Monthly Archives: July 2017

Science Discovery at Storytime

Islay, aged 3 and a half, at Science Storytime

Owen, Shirley and Jasmine discover science

Cameron, age 2, and Hayden, age 4, with their Little Bang Discovery boxes

Parents, carers and Librarians learnt how to incorporate science into everyday activities including Storytime with help from the team at Little Bang Discovery Club. The program, for 3 – 5 year-olds, showed how to engage children with collecting, sorting and classifying everyday things as well the basics of critical thinking. The children enjoyed finding out about magnifying glasses, thermometers and stop watches. Thank you to all who came along. And stay tuned for more about this program.

Orange Readers and Writers Festival

Jill Jiear, author Annette Janic, Helen Hughes and Anne Hopwood

Author Dr Catherine Bishop signs her book

Author Julia Baird at the Festival

Author Sofie Laguna and Phyllis Wheeler

Memoir Writing Workshop with author Amanda Hampson

History Council of NSW Storytelling Workshop, Marian Lorrison, Carrolline Rhodes, Nicole Cama, Alison Wishart and Trudi Mayfield

We had a great crowd at the third annual Readers and Writers Festival supported by the Orange Regional Arts Foundation, History Council of NSW, Collins Booksellers and Better Reading held at the Hotel Canobolas on Friday and Saturday. The Memoir Writing Workshop with Amanda Hampson was motivating, the History Council of NSW storytelling workshop was inspiring and all our speakers were entertaining, engaging and informative – Amanda Hampson, Mitchell Librarian Richard Neville, Annette Janic, Julia Baird, Catherine Bishop and Sofie Laguna. Thank you to all who came along and made the event such a success.

Beginners Code Club Starts

Code Club is a weekly after-school program creating games, animations and more using Scratch and resources from Code Club Australia. The beginners class is a 6 week program for brand new coders. You are registering for 6 sessions:

Every Thursday, 5-6pm

27 July, 3 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 31 Aug

Age: Suitable for children aged 8-12yrs Children must be comfortable using a keyboard and a computer. Bookings via or call 6393 8132.

Banjo Paterson Writing Awards Winners


Amy Robinson, Deputy Mayor Cr Jason Hamling and Toby Johnston

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. Thank you to all who entered this year’s competition.

The winners of the short story section are:

  1. Movement at the station by John Scholz, Willonga SA
  2. Quiet Child by Carmel Lillis, Yarraville VIC
  3. Discriminating Judgement by Ruth McConnell, Chapman ACT

The winners of the Open Poetry section are:

  1. The Little Explorer’s Diary by Margaret Bradstock, Coogee NSW
  2. Romeo and Juliet by Peter O’Shaughnessey, Eaton WA
  3. The Tree of Antiquity by Jacqui Merckenschlager, Murray Bridge SA

The winners of the Bush Poetry section are:

1.The Novice and the Bard by Max Merckenschlager, Murray Bridge SA

2. Willy Wally Gully by Will Moody, Bellingen NSW

3. The Race Napoleon Won by Elizabeth Egan, Crookwell NSW

ABC Children’s Writing Awards:

  1. Arcane Intellect by Toby Johnston, Orange NSW
  2. Adieu, Thirteen by Celine Ng, Winthrop WA
  3. A Cat’s Secret by Amy Robinson, Orange, NSW


Children's Programs Restart at Orange City Library


Children’s programs have returned to Orange City Library for the school term. Ten Minutes A Day is held Mondays 10.15am – 10.45am suitable for babies to 1 year olds. 1,2 Books is held Mondays 10.15am – 10.45am for toddlers aged 1 – 2 years old. Music For Little Ears is held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 10.20am. It is suitable for 2 – 5 year olds. And Storytime for pre-schoolers – 3-5 years old is held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11am. Bookings for all programs are essential, please book via or call 6393 8132.