Activities & Events

Hornsby Library runs a wide-range of activities and events for all members of the community.

Special Events

Architecture on Show Week - Future Cities with Steven Liaros
Hornsby Central Library will host a talk by author and town planner Steven Liaros on why our future cities will be constructed through the internet. Steven's talk will take place on Tuesday 4 November, 6.30pm. Bookings are essential.

Art Exhibitions
Hornsby Library is host to a variety of community art exhibitions throughout the year.

Friday Features
Award-winning historical novelist Isolde Martyn joins us to talk about her recently released novel The Golden Widows on Friday 7 November at 10.30am. Bookings are essential.

Gardening and Composting in a Small Space
Learn how to make your balcony or courtyard into a beautiful and useful garden and how to turn your kitchen waste into valuable nutrients for your garden by composting on Friday 14 November, 10.30am. Bookings essential. This event is FULLY BOOKED.

Holiday Fun
Enjoy your school holidays at Hornsby Shire Libraries with our annual Summer Reading Club. Also returning by popular demand are Gingerbread House Making sessions and Christmas Pantomime featuring our very talented crew along with Rangers on the Run - Wild Homes and Backyard Bugs. Bookings are essential.

Health and Lifestyle Seminars
Join us for a presentation outlining new health care services, developments at Hornsby and Ryde Hospitals, New Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre and changes to Advance Care Plans. Seminar will be held at Hornsby Central Library on Friday 21 November, 1pm-3pm. Bookings are essential.

Meet the Author
We all love a great blockbuster but how do you create one? Hear from novelists Scott Baker (The Rule of Knowledge), Tony Park (Far Horizon), and writers Chris Allen (Hunter) and Greg Barron (Savage Tide), all of whom have created world-famous blockbusters on Thursday 6 November, 6.30pm. Bookings are essential.

Photographic Talks
Join us for an informative and interesting evening with local photographer Richard Batterley who will look at 20 photographs by some of the all-time photographic legends, photographs that have inspired Richard in his own journey. He will also talk about 20 of his own photographs at Hornsby Library on Thursday 27 November, 6.30pm. Bookings are essential.

Sustainable Christmas
A workshop full of ideas, tips and tricks to help you create a Christmas with all the trimmings that's cost effective and environmentally friendly at Berowra Library on Friday 28 November and Pennant Hills Library Saturday 29 November. Bookings are essential.

Writing for Community Organisations
Keith Whelan will return to Hornsby Central Library to present a series of talks on Writing for Community Organisations. Keith's final talk is Crowd Funding and Timebanking and will take place at Hornsby Central Library on Wednesday 5 November, 6.30pm. Bookings are essential.


Ongoing activities

Book Clubs

Daytime and evening book clubs, run by the members, meet regularly at Hornsby, Epping, Pennant Hill, Galston and Berowra libraries.

Bubs N' Books
A program to introduce babies and toddlers from 0 to 18 months to the world of books, songs, rhymes and fingerplays.

eCollections Training
Are you using Hornsby Library's eBook, eAudiobook and eMagazine collections? Hornsby Central Library is now running free one-on-one training sessions for these collections. Bookings are essential.

Homework Help
Resuming in Term 1, 2014, Epping Library will be hosting free weekly Homework Help sessions for primary and high school students. The sessions are run by volunteers from youth outreach organisation The Shack. Bookings are essential.

Preschool Storytime sessions
Storytime sessions are designed for children aged 0-5 years. Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and simple craft activities.

Toddler Tales
A program for children from 18 months to 3 years of age. Join us for stories, action songs and movement.

Weekly Knitting Groups
Weekly Knitting Groups are held at Berowra, Hornsby, Pennant Hills and Epping libraries and support the voluntary organisation "Wrapped with love".