Don’t forget! Free Comic Book Day at Katoomba Library

Saturday May 7th 2016

10am to 1pm

A FREE family event.

Katoomba Library will be getting in the spirit of this kooky international event with free comics (while stocks last), movie screenings and a sketch request artist.

Come dressed as your favourite superhero and be part of the fun to celebrate the quirky world of graphic novels.

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#songread, the Read Watch Play theme for May 2016

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Whether the power of the riff compels you, twisting & shouting in sympathy for the devil is your thing or you prefer the hills to be alive with the sound of music, this month’s theme of #songread (spinal) taps into the great convergence of music and reading. From the plethora of genres and sub-genres of music styles a wealth of lyrical poetry has been generated, as well as the ones we will blame on the rain.

#songread opens exploration of the evolution of the musical landscape from indigenous traditions, through the great composers and into the modern era when science & technology have increasingly shaped the sounds we listen to as well as the way we listen to, record & access music.

Biographies of people such as Led Zeppelin’s manager, Peter Grant (Peter Grant: the man who Led Zeppelin by Chris Welch) take us behind the scenes with rock gods and chart the evolution of the business of music.

Titles like Daniel Mason’s “Piano Tuner” & Steven Galloway’s “Cellist of Sarajevo” take us into historical and conflict situations through stories of music.

An investigation of an instrument such as in “Theremin: ether music & espionage” by Albert Glinsky opens the ideas of engineering & invention as well as the emotion & mood which music conveys. The theremin, as well as synthesisers like the famous Moog, earned renown as the spooky backdrop to countless horror/sci-fi movies and television shows.

Telegraph Avenue” by Michael Chabon & “High Fidelity” by Nick Hornby highlight the music shop culture of hunters & collectors. The seekers of that elusive musical diamond, maybe even Neil.

Electronic music is an important part of the gaming experience as well as the boom in music as a game (Guitar Hero, DJ Hero) and easily accessible software such as Garage Band on the Apple platform also being relevant to the #songread discussion. Jason Newsted, ex-Metallica bassist, produced his recent album on an iPad with this software!

Magazines of all kinds, from big names like Rolling Stone, Spin & Mojo to favourite out-of-print titles and fanzines, are a vital part of youthful musical exploration and taste development for many people.

Watching is often as important as listening. Live concert films (Woodstock, Sunbury), epic events like the Eurovision Song Contest, modern song and dance competition shows, classic movies (Blues Brothers, Grease & The Rocky Horror Picture Show) as well as composed movie scores and soundtracks all contribute to the Soundgarden of #songread and the quest for musical Nirvana.

Twitter logo for RWPchat postsA date for your diary : There will be a twitter discussion on 31 May starting at 11am and 8.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings (Summer) Time.  6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am; 2pm – 4pm; 6pm – 8pm BST.  Note this is a staggered discussion.

Use the hashtags  #songread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of #songread, so others can join in the conversation too.

Read on you crazy diamonds!!!

Tabletop Games Day – today!

Meeting Room 1  |  Springwood Library and Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub  |  Saturday April 30th  | 10am to 3pm

A FREE family event

Blue Mountains City Library is teaming up with Katoomba-based games shop, Afternoonified, to bring  a jam-packed day of board game fun.

Come ready to play a game or learn to master one of the many exciting new games that Afternoonified will be teaching. There will be craft activities and games for sale too!

Held in conjunction with International Tabletop Day.

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Tabletop Games Day

Meeting Room 1  |  Springwood Library and Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub  |  Saturday April 30th  | 10am to 3pm

A FREE family event

Blue Mountains City Library is teaming up with Katoomba-based games shop, Afternoonified, to bring  a jam-packed day of board game fun.

Come ready to play a game or learn to master one of the many exciting new games that Afternoonified will be teaching. There will be craft activities and games for sale too!

Held in conjunction with International Tabletop Day.

ITTG 2016 Poster No Details

Tabletop [Board Games] Day

ITTG 2016 Poster No Details

Blue Mountains City Library is teaming up with Katoomba-based games shop, Afternoonified, to bring  a jam-packed day of board game fun. Come ready to play a game or learn to master one of the many exciting new games that Afternoonified will be teaching. There will be craft activities, refreshments and games for sale too! Held in conjunction with International Tabletop Day this a FREE ALL AGES event.

Springwood Library and Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub Springwood. Saturday April 30. 10am to 3pm. 

 

Paragon Cafe 100 Years Display at Katoomba Library

The display is on from April to June 2016 at Katoomba Library

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Paragon Cafe’s cocktail bar ca 1980. From the image library of Blue Mountains City Library 

 

Katoomba’s renowned Art-Deco gem the Paragon Café reaches its 100th anniversary this year and, to celebrate this milestone, the Friends of the Paragon have set up a display of original artefacts and curiosities from the café at Katoomba Library along with a brochure outlining the history of the building and business.

There are many more photographs in the Gallery on the Friends of the Paragon website.

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