Holiday Hours at Your Library

In line with Lithgow City Council Christmas closures, Lithgow Library Learning Centre and the Wallerawang and Portland branches will be closed from 5:00pm Thursday 24 December 2020 and will re-open from 11 January 2021.

The Library team would like to encourage everyone to get their holiday borrowing sorted early so you are not caught out by the holiday closures. The Libraries will close at 5:00pm on Thursday 24 December 2020. Lithgow Library will reopen 9:00am on Monday 11 January 2021 and Portland and Wallerawang Libraries will reopen at 10:00am on Tuesday 12 January 2021.

From the New Year Lithgow Library and the branches will be returning to regular hours as follows:

 

Lithgow Library

Monday to Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm

 

Portland and Wallerawang Libraries

Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00am – 1:00pm and 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Thursday and Fridays 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm

 

After hours book return chutes will also be closed during the Christmas closure and  any items borrowed in December will not be due for return until after 11 January 2021. The library does not fine for overdue items.

Access to the library electronic resources is available to all library members throughout the closed period.  For more information on how to access these resources or the library closures contact the Lithgow Library on 6352 9100.

 

NSW Reads “Lucky’s” Debut novel by Andrew Pippos

Lithgow Library Learning Centre will be participating in the state-wide NSW Reads program.  It’s a big book club, and everyone is invited.

From mid-December to 17 February 2021, readers across the state are encouraged to read Sydney author Andrew Pippos’s debut novel Lucky’s.

Lucky’s is described by the Guardian Australia as a “must-read saga, and a gripping monument to the Greek diaspora”. Central to the theme of Lucky’s is the iconic Greek milk bar, found in so many Australian country towns. Perhaps whilst reading Lucky’s you might even reminisce about our own local heritage here in Lithgow.

Join in and celebrate NSW Reads by getting a copy of Lucky’s today. Lithgow Library Learning Center has made Lucky’s available in multiple formats for your convenience, if you require assistance downloading a copy or placing a reservation please contact the library on 6352 9100.

Take a walk through Lithgow’s social history via the Lithgow Library Catalogue

Access to 1832 digital photographs from the Lithgow Mercury Collection is now available to search, browse and view, via the Lithgow Library Catalogue.

One of the unexpected benefits for the library of the enforced shutdowns, working from home, and reduced opening hours due to COVID restrictions, has been the ability to undertake tasks that can be difficult to accomplish when the library is operating normally.

When Len Ashworth retired from the Lithgow Mercury he donated a large collection of photographs to the Lithgow Library. At one time most have appeared in various Lithgow Mercury articles dating back to 1962. The Lithgow Mercury Photograph Collection consists of 1,832 photographs, reflecting a time line of Lithgow going back to the 1800s right through into the 2000s. 

Many were taken from 1962 to 2000 and are a social history of Lithgow from community events, sport and even the shopping. Significant events standout, such as the Bracey store fire in 1970, the dedication ceremony of the Marjorie Jackson statue, and the important visitors such as Gough Whitlam and the Queen.

Library volunteer Kay Ross organised the photographs into various categories, creating lists that library staff could search. It was always the intention to incorporate them into the library catalogue but some projects require the right timing to commence. With the library going into shutdown in March due to COVID-19 and with a number of staff required to work from home, projects that were sitting on the back burner were brought forward. One of the priorities was to catalogue the Lithgow Mercury Collection.

Sharon Lewis who undertook the cataloguing project says, “There are numerous old photographs that I haven’t seen anywhere else. It is worth browsing the collection on the catalogue to get an overview.” 

The Lithgow Mercury Collection can be accessed via the Lithgow Library webpage  http://library.lithgow.com Once there search the catalogue for the Lithgow Mercury Collection and browse the thumbnails. 

The library would like to acknowledge the enormous contribution that Kay Ross made to the local history collection over her long tenure of volunteering with the library. She is sadly missed by the library staff; however her legacy will go on in the projects she worked on that make the local history collection more accessible to the community.

Lithgow Library Learning Centre Presents … Christmas Storytime!

Santa is on his way and will be visiting all the boys and girls at Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang Libraries.

Lithgow Library Learning Centre is pleased to be able to provide Christmas Storytime across all three branches. Children will have the opportunity to enjoy a story read by Santa and receive a pre-packaged Christmas take home craft.

Storytime will be conducted within a COVID safe environment under NSW Government and Health regulations, details are provided at the time of booking.

For further information and booking to go to the Lithgow library website https://library.lithgow.com/

 

Lithgow Christmas Storytime will be held on Monday 21 December 2020 at 9am.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lithgow-library-christmas-storytime-registration-131421514287

 

Portland Christmas Storytime will be held on Tuesday 22 December at 10 am.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/portland-library-christmas-storytime-registration-131413921577

 

Wallerawang Christmas Storytime will be held on Tuesday 22 December at 11.30 am.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wallerwang-library-christmas-storytime-registration-126012850829

 

Please call the Library on 6352 9100 for more information.

There’s One Last Christmas Story to be told!

Lithgow Library will be holding one last Christmas Storytime on Christmas Eve, Thursday 24 December at 9:00 am.

Lithgow Library Learning Centre is pleased to be able to provide one last Christmas Storytime on Christmas Eve. Children will have the opportunity to see Santa’s Elves, listen to Christmas songs, enjoy a story read by Santa and receive a pre-packaged Christmas take home craft.

Storytime is suitable for pre-school aged children and we asked that only one adult accompany children for this program.

Storytime will be conducted within a COVID safe environment under NSW Government and Health regulations, details are provided at the time of booking.

For further information and bookings to go to the Lithgow library website https://library.lithgow.com/

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lithgow-library-christmas-eve-storytime-registration-131427181237

Please call the Library on 6352 9100 for more information.

Take Your Library on Holiday With You

How do you take a Library on holidays with you? Electronically of course!  With holiday time approaching get your iPad or tablet ready and have holiday entertainment ready to go.

eBooks are a great space saving invention that give you all the benefits of a bookcase, but in an easily transportable device. Did you know that there are more options than just eBooks? Lithgow Library Learning Centre provides members with free access to eBooks, eAudio (talking books), eMagazines, a movie/documentary streaming service, electronic car manuals and a language learning application.

To access all of these great resources all you need is a library card and access to the Library website at library.lithgow.com or by phoning 6352 9100. Throughout December the Library will be taking bookings for anyone who needs assistance setting up their device to access the resources. Contact Lithgow Library to make a booking.

Time to get your holiday reading sorted

With only a month to the Christmas and the New Year break Lithgow Library Learning Centre is reminding everyone to start planning their holiday reading needs now.

We often leave things until the last minute and the holiday break will be upon us before we know it. Lithgow Library has extended borrowing dates across all library branches, so that any items borrowed from the 30 November 2020 will be due after 11 January 2021. Which means you can get in early and tick that task off your to do list.

New material is arriving all the time, pop into any of the library branches or reserve your items online to click and collect later.  For more information on the current library hours or help with click and collect, go to the library website at library.lithgow.com or by phoning 63529100.

Author Talk by Mary Li

Lithgow Library Learning Centre will be participating in an online collaborative author talk presenting Mary Li to discuss her memoir, “Mary’s Story”.

Join us for the highly anticipated memoir of the Australian ballerina Mary Li and the long-awaited sequel to her husband Li Cunxin’s bestselling memoir, Mao’s Last Dancer.

Mary Li (nee McKendry) is an international ballet star. Mary became a household name when her husband Li Cunxin published his bestselling memoir, Mao’s Last Dancer, however the book only told half the story. At the height of an international career Mary seemingly disappeared from view. Now after almost twenty years we will discover a remarkable tale.

NSW Public libraries are pleased to present a series of online author events. This event is presented in conversation with Therese Scott. The event is facilitated through Zoom, and will take place online on Thursday 10 December 2020 at 6.30pm.

To book for this event and receive your link and passcode click on the Eventbrite link provided below.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mary-li-presents-tickets-123285001759

‘This event is collaboration between NSW Public Libraries’, presented by Mosman Library.

Bookings are required for this free event. For more information contact the library on 63529100.

Author Talk by General Sir Peter Cosgrove

Lithgow Library Learning Centre will be participating in an online collaborative author talk presenting General Sir Peter Cosgrove to discuss his memoir, “You Shouldn’t Have Joined…”

General Sir Peter Cosgrove is one of Australia’s most significant public figures and this November he will discuss his extraordinarily full and eventful life with our community.

Cosgrove was there as two Prime Ministers were removed by their own party. He was there through disasters both natural and man-made, such as the destruction of MH17. He was there for world leaders, and for ordinary Australians. This book is the story of his life and experiences, written with intelligence, forthrightness, compassion, and a brilliant eye for a telling anecdote.

You Shouldn’t Have Joined… (an expression much used during his days as a solider) is the story of Cosgrove’s life. It is also the story of those who have shared it with him.

NSW Public libraries are pleased to present a series of online author events. This event is presented in conversation with Richard Glover, author of “Love, Clancy; Dog’s Letters Home”, and introduce by Christine Brennan. The event is facilitated through Zoom, at will take place online on Monday 30 November 2020 at 7pm.

To book for this event and receive your link and passcode click on the Eventbrite link provided below.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sir-peter-cosgrove-in-conversation-tickets-122642489989

This event is a collaboration between NSW Public Libraries and presented by Randwick City Library.

Bookings are required for this free event. For more information contact the library on 6352 9100.

Book Club Titles Now Available Online

Lithgow Library Learning Center, through the digital platform RBdigital, now provides book club titles for simultaneous download meaning you can have that title anytime, anywhere.

If you are a member of a book club, why not try our eBooks for your next read. Some of the titles available are; “Leaving Time”, by Jodi Picoult, “Red Lead”, by Roland Perry, “Bush School”, by Peter O’Brien and “The Last Lighthouse Keeper”, by John Cooks just to mention a few.

To access our digital platform you will need a library card and you can join online through our online catalogue https://lithgow.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/HOME or come in and see the friendly team and we will get you started.