Lithgow Celebrates Wattle Day

Once the wattles start to bloomand spring is nigh, it’s the perfect time to celebrate Wattle Day at Lithgow Library with a special morning tea, entertainment and talks on Monday 2 September from 11.00am.

Wattle has been our National floral emblem since 1988 and Wattle Day has been officially celebrated nationallyon 1 September since 1992. To stimulate interest in, and care for the local natural environment, Lithgow Library with help from Lithgow and District Community Nursery, Lithgow and Oberon Landcare Association, Lithgow Beehive and Lithgow Tidy Townsare once again hosting a community event that is inclusive, educational and entertaining.

Speakers at the morning tea will be Huw Evans – Senior Land Services Officer with Central Tablelands Local Land Services and Carol Proberts who will be talking about wattles, birds, butterflies and the local fauna.There will also be songs and entertainment. For more information on the free Wattle Day event contact the Lithgow Library on 63529100.


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

Seniors Silver Screen event cancellation

Sadly due to circumstances beyond our control this month’s Silver Screen for Seniors scheduled for Thursday 15 August has been cancelled.

Please contact the library on 6352 9100 for more information and to book your spot.

Destination Pagoda information session

Lithgow Library will be hosting an information session and viewing of the film Destination Pagoda on Wednesday 21 August at 5.30pm.

The Gardens of Stone National Park is a region on our doorstep with unique and world class landscapes, wildlife and flora. The Lithgow Environment Group, Colong Foundation and Blue Mountains Conservation Society want to share with interested locals the beauty and potential for this area.

A screening of the film by Tom Zybricki – Destination Pagoda – and an information session will be held in the Lithgow Library.

Libraries are about information and ensuring that communities have access to it. The information session will provide an opportunity for the community to hear about the Destination Pagoda proposal and the beauty of the Gardens of Stone National Park.

No bookings are required for the free event to be held on Wednesday 21 August 2019 from 5.30pm to 7pm at the Lithgow Library.




Super Smash Bros Ultimate Casual Competition at Lithgow Library

Libraries aren’t just about books and quiet study anymore, they’re dynamic and vibrant community spaces where like-minded people can meet up for a variety of events and activities. That is what Aidan Crann discovered when he approached Lithgow Library recently with his idea for a video game competition.

Aidan was looking for a place where members of the community could gather to hang out and enjoy a casual video game competition. The Lithgow Library was happy to offer the space and equipment to support and encourage young people to develop their creativity.

“Council is always happy to encourage young people to come together and engage in community activities,” said Mayor Ray Thompson. “The libraries are a public space for all to share so we want to encourage young people to come in and use the facility. Programs that appeal to youth, especially ones requested by youth themselves, are most likely to increase their use of the Library space”.

The group is suitable for a range of ages although children under 8 will require an adult to stay with them. “Beginners are welcome to join in. We can help you learn to play and even lend you a controller to use,” said Aiden. The group will meet every Tuesday at the Lithgow Library from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. If you have a Nintendo controller please bring it along.

No bookings are required for this free event. For more information contact the library on 63529100.


Treasures from Under the Floorboards

Sometimes it is amazing what comes to light during renovations – especially under old floorboards! Treasures that give a fascinating glimpse into our past.

One such treasure recently turned up during the Union Theatre renovations. Workmen uncovered an old handbill advertising ‘Wild Australia’ – a show involving bucking bullocks, buckjumpers, including 16 year old champion lady buckjumper Miss Dorrie Phillips, champion horsemen, whip crackers and lasso experts.

Unfortunately apart from the dates of the performances, the year was unknown. A little bit of investigative digging by Library staff through the Lithgow Mercury on Trove uncovered the dates – 19 & 20 April 1922. The handbill is in remarkable condition given it is almost 100 years old and gives a glimpse into entertainment from a different time.

The show appeared to be popular, returning year after year until around 1949. Local riders would sign up to compete to win prize money but were generally not very lucky. One of the selling points was that it is a ‘wholesome’ show suitable for ladies and children, as well as men.

The Library is always happy to receive such treasures for the local history collection. In particular, old photographs, history relating to Lithgow and district, and even issues of the Lithgow Mercury or other local papers prior to 1898. These older papers are scarce, and occasionally turn up during renovations or hiding under grandma’s linoleum. The handbill will now be preserved and added to the Library collection.

For more information on the Lithgow Library local history collection drop into the Library between 10:00am to 12:00pm Monday to Friday or contact the library on 63529100.

Free Creative Narrative Writing Course at the Library

Lots of us have stories to tell, but sometimes getting them on to paper proves to be a challenge, so a free 8 week creative narrative writing course starting soon at the Lithgow Library might just get you started.

“There was a lot of interest in the session held earlier in the year and the participants had a great time,” said Mayor Ray Thompson. “I am sure once again that this course will be popular, especially because it is free, so I encourage you to book early”.

The course will start on Wednesday 14 August 2019 and run through until 2 October 2019. It will be held in the library meeting room between 11:00am and 12.30pm. Places are limited to ensure everyone gets the best result from the course, so bookings are essential and can be made by contacting the Library on 63529100.

Be Connected – learn digital literacy skills at your local library

Your local libraries at Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang will be holding sessions on the basics of using digital devices and engaging with the internet. To further improve your knowledge you can bring your own device or use the library devices.

Sessions will be held starting from 22 July 2019 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in Lithgow and starting from 29 July 2019 at Portland and Wallerawang Branch Libraries. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Lithgow Library on 63529100.

Starts 22/7/19

Bookings only

Plastic Free July Morning Tea

Take the pledge and support Lithgow’s Plastic Free July morning tea Wednesday 17th July at the Lithgow Library.

Did you know; Australians use 1.3 million tonnes of plastic each year!

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.

To celebrate Plastic Free July, Lithgow Council will be holding a plastic free morning tea at Lithgow Library on Wednesday 17 July 2019 commencing at 10.30am.

Councillor Cassandra Coleman said “Most of us are aware that plastic will survive in the environment for hundreds of years. Rather than biodegrading, plastic photodegrades, breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces. Plastic is also lightweight and moisture resistant, meaning it can float easily in air and water, and travel long distances. To celebrate Plastic Free July and encourage people to Choose to Refuse single use plastic, Council would like to invite the community to Morning Tea. Please come along and do your part in reducing single use plastics.”

The best way to limit creating plastic waste is to prevent using it in the first place; avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle!

If you can’t make to morning tea and you would like to pledge your support online visit or or Councils website

Boomerang Bags 1st Birthday Celebration  












Lithgow Boomerang Bags held an open day at Lithgow Library in 2018 and are returning to the library to celebrate their first birthday with another sew-in and morning tea on Friday 21 June from 10.30am to 2.30pm. The group is looking for more volunteers and you don’t need to be able to sew, because there are other jobs to do like cutting and pinning, but you can learn to use the sewing machine and overlocker if you want. So be sure to drop in for a cuppa and to get a free Boomerang Bag.




Friday 21 June 2019


10.30am to 2.30pm

Biggest Morning Tea @ Lithgow Library

Lithgow Library will once again be hosting the Biggest Morning Tea and we invite everyone to come along, have a cuppa and some yummy goodies for a small (or large!) donation and help raise funds for cancer research.


Thursday 23 May, 2019


10 am to 12 noon