Give me some Space at Story Time!

Imagine astronauts reading stories from space to children & families in an exciting event that combines literature with science! 

ALIA along with Scholastic, the Australian Space Agency, Story Time From Space and the Office of the Chief Scientist invites you to join an intergalactic Storytime experience. The National Simultaneous Storytime 2021 book will be read by astronaut Dr Shannon Walker on the International Space Station.  

Lithgow Library is thrilled to be participating in this special event with a space themed Storytime in the library, on Wednesday 19 May 2021, at 10.30am. At 11am Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang libraries will join in the National event with Dr Walker reading the NSS book “Give Me Some Space” by Philip Bunting.

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. 

In its 21st year NSS has truly gone out of this world to celebrate and Lithgow Library is very excited to be part of this outstanding event. Storytime is free and is held every Wednesday at 10.30am in Lithgow Library and every Tuesday at 10.30am at Wallerawang Library.

No bookings are required for National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday 19 May 2021 starting at 10.30am in Lithgow and at 11am at Portland and Wallerawang.  For more information contact Lithgow Library on 6352 9100 or go to the library webpage


Join us in conversation with Michael Duffy & Candice Fox

Join us in conversation with Michael Duffy & Candice Fox at Lithgow Library Thursday 13 May 6pm to 7pm.


Calling all local crime buffs – BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival presents Candice Fox’s new novel “The Chase”, streamed online.

The Chase, partly researched from Lithgow Prison is gripping from the first to the last line. The chase is on when 653 men break out of Pronghorn Correctional Facility in the Navada Desert, including serial killers. Death row supervisor Celine Osbourne turns fugitive hunter. Her mission is to catch John Kradle who is trying to prove his innocence.

Candice Fox is one of Australia’s most acclaimed crime writers, with back to back Ned Kelly awards in 2014 and 2015 and her novel Crimson Lake is currently being adapted for television as Troppo.

For your opportunity to be a part of this free event make your booking at the library. For more information contact the library on 63529100.

Seniors storytellers are underway

The first in a series of storytelling workshops took place last Thursday at the Library. The series is a celebration of Senior’s Week and there are still places available!


Local Storyteller Kiran Shan ran the first of three workshops which are being held at the library to celebrate Senior’s week. It was an opportunity to connect with each other and ourselves and discover our stories. There are still places available so call the library today to book your spot.

There will also be an open microphone performance on April 29th where senior’s are encouraged to come and share their stories, poems or a song. Everyone is welcome.


For more information and to book your spot call the library on 63529100.






This project proudly supported by the NSW government.


“We will remember them” at the Lithgow Library

The Lithgow Library will be presenting a gallery of Australian Victoria Cross (VC) recipients in the days preceding and after ANZAC Day 2021.

The Victoria Cross is the pre-eminent award for acts of bravery in wartime and is Australia’s highest military honour. It is awarded to persons who, in the presence of the enemy, display the most conspicuous gallantry; a daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice; or extreme duty to duty. Australians have been awarded the Victoria Cross in conflicts from the Boer War (1899-1902) to the war in Afghanistan.

Come and learn what these courageous servicemen did and place a poppy in their memory if you wish. Paper poppies will be available from library staff.

The gallery will be available for viewing from Monday 12th April until Tuesday 4th May 2021, during library open hours 9am-6pm weekdays and 9am-noon on Saturdays.

Senior’s Week 2021 Storytelling Workshop

A series of professional storytelling workshops will be held during April to celebrate NSW Senior’s Week. Everyone has a story to tell and we want to hear yours.

If you are over 65 call the library today to register your spot in this series of workshops. Local Blue Mountains professional storyteller Kiran Shah will run a series of three workshops to help identify your story and teach you how to share it with confidence. The workshops will take place on Thursday 15, 22 and 29 April. On the evening of 29 April, an open mic performance will take place where, if you wish, you can share your story with an audience. The workshops will run from 1pm to 3pm and include a light afternoon tea.

Mayor Ray Thompson encourages the senior members of our community to participate. “There is so much wisdom and experience in this community and I hope to hear the stories of our seniors emerging over the course of these workshops and look forward to celebrating them”.

“The shortest distance between 2 people is a story” – Patti Digh

Stories are in our nature. They help us to connect with one another through our shared universal values. This series of workshops will enable you to shape and share some of your life experiences in an engaging and playful way. For more information and to reserve your spot please call the library on 6352 9100.



This project proudly supported by the NSW government.

Storytime with the Easter Bunny

Our special white fluffy friend will soon be visiting the libraries for Easter Story time. 

In conjunction with Easter Storytime the libraries are running a colouring competition and Easter Hat decorating competition.  Drop into any of the libraries and pick up your colouring sheets and cardboard hat ready for decorating.  Drop your completed colouring sheets back to the libraries by Friday 26 March 2021.

Wear your decorated hat to the Storytime session of your choice and join in the Easter Hat parade as follows:


Wallerawang Library – 10.30am on Tuesday 30 March

Portland Library – 12.00pm on Tuesday 30 March

Lithgow Library – 10.30am on Wednesday 31 March 2021


The Easter Bunny will be joining us for rhymes, songs and stories, with a take home craft. There will be an egg hunt and the hat parade. For more information on Storytime and other library programs head to the library website or find us on Facebook “Lithgow City Council Libraries”.


Library Storytime – Helping Children Discover a Love of Books and Reading

Lithgow Library Learning Centre is pleased to announce that Preschool Storytime programs have resumed at both Lithgow and Wallerawang libraries.

Storytime is great for encouraging early literacy and socialisation in preschool children. Rhymes, songs and stories encourage a love of language, and children also learn skills which they need when they go to school such as participation, sitting still and listening. It is also a great way for parents to meet other people with similar aged children.

Preschool Storytime is a free weekly program which runs for approximately 30 minutes. For more information on Storytime and other library programs head to the library website or find us on Facebook “Lithgow City Council Libraries”.

Wallerawang Storytime is at 10.30am each Tuesday and Lithgow Storytime 10.30am each Wednesday.

Author Talks Return Live to Lithgow Library


Join us for our first live Author Talk for 2021 with Meg Keneally, who will be talking about her books ‘Fled’ and ‘The Wreck’ on Monday 29 March  at 2:00pm.

During COVID closures Lithgow Library Learning Centre held online author talks in cooperation with NSW Public Libraries, and while these have proven to be very popular, the Library is very excited to be able to once again host a live event.

Meg Keneally worked as a public affairs officer, sub-editor, freelance feature writer, reporter, and talkback radio producer, before co-founding a financial service public relations company, which she then sold after having her first child. She is co-author with Tom Keneally of the first two books in The Monsarrat Series. Fled is her first solo novel and The Wreck her second.

Please note that COVID restrictions may necessitate the wearing of masks or alterations to this event and all participants must check in. Contact the Lithgow Library for more details on 63529100. Bookings are essential through Eventbrite at, or follow the links on the library website

Harmony Day Storytime at Lithgow Library

The message of Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’  and Lithgow Library would like to invite everyone to a special multicultural Harmony Day Storytime on Wednesday 24 March 2021.

Diversity is what makes Australia a great place to live and Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home.

The Day aims to engage people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster sense of belonging for everyone and follows on from Lithgow City Council’s – ‘Rice of the World’ event.

Participants at the Harmony Day Storytime will enjoy some multicultural stories, fun songs and a great craft activity. 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 24 March 2021 from 10.30am.

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


Lithgow Library’s Digital Resources are Moving to the Libby Reading App

Lithgow Library digital resources, previously available through the RBdigital app, will be moving to the Libby app from Thursday 25 February 2021.

OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide and creator of the Libby app, recently acquired RBdigital.  For those already using RBdigital, any eBooks checked out in the RBdigital app will be available for the remainder of the lending period, so readers can finish the title without disruption. Holds will not be moved, but Library patrons may export their Transaction History from the RBdigital app then borrow or place holds on those titles again in Libby.

The move will take place on Wednesday 24 February and during this time access to both apps may be unavailable.

With a valid Library card, all members of the community can borrow from the Library’s digital and physical collections.  Readers of all ages can select from virtually every subject ranging from mystery, romance, children’s, business and more in a variety of formats. Becoming a member of the Library is free. 

For more information on the Lithgow Library’s services, collections, the move to Libby or any other Library electronic services head to, or contact the Lithgow Library on 63529100.