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.
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.
Tuesday, 10.15am - 11am and Friday 11am - 11.45am. During school term.
Rhyme time will 17th October.
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 recommence on 18th October.
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.
Fabulous Felt Exhibition
9 to 31 October 2017, Parkes Library
Felters and sisters, Cecily Walters and Toni Morrison, have been felting for approximately seven years creating wearable felt, felted items such as hats, scarves and vests, home decor items for example pods and vessels as well as felted wall art. All the wool is hand dyed enabling them to create a unique and vibrant range of colours. Along the journey they have taught a number of classes and successfully exhibited work throughout the central west.
New workshops and guest speakers are being planned and coming soon.
Each year Parkes Shire Library celebrates literacy, science, art and creative play dedicating events in August and September to exploring Curiosity + Wonder!
Re-awaken your sense of wonder.....Let curiosity lead your life!
Curiosity + Wonder 2017 provided events for all ages in the community - storytime, art, science workshops, author visits, gardening, robotics, and special guest presenters.
Starting in August primary students discovered their artistic talents at Saturday morning art classes. Lead by fabulous local art teacher Leanne Wilson the children learnt drawing, painting, paper mache, honing their mixed media skills.
"A 17 year old school girl is found lying dead on the ground in a disused military bunker….." On 1 September Education Interactive rolled into Parkes and presented "A Case of Identity", forensic science workshops for shire high school students. The workshops explored the importance of cyber safety, the dangers of drink spiking and the consequences of taking risks. Feedback was very positive, "The workshop was fantastic and opened up your mind about the importance of a forensic scientist’s job. The workshop had a lot of detailed information and we all had a lot of fun"
Education Interactive returned to Parkes 11 and 12 September for primary school forensic science workshops, delivering "A Case of Emergency".
A 12 year old student is missing! Did they run away from home to join the circus, were they kidnapped, or has something else happened to them!? Students examined the crime scene, learning about animal tracks, scatology, take their own fingerprints, how to use a digital microscope, uncovering hidden clues and much more during this investigation.
Stduent feedback included - "Very good. Expanded our knowledge of science and maths!"
Impressive Parkes High student and school captain, Yasmin Potts, gave a talk on 6 September sharing her recent journey to the London International Youth Science Forum in England in July. Yasmin was one of only 20 students from across Australia to attend.
Adults and teens were invited to explore their creative side at a range of workshops held during September.
Participants got their hands dirty and took home their creation at the "Make Your Own Kokedama" and "Make Your Own Terrarium" workshops early September. The workshops "were a lovely way to spend an hour" was the feedback.
Cake decorating and coil weaving concluded the workshops mid-September. Parkes local Kylie's Cakes and regional artist Lanny Mackenzie shared their tips, tricks and skills for creating a child's birthday cake and advanced techniques of coiled basketry.
The Australian Children's Laureate, bestselling author, Leigh Hobbs brought his subversive humour to Parkes 13-14 September delighting children and adults alike.
Junior primary students from across the shire attended interactive sessions with Leigh, laughing, drawing and learning about how his books are created.
Leigh's message to parents to share with their children at an evening session with adults and families was "don’t restrict yourself to anything".
Throughout September special family storytime events were held on Saturday mornings. The families explored "escaping" to countries, to your own special place, and to fantasy land.
950 children, families and adults, majority of the schools across the shire, attend the 22 Curiosity + Wonder 2017 events.
Trundle Library Pop-Up Book Club
Thursday 19 October @ 2pm. Afternoon tea & discussion.
Book - The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.
Pick up your book from Trundle Library today