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
Come and help us celebrate the Year of the Goat with a special English/Chinese bilingual storytime at Epping Library on Monday 16 February, 10.30am - 11.30am. Bookings are not required.

Energy Efficiency Workshops
Become more aware of what you are paying for your electricity and go home with easy, low cost tips to reduce your electricity usage at one of our Energy Efficiency workshops. Sessions will be held at Hornsby Central Library on Wednesday 18 March, 1.00pm and Tuesday 7 April, 7.00pm, Bookings are essential.

Friday Features
Sponge Education founder Sarah Carman runs groups that provide parents with practical strategies to help their children during the Higher School Certificate year. Meet Sarah at Hornsby Central Library on Friday 6 February, 10.30am. Bookings are essential.

Gardening and Composting in a Small Space
Make your balcony or courtyard into a beautiful and useful garden and learn how to turn your kitchen waste into valuable nutrients for your garden at Hornsby Central Library on Friday 20 February, 10.30am - 12 noon. Bookings are essential.

Health and Lifestyle Seminars
Join us for two important health seminars in March. Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW will present a talk on Osteoporosis and Bone Density at Pennant Hills Library on Friday 20 March, 1.00pm - 3.15pm. Alzheimer's Australia will present a talk on Coping with Memory Loss at Hornsby Central Library on Wednesday 25 March, 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Bookings are essential.

Hornsby and District Family History Society (HDFHS)
A meeting will be held at Hornsby Central Library on Wednesday 25 February, 2.00pm for all parties interested in forming the Hornsby and District Family History Society. Ideas about the formation and objectives of the society will be discussed at the meeting. Bookings are not required.

The King and Queen of Green
Interactive theatrical story telling ecoadventure with puppets, songs and the King and Queen of Green! Please note this event is run by Council's Waste team. Please direct queries to the Waste Hotline on 9847 4856 or

Library Lovers' Day
Libraries are celebrating Library Lovers' Day with all the cupids and romantics. This year Hornsby Central Library will be celebrating Library Lovers' Day on Thursday 12 February. Join us from 10.00am onwards for tea, cake and free events. 

Meet the Author
Author Leila Yusaf Chung will speak about her debut novel Chasing Shadows at Hornsby Central Library on Thursday 12 February, 6.30pm. Bookings are essential.

Native Bee Workshop
Hornsby Central Library will host an informative and fun talk on how to encourage native bees into your garden. The talk will be held on Saturday 28 March, 1.00pm - 4.00pm. 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.

Shellie the Mermaid and Sailor Sammy
Join these two as they navigate the Great Pacific Garbage Path in and interactive eco adventure! Please note this event is run by Council's Waste team. Please direct queries to the Waste Hotline on 9847 4856 or


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".