative side? Hurstville Museum & Gallery is running a series of creative workshops for young people aged 12 – 18 years.
Upcoming topics include:
School holiday workshop
Wednesday 17 April and 24 April (2 sessions, $20.00 total)
Session 1: Create an original design to paint onto a silk scarf or wall hanging.
Session 2: Paint your design onto a silk scarf or wall hanging.
Saturday 20 April
1.30pm – 3.30pm
Take a fresh approach to portrait sketching in black and white line.
Saturday 18 May
1.30pm – 3.30pm
Make an artwork that can be worn as a head piece, headband or hair clip.
Saturday 15 June
1.30pm – 3.30pm
Learn the art of Japanese paper folding and experiment with a range of patterns.
Each workshop explores the basics of a new medium or artistic practice with qualified tutors and materials are provided (unless otherwise stated). Participants will learn new skills and techniques and create their own original artwork to take home.
Workshops are designed for high school students and are $10.00 per person per workshop, bookings essential. For more information and booking details, visit our website or contact the Museum & Gallery on 9330 6444 or email@example.com.
Tell us what kinds of art and craft activities YOU'D like to see at Hurstville Museum & Gallery. Post your responses here!
Bus tour of the Hurstville Local Government Area
Join us for a bus tour which explores the Hurstville Local Government Area and heritage sites of the Georges River.
Date: Tuesday 26 March 2013
Time: 9.45am – 12.00pm, bus leaves from Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon St, Hurstville.
Bookings: Please call 9330 6444. Spaces are limited, bookings essential.
Participants must be able to get on and off a bus and walk or stand for up to 15 minutes at a time.
Refreshments will be served.
Friday, March 22, 2013
The face to face workshops are an informal, relaxed process where you will share your experiences and stories, learn from each other and work on creative activities that will be used to develop a future vision for Hurstville City Library. It is kind of like a design lab where you will play with new prototypes and thought starters to build future services catering to the special needs of different people in the community. We are offering some incentives to thank you for your time.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
If you would like to know more about the project or would like to register your interest in participating, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Performing at the festival are Grammy award nominees and winners such as Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Cliff, The Lumineers,and Ruthie Foster. Bonnie Rait music is also available for free download from our online music collection Freegal, just select eLibary from the library website and type in your borrower's card number and pin number.
Also appearing at the festival is Rodriguez. Who hasn't heard the fascinating story about Rodriguez and the award winning documentary, "Searching For Sugarman", which has won an Oscar for "Best Feature Documentary", BAFTA for "Best Documentary", Special Jury Prize and Audience Award for "Best International Documentary" at Sundance.
Some of the Aussie artists performing are The Cat Empire, Karise Eden, Xavier Rudd, Mark Seymour and the Undertow and Hunters and Collectors.
More great artists in the line up are:
Santana (tracks are also available from our free online music collection Freegal)
Tony Joe White
All the artists contained in this blog are in the library music collection and are free to borrow if you are a library member. Most CDs are in our collection now and some are on order but will be coming very soon to the collection.
Monday, March 18, 2013
|Source: Brian Peterson/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT, 2012, EBSCOhost Image Collection, viewed 18 March, 2013.|
For centuries, mankind has marvelled at the spectacular displays of the ‘Northern Lights’ – first called ‘Aurora Borealis’ or ‘dawn of the North’ by Galileo Galilei.[i] This phenomenon occurs when gusts of charged energetic particles from the sun breach the Earth’s magnetic shell and hit the planet’s atmosphere. [ii]
One of the mysteries surrounding the aurora is that many people have heard ‘crackling sounds during auroral displays, often synchronised with the phenomena’s movements’. [iii] For this reason, the Sami people of Norway called the Northern Lights guovssahas – or ‘the light you can hear’. [iv]
It is much easier for us to view an aurora in this century, than in earlier centuries - as the last few centuries have seen an increase in solar activity.[v] This winter has been forecast as an excellent time to view the aurora, as solar activity is expected to peak in 2013.
To read Brekke’s (2013) article on the ‘Secrets of the Northern Lights’, login to Ebsco’s Science Reference Centre, with your library card’s barcode.
[i] Brekke, P 2013, 'Secrets of the Northern Lights', Sky & Telescope, 125, 2, p. 18, Science Reference Centre, EBSCOhost, viewed 12 March 2013.
[ii] Ibid., p. 19.
[iii] Ibid., p. 23.
[iv] Ibid., p.23.
[v] Ibid., p. 24.
Friday, March 15, 2013
- Justin Timberlake's new album "The 20/20 Experience" will be available for download from 19 March. In the meantime you can download the best selling singles from the album now, "Mirrors" and "Suit & Tie".
- David Bowie's new album "The Next Day" is now available to download.
- Freegal offer many genre's apart from Rock, Pop, Country, Classical, R&B, Hip Hop, Indie. Search for your favourite genre and see if your favourite artist is on the list.
- "Comedown Machine" by The Strokes
- "Wiser for the Time" by The Black Crows
- "Girl Who Got Away" by Dido
- "Delta Machine" by Depeche Mode
- "Impossible" by James Arthur
- "Just Give Me A Reason" by Pink
- Beneath Your Beautiful" by Labrinth
- "Skyfall" (from "Skyfall") 007 Collective
- "Radio Active" by Rita Ora
- "Hall of Fame" by The Script
- "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake
- "What You've Done To Me" by Samantha Jade
- "Suit & Tie" by Justin Timberlake
- "Moonlight Sonata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
If you are not a member of Hurstville City Library or need more information please go to the Service Desk and ask one of our friendly staff who will be happy to assist you.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Seascapes and Landscapes from Greece
Aegan Sea Seascape, stained glass composition
Dragon’s Lair Gallery
Hurstville Museum & Gallery
6 April – 28 April 2013
Yanos Bouzioukos was born in Athens in 1951. This exhibition reflects the seascapes and landscapes of his homeland through compositions of stained glass and glass-collage. Yanos has a strong background in working with glass, lecturing on Contemporary Glass Techniques in Wales and also teaching at the University of Sydney in the Glass Department. Today he lives and works in Sydney and hopes to demonstrate through this exhibition the multicultural nature of the community.
Saturday 6 April 2013, 1.30pm for 2.00pm.
RSVP by Wednesday 3 April 2013.
9330 6444 or email@example.com
Dragon’s Lair Gallery
Hurstville Museum & Gallery
14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville
Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Other times by appointment.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Pretty cool hey!
Some of our visitors did actually guess correctly. Congratulations! I now challenge you to view and guess our next mystery object!
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Can people change or are some parts of us ‘set in stone’?
‘He’ll never learn’, ‘she always was a bad kid’, and ‘once a cheater, always a cheater’ all reflect a common belief: people never really change. While there may be a kernel of truth in this folk wisdom, it doesn't square with recent research. [i]
Studies have in fact demonstrated that meditation, exercise, quitting drugs and starting antidepressant treatments can alter the brain, leading to ‘structural and functional changes in the brain that correspond to changes in personality and behavior’. [ii]
To read this article in Psychology Today (or other issues of Psychology Today) login to the Academic Research Library (Proquest) from home or in the library, with your library card’s barcode.
[i] Old dogs, new tricks. (2013), Psychology Today, 46, 22-23. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1271926556?accountid=49617
Monday, March 04, 2013
The library has a number of artists in our music collection who will be performing at WOMAD. Some CDs are available in our collection now and others are coming very soon. The "coming soon" items may be placed on reservation if you are a library member.
Moment by Mia Dyson
Struck Down by Mia Dyson
The Cat Empire by The Cat Empire
Cinema by The Cat Empire
Two Shoes by The Cat Empire
Blessed by Soweto Gospel Choir
African Grace by Soweto Gospel Choir (coming soon)
Vivir Es Mucho Mas by Illapu (coming soon)
Antibalas by Antibalas (coming soon)
Alma de Cantaora by Amparo Sanchez (coming soon)
An Introduction to Mari Boine by Mari Boine (coming soon)
And Tamir Muskat by the Alaev Family (coming soon)
Guwak by East Journey (coming soon)
Afro by Novalima (coming soon)
Tra Parole Silenzio by Mara & Martenitsa Choir (coming soon)
Into the Trees by Zoe Keating (coming soon)
Icon by Jimmy Cliff (coming soon)
Rebirth by Jimmy Cliff (coming soon)
Friday, March 01, 2013
Argo - coming soon to the library collection. Winner of Best Picture; winner of Film Editing and winner of Adapted Screenplay.
Beasts of the Southern Wild - nominated for Best Picture and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Quvenzhane Wallis).
Brave - winner of Best Animated Feature Movie.
Frankenweenie -coming soon to the library collection. Nominated for Best Animated Feature Movie.
The Master -coming soon to the library collection. Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Joaquin Phoenix); nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams); nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman).
Searching for Sugar Man - coming soon to the library collection. Winner of Best Feature Documentary.
All of these titles are available from our free online music collection - Freegal.
Life of Pi - winner of Best Original Score
Argo - nominated for Best Original Score
Lincoln - nominated for Best Original Score
Skyfall - nominated for Best Original Score
To download your 3 free tracks per week go to the library website and select eLibrary. Select Freegal, type in your library card number and pin number. For further information on Freegal please see one of our friendly staff at the Service Desk who will gladly assist you.