Easter Storytime at Lithgow Library

With Easter almost upon us again, Lithgow Library has a special visitor coming to Storytime to help celebrate!

 “Easter is a magical time for children and their families and the Easter Storytime at Lithgow Library is an annual tradition, with lots of fun and excitement for the children,” said Mayor Clr Ray Thompson. 

Storytime is a popular preschool literacy program aimed at 3-5 year olds. Each week we read books, sing songs and follow up with a craft activity focusing on building fine motor skills.

On Wednesday 17th April at 10.30am we will have a special visit by the Easter Bunny who is coming along to share our songs and stories, and leave behind some eggs for the children to hunt using their very own handmade Easter baskets.

This is a free event and all are welcome.

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


Author Talk – Tom Lovett – Battle for the Truth

Lithgow Library will be hosting an author talk by Tom Lovett on Saturday 6 April from 10am to 12pm.

Battle for Truth by Thomas R Lovett, is futuristic adventure and romance set in Sydney Australia in the last decade of the 21st century. Sub-titled Resisting the Future One World Government, the story moves and entertains while encouraging the reader to think about trends in society and where those trends are leading. This epic futuristic story of conspiracies amidst radical social and technological changes contains gripping battle scenes between light and dark spiritual forces, and describes the calamities facing the world and human life.

The free author talk will take place at Lithgow Library on Saturday 6 April 2019 from 10am to 12pm. Morning tea is provided and bookings are preferred by contacting the library on 63529100.

Harmony Day Storytime at Lithgow Library

Lithgow Library invites everyone to a special multicultural Harmony Day Storytime on Wednesday 20 March 2018.

“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,” said Mayor Cr Ray Thompson.

The message of Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’.  Harmony Day aims to engage people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster a sense of belonging for everyone. Since 1999, more than 70,000 Harmony Day events have been held in childcare centres, schools, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies across Australia.

“Our cultural diversity should be something we celebrate every day. It’s what makes us stronger as a community. Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for all”, continued the Mayor.

Participants at the special Harmony Day Storytime will enjoy some stories from around the world, fun songs, craft activities, delicious Vietnamese rolls from Pho 68 and other multicultural treats.

 Storytime is an early literacy program aimed at pre-schoolers and their families. This is a free event and all are welcome so why not join in on Wednesday 20 March 2018 from 10.30am.

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



Book Launch at Lithgow Library


Lithgow Library invites you to the launch of a new children’s picture book written and published by local author Suzanne Day.

Suzanne Day has written a number of children’s books which she is publishing over time. Her latest published picture book, Adventures of Constable Teddybear in Teddybearland, will be launched at Lithgow Library on Friday March 22 at 10:00am.

Suzanne is a local artist who tries to include important life lessons in all of her works. The majority of her works contain a message to help educate children about things like boundaries, self esteem, values and domestic violence. Her latest book contains an important message about bullying.

 “Local artists and authors are a valuable resource in this community and we are lucky to have this opportunity where they can present their works to the community,” said Mayor Cr Ray Thompson.

This event will be held at Lithgow Library on Friday March 22 2019, at 10:00am. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP preferred for catering purposes.

For more information on this free event please contact Lithgow Library on

6352 9100 or lithgow.library@lithgow.nsw.gov.au.


Free creative narrative writing course


Lithgow Library is introducing an 8 week creative narrative writing course.  Learn how to construct a story with our teacher Dawn. Unleash your inner creative.

Wednesdays starting 20 March 2019 until 8 May 2019

11am to 12.30pm

Poetry slam

Seniors Festival Poetry Slam A Great Success!

Poetry slam

An enthusiastic crowd gathered at Lithgow Library on Thursday 21st  February to hear 11 local poets and wordsmiths perform their own work at this year’s Seniors Festival Poetry Slam.

“This event provided our seniors with an opportunity to perform, to be heard and connect to community through poetry. Creative ageing is good for us. We have more friends, experience more joy and live longer when we are involved in a creative activity,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

Viktoria Gulabovski, Community Development Officer for Lithgow Council, was thrilled with the interest shown in the event by performers. “It was really amazing to see people together sharing out loud the things they have written about!”

“We had a bit of everything.  Rhymes and beautifully delivered spoken words about the new age, being heard, listening to your doctor (or not), friendship, love and loss,” added Acting Library co-ordinator, Sharon Lewis. 

Other performers spoke about things such as working in the coal mines, political correctness, becoming older, growing up, and guinea pigs. “It was a wonderfully diverse afternoon of entertainment’” commented poet and performer, Reg Reid.

To set the tone for the afternoon, Master of ceremonies Sophie Meredith, herself a poet and published author, impressed the audience with her energy and versatility as she opened the slam and welcomed the audience.

Each contestant was then allowed two minutes to impress the 5 judges, selected at random from the audience, with their own original word artistry.

The winners of the slam were Su Leybourne with her poem, A New Age Lament, followed by Paul Meverley in second place with his poem, Thank You for Listening, and Wendy Varney landed third place with her poem, Doctor’s Orders, who entertained the crowd with her exuberance and spark.

Anyone who was inspired by the Lithgow Seniors Festival Poetry Slam, and would like to start a self-directed poetry group at the Library, please call Sharon Lewis on 6352 9100. Also, keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming creative narrative writing class soon to be scheduled at the library.


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.