News and events at the Library

Stay up to date with what's happening at Parkes Shire Libraries.

There are plenty of events and programs on offer at our Parkes Shire Libraries.

See what's on offer.

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Regular Events + Programs

Parkes Library Book Club

The Parkes Library Book Club meets on the last Wednesday and Thursday of every month when some lively discussion takes place as we focus on a different book each time.  Our Book Club run on a simple formula: gather people, pick a book, read it and get together to discuss!

  • 3pm - 4pm, last Wednesday of the month, commencing February 22, 2017
  • 6pm - 7pm, last Thursday of the month, commencing February 23, 2017.

To join the Book Club please call Parkes Library on 02 6861 2309.

Author-rised - Parkes Writing Group

Adult and teen creative writing group.

Do you think you have a book inside you? Does playing around with words make you happy? Do you have writing experience that you can share with others or are you after hot tips to help you on your way to notoriety? Join Author-rised.

Meets first Tuesday of the month, 6.30pm, at Parkes Library. The first meeting for 2017 is February 7.

Free Computer Training

Parkes Shire Library members have FREE access to a simple online training solution for learning how to use popular computer applications including Introductory Computer Training lessons for those just starting to use computers.

A training and support session is held at Parkes Shire Library during school terms on Thursdays from 9am to 11am.  Please call Parkes Library on 02 6861 2309 to notify staff of your intention to attend.

Fun for Kids

Heroes and Villains Summer Reading Club

Heroes and Villains Summer Reading Club Graduation Party

Parkes Shire Library

Thursday 4.30pm - 5.15pm 16th February

The children and youth of Parkes Shire were given the challenge of reading 888 books during the summer holidays. Over 200 members from Parkes, Trundle, Tullamore and Peak Hill registered to join the club and many took to the challenge with gusto, easily reaching the target.

To celebrate the Summer Reading Clubs success, Parkes Shire Library will be holding a ''Heroes and Villains'' graduation party which will include library staff completing the wacky challenges voted by club members during the summer.

Reading Club members who have returned one or more reading record are invited to attend.

The Summer Reading Club is a way of fostering a love of reading and literacy in the young people of our Shire.

For further information please call Parkes Shire Library 68612309 or email library@parkes.nsw.gov.au

Story Time

Wednesday 10.30am - 11.30am. During school term. Commencing February 15, 2017.

A fun way to boost pre-school children's confidence & reading-readiness skills. Make friends, enjoy stories, learn rhymes, do some craft. FREE!
Who: Children 3-5 years & parents/carers (younger children welcome)

Rhyme Time

Tuesday, 10.15am - 11am and Friday 11am - 11.45am. During school term. Commencing February 14, and 17, 2017.

Songs! Rhymes! Music! Movement! Fun ways for your children to become reading-ready! FREE!
Who
: Children 0-3 years & parents/carers (older children welcome)

Exhibitions

Gavin Coote

27 February to 22 March

Regional Artist

Australian Inspiration

24 March to 6 April

State Library of NSW travelling exhibition

Waste to Art Annual Competition & Exhibition

11 April to 4 May 

Waste to Art is a community exhibition showcasing imaginative works made from reused and recyclable waste materials. The aim is to challenge peoples' perceptions about 'rubbish' and to celebrate the reuse and recycling of waste through arts and crafts.

Entries close 1pm on Monday 10 April 2017 - Entry Form, Terms and Conditions.

You're invited to the official opening on Tuesday April 11 at 6pm. Please RSVP if you wish to attend for catering purposes on 6861 2309.

Guest Speakers + Workshops

Watch this space for upcoming guest speakers and workshops in 2017.

Curiosity + Wonder

Re-awaken your sense of wonder.....Let curiosity lead your life

Each year in September Parkes Shire Library celebrates literacy, science, art and creative play with a Curiosity + Wonder Festival!

Parkes Shire Library's 2016 Curiosity + Wonder Festival commenced with a natural fibre weaving workshop and concluded with holiday sessions on planes, flight, cartoon drawing and robotics. In-between the library hosted art classes, animation workshops, author visits, a history session, family storytime, created Parkes Library Fun Palaces and launched Tullamore Library as a 24 hour service.

Toonworld, an organisation based in Sydney, specialises in cartooning and animation workshops. Middleton, Parkes High, Parkes Public and Parkes East students had the opportunity to make their own clay characters, then in "production companies" create an animated movie, including designing backgrounds, props, simple storyboards and a script to bring their movies to life! The movies can be watched at www.youtube.com/c/toonworldkidsaus.

Jack Heath is an internationally bestselling author. He wrote The Cut Out, the Countdown To Danger series and fourteen other action-packed thrillers for young people, which have been shortlisted for multiple awards and published in several languages around the world. His energetic session with students from Trundle, Parkes and Bogan Gate had the children in fits of laughter. Jack had sound advice for the students about writing. Coming up with ideas comes from leading an interesting life, being open and seeing what is going on around you. He also believes you have to make time for thinking. According to Jack "boredom breeds creativity".

Sophie, a student at Trundle, very much enjoyed Jack's visit. "I loved hearing about all your experiences and am liking reading your books". Parkes Christian School librarian Mrs Moss reported "That was a fantastic morning. All the Jack Heath books were borrowed out in a flash.after Jack's visit".

Karen Viggers, adult fiction writer, spent a lovely lunch with the Parkes community. "I just wanted to thank you for giving me such a lovely time at Parkes library. I felt very welcome and I really enjoyed meeting your readers and writers" said Karen.

Throughout the month special family storytime events were held on Saturday mornings. The families explored "Our Town" through stories, songs and creative play, with special guests Ian Lovell, Jocelyn Moles and David Horwood.

At 9am on Saturday 24 September Parkes Library opened its doors transformed into Parkes Fun Palaces!

Fun Palaces across the world celebrate art and science. At Parkes a range of hands on activities are available and everyone is encouraged to have a go - experimenting and having fun alongside each other. Participation is the main aim, not perfection. The Central West Astronomical Society joined the fun with some day time space viewing.

Special guest for the day, entertainer, writer and comedian, Andy Jones, captivated audiences with two shows. Andy's What's the Joke Show was a mix of music, comedy and literacy with a focus on humour and joke telling. The children loved the opportunity to share their favourite joke with the audience. At the Rap, Rhyme & Rocking Poetry show Andy worked with the audience to write and produce a rap. The show finished with a performance of the rap by members of the audience.

Andy enjoyed his trip to Parkes, with a highlight being the belly dancing Dads! "Great mix of people, great having lots of Dad's and mix of different ages" said Andy.

Parkes Mum Kelly Hendry reports her boys loved Fun Palaces. "It was so well organised and there was so much to do. What an awesome library team we have! Oscars favourite was the telescopes, seeing Venus and the sun, and meeting a real life scientist. George loved the duck racing and spectroscopes. And they were both very happy to borrow some new books to bring home".

Parkes Shire Library's month long celebration of curiosity and wonder aims to bring new experiences to the community. The hope is to provide opportunities to learn new skills, to engage with inspirational professionals, broadening the community's experiences in life.