Robots in the library!

Posted on January 29, 2013. Filed under: Fun Stuff, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , , |


Thank you so much for all of the recycled bits and pieces sent to me for the Recycled Robot workshop at Springwood Library – as you can see, your items were put to good use and provided a lot of fun for the kids!













See more photos here.





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Winter Magic @ the Library!

Posted on July 14, 2012. Filed under: Fun Stuff | Tags: , , , , , |

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Have a look at some of the wonderful and wintry art collages and fabulous rainbow snowflakes  made by kids at the library these holidays!

And when you have time, these short Winter Wonderland films made in Springwood Library are worth a look!

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Winning ‘Live Life’ Portraits of Seniors

Posted on May 27, 2012. Filed under: Fun Stuff, Web 2.0 + Web 2.1 | Tags: , , , , , |

The winning ‘Live Life’ entry, by Arabella Say

The winners of the ‘Live Life’ portrait competition for youths (aged 15 – 21yrs) were awarded their prizes earlier this month. Please click here to view the award ceremony at Springwood Library, and see each of the winning portraits. Aniko envisioned an art competition that celebrated the lives of seniors through the eyes of the youth and worked with Naomi to create a project that was promoted to the local high schools. The standard of artworks received was very high – and Sarah Gurich from the new Blue Mountains Cultural Centre was asked to be the judge. Naomi put up an exhibition of the winning works at Springwood Library.

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Cartoonist Phil Somerville in our latest podcast

Posted on May 26, 2012. Filed under: Books, Food for thought, Fun Stuff | Tags: , , , , , , |

This week, we have another ‘Escape’-themed audio interview – this time with cartoonist Phil Somerville, who filled us in about the ‘Life in Limbo’ exhibition coming soon to Springwood.

The podcast audio can be heard online here, or downloaded by searching for ‘Listeners in the Mist’ in iTunes.

Phil Somerville is a freelance cartoonist, and has published a paperback collection of his cartoons, called ‘I Am Moderately Fond Of Australia’. You can also see his work at

Running from June 8 to 24, the art exhibition Life in limbo: Art about the experience of detention will be open to the public at Braemar Gallery in Springwood, NSW.

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Delicious New Faves

Posted on April 28, 2011. Filed under: Reference, Web sites | Tags: , , |

These bookmarks have recently been added to our Delicious account. Check them out when you get the chance… Useful for students …

NSW Students Online - Year 12

Students Online Designed specifically for Year 12 students. Students can register to use the site. It offers a range of support materials produced by the Board of Studies to assist with study. Offers an introduction to Art History. Can search by artists name, movement, period or country. Links to museums and gallery websites.

State of the Arts Australian guide to the arts, covers theatre, music, dance, design, books, film, festivals and the visual arts, with a free email newsletter

State of the Arts

Artcyclopedia Extensive site with information about artists, their works of art, art movements and art museums

Classical Net Information about composers, their works, and the different styles of music

Arts & Letters Daily Articles, book reviews, essays and more on literature and the arts

Arts & Letters Daily

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Sites sites sites!

Posted on November 26, 2010. Filed under: Web sites | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

A selection of sites I have added this month to our Delicious account: is an Australian blog about digital publishing, e-reading, related gadgets and the future of the book

Birds Australia offers loads information and resources on Australian birds.

Bike Map – Penrith ~ Windsor ~ Blue Mountains from the RTA, pdf download of the cycleway map for Penrith, Windsor and the Blue Mountains

RTA cycleway maps Links to pdf downloadable cycleway maps in metropolitan and regional NSW.

blekko Search engine with results tweaked by humans to hopefully reduce links to spam pages: you can tilt your search results in the direction you like by using a category of bias, like ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative.’ Categorisation lists are applied by appending a ‘slashtag.’

NSW Multicultural Health Free downloadable multilingual health information in up to 45 languages

Early exlorers in Australia (eBook) From log-books and journals, this book by Ida Lee was first published in 1925. A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook

Vaughan Evans Digital Library: Australian National Maritime Museum The Vaughan Evans Library is the research library of the Australian National Maritime Museum. Access electronic magazines, books and registers of shipping via their digital library

Friends of Blackheath Pool and Memorial Park The blog of the Friends of Blackheath Pool & Memorial Park

Legal Books Online A selection of up-to-date legal information books available online, page maintained by Find Legal Answers, a service of State Library of NSW. Includes selected chapters from the latest edition of the Law Handbook.

artfiles: Artfiles is the key portal to the world of the arts in Western Sydney. Information on artists, cultural organisations, art funding and education in the region. Includes Blue Mountains information.

climatechange2010.pdf: The Science of Climate Change – Q & A,  from the Australian Academy of Science 2010.

The Naked Scientists Online: Science Podcast and Science Radio Show. The Naked Scientists are a media-savvy group of physicians and researchers from Cambridge University who use radio, live lectures, and the Internet to strip science down to its bare essentials, and promote it to the general public

Study Search Australia An Australian customised educational search engine for students with primary and secondary options.


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What’s new in Ref?

Posted on March 11, 2010. Filed under: Books, Reference | Tags: , , |

20th Century Art

This book takes us on a journey through the last century, starting in 1907 with Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, through the avantgarde movements, Bauhaus and Jackson Pollock to Conceptional Art.

Copies held in Reference at Blaxland and Springwood libraries.


Easy Guide to Australian Law

A title to complement our Find Legal Answers collection. Topics include new employment laws, divorce and child support, real estate and tenancy, personal injury, defamation, wills and estates, intellectual property, citizenship and tax.

Copies held in Reference at Lawson and Blackheath libraries



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New to Reference: Earth, Art and Snakes

Posted on February 24, 2010. Filed under: Books, Reference | Tags: , , , |

Earth: the complete record

An atlas of Earth with maps and beautiful photos EARTH CONCISE presents a comprehensive look at the world-from the earliest geological records and primitive monocultures to the cosmopolitan melting pots of our modern times.
This huge volume is filled with highly detailed, up-to-date, full-colour illustrations and Topographic map plates that bring each country and region to life with an indepth profile of each nation that reveals the unique characteristics of each country. Produced by over 40 cartographers and an international team of over 60 expert geographers. Find out what the principal language of each nation is, its population, who it shares borders with, and much more! An absolutely stunning book!

You will find it at Springwood and Katooomba Reference.

A World History of Art

Spanning continents and millennia, ranging from man’s earliest cave paintings to the works of Picasso and beyond, this book also includes new developments in archaeology and art and historical research and much more.

This one is in Katoomba Reference collection.


Australian Snakes: a pictorial guide

Identifies over forty of our most commonly found snakes and provides a full-colour photograph and identifying features for each one. There is information about snake bites, including prevention and first aid, as well as general information on snakes, such as feeding habits and basic anatomy and physiology.

There is a reference copy at all 6 branches.


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Two new gorgeous (and big) art books in Reference

Posted on February 23, 2010. Filed under: Books, Reference | Tags: , , , |

Georgia O’Keeffee: An American Perspective

Over 120 reproductions of O’Keeffe’s work are accompanied by’ expert and insightful commentary on all aspects of the artist’s life, influences and paintings.

The chapters are arranged chronologically.



Salvadore Dali

Provides an account of Dali’s life and inspirations, alongside large-sized reproductions of his work. His most famous paintings are displayed here as well as his lesser-known portraits and drawings.

Both books are in Springwood Reference.


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