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.

 

CONTACT:

Ray Thompson

Mayor                                                                                                                                   
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.

 

Contact: 

Ray Thompson
Mayor                                                                                                                                  
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.

 

European Wasp Management Information Session at Lithgow Library

Following a season of high European Wasp activity and community interest, Council has organised a free information session to assist property owners safely manage this pest on their properties.

Lithgow Mayor Stephen Lesslie said “there were near misses last season with residents and European Wasps. I encourage all residents interested in learning how to safely manage and live with wasps to come along to this free information session”.

Time: 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Date: 17th September 2018

Location: Lithgow Library – Meeting Room

RSVP before Friday 14th September

 

The one hour information session will be presented by a local pest control expert from Wolfman Pest Control. Participants will be provided with information on safety and management techniques followed by a question & answer session.

Mayor Lesslie concluded “European Wasps are aggressive and will sting if threatened. Its important people are informed about the best management of these pests”.

 

Contact:   
Damon Cupitt
Team Leader Environment
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Old Books Needing New Homes

In a bid to make room for the ever growing collection, Lithgow Library is saying goodbye to its outdated and obsolete books. Items from all subject genres as well as outdated fiction will be on sale at the Lithgow Library from 19 September to 6 October.

Lithgow Library will be holding a big book fair with deleted items on sale for the bargain price of 50 cents each. Most of these items come from the obsolete Stack collection where the older books related to subjects have been stored, but changing library needs mean that it is time for much of this collection to find new homes. The sale will take place during library opening hours of 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 12pm Saturdays.

“As the saying goes, one man’s treasure is another man’s junk and I’m certain there will be treasures aplenty during this sale. It will be sad to see some of them go but they are surplus to the library’s needs, so I hope they become someone else’s treasures,” said Mayor Stephen Lesslie.

Some of the items available will include various craft and hobby books, Loeb Classics, sports and history.  There will be something for everyone so pop in and have a look.  For more information on the big book fair contact the library on 6352 9100.

 

CONTACT:

Stephen Lesslie                                                                                             
Mayor                                                                                                                                  
Tel: 02 6354 9999                                                               
Fax: 02 6351 4259

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

 

Big Bookfair!

In a bid to make room for the ever growing collection Lithgow Library is saying goodbye to its outdated and obsolete Stack books. Items from all subject genres as well as outdated fiction will be on sale at the Lithgow Library from 19 September to 6 October for the bargain price of 50 cents each. The sale will take place during library opening hours of 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 12pm Saturdays.

Come along and find a treasure. Some of the items available will include various older craft and hobby books, Loeb Classics, sports and history.  There will be something for everyone so pop in and have a look.

19 September – 6 October 2018

Library opening hours. 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 12pm Saturdays.

Australian Reading Hour  

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, stop what you’re doing for one hour and pick up a book. We want Australians to either rediscover or introduce themselves to the benefits of reading. Take the time to learn, grow, escape and relax.

In children, reading has been shown to help with identity formation, setting them up for success in the future.

In adults, reading has been shown to reduce stress by 68% more than listening to music, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea.

So grab a book from the Library and read your stress away!

Thursday 20 September 2018

Bang your Drum at Wallerawang Library!

Wallerawang Library will be beating to a different rhythm when free play along drum sessions start on 20 September 2018. 

Every Thursday afternoon from 3.30pm in the Wallerawang Library meeting room there will be a community drumming session. Everyone is welcome to come and try their hand at percussion, even if you have never banged a drum before. There will be some instruments available to have a go or you can bring your own. 

Community drumming is a vehicle that can lead to wellness, promote general wellbeing, as well as build community and foster team spirit. It also helps to bring our bodies back into rhythm and drumming in groups helps us feel connected to others and are just fun. Anyone can pick up a rhythm and you don’t need fancy instruments, even a strong plastic bucket will get you started.

“Libraries make great spaces to meet up with likeminded people and while drumming might not seem to be your usual library activity, the meeting space at Wallerawang Library is the ideal space for this type of group,” said Acting Library Coordinator Sharon Lewis.

No bookings are required for the group and everyone is welcome to come along. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent or guardians who are welcome to join in or use the library during the sessions.  For more information contact the Lithgow Library on 6352 9100 or Wallerawang Library on 6355 1101.

 

CONTACT:

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

 

Robert Lindsey
Wallerawang Branch Librarian
Tel: 6355 1101