Join Julietta Henderson in Your Living Room

Join us online in conversation with Julietta Henderson to discuss her debut novel, “The Funny Thing About Norman Forman”. 

Julietta is a new Australian fiction writer, making us journey through our many emotions as we disappear into her writing. Julietta is a full time writer, dividing her time between Melbourne and the UK and wherever she can find winter.

“The Funny Thing About Norman Forman”, is described as the equivalent of a feel good British comedy film. This is a tale about coming to terms with profound loss. If you enjoyed “Little Miss Sunshine”, or the “Rosie Project”, then this novel will be your next page-turning summer read.

NSW Public libraries are pleased to present a series of online author events. This event is being facilitated through Zoom, and will take place online on Thursday 25 February 2021 at 6.30 pm.

To book for this event and receive your link and passcode click on the Eventbrite link provided below.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/julietta-henderson-presents-the-funny-thing-about-norman-foreman-tickets-133157564861

‘This event is collaboration between NSW Public Libraries”, and presented by Suzanne Micallef, hosted by the City of Paramatta Libraries.

Bookings are required for this free event. For more information contact the library on 63529100.

Andrew Pippos in your Living Room

Join us at 6:30pm from the comfort of your home on Wednesday 17 February when Lithgow Library Learning Centre kicks off its 2021 online author talks with Andrew Pippos and his debut novel “Lucky’s”.

Andrew Pippos is a former journalist with a doctorate in Creative Writing who uses his skills, experiences from his youth and visits to his family’s café, “Café De-Luxe” in regional New South Wales to lay the foundation of his work as a writer.

“Lucky’s” is described as a “must-read saga, and a gripping monument to Greek diaspora” by the Guardian Australia. Central to the theme of “Lucky’s” is the iconic Greek milk bar, found in so many Australian country towns. Reminisce about your own experiences and Lithgow’s local heritage whilst reading “Lucky’s”.

Bookings are required for this free online event being held Wednesday 17 February 2021 at 6.30 pm. To book and receive your link and passcode click on the Eventbrite link provided below.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/andrew-pippos-presents-luckys-tickets-132481584987

‘This event is collaboration between NSW Public Libraries”, and presented by Amy Heap, hosted by the Riverina Regional Library.

For more information contact the library on 6352 9100.

 

Newspapers are Back at Lithgow Library!

The Lithgow Mercury, Sydney Morning Herald, Blue Mountains Gazette and The Land newspapers are available again at Lithgow Library.

Reading the newspaper is something that many library patrons normally like to do but have been unable to since the library closed due to COVID in March 2020. A recent change to health guidelines has meant that this service can now resume.

Newspapers can be accessed during the library opening hours of 9:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 12:00pm on Saturdays. Patrons are asked to use the hand sanitiser before touching the papers as a precaution.

For more information contact the library on 6352 9100.

Programs to Resume at the Libraries

Lithgow Library Learning Centre is happy to announce the resumption of regular programming activities at the libraries commencing from Monday 15 February 2021.

Regular library programming was suspended due to COVID restrictions during 2020, but as restrictions ease programming is being reinstated. This commenced with children’s activities during January and will further continue with the reintroduction of small group activities such as knitting and craft groups.  Other activities will resume as COVID restrictions allow.

The Lithgow Library meeting room will also be available for small group hire. Groups hiring the meeting room will need to provide their own COVID Safe plan as well as following the library’s COVID Safe plan.

Adult participants in all groups and meetings are asked to bring and wear a mask, follow the library’s COVID Safe plan and not attend the library if feeling unwell.

For more information contact the library on 6352 9100.

Holiday Hours at Your Library

In line with Lithgow City Council Christmas closures, Lithgow Library Learning Centre and the Wallerawang and Portland branches will be closed from 5:00pm Thursday 24 December 2020 and will re-open from 11 January 2021.

The Library team would like to encourage everyone to get their holiday borrowing sorted early so you are not caught out by the holiday closures. The Libraries will close at 5:00pm on Thursday 24 December 2020. Lithgow Library will reopen 9:00am on Monday 11 January 2021 and Portland and Wallerawang Libraries will reopen at 10:00am on Tuesday 12 January 2021.

From the New Year Lithgow Library and the branches will be returning to regular hours as follows:

 

Lithgow Library

Monday to Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm

 

Portland and Wallerawang Libraries

Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00am – 1:00pm and 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Thursday and Fridays 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm

 

After hours book return chutes will also be closed during the Christmas closure and  any items borrowed in December will not be due for return until after 11 January 2021. The library does not fine for overdue items.

Access to the library electronic resources is available to all library members throughout the closed period.  For more information on how to access these resources or the library closures contact the Lithgow Library on 6352 9100.

 

NSW Reads “Lucky’s” Debut novel by Andrew Pippos

Lithgow Library Learning Centre will be participating in the state-wide NSW Reads program.  It’s a big book club, and everyone is invited.

From mid-December to 17 February 2021, readers across the state are encouraged to read Sydney author Andrew Pippos’s debut novel Lucky’s.

Lucky’s is described by the Guardian Australia as a “must-read saga, and a gripping monument to the Greek diaspora”. Central to the theme of Lucky’s is the iconic Greek milk bar, found in so many Australian country towns. Perhaps whilst reading Lucky’s you might even reminisce about our own local heritage here in Lithgow.

Join in and celebrate NSW Reads by getting a copy of Lucky’s today. Lithgow Library Learning Center has made Lucky’s available in multiple formats for your convenience, if you require assistance downloading a copy or placing a reservation please contact the library on 6352 9100.

Take a walk through Lithgow’s social history via the Lithgow Library Catalogue

Access to 1832 digital photographs from the Lithgow Mercury Collection is now available to search, browse and view, via the Lithgow Library Catalogue.

One of the unexpected benefits for the library of the enforced shutdowns, working from home, and reduced opening hours due to COVID restrictions, has been the ability to undertake tasks that can be difficult to accomplish when the library is operating normally.

When Len Ashworth retired from the Lithgow Mercury he donated a large collection of photographs to the Lithgow Library. At one time most have appeared in various Lithgow Mercury articles dating back to 1962. The Lithgow Mercury Photograph Collection consists of 1,832 photographs, reflecting a time line of Lithgow going back to the 1800s right through into the 2000s. 

Many were taken from 1962 to 2000 and are a social history of Lithgow from community events, sport and even the shopping. Significant events standout, such as the Bracey store fire in 1970, the dedication ceremony of the Marjorie Jackson statue, and the important visitors such as Gough Whitlam and the Queen.

Library volunteer Kay Ross organised the photographs into various categories, creating lists that library staff could search. It was always the intention to incorporate them into the library catalogue but some projects require the right timing to commence. With the library going into shutdown in March due to COVID-19 and with a number of staff required to work from home, projects that were sitting on the back burner were brought forward. One of the priorities was to catalogue the Lithgow Mercury Collection.

Sharon Lewis who undertook the cataloguing project says, “There are numerous old photographs that I haven’t seen anywhere else. It is worth browsing the collection on the catalogue to get an overview.” 

The Lithgow Mercury Collection can be accessed via the Lithgow Library webpage  http://library.lithgow.com Once there search the catalogue for the Lithgow Mercury Collection and browse the thumbnails. 

The library would like to acknowledge the enormous contribution that Kay Ross made to the local history collection over her long tenure of volunteering with the library. She is sadly missed by the library staff; however her legacy will go on in the projects she worked on that make the local history collection more accessible to the community.

Lithgow Library Learning Centre Presents … Christmas Storytime!

Santa is on his way and will be visiting all the boys and girls at Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang Libraries.

Lithgow Library Learning Centre is pleased to be able to provide Christmas Storytime across all three branches. Children will have the opportunity to enjoy a story read by Santa and receive a pre-packaged Christmas take home craft.

Storytime will be conducted within a COVID safe environment under NSW Government and Health regulations, details are provided at the time of booking.

For further information and booking to go to the Lithgow library website https://library.lithgow.com/

 

Lithgow Christmas Storytime will be held on Monday 21 December 2020 at 9am.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lithgow-library-christmas-storytime-registration-131421514287

 

Portland Christmas Storytime will be held on Tuesday 22 December at 10 am.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/portland-library-christmas-storytime-registration-131413921577

 

Wallerawang Christmas Storytime will be held on Tuesday 22 December at 11.30 am.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wallerwang-library-christmas-storytime-registration-126012850829

 

Please call the Library on 6352 9100 for more information.

There’s One Last Christmas Story to be told!

Lithgow Library will be holding one last Christmas Storytime on Christmas Eve, Thursday 24 December at 9:00 am.

Lithgow Library Learning Centre is pleased to be able to provide one last Christmas Storytime on Christmas Eve. Children will have the opportunity to see Santa’s Elves, listen to Christmas songs, enjoy a story read by Santa and receive a pre-packaged Christmas take home craft.

Storytime is suitable for pre-school aged children and we asked that only one adult accompany children for this program.

Storytime will be conducted within a COVID safe environment under NSW Government and Health regulations, details are provided at the time of booking.

For further information and bookings to go to the Lithgow library website https://library.lithgow.com/

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lithgow-library-christmas-eve-storytime-registration-131427181237

Please call the Library on 6352 9100 for more information.

Take Your Library on Holiday With You

How do you take a Library on holidays with you? Electronically of course!  With holiday time approaching get your iPad or tablet ready and have holiday entertainment ready to go.

eBooks are a great space saving invention that give you all the benefits of a bookcase, but in an easily transportable device. Did you know that there are more options than just eBooks? Lithgow Library Learning Centre provides members with free access to eBooks, eAudio (talking books), eMagazines, a movie/documentary streaming service, electronic car manuals and a language learning application.

To access all of these great resources all you need is a library card and access to the Library website at library.lithgow.com or by phoning 6352 9100. Throughout December the Library will be taking bookings for anyone who needs assistance setting up their device to access the resources. Contact Lithgow Library to make a booking.