Don't miss the City of Sydney's Lawn Library, nestled among the trees in Hyde Park all festival long. Grab a coffee and beat the heat among shelves full of hundreds of books, for you to sit back, relax and read and why not swap a book next time you are here.

The kids can also enjoy a full calendar of children's rhymetime, twilight storytime and late night readings, and there'll also be fun, creative workshops.


IndigenousDreamtime Storytime
Join us for a special Dreamtime Storytime with Gangari artist and storyteller, Kathryn Farrawell. Sit back and relax whilst you hear stories from the dreaming, for families of all ages.

Thursday 9 January 11.30am
Thursday 16 January 11.30am
SustainabilityGreen Villages: Grow food in small spaces
Tight on space? Discover how you can create a thriving edible garden on your balcony or terrace! Join Green Villages and permaculturalist Myriam Pitre and hear the top 10 tips to grow healthy, organic food in small spaces. All while reducing the amount of time, energy and money you put into your food growing project. 
No bookings needed, just drop by.

Thursday 9 January 1pm 
Saturday 11 January 1pm 
Sunday 19 January 2pm
KidsLibrary Kids 
Unleash your imagination with stories, crafts and loads of fun! These sessions will dive into some fantastic children's stories perfect for the 3 to 5 year age bracket. No bookings required, just bring a vivid imagination and the kids along. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Facilitator: Tanija Parker

Friday 10 January 11.30am
Sat 11 January 11.30am
Fri 24 January 11.30am
Sat 25 January 11.30am
WorkshopCircus Workshop
Feel like running away to join the circus? Well, we have you covered, minus the running away part. Join in the fun as we teach you beginner circus skills and balancing acrobatics, who knows you could be a future Sydney Festival performer! 
All ages welcome but bookings are essential. Click here to book
20 participants only.

Sun 12 January 2pm

Twilight Storytime
Kick off your Tuesday evening with a fun session of storytelling for the whole family.
Join Beth for exciting stories. Learn all you need to know about bats and you can even get up close and personal with the real thing, just watch out they don't fly away. For families of all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Facilitator: Beth Koorey

Tues 14 January 6pm

Tues 21 January 6pm

Library Kids January (Bilingual)
Bilingual Storytime is a fun session of storytelling (in Mandarin and English) and craft activities for pre-schoolers. Chinese Rhymetime is an animated sing-along session in Mandarin for babies and toddlers and is a wonderful experience in sharing cultures. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Wednesday 15 January 11.30am - Facilitator: Martyn Han

Wed 22 January 11.30am - Facilitator: Pam Ho
Enjoy using scratchboards, skewers and your imagination to create beautiful prints. Get all the top tips from artist Vanessa Owens, who is one of the talented Pine Street tutors offering classes throughout the year. Visit for more information and see you in Hyde Park in January. All ages welcome.
Facilitator: Vanessa Owens

Thursday 16 January 1pm
IndigenousMatthew Doyle
A 30-40 min cultural interactive workshop on Aboriginal Music and Dance

Friday 17 January 11.30am
Saturday 18 January 11.30am
Workshop are getting into the spirit of recycling old books for these Lawn Library workshops! Come along and unleash your inner awesome with Workshop's book planter craft sessions. These sessions require a booking so jump online and book here.

For more information on Workhop check out their website

Saturday 18 January 1pm
In ConversationLarry Writer and PM Newton in Conversation
Take a walk on the darker side of inner Sydney in the 1920s and ‘30s. Join Larry Writer as we plunge into the wheeling's and dealings of colourful characters like Tilly Devine, Kate Leigh, the razor gangs and such police as Frank "Bumper" Farrell, Lillian Armfield and Ray Blissett. So join us for this afternoon of Sydney's sordid history.

Wednesday 22 January 2pm
KidsButterfly Creations Workshop
Children are invited along to this fun interactive workshop where they will be given everything they need to create a fantastic butterfly with watercolour. Join Alex Snellgrove from Pine Street who will guide children in their creative pursuit and capture everyone's imagination.

Thursday 23 January 1pm
AdultLate Night Library
Campfire collective (Fringe comedy)
Take a walk on the wild side at the City of Sydney Library with a late night, adults only event. Join Campfire Collective for a night of comedy and laughs.

Wed 22 January 8.30pm
AdultLate Night Library- What's Your Fantasy?
Hello Nerds! What with The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug currently dominating the Box Office we here at Late Night Library Inc. thought we would hitch our bandwagon to that proverbial dragon and write ourselves some Fantasy stories. Why not?
So grab your twelve sided die and come along. Stories include: the history of a long lost (made up) sci fi tv show, the pitfalls of an enchanted slam poet, a Lord Of The Rings Erotic Fan Fiction and more!

Ben Jenkins (ABC's The Checkout, Storyclub)
David Cunningham (Very Smart & Funny Comedian)
Cait Harris (Siberian Hot Toddy, The Sturgeon General)
Eddie Sharp (Versus on FBi 94.5, Erotic Fan Fiction Readings)

Wednesday 15 January 8.30pm


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