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Sci-Fi Month October 2017

Join us in October to celebrate all things Sci-Fi at our libraries! All events are FREE unless otherwise specified.

Star Wars Storytimes

Sunday 1 October Petone Library, 12pm and War Memorial Library, 2pm
Friday 13 October Moera Library, 3pm
Saturday 14 October Eastbourne Library, 12noon and Wainuiomata Library, 2pm
Saturday 28 October Naenae Library, 12pm and Taita Library, 2pm

Join us for stories with our special Star Wars guests then fold your own Star Wars character and get your photo taken in space!



Design a 3D Robot or Rocket!

War Memorial Library Monday 2 October, 10am-12noon (Robot) FULLY BOOKED and 1pm-3pm (Rocket) FULLY BOOKED
Taita Library Thursday 5 October, 10am-12noon (Robot) FULLY BOOKED and 1pm-3pm (Rocket)
Learn how to design your own 3D robot or rocket with Creative Pathways!

Find out how a 3D printer works and about the design process. After the workshop, we’ll 3D print miniature models of your design for you to pick up and take home.

For children ages 8+. $5 per child. Book in at your local Hutt City Library to secure a spot.



Jedi Academy

Taita Library Thursday 12 October, 4pm-5pm
War Memorial Library Friday 13 October, 1pm-2pm

Yoshinkan Kendo is running a Jedi Academy! Watch an action-packed kendo demonstration, learn how to hold a shinai sword, and see if you’ve got what it takes to defeat Darth Vader!


Sci-Fi Movies

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
War Memorial Library Sunday 15 October, 2pm [M]

Tron
War Memorial Library Sunday 22 October. 2pm [PG]
Join us for a screening of Tron (the original classic!) before heading out to enjoy HighLight: Carnival of Lights in the Riddiford Garden.

Arrival
War Memorial Library Friday 27 October, 6pm [M]
With an introduction from the Wellington Astronomical Society + star gazing after the movie.


Science – Fact & Fiction

War Memorial Library Thursday 12 October, 6pm

How factual is Science Fiction? Anton Erasmuson, retired scientist and avid Sci-Fi fan, will explore the “science” in the Sci-Fi genre. Come and see if you can distinguish science from fiction.






So, Our Universe is a Hologram?

War Memorial Library Friday 13 October, 6:30pm

Some scientists believe we’re living in a very complex hologram. That life as we know it might be just an illusion.

Antony Gomez, President of the Wellington Astronomical Society, will explore the theories and provide a glimpse into some of the more recent developments in this field.





Killer Robots, Algorithms and Machines That Can Learn

War Memorial Library Thursday 19 October, 6pm

Nightmarish technological dystopian futures such as those presented in movies, like The Terminator, are compelling not only because we are wowed by the visual effects; but, because on some level, they seem entirely plausible.

While the emerging reality is somewhat more benign it has the potential to unleash equally dire consequences for our lives.

Join Dr Steve McKinlay for a talk exploring recent developments in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and consider some of the ethical implications for us as individuals and for society in general.

And yes, we will cover killer robots!



Total Cinema: What is Virtual Reality?

War Memorial Library Saturday 21 October, 2pm

Hear Raqi Syed discuss the history of film and explore how various international film movements intersected with the work of George Lucas and early Visual Special Effects pioneers in the 1970s to pave the way for a new kind of cinematic storytelling.

Raqi is currently a Lecturer at Victoria University School of Design, and a former Senior Technical Director with Weta Digital.



Special Effects Make-Up

War Memorial Library Sunday 29 October, 3pm
Taita Library Tuesday 31 October, 3:30pm

Want to know how actors transform into the creatures you see in Sci-Fi shows and movies? Freelance Special Effects Make-Up artist, Victoria Hopgood, will demonstrate her artistry, explain how it’s done, and what kind of work she does.



School Holiday Events

Find lots of awesome FREE holiday events for kids at our libraries these holidays. Interstellar Lego, wearable art, Jedi Academy, drama workshops, recycled robots and lots more! For dates and times pick up a holiday events brochure at your local library or see School Holidays.