Birdie and the Fire – a story to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children aged 0-4, their parents and families

Birdie and the Fire

With the bushfires making an impact on our area it can be difficult to help children understand what is happening and how it will be resolved in the end. Birdie and the Fire is a simple picture book freely available as an electronic resource that may help families through this difficult time.

Published by Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service the free electronic resources – Birdie’s Tree series have been designed to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children aged 0-4, their parents and families, through severe weather events and other natural disasters.

Birdie and the Fire is particularly appropriate for our area at this current time,  and can be accessed by the following link.
Birdie and the Fire https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/chq/our-services/mental-health-services/qcpimh/natural-disaster-resources/storybooks/

Other Birdie’s Tree resources can be accessed free of charge as ebooks at the following link: https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/natural-disaster-recovery/ and they are also available for purchase as picture books.

Books & Bites

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Books & Bites 

Our new book club will meet to discuss our second book “Scrublands”.

Loved it, great! Not your book, that’s ok too. Let’s talk about it.

Books & Bites meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

Portland Tuesday 28 January 2020 at 2pm,

Wallerawang Wednesday 29 January 2020 at 1.30 pm and

Lithgow Thursday 30 January 2020 at 12.30 pm

If you’re interested in joining a book club come along and find out more.

For more information contact the Lithgow Library on 63529100

Wallerawang Library Open Limited Hours over Holiday Season

To assist people who require access to computers and the internet over the Christmas holiday period, the Wallerawang Library will be opening for limited hours between 10 am to 1 pm on Friday 27th, Monday 30th, Tuesday 31st December and Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd of January.

Christmas Closure

The library will be closed for the Christmas Holiday period from 3pm Tuesday 24th December 2019 and reopen on Monday 6th January 2020 at 9.00 am. The library staff wish all their patrons a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Get that App!

Looking for free entertainment over Christmas & the New Year? Why not try one of the many Apps the Library has available including Beamafilm, Rbdigital, Transparent Language or tinker with the car using Haynes on-line car manuals.

The convenience of electronic resources allows you to take a library with you anywhere on your personal device. Take a month’s worth of books on your overseas holiday without carrying the weight, access current magazines in the doctor’s office or listen to an audiobook while you are in the car. The possibilities are endless and only restricted by the content available from your library.

Our streaming service, Beamafilm is Australia’s premium movie streaming channel for true stories and independent voices. The service offers over 500 award winning documentaries, independent features and festival favourites to delight, inspire and entertain you. The Library’s latest resource Transparent Language Online provides library members with access to over 100 languages. It can be accessed from a personal computer or you can learn on the go via an iOS or Android app. Library members can learn to listen, speak, read and write a new language or for those new to English it provides beginner English for speakers of more than 25 languages.

“Lithgow Library continues to provide exceptional e-resources to the Lithgow community. Our on-line resources allow members access to eBooks, audiobooks emagazines, movies, on-line learning 7 days a week, 24 hours a day,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

To get started with our on-line resources; head to the Library website at www.library.lithgow.com and follow the links to your choice of entertainment, or drop into Lithgow Library on Thursday 19 December from 2:00 – 4;00pm or Friday 20 December from 10:00 – 12:00pm and Get That App.

You will need to be a member of the Library to access these resources so if you aren’t currently a member drop into any of the branches at Lithgow, Portland or Wallerawang to join. Membership is free and is open to all residents of the Lithgow Council area. For more information contact the Lithgow Library on 63529100.

Natural Curiosity – Art Exhibition at Lithgow Library

An art exhibition titled Natural Curiosity featuring the artworks of Elaine Butler and Shannon Pennell will be held at Lithgow Library during December.

Elaine Butler is an Irish/Australian visual artist, mural artist, author and illustrator from Wallerawang. For over 25 years, as a mobile arts educator through her company Fun Time Art, she has offered a variety of artistic educational programmes designed to be a unique, inspiring and a creative learning experience for everyone young or old. Through the Natural Curiosity exhibition, Elaine shares some illustrations from her children’s book series “The Curious Adventures of Parker the Dog”.

Emerging Australian Artist and Curtin School of Design and Art graduate (BFA), Shannon has years of experience in most painting and sculptural techniques. Working from her home in country NSW, Shannon’s works often explore interactions with nature, the rural Australian landscape and personal growth. In Natural Curiosity, Shannon shares her “Spring” series.

Natural Curiosity will be held at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre from the 2 to 24 December 2019. For more information on exhibiting at the Lithgow Library contact the library on 6352 9100.

 

CONTACT:

Sharon Tollard

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

Learn over 100 Languages Free at Your Library

Lithgow Library Learning Centre is thrilled to be able to provide its members with access to a free online tool for learning a foreign language.

Transparent Language Online provides library members with access to over 100 languages. It can be accessed from a personal computer or you can learn on the go via an iOS or Android app.  Library members can learn to listen, speak, read and write a new language or for those new to English it provides beginner English for speakers of more than 25 languages.

The program also features Kidspeak – specially designed for kids of all ages to make learning a second language easy by combining animations with over 40 engaging, interactive activities, puzzles and songs, three levels of difficulty plus printable activities and learning exercises.

To access Transparent Language Online follow the links on the library webpage at www.library.lithgow.com.  You will need to be a current member of the library to use this free resource.  For more information on Transparent Language Online contact the library on 63529100.

 

CONTACT:

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

Men’s Health Talk at Lithgow Library for Movember

Lithgow Library will be hosting an information morning on Friday 29 November 2019 to recognize Movember, an important event on the calendar that highlights men’s health and aims to stop men from dying young.

Dr John Dearin will give an informative talk on men’s health, with tips on staying healthy and issues to look out for. Jacque Seliscar from Lithgow’s Hometown Cafe will be talking about issues that men face and Jack from The Toughgrind Barbers will be in attendance to shave our volunteers who have been growing their moustaches and beards during November.

There will also be free information handouts on various aspects of men’s health and morning tea will be provided. No bookings are required for this free event which will be held at 10am on Friday 29 November at Lithgow Library Learning Centre, 157 Main Street Lithgow.  For more information contact the library on 6352 9100.

 

CONTACT:

Sharon Tollard

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

Library’s Latest Art Exhibition Highlights Local Talent

During November 2019 an exhibition of paintings by local artists Will and Kellie Hazzard will be on display at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre.

Will Hazzard is 18 years old and autistic. He had a love of art from a young age, but art became a form of therapy with his autism diagnosis at age 10. Influenced by nature, Will’s work aims for a connection with animals, the environment, and the Wiradjuri land he lives on. His work is often inspired by personal encounters with nature and his paintings represent life cycles and a spiritual connection with the earth. Featuring built up layers of paint, the work is meant to be tactile as Will wants his art to ‘touch’ people.

Kelly Hazzard is a self-taught artist and her works are representations of nature, often animals that she comes across on her rural property between Lithgow and Bathurst. Her art tends to be realistic as she tries to capture the inner spirit of her subjects.

The Lithgow Library is an ideal space to showcase local artistic talents. The free exhibition will run from 1st until 30th November 2019 in the Lithgow Library Learning Centre. For more information about exhibitions at the library or to enquire about holding an exhibition contact the Lithgow Library on 6352 9100.

 

 

Library Closure for Urgent Building Works

Lithgow Library will close on Thursday 31 October 2019 while scaffolding is erected for urgent building works.

Lithgow Library will be closed for urgent works on the building’s awning. The work will take place from Thursday 31 October to Saturday 2 November 2019 inclusively. The Library is planned to re-open Monday 4 November 2019.

On Thursday 31 October and Friday 1 November Portland and Wallerawang Libraries will be open 10:00am to 12.30pm and 2:00pm to 6:00pm. The altered times on these days will provide residents with an alternative option.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience. For more information please contact Lithgow Library on 6352 9100.