Thanks for your Rainbow Storytime support

Thank you everyone for attending Rainbow Storytime last month! We had a lovely time and read lots of fabulous and joyful stories, rainbow chalk art, hula hooping and making giant bubbles. The playground was fun too!

Big thanks to Diversity ACT for their venue and graceful hosting, to Veganarchy Baking for her vegan sausages and BBQ loan, and to all who shared on social media. Lots of glittery love to Carl at CMDphotographics who created our magnificent poster.

Chalk art, photo by Sarah
Chalk art, photo by Sarah

We highly recommend Diversity ACT’s Diversity Hub as a venue for parties and events, do consider hiring them for your next ‘do! Their rates are ridiculously reasonable and all funds go towards their grassroots work in the LGBTIAQ+ community. You can donate to Diversity ACT at their site through paypal.
Stay tuned for our next event!


Rainbow Storytime on Saturday, whether rain, hail or shine!

See you this Saturday for our Rainbow Storytime at Diversity Hub in Kambah!

Don’t worry if the Weather Bureau thinks it will be cloudy – the playground and reading areas at the Hub are all under cover!

Our official book-readers will start at 10:30 with a few stories, and then you can relax by choosing your own reading or have fun on the playground or enclosed lawns.

Bring your favourite books, or try some of ours!

RSVP for our Rainbow Storytime on facebook or eventbrite, or rock up on the day.  It is free but we’ll be fundraising with a sausage sizzle (there will also be vegan options available).

Rainbow Storytime poster with event details
Rainbow Storytime poster by CMDphotographics

We are very grateful to CMDphotographics for making our stunning poster. It makes us think of Rainbow Brite, nostalgia, books and sherbet! Everything you’d want in a Storytime. Thank you so much Carl!

See you all at Rainbow Storytime!

Rainbow Storytime this Saturday!

Excitement! Rainbow Storytime is this Saturday 18th of March!

We are doing readings of children’s books about diversity, all are welcome, especially families. RSVP via facebook or eventbrite (or just rock up).

We are very pleased to be partnering with Diversity ACT, who are kindly providing the venue at Laidlaw Place, Kambah. The Diversity Hub has a lovely enclosed grassy yard including a shaded playground and pergola.

Our talented storytellers will read a few books to the crowd, afterwards there are lots of spots to sit together and read a book with just your family and friends. Books will be available but you’re very welcome to bring your favourite books too.

Rainbow over Drakeford Drive
Rainbow (image courtesy of Tuggeranong Tomatoes)

Please bring some money! While the event is free, there will be a sausage sizzle and refreshments available to purchase, with all proceeds towards Diversity ACT’s valuable community work.

Rainbow Storytime tickets available! Free, but we’d love your RSVP!

We’re pleased to share that tickets are now available for our next event, the Rainbow Storytime! See you on Saturday 18 March from 10:30am!

Thanks for being patient with our Save the Date.

Free tickets now available through eventbrite and facebook.

We are doing readings of children’s books about diversity, all are welcome, especially families. It’s free but do bring some cash for sausage sizzle and drinks. All proceeds towards Diversity ACT’s valuable community work.

National Archives of Australia: B4498, 27E7
Children’s reading session at Toorak library, courtesy of National Archives of Australia

Our talented storytellers will read a few books to the crowd, afterwards there are lots of spots to sit together and read a book with just your family and friends. Books will be available but you’re very welcome to bring your favourite books too.

We’re grateful for the beautiful venue from Diversity ACT. The Diversity Hub has a lovely enclosed grassy yard including a shaded playground and pergola.

See you there!

Image credit: National Archives of Australia: B4498, 27E7

Books – Libraries. Val Foreman Photography, negative number D 7390-A11 Children’s reading session at Toorak library [Album 22]
circa1945 – circa1986

Rainbow Storytime, Save the Date for Saturday 18 March!

The Canberra Library Tribe delightfully announce our next event, a Rainbow Storytime.

We are doing readings of children’s books about diversity, all are welcome, especially families.

Our talented storytellers will read a few books to the crowd, afterwards there are lots of spots to sit together and read a book with just your family and friends. Books will be available but you’re very welcome to bring your favourite books too.

Diversity Hub in Kambah, Canberra ACT
Diversity Hub in Kambah, Canberra ACT

We are very pleased to be partnering with Diversity ACT, who are kindly providing the venue. The Diversity Hub has a lovely enclosed grassy yard including a shaded playground and pergola (you can’t see these areas in the photo, but trust us, they are amazing, verdant and delightful).

Please bring some money, as there will be a sausage sizzle and refreshments available to purchase, with all proceeds towards Diversity ACT’s valuable community work.

Rainbow flowers

Date: Saturday 18 March, in the morning!

Venue: The Diversity Hub, 8 Laidlaw Place in Kambah

More details to follow! We look forward to reading with you! ❤

Retirement of Joye Volker, Chief Librarian at National Gallery of Australia

Joye Volker, the Chief Librarian of the Research Library at the National Gallery of Australia retired in November 2016. Joye was in the role for eleven years, leading Australia’s foremost art library and artist archives collection.

Joye sent a farewell message to the members of Arlis/ANZ (the Australian arm of the Arts Libraries Society, to which she has made an immeasurable contribution):

“It has been my pleasure and privilege to work with so many of you. You are indeed inspiring colleagues. I have had such an adventure with you and my staff over the years, many who attended the champagne celebration at the Gallery.

I wish you many blessings and personal achievements in the future. I have faith that Art Libraries and Artist Archives will continue to thrive.”

Joye Volker and Gerard Vaughan (former Chief Librarian and current Director)
Joye Volker and Director, Gerard Vaughan

Joye Volker was farewelled by the Gallery on 21 November with a champagne celebration in the staff lounge, in front of a replica Blue Poles (copies of works of art were created by staff prior to the opening of the Gallery, to assist with planning and placement).

We are sharing the farewell speech from the event below:

My name is Aileen Weir, a good friend and former colleague of Joye, and it is my pleasure to say a few words this evening. As you know, Joye has been Chief Librarian here at the National Gallery since June 2005. She has loved being in this role and often refers to it as her ideal job. From my point of view, this role was the perfect culmination of a long and distinguished career. Joye is the embodiment of the position of Chief Librarian. She has a passion for art and librarianship and extensive managerial and strategic experience. When she joined the Gallery, she brought her well-established international connections to the role. She also brought a great sense of style and fun. I’m sure there is no one in the room who has not attended one of Joye’s celebratory events, always elegant, and, as tonight, accompanied by champagne.

Given Joye’s passion for fine art, I’m sure there will be some in the room surprised to learn that her first qualification was an honours degree in pure mathematics and physics, a testament to her intellect. Joye obtained this degree in her native Canada after which, luckily for us, she decided to follow her mother’s advice and pursue a graduate degree in Library Science at the University of British Columbia. Joye’s professional career as a librarian began at the University of Calgary Library where, of course given her background, they quickly appointed her Science Librarian. Her colleagues at the University of Calgary soon recognised her potential and invited her to start a library for the new graduate program in the interdisciplinary study of environmental design. But, as one does when one is young and looking for adventure, Joye decided she was working too hard, resigned, hitch hiked across Canada and took a Polish ship to Copenhagen where she explored Europe for six months reconnecting with her Norwegian heritage and meeting many relatives. When she arrived in Copenhagen, she found a letter waiting for her saying she had achieved a National Research Council scholarship to complete a Masters in Librarianship at the University of British Columbia. So, this drew her back to Canada where she completed a thesis entitled “Environmental Design: An analysis of the field, its implications for libraries and a guide to the literature” A copy of her thesis resides in the University of Canberra Library so is still accessible right herein Canberra.

More adventure beckoned and Joye left Canada again, this time to move to Australia and become Senior Librarian at the ANU. Her interest in artistic design, piqued in Canada, developed at the ANU where she helped build the art history collection with Sasha Grishin for the new Department of Fine Arts. It was in this role as Senior Librarian where Joye’s strengths as a manager began to emerge. As a single parent of twin boys, Joye was a strong advocate for work/life balance, not as easily obtained at that time.

Joye and friends
Margaret Cazabon, Marilyn Stretton, Joye Volker, Robyn McKay, Catherine Bohm amd Mary Anne Neilsen.

She introduced job sharing to enable other young mums to juggle their family and professional lives. Many of these librarians became life long friends and went on to significant positions at the Parliamentary Library, ANU and elsewhere. Some, now retired, volunteer at the NGA as Guides convinced by Joye’s frequent raves about how fabulous it was to work here.

In 1986, Joye achieved the position as Librarian at the Canberra School of Art at the ANU, a position she held and loved for 17 years. Joye blossomed in this creative atmosphere, admiring the talented students and it was at the School of Art that Joye’s strengths and reputation as a leading art librarian really took hold. She embraced the role, frequently publishing papers and presenting internationally. One of her first presentations was in Stockholm for the International Federation of Library Associations Art Library Section. Given the lucky timeslot of 5pm on a Friday afternoon, Joye knew she had to be entertaining and her presentation entitled “Kangaroo Kitsch: the iconography of design in Australia” captured her audience with its striking visual imagery. Joye soon established herself internationally, becoming the Australian representative on the Standing Committee of the Art Library Section of International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Joye continued to represent the region in the coming years, giving presentations at IFLA conferences held in Bangkok and Quebec.

Other international presentations include the work she co-authored with ANU art history Professor Greenhalgh called “Australia, Images and the Internet” presented in San Antonio, Texas and “The Image Down Under: Collaborative ventures in the visual arts, music and architecture in Australia and New Zealand” presented in New York.

Joye was always on the forefront of the digital age, contributing to the international development of the Dublin Core standards and creation of metadata applied to web publications. She was active in the field of copyright of images and received numerous study grants over the years including from the Getty Museum, a Paris bookshop, ANU, Visual Resources Association and the Research Libraries Group based in the US. Joye was also active in professional life domestically, becoming President of the Arts Libraries Society, ANZ, as well as Chair of the ACT Branch of the Australian Library and Information Association, our profession’s peak body.

Joye’s leadership also left a lasting legacy at the ANU. In 1987 the Schools of Music and Art were brought together to become the National Institute of the Arts and Joye became the Institute Librarian. Joye was responsible for establishing the first Infolab on campus at the Art Library, officially opened by the Vice Chancellor and bringing state of the art equipment to her.

Working with Robyn Holmes at the School of Music, Joye contributed to the National Networked Facility for Research into Australian Music (NFRAM) in 1999. This project was a partnership with three other universities, the NLA, NFSA and the Australian Music Centre and attracted the largest ARC research infrastructure grant awarded in the arts to that date. Ultimately this led to the development of Music Australia at the NLA, still accessible through Trove.

After joining the NGA, Joye continued her international and national leadership in the field of art librarianship. The Gallery library has become the finest art research library in the country, with a collection valued at 37 million dollars, half of which is unique material. The fully catalogued Archives and Artist Files have been thriving and are now discoverable by researchers around the world through the OCLC Art Library Discovery Catalogue operated out of the USA.

Like every good library, the collection and space has enabled new creative output.

Betty Churcher wrote much of her book Australian Notebooks in the Library and Sasha Grishin spent every Friday for a year there researching his important book Australian Art: a History. In his Introduction he writes;

“The National Gallery of Australia Research Library has been an invaluable resource, and Joye Volker and her staff provided me with access and support that one can only dream of. It would not have been possible to complete this book without their assistance.”

And many NGA exhibition catalogues would not have been so excellent without the Research Library.

Of course, Joye has many interests outside of work as well. Earlier I briefly mentioned her twin boys, Aaron and Sam. Since their arrival in the world in 1981, Joye’s boys have been the core and centre of her life. Both are now very successful in their own right. Sam is a Senior Accountant in Melbourne and Aaron is working in law and accounting in Zurich Switzerland. I understand she is flying to Switzerland in December to visit Aaron and his fiancée Natascha to once again experience a North American winter and explore the Christmas Night Markets in Germany and France.

Joye and Chris
Joye and Chris

Joye closely identified with the Norwegian practice of ‘hygge’ (hoogah) – which means embracing the coziness of winter and enjoying the outdoors of summer. Joye has always been active, competing internationally in the sport of orienteering in far away places such as the highlands of Scotland and Tasmania. 15 years ago she took up golf at the Royal Canberra, playing with the Business Ladies on Sundays. This sport, however, has brought something much more important to her life. It was through golf that Joye met her lovely partner Chris, a champion golfer himself, enjoying a shared pastime that has brought them both many trophies. They are now winning trophies in another field as well as Chris and Joye are part owners of a racehorse, named Akiko Gold. As you might expect, Akiko Gold is an elegant, dainty little filly, who has already won three races and placed in others.

Joye’s generosity and thoughtfulness are renowned. She throws terrific parties, is a fabulous hostess and a great cook. She inherited this from her mother who, as a preacher’s wife, entertained anyone who didn’t have a special place to go following the Sunday morning sermons. Joye is a PK as they say in Canada – a Preacher’s kid – and the values and generous spirit she gained from this religious upbringing permeate everything today.

Joye has received many heartfelt messages in the lead up to her retirement, and I’d like to read one from one of her closest friends. Janine Schmidt is the former Director of Libraries at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and former chief librarian at the University of Queensland. Janine says:

“Congratulations on your brilliant career. You have made outstanding contributions to libraries in Canberra, to the professional association ALIA, and to art libraries throughout the world particularly through your work with IFLA. You have been a guide and mentor to many and a truly exceptional professional colleague. Your personal warmth, charm, intellectual capacity, thoughtfulness, passion and style have enriched occasions and events and won you friends everywhere. For all who have worked with you, let alone passed by, you will remain long in their memories. Best wishes for the next steps on life’s journey. Felicitions et bon voyage.” – Janine.

Joye adds to all of our lives. Her favourite colour is red which, according to one of the pop psychology sites, defines her as extroverted and optimistic, courageous and confident, action oriented and physically active. You are stimulating to be with and you radiate a great deal of energy. You are achievement-oriented and gain the respect of others easily with your practical and grounded attitude and ability to set boundaries. Lovers of red are the explorers and pioneers of the world and have a passion and enthusiasm for life.

Says it all really. Please join me by raising a glass to acknowledge Joye’s world-class career, her significant accomplishments, her fantastic sense of elegant style and her warmth and generosity as a human being. To Joye.

Canberra GLAMR events, December 2016

Your one-stop shop for Canberra GLAMR events!

Monday 5 December

Haunting history: past possibles and possible pasts

4:15pm, HRC Conference Room, A.D. Hope Building #14, ANU (free)

Professor Ethan Kleinberg’s  paper uses works of fiction and of history to argue for a deconstructive approach to the past. If the past has an ontology, it is a latent ontology that is activated when one does history.

Book launch – River’s Edge by Owen Bullock

5:30pm, Smith’s Alternative, Civic (free)

Book launch of Owen Bullock’s latest haiku sequence, River’s Edge.

In Owen Bullock’s second haiku sequence with Recent Work Press, he explores the wisdom garnered from his period as a care worker for the elderly in New Zealand. These haiku display the riches of Bullock’s keen sense of observation married with his ability to get to the essence of any subject with his deft use of this most precise of Japanese forms.

ADFAS Canberra AGM and Christmas party

5:45pm, Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla (own cost)

Book discussion: Darren Lehmann’s Coach

6pm, Woden Library (free)

Meet Darren Lehmann, coach of the Australian cricket team, and hear about his book Coach, a candid and intimate look behind the change room doors. Coach traces Darren’s path to the top coaching job in Australian cricket and the highs and lows of the role, as well as addressing the issues of pressure, maintaining a team’s hunger and the part luck plays in success or failure.

Darren will be signing copies of his book which will be available for purchase at the event.

Meet the author: Paul Livingstone aka Flacco

6pm, Theatre 2, Manning Clark Centre 26A, ANU (free)

Hear the inside story of The Doug Anthony All Stars then and now from Paul Livingston. In D.A.A.S.: Their Part in My Downfall, Livingston reveals all – their rise, disappearance and rebirth – and interviews their fans, colleagues and famous peers and admirers.


Tuesday 6 December

Inversion: on some poetics and politics in the discourse of the sublime

4:15pm, HRC Conference Room, A.D. Hope Building #14, ANU (free)

Professor Ian Balfour’s talk looks into how language works in the discourse of the sublime, zeroing on the figure of inversion from Longinus to Milton’s Paradise Lost (read through Edmund Burke) to Friedrich Hölderlin and beyond.


Wednesday 7 December

Seen but unseen: missing visible Indigenous women in the media and what it means for leadership in Indigenous Australia

12pm, University of Canberra (free)

Tess Ryan’s presentation reports on an investigation of media representation of Indigenous women’s leadership in Australia.

Behind the scenes in the Research Centre: Boxer uprising

1:15pm, Australian War Memorial (free but RSVP)

Come behind the scenes in the Memorial’s archives to discover the stories hidden in some of the Research Centre’s treasures. Please note these tours have access limitations. For more information, please contact Public Programs.

Canberra-wide GLAMR sector end of year function

5:30pm, ALIA House, Deakin (free)

Six Canberra professional groups, including Canberra Library Tribe, have come together to host an end-of-year function for people working in the GLAMR sector. Drinks, nibbles and a collegial, convivial atmosphere.


Thursday 8 December

Book launch: No body’s perfect

12pm, University of Canberra (free)

Book launch of No Body’s Perfect: A helper’s guide to promoting body image in children and young people by Dr Vivienne Lewis. To be launched by Professor Deep Saini, Vice Chancellor and President, University of Canberra with guest speaker, Tim Gavel, ABC Canberra, Sports Broadcaster. The author, Dr Vivienne Lewis, will be signing purchased copies of her book following the launch.

Australian Aboriginal basket exhibition talk

12:30, National Museum of Australia (free but may require exhibition entry)

Join Andy Greenslade from the National Museum of Australia for a pop-up talk on the Australian Aboriginal basket, her favourite object from the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Book launch: The West Verandah: The life and work of Les Murray

5pm, Common Room, University House, ANU (free)

The book launch will feature a poetry reading by Les Murray.

Meet the author: Paul Keating: the big picture leader

6pm, Theatre 1, Manning Clark Centre, ANU (free)

Troy Bramston will be in conversation with The Australian’s Editor-At-Large, Paul Kelly, on Bramston’s new biography of Paul Keating. The first biography that Keating has cooperated with in more than two decades.


Friday 9 December

Books that changed humanity no. 5: A Christmas Carol

5:30pm, HRC Conference Room, A.D. Hope Building #14, ANU (free)

Associate Professor Jenny Gribble will introduce and discuss A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens in 1843.


Saturday 10 December

Canberra Region Indexers Christmas Brunch

11am, The Oaks Brasserie, Yarralumla (own cost)

Christmas brunch for Canberra Region ANZSI (Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers).

Beneath the surface: classical painting demonstration

11:30am, National Gallery of Australia (free)

Discover what lies beneath the surface of an 18th century oil painting in a demonstration by Michelle Hiscock. Watch the painstaking process unfold as Michelle recreates a fragment of Carl Van Loo’s Madame de Pompadour as the ‘beautiful gardener’ 1754-55.

Canberra Book Club Costume Christmas Party

12:30pm, Tilley’s, Lyneham (own cost)

A 2016 Christmas Party to celebrate another year of reading.

Read like a feminist book club

2pm, Smith’s Alternative, Civic (gold coin)

Featuring Fight like a girl by Clementine Ford.


Sunday 11 December

Eucalypt Dye Workshop

9am, Australian National Botanic Gardens ($49)

Local textile artist Sally Blake will demonstrate techniques for extracting plant dye from eucalypt leaf and bark. Choose to dye a personalised scarf or fabric section for a cushion cover, either for yourself or a unique Christmas gift.

Plotting for success with Scott Baker

10am, AWC, CCAS ($110+)

Full of great ideas but having trouble pulling them into a coherent and compelling form? Learn to plot your story and maintain a compelling pace in this practical full day workshop with Scott Baker – author of the bestselling action-thriller, The Rule of Knowledge, and Writer/Director of the soon to be released Blue World Order feature film.


Tuesday 13 December

Woden Reading Group: Christmas get-together and planning for 2017

10am, Woden Library (free)

Come along and share what you have been reading, whether or not you would recommend it, and the thoughts it provoked.

For country, for nation: exploring our archives

12:30pm, Australian War Memorial (free)

Written records from the Memorial’s archives enabled crucial background research for the exhibition For Country, for Nation. Join a Research Centre curator to learn about the records we hold and how they can be accessed. View some of the original documents that contribute to our knowledge of Indigenous Australian experiences of wartime.

Book Camp Book Club

6:15pm, Beyond Q, Curtin (free)


Wednesday 14 December

APSIG Christmas Lunch

12pm, Lemon Grass, Woden (own cost)

Lunch with ALIA APSIG and the Asian Library Resources of Australia.


Thursday 15 December

ACT Writers Centre Christmas party

6pm, AWC, CCAS ($10.50+)

Celebrate the ACT Book of the Year announcement, our 2016 ACT Writing & Publishing award winners, and the end of a wonderful year.

There will be a table of local author’s books for sale, as well as music, wine and a silent auction.


Shakespeare Trivia Night VI

7:30pm, Queanbeyan (free)

It’s back for its 6th edition, Shakespeare Trivia Night! Every year for our final event, Laura writes up a bunch of questions on each of the plays we’ve read throughout the year and we compete to see who retained the most information on them (or just makes the most lucky guesses).


Please comment with any GLAMR orgs or events we’ve missed!


…of course the most important event is the GLAMR eoy event including Canberra Library Tribe (that’s us!) on Wednesday 7 December!


Library Lovers Bookclub this Sunday

Our next event is a Bookclub this Sunday afternoon! It’s the best kind of bookclub as you’re not even required to have read the books! (but if you have, that’s also good)

The Canberra Library Tribe invites readers, library lovers and GLAMR staff and students are all invited to join local author L.J.M. Owen to discuss her Canberra-based crime fiction series ‘Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth’. With archaeologists and librarians, ancient murder and family secrets, this is one series where the skeletons don’t stay buried.

Book covers for Owen's #DrPimms series
#DrPimms, I presume

The book(s)

We’ll explore the historical research behind the first book in the series, ‘Olmec Obituary’, and L.J. will introduce – spoiler free – the history behind the second instalment ‘Mayan Mendacity’. There’ll be plenty of time to discuss your ideas about the themes, settings, characters and plot of ‘Olmec Obituary’ as well as ask questions of the author.

‘Olmec Obituary’ is available at a number of libraries in the ACT region and copies may be purchased from the National Library Bookshop. Arrangements may also be made via the Canberra Library Tribe for informal loan of personal copies.

Prize pack

There’s a prize pack up for grabs for the best question asked on the day: a collector’s set of all three editions of ‘Olmec Obituary’. All participants will also leave with a small gift pack of book-related items.

When and where

The Library Lovers Bookclub is on Sunday 13 November, 1pm till 2:30pm.

We’ll meet in the Ferguson Room, upstairs from the National Library foyer (it’s the glass room above the bookshop).

Second book in #DrPimms series
Mayan Mendacity!

Cost and tickets

The event is FREE, but please RSVP as places are limited. Tickets via eventbrite or facebook.

Gold coin donations gratefully received. All money collected will be donated to a worthy cause.

With special thanks to the National Library of Australia.

Other questions

  • There won’t be snacks, but you can buy take-away coffees and the like from Bookplate cafe.
  • Please get in touch if you need help with carpooling. Otherwise, there are buses that stop close by the Library or at Albert Hall. Bike racks are near the ramp to the library.

About the author

Dr L.J.M. Owen, author of the ‘Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth’ series, escapes dark and shadowy days as a public servant by exploring the comparatively lighter side of life: murder, mystery and forgotten women’s history.

Recipes in the series are tested under strict feline supervision.

CBR GLAMR events, from 15 to 21 August

Your one-stop shop for Canberra GLAMR events!

There are lots of great free tours at the National Gallery to celebrate National Science Week! We were excited about their book club but the upcoming one is booked out 😦

Overview TLDR:

WWI musical instruments, digital transformation, conference tips, Japanese gardens, reading, 3D chocolates, migration book, victory in war, writing, foreign correspondent book, Indigenous policy in media, law resources, war and family history, Googong archaeology, John Gould/Gilbert, reading group, Les Murray’s portrait, celluloid film, Hamilton Hume, historian talk, sports panel, CBCA awards, rabbits, stargazing, instagram, sea poetry, sewing, book activities, grammar workshop, zines & badges, knitting, talk on gardens/Australia’s oldest camellia, kickboxing talk, and two authors discuss writing crime fiction.

Monday 15 August

Musical instruments of the First World War

AWM, 2:30pm

Join a Memorial curator to learn about the strange violin of Private Max Nicholls that was made from scraps off the battlefield in 1918. Other relics in this musical talk include Lieutenant “Dad” Jarvis and his tin whistle, played in the thick of a German attack, and Bandmaster Sapper Bill Headen’s cornet, which sounded as a crowded transport sank on Anzac Day, 1918.

Digital Transformation in the APS

DTO, 4pm, 50MC Theatre

(APS only)

The Digital Transformation Programme has so far delivered five digital exemplar services released in Beta. In this session, DTO Head of Delivery Dan Pulham will showcase two of these exemplar products.

Speak Up! Presenting at Conferences for the First Time

ALIA (ACT Students and New Graduates Group, and NLS8), NLA, 5:30-7pm

Are you thinking about preparing something to present at a conference but not quite sure how to do it? Have you presented before but need to brush up your skills? This event is for you. Hear from the NLS8 Team and ALIA about how to submit a proposal for NLS8 in Canberra next year, and join us for a panel discussion with local information professionals who have taken the plunge and presented at conferences in the past.  This is your opportunity to ask questions, pick up some tips, and gather your courage! This event will be particularly useful for anyone who wants to start speaking at conferences and other professional events, or anyone who would like to brush up on their presentation skills.

The development of Japanese Garden Design

Horticultural Society of Canberra, Wesley Hall, 7:30pm

Chris Braddick, Convenor of the Friends of the Nara Peace Park, will speak on the development of Japanese garden design

Tuesday 16 August

The Reading Hour

Everywhere, 6-7pm

Sharing a book with your child for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week is our aim for The Reading Hour. We know it’s not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their children, but if you can manage 10 minutes most nights, your child will have the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that brings. The Reading Hour is for everyone and there will be events and activities for all age groups. The Reading Hour is nominally 6pm to 7pm on 16 August, but events will be happening all day, to avoid or coincide with important sporting fixtures and venue opening hours, and to accommodate the different time zones.

3D Printing Chocolatier Workshop

CBR Innovation Network, 6-8pm

What is better than chocolate? Chocolate that’s been cast in the shape of your favourite character or design! Learn to 3D print your own food-safe chocolate mould, and take plenty of chocolate home.

This workshop takes you through the basics of Computer Aided Design (CAD). Using CAD software, you will use a 3D printer to create a mould that you can use to cast chocolates. This is a great intro to 3D design and printing, and the molded chocolates are a great gift idea.

Peter Mares – Not quite Australian

Muse, 6-7pm

Permanent migration has long been vital to the story of Australia and today, there are more than one million temporary migrants living in Australia. They work, pay tax and abide by our laws, yet they remain unrecognised as citizens. All the while, this rise in temporary migration is redefining Australian society, from wage wars and healthcare benefits, to broader ideas of national identity and cultural diversity.

In Not Quite Australian, award-winning journalist Peter Mares draws on case studies, interviews and personal stories to investigate the complex realities of this new era of temporary migration.

War Studies Seminar Series: Special Event: Defining Victory

ANU, 6-7pm

Defining victory in most wars is inherently difficult because most wars are fought for limited objectives and because most war aims can be unstable, multiple, intangible, undeclared, and even negative (e.g. not losing or seen to be losing).  Defining victory in modern wars is even more difficult because today’s wars are often vague in purpose and lack clear measures of success. This session will examine the problems and pitfalls of the problem of bringing a war to an end.

2 hours writing at Tilleys

Write Together, Tilleys, 6-8pm

Get motivated with silent writing for 2 hours at Tilley’s Café. You’re also welcome to stay on and socialise after the end of the writing session.

ANU/The Canberra Times meet the author event:

Peter Stefanovic: Hack in a Flak Jacket

ANU, 6:30-7:30pm

Hack in a Flak Jacket is a startlingly honest account of experiencing war and terrorism from the frontline by Peter Stefanovic, one of Australia’s leading journalists and foreign correspondents. For almost ten years Peter Stefanovic was Channel 9’s foreign correspondent in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. During that time he witnessed more than his fair share of death and destruction – all while putting his own personal safety very much in the firing line.

Wednesday 17 August

Mediatisation, marginalisation and disruption in Indigenous affairs

ANU, 12:30-1:30pm

This seminar explores how transformations in Australia’s media landscape are impacting on public discussion of Indigenous policy issues.

Collaborate and Learn

Creating and Developing Information Resources and Products

ALLA, Online, 1-2pm

The seminar, through recounting the story of the development of Kidd’s Law Publications will seek to inform, equip and motivate librarians to seize opportunities to create their own client facing information value added resources and products. #kiddlaw

Dusted off with Brett Hunt

NLA, 6-7pm

Dusted Off is the story of youth seeking adventure and of the traumatic reality of war, for those who fight and for those who support them. Accomplished actor and guitarist Brett Hunt shares his family’s story.

CAS/CAR Lecture: Googong Project

ANU, 6pm

Dr Rebecca Parkes presents a talk with the Canberra Archaeological Society/Centre for Archaeological Research.

Thursday 18 August

Thursday Talks at the Botanic Gardens Series:

John Gould’s shooter: the unsung hero, John Gilbert

ANBG, 12:30pm

Dr Susan Serjeantson will celebrate the contribution of John Gould’s collector in Australia, John Gilbert.

Reading for Pleasure book discussion group

Erindale Library, 1-2pm

Come along and share your thoughts on the chosen books, whether or not you would recommend them, and the thoughts they provoked.

Portrait Encounter: Les Murray by David Naseby

NPG, 1-2pm

Meet for conversation and sharing of ideas around selected portraits, facilitated by members of the National Portrait Gallery Access and Learning team.

National Science Week: Celluloid’s secrets revealed

NFSA, 4pm

Just like everything else in this universe, film is governed by science. Our preservation and restoration experts will reveal how physics and chemistry shape the ‘life’ of film.

Hamilton Hume: Our Greatest Explorer

Paperchain, 6pm

Talk by Robert Macklin on his new book.

The public life of history

ANU, 6-7:30pm

Dipesh Chakrabarty in conversation with Meera Ashar and Frank Bongiorno, reflecting on the public life of history in Asia and Australia and how historians participate in debates about the past.

Sporting moments panel discussion

NMA, 6-7:30pm

Australians love sport – it is woven into our folklore, social fabric and weekend routines. But what does this obsession say about us as a nation? Has sport really been a vehicle for social change? Why do we idolise sporting stars?

ABC RN Big Ideas presenter Paul Barclay hosts a discussion about sport and how it has shaped Australian culture and identity with guests.

Friday 19 August

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

NLA, 11:30-12:30

The Children’s Book Council of Australia and the Library invite you to the presentation of the Book of the Year awards and the launch of Book Week 2016, followed by book signings.

Rabbits: how monks, kings and crusaders established an invasive species

UC, 11:30-12:30

Rabbits are widely thought to have been domesticated by monks in southern France in the 4th Century AD and subsequently spread from monastery to monastery into northern Europe. As such, some believe rabbits are essentially ‘feral’ or domestic rabbits returned to the wild. However, other lines of evidence suggest that wild rabbits were also introduced. Research into mediaeval literature and archaeological investigation into rabbit warrens on the island of Guernsey offer detailed insights into the roles the clergy, kings and knights in the rabbits spread in northern Europe.

Mt. Stromlo Public Astronomy Nights

Observatory, 7pm

Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite the Canberra community to attend public observing nights. Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon as well as beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory and observations on several telescopes

Saturday 20 August

Instagrammers 101

Instagrammers Canberra, TAC, 10am-3pm

Find out everything you need to know about the wonderful world of Instagram in this one day workshop with Instagrammers Canberra. Throughout the day you can learn all the basic elements and principles of iPhonography.

Sea: Poetry with Lizz Murphy

ACT Writers Centre, 10:30am

For aspiring, new and developing poets and anyone else with an interest in a stimulating writing space and finding the next poem.

August Sewing Sesh

CBR Sewing Crew, 1-5pm

Do you love sewing?  Are you keeping it real in the Canberra district? Care to hang out with other rad peeps stitching up a storm? If so, you may be interested in the CBR Sewing Crew! We’re a sassy group who love to catch up for an informal stitch and bitch session roughly once a month. The CBR Sewing Crew is open to all skill levels – just bring whatever project you are working on along. We’re also looking forward to additional catch ups throughout the year for movies/fabric shopping expeditions/cake for those interested. 

Sunday 21 August

CMAG on Sunday, Book Week Special

Australia: Story Country

CMAG, various times

An afternoon of activities based on books shortlisted for the Picture Book and Early Childhood Book of the Year by the Children’s Book Council of the Australia. There will also be creative activities inspired by exhibitions such as, May Gibbs by gum! The studio based activity for 4-12 year olds inspired by Ronojoy Ghosh’s book, Ollie and the wind,will include three sessions…

Grammar and Punctuation Primer with Pippa Carron

ACT Writers Centre, 10am

This workshop will cover the foundation rules of the English language (the parts of speech, the power of verbs, the rules of sentence construction, and punctuation rules), plus reveal the secret conventions used by skilled writers to break these rules in order to produce a more compelling narrative. 

Zine and Badge Making Workshop

Anvil Design Studio, 1pm

This workshop will introduce participants to the process of making zines and badges. The workshop will be taught by veteran street artist Christopher Tamm, coinciding with his new exhibition at Anvil Studio & Gallery.

Sunday Knitting Sesh

Canberra knitters, Dickson Tradies, 2-4pm

If you love knitting and being social this is the group for you!

Fireside Chat and High Tea: Talk on Camden Park House & Garden

Friends of Old Parliament House Rose Gardens

Mercure, 2-4pm

Camden Park was built for the Macarthur family in 1831. The convict built Palladian house was designed by John Verge and is surrounded by the largest intact 19th century garden in NSW. Rare plantings include the oldest surviving camellia in Australia, c. japonica anemoniflora. John and Edwina and their family maintain the garden with the help of a group of dedicated

Out of left field: Tara James – kickboxing

NPG, 2-3pm

Discover something different in this series of talks exploring culture and identity through the lens of sportspeople who engage in unconventional sports.

Tara James is an Art Handler (aka full-time multi-tasking ninja) at the National Portrait Gallery but all her spare time is spent at Phoenix Gym training under Anthony Manning.

Candice Fox - Crime & Collaboration
Candice Fox at Muse

Candice Fox: Crime & Collaboration

Muse, 3-4pm

Award-winning crime writer Candice Fox has teamed up James Patterson,one of the world’s bestselling authors, to co-write a thriller set in the Australian outback.

Candice is joined by L.J.M. Owen, author of Canberra’s own crime fiction series Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth, to talk about this stunning new book, the challenges of writing crime fiction, and just how one goes about co-writing with an über-famous colleague!


Please comment with any GLAMR orgs or events we’ve missed!

…last but not least, CLT (Canberra Library Tribe, that’s us!) will plan an event for later in the year. See you for next week’s update!

CBR GLAMR events, from 4 to 9 August

Your one-stop shop for Canberra GLAMR events!

Thursday 4 August

Climate change and the humanities

ANU, 12:30-1:30pm

While the phenomenon of planetary climate change is defined primarily by natural scientists and is often addressed, in practical terms, by the policy sciences, this lecture asks: What can the more humanist disciplines – or the humanities, as a branch of thought – contribute to our understanding of the phenomenon and how are they, in turn, challenged by it? The lecture will seek to provide some preliminary and provisional answers to these questions.

On war with Dr Meleah Hampton: the battle of Pozieres

NLA, Theatre, 5:30-6:30pm

Dr Meleah Hampton, AWM historian, expores the allied efforts to capture the OG (Old German) trench line near Pozières, France, in 1916. This was among the most costly battles for Australians during the First World War.

Book talk: Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing

ANU, 6:30-7:30pm

Ashleigh Wilson will be in conversation with Sasha Grishin on Wilson’s new book, Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and The Other Thing. Written with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, and handsomely illustrated with classic Whiteley artworks, rare notebook sketches and candid family photos, this dazzling biography reveals for the first time the full portrait of a mercurial artist.

Friday 5 August

The Vinyl Lounge

NFSA, 5:30-7pm

On the first Friday of every month, NFSA Sound curators hold a listening party, and everyone’s invited. The format is simple: BYO vinyl, or choose from a huge selection on stage, share why you love them, or just listen to others’ stories.

Saturday 6 August

Land: Poetry with Lizz Murphy

Gorman House (ACT Writers Centre), 10:30am (requires booking)

Three poetry workshops facilitated by Lizz Murphy on the themes of Land • Sea • Air: discover new lands, make a sea journey or a sea change, navigate the air. Themes will be explored broadly.

Let’s meetup and write (Let’s write Canberra)

Civic Library, 11am-12:30pm

Are you writing professionally or for yourself or just want a group of like-minded typists hanging out with you while you are visited by your muse? then come along and write! Pen and paper also welcome.

Blundell’s Cottage: A home for the workers

NCA (various times)

Through 100 years of occupation this cottage housed many families. Discover the stories of the first and the very last families to live here.

Felting workshop: texture and colour

Lanyon Homestead, 1-4pm (requires booking)

Feel the colour and texture of wool at Lanyon Homestead. Explore the homestead set within a working farm and create your own felted necklace with water, soap, soft wool and a little bit of creativity. A simple and enjoyable creative skill, felting has many possibilities.

Canberra Book Club Democratic Meeting 2016

NGA Café, 2pm

The featured book is Joseph Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness.

For background, see Robert McCrum’s article from the Guardian:

“It is a haunting, hypnotic masterpiece by a great writer who towers over the literature of the 20th century.”

Star Stories of the Dreaming

NFSA, 3:30 or 5:45pm

Aboriginal people in Australia are increasingly being recognised as the first astronomers. When the ancient wisdoms of the universe held by the oldest culture on earth meet modern astrophysics, a new concept is born – cultural astronomy. In Star Stories of the Dreaming , Euahlayi man Ghillar Michael Anderson shares with CSIRO astrophysicist Professor Ray Norris teachings passed to him as the knowledge holder for his people.

Feminartsy Story-Share: Regrets

Smith’s, 7-9pm

Regrets – we all have them, whether they’re regrets about things we did or didn’t do, or regrets we’re on track to having as a society.

Sunday 7 August

Winter Festival

NPG, 10am-4pm

Celebrate Canberra’s winter season at the Portrait Gallery’s annual Winter Festival. 

Chill Zone, Ice sculptures, sideshow, woolly wonderland, knitting, live music, bling your beanie, let it snow and even Pokemon lures!

Fact into Fiction Masterclass with Valerie Parv

Gorman House (ACT Writers Centre), 10:30am (requires booking)

Through enjoyable writing exercises and discussion, this Masterclass explores narrative choices, timing and chronology and the importance of composite characters – essentially, how to write about your billiards-playing aunt without getting disowned.

CMAG on Sunday: Colour, life and quirky detail

CMAG (various timeslots, requires booking and small fee)

An afternoon of structured workshops, led by local artist Katy Penman. See the lively landscapes in the exhibition Michael Taylor: A Survey 1963–2016, then scoop, drop, mix and scrape puddles of coloured paint in the Studio to create your own landscape.

Letters to Lindy: Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and Alana Valentine

NLA, Theatre, 2-3pm

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton speaks to Alana Valentine about the making of a stage play based on 20,000 letters sent to Lindy by the public since 1980.

(the theatre production will be at Canberra Theatre Centre between 9 and 13 August).

Book Discussion: The Days of Abandonment, by Elena Ferrante

Tilley’s Restaurant, 3-5pm (The Readers Canberra)

For background, see James Wood’s discussion of Elena Ferrante in The New Yorker:

“The Days of Abandonment” is Ferrante’s most widely read novel in English, with good reason. It assails bourgeois niceties and domestic proprieties; it rips the skin off the habitual. 

Monday 8 August

Two languages, one poetry: reflections on multilingual poetic practice

UC, 2-3pm

Over the past ten years researchers such as Lera Boroditsky (2011) have found that language directly impacts, not only our view of the world, but also our use and understanding of spatial and temporal metaphors. In light of the increasing number of poets writing and performing bilingual and multilingual poetry, this paper will reflect on issues relating to the composition and existence of this sub-genre, focusing on the use of language.

ALIA Midwinter Dinner

Muse, 6:30pm

Enjoy a two course meal and hear from guest speaker Monika Szunejko from the National Library (and recently elected ALIA board member).

Choose from just a two course meal ($40) or two courses with additions of drink on arrival plus tea or coffee after ($50).

Tuesday 9 August

Woden Reading Group: Poetry (e.g. Shelley and Georgian Poets)

Woden Library, 10am-12pm

Come along and share what you have been reading, whether or not you would recommend it, and the thoughts it provoked.

Out of the box

NGA, 12:45pm

Australian Prints and Drawings curator Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax explores how artists have experimented with cartographic imagery. These alternative maps can provide external orientation, reveal hidden relationships, or lead us off the beaten path.

Reading across borders: Spanish Crime Writer Víctor del Árbol

ANU, 1pm

A conversation with Víctor del Árbol, award-winning author from Barcelona, followed by a Q&A. A public event in English from the Reading Across Borders public lecture series. Lilit Thwaites (La Trobe Univeristy) will lead the conversation with Víctor, and Consuelo Martínez Reyes (Australian National University) will interpret for the author.

Richard Brooks, from Convict Ship Captain to Pillar of Early Colonial Australia

NAA Menzies Room, 5:30pm

Talk by Christine Maher for Canberra District Historical Society (CDHS)

Book Camp Book Club

Beyond Q, 6:15-8:15pm

Number 1 Ladies Book Club

Beyond Q, 7-9pm

Please comment with any GLAMR orgs or events we’ve missed!

…last but not least, CLT (Canberra Library Tribe, that’s us!) will plan an event for later in the year. See you for next week’s update!