Lachlan Shire Library

Passing on a love of reading with Simultaneous Story Time

 

Whether it is the colourful illustrations, funny characters or simply the cuddle time with a family member, story time is a very special part of the day for many children.

• Condobolin children enjoy Simultaneous Story Time at the Lachlan Shire Library last Wednesday 27 May. Children from around Australia read The Brothers Quibble that morning. LP

Whether it is the colourful illustrations, funny characters or simply the cuddle time with a family member, story time is a very special part of the day for many children.

• Katie Merritt with daughter Brooklyn reading at the Lachlan Shire Library’s Simultaneous Story Time. LP

By Lara Pearce

Whether it is the colourful illustrations, funny characters or simply the cuddle time with a family member, story time is a very special part of the day for many children.

National Simultaneous Storytime saw around 46 children gather at the Lachlan Shire Library in Condobolin for a story time of national significance.

They joined with hundreds of thousands of children from around the nation in reading The Brothers Quibble at exactly 11am last Wednesday 27 May.

National Simultaneous Storytime has been held by the Australian Library and Information Association for fifteen years now. It aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.

Librarian Abby Grimshaw read the chosen picture book to Kindergarten children from St Joseph’s Catholic School and other parents and youngsters, many of whom attend the library’s weekly reading sessions.

The Brothers Quibble, written and illustrated by Aaron Blabey, features a boy named Quibble who has a hard time adjusting to the arrival of his new baby brother. It is a story that is familiar to many of the children, who listened with animation before enjoying some themed colouring in and games.

Sharon says goodbye after 35 years as Condo librarian

What started as a casual job while raising her children at home has turned into a lifelong vocation for local librarian Sharon Denyer.

• Sharon Denyer enjoyed an emotional final day of work at Lachlan Shire Library last Friday as she farewelled colleagues, library-goers and the books she knows so well. LP

By Lara Pearce

What started as a casual job while raising her children at home has turned into a lifelong vocation for local librarian Sharon Denyer.

Mrs Denyer finished up as Head Librarian of Lachlan Shire Library last Friday after 35 years in the job.

She celebrated her final day surrounded by flowers, cards and chocolates with the welcome interruptions of visitors dropping in to share their good wishes for the future.

The Condobolin local of 41 years says the past three and a half decades have brought many changes to the library, but the time has passed quickly.

“I’ve seen people come in with their little babies, and the next thing you know, [the children] are bringing their own children in!”

When Sharon started working at the library, she never dreamed of how far it would take her. In 1979, she started out helping at the library for ten hours a week.

“I grew up in Forbes and Wayne, my husband, is in the Ambulance, so we came here for his job,” Sharon explained. “It wasn’t until my youngest child went to school that I decided a part time job sounded pretty good.”

In those days all the book loans and returns were entered manually on cards in the backs of the books.

“Margaret Job was the Librarian then,” Sharon reminisces. “We typed everything into typewriters, so you got to know the books quite well.”

Over the following years, Sharon saw the library renovated to double its original size and the collection of books expanded. The books – which are rotated between Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Tottenham and Burcher libraries – now number around 32,000.

In 1990, Sharon took over from Margaret as Librarian. “Then, we started using computers in 1995,” she said.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. All the girls I have worked with over the years have been fantastic and it is a great work environment,” she said. “You meet some lovely people.”

With friends and library-goers rallying around to bid her farewell and bring gifts, it seems that the sentiment is returned.

Sharon will be enjoying six months of accumulated long service leave before officially retiring on 17 July. She and her husband Wayne plan to enjoy their retirement in Forbes close to family and friends.

The Lachlan Shire Council congratulated her on her long service at a party last Friday evening.

Showcasing Condo

Fun and function combined at the Community and Service Expo last Friday, with local community organisations and Government service providers holding stalls on the old bowling greens on William Street, Condobolin.

• Above: Senior Constable Daniel Greef from the Lachlan Local Area Command speaking to some of the Condobolin Preschool and Kindergarten children and Preschool teacher Carly Black about road safety at Central West Family Support’s Community and Service Expo Day. LP

By Lara Pearce

Fun and function combined at the Community and Service Expo last Friday, with local community organisations and Government service providers holding stalls on the old bowling greens on William Street, Condobolin.

Organised by Western Plains Regional Development, the day was a chance for locals to receive help with Medicare and Centrelink claims and issues and get information on healthy lifestyles, all in a fun day out.

The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre attended, with service providers busy all day giving advice and assistance on Centrelink and Medicare issues. Rebecca Newton from Australian Hearing was also on the bus and was conducting hearing checks on the day. “We work in conjunction with the Government providing services to eligible pensioners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders,” she explained.

There was also information on voting in Australian elections, with Jennifer Hammond from the Australian Electoral Commission on hand to help. “I am here today to give people the opportunity to enrol or update their details on the electoral roll if they need to, or simply to have a chat about voting,” she said.

It was not all business, however. There was also a jumping castle for the children, a barbeque lunch cooked by Paul McFadyen and Ralph Smith and showbags and balloons to keep everyone entertained.

Eryn Mullins from the Lachlan Shire Library read stories to the children. “I’m here promoting the library and all the services we provide,” she said.

Lachlan Local Area Command travelled from Parkes for the Expo, where Senior Constable Daniel Greef spoke about the role of the police to the youngsters, as well as how to safely cross the road. The Condobolin Preschool and Kindergarten children had lots of questions for Constable Greef and were fascinated by his belt with his police equipment, from tools to torches.

The Benevolent Society’s hair spraying stall was very popular with the children, who had their hair sprayed all the colours of the rainbow by Benevolent Society workers Jaromir Sladek and Brent Harris.

Chemist Ashleigh Rees from Shortis and Timmins Pharmacy was giving out information about the importance of keeping up-to-date with childhood vaccination, as well as keeping whooping cough under check. “Many people think whooping cough is no longer an issue but it is coming back,” Ms Rees warned. “There is a vaccine available so adults should be getting vaccinated as well [if they haven’t been already] to stop the spread.”

The Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service was promoting healthy eating and exercise as well as checking people’s blood pressure, while the Community Health nurses also had a stall focusing on diabetes management and prevention. They conducted risk assessments and blood pressure checks and offered advice to attendees.

Other stall holders on the day included Condobolin Community Transport and the Condobolin Swimming Pool.

Fashion and photos flash back

Local lovers of photography and style can gain a rare glimpse into the origins of fashion photography this week at the Lachlan Shire Library.

• Diann Kelk examining one of the historic dresses lent to the Library for the display by Patricia Hurley. LP

By Anne Coffey

Local lovers of photography and style can gain a rare glimpse into the origins of fashion photography this week at the Lachlan Shire Library.

The latest travelling exhibition from the State Library is on display until this Friday 8 August The glamorous story of Australian fashion photography is revealed in the display, titled ‘Flashback: 160 years of Australian Fashion Photos’.

‘Flashback’ uses colourful reproductions to showcase a number of beautiful images from the State Library’s collection, ranging from mid-nineteenth century hand-coloured portraiture through to contemporary fashion shots.

Sharon Denyer, Library Manager at the Lachlan Shire Library, had the collection brought to Condobolin.

“The displays are very popular,” she said.  “I think it’s important that we have the displays come out to the Condobolin Library as it exposes all ages to something new and interesting that we normally do not have access to.”

Local lovers of photography and style can gain a rare glimpse into the origins of fashion photography this week at the Lachlan Shire Library.

• Some of the historic fashion photos on display as part of the ‘Flashback’ exhibit at the Lachlan Shire Library. LP

As well as the images, Condobolin woman Patrisha Hurley also contributed historic dresses and a hat and fan from her personal collection. These have proven very popular with young and old alike, with one junior library visitor commenting “Ma, isn’t it beautiful.”

The dresses are beautifully displayed on mannequins lent from the historical society.

“Fashion photography wasn’t always about the business of ‘selling’ clothes or showcasing celebrity style, as it is today,” says Margot Riley, curator and State Library fashion expert. “It was once a private endeavour with the wealthy posing for photographic portraits wearing their finest clothes to share with family and friends.”

While early portraits of the well-to-do were meant for private or personal use, images of royalty and visiting performers could be bought at local stationers for swapping and collecting, and strongly influenced the Australian fashion industry.

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