Celebrating Creative Aging – Seniors Week at Lithgow Library

 Seniors Week events at the Lithgow Library this year will be a little different to previous years with the opportunity to learn a new skill, become aware of your legal rights or be entertained by our budding poets during a Poetry Slam.

Join our panel of lawyers and seniors rights experts on Tuesday 19 February between 10am and 12pm as they explore issues that older people and their families experience when planning for the future. Piano Forte presented by Legal Aid explores elder financial abuse, and will include a screening of the Piano Forte play, followed by a panel discussion and morning tea, with a chance to ask the panel members questions. This informative session is suitable for anyone planning their retirement financial future.

There are limited spaces available on Wednesday 20 February for a Telstra Tech Savvy Seniors introduction to computers class. The class will be held between 10am and 12pm and bookings are essential. You are welcome to bring your own device to this session.

A poetry slam event will be held on Thursday 21 February between 11am and 1pm followed by a light lunch.  Anyone can register to perform on the day alongside the poetry workshop group who are looking forward to presenting their poetry skills.  Audience participation is required as you will be the judges on the day. Winners of the senior’s art competition will also be announced at the poetry slam. Bookings are preferred for this event.

The digital exhibition Art of Aging will also be playing in the Lithgow Library between 13 and 25 February.

For more information on any of the events or to make a booking please contact the Lithgow Library on 6352 9100.



Library Lovers Day Writing Workshop

 February 14 every year is famous for the celebration of love, but in the library world we celebrate Library Lovers Day.

An initiative of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), Library Lovers Day reminds us of why we need libraries and to encourage us all to support them by showing our love. From 11-15 February we will be celebrating the special place that the Library holds in the Lithgow community. The theme this year is “Library Love Stories”. For the whole month of February you can come into the Library and see displays of love and romance. Perhaps you might revisit an old flame in a classic, or meet someone new on the pages of a recent release.

“The Library makes a real and substantial contribution to our local community. It is always a pleasure to spend time there and I will certainly be popping in to pick up a romantic read,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

During the week of 11-15 February there will be giveaways and sweet treats, as well as a chance for you to tell us which stories you have loved and why.

As part of Library Lovers Day 2019, ALIA are running a flash fiction Competition.

The competition is open to everyone. Using the prompt, “there was love to be found at the library” write your story in 200 words or less. Submit your story via the ALIA website – Library Lover’s Day page.

To get you started the Library will be holding a collaborative writing workshop on 14 February at 11am. Come along and together we will write a collaborative story to submit to the competition, you will also get ideas and inspiration for your own story. Bookings are essential for this free event.

Further details can be found about both the writing workshop and the ALIA competition by contacting the Library on 63529100 or lithgow.library@lithgow.nsw.gov.au.

Library Membership Update

Lithgow Library Learning Centre is conducting a membership update in a move towards the electronic delivery of Library notices to customers.

Council’s Library Management System will soon be undergoing an upgrade to allow for electronic distribution of Library notices. Traditionally, notices for overdue items and reservation availability have been sent by post. This is slow, inefficient and expensive. As a large percentage of the population now has access to email addresses, notices can now be sent far more quickly and cheaply by email and other electronic means of distribution.

“We are always looking for ways to deliver the best and most cost effective services to the community. Electronic delivery of notices brings the Library in line with the rest of Council which has the facility to deliver rate and water notices by email and helps to ensure that customers receive the best service possible,” said Acting Library Coordinator Sharon Lewis.

Library staff will be updating all customer details to ensure that the current information is correct and also adding email addresses and mobile phone numbers where available. We ask for your patience during this time as it takes just a few minutes to ensure your details are correct. For those people who do not have an email address notices can still be sent in the traditional way and we are investigating the option to send notices via SMS.

Now is also the perfect time to join the Library. Membership is free and all that is required is identification with a current address. This membership gives you access to all of the Library resources, computer use and Wi-Fi, as well as the Library’s electronic resources.

For more information head to the Library website; library.lithgow.com or drop into any of the branches in Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang.



Digital Art of Ageing Exhibition

Check out the amazing Art of Ageing digital exhibition featuring some extraordinary seniors reaping the benefits of leading active and fun-filled lives – connected to their communities. The exhibition celebrates and champions the incredible contribution seniors make – every day – to their families, their communities and the state of New South Wales. Feeling excited? So are we!

The Art of Ageing exhibition in digital format will be shown at Lithgow Library Learning Centre during this year’s NSW Seniors Festival. The exhibition is a NSW Government initiative which aims to challenge people’s views on ageing and the experiences of older people across the state.

A learner driver, gymnast and ukulele player are among the extraordinary seniors who are featured in the exhibition, which celebrates the lives of older people living in regional NSW. The NSW Government commissioned this exhibition to highlight the incredible lives of seniors and promote inclusive communities for all generations.

The Art of Ageing exhibition comprises the work of five photographers from Wagga Wagga, Taree, Molong, Mudgee, and Goulburn. A physical version of the exhibition is also currently on an extended tour across NSW.

The Art of Ageing digital exhibition will be displayed in Lithgow Library Learning Centre from 13 February until 24 February 2019 to coincide with NSW Seniors Festival. Drop into the library during opening hours to view the exhibition.

The exhibition artworks, stories and photographer biographies can also be viewed online at www.facs.nsw.gov.au/inclusion/ageing/art-exhibition.



All Ages Chess Club at the Library



Join in the game enjoyed by millions worldwide! Starting February 2 2019, Lithgow Library will be hosting an all ages chess club. Everyone is welcome, from beginner to champion.

Every Saturday from 2 February 2019 everyone is invited along to Lithgow Library to enjoy a morning of chess. Chess Club will run from 9.30am to 11.45am and multiple games can be played at a time, so no waiting! We welcome players of all skill levels, from beginner to champion and everyone in between. The club will be run by a volunteer who is keen to play, and teach new players about the game.

“The Lithgow Library is such a dynamic place to be,” said Mayor Ray Thompson. “They always have new and exciting programs that will appeal to people of all ages and interests.”

The Library will provide the chess sets for this free activity. A volunteer will be on hand to help those who have not played before and want to learn a new skill, or to help amateurs improve their knowledge of the game. All ages are welcome to come along to this new program, adult supervision is required for children under 8.

New Electronic Resources at Lithgow Library

Access Lithgow Library’s free new electronic resources – Beama Films, a movie and documentary streaming service and Ziptales an electronic educational and storytelling resource.

The convenience of electronic resources allows you to take the Library with you anywhere on your personal device. Our new streaming service, Beamafilm is Australia’s premium movie streaming channel for true stories and independent voices. The catalogue of movies has been carefully curated to include over 500 award-winning documentaries, independent features and festival favourites to delight, inspire and entertain you. Many of the films can only be found on Beamafilm.

Ziptales is an online literacy website, custom built by digital publishers with a background in teaching. The Ziptales mission is to make reading fun for all primary age children. They offer over 550 modules of educational content. The online resources are broken up into a ‘Preschool’ section (ages 3-5), a ‘Developing Literacy’ section (ages 5-8), and an ‘Extending Literacy’ section, (Years 3 to 6, ages 8-12).

Ziptales contains a very large ‘library’ of over 300 stories which are all completely original and written by professional authors with a strong interest in education. The stories range from very simple texts at the beginner reader level, up to sophisticated narratives for older children. All Ziptales content is aligned to the National Curriculum and is designed for school, home and library use.

“It is great to see that in this digital era, Lithgow Library is moving with the times by providing exceptional online resources to the Lithgow community. I am also very pleased to see the emphasis on local content which helps us to better understand ourselves and our country” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

You will need to be a member of the library to access the 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.

Library Hours Over Christmas/New Year

Lithgow City Council advises that Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang libraries will be closed during the Christmas/New Year period.

Lithgow Library will be closed from 12.00pm Saturday 22 December and will re-open on Wednesday 2 January 2019 with the reduced opening hours of 9.00am to 2.00pm until Friday 4th of January. Normal hours will resume on Saturday 5 January 2019. Children’s Storytime will not be held during this period and will resume on Wednesday 9 January 2019.

Portland and Wallerawang libraries will be closed from 6.00pm Friday 21 December 2018 and re-open at 10.00am on Tuesday 8 January 2019.

The book return chutes will remain open during the closure period at all libraries and members will be able to access our electronic resources, such as RB Digital, Haynes service manuals, Beama Film, and Ziptales, as well as Studiosity for students who will be studying during the school holidays. For more information on accessing these services please go to our website http://library.lithgow.com/.

All of our electronic resources do require a current library membership to access them so if you haven’t joined or renewed your membership recently then pop into any of the libraries before they close for the break.


Holiday Closures
















Lithgow Library Learning Centre would like to advise the community that the libraries at Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang will be closed during the Christmas/New Year period.


Lithgow Library will be closed from 12pm Saturday 22 December until 9am Wednesday 2 January 2019. From the 2nd to 4th of January 2019 Lithgow Library opening hours will be 9am to 2pm. There will be no Storytime during this period. Normal hours will resume on Saturday 5 January 2019 and Storytime will resume on Wednesday 9 January 2019.


Portland and Wallerawang libraries will be closed from 6pm Friday 21 December 2018 until 10am Tuesday 8 January 2019.

summer hours for studiosity

Free online study help for our students

summer hours for studiosity











Lithgow Library Members are lucky to receive free access to Studiosity, for after-hours, one-to-one help with homework and study questions.

Studiosity Live will have reduced hours over the summer break, writing help will still be available 24/7. These reduced hours will be in place from 1 December 2018-14 December 2018, then again from 7 January 2019-31 January 2019. Normal hours will resume from February 1 2019. Studiosity Live help will be closed from 15 December 2018-6 January 2019.

 Reduced hours for 2018/2019 (AEDT):

7pm – 11pm Sunday – Friday: English, Maths, and Study Coach

7pm – 9pm Sunday – Thursday: Tertiary-exclusive subjects (Statistics, Accounting, Economics), Sciences and Commerce

Happy studying!

Please contact the library on 6352 9100 for more information.



Renew Our Libraries campaign

Libraries are a vital piece of social infrastructure for the people in our community as they:

  • Support literacy in young children
  • Bridge the digital divide
  • Foster social inclusion for newly arrived Australians
  • Serve as a meeting place for older Australians
  • Bring together people from all walks of life. Public libraries are a vital part of local community across the state – a focal point for people to access information and ideas.

Right now, our public libraries are facing a funding crisis – NSW public libraries receive over 35 million visits a year, but State recurrent funding has not increased to match the demand and in fact, was slashed by 5% in the 2018-19 State Budget.

Thanks to the efforts of councils and community supporters so far, the NSW government and Opposition have committed to providing millions in additional funding to NSW public libraries over four years from 2019 – but there’s more work to do.

While we welcome these commitments as an important first step, they only go part way to delivering the $94 million objective Renew Our Libraries set at the beginning of the campaign to ‘double the funding’.

These commitments cut off in 2023 and without indexation, do not deliver a long-term solution for funding public libraries. Funding will quickly fall behind, delivering another funding crisis for public libraries in the near future. This is a scenario the campaign aims to avoid.

That’s why it is critical that together with the community, all councils commit support to the Renew Our Libraries campaign and on 23 July 2018 Lithgow City Council made this commitment.

If you love your library it’s your turn to help Renew Our Libraries.  Follow the links to find out how you can support the campaign.