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Study Workshops for HSC Students

Blue Mountains Library is excited to be able to tell you all that we are collaborating with WordSmiths, local tutors/teachers, to provide a short series of FREE workshops for HSC students.

There will be three workshops over three consecutive weeks at Springwood and Katoomba Libraries.  Places at each workshop are limited to 20 students.

The Springwood Library workshops are on Monday evenings from 5:30pm-7:30pm on Monday 21st  August, 28th August and 4th September. As this workshop is taking place after our normal opening hours, the students should arrive 10 mins beforehand and will be asked to stay until the very end of the workshop.

The Katoomba Library workshops are on Saturdays from 11am-1pm on Saturday 2nd, 9th and 16th September.

Bookings can be made at any Library branch in person or over the phone.


Australian Poetry Slam: Blue Mountains Heat at Katoomba Library

Australian Poetry Slam: Blue Mountains Heat at Katoomba Library

Thursday June 22, 6.30pm register to perform, 7.00pm event commences

APS 2017 Poster

Get ready for another big night of Mountains’ poetry where poets battle it out with words to see who will go forward to the Slam’s State heats later in the year.

We need poets who are prepared to perform, to sing, shout or scream their own original work (2 mins max) and we need an audience that is prepared to get involved, help with the judging and soak up the atmosphere.

This year will be the 10th annual Poetry Slam to be held at Katoomba Library and the contest continues to grow in excitement and talent every year so, get set to enjoy the best of our local talent and be prepared for a few off-beat surprises.

This is a FREE event, no bookings required.

International Games Day

Katoomba Library

Saturday 19 November 2016

10am to 4pm


Games enthusiasts of all ages are invited to a day of board game fun when Katoomba Library joins over a thousand libraries around the world for the ninth annual celebration of board games in libraries – International Games Day @ Your Library.

Like so many other libraries across the country and around the world, Blue Mountains Library will offer a special event suitable for the whole family and is proud to partner with the fabulous Katoomba games shop, Afternoonified, to present a variety of new and different board games and to offer tuition in how to play.

There will be over 40 games of strategy, fun and thrills to choose from and tuition in how to play. Try your hand at Ticket to Ride, a cross-country train adventure connecting cities in various countries around the world, or Catan, where you find yourself in the era of discoveries, your ship has finally reached the coast of an uncharted island but you are not the only discoverer and the race to settle the island has begun!

There will be Small World, Machi Koro, Carcassonne, Colt Express, Dixit and more so be prepared to go on a journey of learning and discovery like no other and don’t forget to experience the giant chess set too!

Bring the family, a friend or just come and join in – this is a FREE event for all ages and games will be for sale too, in case you just have to know how it all ends!  No need to book.

International Games Day @ your library is an international initiative supported by the Australian Library and Information Association.


Don’t forget – this weekend – bargains galore!

Katoomba mini book sale

Biblio Turismo 2016


Biblio Turismo cyclists at Wentworth Falls Library today

Biblio Turismo is an annual pilgrimage of Librarians on motorbikes visiting Libraries around NSW.  Blue Mountains Library is pleased to be three of the stops in the upcoming public library event, Biblio Turismo 2016 Tour.  Librarians from across the State will visit Libraries along the route of Penrith, Wentworth Falls, Oberon, Portland, Kandos and then on to Blacktown (via Blackheath and Katoomba) on their motorbikes, departing Richmond Library on September 15.

Blue Mountains Libraries will provide refreshments for the motorcycling Librarians and everyone is welcome to join in and meet the travellers.

Saturday 17 September
Blackheath Library 9.30 – 10.15
Katoomba Library 10.45 – 11.45
Blaxland Library 12.30 – 1.15

Please have a look at their blog for previous tours and latest information.


All Welcome

Macarthur and Harris, and the Kings Who Came Between – History Week 2016

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Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Seminar Room, Katoomba | Friday 9 September | 2pm-4pm

Macarthur and Harris, and the Kings Who Came Between is a fascinating tale of feuding neighbours in the fledgling colony presented by the History Council of NSW.

Historian Jo Henwood introduces us to John Macarthur, of Elizabeth Farm in Parramatta, and surgeon John Harris, of Harris Park, who were not the best of neighbours. Macarthur’s ambitions involved harnessing the compliance of the Rum Corps (and the rest of the colony) and isolating Governor King. Difficulties arose when Harris started to support King and became more complicated when nephew Hannibal (across the Parramatta River) married into the King family.

This talk explores the machinations and intrigues of the relationship between these historic neighbours.

This is a FREE event but you must book in by calling or visiting any Library branch as places are limited.

For more info phone : 02 4780 5750.

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