Gardens of Stone and beyond, Book 8

Lithgow Library will be hosting a book launch, presentation and morning tea by the authors of the Gardens of Stone and beyond book series on Wednesday 12 October at 11am.

Bushexplorers Michael Keats, Brian Fox and Yuri Bolotin will talk about being Bushexplorers, the Gardens of Stone and beyond book series, why Gardens of Stone, located at Lithgow’s doorstep is one of Australia’s best nature destinations, Book 8’s main focus: Threatened Environments and Species, unique photography of animals, birds and plants contained in the book, favourite bushwalks described in the book followed by a question and answer session, book signing and morning tea.

Bookings are preferred by contacting the library on 63529100

12 October 2016



Tea and Talk with The Hatmaker

Tea and Talk with The Hatmaker

In the lead up to that well know Hat wearing day, the Melbourne Cup; a special morning tea presentation with Blue Mountains hat maker Christine Thompson will be held at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre on Thursday 27 October at 11am.

Christine is an award winning milliner with over 20 years’ experience creating hats for stage and screen. She also runs a successful business in the Blue Mountains designing special occasion hats. Christine will talk about how she found her way into the traditional craft of millinery and her many stage and screen credits. This interesting presentation will be followed by morning tea. Bookings are preferred and can be made by contacting the library on 6352 9100.

27 October 2016



This day in June Cover

This Day in June by By Gayle E Pitman

This Day in June.

By Gayle E Pitman.

Illustrated by Kristyna Litten.

Book Review by Ali Kim.

This is a deceptively simple picture book from the Lithgow Library’s ‘Rainbow Collection’.  It tells the story of a city’s Pride Parade through simple rhyming couplets. The book is beautifully illustrated and reflects much of the diversity to be found in the LGBTI community.

Included in the book is a Reading Guide which will give parents and carers quite a lot of information about the history and culture surrounding the LGBTI community as well as a Note to Parents and Caregivers with detailed information about how and when to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity.

As well as being a beautiful  and fun read for children, This Day in June is an excellent way to introduce readers of various ages to an understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and to  teach and encourage respect and acceptance for all.

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


This day in June Cover

Hope Farm by Peggy Frew

Hope Farm by Peggy Frew

Review by Kay Shirt

Hope Farm by Peggy Frew was shortlisted for both the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the 2016 Stella Prize. It is a tale of a mother and daughter from both points of view. It is a complex, sad and ultimately predictable glimpse into an alternate way of living. Don’t expect a happily ever after ending – this is a real life win-lose and nothing is perfect type of story. This is such a well written tale. I highly recommend it.



Exhibition opening

Exhibition Launch @ Lithgow Library

 A great morning at the library today as we hosted the Official Launch of the ‘Sisters’ exhibition in Gallery Lane. Artist, Allyn Jory, spoke of her emotional journey as an artist and the joy these artworks represent, and led a viewing of the pieces.

These works can be seen along Gallery Lane – the laneway from Main St to Woolworths, just up from the Library – throughout the next week. The exhibition is a Lithgow Tidy Towns Laneways Project in partnership with Lithgow City Council.

For more information call the library on 9352 9100.

Exhibition opening

Take the Stress Out of Exam Study

YourTutor is a free on-line service provided by Lithgow Library. Log in with your member card number between 3.00pm to 10.00pm Sunday to Friday to chat with a qualified tutor.

Get help with before exams from expert tutors in English, maths, science and more. You can also submit your written work for 24/7 feedback to help make it better. Practice your exam essays, submit them for feedback, and take the stress out of your exam studies.

Head to the library’s website – – and just follow the link to YourTutor.

For more information call the library on 6352 9100.


Dark Mirror by Barry Maitland, narrated by Marie-Louise Walker

Talking book review by Scotia Tracey

Dark Mirror by Barry Maitland, narrated by Marie-Louise Walker

Newly promoted to Detective Inspector, Kathy Kolla of the Serious Crimes Unit is called in by the forensic pathologist regarding the recent sudden death of a London student from what he’s determined to be arsenic poisoning. Marion Summers had no reason to be in contact with arsenic and, though once common, arsenic is now very hard to get hold of.

The more Kolla investigates, the more she discovers that certain other things about Summers are also unusual. She moved three months ago without leaving a forwarding address or informing her relatives. And her step-father has a disquieting past and, after attacking a constable in a pub, a not-so-savory present. With each turn in the investigation, it becomes increasingly clear that behind what really happened—and why—lies the most difficult-to-crack case the team has ever faced.

An excellent whoodunnit! I can highly recommend this well narrated talking book.

Available in Talking Book format from the Lithgow Library


Biblio Turismo @ Portland Library

Portland Library will play host to an exciting group of librarians, and their motorbikes, on Friday 16 September, from around 12.00 noon. Everyone is welcome to come along, meet the touring librarians and there’ll be photo opportunities on the motorbikes for the kids.

Biblio Turismo is an annual event where librarians from across NSW, Victoria and the ACT ride motorbikes and visit public libraries thoughout NSW.

The aim of the event is to promote public libraries to the community through local media, to connect rural librarians with Sydney, and to help share the image of librarians just having fun.

For more information call the library on 6355 5355.

Biblio Turismo 2014

Portland Library
65 Williwa St, Portland

Opening Hours:
Monday – closed
Tues & Wed – 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 6pm
Thur & Fri – 2pm to 6pm
Sat – 9am to 12 noon

John Wellings Award Display @ Lithgow Library

Lithgow Library is pleased to display this year’s entries for the John Wellings Award.

The Lithgow Branch of the National Trust chose the theme ‘Who do you think THEY are?’ and local students have produced some quality essays in response.

The entries will be on display until Friday 9 September, so come in quick to view these works.

For more information please contact the Library on 6352 9100



The Cruel Victory : the French Resistance, D-Day and the Battle for the Vercors, 1944 by Paddy Ashdown.

Book Review By Bruce Royall

The Cruel Victory : the French Resistance, D-Day and the Battle for the Vercors, 1944

by Paddy Ashdown. Collins paperback, 2015, first published in 2014.

Good quality Second World War history about a battle little known of outside France.

Well researched, with illuminating quotes from eyewitnesses and documents of the Free French in North Africa and London, even radio messages from the BBC and accounts from the German Army and Parachute regiment.

“When resistance units rose to declare the Vercors plateau their stronghold of freedom and independence on 9 June 1944, they expected swift support by the liberating armies. But botched information from the Free French and British forces, along with follies of proud leadership saw their bold gamble soon facing massacre.

What followed was a tragic, brutal annihilation of the first self-liberated area of France by some eight thousand German soldiers. As the most violent crushing of the Resistance in the entire War, the trauma of Vercors continues to reverberate in France that to this day.”

A good read. ***

Print copy available for loan from: Lithgow Library Learning Centre,

In the Non-Fiction section at 940.5486 ASH. See:  Catalogue link