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1, 2 BOOKS! – Orange Library

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Stories, songs and actions for 1 and 2 year olds.

In 1, 2 BOOKS! we read books, sing and play to encourage engagement with language and literacy.

1, 2 BOOKS! builds upon the skills introduced during the Ten Minutes a Day workshops, focusing on older babies, aged 1 and 2 years. We use nursery rhymes, action songs, finger plays and stories in a fun and interactive way.

Sessions are lively and stimulating for both children and adults.

1, 2 BOOKS! is held Mondays and Tuesdays during Term time.

Ten Minutes a Day – Orange Library

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Storytime for babies 0-18 months.

Ten Minutes a Day is an exciting program that you share with your child of 0-18 months. It is designed to enhance language development, develop pre-literacy skills, stimulate imagination, and make reading with your child a part of your everyday routine.

We use nursery rhymes, action songs, finger plays and stories in a fun and interactive way. We also share tips with parents on how to include these in their routines at home.  Only ten minutes a day can make a lifetime of difference!

Your Life Matters – Out West

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Quest for Life is offering a free workshop in Orange on Monday 24 May at The Remington Hotel Orange called Your Life Matters Out West. Participants will learn ways to help build resilience and learn practical tools, strategies, and skills to live well in challenging circumstances. Explore how to create inner peace, manage feelings better and easily incorporate relaxation into everyday life.

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Give me some Space! – National Simultaneous Storytime 2021 – Orange Library

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Join us at Orange City Library for an intergalactic Storytime!

Wednesday 19 May at 11:00am is National Simultaneous Storytime. This year we will be enjoying Philip Bunting’s gorgeous book, Give me some Space! as it is read live from the International Space Station by NASA Astronaut Dr. Shannon Walker!

Following the live-stream of the story, children will have an opportunity to participate in a STEM activity with our Storyteller Fiona. Spaces are limited for this experiment, but all will be welcome to join us for the story. There will be space-themed craft for all to take home or enjoy on the day.

Space and science-themed dress-ups are encouraged for adults and children alike!

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). NSS 2020 posted a record number of participants, with over 1.2million people joining in worldwide. Let’s make 2021 the biggest NSS yet!

National Simultaneous Storytime will begin promptly at 11:00am. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early so that your child is settled and ready for the event.

Your Money and the Law – Law Week Workshop

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Dealing with money troubles can be stressful. Sometimes you need help to know your rights and how the law can help.

Join us at Orange City Library for Your Money and the Law, a special Law Week presentation by local Legal Aid Lawyer, Jill Marshall.

This workshop will introduce you to organisations and resources you can use to help with common money problems; such as being chased for money, being owed money and borrowing money.

Morning tea will be served from 10.00am. The presentation will begin at 10:30am, and will run for approximately one hour. There will be time for questions and discussion following the presentation.

This workshop will provide legal information only. If you need legal help with a money problem now call 1300 888 529.

Bookings are essential and places are limited.

Central West Women’s Forum Leadership Series: Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley

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You are invited to attend our next Leadership Series (lunch time) online event on Tuesday, 18 May at 12noon.

The Central West is again fortunate to have the calibre of Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley as our next speaker.

“Celebrating Achievements of Women in Regional Australia”

Join us for an interactive session to hear about the achievements and successes of other women in Regional Australia.  Her Excellency will share some experiences that will inspire and motivate women in our region who are recovering from (or still impacted by) the severe drought, bushfires, pandemic and floods.  Mrs Hurley will also share her experiences, hear about some of the challenges we are facing in our community and add her thoughts to what we can be doing to better support women in our region.  The session will be facilitated by Mary Brell, Chair of CWWF.

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More about Mrs Linda Hurley:

Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley (nee McMartin) was born and raised in Sydney. She was educated at Kingsgrove High School and went on to become a teacher, commencing in 1976. She married David Hurley in 1977.

In the course of their married life, Mrs Hurley has supported her husband throughout his career on a wide variety of postings in Australia and overseas, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Malaysia.

Mrs Hurley’s own career in education has been in both the public and private school systems, until her retirement from full time teaching in July 2011. She has been an active member of the community as a Pastoral Carer at the Canberra Hospital and Hospice. Mrs Hurley holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Canberra.

Mrs Hurley has an interest in the Arts, especially music. She is passionate about singing, and showing how singing, especially in a group, can have a positive impact on individuals and the community.

Mrs Hurley is dedicated to championing causes that are developing new technologies to recycle rubbish, and ways to reduce our use of plastic, particularly plastic packaging and plastics used for single use items, which are not only harmful to the environment but add unnecessarily to landfill sites.

Curator Conversations ‘Out of This World: Australia in the space age’

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Guided tour with Catriona Donnelly, curator of ‘Out of This World’.

From mid-century fashion and flying saucer societies to early satellites and rocket playgrounds … how did the space age capture the imagination of a nation and its people?

Join us to find out the answer to this question and learn more about the dawn of the space age in Australia with National Archives of Australia curator, Catriona Donnelly.

From the 1950s through to the 1970s, Australia was gripped with excitement as humanity made its first forays beyond Earth’s atmosphere. From cutting edge scientific research to architecture, design, television and more, Out of This World explores Australia’s role in the space race.

Out of This World: Australia in the space age is on display at Orange Regional Museum from 15 May to 18 July 2021. A national touring exhibition developed and presented by the National Archives of Australia. Exhibition partner: State Library of South Australia. Exhibition supporters: Australian Government National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program and Visions of Australia.

Spaces are limited. If you cannot attend please cancel via Eventbrite, so that your spot can be offered to those on the waitlist.

Terms and Conditions:

Attendees at this event may be photographed/recorded with such images/footage being used for promotional purposes by Orange Regional Museum, Orange City Council and/or local media outlets on websites, social media, on television and in newspapers.

By attending this session you agree to these terms.

If you do not wish your image to be published, please notify staff before the event.


Our events are impacted by Covid-19 guidelines in the following ways:

• If you are sick, please do not attend.

• Hand sanitisers must be used upon entry.

• Physical distancing guidelines of 1.5m must be respected.

Your Life By Design Workshop with Julie Ankers

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Post COVID-19 will you go back to your ‘old’ life or make some much-needed changes?

Some positives have come our of COVID-19. One is that is has given us time to reflect on our relationships, health and well-being, finances how we spend our time …and more.

This workshop helps you evaluate the life you had pre-COVID and then define and design the life you really want:

*Understanding the concept Wheel of Life

*Evaluating areas of your life using self-reflection

*Joining the dots to reveal areas that are positive and those that need improvement

*Acknowledging and appreciating what is working well

*Developing strategies to improve your quality of life.

Julie is an entrepreneur with a passion for promoting and developing people. For nearly 30 years she ran a speakers and trainer bureau, and also developed a company focusing on training mature age works and building age-inclusive workforces. This, as well as reaching her own half century, kick-started her interest in the over 50s which has now resulted in 3 powerful books.

Meet Julie and be inspired for your life after turning 50.

Older, Wiser, Safer – NSW Senior’s Festival Presentation

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Do you know how to protect yourself from scams? Stay physically safe? Recognise elder abuse? Be financially secure? Appoint a Power of Attorney? Improve communication or pursue mediation?

Join us at Orange City Library for Older, Wiser, Safer and hear from the following panel of experts:

  • Jill Marshall, Legal Aid Solicitor, in relation to phone and internet scams
  • Melissa Smith, Aged Crime Prevention Officer, in relation to physical safety and prevention of abuse
  • Sue Field, Adjust Professor, in relation to financial safety and power of attorney
  • Christine Wright, Financial Information Service Officer
  • Jane Atkinson, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

Hosted by The Central West Region Collaborative for the Prevention of Abuse of Older People.

Morning Tea will be provided at 10:30am. The presentation will start at 10:45am.

Book a spot for yourself, or a table for a whole group. All welcome.

Orange City Library Author Talk With Richard Anderson: One Library One Book

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You are invited to join the discussion with Richard Anderson author of Small Mercies and our One Library One Book community read when he visits Orange City Library.

After enduring months of extreme drought on their modest free-hold, farming couple Dimple and Ruthie face uncertain times on more than one front.

Told with enormous heart, Small Mercies is a tender love story. It is a story of a couple who feel they must change to endure, and of the land that is as important as their presence on it.

Richard Anderson is a second-generation farmer from northern New South Wales. He has been running a beef-cattle farm for twenty-five years, but has also worked as a miner and had a stint on the local council. Richard is also the author of two rural-crime novels, Retribution and Boxed, both published by Scribe.