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Welcome to Central West Libraries Online

A warm welcome awaits you at all branches of Central West Libraries. No matter what your age we have a wide range of resources, programs and services to meet your needs.

Our libraries are places where everyone can feel at home and our friendly, expert staff are on hand to assist. Can’t get to the library? Talk to us about our Home Library service or visit our virtual library which is open 24/7.

Enjoy your library and all that it has to offer.

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It’s August and Family History Month! We also have lots happening including Library on the Go classes for seniors running fortnightly from 2nd August at 11am. Coming up next is a series of author talks by Scott Whitaker about our local Railway Hotels. See Scott in Forbes on Monday 5th September at 11am, Orange 6th September at 5.30pm and Cowra Wednesday 7th September at 11am. He will cover the coming of the railway, researching tips, genealogy and publishing. For bookings contact your local library.


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Banjo Paterson Writing Awards Winners

Thank you to all who entered the awards. We are pleased to announce the following winners:

ABC Central West Radio Children’s Awards

Strangers on a Train by Brittany Doolan Coonabarabran, NSW

I See Red by Ellie Wilmore Erskine Park, NSW

Crimey and Blimey by Rania Phillips Balmain, NSW


Open Poetry

Emu Girl , on the day before flying by Joanne Mills Darlington, WA

19 Types of Fences in Hill End by Kathy Driscoll Wentworth Falls, NSW

Not Word – Not Name Desert Lore by David Robert Taylor Henley Beach, SA


Bush Poetry

Channel Country by Brenda Saunders Randwick, NSW

The Man From Yarra River by David Campbell Aireys Inlet, VIC

The Letter Home by Tom McIlveen Port Macquarie, NSW


 Short Story

Flashes in the Pan by Dean Briggs Newcastle, NSW

The Yabby Creek Dance by Jennie Linnane Nowra, NSW

One Man’s Funeral by Margret Ogilvie Victor Harbour, SA

Library on the GO

Technology skills for seniors is starting again at Orange Library.
Sessions will be held fortnightly on Tuesdays at 11am starting from the 2nd August.


From the blog...

Railway Hotels Talk: Forbes, Orange, Cowra


Join author Scott Whitaker for an informative and entertaining talk to celebrate the launch of his book Railway Hotels of Australia – Volume Two – New South Wales. In addition to detailing the history of the local Railway Hotels, Scott’s … Read more…

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