A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knaussgaard

A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knaussgaard


Submitted by library staff member – what.


Karl Ove Knausgaard’s A Death in the Family is book one of his six volume memoir, My Struggle.  The cycle, four of which are now translated into English from Norwegian has been contentious due to the author’s positioning of the work as fiction.  Chronicling his earliest memories up until the present using the real names of his characters, Knausgaard relies upon an exact recollection which when detailed exquisitely, enables a memoir to transcend its form and read as a more imagined and spontaneous literary equivalent.  This leads to many Knausgaards.  The Knausgaard who is living in the World before the next Knausgaard transcribes to realise the Knausgaard portrayed in the novel.  The separation of the artist from their work has long since led to two very distinct creatures.  Joseph Beuys statement that every human being is an artist and Martin Kippenberger’s excellent response in continuing this investigation, that, every artist is a human being, is somewhere along the way to finding our numerous Knausgaards, at once trying to be a human being and an artist and how each occupation can eliminate the other.

Let’s hope the loop continues.

One of my favourite contemporary writers – highly recommended.

Lithgow Library Learning Centre have 2 new copies.

Fiction or Biography?



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Makerspace @ Lithgow Library

Makerspace @ Lithgow Library

Call for Donations

 Coming soon to Lithgow Library is an exciting new

Makerspace! Makerspaces are community spaces where people can gather to plan, design, build and create whatever they can imagine. In the coming months we will be creating our Makerspace, featuring LEGO and craft supplies, but would appreciate any donations of the following:

Any type of craft supplies

  • LEGO – old or unused LEGO pieces and kits
  • Old shampoo bottles, soap bottles etc
  • Egg cartons
  • Boxes, shoe boxes with lids
  • Old CD’s or DVD’s
  • Old books
  • Wool
  • Fabric or felt scraps
  • Containers
  • Marbles
  • Hula hoops
  • Straws
  • Buttons
  • Any old construction toys
  • Cardboard
  • Crayons
  • Paper plates

If you have something you feel would be used but isn’t on the list please bring it in! All donations can be dropped at Lithgow Library.

Every child who donates something will go into the draw to win a prize!! Prize will be drawn on Friday 17th July 2015, winner will be notified.

Please contact Kellie on (02) 6352 9100 for more information.

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The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon (review submitted by Liz)

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time is a compelling and funny story of a young boy named Christopher Boone who has a different outlook on life, is different from everyone and just cannot fit in, with everything in life taken literally, not understanding human emotion and hating to be touched. After learning of his mother’s death and then finding the neighbour’s, Mr’s Shears, dog murdered on their front lawn he embarks on a journey to solve the mystery on his own, facing his fears at every turn with surprising twists and turns right up until the very end.

This book is available to borrow from Lithgow Library and Learning Centre from the Young Adult section. The book is written by Mark Haddon.

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time at the Library

Babies love music and movement, they are sponges for everything that goes on around them.  Parents are being encouraged by Lithgow Library to use the enjoyment of sound and play to develop early literacy and foster a love of reading in their children.

The Lithgow Library Learning Centre, Main Street Lithgow, is introducing a new program for 0-2 year olds. Starting Thursday 7 May 2015, Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time will take place every Thursday from 10.30-11.00am. This program involves singing, talking, bouncing, music and some musical instruments to nurture your baby’s early literacy development. The program caters for 0-2 year olds and is a great way to introduce your baby to reading, socialising and music. It is also a great introduction to our programs for children in the Library; once they get a little older, regular Story Time for pre-schoolers is on every Wednesday at 10.30am.

Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham said, “Many parents can testify that Story Time is a valuable program that develops the literacy skills of children and promotes a life-long love of libraries.  I highly recommend Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time as an initiative that fills the gap for 0-2 years and introduces babies to socialising, music and instruments.” So please join us with your 0-2 year old on Thursdays to have some fun, meet some new friends, and get a little bit silly in the Library!

Providing a range of quality exhibitions and community programs that offer educational and social opportunities for all members of the community is part of Council’s Caring for the Community Strategy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.


Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Terry O’Keefe
Tel: 02 6352 9100
Fax: 02 6351 4364


Glen Davis in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales: the shale oil ghost town and its people 1938-1954 by Leonie Knapman

Book Review (submitted by Kay Shirt)

Massive ruins tower in silence above the scrub of the remote and beautiful Capertee Valley. But 60 years ago, streets in Glen Davis bustled with shopkeepers and schoolchildren. Workers hurried to mines and fire-belching retorts that operated day and night to supply the National Oil refinery.

Leonie Knapman was one of these children…. after years of research, she reconstructs the colourful past of Glen Davis, built on the world’s richest oil shale deposits…..

…..This is not just the history of the community and its characters. It also reveals an industry and the technology behind it: the plants, mines and railways, powerhouse, laboratory and pipelines essential to Australia’s pioneer domestic petrol production. (Knapman, L Glen Davis in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales: the shale oil ghost town and it’s people 1938-1954 back cover)

This is a wonderful book with stories, information and a comprehensive history of the community of Glen Davis. It is made even more special by the extensive donation by Leonie to the library of her research files, maps, posters, notes, and letters from contacts.

These include school records, company records, original land grants and some amazing original and copied photographs from the her Glen Davis biographical research.  Highly recommend this book to anyone interested in local, technical, mining and family history.

Leonie Knapman is one of our future guest speakers and is planning a give a talk on her childhood at Glen Davis and her memories and search for a special car with Royal connections that she finally tracked down to a Bowral car yard.