Undaunted: the inspiring true story of an Australian man’s life on the edge


Hear author Hugh “Obi” O’Brien at Katoomba Library on Saturday 8th November, 2014 at 2pm.

Undaunted, by Hugh ‘Obi’ O’Brien, is an explosive autobiography chronicling Obi’s years spent in the Navy as a Clearance Diver, and then in the elite Tactical Assault Group, the Army’s counterterrorism unit. A highly elite group – failure is in the 80th percentile – TAG (East) is a secretive team of divers and commandos tasked with defending the domestic population from harm post 9-11.

Undaunted is a no holds barred, brutally honest autobiography full of strain and the pushing of mental and physical ability to the absolute limits. Obi opens up about numerous things throughout his time as a diver, and in the TAG (East), including:

  • The physical and mental impact the training and qualifications have on them
  • The tight bonds of brotherhood formed between those training together
  • The tests and tasks set upon them, involving bullets, real mines and explosives
  • His work in private security in the Middle East – he is currently working on his very last private security job in Baghdad, as part of the team tasked with protecting Australian Ambassador Lyndall Sachs.
  • Standout missions, including clearing Lake Burley Griffith ahead of a visit by the President of the United States, flying through Sydney in a Black Hawk Helicopter, and counterterrorism exercises prior to the Commonwealth Games
  • His lifelong battle with those predators of the sea… jellyfish

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be in the most elite of our Armed Forces; the pushing of physical ability to its absolute limits; to cut a hole in a piece of steel underwater; to have your life literally rest in the hands of your colleagues; to have a boat cut out just 100 metres from where over 400 kilograms of explosives are about to detonate or to go face to face with a huge octopus, then Hugh is the man for you. Undaunted is also a reflection on how the demands of such a job affects relationships with the people around you.

Copies of Hugh’s book will be available to purchase on the day courtesy of Megalong Books. It might just be the perfect gift for the difficult-to-buy-for man in your life!

Bookings appreciated | 4780 5750

Double Celebration

library act

Did you know the NSW Library Act is turning 75 this year ? #libraryact75th

This landmark legislation led to the provision of free public library services for the people of NSW and was adopted in 1967 in the Blue Mountains.

This photo was taken in 1970 as part of the Blue Mountains community campaign for a library service.


The Blue Mountains Library Service began in 1974 and we have been celebrating our 40th Birthday this year. All members of the Blue Mountains community are invited to a 40th Birthday morning tea next week.



Temporary Closure of Springwood Library


Springwood Library and the Council Customer Service Desk will close temporarily from

Monday 1 December 2014

Both services will reopen on

Monday 5 January 2015  

This closure is to allow for the final phase of the new theatre and community hub building works with new Library and Customer Service desks to be installed, some rearrangement of the interior of Springwood Library and the final links to be put into place between the Library building and the new Galleria.

During this time the After Hours book bins will remain open for returns (make sure you wrap any CDs and DVDs carefully so they don’t become damaged) and customers can arrange for Holds to be collected at an alternative branch. 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

For Council enquiries visit www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au or ring 4723 5000

Alison’s Picks – October 2014

Als pix oct 2014

Some great recommendations from staff member, Alison

Karen Joy Fowler : We are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Fiona McGregor Indelible Ink

Peter Goldsworthy : Everything I Knew

Maya Angelou : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


The links will take you straight to the Library Catalogue so you can put a Hold on a copy right now!


Poetry Under the Stars


Join us at Katoomba Library, in the Courtyard of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, for the third annual

Poetry Under the Stars.


* Sandy Holmes (MC)

* Milton Taylor

* Elouisa West

* Simon Lenthen

* Kate Fagan

* Peter Kuypers

Plus loads more Guest Poets!

Bring your own picnic (no alcohol), and cushions or chairs, and settle in for an evening of entertainment. As well as performances by some of the best Blue Mountains poets, there will also be live music during intermission, plus the opportunity to purchase works by your favourite poets. Bring the kids for the special Kids Poetry bracket early in the evening. And, back by popular demand, we will once again be holding an Open Mike session – giving you the opportunity to perform one of your own poems! Registrations open on the night.

We hope you can join us for this free, multi-age event.

See poetry in a new light.

Library Book Sale!

lawson book sale 2014

Blue Mountains City Library is holding a Book Sale at the Mid Mountains Festival!

Saturday 15 November, 2014


New Street, Lawson

Come along to grab a bargain – we’ll have books for adults and kids, comics and DVDs.

lawson book sale 2014 poster (2)


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