Library Lovers Day Writing Workshop

 February 14 every year is famous for the celebration of love, but in the library world we celebrate Library Lovers Day.

An initiative of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), Library Lovers Day reminds us of why we need libraries and to encourage us all to support them by showing our love. From 11-15 February we will be celebrating the special place that the Library holds in the Lithgow community. The theme this year is “Library Love Stories”. For the whole month of February you can come into the Library and see displays of love and romance. Perhaps you might revisit an old flame in a classic, or meet someone new on the pages of a recent release.

“The Library makes a real and substantial contribution to our local community. It is always a pleasure to spend time there and I will certainly be popping in to pick up a romantic read,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

During the week of 11-15 February there will be giveaways and sweet treats, as well as a chance for you to tell us which stories you have loved and why.

As part of Library Lovers Day 2019, ALIA are running a flash fiction Competition.

The competition is open to everyone. Using the prompt, “there was love to be found at the library” write your story in 200 words or less. Submit your story via the ALIA website – Library Lover’s Day page.

To get you started the Library will be holding a collaborative writing workshop on 14 February at 11am. Come along and together we will write a collaborative story to submit to the competition, you will also get ideas and inspiration for your own story. Bookings are essential for this free event.

Further details can be found about both the writing workshop and the ALIA competition by contacting the Library on 63529100 or

Library Membership Update

Lithgow Library Learning Centre is conducting a membership update in a move towards the electronic delivery of Library notices to customers.

Council’s Library Management System will soon be undergoing an upgrade to allow for electronic distribution of Library notices. Traditionally, notices for overdue items and reservation availability have been sent by post. This is slow, inefficient and expensive. As a large percentage of the population now has access to email addresses, notices can now be sent far more quickly and cheaply by email and other electronic means of distribution.

“We are always looking for ways to deliver the best and most cost effective services to the community. Electronic delivery of notices brings the Library in line with the rest of Council which has the facility to deliver rate and water notices by email and helps to ensure that customers receive the best service possible,” said Acting Library Coordinator Sharon Lewis.

Library staff will be updating all customer details to ensure that the current information is correct and also adding email addresses and mobile phone numbers where available. We ask for your patience during this time as it takes just a few minutes to ensure your details are correct. For those people who do not have an email address notices can still be sent in the traditional way and we are investigating the option to send notices via SMS.

Now is also the perfect time to join the Library. Membership is free and all that is required is identification with a current address. This membership gives you access to all of the Library resources, computer use and Wi-Fi, as well as the Library’s electronic resources.

For more information head to the Library website; or drop into any of the branches in Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang.



Cover tibetan Dress

Tibetan Dress in Amdo and Kham by Gina Corrigan

This is a beautiful and remarkable book about the textiles and fashions in the Tibetan regions of Amdo and Kham. It would appeal to anyone interested in people of the world, particularly spinners, weavers, embroiders, jewelers and those interested in beautiful authentic costumes.

The book by Gina Corrigan is a recent look at the clothing of the region that combines the centuries old designs and constructions with touches of Western influences. Who knew that amber beads could be so huge! (See chapter 9, ‘Amulets and Jewellery’).


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

Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson is one of America’s best loved writers. Robinson has written four highly acclaimed novels. She has also written many non-fiction works and collections of essays.

“Marilynne Robinson is more than simply another stunning addition to the cannon of contemporary female writers who capture the world with delicious accuracy and a unique, purposeful perspective. Robinson is a writer of thrilling grace, of limitless empathy, of poise and passion and a quietude both beguiling and bespoke. Robinson is a writer who has surpassed the usual excellencies.” – Hannah Nelson-Teutsch.

Books by Marilynne Robinson at the Lithgow Library:



Home .


 If you love Marilynne Robinson you might also like:

Colm Toibin

Alice McDermot

Chris Adrian

Dennis Bock

Cover of Gilead



Digital Art of Ageing Exhibition

Check out the amazing Art of Ageing digital exhibition featuring some extraordinary seniors reaping the benefits of leading active and fun-filled lives – connected to their communities. The exhibition celebrates and champions the incredible contribution seniors make – every day – to their families, their communities and the state of New South Wales. Feeling excited? So are we!

The Art of Ageing exhibition in digital format will be shown at Lithgow Library Learning Centre during this year’s NSW Seniors Festival. The exhibition is a NSW Government initiative which aims to challenge people’s views on ageing and the experiences of older people across the state.

A learner driver, gymnast and ukulele player are among the extraordinary seniors who are featured in the exhibition, which celebrates the lives of older people living in regional NSW. The NSW Government commissioned this exhibition to highlight the incredible lives of seniors and promote inclusive communities for all generations.

The Art of Ageing exhibition comprises the work of five photographers from Wagga Wagga, Taree, Molong, Mudgee, and Goulburn. A physical version of the exhibition is also currently on an extended tour across NSW.

The Art of Ageing digital exhibition will be displayed in Lithgow Library Learning Centre from 13 February until 24 February 2019 to coincide with NSW Seniors Festival. Drop into the library during opening hours to view the exhibition.

The exhibition artworks, stories and photographer biographies can also be viewed online at



All Ages Chess Club at the Library



Join in the game enjoyed by millions worldwide! Starting February 2 2019, Lithgow Library will be hosting an all ages chess club. Everyone is welcome, from beginner to champion.

Every Saturday from 2 February 2019 everyone is invited along to Lithgow Library to enjoy a morning of chess. Chess Club will run from 9.30am to 11.45am and multiple games can be played at a time, so no waiting! We welcome players of all skill levels, from beginner to champion and everyone in between. The club will be run by a volunteer who is keen to play, and teach new players about the game.

“The Lithgow Library is such a dynamic place to be,” said Mayor Ray Thompson. “They always have new and exciting programs that will appeal to people of all ages and interests.”

The Library will provide the chess sets for this free activity. A volunteer will be on hand to help those who have not played before and want to learn a new skill, or to help amateurs improve their knowledge of the game. All ages are welcome to come along to this new program, adult supervision is required for children under 8.