The Little Veggie Patch Co’s guide to backyard farming by Fabian Capomolla and Mat Pember

Book review – submitted by Scotia Tracey

The Little Veggie Patch Co’s guide to backyard farming by Fabian Capomolla and Mat Pember

Backyard farming is fabulous. It’s amazing what you can achieve in even the smallest spaces. This Australian book discusses vertical veggie gardens, foraging for food from local streets and even how to create an edible garden on your nature strip.

Each chapter in this practical guide covers a month of the year and includes advice on what is happening in the garden at that time, and which veggies, fruit and herbs you should be planting and harvesting. It even includes some delicious seasonal recipes using fresh produce.

This book is fun, and packed with easy to follow activities such as keeping chickens, making cider, making your own preserves and jams. There are also activities that are perfect for kids, like sowing seeds, planting seedlings and making lemon cordial.

I highly recommend this book!

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NAIDOC Week @ Lithgow Library!

The community is being invited to free NAIDOC Week events at Lithgow Library celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

As part of NAIDOC Week 2015, which is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life, the Library will host an exhibition of artworks by local Aboriginal people, as well as by local school students from 29 June to 31 July 2015. This exhibition may include paintings, drawings, collage, weaving and any other traditional or contemporary creations.

An official opening and morning tea will be held at the Library on Monday 6 July 2015 at 10.30am. This free event will be open to everyone in the community with no bookings required. Join us to enjoy a special celebration of music and dance, a viewing of the artworks and a taste of bush tucker.

NAIDOC Week Storytime will be held at the Library on Wednesday 8 July at 10.30am. Aimed at pre-schoolers, this celebratory Storytime will feature storytelling by Aunty Helen, and an Aboriginal themed craft activity. Everyone is welcome to this free session.

“NAIDOC Week provides a unique opportunity for us to share and celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage through food, art and celebration, while also appreciating the great partnership we have with our local Indigenous community,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham.

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.

Download  NAIDOC week flyer

Contact:

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

 

 

These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars By Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars – read by Kellie

By Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars is the first of the Starbound trilogy; a trilogy with a difference. Each story is virtually a stand-alone story about new characters trying to survive in the same broken world.

This story is sci-fi meets dystopia; a love story in space with elements of mystery, survival and fighting for freedom. It has a little something for everyone. Lilac is, at first glance, a spoiled princess. Daughter of the richest man in the universe she has everything; or so it seems. Tarver has nothing, he has worked his way through the ranks; as a war hero he is invited to fancy parties and dinners but expected to know his place. When the space cruise ship they are on crashes Lilac and Tarver are the only survivors on a vast and mysterious planet. They must find a way to work together in order to survive.

As they get to know each other, and knowing that they can never be together back in the real world, they begin to wonder if staying on the strange planet with whispers following them might be their best, and only, option. But what are the whispers, why is the planet terra-formed yet doesn’t seem to have any signs that people have ever lived there, and what does Lilac’s father have to do with it all?

A great dystopian YA read, for those who love the genre. The mystery surrounding the whispers and the planet itself is really well developed, and the twists in the story make it a great read. The second book in the trilogy, This Shattered World, continues the story of the broken world with a new pair of central characters trying to survive. Lilac and Tarver make an appearance to tie the story lines together, which I really enjoyed. The third and final book will be released this year! Read the books before they start making the TV series based on the trilogy…

These Broken Stars and This Shattered World are available for borrowing from Lithgow Library now!

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Fashion Flashback: Photography’s Glamour Story Exposed

The glamorous story of Australian fashion photography is revealed in Flashback: 160 years of Australian Fashion Photos, a new travelling display on show at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre from Friday 19 June until Friday 3 July 2015.

Using colourful reproductions, Flashback showcases a number of beautiful and iconic images from the State Library’s unrivalled collection, ranging from mid 19th century hand-coloured portraiture through to contemporary fashion shots.

“Fashion is about more than just the clothes we wear and photography plays a part in influencing our choices. I am sure this exciting exhibition will appeal to both fashionistas and photographers alike,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham.

“Fashion photography wasn’t always about the business of ‘selling’ clothes or showcasing celebrity style, as it is today,” says Margot Riley, curator and State Library fashion expert. “Once, it was a private endeavour with the wealthy posing for photographic portraits wearing their finest clothes to share with family and friends.”

While early portraits of the well-to-do were meant for private/personal use, images of royalty and visiting performers could be bought at local stationers for swapping and collecting, and helped to influence Australian ideas about fashion and glamour. According to Ms Riley, fashion photography began to expand and pick up pace as photographic processes advanced, becoming faster and cheaper, and mass print media exploded in the late 19th century.

“Prior to the mid 1920s there were no professional fashion models in Australia so pretty society girls were used, but from the 1930s local advertising and women’s magazine publishing industries were in full swing using images of fashionably-dressed upper class women, models and screen stars to promote the latest styles,” Ms Riley says.

“Each image in the display represents a significant chapter in Australian fashion photography history, featuring key moments such as the 1950s appearance for David Jones by American Carmen Dell’Orefice. At age 82, she is the world’s oldest working supermodel and is currently appearing in Australian pyjama designer Peter Alexander’s 2013 Mother’s Day campaign.

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.

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Contact:    Terry O’Keefe

Library Coordinator

Tel: 02 6352 9100

Fax: 02 6351 4364

 

Flashback curator Margot Riley is available for interviews. For more information, interviews and images, please contact:
Vanessa Bond, Media & Communication Branch, State Library of NSW
(02) 9273 1566, 0411 259 898, vbond@sl.nsw.gov.au

 

The Shower the course and the thought bubble

The shower, the course and the thought bubble by Rum Charles

“The shower, the course and the thought bubble” by Rum Charles Book Review by Robert Lindsay, Wallerawang Library Branch Officer

This book provides information about effective communication. The author teaches five basic strategies for developing good communication. These strategies are applicable, not only in the workplace, but also in our daily relationships, including with our family. Rum Charles’ presentation is engaging and thought provoking. You will look at communication differently after reading this book and you will be eager to apply the principles to your own circumstances. An essential resource for those seeking to improve their communication skills.

Available from Wallerawang, Lithgow and Portland Libraries – NF650.13CHA

 

The Shower the course and the thought bubble

 

 

Lithgow Library to Host National Refugee Week Information Session

Refugee week is an important celebration which allows communities to gain a better understanding of the different situations that force people into becoming refugees while promoting a culture of welcoming and acceptance in the community.

The theme for Refugee Week 2015 is “With courage let us all combine” and with this in mind Lithgow Library Learning Centre, in partnership with the Refugee Support Group, will be hosting an information session for both refugees and other members of the Lithgow community.

The welcome afternoon tea will be provided by members of the Lithgow Refugee Support Group on Tuesday 16 June 2015 at 4.00pm in the Lithgow Library, Main Street Lithgow.  Special guest speakers will talk about the role of the Refugee Support Group, the experience of being a refugee and the services available in the Lithgow community. Library staff will also provide information on the services and the resources of the Library, which include material obtained from the Multicultural Services Department of the State Library of NSW in a variety of languages which library members can access.

“Lithgow is such a welcoming community so this afternoon tea will be a great way to get to know other local people from a range of backgrounds as well as learning about services for refugees in the Library and the general community,” said Mayor Maree Statham.

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.

 

Contact:

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

Sharon Lewis
Library Team Leader
Tel: 02 6352 9100
Fax: 02 6351 4364