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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.


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.

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.

Don’t forget – Books to Die For, bookings going fast!


Books to Die For


Blue Mountains Library is taking a forensic look at the world of crime writing with a whole morning dedicated to exploring the many intriguing facets of this genre with some of Australia’s best-selling and award-winning authors.

Join us as we go deep inside the eclectic world of crime  as we hear from Dr Rachel Franks on the history of crime writing and the shady, fictional world of the Private Investigator. Meet well-known Australian crime and thriller novelists including Jaye Ford, the award-winning author of Beyond Fear, the highest selling debut crime novel in Australian in 2011, whose four further thrillers have been published in nine languages, and Candice Fox, multiple Ned Kelly award-winning author, who has just-released a much-anticipated collaboration, Never Never, with the best-selling crime novelist, James Patterson. Action-thriller expert, Chris Allen, will introduce us to the high-speed adventures of his Intrepid series. And, finally, take a tour of work from Peter Doyle – also a Ned Kelly award winning crime novelist – based on research into Sydney’s forensic Photography Archive at the Justice and Police Museum by Associate Professor Peter Doyle.

Tickets are just $15, include morning tea and are available from any Library branch or online, CLICK HERE.

Put the date in your diary – SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER AT SPRINGWOOD LIBRARY, 10am to 1pm

Book now for our Editor-in-Residence program with Natalie Muller at Springwood Library on 24 September

EIR Poster 2016 dates August 2016

Are you a writer?  Get professional feedback or general advice on writing, reading, what is is like being a writer, how to improve your writing and how to access resources to develop your writing.

Next sessions available at Springwood Library on Saturday 24 September.

If you can’t make it to Springwood in September, the last sessions for 2016 will be at Katoomba Library on Saturday 5 November.

Bookings cost $10 per person for either a 1/2 hour or 1 hour session with Natalie Muller. You need to book and pay at your nearest Blue Mountains Library branch.

Springwood Library 02 4723 5040  |  Katoomba Library 02 4780 5750

Manuscripts (3000 word max) can be delivered to the Library one week before your appointment so Natalie can read through and make notes before meeting you.

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