Tech Savvy Seniors

Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang Libraries will soon be holding technology classes for seniors focusing on the Seniors Card Website and NSW transport apps.

“Digital skills are essential in today’s society which is why Tech Savvy Seniors sessions that provide opportunities for seniors to become computer literate are always very popular. The upcoming classes will extend the knowledge level of seniors who already have some technology basics,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

The session will focus on navigating through the Seniors Card Website & the NSW Transport apps. To complement the session and assist seniors an introduction to the Regional Seniors Travel Card will be provided.

These workshops will be held at Lithgow Library on Tuesday 25 February at 2:00pm, Wallerawang Library on Wednesday 26 February at 2:00pm, and Portland Library on Thursday 27 February at 2:00pm.

The sessions are designed as an introduction and you do not need to be internet connected or have a device. However, to get the most out of the session please contact the library for an information flyer. Afternoon tea will be provided; bookings are essential and can be made by contacting the Lithgow Library on 6352 9100.


Lithgow Library on the Hunt for Creative Volunteers

Are you creative? Are you available to volunteer to run an introductory workshop on creativity? If so, Lithgow Library would love your help.

The definition of create is: to make or produce (something): to cause (something new) to exist: to cause (a particular situation) to exist: to produce (something new, such as a work of art) by using your talents and imagination.

Library and Information Week (LIW) runs from 25-29 May 2020. LIW is a time for libraries to celebrate and promote what they do. Providing information, assisting with technology and connecting people are some of the most important library activities, as well as providing books and other resources for enjoyment and learning and conducting programs to engage the community.  

The theme for LIW this year is ‘Create’, so Lithgow Library is planning a week long showcase of creativity and is inviting local creatives to volunteer some time during the week to run workshops in the libraries. The aim of the workshops is to promote how enjoyable and rewarding being creative can be, and give people a chance to learn a new skill. It is planned to run workshops at all three library branch at times suitable to the volunteers, even after normal library hours if necessary. Workshops should be no more than two hours. A variety of activities is required across all ages, ideally with a take home sample or ideas at the end. If you have activities that meet the needs of any of the different age groups, children, teens, adults, seniors and those with a disability, the library would love to hear from you.

“The creative workshops will be an opportunity for anyone planning to teach their skill a chance to practice and give people a taste, or for anyone who already teaches, the chance to reach a bigger audience,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

If you are interested in volunteering to teach a Create workshop during LIW in any of the target groups mentioned above please contact Sharon Lewis or Scotia Tracey at Lithgow Library on 6352 9100 or via email


Be Connected at your library during Seniors Festival


Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang Libraries will be holding drop in, Be Connected information barbeques during the NSW Seniors Festival.  Come along for a free sausage sizzle and learn about the Be Connected program at your local library.

The first BBQ will be held at Lithgow Library on Thursday 13 February between 12pm and 2pm.  Grab a sausage sandwich and chat to the staff about this Australian Government initiative to empower all Australians to thrive in a digital world.

BBQs will also be held at Portland Library on Tuesday 18 February and Wallerawang Library on Wednesday 19 February between 12pm and 2pm.

Everyone is welcome to this free event.

13 February Lithgow Library

18 February Portland Library

19 February Wallerawang Library


Be Connected at Your Library During Senior’s Week

Being connected to the world through technology is very important in today’s technological age and libraries are great places to connect to technology and to other people in the community. Head along to your local library during Senior’s Week to see how you can become connected to the wider world.

Be Connected is an Australian Government, nationwide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. “This Australian government initiative to assist people with their digital skills, particularly the senior members of the community is a program that libraries are well placed to deliver,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

Through funding available as part of this program, Lithgow Library and the branches at Portland and Wallerawang will be hosting community engagement events to help people get connected, and to also learn about the other services that are available at the libraries.

As part of the community engagement sessions the Lithgow Lions Club will be providing a free sausage sizzle at each branch. Library staff will be on hand to help you join the library, show you the services available and get you started on the Be Connected program. The program and barbeque is open to everyone from the community not just seniors. No bookings are required for these free events.

The Be Connected community engagement events will take place on the following dates between 12:00pm and 2:00pm;

Lithgow Library Learning Centre, 157 Main Street Lithgow – Thursday 13 February 2020

Portland Library, Williwa Street Portland – Tuesday 18 February 2020

Wallerawang Library, Main Street Wallerawang – Wednesday 19 February 2020


For more information contact the Lithgow Library on 63529100.


Book Launch – Kim Kelly/Walking

Cover of book "Walking"Author Kim Kelly









Lithgow Library will be hosting an author talk and book launch of the new book Walking by the popular Central West author Kim Kelly on Saturday 22 February at 11am.

Kim Kelly is an acclaimed author of Australian historical fiction that shines a light on forgotten corners of our past, and the lives of ordinary people making their way through extraordinary times. Kim’s first novel, Black Diamonds, was set in Lithgow, and there’s a beautiful whisper of this town once again in her new and ninth novel, Walking.  Kim will be celebrating both books at the library this time, with Black Diamonds having recently gone on to become a bestselling audiobook internationally, and Walking taking its first steps into the world – right here in Lithgow where the spark of Kim’s writing career began. Come along and hear how this valley inspired her very first and latest works – and why this town will always be a place of love for Kim.

The author event will be held at Lithgow Library in Main Street Lithgow starting at 10.45am with morning tea, followed by the author talk and book signing at 11am. No bookings are required for this free event. For more information contact the library on 63529100.


22 February 2020   


10.45 am for an 11am start

Birdie and the Fire – a story to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children aged 0-4, their parents and families

Birdie and the Fire

With the bushfires making an impact on our area it can be difficult to help children understand what is happening and how it will be resolved in the end. Birdie and the Fire is a simple picture book freely available as an electronic resource that may help families through this difficult time.

Published by Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service the free electronic resources – Birdie’s Tree series have been designed to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children aged 0-4, their parents and families, through severe weather events and other natural disasters.

Birdie and the Fire is particularly appropriate for our area at this current time,  and can be accessed by the following link.
Birdie and the Fire

Other Birdie’s Tree resources can be accessed free of charge as ebooks at the following link: and they are also available for purchase as picture books.

Books & Bites

books and bites







Books & Bites 

Our new book club will meet to discuss our second book “Scrublands”.

Loved it, great! Not your book, that’s ok too. Let’s talk about it.

Books & Bites meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

Portland Tuesday 28 January 2020 at 2pm,

Wallerawang Wednesday 29 January 2020 at 1.30 pm and

Lithgow Thursday 30 January 2020 at 12.30 pm

If you’re interested in joining a book club come along and find out more.

For more information contact the Lithgow Library on 63529100

Wallerawang Library Open Limited Hours over Holiday Season

To assist people who require access to computers and the internet over the Christmas holiday period, the Wallerawang Library will be opening for limited hours between 10 am to 1 pm on Friday 27th, Monday 30th, Tuesday 31st December and Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd of January.

Christmas Closure

The library will be closed for the Christmas Holiday period from 3pm Tuesday 24th December 2019 and reopen on Monday 6th January 2020 at 9.00 am. The library staff wish all their patrons a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Get that App!

Looking for free entertainment over Christmas & the New Year? Why not try one of the many Apps the Library has available including Beamafilm, Rbdigital, Transparent Language or tinker with the car using Haynes on-line car manuals.

The convenience of electronic resources allows you to take a library with you anywhere on your personal device. Take a month’s worth of books on your overseas holiday without carrying the weight, access current magazines in the doctor’s office or listen to an audiobook while you are in the car. The possibilities are endless and only restricted by the content available from your library.

Our streaming service, Beamafilm is Australia’s premium movie streaming channel for true stories and independent voices. The service offers over 500 award winning documentaries, independent features and festival favourites to delight, inspire and entertain you. The Library’s latest resource Transparent Language Online provides library members with access to over 100 languages. It can be accessed from a personal computer or you can learn on the go via an iOS or Android app. Library members can learn to listen, speak, read and write a new language or for those new to English it provides beginner English for speakers of more than 25 languages.

“Lithgow Library continues to provide exceptional e-resources to the Lithgow community. Our on-line resources allow members access to eBooks, audiobooks emagazines, movies, on-line learning 7 days a week, 24 hours a day,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

To get started with our on-line resources; head to the Library website at and follow the links to your choice of entertainment, or drop into Lithgow Library on Thursday 19 December from 2:00 – 4;00pm or Friday 20 December from 10:00 – 12:00pm and Get That App.

You will need to be a member of the Library to access these 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.