News and events at the Library
Stay up to date with what's happening at Parkes Shire Libraries.
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
- 6pm - 7pm, last Thursday of the month
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. 6 June, 4 July, 1 August, 5 September, 3 October, 7 November, 5 December 2017.
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.
School Holiday Fun
FAIRIES vs DINOSAURS!
Let your imagination run wild and design and create your very own fairy or dinosaur miniature garden!
Ages 5 - 7 (must be enrolled at school)
Tuesday 4 July and 11 July, 10.30am - 12 noon
PAINT BY MUSIC
Grab a paint brush, turn up the music and see how different styles of music affect your art!
Age 8 and over
Wednesday 5 July and 12 July, 10.30am -12 noon
iSPY, iPAD, iPRINT!
Use an ipad to go on a scavenger hunt with a twist and solve a mystery. Will you be able to discover the link that groups the items? Can the link you create remain hidden from the others?
Age 8 and over
Thursday 6 July and 13 July, 10.30 -12 noon
Bookings required in person at Parkes Library.
Wear old clothes, bring your drink bottle & library card
Tuesday, 10.15am - 11am and Friday 11am - 11.45am. During school term.
Rhyme time will finish for the term on Friday 30 June. It will recommence on Tuesday 25 July.
Songs! Rhymes! Music! Movement! Fun ways for your children to become reading-ready! FREE!
Who: Children 0-3 years & parents/carers (older children welcome)
Wednesday 10.30am - 11.30am. During school term.
Stortyime will finish for the term on Wednesday 28 June. It will recommence on 26 July.
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)
Keeping Rhyme Time and Story Time fun for Everyone
Our aim with Rhyme Time and Story Time is to encourage a love of stories, books and libraries. Our programs are designed for parents and carers to participate with their children.
- Keep adult conversations until the end.
- Actively participate. You are an important role model@
- Switch your mobile phones to silent.
- If your child becomes unsettled, please feel free to leave the area and return when your child has settled.
Thank you for respecting the storytellers and others at Rhyme Time and Story Time.
Lazy Lions lounging in the Library
20 June to 20 July
An exhibition of limited edition prints of illustrations from well known Australian children`s picture books - showcasing a range of illustration styles, media and techniques.
Books featured include: Animalia (illustrated and written by Graeme Base), Waltzing Matilda (illustrated by Freya Blackwood and written by Banjo Patterson), Mr Chicken Lands on London (illustrated and written by Leigh Hobbs) and Magic Beach (illustrated and written by Alison Lester).
Speak Your Mind
25 July to 10 August
This exhibit is about not being afraid to speak your mind (regardless of peoples misunderstandings) of what you are trying to express and believe to be important.
We all have anxieties, but for many people, anxieties can dominate their whole thought process and life. This artwork is the outlet and healing process for me in a life full of disappointments.
Coming soon..... Museum 2 You!
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! Planning for 2017 is well underway you will not want to miss this years events, watch this space!
Read below of last years fantastic event.
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.
Trundle Pop-Up Book Club
Join Debbie for Trundle Library’s first ever pop-up book club!
Book - The Grass Castle by Karen Viggers.
Thursday 20 July @ 2pm. Afternoon tea & discussion.
Pick up your book from Trundle Library today.