News and events at the Library
Stay up to date with what's happening at Parkes Shire Libraries.
Library Book Clubs
The Library Book Clubs run on a simple formula: gather people, pick a book, read it and get together to discuss! Fiction and non-fiction books are read creating lively discussions.
- Peak Hill Library: 6pm - 7pm, first Wednesday of the month.
- Parkes Library: 3pm - 4pm, last Wednesday of the month
- Parkes Library: 6pm - 7pm, last Thursday of the month
To join the Book Club please call Parkes Library on 6861 2309 or Peak Hill Library on 68 69 1078 or email email@example.com
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, 6pm to 8pm, 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.
Once Upon a Storytime
Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am. During school term.
Commences Tuesday 23 October 2018.
Come and enter into the wonderful world of books. Have fun hearing stories and reading stories
together. We will have our own very special storyteller who will guide us through many adventures.
Who: Children 3-5 years & parents/carers (younger children welcome)
Thursday, 10.30am - 11:15am During school term
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
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 Storytime fun for Everyone
Our aim with Rhyme Time and Storytime 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 Storytime.
Collection of Quilts
A collection of quilts made by participants at Currajong Disability Services, the Sewing Group, are currently on exhibition at Parkes Library.
These beautiful quilts are handmade and can purchased.
SPECIAL GUEST – Parkes Bridge Club
Have you every wondered how to play the card game Bridge?
It is a mystery to some so the Parkes Bridge Club will be visiting Parkes Library to share the secrets of the game.
7 and 14 November, 2pm – 4pm.
If you would like to learn about Bridge but are unable to make these sessions the Parkes Bridge Club meets upstairs at the Parkes Leagues Club Mondays at 6pm, Tuesdays at 1pm and Thursdays at 1pm. It costs $5 a session ($40 for a year’s membership) and lessons are available. For more information visit the website www.parkes.bridge-club.org/, or call the Secretary, Robyn Sheridan on 6862 5451.
In the pursuit of curiosity and wonder Parkes Library celebrates creativity, authors, books, science, and art in August and September each year.
The 2018 Curiosity +Wonder celebration saw locals and specialists from Sydney and Brisbane share their talents and skills with the community.
It all began with a visit by Australian social entrepreneur and author Jane Milburn. Jane believes in the magic of remaking and upcycling and hosted a community talk on rethinking the clothing culture, and workshops “Transformation from Nature” and “Snip and Stitch Upcycling”.
Students across the Shire relished the visits by Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman and Fizzics Education.
Morris enthralled students with his energy, passion for writing, and sense of humour. One student advised him “if he didn’t want to be an author anymore he could be a comedian”.
Morris shared the many “secrets” of an international author, including every story needs a problem. This problem needs to declared in the first or second sentence. The first page of a book is very important.
Home school student Annabelle Border enjoyed Morris’ visit. “My favourite thing was his tips for writing” said Annabelle.
Morris’ visit to Parkes was supported by the Charles Sturt University Community-University Partnership Program - Head of Campus Small Grant Program.
The cleverness of forensic science and bubbles, slime and sherbet were the themes explored by Fizzics Education who brought their leading science outreach programs to Parkes.
High school students had hands on opportunities to explore how forensics help the police solve crimes, while Kinder, Year 1 and 2 students enjoyed the simple fun of big bubbles, creating slime, and making and then eating their own sherbet.
Crafts that have been considered “old fashioned” are making a comeback. Beginners to crochet spent two Saturdays learning the basic of crocheting and completed a couple of projects for their own use or gifts to be given.
Curiosity + Wonder concluded with the annual PARKES FUN PALACE!
The global Fun Palaces movement believes in the genius in everyone, in everyone an artist and everyone a scientist, and that creativity in community can change the world for the better.
The family friendly day at Parkes Library featured music, experiments, games and art, as well a visit by Ian from Fun Day Out who brought his Adventure Quest and trash percussion sessions to the Coventry Room.
Families spent time at each Library activity station, measuring, creating, recording, building, learning about the world around us.
“A fantastic range of meaningful activities that are engaging for both parents and children” said Mum Roxanne.
A special treat on the day was to pat and have your photo taken with Mr Gizz. Mr Gizz, a visiting unicorn, impressed kids and parents alike with his calm nature and glitter hooves.
Adventure Quest and trash percussion, interactive shows, engaged young and old in music, storytelling, drama and dance together. These events proved to be the loudest on the day with hands on drumming being a bit part of the shows.
Music also featured in the Library throughout the day. Families were entertained by local young buskers from around the Shire. Singing, saxophone blues and classical cello had toes tapping and many singing along.
Grumbling tummies were settled on the day with a sausage sandwich barbecued by representatives from the Parkes Men’s Shed. All proceeds have been donated to the CWA drought relief fund.
The Parkes Shire Library team wanted to re-awaken the community’s sense of wonder and encourage everyone to let curiosity lead their life. The team hopes that the many children, youth and adults who attended the many events will continue to explore the marvellous mysteries of life that can be found every day.
MUSIC EVENT – Beethoven’s 9th
Watch and listen.......
Streamed live from the Sydney Opera House. Sydney Symphony Orchestra's performance of Beethoven's 9th.
Saturday 27 October, 2.45pm – 5pm, Parkes Library.
Conducted by former Chief Conductor Edo de Waart.
This is a free event. Please RSVP on 6861 2305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.