The state-of-the-art Surry Hills Library and Community Centre is throwing open its doors next week and encouraging locals to see the broad range of services it has on offer.
The innovative new centre houses a two-level library, computer centre, neighbourhood centre and long-day childcare service. The centre also showcases new public building technologies and the latest advances in environmentally sustainable design.
Some of the highlights of the week-long opening program include:

Japanese Tea Ceremony and Kimono Demonstration
Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ritual and kimono show during which the audience will be shown how to dress in a kimono. Tea and desserts will be served. Tuesday 16 June, 10.45am-12.15pm.

Drum Beats for Kids
Tap into the universal tradition of music and rhythm. Everyone is given a drum to play in this exhilarating rhythmic adventure where participants will create fabulous compositions through drumming, percussion and voice. Tuesday 16 June, 4pm-“5pm.

Beauty in the whole, Innovation in the details architecture talk
Hear Richard Frances-Jones, the architect of the Surry Hills Library and Community Centre, describe the vision and story behind this innovative and sustainable building. Light refreshments will be provided. Tuesday 16 June, 6pm for 6.30pm.

Celebrity Chef Bill Granger
Learn how scrambled eggs made Sydney chef Bill Granger famous when he visits Surry Hills Library for an evening of food talk. Wednesday 17 June, 6pm for 6.30pm.

Murals and Musings
Melbourne-based abstract artist Robert Owen has been exhibiting for over 40 years, including works at the Venice Biennale. Hear Robert discuss his style and introduce the mural he was commissioned to design for the new Surry Hills Community Centre foyer. Light refreshments will be provided. Thursday 18 June, 6pm for 6.30pm.

Site Tours
Discover what lies behind the magnificent exterior of the new Surry Hills Community Centre in this half-hour tour. Friday 19 June. Chinese: 11am-“11.30am; Russian: 2pm-“2.30pm; English: 3pm-“3.30pm.

Emerging from the Green
Settle in for a soul-satisfying afternoon of live music featuring Sydney artists Raoul Graf and Mariana G. Local emerging musicians are also encouraged to register to perform an acoustic set at this exciting new venue. Saturday 20 June, 2pm-“4pm.

City of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Services
City of Sydney has one of the few dedicated GLBTIQ project coordinators in Australian local councils. Find out what the City has to offer its GLBTIQ community and how you can take advantage of its services. Light refreshments will be provided. Sunday 21 June, 11am-“noon.

The new Surry Hills Library and Community Centre is at 405 Crown Street Surry Hills. While all events are free, bookings are essential. Visit:

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