Little Bang Discovery Club at Lithgow Library

STEAM into Lithgow Library for Little Bang Discovery Club – a great introduction to science for preschoolers aged 3-5.

“Little Bang Discovery Club aims to introduce preschoolers to classifying, questioning, examining, experimenting and measuring. Over four one hour sessions we will discuss these concepts in engaging, easy to understand language, and hopefully inspire the next generation of scientists!” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Stephen Lesslie.

All children deserve the best start in life. Recent developments in brain research are widening our understanding of how critical the early years of life are for a growing child. The evidence shows that children exposed to early learning opportunities through playful endeavours will develop skills, confidence and an aptitude for learning that will remain with them for life.

It is through developing a child’s life-long love of learning that we raise educational aspirations that lead to better choices and more opportunities. This program is brought to us thanks to The Children’s Discovery Museum, Lithgow City Council and Energy Australia.

“What a great way to develop a keen interest in learning and science skills at a young age,” said Mayor Stephen Lesslie, “A love of lifelong learning starts at your local Library, and we are very lucky to have so many exciting programs at Lithgow Library and branches.”

Our next Little Bang will begin on Wednesday 28 February, 9am-10am, and will run for four weeks. The program is for 3-5 year olds and their carers, and encourages interaction between the children and their care giver. Places are limited so please call Lithgow Library on 6352 9100 to secure your place.

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

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Portland Ukulele Group

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Following the roaring success of the Lithgow Library ukulele group, Portland Library will now be getting its very own ukulele group.

“Music is such a positive thing for our community, it brings people together and has proven physical and mental health benefits. I look forward to hearing the new group playing in and around the Portland community,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Stephen Lesslie.

The new group will meet at the Portland library branch on the last Saturday of each month at 10.30am to learn basic chords and simple songs to sing together.

Anyone is welcome to come along to watch, join in the singing or pick up a uke and strum along.

There will be some ukuleles available to use at the library or you can bring your own. No bookings are required, just come along and enjoy this free opportunity.
Please contact Portland Library on 6355 5355 for more information.

Summer Reading Club

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Don’t forget to return your list of at least 10 books that you’ve read over summer to the Library by 5pm on Wednesday to go into the draw to win our fabulous $100 united cinema giftcard!! Only registered participants of the Summer Reading Club are eligible to enter.

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This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

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This is How it Always Is.
By Laurie Frankel
Recommended by Ali.
A beautiful book about family and change and secrets.
It follows a family across country to start a new life

This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.

This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.

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Photography in Lithgow

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A large number of attendees at this morning’s speaker event at Lithgow Library were enthralled by the interesting topics of discussion including how the process of photographs appearing in the Lithgow Mercury changed from being very complicated to relatively simple. Other topics included the early Lithgow photographers and the search for information and photographs by them as well as the evolution of photography from the 1980s into the 1990s. An insight into the process of maintaining and digitizing the library’s extensive photographic collection rounded off the morning’s event which was very well attended.

Mother/Daughter Art Exhibition at Lithgow Library

A new exhibition at Lithgow Library titled; “Mother/Daughter” will be on display during February featuring works by Amanda Spargo and Bethany Flynn who have very different styles even though they are from the same family.

“It is a very special thing that children often inherit a love of something from their parents so it will be nice to see the artworks from this family combination on the walls of the Library,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Stephen Lesslie.

Mother/daughter is the first of a number of exhibitions to be held in the Library during 2018 and there are still a few places left if local artists wish to display their work. For those artists who dabble in art and have a small number of artworks, the Library will be holding a special exhibition in October. More details on this exhibition will be available later in the year.

For more information on this exhibition or the exhibition space contact the Library on 63529100 or Lithgow.library@lithgow.nsw.gov.au

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

Lithgow Photography Special Event

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Join us at Lithgow Library for a talk celebrating the fabulous photographic record of Lithgow. The talk will be held on Wednesday 24 January at 11.00am, and will be followed by a delicious, light luncheon. This event is free, and bookings are preferred on 6352-9100.

The morning’s speakers include:
· The library digitisation project—Sharon Lewis
· Historical Lithgow photographers—Mark Langdon
· Lithgow camera club and photography in the 1980s and 90s—Norm MacFarlane
· Photography and the Lithgow Mercury—Len Ashworth

Free Telstra Tech Savvy Seniors Classes at Your Library

Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang Libraries will once again be holding basic technology classes for seniors on Thursdays starting 8 February 2018.

“Previous sessions of Tech Savvy Seniors were very popular and highlighted that internet use and computer literacy are important and essential skills in our society. The classes will provide a gateway for seniors who feel overwhelmed by technology,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Stephen Lesslie.

To provide 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 8 February 2018. 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 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

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Giada’s Feel Good Food by Giada De Laurentiis

Giada’s Feel Good Food by Giada De Laurentiis – Review By Susan Millmore

Giada is the host of ‘Everyday Italian’ and ‘Giada at Home’ tv shows on the Food Network, Channel 33 on my tv under the SBS banner
She was born in Rome but grew up in Los Angeles where she still lives with her husband and daughter.

I enjoy her tv shows as they are bright and cheerful and her recipes while looking exotic sometimes, seem easy enough to prepare. Her book is a reflection of her personality as well and is brightly illustrated with scrumptious dishes of food.

While some of the measurements are in ounces, lots of the recipes call for a cup of this and a teaspoon of that, so they are not hard to work out in metric terms.
This is not a diet book but a series of balanced dishes which include whole grains such as quinoa and hominy and are healthier options than sugar laden fast foods.
There is a month of meal plans with mix and match recipes (included in the book) which can be customized according to individual needs.

One recipe is for an updated Waldorf salad which has the usual apples, grapes and nuts but instead of mayonnaise has an apple cider vinaigrette and added pearl couscous.

I see a lot of recipe books at work and some of them have only one recipe that I would make, even though they are meant to be lean meals. Some of the ingredients are not the sort of thing that the average kitchen has in its spice range. Giada’s book has really practical ingredients which even the most basic cook such as myself, would have on hand. The fruits and vegetables are easily obtained here in Australia.

All in all one of the better healthy style cookbooks that are available in the library and one which I will be happy to use.

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