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News

NEW DATE: Meet Author Adam Courtenay

We have a new date for our author visit with Adam Courtenay launching his latest book Three Sheets to the Wind: Why a motley crew of merchant seamen walked 600 miles to save 7,000 gallons of rum at  Cowra Library on Thursday 29 September at 2pm, and Orange City Library from 5.30pm to 7pm.  The date was changed from 22 September due to the Queen’s Memorial Public Holiday. 

When in 1796, Calcutta-based Scottish merchants Campbell & Clark dispatched an Indian ship hurriedly renamed the Sydney Cove to the colony of New South Wales, they were hoping to make their fortune. But when the Sydney Cove went down north of Van Dieman’s Land, cargo master William Clark and sixteen other crew members were compelled to walk 600 miles to Sydney Town to get help to save the rest of the crew and the precious goods. Assisted by at least six Indigenous clans on his journey, Clark saw far more country than Joseph Banks ever did, and his eventual report to Governor Hunter led to far-reaching consequences for the colony. And the rum? Find out more about this true story when Adam is our guest at Orange City Library. Please book your place online for Cowra or call us on 6340 2180, or Orange City Library online or call 6393 8132. 

History Week: Celebrating Recollect

It is History Week and Central West Libraries is celebrating the theme Hands on History with the success of Recollect Central West – a digital platform where collections can be shared online.

Statistics show a total of 7,558 items including 767 documents and 6,646 photographs are on the Recollect site and there have been more than half a million hits since the March launch!!!!

The Top 10 items viewed were:

  1. CWD Negatives
  2. Orange & District Historical Society
  3. Tourist Hotel
  4. Construction of Orange Olympic Pool
  5. Summer Street
  6. Emmco Cadet Engineer
  7. Maps and Plans
  8. Celebrating Orange 75 years of Orange as a city and 175 years of Orange as a village
  9. [email protected]
  10. Orange Small Schools Association presents 2013 OSSA Schools Spectacular Mamma Mia, Not Another Musical

The community can register with the site, become a member, and contribute photos, stories and memories about the Central West as well as update information about who is in a photo or where it was taken. Or they can just search the site. Visit Recollect at https://centralwest.recollect.net.au/ It is a free community resource.

Banjo Paterson Writing Award Winners

Three incredible writers haven made history by becoming the first joint winners in the Short Story Section of the 2021 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards and impressive writing featured in the ABC Radio Children’s Awards. We are pleased to announce the winners:

Short Story: Joint winners: Co-authors Sagamba Muhira and James Page; and Carmel Lillis:

Sagamba Muhira

James Page

1st Co-authors Sagamba Muhira, Townsville QLD, and James Page, Redcliffe QLD – Out of Africa

And joint winner:

Carmel Lillis

1st Carmel Lillis, Yarraville VIC –  Laughing like children

Contemporary Poetry

Mark O’Flynn

1st Prize, Mark O’Flynn, Katoomba  NSW – Interesting times we could all do without

ABC Radio Children’s Awards

Lola Stafford

1st Lola Stafford, Billywilliga near Bathurst NSW – Story – One Land …Two People

2nd Sybilla Chapman, Bathurst NSW – Poem – Our Underwater Aussie Garden

3rd Luke Favantines, Mt Victoria NSW – Poem – Light and Dark

Congratulations to all who entered the awards and the 2021 winners!!!

 

Library Programs are Back

With news that the lockdown for Blayney, Cabonne and Orange Local Government Areas will be lifted, most CWL programs will resume from tomorrow – Wednesday 28 July.

Bookings are now open for Storytime, 1,2 Books and Ten Minutes a Day at Orange City Library.
**Please note: Music For Little Ears at Orange City Library will resume on Wednesday 4th August and Friday 6th August. Bookings will open one week prior (soon).
Molong Storytime will be on Friday 6th August at 11.15am. We sing songs, play games, make craft and enjoy stories. Come along and join in the fun.
Storytimes at Canowindra, Cowra and Forbes Libraries continue as per usual.

We look forward to seeing you! WooHoo! We are back!

Libraries Reopen After Lockdown Ends

The stay-at-home orders currently in place in the Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council, and Cabonne Shire Council areas will be lifted at 12.01am Wednesday July 28 (midnight tonight) Woohoo! Great news!

NSW Health said there has been no further transmission of COVID-19 detected in the region since the case notified on 20 July.
Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council, and Cabonne Shire Council will revert to the same NSW Health Orders as the rest of regional NSW from tomorrow (Wednesday).
So please remember to sign-in, wear a mask, socially distance 1.5 metres, use the hand sanitiser provided, handwash thoroughly and regularly, and please get tested if you have COVID-like symptoms and stay home if unwell.
Libraries at Blayney, Canowindra, Manildra, Molong and Orange will resume usual hours from tomorrow – Wednesday 28 July.
Thank you for your kindness, patience and understanding during this difficult time for everyone in the community. Your support is much appreciated by the Library team.
Well done Central West!