City libraries: places of possibility

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Long gone are the days when libraries were simply places to borrow books. The City of Adelaide’s libraries are places of possibility and wonder.

They are places to create, connect and inspire. They exist to enable lifelong learning through challenging conventional thinking, providing quality collections and fostering a space that encourages self-expression and creativity.

When you wander into the relaxed, light-filled City Library, you may be greeted by the Innovation Lab’s friendly Artificial Intelligence (AI) family member NOSCO, the NAO Robot. He can sing, dance and tell (bad) jokes in any language! The Innovation Lab is where anyone in the community can see, share, touch and play with cool technologies and talents at the forefront of global creativity. As well as robotics, you can gain free access to, and training in technologies such as computer coding, 3D printing, and Virtual Reality.

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A 3D model created at the Innovation Lab.

This autumn, Brainary Interactive has partnered with the City Library to stage the first Everybody Dance NAO competition in Adelaide in 2018.

Throughout February 2017, school students from around South Australia worked in teams to program a NAO humanoid robot in a virtual 3D environment, using the software ‘Chorégraphe’. On Saturday 24 March, their hard work and creativity will culminate in an action-packed live AI testing and final dance-off event, featuring NOSCO performing the top ten teams’ choreography to a live audience!

“Our libraries are a great place to learn new things and discover so much about technology and creativity,” said City of Adelaide Area Councillor Anne Moran. “People of all ages are welcome to attend our programs, which suit anyone from school aged students to adults from disadvantaged backgrounds and seniors wanting to expand their knowledge.”

If creating cool visual imagery is your thing, book yourself into a Media Lab session, featuring hands-on training in the latest in film, including video and photography. These free sessions are held regularly, and offer people of all ages and abilities an opportunity to bring their creative projects to life using industry-standard equipment and techniques.

As well as the Innovation and Media Labs, the City libraries offer a dynamic schedule of programs and events, from Lego Club to Artist-in-Residencies and a Philosophy Café.

“As an artist working with the community at City Library, I gained a greater appreciation of how their programs provide valuable opportunities for interaction between strangers in a safe and constructive environment,” said Creatively Wrapped Artist-in-Residence, Francis Lewis. “By participating in my creative project, some participants received a positive introduction to Adelaide as their new home, while others discovered more about the diverse range of interactive activities on offer in the City libraries.”

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L-R: Frances Stewart, local artist, with City of Adelaide Library Staff Member.

The City libraries’ programs, collections and spaces are designed for all members of the community. Whether you prefer relaxing in the outdoor garden, exploring real and virtual libraries, or experimenting with the latest in cutting-edge technologies, these places and spaces provide our community with myriad opportunities to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit.

The City Library is located at Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall. Visit Adelaide City Libraries to find out about all three city libraries and upcoming events.