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Program Guide JANUARY - MARCH 2017

Connecting our community


PROGRAM GUIDE JANUARY - MARCH 2017

LOOK WHO’S TALKING LITERARY EVENT

FROM MUSIC TO MYSTERY HOLLY THROSBY Singer songwriter Holly Throsby has turned her creative talents to writing fiction, with a debut novel, Goodwood, published in late 2016. Described as a compelling ride into a small community torn apart by dark rumours, Goodwood is a satisfying mystery, a dark coming of age story and a clear eyed portrait of time and place. The talented Throsby has also published two comic books, released five solo albums and a collection of children’s songs and has been nominated for four ARIA Awards. She will be joined in conversation with Carol Duncan, local broadcaster, journalist and writer. Tuesday 14 February 6.00pm arrival 6.30pm start Maitland Regional Art Gallery $25 $20 for early bird bookings before 31 January 1

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LOOK WHO’S TALKING LOCAL HISTORY

LOOK WHO’S TALKING LOCAL AUTHORS

HIGHER GROUND

OUT OF THE FOG

Faced with the challenge of restarting life again after the series of floods which culminated in the tragic events of February 1955, many local families saw the higher ground and open spaces west of the city as an opportunity to start afresh.

ALANA HENDERSON

This began a process which completely changed the character of development in the Maitland area. Seen against the wider changes brought about by the growth of suburbs in the nation’s cities, Higher Ground tells the story of how communities change and grow in unexpected ways.

Alana, a successful business woman, suffered a stroke at fifty nine, losing her ability to communicate. Three weeks later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and diabetes. With little help from the medical services, she drew on her ingenuity, determination, and creativity to survive and recover.

Thursday 23 February 6.00pm - 7.30pm Maitland Gaol Chapel Free Bookings essential

Thursday 9 March 6.00pm – 7.30pm Maitland Library Free Bookings essential

A story of courage, perseverance and resourcefulness, Out of the Fog by Alana Henderson tells how the author recovered from stroke, breast cancer and diabetes through her self help journey.

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PROGRAM GUIDE JANUARY - MARCH 2017

LOOK WHO’S TALKING WELLBEING

WHAT IS HAPPINESS ANYWAY? Happiness is a deep seated yearning shared by us all, but does our inability to fully inhabit the present keep us from being happy? Are we desperately seeking happiness more than ever before because we’re more miserable than ever before, despite the obvious advantages of contemporary life? There is definitely a growing hunger for a more real, authentic and sustainable happiness. Are we on a permanent quest for something ultimately unattainable or is happiness easily achievable? Tuesday 21 March 6.00pm – 7.30pm East Maitland Library Free Bookings essential

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LOOK WHO’S TALKING LITERARY EVENT

THE DRESSMAKER

AUTHOR TALK AND FILM SCREENING ROSALIE HAM Before Rosalie Ham’s novel The Dressmaker was released as a star studded film, which went on to become a box office hit, it was already considered a best seller. Over 15 years since its publication, this evocative tale of a Parisian courtier who collides with her past in an Australian country town, The Dressmaker still inspires readers with its gothic tale of love, hate and haute couture. Join Rosalie Ham as she talks about the inspiration for the book, the characters and the process of turning the book into a movie. This event includes a screening of The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis and Hugo Weaving. Friday 24 March 6.00pm author talk 7.00pm film screening Reading Cinema, Maitland $25 $20 for early bird bookings before 28 February 4


PROGRAM GUIDE JANUARY - MARCH 2017

BABY BOOK CLUB Babies love to listen to the human voice, and what better way than through reading. Share a love of reading and language with your baby. Enjoy books, songs and rhymes for 0 – 2 year olds. East Maitland Library Every Thursday and Friday 11.00am Maitland Library Every Thursday 11.00am Rutherford Library Every Monday 10.00am Thornton Library Every Tuesday 10.30am

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Program Guide January - March 2017

We make reading fun! Read, sing and play with your toddler at these interactive and entertaining sessions. Storytime is designed to develop a love of reading and is ideal for children 2-5 years. East Maitland Library Every Monday and Wednesday 11.00am Maitland Library Every Tuesday 11.00am Rutherford Library Every Tuesday and Thursday 10.30am Thornton Library Every Thursday 10.30am


BOOK CLUBS

GET CONNECTED

If you enjoy reading, meeting people and discussing your opinions and ideas, one of our Book Clubs may be right for you. Discover the power of books in a group discussion that delves underneath the covers.

Increase your computer skills at these free, hands on sessions. Get comfortable with technology in a supportive environment.

Thornton Library Third Saturday of month 10.30am - 11.30am

BOOK CHATS

Join a book chat for a casual discussion of interesting reads, book recommendations and the chance to meet new people. Thornton Library First Friday of month 10.30am - 11.30am

Book an individual training session to focus on what you need. Topics include social media, email, smartphones and tablets/iPads, word processing, family history, and online research. Let us help you discover the library’s digital collections, from eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines to eComics, eFilms, eMusic and more. Get connected sessions are available at all branches of Maitland City Library or bring your tablet/smartphone/reader and ask the library staff for tips and troubleshooting. Visit or contact your local branch: East Maitland Library 02 4933 7122 Maitland Library 02 4933 6952 Rutherford Library 02 4932 8730 Thornton Library 02 4964 4468 6


Connecting our community East Maitland Library Garnett Road East Maitland NSW 2323 t 4933 7122 f 4934 5051 eastmaitland.library@maitland.nsw.gov.au

Rutherford Library Arthur Street Rutherford NSW 2320 t 4932 8730 f 4932 8025 rutherford.library@maitland.nsw.gov.au

Maitland Library 480 High Street Maitland NSW 2320 t 4933 6952 f 4934 5029 maitland.library@maitland.nsw.gov.au

Thornton Library Taylor Avenue Thornton NSW 2322 t 4964 4468 thornton.library@maitland.nsw.gov.au

maitland.nsw.gov.au/library Booking (free and paid) and payment prior to events is essential and may be made online at maitland.nsw.gov.au/library. 7 Book online at maitland.nsw.gov.au/library Contact Maitland City Library 4933 6952 for further information.


Maitland City Library Program Guide January - March 2017