Stella Prize

The Stella Prize 2018

Stella Prize

The Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing.

The Prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin, and was awarded for the first time in 2013. Both nonfiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.

This year’s winner has just been announced – Tracker by Alexis Wright

Tracker is a non-fiction work and is a collective memoir of the charismatic Aboriginal leader, political thinker and entrepreneur, Tracker Tilmouth, who died in Darwin in 2015 at the age of 62.

This Prize winning book is available for loan, or for free reservation, from Lithgow Library and our branches at Portland and Wallerawang. Please contact the library on 6352 9100 for more information.

E book kitten

Free ebooks for Lithgow Community

E book kitten 

Free ebooks and eaudio-books are available for all residents of Lithgow. Lithgow Library, and our branches at Portland and Wallerawang, provide free access to a quality range of adult, teen, and children’s titles. Membership to your local library is free – why not join up and download a great ebook today!


Access the ebook catalogue straight from the library webpage:


Please contact the library on 6352 9100 for more information, and for help and advice to get you ebook savvy.


Gas Works Lane Tennis Court

Crowdsourcing – Looking for photographs

Gas Works Lane Tennis Court

The Library often gets requests for photographs of the local area but sometimes those images are just not in the library’s photographic collections.

Do you have these photographs in your collection?

  • South side of Main Street from the Cook Street Plaza to the Tattersalls Hotel
  • Gasworks/Chivers Park – before the waste was dumped on it – 1950s
  • Gayline Drive-In Theatre at Reserve Road, Marrangaroo.

If you do please contact us by email to

The Most Delicious Book Club at Lithgow Library

Life doesn’t get much better than a fabulous book, a good conversation and delicious cheese platter, so come along to the Library’s new monthly Delicious Book Club where you will get all of the above.

If you love to read and would like to talk about your favourite or current book, then you are welcome to come along. There is no pressure in this group to all read the same book, just bring along the one you are reading and tell us about it.

The new group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Lithgow Library starting at 7:00pm – enter via the rear gate access in Burns Lane, and anyone 16 and over is welcome. Lithgow Library Co-ordinator Terry O’Keefe said, “It’s great to have a place in the community where book lovers can gather and have vigorous discussions. I’m reminded of the quote by CS Lewis ‘Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably’. I’m sure the Most Delicious Book Club will spend many hours enjoying each other’s company”.

No bookings are required – just turn up and join in. Please contact the Library on 6352 9100 for more information.

I Am What I Am at the Lithgow Library

Diversity is what makes Australia a great place to live so The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia is a day to celebrate the diversity that makes up our Community.

To celebrate IDAHOT this year the Library is hosting a very Special Storytime on Wednesday 16 May at 10:30am. Come and join in the fun and sparkle and glitter of our “I am what I am” Drag Queen Storytime.

The Day is a world- wide celebration of diversity and encourages people of all ages to learn more about all the people who make up our community. The theme of our storytime is to encourage all of us to be who we are. We are all valid and valuable. We are all different and each a unique individual so let’s celebrate each other.

Mayor Stephen Lesslie said, “Our community is progressively becoming more and more inclusive. IDAHOT is a way for us to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity that we so enjoy here in Lithgow.” Participants at the IDAHOT Day Storytime will enjoy some stories celebrating diversity, fun songs and a great craft activity led by our own local Drag Queen Martine. Everyone is welcome and dressing up in your most gorgeous and glittery outfits is encouraged.

Storytime is an early literacy program aimed at preschoolers and their families. This is a free event and all are welcome so why not join in on Wednesday 16th May 2018 from 10.30am.

Please contact Lithgow Library on 6352 9100 if you need any further information.


Centrelink & My Gov information session


Do you want to learn more about myGov? Do you want to download the Centrelink and Medicare apps? Do you want more information about how to use online services for Centrelink? Come on down to the Lithgow Library Learning Centre on Thursday 26 April and get the information and advice you need!

Thursday 26 April 2018


Premiers Literary Award

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2018

Premiers Literary Award


Lithgow Library has added to our collection the six books short-listed for this year’s NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.


The Awards recognize contemporary works by leading and merging Australian writers. Thirty judges considered almost 600 entries across 10 prize categories, with $295,000 in prize money to be awarded, making them the richest state-funded literary awards in the country.


The winners will be announced as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival on Monday 30 April 2018.


The six short-listed books are: Common People by Tony Birch; Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark by Catherine Cole; The Book of Dirt by Bram Presser; Pulse Points by Jennifer Down; Taboo by Kim Scott; and The Restorer by Michael Sala.


These books are available for loan, or for free reservation, from Lithgow Library and our branches at Portland and Wallerawang. Please contact the library on 6352 9100 for more information.

Live art installation by Anna Carter

Anna Carter

As part of her exhibition Death, Cycles & the Lines Between, Anna Carter will be creating a live installation called Lazy Sunday Afternoons. The installation will take place at the Lithgow Library on Friday 13 April between 3pm and 6pm and Wednesday 18 April between 10am and 1pm.

Anna will also be conducting an artist walk and talk on Tuesday 24 April from 3.30pm. Come along and hear about the inspiration behind Anna’s contemporary works. Light refreshments are included and bookings can be made by contacting the library on 6352 9100.

13 April 2018  3pm-6pm

18 April 2018  10am-1pm

24 April 2018  3.30pm-6pm



Mark Wilson

  Mark Wilson Author Illustrator Visit


 Mark Wilson

Today Lithgow Library hosted visiting author and artist Mark Wilson. We conducted two ANZAC illustration workshops, one at Cooerwull School and the other at Zig Zag School. Mark was very entertaining and knowledgeable, and the kids all had a great time! Thanks to Cooerwull and Zig Zag for having us! Mark’s books are available for borrowing at Lithgow Library Learning Centre.

Author talk – Kim Hodges – Girl Over The Edge

You are invited to hear academic and author Kim Hodges talk about her latest book Girl Over the Edge, a behind the scenes look at how and why she wrote her memoir on her own lived experience of mental illness.

“With mental illness very much in the spotlight in Lithgow, this author presentation will be of interest to a wide section of the local community,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Stephen Lesslie.

Kim’s presentation will give you an insight into mental illness and also challenge beliefs, attitudes and reduce the stigma in society around mental illness. Have you ever wondered what happens in a mental health clinic or hospital? Or what an episode of severe depression feels like? Kim talks about her experience in a raw, honest and confronting way that will strike a nerve with the listener.

The author talk will be held at Lithgow Library on Thursday 10 May at 11am followed by light refreshments and questions. Copies of Kim’s book Girl Over the Edge will be on sale for $30 at the presentation. No bookings are required for this free event.