Online Library Programs

Author Talks

Author Talk: Adam Courtenay The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter

Join us online to meet Adam Courtenay as he talks about his new book.The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter is a story about William Buckley and John Batman - the man who founded Melbourne. It is a microcosm of Australian colonial history, setting Batman’s unbridled ambition against Buckley’s yearning to keep his adopted Wadawurrung tribe and language alive.The story is about betrayal and double-dealing, but also about reconciliation and cross-cultural exchange. Above all it is the story of love – the love of one man for a people who were destined to be scattered and displaced.The expression: "You've got Buckley's" is derived from William Buckley’s story.

Author Talk: Susan Francis and Lee Christine - Murder and Memoir

Join in our online author talk with two local authors Lee Christine - 'Charlotte Pass' - and Susan Francis - 'The Love that Remains'. This delightful conversation explores their stories, their writing journey and their love of ‘our town’. Together, over a glass of wine, they discuss Newcastle, the publication process and naturally, their brand-new books.

CREATE2020 Online Maker Tutorials

Get creative and learn new skills with access to four free online tutorials! Try your hand at painting a ceramic plate, creating a mandala or upcycled book sculpture. Local artists will guide you through the steps to create something special.

Magical Mandalas - Online Maker Tutorial

Mandalas are used in art therapy to guide mindfulness and to create visual representations of our emotions.In this tutorial Bree Cunningham will demonstrate how you can use geometric and stylised shapes to create repetitive patterns to help restore a sense of healthy mental balance.

Download the instructions and materials list ( DOCX 260KB)

Upcycled Book Sculpture - Online Maker Tutorial

Join Artist Leesa Maree for a fun upcycle tutorial repurposing old books into an extraordinary works of art. The butterfly will be used as the theme to sculpture paper patterns cascading out of your book giving new life to your retold story! You can also create your own design using the step-by-step instructions as a guide. An imaginative tutorial with a sustainability edge.

Download the materials list and step by step instructions: Materials List and Instructions (PDF 289KB) or Materials List and Instructions (DOCX 191KB)

Ceramics by Teval - Online Maker Tutorial

This tutorial with Teval Guner will give you the confidence to glaze bisqued stoneware plate with your personal designs and creations.

Download the materials list and step by step instructions: Materials List and Instructions (PDF 185KB) or Materials List and Instructions (DOCX 102KB)

Online Zine Workshop

Presented by local writer, musician and zinemaker Bastian Fox Phelan, join Newcastle Libraries for an online workshop on all things Zines. Learn about the history & subculture of zines, different types of zines, and how to fold and make your very own.

Online Street Art Workshop with UP&UP

Tune in for this very special online workshop with Newcastle street art legends UP&UP. Go in depth into the history and subculture of street art in Newcastle and try your hand at graffiti lettering and imagery. Wrap it up by checking out a brand new piece take shape in front of your eyes!

Young Adult Books Kahoot Trivia Quiz

Can you name all the characters from every Shadowhunter book off the top of your head? Can you quote every single book written by Rick Riordan? Do you consider yourself a trivia expert when it comes to Young Adult books? Can you touch your ear with your toes? If you answered yes (or no) to any of these questions, then we have the Kahoot trivia quiz for you! Highest trivia score wins a $50 MacLean's Booksellers voucher.

To enter the prize draw, please enter your name and the last 4 digits of your library card number as your username so that we can contact you! You must be a Newcastle Libraries member to enter the prize draw. Not a member? Join online here.

Enter: Complete the Young Adult Books Kahoot Trivia Quiz here

Entries closes 12am Sunday 3 October 2021.

Young Adult Book Bingo

Looking for something fun to do during lockdown? Try our Young Adult Book Bingo!

Five books in a row gives you both 'BINGO' and an entry into the draw to win a $100 MacLean's Booksellers voucher and $100 Erin's Errands Shop voucher (check out the range of bookish related custom pops and enamel pins here) – both businesses are based right here in Newcastle.

Rules for Young Adult Book Bingo:

  • Must be a Young Adult book
  • One book per square - you can't use the same book for multiple squares
  • Must be a newly read title - no using books you've previously read!
  • You can get Bingo with 5 boxes in a row either vertically, horizontally or diagonally
  • You must be a Newcastle Libraries member to go into the prize draw. Not a member? Join online here

Email your completed Bingo card to by 31st October 2021 to go into the prize draw. The winner will be randomly selected and notified by email and announced on our Facebook page.

Sound like fun? Just download the Bingo card and start reading!

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Community Learning Opportunities

Looking for free, reputable online training opportunities? Need to gain practical skills or improve your financial literacy to better cope with our current circumstances? We are excited to offer access to these courses developed by TAFE NSW, Salvation Army Moneycare, and The Australian Government's Be Connected program to support our community.