Engage: Engaging minds

We provide resources and opportunities to support reading and learning with a range of programs and activities to open minds, encourage curiosity and facilitate the sharing of ideas.


Key Achievements for 2017-18 

  • Our popular Writers@Stanton program had former CEO of Westpac Gail Kelly visit to talk about her book 'Live, lead, learn." Richard Walsh suggested a democracy makeover and Nicky Gemmell talked about her book, 'On quiet' the power of quiet in today's shouty world. Local author Ceridwen Dovey who writes her books at Stanton, discussed her new novel and Jacqui Lambie and journalist Jamelle Wells talked about their memoirs. An evening talk was held with Michael Finnane a sitting QC, who discussed his biography which gives a rare insight into the judicial process. 

  • The children’s & youth services team hosted an exciting new program called Paws’n’tales, a reading program for children aged 4-8 needing some extra reading confidence. The program provides children with the opportunity to read to a specially trained calm and friendly dog to help increase their confidence, self-esteem & literacy skills. 

  • Philosophy is popular at Stanton with ongoing philosophy discussion groups and the annual celebration of World Philosophy Day in November. For this year's celebration, Dr Sam Sphall from the University of Sydney facilitated a lively discussion exploring the philosophy of love and literature. In April, there was a stimulating and inspiring intergenerational Philosophon, between members of Stanton's philosophy groups and students studying philosophy at North Sydney Girls High School with the girls taking home the Socratic Cup for 2017/18.

  • This year we welcomed published author Belinda Hopper as the new writer in residence at Don Bank Museum. During her residency, Belinda will be working on her second novel, as well as presenting some exciting talks and workshops for the library.

  • The Family History Help Desk run by local history staff and volunteers, continued to offer one-on-one assistance to individuals researching their family history.

  • We celebrated our wonderful volunteers for Volunteers Day with an evening event. We value our team of volunteers who provide a JP service for the community, act as museum guides for Don Bank Museum and Sexton's Cottage, work on projects in the Heritage Centre, organise philosophy groups and provide deliveries to our Home Library Service customers.

  • Health Week in February offered a Tai Chi workshop, Qi energy talk and taster and a science talk about energising your life.

  • There was much excitement when the new Library Café on the ground floor opened for business in the refurbished courtyard. New café tables and chairs as well as an outdoor lounge, bubbler, wind chimes and plants have created a comfortable and attractive space to relax in.

'I thoroughly enjoyed the Philosothon as a community event which embodies the mission of North Sydney Council to " strengthen bonds in our community and give more recognition and support to our social and cultural diversity." Cross generational discourse within the 21st century community is rare, so I particularly enjoyed this forum where there was an openness and respect for alternative views. Judging by the post event discussion, all participants appeared to have thoroughly enjoyed the event.' - Laura (April, 2018)


Twitter  'You know the great thing about libraries? They're one of the few spaces where you can spend time without being expected to spend money. They're so important. And librarians are amazing information warriors. And not enough people realise this.' - Fiona (Aug 2017)