Sydney Festival returns to grace the CBD area for its 37th year this January. With the festival program featuring events from local and international artists including music, dance, circus, drama and visual arts, this years free events are all being held at the Sydney Festival Village in Hyde Park. Receiving a considerable amount of visitors this year is the City of Sydney’s Lawn Library, nestled among the bushes of the park.
Decorated with umbrellas and seats, the Lawn Library features hundreds of books in an outdoor library free for readers to take home. All the location asks is that you bring a book to add to the collection when taking a book. However not everyone has been following this directive.
Nevertheless the open area in the center of the outdoor library, equipped with a large reading chair is the location of storytimes and late night readings as well as workshops during the day. But outside of these times, all visitors are able to read any of the books provided by the State Library. The peaceful outdoor setting below the trees is a nice area to relax and read, also being close to the fun of the rest of the village that shouldn’t be missed.
They say reading begins with a single book – if you’re in Sydney, make sure to try and make these events at the Sydney Festival Village Lawn Library!
For everyone who wants to get their hands dirty…
Green Villages: Grow food in small spaces Sunday 19 January 2pm. Permaculturalist Myriam Pitre talks about growing food in small spaces and on balconies.
For all the young ones…
Library Kids: Fri 24 January 11.30am, Sat 25 January 11.30am. Storytime fun, with craft for the 3-5 year olds.
Twilight Storytime: Tues 21 January 6pm, Aimed at families of all ages.
Library Kids January (Bilingual): Wed 22 January 11.30am – Facilitator: Pam Ho. Storytime in Mandarin and English.
For those interested in stimulating conversation…
Larry Writer and PM Newton in Conversation: Wednesday 22 January 2pm. Hear the tales of Tilly Devine and the razor gangs, and others from the history of Sydney in the ’20′s and 30′s.
For those who want to get glittery…
Butterfly Creations Workshop: Thursday 23 January 1pm. Join Alex Snellgrove from Pine Street in a children’s workshop, using watercolours.
For everyone else (18+)…
Late Night Library: Campfire collective (Fringe comedy) Wed 22 January 8.30pm. This is adults only!
Originally published in Aphra Magazine, January 21, 2014.