A spool of blue thread by Anne Tyler

A spool of blue thread by Anne Tyler, reviewed by Robert Lindsay
“A spool of blue thread” is the 20th novel of acclaimed American author Anne Tyler. Anne weaves a potent but amusing tale centred around generations of the Whitshanks family. The central characters are Abby and Red, who fell in love on a day in July 1959. The background story of Red’s parents, who arrived in Baltimore in the 1920’s, and the continuing tale of Abby and Red’s children and grandchildren is anchored around the sprawling Baltimore home that becomes the family’s refuge. A fascinating portrayal of emotional highs and lows, jealousies, disappointments and secrets. You will not be disappointed if you find family sagas intriguing.
This book is available for loan from Lithgow Library and Learning Centre.

Author Jaye Ford speaks at Lithgow Library.

Lithgow Library welcomes popular author Jaye Ford for a talk about her novels – Australian thrillers set in her home town of Newcastle. Jaye draws her inspiration from news events, research and true stories, and explores what it is like to be in a crime. Join us at the library to hear Jaye talk about Darkest Place, her novel about a woman who wakes night after night to find the shadow of a man next to her bed…and no one believes her story. The session is free and bookings can be made on 6352-9100. Light refreshments will follow Jaye’s talk.

Tuesday 10 May, 2016.


Jaye Ford colour 2016

Technology One-on-One computer and mobile device classes @ the Library!

The Lithgow Library Learning Centre, Main Street, is happy to announce the return of the popular Technology One-on-One sessions that pair tech-savvy high school students with community members that need help with their phones, e readers, tablets, laptops or even some computer tutoring. For one week you can come in and have a ‘digital native’ help you with any computer or technology issues you may have.

Sessions will last up to 50 minutes and bookings are preferred but there is also the option to drop in with a quick question. Please call the library on 6352 9100 for more information or to make a booking.

Monday May 2 to Friday May 6.

9.00am to 5.00pm.

Law Week 2016 Talk on “Wills and Power of Attorney”

Join us at Lithgow Library to celebrate Law Week 2016 with an engaging talk on “Wills and Power of Attorney” by local solicitor Tim Le Fevre.

Through its partnership with the State Library of NSW’s Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC), Lithgow Library Learning Centre promotes the community’s access to legal information by making literature and information freely available with events such as this. Tim Le Fevre will talk about wills, power of attorney and associated issues in the upstairs Meeting Room of the Library on Friday 20 May at 10.30am. This free talk will be followed by light refreshments. Everyone is welcome and bookings can be made by calling the library on 6352 9100.

“I encourage members of the community interested in the issues associated with wills and powers of attorney to attend the talk by Mr Le Fevre to ask him any questions they might have,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham. “Events like this emphasize the library’s commitment to making information freely available to all.”

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.

National Law Week 2016

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

Jill Mansell’s “Take a Chance on Me”.

Jill Mansell’s “Take a Chance on Me”.

Reviewed by Miriam Scott.

Cleo Quinn doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to men, but now Will’s come along she’s optimistic: Handsome, attentive and an absolute gentleman when it comes to her questionable cooking skills, he could be her Mr Right. Things are definitely looking up for Cleo… apart from one small problem with a rather large ego. Johnny LaVenture, sculptor extraordinaire and her childhood adversary, is back in Channing’s Hill and tormenting Cleo as if he’d never been away. But life never goes to plan, does it? Johnny isn’t the only one stirring up trouble and, for Cleo’s family and friends, all kinds of sparks are starting to fly. If you think you can put the past behind you, think again.

This book is available at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre.

Take a Chance on Me - Jill Mansell

Some Assembly Required.

Book Review By Ali Kim.

Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning first-of-its-kind memoir.

Arin Andrews details the journey that led him to make the life-transforming decision to undergo gender reassignment as a high school junior. In his captivatingly witty, honest voice, Arin reveals the challenges he faced as a boy in a girl’s body, the humiliation and anger he felt after getting kicked out of his private school, and all the changes—both mental and physical—he experienced once his transition began.

Some Assembly Required is a true coming-of-age story about knocking down obstacles and embracing family, friendship, and first love. But more than that, it is a reminder that self-acceptance does not come ready-made with a manual and spare parts. Rather, some assembly is always required.

This book is available for loan from Lithgow Library Learning Centre.