Storytime while Springwood Library is CLOSED

While Springwood Library is closed for Building works, Monday 4 Aug – Sun 7 Sep 2014, Storytime will be held at the Springwood Aquatic and Fitness Centre Creche (11 Plateau Rd, Springwood), Thursdays 10:30am – 11:30am. On Thursday (4/9), the theme will be “ Fathers ”.
Come and join us for all the fun at 10:30am.

Fathers 1x

StrokeSafe Talk

Stroke Safe-ed

Blue Mountains City Library is hosting a free StrokeSafe talk; a time-efficient way to learn lifesaving stroke prevention and awareness messages, such as how to recognise the signs of stroke.

The talk will be held on Wednesday 10th September, 2014 at 10.30am until 11.30am, at Blaxland Library.

Stroke is a blood clot or bleed in the brain that starves brain cells of oxygen and causes parts of the brain to die. The common condition is a leading cause of death and serious disability, with 1 in 6 people suffering from a stroke in their lifetime – a third of whom die from it.

StokeSafe Ambassador and speaker Ross Waldron says stroke touches us all in some way; whether it is personally, through a family member, friend or colleague.Mr Waldron about stroke, prevention and the need to get immediate treatment at the first sign of a stroke.

“The StrokeSafe Ambassador program aims to make sure that people understand stroke is a medical emergency and fast treatment is vital to survival and recovery,” said Dr Lalor. “Everyone should be able to know and recognise the signs of stroke.”

Use “FAST” to remember and recognise the signs of stroke:
Face – Has the person’s mouth drooped?
Arms – Can they lift both arms?
Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
Time – Time is critical. If you see any of these signs, call triple zero (000) immediately

Bookings are appreciated for this event and can be made by contacting staff at any Library branch, or by calling Blaxland Library on 4739 4284.

Carolyn’s Books of the Month – September 2014

Carolyn's Books of the MonthBest Read : The Target by David Baldacci

Australian Author : Safe Harbour by Helene Young

Thriller : The Skin Collector by Jeffrey Deaver

General Fiction : Balancing Act by Joanna Trollope and The Lost Girls by Wendy James

Romance/Saga : The Tea Chest by Josephine Moon

Carolyns picks

Borrow Book Club Kits from your Library!

Book Club Kits poster


Blue Mountains City Library has introduced a new collection of Book Club Kits to support our many local book clubs.

Kits include:

                                                                                                            * 8 copies of a title

                                                                                                            * Fact sheets about the book and author

                                                                                                            * Book reviews

                                                                                                            * Discussion questions


Local book clubs can apply for a special Book Club membership card and use this to reserve and borrow a set of books for the club. The kits are loaned for a 6 week period, allowing you all plenty of time to read, discuss and return the books. There are over 25 different book titles to choose from, and we will continue to add more titles as more groups join.

Membership is great value and can be arranged in one of two ways…

1) Donation of books:

If your group members have purchased their own books in the past, you may find that you have a number of past book club books cluttering up your collective shelves. If so, why not gather up 8 copies of the same book (check with our book club coordinator first to make sure we don’t already have it) and donate them to create a new Book Club Kit? Your donation entitles you to a 2 year membership.


2) Fee payment:

Alternatively a fee of $20 per member (minimum 8 members) gets you a 2 year membership, and we will put the funds towards purchasing new titles to create new kits.

For more information, ask Library staff or see our catalogue which has downloadable fact sheets.

Not Just Books Sale

Save the date – the next Blue Mountains City Library Big Book Sale is nearly here!

You will find good quality second-hand and ex-library books for adults, teens and children, DVDs, music CDs and magazines.

We also have a special selection of fascinating old books just waiting for the right home.

Blaxland Community Centre, 33 Hope St Blaxland

(right next to the library)

Saturday September 6, 2014

8:30am to 4:00pm

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New date for Springwood Library reopening


Due to  wet weather over the past two week impacting on the building work, the scheduled reopening of Springwood Library, Council Customer Service counter and the Library car park has had to be delayed.

The Library and Customer Service counter will now reopen on

Monday 22nd September 2014

and the car park will reopen on

Saturday 27th September 2014

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

During this time the After Hours Book Bin will remain open for items to be returned (make sure you wrap any CDs carefully so they don’t become damaged). Other branches can be called to renew items over the phone.

Perhaps you might like to take the opportunity to visit one of our other library branches during this time?

Blaxland Library | Community Centre, 33 Hope St, Blaxland | 4739 4284

Lawson Library | Cnr San Jose Ave & Loftus St, Lawson | 4759 1446

Wentworth Falls Library | School of Arts, Great Western Hwy, Wentworth Falls | 4757 2095

Katoomba Library | Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke St, Katoomba | 4780 5750

Blackheath Library | Community Hall, Great Western Hwy, Blackheath | 4787 8893

As the Springwood Customer Service Counter will be closed also rates can be paid by the following methods :

Direct Debit, Telephone, Mail, Personal Payment at Katoomba Headquarters, B-Pay or at Australia Post as per your “Rates Notice Payment Options” on your Rates and Charges Notice.

For any Council enquiries please ring 4780-5000 for connection to Katoomba Headquarters call centre staff, who will help with your enquiry.


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