Telstra Tech Savvy Seniors Classes at the Library

The use of computers can be daunting after a ‘certain’ age – add mobile devices such as tablets, smart phones, and e-readers to the equation and you can have too much confusion and too many obstacles to going online.

Sometimes people who have never needed to go online, suddenly realize the need for these skills with an urgent situation or perhaps to stay in touch with a family while on an overseas trip.

To provide senior members of the community with some insight into this mysterious world, the Lithgow Library Learning Centre in Main Street Lithgow is hosting a Telstra Tech Savvy Seniors class. This class on Tuesday 4 August 2015 from 10.00am to 12.30pm, will be held in the Library’s upstairs meeting room. The first in a series of classes, this session will cover the basics of tablet use. Ipads will be provided for use in the session, and you can bring your own devices too.

Classes are free and bookings are essential.

“Internet use and computer literacy is becoming essential in our society. Our seniors are required to use it for banking, staying in touch and accessing government services such as Medicare. These classes will provide a gateway for seniors who feel overwhelmed by technology,” 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:

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

National Family History Month

To celebrate National Family History Month, Lithgow Library Learning Centre is holding two family guest speaker events in August.

National Family History Month began as a one week event in 2006 and grew to a month-long celebration of genealogy in 2013 to allow for greater participation throughout Australia.

Interest in personal family history has grown to such a degree that it is now one of the most popular hobbies around the world, with dedicated websites receiving billions of hits per year and over 250,000 Australians who are members of family history organizations.

A varied range of topics will be discussed at these free events on Saturday 1st and Saturday 8th August from 9.30am for a 9.45 start, finishing at 12.00pm.

Saturday 1st August

9.45am Gibson Owen: “Five family members who signed up to serve in WWI”

10.30am Louise Dean: “28 Years and Counting”

11.15am Vaughan Bryers: “The makers of Main Street: William Gray and William Mills”

Saturday 8th August

9.45am Ross Barker: “Henry Barker: An elusive and interesting past…”

10.30am Kathleen Compton: “Shipped!”

11.15am Leonie Knapman: “Growing up as a miner’s daughter, and how King Edward’s Daimler, built for Mrs Wallis Simpson, ended up in Glen Davis”

“Every family has a story somewhere in its history, so events such as this that bring together people to share their family history and their stories, help to shine a light on the wonderful resources that are available to our community through the Library, the Lithgow and District Family History Society and other sources,” says 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.

 

Kathleen Compton

Kathleen Compton

Leonie Knapman

Leonie Knapman

Contact:

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

Top Secret 21

Top Secret Twenty-one – by Janet Evanovich

“Top Secret Twenty-one” – by Janet Evanovich

Reviewed by Miriam Scott

Have you ever felt as though ‘klutz’ is your middle name, your diet doesn’t include the word healthy and your life is a disorganized and uncontrollable mess? Then you need a dose of Stephanie Plum!

Janet Evanovich’s heroine will put your life into perspective. Stephanie attracts disasters, rockets and bad guys like burly attracts sharks. Her solution and solace in almost every situation is donuts, pizza or peanut butter and olive sandwiches. Her cars are destined to be destroyed and her relatives, friends and workmates make the Adam’s Family look like the epitome of ‘functional’. Her hamster has more lives than a dozen cats.

In “Top Secret Twenty-one” Stephanie tracks down fugitives with her sidekick Lula, an ex-ho, tackles a horde of Chihuahua minions, thwarts the polonium poisoning of a trade show of Vodka salesmen and watches her grandmother erode her mother’s sanity and sobriety on a daily basis.

This babe juggles the dangerous and mysterious Ranger and the equally dangerous and smouldering Morelli; and gets away with it!

Chance an adventure with Stephanie Plum and you will find yourself cringing at the sheer political incorrectness of her characters and laughing out loud at the same.

Top Secret 21

eBooks & eAudiobooks Coming to Lithgow Library!

Lithgow Library Learning Centre is excited to announce a new collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks will soon be available free to Lithgow Library members.

Join us on 17 July 2015 at 10.30am, for the official launch of the Axis 360 collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks. Staff will be at hand to offer information and advice. A light morning tea will be served at this free event.

The eBook and eAudiobooks collection is accessed through the Library website and from a convenient app. The collection can be downloaded to most computers, laptops, e-readers, tablets, and smart phones – anytime, anywhere. All you need is your library card number and PIN. Library staff will be happy to check your membership details, or join you up, to ensure that you are ‘eBook ready’. Membership is free.

“The inclusion of eBooks and eAudio books in the Library’s collection for the first time is a fantastic initiative that will benefit many people in the community,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham. “The 24/7 availability of the service means that you can download the collection anywhere and anytime, which will be great for those who find it difficult to get into the Library. No more overdue, lost or damaged books either. Once the loan period expires the eBook is automatically removed from the device and re-loaned to another borrower.”

Planning and providing quality community and recreational facilities and services for a healthy, vibrant and harmonious community is part of Council’s Caring for our Community Strategy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

Contact:

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

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

An Australian in China

An Australian In China: Being The Narrative Of A Quiet Journey Across China To British Burma

An Australian In China: Being The Narrative Of A Quiet Journey Across China To British Burma

By George Ernest Morrison (1862-1920)

Originally published in 1895

Book review (submitted by Bruce Royall)

As a youth of 17, Morrison was already famous for walking from Queenscliff to Adelaide (960 km).

In 1893, he started on the epic walk across China (3000 km) which he recounts in this book. He wore out a pair of woven bamboo shoes a day, buying a fresh pair at the end of each day’s stage.

He adopted Chinese clothing: dressed as a teacher, he attached a pigtail to the back of his hat, rather than dress in a European suit and ride. This provoked amusement and some small respect, instead of the incomprehension, animosity or contempt which greeted the grand tour style of most European travellers.

He is observant, amusing and critical of European assumptions about China and the efforts of numerous Christian missions. It was his comments about local engineering and medical practices which I found particularly interesting.

After publishing this book he became a special correspondent in Asia for 20 years for the London Times. His papers and diaries are now held in the Mitchell Library in Sydney.

I agree with Peter Macinnis‘s review in Google books: ****  “A brilliant read by a marvellously eccentric and clever man”

I borrowed this travelogue after reading the library’s copy of “The reporter and the warlords” by Craig Collie (Allen & Unwin, 2013), which is about William Henry Donald (1875-1946) who once worked at the Lithgow Mercury.

Download  Authors route from Shanghai to Rangoon

You can reserve the Library’s copy from the catalogue.

 

 

 

An Australian in China