Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Great Wildlife Photography by Alexander Choi

Orange Palmdart Butterfly, image: Alexander Choi

It’s All Around Us: Australian Wildlife is an exhibition by local photographer Alexander Choi. He presents a selection of breathtaking and inspiring photographs of some of Australia’s beautiful creatures.

Alexander has a great passion for photography and began exploring this medium from the age of 13.
He loves to photograph wildlife, architecture and people.

Hurstville Museum & Gallery  is pleased to be hosting Alexander’s wonderful images.

Dont miss the official opening this Saturday, 1 June 2013, 1.00pm.
Please RSVP  under 9330 6444 or

Exhibition is on show from 1 – 23 June 2013.

Dragons Lair Gallery, Museum & Gallery
14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville

Free Exhibition Talk by Alexander Choi

Sunday 9 June 2013, 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Alexander Choi will be running a Public Program on
How to take better photographs- getting the most out of your D-SLR.

Please book under 9330 6444 or

The talk is suitable for experienced amateurs.

Explore more Wildlife Photography by Alexander Choi!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Free Online Music Collection

Here is our top ten list from Freegal our free online music collection. To be entitled to three free downloads per week you need to be a member of the library.  If you are not a member but would like to become one all you need to do is bring two forms of identification with you and go to the service desk where one of our friendly staff will be happy to assist you. Don't forget that one of the forms of identification must contain your current address.

Once you are a member just go to the library website and select eLibrary which will take you to the Freegal link.
  1. Get Lucky - Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
  2. Here's To Never Growing Up - Avril Lavigne
  3. Just Give Me A Reason - Pink
  4. Change Your Life - Little Mix
  5. Mirrors - Justine Timberlake
  6. Beneath You're Beautiful - Labrinth
  7. Girl On Fire - Alicia Keyes featuring Nicki Minaj
  8. I Need Your Love - Calvin Harris
  9. Brave - Sarah Bareilles
  10. Thank You - MKTO

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

This girl really needs libraries

Source: via Peter on Pinterest


Author Talk: Tim Bowden, the Sydney Writers' Festival comes to Hurstville Library

 In association with the Sydney Writer's Festival best selling author Tim Bowden will be appearing at Hurstville Library. Tim will talk about his book The Changi Camera, a unique record of the Changi POW camp and the Thai-Burma Railway. When the Allied forces in Singapore collapsed in February 1942, Private George Aspinall joined his fellow Australians on the march to Changi. He carried a folding Kodak 2 camera, given to him by an uncle as a departure present, and on it he captured rare images of three-and-a-half years of captivity - which would later be used as evidence in war crimes trials. They have also helped Tim Bowden tell the stories of these brave Australian soldiers.

Tim Bowden AM is a broadcaster, radio and television documentary maker, oral historian and author. He has worked as a foreign correspondent in Asia and North America, and in 1969 was the first executive producer of the ABC radio current affairs program PM before becoming a producer with the ground-breaking television current affairs program This Day Tonight in the early 1970’s.

Thursday 23 May @7pm
Refreshments from 6.30pm
Hurstville Library
cnr Queens Rd & Dora St, Hurstville
                                             Free: Bookings 9330 6142
                                             Book for sale & signing

Saturday, May 18, 2013

'Pretty in Pink' Dolphins are an Endangered Species

Source: Warren, S 2013, 'Protecting Dolphins Pink', Scholastic Superscience, 24, 7, pp. 4-7, Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre, EBSCOhost, viewed 18 May 2013.
Many people don't know that Amazon dolphins are born grey, but as they age, they turn pink. According to Warren (2013, p.5), some dolphins are as bright as pink bubble gum.

It is estimated that river dolphins have existed in the Amazon for 30 million years (Warren, 2013, p.5). These dolphins, called botos in South America, can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh 400 lbs (Warren, 2013, p.6). Traditionally, people have believed that botos can come out of the water, transform into humans, and even sneak into parties!(Warren, 2013, p.6)

These amazing dolphins are now under the threat of extinction, as fishermen have been killing them and using the meat as bait to catch a certain type of catfish (Warren, 2013, p.6). Even fishermen that don't use the botos as bait have been slaughtering them, so that the dolphins don't eat the fish that they are trying to catch (Warren, 2013, p.6).

To read more about the botos and the efforts of scientists in trying to preserve this species, login to EBSCOhost's Australian and New Zealand Reference Centre with your library card's barcode.


Warren, S 2013, 'Protecting Dolphins Pink', Scholastic Superscience, 24, 7, pp. 4-7, Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre, EBSCOhost, viewed 14 May 2013.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

New DVD titles

Lots of DVD titles are hitting our shelves over the coming weeks.  Some are brand new titles and some are old favourites coming back to the collection. Next time you are in the library check out our extensive DVD collection.

World Without End - miniseries (the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth)
Angel's Share - winner of Jury Prize Cannes 2012
Hail - award winning Australian movie
House At the End of the Street - starring the girl of the moment Jennifer Lawrence
Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street - a musical starring Johnny Depp
Sleeping With the Enemy - starring Julia Roberts
What Women Want - starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt
Almost Famous - starring Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand and Philip Semour Hoffman

Documentary and Non Fiction DVDs
Michelle Bridges Project Shape-Up - Australia's favourite trainer helps you get into shape
Life At 7 - life series which studies childhood development
The Whale -documentary
A Tour of Highgrove with HRH Prince of Wales and Alan Tichmarsh
Sicily Unpacked - TV Art Historian Andrew Graham-Dixon and Michelin Chef Giorgio Locatelli show us the things they are passionate about on this tour of Sicily
Chinese Food In Minutes - shows us how easy it is to create delicious and simple Chinese meals
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals Volume 2
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals Volume 3

Stay tuned for more new titles coming to the collection soon.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Keeping the Kids Entertained

With all the entertainment available these days on computers, portable devices, gaming consoles and the internet, it can sometimes be difficult to get kids interested in anything else! So why not take a look at the range of programs and events offered at Hurstville Museum & Gallery. Our programs are fun, interactive, and engaging, and are run by qualified staff.

Coming up, we have:

Explore Hurstville's History Kids Program
Saturday 11 May
10.30am - 12.30pm
This is a special program being run as part of the National Trust Heritage Festival 2013. Learn about important events that shaped the history of the St George region through a fun and interactive look at our exhibition Living on the Water’s Edge: Stories of St George. The program will include the chance to see items in our collection that will be on display for a limited time.
Ages 5 - 12 years
$10 per child

Wearable Art class for teens
Saturday 18 May
1.30pm - 3.30pm
Make an artwork that can be worn as a head piece, headband or hair clip.
Ages 12 - 18 years
$10 per person

Art Attack - Celebration and Tradition
Saturday 25 May
10.30am - 12.30pm
Art Attack is a fun filled program of art classes held on the 4th Saturday of the month. This month, take a snapshot of celebration and tradition in our own lives and those of other cultures.
Ages 7 - 12 years
$5 per child

Dragonflys Kids Club - Birds of a Feather
Saturday 1 June
11.00am - 12.30pm
Dragonflys Kids Club is a program of fun art and craft activities held on the 1st Saturday of the month. In June, construct and decorate your own flying bird.
Ages 4 - 10 years
$5 per child

Interested? All programs held at Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon Street Hurstville and bookings are essential! Contact Hurstville Museum & Gallery on (02) 9330 6444 or via email now!

NB: Please ask about our cancellation policy when booking.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Arty Chalk Exhibition


The new exhibition in the Dragon's Lair Gallery is a must see!

Arty Chalk exhibition presents a variety of works created by children aged between 6 and 12, who attend art classes with artist Annabelle Josse.

The display is a well-chosen mixture of different subjects and media and shows how creative and skilful the young artists are. The exhibition includes colourful sunflower paintings, wire heads, little clay monsters, quirky puppet heads and eggshell mosaics, just to name a few.

Over 50 people enjoyed the exhibition opening last Saturday, 4 May 2013.

One visitor commented: "…gobsmacked by the talent of the kids…better than HSC Art Express!"

The exhibition is on show until 26 May 2013.

If you want to know more about Arty Chalk art classes, visit
Image: Dragon's Lair Gallery, Hurstville Museum & Gallery

Hotmail axed as takes over

Microsoft's Hotmail, the free webmail service used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, was phased out Friday, as the US tech giant completed a rebranding to

Microsoft said all Hotmail users had now been shifted onto its newer platform. Launched in 1996 and acquired by Microsoft the following year, Hotmail was one of the first web-based email services. Apparently users can keep their existing Hotmail addresses.  
Continue reading from The Australian newspaper