Author Talk by Anne Hutchison at Lithgow Library

Anne Hutchison’s first book –The Gift of Adoption shares a powerful journey through parenthood, the challenges and triumphs of raising adopted foreign children, and the remarkable lessons that truly unveil the beating heart of a loving family.

Anne Hutchison is a retired science teacher who started her professional life as a medical scientist working at hospitals in Sydney’s northern suburbs. In her late twenties, she went back to University to follow a passionate calling to become a teacher. She taught Science in the western suburbs of Sydney before taking up a position at a large independent school where she taught for thirty years.

The Gift of Adoption tells her story with fresh light into the adopting and parenting process, hoping to guide others along in their own dreams of raising children in need. Anne and Alan’s adoption experience was everything they hoped for, but the journey was rarely what they expected. Travel along with them to discover how they leaned on their strength and care for each other to build enduring bonds of love and trust with their children, overcoming tremendous odds to form a family that ultimately belonged together.


The author talk will take place at Lithgow Library Learning Centre, 157 Main Street Lithgow on Friday 13 March 2020. Join Anne for a discussion and morning tea at 10.45am. No bookings are required for this free event. For more information contact the Library on 63529100.


Sharon Tollard
Library Coordinator                                                                                             
Tel: 02 6352 9100                                                                                       
Fax: 02 6351 4364

Tech Savvy Seniors

Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang Libraries will soon be holding technology classes for seniors focusing on the Seniors Card Website and NSW transport apps.

“Digital skills are essential in today’s society which is why Tech Savvy Seniors sessions that provide opportunities for seniors to become computer literate are always very popular. The upcoming classes will extend the knowledge level of seniors who already have some technology basics,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

The session will focus on navigating through the Seniors Card Website & the NSW Transport apps. To complement the session and assist seniors an introduction to the Regional Seniors Travel Card will be provided.

These workshops will be held at Lithgow Library on Tuesday 25 February at 2:00pm, Wallerawang Library on Wednesday 26 February at 2:00pm, and Portland Library on Thursday 27 February at 2:00pm.

The sessions are designed as an introduction and you do not need to be internet connected or have a device. However, to get the most out of the session please contact the library for an information flyer. Afternoon tea will be provided; bookings are essential and can be made by contacting the Lithgow Library on 6352 9100.


Lithgow Library on the Hunt for Creative Volunteers

Are you creative? Are you available to volunteer to run an introductory workshop on creativity? If so, Lithgow Library would love your help.

The definition of create is: to make or produce (something): to cause (something new) to exist: to cause (a particular situation) to exist: to produce (something new, such as a work of art) by using your talents and imagination.

Library and Information Week (LIW) runs from 25-29 May 2020. LIW is a time for libraries to celebrate and promote what they do. Providing information, assisting with technology and connecting people are some of the most important library activities, as well as providing books and other resources for enjoyment and learning and conducting programs to engage the community.  

The theme for LIW this year is ‘Create’, so Lithgow Library is planning a week long showcase of creativity and is inviting local creatives to volunteer some time during the week to run workshops in the libraries. The aim of the workshops is to promote how enjoyable and rewarding being creative can be, and give people a chance to learn a new skill. It is planned to run workshops at all three library branch at times suitable to the volunteers, even after normal library hours if necessary. Workshops should be no more than two hours. A variety of activities is required across all ages, ideally with a take home sample or ideas at the end. If you have activities that meet the needs of any of the different age groups, children, teens, adults, seniors and those with a disability, the library would love to hear from you.

“The creative workshops will be an opportunity for anyone planning to teach their skill a chance to practice and give people a taste, or for anyone who already teaches, the chance to reach a bigger audience,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

If you are interested in volunteering to teach a Create workshop during LIW in any of the target groups mentioned above please contact Sharon Lewis or Scotia Tracey at Lithgow Library on 6352 9100 or via email


Be Connected at your library during Seniors Festival


Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang Libraries will be holding drop in, Be Connected information barbeques during the NSW Seniors Festival.  Come along for a free sausage sizzle and learn about the Be Connected program at your local library.

The first BBQ will be held at Lithgow Library on Thursday 13 February between 12pm and 2pm.  Grab a sausage sandwich and chat to the staff about this Australian Government initiative to empower all Australians to thrive in a digital world.

BBQs will also be held at Portland Library on Tuesday 18 February and Wallerawang Library on Wednesday 19 February between 12pm and 2pm.

Everyone is welcome to this free event.

13 February Lithgow Library

18 February Portland Library

19 February Wallerawang Library