New Molong Library now open!
Cowra Library Makeover
Canowindra Library on the move
Canowindra Library has relocated to the Freemasons Hall - Masonic Lodge
Family Literacy Programs Return
Family Literacy Programs have returned to Central West Libraries for School Term 1. Enjoy!
Recollect Central West
A digital space to capture and share history, heritage and stories of Central West NSW
Welcome to Central West Libraries
Our Libraries at Blayney, Canowindra, Cowra, Forbes, Manildra, Molong and Orange are welcoming spaces for everyone. Come and see us for all your reading, watching and listening enjoyment as well as access to research, databases, newspapers, free WFi, family literacy programs, school holiday activities, author events and more…
Please enjoy all our online activities – Story Box Library, author talks, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines through Borrowbox, Indyreads, Libby and Hoopla, and stream movies: Kanopy Kids, Kanopy and Beamafilm. Access these services on your own device anywhere anytime using your CWL Membership Card. If you need assistance with your membership, please call us on 6393 8132. Thank you.
Central West Libraries Update
Enter the 2024 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards
This year marks 160 years since Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson was born at Narrambla, Orange, and Central West Libraries announces the call for entries in the 2024 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards on his birthday, Saturday 17 February. Established in 1991, the awards honour Banjo, acknowledged as a great writer and favourite son of Orange, with a competition encouraging Australian content. However, entries do not have to be written in Banjo’s style of bush writing.
The categories are:
Short Story: First Prize $2,000
Contemporary Poetry: First Prize $2,000
ABC Radio Central West Children’s Writing Award: First Prize $200, Second Prize $100 and Third Prize $100.
Adult Entry Fee $15, Children Entry Fee $5.
Entries are due Friday 10 May 2024 at 5pm. They can be emailed to: [email protected] or posted to Banjo Paterson Writing Awards, PO Box 194, Orange NSW 2800.
Check the 2024 Entry Form for full terms and conditions and include with your entry.
Previous winning entries can be found at Central West Libraries’ online resource Recollect https://centralwest.recollect.net.au/ for inspiration.
The awards are supported by Orange City Council, ABC Central West, and the Central Western Daily newspaper.
Family Literacy Programs Return for School Term 1
Our free family literacy programs have returned for the School Term 1 2024. We have lots of fun and children and carers are invited. If you have any enquiries please call the Library you wish to attend. We look forward to seeing you!
Blayney: 1st and 3rd Thursdays 11am
Cowra: Mondays 10am
Forbes: Birth to Kinder Rhyne Time Fridays 10.30am
Molong: 3rd Friday of the month 11.15am
Orange: Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays 11am
Ten Minutes A Day – Orange: Mondays at 11am and Thursday at 9.30am
1,2 Books –
Cowra: Wednesdays 10am
Orange: Mondays and Tuesdays 10.15am – 10.45am
Music For Little Ears – Orange: Wednesday at 10am – 10.20am, and Fridays 10.30am – 10.50am.
Code Club – Orange: Thursdays 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Lego Club –
Molong: Last Friday of the month 3.45pm – 4.45pm
Orange: Mondays 4pm – 5pm
Inklings Book Club – Orange: 2nd Monday of the month 4pm – 5pm
Make/Do Teen Meet Up – Orange: Tuesdays 4pm – 5pm
Canowindra Library on the Move
Canowindra Library has relocated to the Freemasons Hall (Masonic Lodge) at 39 Blatchford Street, Canowindra while renovations take place at the Gaskill Street address.
We look forward to welcoming you to the new space. See you soon!
New Molong Library Grand Opening
Come and visit the recently completed Cabonne Community Centre – home to the new Molong Library at 98 Bank Street.
We can’t wait to show you this community space!! It looks fantastic!!!
Cowra Library has re-opened to the community after refurbishment
Cowra Library space has been transformed with new murals, flooring, carpets, painting and shelving. You are invited to come and see the lovely welcoming space. There is something for everyone.
Family Literacy Programs 1,2 Books and Storytime resumed in the New Year and the Library chute is also open – making returning your items easy.
If you have any questions, please contact Cowra Library on 6340 2180.
Thank you for your patience and support while the extensive renovation took place. We look forward to seeing you in Cowra Library and if you are not a member – why not join? It is free.
2023 Banjo Paterson Writing Award Winners
The winners of the annual Banjo Paterson Writing Awards announced at the Orange Readers and Writers Festival on Saturday 5 August are:
- Timothy Guy, of Cowra, for his Short Story Anna
- Jonathan Cant, of Sydney, for his Contemporary Poem Thunderstorm at Newton Boyd
- Kaitlyn Rutledge, of Woodstock, for Blood Runs Faster Than Water
- Ebony Inman, of Mullion Creek, for We’re Gonna Be Okay
- Jenna Poore, of South Coast, for The Journey Through The Simpson Desert
The Banjo Paterson Writing Awards were established in 1991 to honour Banjo Paterson, a great Australian writer, and favourite son of Orange, with a competition to encourage Short Story or Poetry writing with Australian content. The call for entries is announced each year on 17 February, the anniversary of Banjo’s Birthday.
Congratulations to all who entered the competition and the 2023 winners. the Short Story and Contemporary Poetry winners take home cash prizes of $2,000 each.
Keep up the writing everyone!
Recollect Central West
A digital space to capture and share history, heritage and stories of Central West NSW.
The CWL app is live!
Download the new Central West Libraries app to streamline your library experience.
Available on your phone or tablet, the app brings the library to you!
Download now by searching for Central West Libraries in your app provider, or visit one of our branches, call on 6393 8132 or email us at [email protected]