Reinventing Ikea by Isabelle Bruno and Christine Baillet

Reinventing Ikea by Isabelle Bruno and Christine Baillet
Book review by Kay Shirt

This is a book for anyone who loves Ikea, but wants to be a bit different and creative, hates Ikea and wants to be cheeky, and for anyone who always has bits left over after trying to assemble the flat packs.

In the words of the publisher – “Ikea is a destination for everyone who wants to simplify the process of decorating a home. But sometimes you’re left wanting more: furniture that’s adaptable, creative, and most important, in line with your taste. Reinventing Ikea shows you how’ (
This is a very clever and fun book featuring 70 customised projects.

Portland Library Halloween

Portland Library Celebrates Halloween

Portland Library has been dressing up in their Halloween decorations, all ready for the big day.

Pop in to the library to check out all the spooky fun.

Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 6pm
Thursday & Friday: 2pm to 6pm
Saturday: 9am to 12noon

Portland Library
65 Williwa St, Portland

For more information please contact Portland Library on 6355 5355.

Portland Library Halloween

Halloween colouring competition

Halloween Colouring Competition @ Lithgow Library

Entries for the Halloween Colouring In Competition are on display at Lithgow Library until 4 November.

The competition has now closed and judging will be held over the next week, ready for the announcement of the winning entry at the Skulls Auction, 7.15pm on Saturday 28 October 2017. If the winner is not in attendance, they will be contacted by the Event Team to arrange presentation of the prize.

Come on in to view the entries during library opening hours:

Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, and Saturday 9am to 12noon.

For more information please contact the Library on 6352 9100.

Halloween colouring competition


skull auction

Skulls Exhibition @ Lithgow Library

In conjunction with Lithgow Halloween, LithgowSkulls17 showcases the work of 50 Lithgow artists (and those with a connection to Lithgow).

The skulls will be auctioned on Sat 28th October at 7.15pm, and all funds raised go to Lithgow Tidy Towns Laneways Project.

The skulls are currently on exhibition at Lithgow Library. Everyone is welcome to this free viewing during library opening hours:

Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, and Saturday 9am to 12noon.

For more information please contact the Library on 6352 9100.

skull auction

The Mothers Promise

The Mother’s Promise / Sally Hepworth. Reviewed by Sharon Lewis

Sally Hepworth has recently become one of my favourite authors for her heart wrenching stories of families in unthinkable situations and even though at their core they are sad, they are also infused with humour and hope. 

The Mother’s Promise is the story of Alice and her daughter Zoe, who suffers from crippling anxiety and social problems and their evolving relationship which follows Alice’s diagnosis of terminal cancer. 

With no reliable family for support Alice has to impose on the kindness of two women who come into her life; Kate her oncology nurse and Sonja a social worker who is assigned to the case to deal with Zoe’s welfare as her mother undergoes treatment. What transpires is a story of personal growth on Zoe’s part and the impact on her mother as she watches Zoe’s personal growth whilst undergoing her own personal trauma.

The story could have become overwhelming emotional and while it has its moments it is also incredibly uplifting and shows that family do not necessarily need to be related.

The Mothers Promise


Lithgow Library welcomes an exhibition of important Colonial art from the State Library of NSW collection

Australian Inspiration is a travelling exhibition from the State Library of NSW that reflects the fascination colonial artists had with the koala and waratah. The exhibition explores how the koala and the waratah were first depicted over 200 years ago, and how they have evolved over time to quickly become national icons.

 “The quality of the State Library travelling exhibitions is exceptional,” said Mayor Stephen Lesslie. “It is wonderful that our community has been selected to host this valuable collection.”

According to Australian Inspiration curator Sarah Morley, “The koala was so unique that early colonists found it difficult to draw – In 1803, Australian artist John William Lewin (1770-1819) was the first person to draw a koala, from a specimen that was brought from Mount Kembla to Sydney.”

The waratah has had a similar fascinating journey that helped establish an Australian national identity and give NSW its state flower. The earliest known drawing dates back to 1794 and it continues to be a source of inspiration for fashion designers, artists and creatives.

“Australian Inspiration will not only tell the evolving story of our national icons, but also showcase the role of the State Library’s extraordinary collections in arts and design,” said Ms Morley.

The exhibition will be held at Lithgow Library Learning Centre from 20 October to 4 November 2017.  Sarah Morley is available for interviews.

For more information contact the Lithgow Library on 63529100


Australia Inspiration Exhibition – John William Lewin, Koala and young, 1803





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