Yes, we are keeping busy

Having met some of our regulars in Springwood and Blaxland over the last few weeks I know some people are finding it hard to imagine we are busy without them.

We are very busy. In fact, we don’t know how we usually manage with customers in the Library!

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We are also taking it in turns to go down to Blaxland Library where we get to catch up with lots of our Springwood friends so come and say hello one day.

September/October School Holidays in the Library

Sept-Oct School Holiday program1

Sept-Oct School Holiday program2

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 (21/8), the theme will be “ Children’s Book Week ”.
Come and join us for all the fun at 10:30am.

Book Week 2 2014

StrokeSafe Talk

Stroke Safe-ed

Blue Mountains City Library is set to host 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.

“This cast a great gloom over us” – History Week event


“This cast a great gloom over us”: The mysterious disappearance of submarine AE1 and the first Australian casualties of the Great War.


Australia’s involvement in WWI before April 1915 has been overshadowed by the Gallipoli campaign and the Western Front. What do people really know about Australia’s conquest and occupation of the German Pacific colonies in late 1914? The Battle of Bita Paka in New Guinea on 11 September 1914 saw the first Australian casualties of the Great War. Just two days later off the coast of Rabaul, the submarine AE1 was lost with all hands. One hundred years later, AE1 has still not been found.

Katoomba Library is hosting Dr Stephen Gapps (public historian and museum curator) to give this talk on Saturday September 13 at 2pm, exploring some overlooked aspects of Australia in WWI and highlighting the forgotten legacies of Australia’s own imperial ambitions in the Pacific region during the war.

The Speaker Connect program is presented by the History Council of NSW.

Bookings are essential and can be made online here.

September/October School Holidays in the Library

Sept-Oct School Holiday program1Sept-Oct School Holiday program2

Workshops begin 23rd September. Book early at your local Library so you are not disappointed!


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