Biggest Morning Tea @ Lithgow Library


The fight against cancer is being fought with teacups and coffee mugs, scones and cream! Each year the Biggest Morning Tea raises money to fund research and support. The Lithgow Library will be hosting a morning tea to help in this war. A gold coin donation will buy you a fabulous morning tea and add to funds raised to battle cancer.


Thursday 24 May, 2018


10 am to 12 noon

Author visit, book launch– Kim Kelly –Lady Bird & The Fox

Kim Kelly

Popular Central West author Kim Kelly will be launching her latest book Lady Bird & the Fox at Lithgow Library on Saturday 16 June at 10.30am.  Come along for morning tea and join in the discussion about Kim’s books, writing historical novels and help launch her latest book. No bookings are required for this free event. Kim has also provided a lucky door prize which will be drawn during the morning’s event.


16 June 2018



My Culture My Story: Brass Beer Methodism and Mining – the British Migrants Who Shaped Lithgow

Lithgow Methodist Band 

For the Australian Heritage Festival Vaughan Bryers, Ray Christison and Don White will be speaking at the library on 19 May 2018, from 10am to 1pm. There will also be a performance by the Lithgow City Band. Images and objects relating to these theme will be on display at the library during May 2018.

Vaughan Bryers – William Mills – a pioneer of Lithgow, and what his life story has to offer us today

“The over-riding ethnicity of the citizens of Lithgow is Anglo-celtic and the cultures that most of us live by now have their origins in the 19th Century and in the British Isles. Although everyone actually lives in some sort of culture, we often forget it in the busyness of daily life and take the way we live for granted. That’s fine – we can do that, we get by.

But I will argue that becoming even a little bit more aware of our main cultural heritage – rejoicing in the good and acknowledging the mistakes – will help us lead happier, more enriched and satisfying lives.” (Vaughan Bryers, 2018).

Ray Christison – Methodism and Mining- focuses on the mining union including Robert Ross, Thomas and Robert Druery, Samuel Penna, Joseph Cook and William Rickard.

Don White – History of the Lithgow City Band following a performance by the band.

19 May 2018

10am to 1pm

Law Week

Law Week at Lithgow Library

Law Week

Family Law will be the topic of a free Law Week talk at Lithgow Library on Monday 14 May 2018 starting at 10.30am.


Law Week is a nationwide initiative to promote community awareness and understanding of the law, the legal system and the legal profession. This year, local solicitor Michelle Hibberson B.Com., LLB(UNE), will talk about all things Family Law and will offer some insight into this key area of law practice.


Law Week also helps libraries promote the Find Legal Answers service, which is coordinated by staff of the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC) at the State Library of NSW.


 “Find Legal Answers provides quality, plain English legal information for the community of NSW,” said Mayor Stephen Lesslie. “The website is easy to use and has up-to-date information on many areas of law, including Family and Children, and Courts and the Legal System.”


The free talk will take place on Monday 14 May at 10.30am and will be followed by light refreshments. For more information contact the Lithgow Library on 6352 9100.

The Restorier

The Restorer Written by Michael Sala


The Restorier

After a year apart, Maryanne returns to her husband, Roy, bringing their eight-year-old son Daniel and his teenage sister Freya with her. The family move from Sydney to Newcastle, where Roy has bought a derelict house on the coast. As Roy painstakingly patches the holes in the floorboards and plasters over cracks in the walls, Maryanne believes, for a while, that they can rebuild a life together.

But Freya doesn’t want a fresh start—she just wants out—and Daniel drifts around the sprawling, run-down house in a dream, infuriating his father, who soon forgets the promises he has made.

Some cracks can never be smoothed over, and tension grows between Roy and Maryanne until their uneasy peace is ruptured—with devastating consequences.

This book has been nominated for several awards:

  • Longlisted, ABIA Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year, 2018
  • Shortlisted, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards: Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, 2018
  • Shortlisted, Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, 2017

A beautiful and heartbreaking novel exploring with insight and compassion the intimacy of a family locked in patterns of domestic violence.

This title is available for loan, or for free reservation, at Lithgow Library and our branches at Portland and Wallerawang.

Please contact the library on 6352 9100 for more information.

Stella Prize

The Stella Prize 2018

Stella Prize

The Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing.

The Prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin, and was awarded for the first time in 2013. Both nonfiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.

This year’s winner has just been announced – Tracker by Alexis Wright

Tracker is a non-fiction work and is a collective memoir of the charismatic Aboriginal leader, political thinker and entrepreneur, Tracker Tilmouth, who died in Darwin in 2015 at the age of 62.

This Prize winning book is available for loan, or for free reservation, from Lithgow Library and our branches at Portland and Wallerawang. Please contact the library on 6352 9100 for more information.

Gas Works Lane Tennis Court

Crowdsourcing – Looking for photographs

Gas Works Lane Tennis Court

The Library often gets requests for photographs of the local area but sometimes those images are just not in the library’s photographic collections.

Do you have these photographs in your collection?

  • South side of Main Street from the Cook Street Plaza to the Tattersalls Hotel
  • Gasworks/Chivers Park – before the waste was dumped on it – 1950s
  • Gayline Drive-In Theatre at Reserve Road, Marrangaroo.

If you do please contact us by email to

The Most Delicious Book Club at Lithgow Library

Life doesn’t get much better than a fabulous book, a good conversation and delicious cheese platter, so come along to the Library’s new monthly Delicious Book Club where you will get all of the above.

If you love to read and would like to talk about your favourite or current book, then you are welcome to come along. There is no pressure in this group to all read the same book, just bring along the one you are reading and tell us about it.

The new group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Lithgow Library starting at 7:00pm – enter via the rear gate access in Burns Lane, and anyone 16 and over is welcome. Lithgow Library Co-ordinator Terry O’Keefe said, “It’s great to have a place in the community where book lovers can gather and have vigorous discussions. I’m reminded of the quote by CS Lewis ‘Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably’. I’m sure the Most Delicious Book Club will spend many hours enjoying each other’s company”.

No bookings are required – just turn up and join in. Please contact the Library on 6352 9100 for more information.

I Am What I Am at the Lithgow Library

Diversity is what makes Australia a great place to live so The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia is a day to celebrate the diversity that makes up our Community.

To celebrate IDAHOT this year the Library is hosting a very Special Storytime on Wednesday 16 May at 10:30am. Come and join in the fun and sparkle and glitter of our “I am what I am” Drag Queen Storytime.

The Day is a world- wide celebration of diversity and encourages people of all ages to learn more about all the people who make up our community. The theme of our storytime is to encourage all of us to be who we are. We are all valid and valuable. We are all different and each a unique individual so let’s celebrate each other.

Mayor Stephen Lesslie said, “Our community is progressively becoming more and more inclusive. IDAHOT is a way for us to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity that we so enjoy here in Lithgow.” Participants at the IDAHOT Day Storytime will enjoy some stories celebrating diversity, fun songs and a great craft activity led by our own local Drag Queen Martine. Everyone is welcome and dressing up in your most gorgeous and glittery outfits is encouraged.

Storytime is an early literacy program aimed at preschoolers and their families. This is a free event and all are welcome so why not join in on Wednesday 16th May 2018 from 10.30am.

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


Centrelink & My Gov information session


Do you want to learn more about myGov? Do you want to download the Centrelink and Medicare apps? Do you want more information about how to use online services for Centrelink? Come on down to the Lithgow Library Learning Centre on Thursday 26 April and get the information and advice you need!

Thursday 26 April 2018