Activities & Events

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

Special Events

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

Bilingual Storytime
Help us celebrate Japanese Children's Day with a special English-Japanese bilingual storytime at Epping Library on Monday 4 May, 10.30 am. Bookings are not required.

Family and Local History Talks
Learn about tracing Australian Military Records from the Boer War to World War II at Hornsby Library on Wednesday 29 April, 2:00pm. Bookings are essential.

Financial Seminars
Hornsby Central Library is hosting three financial seminars in April and May. A seminar on Understanding Shares will be held on Wednesday 29 April, 6:30pm, a seminar on Reducing Your Mortgage will be held on Wednesday 7 May, 6:30pm and a seminar on Running Your Own Superfund will be held on Wednesday 3 June, 6.30pm. Bookings are essential.

Friday Features
Andrew Host, husband of an organ donor; Jenny Holman, Clinical Nurse Consultant and Donation Specialist Nurse; and Christine Griffiths, organ recipient, will be participating in an information session on the life saving subject of organ donation. This session will take place at Hornsby Central Library on Friday 1 May, 10.30am. Bookings are essential.

History of Tea
Come and hear a local tea importer explain the stories behind the flavours and names of various teas at Hornsby Central Library on Tuesday 26 May, 7.00pm. Your gold coin donation on entry is a part of Hornsby Library’s Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser for the Cancer Council. Bookings are essential.

Law Week 2015
Come and enjoy four free talks given as part of National Law Week 2015. They talks will be held between May 11 and May 14 and cover a range of informative topics. Bookings are essential.

Library and Information Week 2015
Come along and Discover, Join, Connect and Enjoy the many parts of your local library from 25 - 29 May. Bookings are essential for some events.

Meet the Author
Gary Corby is the author of the Athenian Mysteries series. Gary will talk about his new book Death Ex Machina at Hornsby Central Library on Thursday 18 June, 6.30pm. Bookings are essential.

Re-magine Recycled Art Competition
Hornsby Shire Council is encouraging people to take materials that would otherwise end up in landfill and transform them into beautiful works of art with the Re-magine recycled art competition. Hornsby Library will showcase the work of young artists, with two age categories – up to 12 years and from 12-24 years old. Entries for preselection close on Friday 1 May, 2015.

Sydney Writers' Festival 2015
In conjunction with the Sydney Writers' Festival, Hornsby Central Library is hosting talks by two renowned authors this May. Former federal politician and journalist Maxine McKew will talk about her new book Class Act at Hornsby Central Library on Thursday 21 May, 6.30 pm. Pakistani comedian Sami Shah will talk about his 2014 book I, Migrant at Hornsby Central Library on Friday 22 May, 6.30 pm. Bookings are absolutely essential for both events.


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
During the school term Epping Library is 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.

Hornsby Shire Family History Group
The group meets at Hornsby Library on the third Wednesday of each month. All welcome.

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".