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Refugee Week @ Lithgow Library

Refugee Week 2017 from 18-24th June is a time when Australia celebrates the contribution of those who have come to Australia as refugees and people seeking asylum.

“Like the rest of our country, Lithgow has benefitted and grown from the contributions of refugees and people seeking asylum who come and make a new home here in our community,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Stephen Lesslie. “Refugee Week is an opportunity to learn more about the stories of our refugee community and to understand the lives and struggles and joy of some of our newest Australians”

Throughout Refugee Week, in the community space at Lithgow Library, there will be a screening of a film by Amnesty International – Freedom Stories.  “Freedom Stories explores the achievements and stories of former ‘boat people’ who arrived in Australian waters seeking asylum from the Middle East around 2001. Now Australian citizens, they are finally building secure lives and contributing to their new country.”  This film will be playing on a loop all week so you can drop in to the library and watch all or part of it at a time that suits you.

On Tuesday 20th of June there will be a special event screening of the film Cast From the Storm, an uplifting documentary that tells the tender story of a group of teenage refugees who share their extraordinary stories when they join Treehouse Theatre, an after-school theatre group. A coming of age story that shares the reality of what it means to be a teenager and a displaced person. This is the story of what comes after, and what it means to remake your home. This event will be at 4:00pm in the Library’s community space. Popcorn will be on hand.

There will also be an art exhibition during the month of June that has been organised by the local LASAR Action Group (Lithgow Asylum seeker and refugee Support Group).

These events are all free at Lithgow Library – no bookings are required and everyone is welcome to attend.

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Contact:      
Stephen Lesslie
Mayor
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Terry O’Keefe
Library Coordinator
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

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Local Studies Collections Display June 2017

 The Library holds many archives, documents and artefacts in trust for the people of Lithgow. Each month we display a small number of these so the community of Lithgow can see what we have.

The Local Studies display for June features a selection of Wooden Plaques presented to Lithgow City Council over the years. These include commemorations of events in Australia’s history and also gifts from visiting dignitaries from other countries.

This month’s selection

  • Undated- Presented to the People of Lithgow for Clarence Bushfire Tanker
  • 1970- Commemorating 200th Anniversary of Cook’s discovery of
  • Australia
  • 1972- 25th Anniversary of O.T.C. to mark the visit of Gemini XII
  • 1974- Arms of Southport
  • 1977- Middlesbrough Football Club 1876 to 1976 (With decorative plate)
  • 1980- Australian Olympic Games Team for Moscow
  • 1986- Lithgow’s Pictorial Postmark featuring Zig Zag Railway
  • 1988- Australian Bicentenary
  • 1998- Visit of the Governor General to Lithgow
  • 2001- Arms of the Derry City Council

Local Studies Artefacts/Objects display

All of June 2017

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Mayor reading to children

National Simultaneous Storytime @ Lithgow Library

Right across Australia this morning, in libraries, schools, playgroups and preschools, we all read the same book – The Cow Tripped Over the Moon – to celebrate our love of Australian authors and illustrators.

A big thank you to Lithgow Mayor Stephen Lesslie for reading the story to a huge crowd of excited kids.

Thanks too to everyone who came along and joined in the stories, songs and craft session.

And a special thanks to ‘My Butcher on Main’ for lending us their cow statue!

Mayor reading to children

Create 4 Wellbeing @ Lithgow Library

Create 4 Wellbeing is a weekly art group that meets at Lithgow Library every Friday morning from 10.00am to 12.00noon and provides a safe, calm and reflective space for those in need of mental respite.

The sessions are part of the Recover Wellbeing program run by Catholic Care Social Services, and offer the opportunity to forget everyday worries and become lost in the joy of creativity.

“Taking time out to enjoy the benefits of creativity is very important for maintaining good mental health,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Stephen Lesslie. “These sessions provide a relaxing space to learn new art skills and enjoy the company of others.”

Sessions are based on the concept of mindfulness and begin with a relaxing meditation to help focus the mind. No knowledge of art is needed to take part in the group. There are different ideas to share, and different mediums and techniques to explore. The end products often surprise and delight, are never judged and always appreciated.

Numbers for each session are limited, so prospective attendees are asked to ring the group facilitator Edwina on 0407 203 895, prior to attending your first session.

Membership at your local library is free so please contact the library for any further information on 6352 9100.

 

Contact:   
Stephen Lesslie
Mayor
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

 

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

 

Miss Lily’s Lovely Ladies by Jackie French

Miss Lily’s Lovely Ladies by Jackie French
Reviewed by Sharon Lewis

Jackie French’s books just keep getting better. I love the Australian content and the depth of history and research that goes into each one. Her characters are believable and draw you into each story, with a different way of looking at our traditional stories and working them into a believable alternate reality. I know that when I start reading one of Jackie’s stories that I am lost until it is finished which, for me, is the sign of a good book.
Jackie has been inspiring readers of all ages and one of the things that I most love about her writing is that it transcends generations. Miss Lily’s Lovely Ladies continues this tradition and is inspired by true events. It is the story of how society’s ‘lovely ladies’ won a war.

Taking us from the Australian outback to war torn Europe in 1914 the book is based around Sophie Higgs, the daughter of Australia’s corned beef baron. Because she comes from ‘earned’ money she is not readily accepted into the colonial society. She is sent to Miss Lily at secluded Shillings Hall, in the snow-crisped English countryside, where the mysterious Miss Lily draws around her young women selected from Europe’s royal and most influential families. Her girls are taught how to captivate a man – and find a potential husband – in ways that would surprise outsiders. For in 1914, persuading and charming men is the only true power a woman has. Of all Miss Lily’s lovely ladies, however, she is also the only one who suspects Miss Lily’s true purpose.

As the chaos of war spreads, women across Europe shrug off etiquette. The lovely ladies and their less privileged sisters become the unacknowledged backbone of the war, creating hospitals, canteens and transport systems where bungling officials fail to cope. And when tens of thousands can die in a single day’s battle, Sophie must use the skills Miss Lily taught her to prevent war’s most devastating weapon yet.

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

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Lithgow Cares Launch at Lithgow Library

Lithgow Library was pleased to host this afternoon’s official launch of the Lithgow Cares coalition of services and community members. Lithgow Cares is dedicated to promoting a safe caring community, happy families, healthy relationships, and child wellbeing.

Come in and check out the display in the library of the great work the group does, and pick up some information brochures as well.

Please contact the library on 6352 9100 for any further information.

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IDAHOT Celebrated at Lithgow Library

IDAHOT Celebrated at Lithgow Library

A huge crowd gathered in the library this afternoon to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – IDAHOT. Thank you to the Uke’n’Sing Group, the Lithgow Choir, and all the speakers who came along to share their stories, poetry and experiences. Thank you too to all the service providers who came with their details and information. And a special thank you to everyone who came along and joined in this great event.

Please contact the library on 6352 9100 for any further information.

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Free Telstra Tech Savvy Seniors classes at the Library

Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang Libraries will be holding basic technology classes for seniors on Thursdays starting 15 June 2017 between 10.00am and 12.00pm.

“Internet use and computer literacy are essential in our society. Our seniors are required to use it for banking, staying in touch with family and accessing government services such as Medicare. These classes will provide a gateway for seniors who feel overwhelmed by technology,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Stephen Lesslie.

To provide our senior members of the community with some insight into the requirements of our changing world, the Lithgow Library Learning Centre is hosting Telstra Tech Savvy Seniors classes on Thursday mornings starting from 12 June 2017. The classes will be held over 14 weeks and are spread across the libraries in Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang.

Classes range from introduction to the internet and social media, to smartphones and online shopping and banking. To assist participants to become comfortable using the skills taught in the class, we request that you bring your own device. Bookings are essential.
For more information about the sessions available and to make a booking please contact the Lithgow Library on 6352 9100. You can also find the program on the library website or Facebook page.

Contact:

Stephen Lesslie
Mayor
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

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

Learn about your Library at Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

 

Lithgow Library will be hosting a morning community event celebrating Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea as well as Library and Information Week on Thursday 25 May 2017 between 10.30am and 12.00pm.

“Lithgow Library Learning Centre is one of our community’s most valuable assets and has found its place as a true community hub,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Stephen Lesslie.

“Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is just one of the diverse activities that you can now be a part of at your Library. I encourage the community to come along and learn more about the varied activities and resources available through their local library, and to help raise funds for a very worthy cause.”

Did you know that the library has regular group events such as knitting, ukulele, or colouring in?  What about access to local history and history talks? Do you want to know more about online services, multicultural information or the library collection?  Not able to physically access the library service due to health or mobility issues? Did you know we have a Home Library Service? The Library also provides after-hours homework help and programs and events for children and teens. 

Come along on Thursday 25 May 2017 between 10.30am and 12.00pm where Library staff will present short information sessions on the services, programs and activities available for free from your Library, as they Celebrate Library and Information Week, while helping to help raise funds for the Cancer Council during Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. A donation to the Cancer Council would be most appreciated.

Contact: 

Stephen Lesslie
Mayor
Tel: 02 6354 9999  
Fax: 02 6351 4259

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

National Simultaneous Storytime @ the Library

The community is invited to Lithgow Library on Wednesday 24 May at 10.30am to celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime.

Now in its 17th successful year, National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.
Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

This year’s picture book is ‘The Cow Tripped over the Moon’, written by Tony Wilson, and illustrated by Laura Wood. Lithgow City Council Mayor Stephen Lesslie will be our very special guest reader of this engaging story based on the traditional nursery rhyme.
“This fun event promotes the value of reading and literacy,” said Mayor Stephen Lesslie. “It also promotes Australian writers and storytime activities in public libraries and communities around the country.”

The Library invites all pre-schoolers, their parents, grandparents, and friends to come along to join in our Storytime session, which includes stories, songs and craft. No bookings are needed, just come along and join in the fun.

Please contact Lithgow Library on 6352 9100 if you need any further information.

Contact:
Mayor Stephen Lesslie
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

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