Monthly Archives: December 2013

Freeda the Reader helping out at Storytime

Library Mascot Freeda the Reader Missing!

Freeda the Reader helping out at Storytime

Calling all super sleuths! We need your help. Our resident Platypus – Freeda the Reader – has gone missing. She is the most recent recruit to the Library team and has been helping out with Storytime and Summer Reading Club.  She was most recently captured on video dancing up a storm to the 12 Days of Christmas (check out our Facebook page for evidence)!  If you have seen a large brown platypus wearing a red vest, please contact the Library.  We will report any sightings of her………

Sophie Hansen

Social Media Award for One Farm Day Blog

Sophie Hansen Writer in Residence for One Farm Day Blog

An outstanding project by the Central West Writers’ Centre, Central West Libraries,  Department of Primary Industries and the National Year of Reading team has been recognised with a 2013 NSW Public Libraries Marketing Award.

The One Farm Day blog was awarded Highly Commended in the Social Media Category of the Awards for the partnership allowing agricultural communities to tell their stories. Writer-in-residence Sophie Hansen interviewed farmers and uploaded their stories to a dedicated blog:

It was part of a nationwide campaign by Australian libraries, library associations, writing centres and workplaces to improve literacy skills.  Local writer Sophie Hansen was appointed Writer-in-Residence to visit 10 rural sites throughout the Central West and bring to the community insightful stories of men and women involved in agriculture.  Congratulations to all involved in the project!




Volunteers Marie and Shirley have a chat

Volunteers Christmas Morning Tea

A big thank you to all our volunteers at the Library who assist with everything from family history, to home deliveries, shelving books, Library Bus and generally helping our Library help you. We enjoyed a Christmas morning tea with many of these unsung heroes this week. Bravo! And Cheers all round.

Volunteers Marie and Shirley have a chat

Volunteers Audrey and Jo catch up

Volunteers Audrey and Jo catch up

Tammy talks with volunteer Rod

Tammy talks with volunteer Rod

Volunteer Sue enjoys a cuppa

Volunteer Sue enjoys a cuppa

Victoria chats with volunteer Julie

Victoria chats with volunteer Julie



Books display 2 (Small)

Last minute Christmas shopping? Don’t panic.

Orange City Library is open from 10am to 2pm on Christmas Eve 24 December to purchase that perfect gift. We have many titles useful for family historians and researchers, and they make fantastic gifts for visitors.  A Vision Splendid is popular and a great souvenir for those who have visited Orange and want a keepsake coffee table book. For anyone interested in cars and our motor racing history, then Chequered Times by Denis Gregory about the history of Gnoo Blas racetrack is a great choice. Come on in to find a unique gift:

Titles include:

A Good Neighbour      $16.50

An Historian’s Sketchbook of Orange $20.00

Anzac Doctor: The life of Sir Neville Howse, Australia’s first VC       $19.95

Australian Native plants to grow in and around Orange       $20.00

Chequered Times (History of Gnoo Blas 1953 – 1965)           $29.95

City of Orange Heritage Manual        $10.00

Contours, Words out West      $15.00

Good Reading $8.50

Half a World Away      $39.95

In Sickness and in Health        $49.50

Lucknow a Veritable Goldmine          $29.00

Orange and District Illustrated 1928  $9.00

Orange 1901   $14.95

Orange Remembers, Boer War 1899 – 1902            $20.00

Orange: A Vision Splendid      $39.95

Weapons to Whitegoods: Celebrating Email’s 50 years in Orange   $15.00

Introducing Jan Richards ALIA Fellow

Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Accolade For Jan Richards


Introducing Jan Richards ALIA Fellow

Drum roll please…. The ALIA Board has announced that former ALIA President, Jan Richards, has been conferred with the honour of ALIA fellow.  Jan is currently the Chair of the ALIA Public Libraries Advisory Committee, a member of the IFLA standing Committee on Public Libraries, a member of the Library Council of NSW and Manager of Central West Libraries.

This highly regarded achievement recognises Jan’s exceptional contribution to the Australian public library sector throughout her career. Congratulations Jan!