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Fashion Flashback: Photography’s Glamour Story Exposed

The glamorous story of Australian fashion photography is revealed in Flashback: 160 years of Australian Fashion Photos, a new travelling display on show at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre from Friday 19 June until Friday 3 July 2015.

Using colourful reproductions, Flashback showcases a number of beautiful and iconic images from the State Library’s unrivalled collection, ranging from mid 19th century hand-coloured portraiture through to contemporary fashion shots.

“Fashion is about more than just the clothes we wear and photography plays a part in influencing our choices. I am sure this exciting exhibition will appeal to both fashionistas and photographers alike,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham.

“Fashion photography wasn’t always about the business of ‘selling’ clothes or showcasing celebrity style, as it is today,” says Margot Riley, curator and State Library fashion expert. “Once, it was a private endeavour with the wealthy posing for photographic portraits wearing their finest clothes to share with family and friends.”

While early portraits of the well-to-do were meant for private/personal use, images of royalty and visiting performers could be bought at local stationers for swapping and collecting, and helped to influence Australian ideas about fashion and glamour. According to Ms Riley, fashion photography began to expand and pick up pace as photographic processes advanced, becoming faster and cheaper, and mass print media exploded in the late 19th century.

“Prior to the mid 1920s there were no professional fashion models in Australia so pretty society girls were used, but from the 1930s local advertising and women’s magazine publishing industries were in full swing using images of fashionably-dressed upper class women, models and screen stars to promote the latest styles,” Ms Riley says.

“Each image in the display represents a significant chapter in Australian fashion photography history, featuring key moments such as the 1950s appearance for David Jones by American Carmen Dell’Orefice. At age 82, she is the world’s oldest working supermodel and is currently appearing in Australian pyjama designer Peter Alexander’s 2013 Mother’s Day campaign.

Providing a range of quality exhibitions and community programs that offer educational and social opportunities for all members of the community is part of Council’s Caring for the Community Strategy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

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Contact:    Terry O’Keefe

Library Coordinator

Tel: 02 6352 9100

Fax: 02 6351 4364

 

Flashback curator Margot Riley is available for interviews. For more information, interviews and images, please contact:
Vanessa Bond, Media & Communication Branch, State Library of NSW
(02) 9273 1566, 0411 259 898, vbond@sl.nsw.gov.au

 

Lithgow Library to Host National Refugee Week Information Session

Refugee week is an important celebration which allows communities to gain a better understanding of the different situations that force people into becoming refugees while promoting a culture of welcoming and acceptance in the community.

The theme for Refugee Week 2015 is “With courage let us all combine” and with this in mind Lithgow Library Learning Centre, in partnership with the Refugee Support Group, will be hosting an information session for both refugees and other members of the Lithgow community.

The welcome afternoon tea will be provided by members of the Lithgow Refugee Support Group on Tuesday 16 June 2015 at 4.00pm in the Lithgow Library, Main Street Lithgow.  Special guest speakers will talk about the role of the Refugee Support Group, the experience of being a refugee and the services available in the Lithgow community. Library staff will also provide information on the services and the resources of the Library, which include material obtained from the Multicultural Services Department of the State Library of NSW in a variety of languages which library members can access.

“Lithgow is such a welcoming community so this afternoon tea will be a great way to get to know other local people from a range of backgrounds as well as learning about services for refugees in the Library and the general community,” said Mayor Maree Statham.

Providing a range of quality exhibitions and community programs that offer educational and social opportunities for all members of the community is part of Council’s Caring for the Community Strategy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

 

Contact:

Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Sharon Lewis
Library Team Leader
Tel: 02 6352 9100
Fax: 02 6351 4364

 

Makerspace @ Lithgow Library

Makerspace @ Lithgow Library

Call for Donations

 Coming soon to Lithgow Library is an exciting new

Makerspace! Makerspaces are community spaces where people can gather to plan, design, build and create whatever they can imagine. In the coming months we will be creating our Makerspace, featuring LEGO and craft supplies, but would appreciate any donations of the following:

Any type of craft supplies

  • LEGO – old or unused LEGO pieces and kits
  • Old shampoo bottles, soap bottles etc
  • Egg cartons
  • Boxes, shoe boxes with lids
  • Old CD’s or DVD’s
  • Old books
  • Wool
  • Fabric or felt scraps
  • Containers
  • Marbles
  • Hula hoops
  • Straws
  • Buttons
  • Any old construction toys
  • Cardboard
  • Crayons
  • Paper plates

If you have something you feel would be used but isn’t on the list please bring it in! All donations can be dropped at Lithgow Library.

Every child who donates something will go into the draw to win a prize!! Prize will be drawn on Friday 17th July 2015, winner will be notified.

Please contact Kellie on (02) 6352 9100 for more information.

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Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time at the Library

Babies love music and movement, they are sponges for everything that goes on around them.  Parents are being encouraged by Lithgow Library to use the enjoyment of sound and play to develop early literacy and foster a love of reading in their children.

The Lithgow Library Learning Centre, Main Street Lithgow, is introducing a new program for 0-2 year olds. Starting Thursday 7 May 2015, Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time will take place every Thursday from 10.30-11.00am. This program involves singing, talking, bouncing, music and some musical instruments to nurture your baby’s early literacy development. The program caters for 0-2 year olds and is a great way to introduce your baby to reading, socialising and music. It is also a great introduction to our programs for children in the Library; once they get a little older, regular Story Time for pre-schoolers is on every Wednesday at 10.30am.

Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham said, “Many parents can testify that Story Time is a valuable program that develops the literacy skills of children and promotes a life-long love of libraries.  I highly recommend Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time as an initiative that fills the gap for 0-2 years and introduces babies to socialising, music and instruments.” So please join us with your 0-2 year old on Thursdays to have some fun, meet some new friends, and get a little bit silly in the Library!

Providing a range of quality exhibitions and community programs that offer educational and social opportunities for all members of the community is part of Council’s Caring for the Community Strategy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

Contact:   

Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Terry O’Keefe
Tel: 02 6352 9100
Fax: 02 6351 4364

 

Conflict and Compassion

In this ANZAC centenary year, Lithgow City Council will present the National Trust Heritage Festival of 2015.  The program of events features an exhibition of WWI postcards, photographic images and objects from the collections of members of the Lithgow community.

To be held at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre, Main Street Lithgow, the festival will open with a day of guest speakers and finish with a walk and talk session in Main Street with local historian Mark Langdon.

“Council is very happy to be a part of the community’s commemoration of the Anzacs and to collaborate with local history groups & individuals to mark this very special centenary,” said Lithgow Mayor Councillor Maree Statham.

The Lithgow Library’s exhibition runs from Saturday, 11 April to Tuesday 26 May, 2015 and commemorations begin with the Official Opening and Guest Speaker day on Saturday 11 April, from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

“I invite the community to join us at the Library for the opening of the exhibition and the presentations by representatives and individuals within our local community with a connection to WW1. Featured collections are a set of twenty four WWI postcards sent home to Lithgow from France by J.M. Gummow and a display of WWI objects from the private collection of Ian Rufus,” concluded the Mayor.

The ‘History@theLibrary Talks – Conflict and Compassion’ series on Saturday 11 April  includes: an address by the Lithgow RSL; a commemoration of the service of ‘568 Lieutenant Colonel Athol Frederick Burrett D.S.O M.I.D’ by his son, Ian Burrett;  ‘The Making of 1915’ by Don White, Lithgow City Band; ‘Joseph King – Gallipoli Hero’ a research project by Jan Saundercock, Lithgow and District Family History Society Inc., and; manufacturing history of the WWI ‘Postcards from the Front’ by Lillian Gummow .

The final event of the festival will be a walk and talk entitled ‘Conflict – Lithgow versus Eskbank’, the second part of Mark Langdon’s history of Main Street on Saturday 23 May. Participants will meet at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre at 10.00am and finish with a cup of tea back at the Library at about 12.30pm.

Providing a range of quality exhibitions and community programs that offer educational and social opportunities for all members of the community is part of Council’s Caring for the Community Strategy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

Contact:
Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Terry O’Keefe
Library Co-Ordinator
Tel: 02 6352 9100
Fax: 02 6351 4364

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Lithgow Celebrates 2015 Seniors Week

Be Inspired is the theme of the 2015 Lithgow Seniors Week program which encourages seniors to celebrate in a festival of art, music, entertainment, technology, recreation, health and sport.

The Be Inspired theme is about encouraging greater effort, enthusiasm and creativity with a focus on activities that celebrate self-expression. A wide range of activities have been organised for Seniors Week including cultural walks, museum tours, yoga classes, tai chi sessions, photography workshops, art classes, Zumba dance parties, Facebook 101 classes and much more!

“The program for this year’s Seniors Week is full of exciting and new activities,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham. “I hope this festival inspires seniors to try new things, get out and engage with the community, express themselves and share their unique stories and experiences. The celebrations planned for Seniors Week provide something for everyone and I encourage our local seniors to be part of this wonderful week of events.”

Lithgow Seniors Week 2015 will be celebrated from Friday 13 March to Friday 20 March 2015. This is a perfect opportunity to get involved and try something new, expand your skills and knowledge and connect with others. Seniors Week encourages everyone to embrace active living through participation and creativity, and Council’s program provides many exciting and diverse opportunities to do just this.

To get involved in Seniors Week activities and events please see the full program on Council’s website at www.lithgow.nsw.gov.au. For further information please contact Council’s Community Development Officer, Viktoria Gulabovski on (02) 6354 9999.

Working together to support, celebrate and expand the social and cultural diversity of our community, whilst promoting healthy, active lifestyles in a safe environment is part of Council’s ‘Caring for Our Community’ strategy in the Community Strategy Plan 2026.

It’s Story Time at Lithgow Library!

Story Time is a fantastic program for children offered twice a week at Lithgow Library which aims to promote early literacy, motor skill development and a love of reading.

Every Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30am, the children’s area of the Library is full of noisy fun – with singing, reading, crafting and even occasionally dancing! The Story Time program is specifically aimed at 3-5 year olds, however all ages are welcome. Each week we have a different theme; we sing our favourite nursery rhymes, read a story or two and then do a related craft activity.

Story Time sessions are ideal opportunities to spend time interacting with your child while introducing them to books, rhymes and songs. All sessions are free of charge and each child can take home their craft. No bookings are required, just turn up and join in the fun.

Mayor Maree Statham said that story time “Is a valuable resource for our community which develops the literacy skills of children as well as promoting a life-long love of libraries.” So please join us on Wednesday or Thursday to have some fun with your child, meet some new friends, and get a little bit silly in the Library.

Providing a range of quality exhibitions and community programs that offer educational and social opportunities for all members of the community is part of Council’s Caring for the Community Strategy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

Library Lovers Join in the Celebrations!

It wasn’t Valentine’s Day on February 14 in the Library World, it was Library Lovers Day and Lithgow Library celebrated a little earlier, on Friday the 13th.

A large number of “Library Lovers” joined Library staff and Council representatives for morning tea to help the staff thank their valued ‘lovers’, with one singled out for special attention as the Library’s “Greatest Lover”.

Dorothy Luchetti is Lithgow Library Learning Centre’s greatest Library Lover for 2015. Dorothy has had a very long association with the Lithgow Library which started when she was 11 years old and rode her bike to the Library almost every day during school holidays to borrow books. That association continues today with Dorothy and husband John still being regular borrowers. Dorothy believes that without the Library she would not have become the reader that she is today.

In the 1990’s Dorothy was one of the main supporters of creating a “Friends of the Library” group, which sadly did not come to fruition at that time, but has done so in recent years. Lithgow Library Learning Centre would like to thank everyone who supports the Library and let them know that it was a very difficult task to choose just one lover from everyone who was nominated and hopes that members will nominate themselves again next year.

Lithgow Library Learning Centre and the branches at Wallerawang and Portland would like to remind everyone that it is simple to become a Library lover. The Library is free to join and most of the services are free. So why not drop in and talk to staff about what the Library can do for you and you too may become one of our “Greatest Lovers”.

Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham was thrilled that “Our Library is taking an occasion that is usually considered only for couples and creating an event for the community that emphasizes the important role the Library plays in the life of the people of Lithgow’s LGA”.

Providing a range of quality exhibitions and community programs that offer educational and social opportunities for all members of the community is part of Council’s Caring for the Community Strategy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.