News and Events
Book launch: Wrestle! with Maya Newell
27 March April, from 4.30 - 6.00 pm
FREE | All welcome | Light refreshments provided | Book here: aspl.eventbrite.com.au
Join Maya Newell co-author of the kid's book Wrestle! for a book launch, reading and mask making activities!
THE AUTHORS: From the team behind the award-winning documentary Gayby Baby.
Gus Skattebol-James had just turned 10 when he appeared in the award-winning Australian film Gayby Baby, a hugely popular documentary about growing up with same-sex parents. Despite controversy surrounding Gayby Baby’s release, with calls from some commentators leading to the PG Gayby Baby being banned in NSW schools, audiences across the country fell in love with Gus’s story and his undying passion for wrestling.
Now Gayby Baby director Maya Newell and producer Charlotte Mars have joined forces with Gus again, along with illustrator Tom Jellett, to create a very lovable picture book about going against the grain and following your passions – even when both of your mums disagree!
Wrestle! is inspired by the 2015 documentary Gayby Baby, which featured the stories of four incredible kids, each being raised in LGBTQIA+ families. One of those kids was Gus. He’s now 17. The book comes after a decade of fighting for same-sex marriage in Australia and the world. But the work of expanding the conversation around family, sexuality and gender is by no means over. As we move beyond the narrative of the same-sex marriage debate, it’s a time to tell even more complex stories about who we are and how we live. These stories are the connective thread between major legislative change and the everyday behaviors that make our society more accepting. They are a gateway to new ideas and new ways of seeing. To fighting less. To loving more.
'Big hearted, bold and beautiful. For any parent who knows there is no "right way" to make a family, and for any kid who knows there is no "right way" to be yourself.' - Benjamin Law
Monthly Recycled Arts Club
Next meeting: 19 April, from 3.30 - 5.00 pm in the Library Meeting Room
Join us every third Friday of the month at the Library as we show you some awesome tricks to turn trash into treasure.
FREE. All ages welcome. No bookings required. For more information call 8950 0555.
Connect to Tech Drop In Sessions
Thursdays from 10.30am -12.00pm.
FREE adult digital literacy drop-in sessions. Bring a specific question or learn at your own pace via the Be Connected website.
Gain new skills at an easy pace using Be Connected, an Australian Government initiative.
For more information phone 8950 0555 or visit aspl.eventbrite.com.au for bookings.
Alice Springs CHESS Club
CHESS Club is on hold and will return on Friday the 29 March.
Kids (accompanied by a guardian) from 6 - 7 pm.
14+ from 7 - 9 pm.
Love a game of chess? From social players to more serious competitors, all are welcome. Please bring along a chess set if you have one. Refreshments provided.
FREE. No bookings required.
NOTE: Chess Club does not meet during the School Holidays.
Spoken English Meet-up
Mondays from 5.00pm - 6.00pm.
Practice your English at relaxed weekly meetings. Make new friends with tea and coffee provided.
Free. No bookings required. In the Library Meeting Room.
NOTE: This group does not meet during the School Holidays.
Monthly Reading Group
Third Saturday of each month. 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Love to chat about books? Welcome to our Monthly Reading Group, held on the 3rd Saturday of the month, from 12.00pm until 1.00pm. No reservations required — just come along for the books that interest you.
Current conversation schedule is:
27 April: Mr Darwin’s shooter by Roger Mc Donald
Read the book, then join our informal conversation around the book. Tea and coffee provided. Alice Springs Public Library Meeting Room.
Scribe & Sketch Club (Formerly Young Writers' Club)
Every Wednesday during the school term from 3.30pm - 4.30pm.
Are you a keen reader? Do you love to draw? Do you like creative writing? Create and express your stories this term with the Young Writers' Club.
Come develop your storytelling skills in a fun and social environment.
For young writers aged 7-12 years.
NOTE: The Young Writers' Club does not meet during the School Holidays.
Mondays from 3.00 - 4.30pm.
The Alice Springs Public Library has its very own LEGO Club and you're invited to join in! All ages welcome.
LEGO is supplied (although donations are always appreciated). All you need is a willingness to have fun and create! Create something yourself, in a team or try out our Challenge Cards.
There is something for everyone at the LEGO Club.
FREE. No bookings required during School Term time.
Family History Group
Every second Friday from 4.00 - 6.00pm.
Next meeting: Friday 8 March.
Facilitated by the Elders and Sisters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, bring your own device for on-going free Family History Workshops.
FREE. All welcome. No bookings required. For more information call 8950 0555.
U3A Creative Writing Group
2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 1.00 - 3.30 pm.
If you are over 50, have a love of writing and would like to share your stories, improve your skills or just meet with like-minded folk, give our U3A Creative Writing Group a go!
No bookings required.
NOTE: This meeting is held after library opening hours in the Library Meeting Room - please enter via the old entrance off Gregory Terrace.