Be Connected at Your Library During Senior’s Week

Being connected to the world through technology is very important in today’s technological age and libraries are great places to connect to technology and to other people in the community. Head along to your local library during Senior’s Week to see how you can become connected to the wider world.

Be Connected is an Australian Government, nationwide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. “This Australian government initiative to assist people with their digital skills, particularly the senior members of the community is a program that libraries are well placed to deliver,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

Through funding available as part of this program, Lithgow Library and the branches at Portland and Wallerawang will be hosting community engagement events to help people get connected, and to also learn about the other services that are available at the libraries.

As part of the community engagement sessions the Lithgow Lions Club will be providing a free sausage sizzle at each branch. Library staff will be on hand to help you join the library, show you the services available and get you started on the Be Connected program. The program and barbeque is open to everyone from the community not just seniors. No bookings are required for these free events.

The Be Connected community engagement events will take place on the following dates between 12:00pm and 2:00pm;

Lithgow Library Learning Centre, 157 Main Street Lithgow – Thursday 13 February 2020

Portland Library, Williwa Street Portland – Tuesday 18 February 2020

Wallerawang Library, Main Street Wallerawang – Wednesday 19 February 2020


For more information contact the Lithgow Library on 63529100.


Book Launch – Kim Kelly/Walking

Cover of book "Walking"Author Kim Kelly









Lithgow Library will be hosting an author talk and book launch of the new book Walking by the popular Central West author Kim Kelly on Saturday 22 February at 11am.

Kim Kelly is an acclaimed author of Australian historical fiction that shines a light on forgotten corners of our past, and the lives of ordinary people making their way through extraordinary times. Kim’s first novel, Black Diamonds, was set in Lithgow, and there’s a beautiful whisper of this town once again in her new and ninth novel, Walking.  Kim will be celebrating both books at the library this time, with Black Diamonds having recently gone on to become a bestselling audiobook internationally, and Walking taking its first steps into the world – right here in Lithgow where the spark of Kim’s writing career began. Come along and hear how this valley inspired her very first and latest works – and why this town will always be a place of love for Kim.

The author event will be held at Lithgow Library in Main Street Lithgow starting at 10.45am with morning tea, followed by the author talk and book signing at 11am. No bookings are required for this free event. For more information contact the library on 63529100.


22 February 2020   


10.45 am for an 11am start

Birdie and the Fire – a story to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children aged 0-4, their parents and families

Birdie and the Fire

With the bushfires making an impact on our area it can be difficult to help children understand what is happening and how it will be resolved in the end. Birdie and the Fire is a simple picture book freely available as an electronic resource that may help families through this difficult time.

Published by Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service the free electronic resources – Birdie’s Tree series have been designed to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children aged 0-4, their parents and families, through severe weather events and other natural disasters.

Birdie and the Fire is particularly appropriate for our area at this current time,  and can be accessed by the following link.
Birdie and the Fire

Other Birdie’s Tree resources can be accessed free of charge as ebooks at the following link: and they are also available for purchase as picture books.

Books & Bites

books and bites







Books & Bites 

Our new book club will meet to discuss our second book “Scrublands”.

Loved it, great! Not your book, that’s ok too. Let’s talk about it.

Books & Bites meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

Portland Tuesday 28 January 2020 at 2pm,

Wallerawang Wednesday 29 January 2020 at 1.30 pm and

Lithgow Thursday 30 January 2020 at 12.30 pm

If you’re interested in joining a book club come along and find out more.

For more information contact the Lithgow Library on 63529100