The Reading Hour
Reading Hour Ambassador Morris Gleitzman is encouraging everyone to spend an hour reading on Thursday 20 September.
“Most vital human functions are accompanied by pleasure, and reading is no exception. I’m proud and delighted to be an Australian Reading Hour Ambassador for 2018, and to use the opportunity to gently remind the adult community that young people deserve that pleasure every day. They also need it, because no other activity will better equip young people to embrace their futures in a sometimes dark and uncertain world with optimism, resolve and creativity. Our stories have saved us in the past, and in the minds of young readers they can again.”
Join in the Reading Hour at Central West Libraries – Canowindra, Cowra, Forbes and Orange Libraries. Book a cosy reading chair and we’ll supply a treat to enjoy while you relax and escape with a good book. It’s all part of the nationwide Reading Hour promoting books and reading.
Storytimes at Blayney, Cowra, Forbes and Orange
Reading to your little one teaches them to recognise sounds and rhythm of language and is also a great bonding exercise. So why not join in Storytimes at Central West Libraries – they are lots of fun. We read and tell stories, sing songs, play games and do craft. They are held during school terms and cater for pre-school age children and their carers. Storytime is free and each session lasts about one hour.
Blayney sessions are held on the first Thursday of the month at 11am
Cowra sessions are held on the first Thursday of the month at 11am
Forbes sessions are held fortnightly on Fridays at 10.30am. The September sessions will be on 14th and 28th September. Enjoy Rhyme Time on the alternate Fridays.
Orange sessions are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11am. Please book your place for Orange storytimes online through Eventbrite or call the Library on 6393 8132. Bookings are not required at other libraries.
History Alive Talk - Soldier Settlements
Orange & District Historical Society and Central West Libraries bring you a History Alive Talk on Soldier Settlements. Dr Selena Williams has examined the experiences of a small cohort of twenty men who took up land as soldier settlers in Orange and district after World War One. Taking into account the experiences of these men, she will question if the Australian government’s vision of supplying to returned soldiers, ‘land fit for heroes’ achieved all it was meant to. She will also discuss if the experiences of the men from Orange and district were different to other soldier settlers across New South Wales.
Trudi Mayfield: Centenary of WWI project in Orange
Dr Selena Williams: Soldier Settlement in Orange and District
Michael Caulfield: From Amiens to Armistice
A light supper will be served by members of the Orange & District Historical Society.
Wednesday 12 September, 6.30pm, West Room next door to Orange City Library
Bookings online through eventbrite or call 6393 8132.
Warlight Pageturners Next Read
From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient:a mesmerising new novel – Warlight – from Michael Ondaatje tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement. This is the book to talk about at Pageturners Book Discussion Group meeting on Wednesday 12th September at 5.30pm. For more on Pageturners check out the Pageturners Blog.
Michael Ondaatje is the author of several award-winning novels, as well as a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry. Among other accolades, his novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize in 1992 and the Golden Man Booker in 2018; Anil’s Ghost won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller prize, and the Prix Médicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje lives in Toronto, Canada.
Life in Medieval Times With Dr Carmel Bendon
Knights, ladies, castles – these are often the popular images of the Middle Ages. But the reality of life then was actually much harsher, and more interesting. Step back to life in another time with this illustrated talk with medieval expert Dr Carmel Bendon at Orange City Library on Wednesday 29 August at 5.30pm. Please book your place online through eventbrite or call the Library on 6393 8132.
Dr Bendon is also concentrating on writing fiction. Grasping at Water is her first novel and she will also talk about this book and its marvellous mix of mystery, history and discovery that will prompt you to wonder about the way you see life.