Christmas Storytime

Join us for our last Storytime of 2018, with that very special guest!

Storytime is a fun activity for young children and their carers which is held each Wednesday at Lithgow Library where we sing, dance, read stories and make a fun craft afterwards.

Join us for our last Storytime of 2018 on Wednesday 19 December at 10:30am with special guest reader Santa! Our favourite jolly man in red will bring some treats for the children, read some stories, and help us sing our songs. He will then head back to the North Pole while we decorate our small wooden Christmas trees.

“Christmas is such a magical time of the year and the annual Santa Storytime at Lithgow Library is always enjoyed by all who attend,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

For more information about this free event please contact Lithgow Library on 6352 9100.


Summer Reading Club

Now in its ninth year, Lithgow Library’s Summer Reading Club is back! Sign up at any branch Library to join in the fun.

Australian Summer Reading Club is an annual program that supports continued development of multi-literacy skills in children and young people, including reading, writing, creative arts and multimedia technology skills during the summer months.

Reading is an essential skill for everyone and is the vital foundation of a child’s learning and engagement in their school years and for life. Libraries are not only invested in supporting the development of early literacy skills of children from birth, they are also keen advocates of sustaining literacy and promoting the importance of recreational reading across all ages, particularly during the summer months. This is why the Summer Reading Club program is a free public program offered online and in libraries across Australia.

Lithgow Library is once again inviting all kids to join the SRC. Sign up at any branch to receive your free activity booklet, read 10 or more books over the summer and return your reading list to go into the draw to win our major prize! The summer reading club runs from 1 December 2018 until 31 January 2019, reading lists must be returned to Lithgow Library by 5pm 31 January 2019 to be eligible for the prize draw.

“Reading is such a vital life skill, this is a great initiative to gets kids reading for enjoyment,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

For more information about this free event please contact Lithgow Library on 02 6352 9100.


Seniors Festival Art Competition – The Art of Aging

To celebrate Seniors Festival 2019, Lithgow Library is hosting a senior’s art competition with great prizes to be awarded!

The 2019 Seniors Festival will be from Wednesday 13 – Sunday 24 February. Every year the NSW Seniors Festival encourages seniors to be active, social and healthy. The festival provides seniors with the opportunity to get involved in their communities and enjoy all the benefits that come from that participation.

As part of Lithgow’s Seniors Festival 2019, Lithgow Library is inviting seniors to submit an artwork for our inaugural art competition.  Any medium may be used, participants must be aged 50+ and all artworks must be delivered to the Library by Tuesday 29 January 2019 to be considered. All artworks will be displayed in the Library for the month of February. Great prizes will be awarded to the winners as decided by the judges.

“The Seniors Festival is a great way to encourage participation in the community and community events,” said Mayor Ray Thompson, “I encourage all dabblers to get the brushes out and show us what you can do.”

The theme for the competition is “The Art of Aging”. Show us what it feels like being a senior. For more information please contact Lithgow Library on 6352 9100 or

Movember 2018

With the state of men’s health in crisis, Movember focuses on men’s health in a bid to reduce the number of men dying needlessly each year.

Movember aims to raise awareness of men’s health issues. Since Movember first started in Australia in 2003, the foundation has grown to fund more than 1,200 men’s health initiatives across 21 countries.

Lithgow Library will be hosting an informal speaker session with guest speakers who will cover men’s health, local resources and services for men. Speakers include Dr John Dearin discussing men’s health; Terry Tonkin from the Lithgow Men’s Shed; and Tim from Tough Grind Barbers. The session will be followed by a light lunch. Lithgow’s ukulele group, The Leles, will also perform.

“This is a great opportunity for men to reach out and find out more about local services and opportunities. It is important to shine a light on issues that previously have been brushed aside and kept in the dark, ” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

The Movember information morning will be held at Lithgow Library on Tuesday 6 November at 10.00am. Please RSVP for catering purposes. For more information about this free event please call Lithgow Library on 6352 9100.



Book launch

Padley of the Pedestal – by Keith Painter

Book launch

We had a fantastic book launch and author talk on Friday afternoon at Lithgow Library. Keith Painter gave a very interesting presentation on the history of James Padley and his time in Lithgow in the early 1900’s.

Padley of the Pedestal will be available for borrowing from the Lithgow Library soon and is a must read for anyone with an interest in local history. The Library also received a significant donation of Padley family memorabilia from Jean Crook and her family which we are very excited to be able to explore and make available to the public as soon as possible.

John Barnes Exhibition

John Barnes, an iconic local artist, will be exhibiting at Lithgow Library for the month of November – his books and art are well known for their local imagery and historic significance.

Lithgow historian and artist John Barnes, renowned for his drawings of buildings in the Lithgow area, is set to create an exhibition that tells the stories of Lithgow. On show from Thursday November 1 until Friday 30 November 2018, this exhibition will have audiences engaged in the tales that have fascinated locals for more than a century.

With each drawing, John Barnes collects the stories of the people surrounding each place. From the Barton Park Murders to Sir Joseph Cook in the Vale of Clwydd Mine, John’s images divulge some of Lithgow’s most gruesome and uplifting stories.

“The diversity of the artworks that have been on display this year at the Lithgow Library has been outstanding”, said Mayor Ray Thompson. “John’s work is of local and historical significance, this is a great opportunity to have a look at some of his work”.

The free exhibition will be on display from 1-30 November 2018 at Lithgow Library during library opening hours. For more information on this exhibition or upcoming exhibitions contact the library on 6352 9100.



Ray Thompson

Tel: 02 6354 9999                                                              
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Sharon Lewis

Library Team Leader
Tel: 02 6352 9100                                                                                        
Fax: 02 6351 4364

Free Telstra Tech Savvy Seniors classes at the Library

Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang Libraries will be once again holding basic technology classes for seniors starting from the 17 October 2018, on Wednesday and Thursday mornings between 10.00am and 12.00pm.

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

To provide our 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 Wednesday and Thursday mornings starting from 17 October 2018.  The classes will be held over 6 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 available 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.



Ray Thompson
Tel: 02 6354 9999                                                              
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Sharon Lewis
Acting Library Coordinator 
Tel: 02 6352 9100
Fax: 02 6351 4364

Get Online Week

Get Online Week will take place from 15-21 October 2018. This year everyone is asked to #Try1thing!

Get Online Week is the UK’s biggest digital inclusion campaign. Delivered in the UK by Good Things Foundation since 2007, the campaign is going global for the first time, with Get Online Week 2018 also taking place in Australia. This year’s Get Online Week 2018 will give people the opportunity to Try 1 Thing – do just one new thing online as a next step to improving their digital skills.

Lithgow Library will be hosting a series of information sessions about our new digital resources – e-Books, e-Audio books and eMagazines. There will be sessions at each of the branches and we will show you how to join the Library and how to access our digital resources from home.

“Digital inclusion is so important for all members of our community,” said Mayor Ray Thompson. “Being connected is a cornerstone of today’s society, so it is wonderful that the library is providing this opportunity to our community.”

The sessions will be held at all library branches. 12.00pm Tuesday 16 October at Portland Library; 11.00am Wednesday 17 October at Wallerawang Library; 11.00am Friday 19 October at Lithgow Library. Morning tea will be provided so please RSVP for catering purposes.

For more information about this free event please contact Lithgow Library on 02 6352 9100.

Keith Painter

Author Talk – Keith Painter. Padley of the Pedestal ~James McMillan Padley

Keith Painter

This book is more than just a biography. Within its pages over 500 photos, news clips, documents, maps, and transcripts will take you on a journey with the Padley family from 1801 Yorkshire, England, through the Victorian gold rush at Castlemaine, followed by the heady days of Melbourne’s boom years, then “home” to England. But the great Southern land of opportunity called the family back in the 1880s. For James there were shop ventures in Sydney, Windsor, and northern NSW, followed by a ten-year yo-yo relationship with Windsor, finally settling in Lithgow in 1902. Here he put down roots and was soon the driving force in the Lithgow Progress Association and the chief instigator of the development of Hassans Walls.


Keith Painter came to book writing from a background in typesetting and printing, having worked in Australia, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. In 1994 he wrote and published his first Pocket Pal bushwalking guide. The series of Blue Mountains guides now numbers eight titles with combined sales of over 7,000 copies. Researching bush tracks led Keith into local history, writing The Chert Bubble’s two volumes on Mount Victoria’s 1920s chert industry, followed by Hassans Walls ~ Prized and Pillaged. Studying the Hassans Walls story made him realise what an immense contribution James Padley had made to the Reserve and to Lithgow. Keith hopes to write further local history and bushwalking titles. He is a member of Lithgow & District Family Historical Society, Blue Mountains Historical Society and an individual member of the Blue Mountains Association of Cultural and Heritage Organisations.

Date of Activity: 19 October 2018             

Time:    3pm

Cost: Free

Age/s All

Bookings required: No

Dilettante Artists Exhibition!

A dilettante artist is someone who creates art for pleasure. A dabbler!

Queen Victoria loved to paint watercolours and was often described as a dilettante artist. Lithgow Library is showcasing some local dilettante artists work during the month of October.

During October Lithgow Library will be hosting an eclectic display of talented local artists. We have artists showcasing various different mediums; from weaving and book art, to drawing and resin art. With something for everyone, this display will engage the senses and delight the eye.

The library has hosted some amazing artworks from local artists this year and it showcases what talent is in our community. This exhibition will provide a variety of different styles and mediums for the community to engage with.

This exhibition will showcase local Capertee photographer Samantha Ellis; artist Norman Lindgren; art and home décor creator Leesa Peterson; book artist and weaver Megan Butler; and book artist Lee Morris.

For more information on this free exhibition contact the Lithgow Library on 63529100.