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2018 Armistice Day Photo Re-Enactment


Many thanks goes to the community involved in the re-enactment of 1918 Armistice Day celebrations in Orange on Sunday 11 November 2018 at the Old Town Hall (OCTEC) Building in Anson Street, Orange.  The event was made possible by Orange District Antique Motor Club, City of Orange Brass Band, the Catholic, Anglican, Uniting and Presbyterian Churches, Orange schools, Orange Scouts, OCTEC Limited, NSW Police, Orange Theatre Company and Orange City Council. Thank you to all the people who came along and dressed in period costume for this historic occasion. 


Can You Help? Home Library Volunteers Needed

Can you help? We’re searching for volunteers. Can you spare a half hour every four weeks to deliver and return books to Orange City Library?

It only takes a short time but means so much to members unable to attend the library.

If you are interested in helping out and have your own car and driver’s licence, please talk to Library staff at Orange City Library. We look forward to hearing from interested members of the community and really appreciate your support. Thank you.

Get Online Week 15 - 21 October

Join in workshops and demonstrations for seniors about using tablets, laptops or mobile phones at your local library. Try one thing – send an email, use Skype or register to watch Kanopy films. Connect to our free Wifi, bring your own device or try one of ours.

Cowra Library: Monday 15th October 10am – 12 noon Ph: 6340 2180

Blayney Library: Monday 15 October 2pm – 4pm

Canowindra Library: Tuesday 16 October 2pm – 4pm

Manildra Library: Wednesday 17 October 10am – 12 noon

Molong Library: Wednesday 17 October 2pm – 4pm

Forbes Library: Thursday 18 October 10am – 12 noon

Orange City Library:  Friday 19 October 10am – 12 noon

Book your place online through eventbrite or phone your local library.

2018 Banjo Paterson Writing Award Winners

Thank you to all those who entered the awards. We are pleased to announce the following winners of the 2018 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards:

Short Story

1st – Stephen D’Arcy, Bellerave VIC, for Arthur Peters the Bard of Creswick, $2,000.

The judge said “the winning story presented the narrative as a series of letters from a very self-assured, but amateur ‘poet’ and his fiancé to a very diplomatic AB Paterson. Arthur Peters is seeking Banjo’s assistance and encouragement, while Banjo and his fiancée are less enthusiastic about Mr Peter’s poetic talents.”

“It is the subtle and wry humour of the story where its charm lays.”

“This is a thoroughly engaging and extremely well-written story on many levels and definitely a worthy winner of the Banjo Paterson Short Story writing award.”

Open Poetry

1st Roger Vickery, of Freshwater, NSW for Jukurrpa on bark $2,000 and Varuna, the Writer’s House, Manuscript Consultation valued at $295.

The judge commented:

“Jukurrpa on bark is a powerful elegy for an indigenous artist. Intimate in tone, the poem’s meaning is enhanced through the poet’s keen sense of sound and rhythm. Like the dancing referred to in the opening stanza, the imagery and sense of spirituality throughout the poem are continually ‘circling and looping/coming home to go again’ – that sense of movement giving the reader a glimpse into the world of Jukurrpa. Succinct and compelling, the poem creates a strong sense of place, of loss, and of a spirituality that is open weaved, strong…always moving.”

ABC Central West Radio Children’s Awards


1st  Miss Kodi Sawtell, 16, of Coochin QLD, for her short story Ink, $200

2nd Isabelle Back, 11, of Clergate, near Orange, NSW for her poem Christmas in Australia, $100

3rd Brooke Chapman, 10, of Fine Flower, NSW for her poem Bush Dance, $100.







July Good Reading Competition

Did you know that Good Reading magazine is available online for all library members for free? It’s packed full of reviews of all the latest books as well as interviews with authors, book trivia and fantastic competitions to win books!

This month, you can WIN a book pack of exciting new releases worth $200! To enter, simply browse through the July issue of Good Reading online to find the answer to this question: Where did Emma Harcourt’s ‘rebel grandmother’ run away to in the 1920s?

Email your name, the name of your library, and your answer to libraries@goodreadingmagazine.com.au by July 31 for your chance to win!