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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.


Refugee Week 2017: Presentation by the Red Cross International Tracing Service

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Refugee Week 2017: Presentation by the Red Cross International Tracing Service Thursday June 22, 2pm at Springwood Library

Learn how the Red Cross reconnects families separated by war, disaster & upheaval.

Every year, countless families across the world are separated by conflict, disaster or migration. People suffer terribly when they lose contact with their loved ones and live with the uncertainty of not knowing where they are or whether they are safe. From battlefields to earthquakes; from post-war migration to social upheavals, Australian Red Cross has been helping to reconnect families for more than 100 years, working with a global network to look for missing loved ones, restore contact, reunite families and clarify the fate of those who remain missing.

This is a FREE event, but bookings are essential.  Bookings can be made by visiting or calling any Blue Mountains Library Branch or online via the Blue Mountains Library website.

Don’t forget – Mini Book Sale at Blaxland Library this weekend! Bargains galore!


Aboriginal ANZAC WWI Diggers from the Blue Mountains and Windsor areas


A vibrant and interesting exhibition is running in Springwood Library on Aboriginal ANZAC WWI diggers from the Blue Mountains and Windsor areas.


A joint project between the Mountains Outreach Community Service, BM People for Reconciliation and ANTaR, the exhibition focuses on the WWI service of the descendants of Maria (daughter of Darug elder, Yarramundi) and Robert Lock (convict). The project received funding from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program.

The exhibition consists of photographs and short biographies of 11 members of the wider Lock(e) family.  Come and learn more about this prominent Blue Mountains family.

Can you can solve the mystery of the identity of the soldier turning heads on Katoomba Street, Katoomba in one of the photographs?


The exhibition is on at Springwood Library from 23rd November to 2nd December before moving to Hawkesbury Library, Windsor.

A date for your diary – Mini Book Sale at Blaxland Library


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.


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