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Author talk: Slow with Brooke McAlary

Saturday 21 October 2017 - 2pm to 3pm

In her new book Slow Brooke gently encourages you to find pleasure and value in a simpler life, sharing the practical tips and rituals that have helped her on her own journey, from decluttering to de-owning, messiness to mindfulness, from asking why to asking where to now?

Reading Lounge: Book Club for Friends of the Library

Friday 20 October 2017 - 3pm to 4pm

Book Club for Friends of the Library.

Inaugural Coral Thomas Fellowship Lecture

Thursday 19 October 2017 - 5:30pm to 7pm

In the early 1830s, surveyor John Helder Wedge collected early south-eastern Aboriginal wooden artefacts from Tasmania and Victoria, now housed in the Saffron Walden Museum in Essex. It has been suggested that Wedge sought the artefacts out of a rare ‘humanitarian’ interest in the Indigenous people. Rebe Taylor, Coral Thomas Fellow, will deliver the inaugural lecture on her recent findings.

eResources for Researchers: Online newspapers

Thursday 19 October 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Using the Library's substantial eResources, learn how to locate and use historical and current online newspapers from a variety of sources including Trove, Proquest and Gale.

Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: Anthony Trollope’s Australian Adventures

Wednesday 18 October 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Prolific novelist and inveterate traveller Anthony Trollope explored Australia and New Zealand in the 1870s: the first celebrity to tour Australasia. His memoir inspired by those adventures was subsequently described by The Times as ‘the best account’ of those lands ‘yet published’. 

Walkley Documentary Award Longlist Screenings

Wednesday 18 October 2017 - 12pm to 8pm

Five of the six outstanding documentaries longlisted for the 2017 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism will be screened at the State Library of NSW in Sydney, giving the public a free viewing of the finest work in the field over the past year.

Stories in Surprising Places

Wednesday 18 October 2017 - 10:30am to Wednesday 20 December 2017 - 11:30am

Explore our amazing building, discover wonderful books, make craft and enjoy the magic of shared stories.

Grattan Institute: Stuck in traffic? Road congestion in Sydney

Tuesday 17 October 2017 - 6pm to 7:15pm

Australians love their cars but hate congestion. Most commuters in Sydney drive to work, and one of the big conversation topics in Sydney is just how clogged the roads have become. Managing more congested roads is one of the most potent challenges of rapid population growth. Sydney is a very car-dependent city, even though it has higher patronage of public transport than any other Australia city.